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Why Americans Stink at Math

James Joyner · 3 Comments
math-1+1=3

School.

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

OTB Caption Contest

Rodney Dill · 13 Comments

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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

Doug Mataconis · 9 Comments

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

Quick Takes

Malaysia Air Flight 17 Crash Scene

Initial Flight 17 Investigation Finds Evidence Consistent With Missile Strike

Doug Mataconis · 2 Comments

No surprises so far.

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The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

Doug Mataconis · 25 Comments

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 · 3 Comments

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

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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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Libya

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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World War One And Ukraine

Doug Mataconis

History matters.

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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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Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

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

Doug Mataconis

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

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Students in Classroom

Time To Get Rid Of Summer Vacation For Schoolchildren?

Doug Mataconis

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

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Election 2014

Primary Turnout And The 2014 Midterms

Doug Mataconis

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

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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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SexOffender

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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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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VETERAN'S ALERT:

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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