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OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

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Topics include the Kagan hearings, the Dave Weigel brouhaha, and Russian spies.

Chris Christie Refuses To Endorse Hard-Line Approach On Immigration

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been the darling of the conservative wing of the GOP for his no-nonsense approach to fiscal policy, but they’re not likely to be happy with his stand on immigration: On the hot-button topic of immigration reform, he said he has long declined to “demagogue” the issue as a former […]

An Ideological Self-Test

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In the comment section of one of my recent posts a discussion broke out about the political compass ideological categorization test, which some found wanting (especially in terms of evaluating one’s position within US politics).  The Pew Research Center for the People has their own test, and it is US-centric and can be found here.

Wonder Woman Gets New Costume

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After 69 years fighting crime in a star-spangled bathing suit, Wonder Woman will get a super hero costume.

Elena Kagan Gets Grillled……On Her Favorite Twilight Character

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If you needed any more signs that the Supreme Court confirmation process had become silly and vapid, it came today when Senator Amy Klobucher asked Elena Kagan who her favor character was in the Twilight series: H/T: TPM

Senate Unanimously Confirms Petraeus As Afghanistan Commander

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Just a week after he was named to replace General Stanley McChrystal, the Senate has unanimously confirmed David Petraeus as the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan: General David Petraeus, the president’s pick to take over from Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the new commander of the troubled war in Afghanistan, was approved by the […]

Ugly Party vs. Grown-Up Party

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Michael Gerson argues that the source of our polarization isn’t the Democrats and the Republicans but the Ugly Party and the Grown-Up Party.

McChrystal to Retire as Four-Star

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Stanley McChrystal will be allowed to retire as a four-star general rather than suffer the indignity of being reduced to his permanent grade.

New Ocean Forming, Africa To Split In Two

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It won’t happen for millions of years, but this story is still utterly fascinating: Africa is witnessing the birth of a new ocean, according to scientists at the Royal Society. Geologists working in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia say the ocean will eventually split the African continent in two, though it will take about […]

African Solidarity in the World Cup

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Africans are rallying around the Ghanaian World Cup team, putting aside stark differences. Should we be surprised?

Larry King Hanging Up The Suspenders

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The most shocking news about Larry King’s retirement announcement was the realization that he was still on the air.

Ancient Wisdom of the Day – 6/30/2010

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“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Pollster Transparency

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Honest pollsters should deposit their raw data with the Roper Center to improve transparency.

Spy Ring Bust Nets Femme Fatale

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While the Russian “spy ring” seems to be much less than meets the eye, one of the people caught up in the arrests is getting a lot of press today: She came from Russia, with love. The sexy suspected spy who the feds say was sent to New York to gather intel on the United […]

The Elena Kagan Comedy Hour

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One of the things many noted about yesterday’s edition of the Kagan Confirmation Hearings was the extent to which Elena Kagan used her sense of humor to disarm her questioners: If nothing else, she might make oral argument more entertaining.

Some Real Questions For Elena Kagan

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George Will has some real questions for Elena Kagan. Too bad nobody’s going to ask them.

BP to Help Stations

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According to the AP (BP giving financial help to stations), BP is going to provide some financial help to their gas stations to help offset declining sales as a result of boycotts. This could work if, in fact, the station owners pass on the savings to the consumers, as the best way to dissuade boycotters […]

Bad Writing Contest

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For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss — a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.

Quote of the Day – Conservative Whore Edition

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We live in a world in which conservative radio hosts actually tape commercials for everything from gold coins to adjustable mattresses. Rush Limbaugh frankly acknowledged to an admiring Zev Chafets: “First and foremost I’m a businessman. My first goal is to attract the largest possible audience so I can charge confiscatory ad rates. I happen […]

The Truth About The Jones Act And The Oil Spill: The Right Gets One Wrong

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Marc Ambinder does a good job of debunking the idea that the Obama Administration’s failure to waive the Jones Act has impeded the cleanup effort in the Gulf Of Mexico: The truth: Not a single government that has offered its assets for free has been refused by the U.S. … The government, on Obama’s orders, is moving […]

Kagan: Politics Separate From Judging

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Elena Kagan is not telling the truth when she says her politics are “completely separate” from her judging.

Elena Kagan, Jeff Sessions Spar Over Harvard Military Recruiting Issue

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The testiest exchange during today’s hearings in the Senate came when Jeff Sessions tried to confront Elena Kagan over military recruiting at Harvard Law School, and failed miserably.

Andrew Breitbart Offers $ 100,000 For JournoList Archives

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If you know where the JournoList archive is, Andrew Breitbart has got some cash for you.

