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OTB Latenight – Sting

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Pelosi Dodges Question On Whether The War In Afghanistan Is “Worth It”

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An interesting preview from tomorrow’s premiere of This Week With Christiane Amanpour: In an exclusive interview on “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour, to air this Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dodged a question about how she would have voted on a bill funding the war in Afghanistan. Now you didn’t vote. I know […]

More Signs of Anti-Muslim Sentiment

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A number of disturbing incidents point towards increased anti-Islam hostility in the United States.

Against the Electoral College I: Disparity Amongst Citizens

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The first in a multi-part series on the Electoral College.

House Fails To Repeal New 1099 Reporting Requirements

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Everyone seems to agree that the new 1099 reporting requirements contained in the health care reform bill are a bad idea, but nobody wants to take the time to repeal them.

Arizona Judge Receiving Death Threats Over Immigration Ruling

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Well, this is rather disconcerting: U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton received hundreds of threats at her court offices within hours of her ruling on Arizona’s tough and controversial immigration law. “She has been inundated,” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, indicating his agents are taking some seriously. “About 99.9 percent of the inappropriate comments are people […]

Maxine Waters To Join Rangel On Ethics Committee Trial Schedule

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It looks like a second long-standing Democratic Member of Congress will be making ethics headlines this summer: WASHINGTON — Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, will face charges of misusing her office and is expected to contest the claims in a House trial, the second powerful House Democrat to opt for such a public airing […]

In Defense Of The Electoral College

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The Electoral College is the worst way to elect a President, except for all the others.

Congressmen, or Six Year Olds ?

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The United States Congress is starting to resemble a grade-school playground.

Ben Nelson (D., Neb) To Vote Against Kagan

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Somewhat surprisingly, Democratic Senator Ben Nelson announced late yesterday that he would vote against Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court: Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) said Friday that he will vote against the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, the first Democrat to declare his opposition to her. Without specifying his objections, Nelson said that […]

Death of the Telephone Call

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The phone call is a dying legacy of a bygone day, supplanted by less intrusive forms of communication.

Congressman Dan Lungren Speeding During Interview

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California Rep. Dan Lungren was pulled over for speeding during a live radio interview.

USA Wealthiest Major Country

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The US standard of living is not only growing but its lead over Europe and Japan is growing.

Obama: Time For Rangel to End Career With Dignity

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While Congressional Democrats are being careful not to dance on Charlie Rangel’s grave, President Obama is showing no such compunction.

Al Gore Won’t Be Charged in Sexual Assault Case

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Portland authorities have decided, for a second time, that there isn’t enough evidence to charge Al Gore with sexual assault in a 2006 case.

So Much For “Recovery Summer”

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The latest GDP numbers are nothing but bad news for Democrats.

North Korea Disciplines Losing World Cup Team

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I suppose it could have been much worse for them: North Korea’s football team has been shamed in a six-hour public inquisition and the team’s coach has been accused of “betraying” the reclusive leader’s heir apparent following their failure at the World Cup, according to reports. The entire squad was forced onto a stage at […]

ADL Condemns “Ground Zero” Mosque Bigotry, Sides With The Bigots

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The Anti-Defamation League has taken an unfortunate stand on a issue involving religious tolerance and bigotry.

Why Charlie Rangel Will Likely Survive

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Despite facing a thirteen-count ethics complaint, Charlie Rangel probably isn’t going anywhere.

Debating In A Civil Society

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Screaming at one another and treating political opponents as enemies doesn’t seem to be getting us anywhere. But is there a realistic alternative?

SEIU Ad Compares Arizona Law To Berlin Wall, Japanese Internment

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The Service Employees International Union is out with what may be one of the most intellectually dishonest ads I’ve seen in awhile: There are many arguments that could be made against a border fence — ineffeciency and waste being one, the unjust use of eminent domain laws to complete it being another — but comparing […]

Immigration And Crime: Facts Are Stubborn Things

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The link between immigration and crime rates that many immigration opponents point to simply does not exist

Site Work in Progress

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Some long-awaited cleanup is underway, so please excuse any wonkiness as the work gets done.

