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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Have Lost The Will To Fight ISIS

Doug Mataconis · No Comments
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Some unusually blunt, but true, language from the U.S. Secretary Of Defense.


OTB Caption Contest

Rodney Dill · 40 Comments

Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Ireland Marriage Referendum

Irish Voters Overwhelmingly Vote In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Doug Mataconis · 74 Comments

Voters in Ireland have overwhelmingly approved a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.

Quick Takes

Photos of the day - May 9, 2015

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Rodney Dill · 5 Comments

The Needs More Cowbell Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.


Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Two Unarmed Individuals

Doug Mataconis · 45 Comments

A Cleveland police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in a case that resulted in the death of two African-American individuals.

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First Batch Of Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Reveals No Smoking Guns

Doug Mataconis · 32 Comments

The first batch of email from Hillary Clinton regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi have been released, and they don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know.

National Security Agency

Senate Fails To Pass PATRIOT Act Renewal

Doug Mataconis

The Senate went home last night without passing a bill to renew the PATRIOT Act, which expires at the end of the month.

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Minimum Wage

Los Angeles Makes A Risky Bet With Its Minimum Wage Increase

Doug Mataconis

Los Angeles became the latest major city to increase its minimum wage. It’s a risky bet that is likely to do more harm than good.

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Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

Doug Mataconis

Disturbing developments on the part of the Ukrainian government.

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Clinton Foundation Discloses $26 Million In Contributions It ‘Forgot’ To Disclose Before

Doug Mataconis

The Clinton Foundation has disclosed that there were $26 million in donations that it had failed to disclose while Hillary was Secretary of State.

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Boy Scouts

President Of Boy Scouts Of America Calls For End Of Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

Doug Mataconis

Robert Gates, the former Defense Secretary who now serves as head of the Boy Scouts Of America, has called for an end to that organizations ban on gay Scout Leaders.

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Baltimore Police Defendants

Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments Against Police Officers In Freddie Gray Case

Doug Mataconis

The six Baltimore cops charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a Grand Jury.

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Support For Same-Sex Marriage Hits Record High In New Poll

Doug Mataconis

A new Gallup poll puts support for same-sex marriage above 60% for the first time ever.

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Mike Huckabee Is The Latest Republican To Skip The Iowa Straw Poll

Doug Mataconis

What if they held a straw poll and nobody came?

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Hillary Clinton Awarded The 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize

Hillary Clinton Is Ethically Challenged And Hasn’t Accomplished Much, Voters Don’t Seem To Care

Doug Mataconis

Hillary Clinton is a deeply flawed candidate who might not even make a very good President. But that doesn’t matter in the race for the Democratic Nomination, and she’s probably going to be the next President anyway.

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Bobby Jindal’s Utterly Pointless ‘Religious Liberty’ Campaign Stunt

Doug Mataconis

Thwarted by the legislature, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal used his executive power to take action that seems directed more toward evangelicals in Iowa than anything happening in his home state.

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Congressman Steny Hoyer Thinks Congress Needs A Pay Raise

Doug Mataconis

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer suggests that his fellow Congressmen and Senators are underpaid at $174,000 per year.

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Rand Paul Senate Floor

Rand Paul Holds The Senate Floor To Talk About PATRIOT Act Renewal, Civil Liberties

Doug Mataconis

Rand Paul held the Senate floor for nearly twelve hours yesterday to talk about the PATRIOT Act, but it’s unclear if he accomplished anything.

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Dec 15 Fox Iowa Debate

Networks to Limit Republican Debate Field

James Joyner

With 14 candidates vying for the Republican nomination, TV execs are scrambling to make the debates watchable.

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Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Questions To Answer About Iraq, Libya, And Syria

Doug Mataconis

Hillary Clinton has admitted she made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but there are plenty of other questions she needs to answer when it comes to foreign interventions.

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North Korea Military Parade Weapons

Meanwhile, In North Korea

Doug Mataconis

North Korea now claims it has miniaturized nuclear warheads sufficienctly so that they can be placed on missiles. They also say they can launch missiles from submarines.

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Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley To Enter Presidential Race

Doug Mataconis

Maryland’s former Governor will announce his candidacy for President next week. Don’t expect him to go very far.

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Gas Pump

New Jersey May Finally Let You Pump Your Own Gas

Doug Mataconis

A New Jersey legislator is proposing finally getting rid of an antiquated law that makes it illegal to pump your own gas in the Garden State.

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What Can Republicans Learn From The Tory Victory In Great Britain?

Doug Mataconis

Republicans could learn a few things from the Tory victory in the recent British elections, but they are in danger of drawing the wrong conclusions.

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Federal Judge Bars Enforcement Of Restrictive D.C. Concealed Carry Law

Doug Mataconis

A Second Amendment victory in the District of Columbia,

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Nebraska Could Be The Next State To Repeal The Death Penalty

Doug Mataconis

The largely conservative state of Nebraska seems to be on the verge of repealing its law authorizing capital punishment.

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Marco Rubio Fumbles The Iraq War Question

Doug Mataconis

Marco Rubio is the latest Republican Presidential candidate to have a problem giving a coherent answer to a few simple questions about the Iraq War.

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Obama Administration To Take Steps To Cut Back On Police Militarization

Doug Mataconis

President Obama is taking steps to reduce police militarization, but there’s much more that needs to be done.

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Immigration Reform

Lindsey Graham To Announce Presidential Run June 1st

Doug Mataconis

South Carolina’s Senior Senator is set to be the latest entry into the race for the Republican nomination.

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