John Boehner Steps On The Third Rail

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The House GOP Leader is proposing that we get serious about Social Security reform.

Quote of the Day – California Politics Edition

California’s idea to have flashing ads on license plates may have some down side.

Best Blogs of 2010: Washington Note

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Congrats to Steve Clemons, whose “Washington Note” has been named one of TIME’s Best Blogs of 2010.

‘Google Me’ New Facebook Competitor

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Google is getting serious about launching a Facebook competitor. Is it too late?

Daily Kos Suing Former Polling Partner

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Markos Moulitsas gets a lesson in caveat emptor from his former pollster.

Kagan Backtracks On “Meaningful Discussion Of Legal Issues”

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Elena Kagan’s interest in vigorous and open confirmation hearings ended roughly the moment she was sworn in by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rick Moran Interviews Rick Moran

Rick Moran is noticing an odd pattern in political discourse.

Majority Of Americans Support Afghan Withdrawal Timeline

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A new poll shows that a majority of the public favors President Obama’s decision to begin withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in July 2011: A majority of Americans favor President Barack Obama’s planned July 2011 timetable to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll. Fifty-eight percent of the […]

Ancient Wisdom of the Day – 6/29/10

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“A reflective, contented mind is the best possession.” — Ushtavaiti Gatha; Yasna 43, 15.

Russian Spies Like Us

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Ten Russian agents posing as Americans and living in the suburbs of DC, New York, and Boston for a decade to glean valuable intelligence have been arrested by the FBI.

Bill Clinton: Blow Up The Well

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America’s 42nd President offers his advice on how to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil leak: Insert appropriate Bill Clinton/drilling joke here.

Things American Politicians Will Never Say

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The new Prime Minister of Australia says she will not fake her religious belief for the sake of getting votes: Julia Gillard conceded today that she is not a “religious person” and declared she would not “pretend” to be for the sake of votes. The Prime Minister appeared caught by surprise this morning during a […]

Running from the Press: The Curious Case of Sharron Angle

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If one wants to be a US Senator, one is going to have to learn to talk to the press.

Blatter Backtracks

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Via ESPN:  Blatter apologizes to England, Mexico FIFA president Sepp Blatter says soccer’s governing body will "reopen the file" on video technology at a meeting of its rule-making panel in Wales next month, after two major refereeing mistakes at the World Cup. The officiating has been horrible in the World Cup to date and could […]

Day One Of Kagan Hearings Fail To Excite, Or Educate

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Miss yesterday’s opening round of the Kagan hearings ? You didn’t miss much.

Google Tries “New Approach” in China

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Via the BBC:  Google in ‘new approach’ on China Until recently, the firm automatically redirected Chinese users to its unfiltered search site in Hong Kong to get round censorship issues. Google has said it will now stop this after Beijing warned it could lose its licence to operate in the country. Instead, Chinese users will […]

Robert Byrd, Emperor Palpatine of Pork

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The late Senator Robert Byrd’s legacy as the master of pork barrel spending is secure.

Dave Weigel, MSNBC Contributor

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Dave Weigel lands on his feet as a contributor for MSNBC.

What’s Next for Stanley McChrystal?

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Is political office in Stan McChrystal’s future?

General McChrystal To Retire From Military

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Less than a week after resigning his command, Fox News is reporting that General Stanley McChrystal will be retiring from active duty in the military. One wonders how long it will be after that becomes effective that we’ll hear the rest of the story.

No Election For Byrd’s Senate Seat Until 2012

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Thanks to a rather odd interpretation of West Virginia law, there won’t be an election to fill Robert Byrd’s Senate seat until November, 2012.

Al Franken Confirms It: The Kagan Hearings Are Incredbily Boring

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One day in, and the Senators are already falling asleep: H/T: TownHall

The Logical Result Of Anti-Vaccine Hysteria ?

In California, five children have died of Whopping Cough since the beginning of the year. One has to wonder what role the discredited vaccine-autism hysteria has to do anything with this.

Supreme Court: Christian Group Can’t Exclude Gays While Accepting Public Funds

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Once again, the Supreme Court affirmed today that there is no Constitutional right to receive public funds.

Senator Oprah (Almost)

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One of the weirder pieces of news to come out of the Rod Blagojevich trial: As if she weren’t powerful enough, Rod Blagojevich seriously considered asking Chicago heavyweight Oprah Winfrey to take over the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. “Nobody would assail this pick,” he says in tapes recorded on Nov. 21, 2008.  “It’s […]

Blog Bubble Bursting?

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Is the blog bubble bursting? Only if you’re innumerate.

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