One Year Ago Today: The Beer Summit Anniversary

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CNN notes that it was one year ago today that President Obama, Vice-President Obama, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, and Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Office James Crowley met over beer (Biden’s was apparently non-alcoholic) in the White House Rose Garden. It was a great event that helped ease racial tension nationwide. Oh, wait a minute………………

Democratic Congressman’s Staff Hits Opponent For Taking “Jewish Money”

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File this one under worst gaffe ever: Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger to Democrat Mike McMahon’s Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing. But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list […]

Who Could Have Predicted this?

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Via the AP:  Adult industry sees iPorn potential in new phone.

Reid and Angle Neck-and-Neck in NV Polls

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Angle is smartly focusing her commercials on the economy, and it is helping her numbers.

July Was The Deadliest Month Of The Afghan War

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Another month, another milestone: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war. In Kabul, police fired weapons into the air Friday to disperse a […]

Crist Still Leads in Florida Polls

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Crist’s gamble continues to appear to have been a good one.

Obama: African-Americans ‘Mongrel People’ (Other Americans Too!)

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President Obama went on TV and said something true. What was he thinking?

Army: More Dangerous To Ourselves Than The Enemy

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A review by the Army of its alarming spike in suicides blames it on the new strain of risk-seeking recruits who join during wartime and commanders who neglect to rein them in.

Reflects Creditably on the House

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The requirement that “members act at all times in a way that reflects creditably on the House” has a parallel in the UCMJ’s “conduct unbecoming” clause.

OTB Latenight – O.M.D.

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Caption Contest Winners

An unidentified man dressed as Darth Vader is seen robbing a Chase bank branch in Setauket

The Loan Wars Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Passports Security Still a Problem

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U.S. passports still aren’t perfect.

Charles Rangel Hit With 13 Charges Of Ethics Violations

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It was another bad day for Charlie Rangel, but something tells me he’s going to be just fine.

Latest Cook Forecast

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The latest from Charlie Cook:  House:  GOP gains from 32-42 (39 is magic number for a bare majority). Senate:  5 to 7 (8 is the current magic number, as they would need 51 seats to control the chamber, as 50 would give the tiebreaker to the Vice President). As such, total control of the Congress […]

Lindsey Graham Takes Aim At “Anchor Babies”

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Immigration “moderate” Lindsey Graham is suddenly sounding not so moderate.

Immigration Enforcement up under Obama

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The Obama administration is refusing to enforce border security, right?

ObamaCare Becoming More Popular ? Don’t Be So Sure

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A new poll claims that the health care reform law is now supported by a majority of Americans. Don’t believe it.

Shirley Sherrod Says She’ll Sue Andrew Breitbart

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It looks like the Shirley Sherrod story isn’t quite over yet. This morning, she announced that she’s going to sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart: Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will pursue a lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart – the man responsible for posting an edited video clip of Sherrod appearing […]

Change in Sentencing: Crack v. Powder Cocaine

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Congress has (after many years of debate) narrowed the gap between sentencing for crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

Why Obama Brought Less Change Than Hoped

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Why I wasn’t fooled by Barack Obama’s campaign promises to curb presidential power.

Is Discrimination Against Christians Legal?

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Can a public university expel a student for a religiously-motivated aversion to homosexuality?

Rob Simmons Re-Enters Connecticut Senate Primary

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Two months ago, Congressman Rob Simmons essentially dropped out of the Republican primary for Senate in Connecticut after losing a convention straw poll to Linda McMahon. Yesterday, though, he announced that he’s back in the race: Less than two weeks before the Aug. 10 Republican primary, the Senate campaign of former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) […]

Death and the Arizona Border

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Yes, a lot of people are dying on the Arizona border, but the cause is not the drug war. Rather, it is simple fact that crossing the desert on foot is a dangerous proposition. (And this is not a new phenomenon).

Can Republicans Win The House ?

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee came out with a memo yesterday asserting that the House was not likely to land in Republican hands, but Nate Silver thinks it’s more likely than Democrats may want to admit: There’s not really any there there. What does it mean for a seat to be “in play”, for instance? […]

Obama Supports Warrantless Searches

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The Obama administration wants the FBI to be able to look at your Internet records without the inconvenience of respecting your 4th Amendment rights.

BP Spill Damage Exaggerated?

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Now that the flood of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig has been staunched, some are arguing that the prophesied environmental catastrophe was greatly overblown.

Wonkery vs. Reality

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The concentration of policy wonks in the Washington-New York-Boston corridor produces skewed analysis.

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