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Despite International Pressure, Israeli Public Supports Netanyahu On The War In Gaza

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The Israeli public if overwhelmingly behind the war in Gaza, and that means it will probably continue for awhile.

Economy Heartbeat

Economy Bounces Back From The Polar Vortex Slowdown

Doug Mataconis · 10 Comments

A much better Second Quarter.

Russia Ukraine Flags

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

Doug Mataconis · 3 Comments

The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

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Bob McDonnell Trial Opens On A Pathetic And Sordid Note

Doug Mataconis · 21 Comments

The trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened yesterday, and it sounded more like a soap opera than a legal proceeding.

Obama Impeachment Protest

Republicans Dismiss Impeachment As A Democratic Ploy, But May Still Face A Dilemma

Doug Mataconis · 43 Comments

Republicans are dismissing talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy, but it may be they are protesting just a bit too much.


Federal Court Of Appeals Rejects New Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare

Doug Mataconis · 16 Comments

A Federal Appeals Court has rejected a challenge to Obamacare based on a somewhat obscure provision of the Constitution.

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington

US No Safer Than on 9/11 Says DIA Chief

James Joyner

LTG Michael Flynn says the United States is no safer after 13 years of war

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Majority Of Americans Say Children Who Have Crossed The Border Should Be Treated As Refugees

Doug Mataconis

The American people don’t want to turn those migrant children from Central America away after all.

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Dont Tread On Me Rainbow Flag

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Doug Mataconis

Another Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the marriage equality debate.

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Gender Gap Politics

Hobby Lobby Could Be Creating New Gender Gap Problems For Republicans

Doug Mataconis

The Hobby Lobby decision could end up motivating women voters to turn out to vote against Republicans in the fall.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down D.C. Law Barring Carrying Handguns In Public

Doug Mataconis

In a logical extension of the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller, a Federal Judge has struck down D.C.’s law barring people from carrying handguns in public.

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Obama Thinking

The Failures Of Obama’s Leadership

Doug Mataconis

Fairly or not, the President has created the impression that he is not a good leader, and there’s not much he can do about it at this point.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during his visit to the Wonsan Shoe Factory

OTB Caption Contest

Rodney Dill

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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Ukraine Russia European Union Flags

Ukraine Is A Test For Europe. Does It Have The Will To Even Make The Effort To Pass?

Doug Mataconis

What the West does in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is largely up to Europe, not the United States.

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Marijuana Plant

The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

Doug Mataconis

The Grey Lady sees the light on a major part of the War On Drugs.

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OTB Caption Contest Winners

Rodney Dill

The Rode Hard And Put Away Wet Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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US Israeli Flags

Americans Divided On Israel’s Actions In Gaza

Doug Mataconis

A new poll shows that Americans are divided over Israel’s actions in Gaza, but this most likely will not impact relations between the two countries.

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U.S. Evacuates Embassy In Tripoli Amid Renewed Violence

Doug Mataconis

Add Libya to the list of the world’s trouble spots.

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In Defense of Professional Military Education

James Joyner

My latest for RealClearDefense: “Senator Walsh’s Unrepresentative Black Mark on Professional Military Education”

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Google Privacy

Nothing is Private Anymore; Should it Be?

James Joyner

Our laws and social norms have not caught up to modern life.

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Ukraine Flag

World War One And Ukraine

Doug Mataconis

History matters.

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Gaza Attack 2

Israel Rejects Temporary Cease Fire Plan As Gaza Conflict Continues To Rage

Doug Mataconis

Hopes for a temporary respite in the Gaza conflict faded away today.

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Russia Ukraine Flags

Russia Getting Ready To Escalate In Ukraine?

Doug Mataconis

Things are getting serious in eastern Ukraine.

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July 2012 Coronal Mass Ejection

The Solar Storm That Nearly Destroyed Civilization As We Know It

Doug Mataconis

Just about two years ago, we dodged a bullet. We might not be so lucky next time.

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Impeach Obama Signs

Majority Of Americans Oppose Both Impeachment And The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

Doug Mataconis

Once again the GOP finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion.

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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.

The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

James Joyner

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

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Reagan Challenger Address

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

Doug Mataconis

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

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

Doug Mataconis

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

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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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