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U.S. Bombings Driving Anti-Assad Rebels To Support ISIS

Doug Mataconis · 1 Comment
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Our supposed Syrian allies seem to have a different idea of who the enemy in Syria actually is.

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In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

Doug Mataconis · 47 Comments

Top Republicans worry that their party’s response to the President’s executive action will alienate Latinos. However, there’s little they can do about that.

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How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

James Joyner · 32 Comments

A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

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Federal Judge Blocks New Jersey Sports Betting, But N.B.A. Commissioner Says ‘Legalize It’

Doug Mataconis · No Comments

Once again, a Federal Judge has barred New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting based on Federal law. it’s time for the Federal Government to get out of the way on this issue.

DC Councilman Marion Barry may be facing censure after a council vote today.

Marion Barry, Four-Term Mayor Of Washington, D.C., Dies At 78

Doug Mataconis · 7 Comments

For better or worse, Marion Barry was a fixture in D.C. politics for much of the 40 year period of home rule that began in 1975.

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America’s 500th Drone Strike

James Joyner · 5 Comments

The shocking has become routine. We’re no safer because of it.

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House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

Doug Mataconis

The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

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China’s Coming Collapse?

James Joyner

A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

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Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

Doug Mataconis

You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a a RPG launcher in an area overlooking Baretle village, which is controlled by the Islamic State, in Khazir

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Rodney Dill

The Ninja vs. Pirate Village Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

Doug Mataconis

On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

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Scott Walker Looks To Be Preparing To Run For President

Doug Mataconis

Fresh off his third statewide win in four years, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears to be getting ready to run for President.

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DOJ Finds President Lacks Authority to Take Action He Took Next Day

James Joyner

The Office of Legal Counsel told the president Wednesday he couldn’t do what he did on Thursday.

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Obama Announces Immigration Plan, But Constitutional Confrontation Lies Ahead

Doug Mataconis

On substance, the President’s immigration actions aren’t very objectionable. How he is implementing them, though, is problematic and seems needlessly confrontational.

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GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

Doug Mataconis

In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

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There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

Doug Mataconis

Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

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Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Policy Of Not Paying Ransom For Hostages?

Doug Mataconis

The idea that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists is simply not historically accurate, so should we be reconsidering the policy of not negotiating with ISIS for the release of Western hostages?

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CIA Director Proposes Radical Reorganization

James Joyner

The CIA has always separated its core spying and analysis functions; that may soon change.

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Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

Jim Webb Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

Doug Mataconis

Former Senator Jim Webb is the first Democrat to kinda, sorta, throw his hat into the ring for 2016.

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New York City Pay Phones To Become WiFi Hotspots

Doug Mataconis

Adapting a relic of the 20th Century to the 21st Century.

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Americans Oppose Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration, But Support Immigration Reform

Doug Mataconis

A new poll provides some interesting context to the political context to the President’s expected executive action on immigration.

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Can Hillary Expand The Electoral College Map In 2016? In An Important Sense, It Doesn’t Matter

Doug Mataconis

An adviser close to Hillary Clinton is talking about expanding the Electoral College map in 2016, but even without such an expansion the GOP faces an uphill battle.

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Democrats Claim Obama Broke Their Party, Call on Him to Fix It

James Joyner

Some of his party’s leaders want the president to save them.

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Merkel Lashes Out Against Russia In Post G-20 Remarks

Doug Mataconis

Vladimir Putin’s latest actions seems to have exhausted Germany’s patience.

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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline For Now, Effectively Ends Mary Landrieu’s Political Career

Doug Mataconis

The Keystone XL pipeline bill is dead until the next Senate. Mary Landrieu’s political career, on the other hand, is basically dead for the foreseeable future.

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President Obama Was Against Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration Before He Was For it

Doug Mataconis

If the President now believes he can act unilaterally on immigration reform, why did he spend the last five years saying that he couldn’t?

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Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Doug Mataconis

All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Keystone XL Likely To Pass Senate, But It Won’t Save Mary Landrieu

Doug Mataconis

Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will likely pass the Senate today, and will eventually go forward despite an expected Presidential veto. But, Mary Landrieu’s political career is still dead.

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Public Wants Obama To Wait On Immigration Action

Doug Mataconis

A new poll shows that Americans would prefer President Obama to wait to act on immigration until after the new Congress has had a chance to act on the issue.

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The Ivy League Supreme Court

Doug Mataconis

Every member of the Supreme Court graduated from an Ivy League Law School. That kind of homogeneity is not healthy.

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