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The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

James Joyner · 1 Comment
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.

My latest for War on the Rocks: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Papers.”

Reagan Challenger Address

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

Doug Mataconis · 27 Comments

Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.


Bachmann And Santorum 2016? Dusting Off The GOP Nomination Clown Car

Doug Mataconis · 50 Comments

It’s beginning to look like the 2016 race for the Republican nomination will have its own collection of oddballs.

Quick Takes

Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Even More Pointless Than It First Appeared

Doug Mataconis · 23 Comments

Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border to do nothing.

Students in Classroom

Time To Get Rid Of Summer Vacation For Schoolchildren?

Doug Mataconis · 35 Comments

Does it still make sense to give kids a 10-12 week break every year?

Election 2014

Primary Turnout And The 2014 Midterms

Doug Mataconis · 12 Comments

Turnout to date for the 2014 primaries is at record lows, but its unclear what that tells us about November.

David Perdue

David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Primary Runoff In Georgia

Doug Mataconis

A somewhat surprising win in Georgia.

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United States Code

Two Federal Appeals Courts Rule Two Different Ways On Obamacare Subsidies

Doug Mataconis

Contradictory rulings from two Federal Courts of Appeal show that statutory construction isn’t a simple thing.

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Sex Offender Registry Insanity

Doug Mataconis

Good intentions, bad results.

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Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

Doug Mataconis

George Will has come under criticism for pointing out what seems to be an undeniable fact.

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Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

Rick Perry Sending National Guard To The Border For Reasons Even He Isn’t Sure Of

Doug Mataconis

Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border for no apparent reason.

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Vladimir Putin Russian Flag

Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

Doug Mataconis

If you live in Russia, you’re getting a different version of the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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Clinton Secretary of State

Voters Not Too Impressed With Hillary Clinton’s Time At Foggy Bottom

Doug Mataconis

A new poll suggests that Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State doesn’t impress voters as much as she might hope.

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Despite A Plethora Of World Crises, Americans Oppose Greater Foreign Intervention

Doug Mataconis

Crisis seems to be brewing all over the world, but the American people aren’t persuaded that it’s necessary for the United States to act.

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Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

Doug Mataconis

Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

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OTB Caption Contest

Rodney Dill

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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U.S. Israeli Flags

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

Doug Mataconis

Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

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Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court

10th Circuit Strikes Down Oklahoma’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Doug Mataconis

Another step closer to the Supreme Court.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets people as she signs copies of her book "Hard Choices" at a Costco store in Arlington, Virginia

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Rodney Dill

The Hard Choices Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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Putin Smirk

Russians Really, Really Like Vladimir Putin, And That Makes Ending The Ukraine Crisis Harder

Doug Mataconis

Vladimir Putin has become immensely popular in Russia again, and its not hard to figure out why.

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Russia Ukraine Flags

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

Doug Mataconis

Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

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Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Ready To Force A Showdown Over Immigration?

Doug Mataconis

The Texas Senator is threatening to block any bill dealing with the border crisis that doesn’t defund the relief President Obama granted to children of illegal immigrants last year.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton Remains The Overwhelming Choice Of Democrats For 2016

Doug Mataconis

If Hillary Clinton is going to have a serious challenge in 2016, the person who will do that has yet to emerge.

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Ukraine Airspace After MH17

Why Were Commercial Jets Flying Over Eastern Ukraine To Begin With?

Doug Mataconis

Basically, the answer is that nobody really thought there was much of a risk that a plane could be shot down.

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Gaza Rockets

Israel Begins Ground Operations In Gaza

Doug Mataconis

The next phase of Israel’s attack on Hamas has begun.

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Todd Akin

Todd Akin Won’t Shut Up About Rape

Doug Mataconis

Todd Akin continues to give Republicans headaches.

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Malyasia Airlines 777

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

Doug Mataconis

Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

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California Not Executing Enough People, Says Federal Judge

James Joyner

The most novel argument yet against capital punishment.

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Scientists: AIDS Could Be Brought Under Control By 2030

Doug Mataconis

Health experts are saying we could basically eliminate AIDS, or at least bring it under control, in fifteen years if we do the right things.

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In addition to uncertain healthcare services, economic disadvantages, and finding a place to call home, veterans certainly do not need any more challenges. Unfortunately, the wounds of war can be less obvious than those that we can see. Psychological disorders and sicknesses caused by toxic exposure can be the most damaging aspects of war that veterans bring home. Toxin exposure in particular is of particular concern as previous exposure to asbestos among veterans is causing incidence of the aggressive cancer mesothelioma to rise among former members of the armed services. We must not leave those who risked their lives for our nation in the cold. Our veterans have never questioned the right or wrong of war when it mattered most. They simply did as they were trained. We must now show the same unwavering determination, in all ways we are able, by affording those opportunities to which they are entitled, including financial, medical and emotional support to all veterans.

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