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Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

Doug Mataconis · 5 Comments
Obama Makes Statement On U.S.-Cuba Policy

President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

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Did 24 Help Make Torture Acceptable?

Doug Mataconis · 24 Comments

In the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on C.I.A. torture, some have suggested that eight years of Jack Bauer helped make torture more acceptable to the American public.

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F.B.I. Charges North Korea With Being Behind Hacking Attacks On Sony

Doug Mataconis · 7 Comments

The U.S. Government has formally charged North Korea with responsibility for the hacking attack on Sony. How to respond to that attack is a more complicated question.

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Some Questions for Those who Oppose an Opening with Cuba

Steven L. Taylor · 64 Comments

A little round of Qs and As on US-Cuban policy.

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Oklahoma And Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

Doug Mataconis · 5 Comments

Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over the Centennial State’s decision to legalize marijuana, but they don’t seem to have much of a case.

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Rand Paul Breaks With Other 2016 GOP Contenders In Backing Obama’s Opening To Cuba

Doug Mataconis · 15 Comments

Rand Paul is one of the few Republicans who seems to be evaluating the new policy toward Cuba through something other than an outdated Cold War perspective.

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Federal Judge Kind Of, Sort Of Finds Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional In Poorly Reasoned Decision

Doug Mataconis

A Federal Judge has issued a ruling that sort of says that President Obama’s Immigration action is unconstitutional. Except it’s poorly reasoned, and apparently not legally binding on anyone.

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Iraq And Afghanistan Wars Cost $3 Trillion

Doug Mataconis

The costs of more than a decade of war are far higher than many ever thought, and we’re still paying the price for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush Administration while they were being fought.

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Hate Speech and Academic Freedom

James Joyner

Should a professor who says she “hates Republicans” keep her job?

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Sony Pictures Pulls ‘The Interview’ After Cyber Attacks, Threats; North Korea Suspected

Doug Mataconis

With major theater chains having pulled out, Sony bowed to the inevitable, but now there appears to be proof that a foreign power is behind the Sony hacking attacks and threats of violence.

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Obama’s Cuba Policy Shift Faces Headwinds On Capitol Hill

Doug Mataconis

The fate of Cuba policy in Congress is far from certain, but what is certain is that following through on President Obama’s historic and necessary changes will face resistance.

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Obama Has Made An Historic Change In U.S. Cuban Relations, It’s A Good First Step

Doug Mataconis

The resumption of diplomatic relations between U.S. and Cuba, and expansion of some commercial trade ties, is historic but it’s only the first step toward the goal of ending an outdated embargo.

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Sandy Hook Shooting Families File Legally Dubious Lawsuit Against AR-15 Manufacturer

Doug Mataconis

The families of many of the Sandy Hook victims are seeking to have the manufacturer of the AR-15 held legally responsible for what happened. While understandable, their lawsuit is misplaced and largely without legal merit.

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American Held By Cuba Released, U.S. And Cuba To Begin Talks On Normalizing Relations

Doug Mataconis

An American freed from captivity, and potentially huge changes in America’s diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba.

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Placing Jeb in Ideological Context

Steven L. Taylor

Also: charting the rightward shift in the GOP.

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Sony Hacking Scandal Elevates To Threats Of Terrorism If Film Is Released

Doug Mataconis

Hackers who have divulged embarrassing secrets from deep within Sony Pictures are now threatening violence if a film about a plot to kill Kim Jong Un is released.

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Russia’s Economic Problems Just Getting More Grim By The Day

Doug Mataconis

For a year that started out with regaining long-lost territory in Ukraine, 2014 is not ending so well for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Supreme Court: Police Can Make ‘Reasonable’ Mistakes Of Law In Executing A Traffic Stop

Doug Mataconis

The Supreme Court says that police who have a “reasonable” misunderstanding of the law can still pull you over.

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Oberlin College Student’s Request For Ferguson-Related Exam Delay Gets Epic Response

Doug Mataconis

An Oberlin College student makes it clear just why she needs an education.

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Jeb Bush Running for President

James Joyner

The former Florida Governor announced that he’s taking the first step towards running for president in 2016.

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Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President, But Don’t Expect The Speculation To End Soon

Doug Mataconis

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President, and she is unlikely to change her mind on that. Nonetheless, the speculation that she is will continue for some time to come because it suits her interests and the interests of others.

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Sydney Hostage Taker Man Haron Monis: Lone Wolf Terrorist, Or Lone Nut? Does It Matter?

Doug Mataconis

Was Man Haron Monis a terrorist, or just a lone nut who had latched on to the rhetoric of ISIS to justify his own delusions? In the end, it hardly matters.

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On Ticking Time Bombs

Steven L. Taylor

The “ticking time bomb scenario” is a TV trope and, therefore, is a terrible guide for making policy.

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The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

Doug Mataconis

Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

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Sony Seeks To Scare Press Away From Publishing Information Obtained in Hacking Attack

Doug Mataconis

Sony is warning the press not to publish material leaked by hackers, but it doesn’t have much of a legal leg to stand on.

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U.S. Government Losing $100,000,000 Per Year On Nickel And Penny Production

Doug Mataconis

The U.S. Government continues to lose money on production of two coins that people barely use anymore.

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Hostage Crisis In Sydney, Australia Cafe Apparently Linked To Terrorism

Doug Mataconis

A hostage crisis has been unfolding overnight at a cafe in Sydney, Australia that has apparent links to international terrorism.

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OTB Caption Contest

Rodney Dill

Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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Senate Passes Spending Bill As Ted Cruz Maneuver Helps Democrats Pass Nominations

Doug Mataconis

As expected, the Senate passed the so-called “Cromnibus,” but not before a self-aggrandizing maneuver by Ted Cruz ended up being exploited by Democrats to pass outstanding nominations.

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