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Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

Doug Mataconis · 27 Comments
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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

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Regardless Of The Grand Jury Decision, Ferguson Raises Issues Americans Need To Address

Doug Mataconis · 68 Comments

Regardless of the outcome of the Michael Brown investigation, there are legitimate problems that need to be addressed.

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Six Observations on Immigration Reform

Steven L. Taylor · 11 Comments

Some points on the immigration debate that need constant (it seems) reinforcement.

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The House Lawsuit Against Obama; Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

Doug Mataconis · 5 Comments

The House of Representatives has filed its lawsuit against the President. As expected, it doesn’t amount to much.

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Violence Erupts In Wake Of Decision To Forego Indictment In Shooting Of Michael Brown

Doug Mataconis · 38 Comments

Not surprisingly, last night’s announcement that there would be no state court indictment in the Michael Brown shooting led to violence and confrontations with police. That’s not going to solve any of the real problems that face Ferguson, or any other community in the United States.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Returns No Indictment In Michael Brown Shooting

Doug Mataconis · 58 Comments

A not unexpected decision from the Grand Jury that investigated the Michael Brown shooting.

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Republicans Would Be More Credible On Immigration If They Had A Plan Of Their Own

Doug Mataconis

The fact that Republicans lack anything approaching a coherent immigration plan makes it hard to take their criticism of the President seriously.

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Is “Meh, Romney 2016″ For Real?

Doug Mataconis

When push comes to shove, top Republicans may still try to make Mitt Romney happen.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

Doug Mataconis

A surprising change at the top of the military’s civilian chain of command.

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

Doug Mataconis

Our supposed Syrian allies seem to have a different idea of who the enemy in Syria actually is.

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sraeli Arab youths clash with Israeli police at the entrance to the town of Kfar Kanna, in northern Israel

OTB Caption Contest

Rodney Dill

Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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

Doug Mataconis

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

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

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.

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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

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

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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