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John Thune: Palin’s Decision On 2012 Will Impact Mine

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South Dakota Senator John Thune said today that his decision on whether or not to run for President in 2012 will be influenced to some extent by what Sarah Palin does: Sen. John Thune said Thursday that Sarah Palin’s decision whether or not to run for president will “change the equation” for him and all […]

Obama Beats Hillary, Again

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A new Gallup poll shows President Obama beating Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2012 Democratic nomination fight. Nobody should be surprised by that.

The Dumbest Generation: Does Technology Make Kids Dumb?

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Has modern life robbed America’s youth of their ability to think? Or simply caused them to think in different ways about different things?

More on O’Donnell’s Misrepresentation of her Education

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More on O’Donnell’s representation of her education in her own words.

New Murkowski Ad Takes Direct Aim At The Tea Party

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Fresh off of polling data that shows Murkowski very competitive against GOP candidate Joe Miller comes a new ad from Lisa Murkowski that seeks to portray Miller as a candidate backed by outsiders: It’s an interesting approach considering the success the Tea Party movement has had this year. Will it work ? That’s something I’m […]

O’Donnell’s Dubious Academic History

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Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has a history of embellishing her educational history.

Rubio Running Away With Florida Senate Race

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If the latest Qunnipiac Poll is any indication, it’s looking fairly likely that Marco Rubio will be Florida’s next Senator: Republican Marco Rubio holds a solid 46 – 33 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent in the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, with Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek […]

Palin, Romney Lead In Early GOP 2012 Gallup Poll

Once again, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are at the top of the field in the GOP 2012 race, but that may not last forever.

Republican Rout in November?

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Even with some key seats trending Democrat, Republicans are primed to take over both Houses of Congress come November 2.

The Porn-Election Connection

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Via the LAT:  Elections sway porn demand A husband-wife research team has found that voting for the candidate who wins an election makes men more eager to watch pornography, according to a story by Charles Q. Choi atLive Science. The reason is testosterone. […] The past research showed that after winning a competition, people may […]

McDonald’s Health Plan ObamaCare Casualty? Good!

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Among the unintended but not unforeseen consequences of the new health care law is that companies who were previously offering some health coverage may stop altogether. In some cases, that’s just as well.

Castle Won’t Launch Write-In Bid

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After losing the GOP Senate Primary to Christine O’Donnell, Mike Castle has decided that he will not launch a write-in bid for the seat once held by Joe Biden: Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, who was upended by Tea Party insurgent Christine O’Donnell in the GOP Senate primary two weeks ago, has decided against a write-in […]

Flying Cars!

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In news that will no doubt please the estimable Glenn Reynolds, DARPA has taken a big step toward the long-awaited flying car: Flying Humvees

Collegiate Prank Leads To Suicide

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Three lives intersected last week at Rutgers University, but one person didn’t make it out alive.

Is This The End Of The GOP’s California Dreamin’ ?

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Despite hopes that they could help reverse a 20 year trend, both Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman are beginning to lose ground in their races for statewide office in California.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: Democrats’ infighting, the continued Tea Party “takeover” of the GOP, the Obama administration’s following of its predecessor’s lead on executive power, and the degree to which America’s economic competition is fair.

Miller, Murkowski Nearly Tied In Alaska Senate Race

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If the polls are to be trusted, Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid for the Senate is looking like it has a chance of working to her benefit after all: (CNN) – The wild three-way Senate race in Alaska now appears to be a two-person fight for the top spot, according to a new poll. A CNN/Time/Opinion […]

Harry Reid v. Sharron Angle Race Remains A Dead Heat

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Repeating a pattern we’ve seen for weeks now, the latest Rasmussen poll shows Harry Reid and Sharron Angle locked in an incredibly tight race for the Senate in Nevada: The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with 48% support and his Republican challenger Sharron Angle […]

Colbert Testimony Shows Up In First Political Ad

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Last Friday’s testimony before a Congressional Committee by comedian Stephen Colbert has made its way into its first political ad: Political satirist Stephen Colbert’s congressional testimony on migrant farm workers week has already become fodder for an attack ad. The new spot targets West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who is in a tough fight with […]

“ACORN Pimp” James O’Keefe Attempts Bizarre CNN Stunt

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The man best known for staging the “Acorn Pimp” videos is back in the news with an even more bizarre story.

The Cause of the Financial Crisis

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Want to know who’s responsible for the subprime lending crisis that is feeding the bad economy today? The answer is obvious.

Poll Shows Alan Grayson Trailing In Re-Election Bid

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As both Dodd and I have noted, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson has made a name for himself over the past week for running two incredibly negative, misleading, inaccurate ads against his opponent. One falsely accused Republican Daniel Webster of being  a draft dodger and the other called him “Taliban Dan” after distorting his comments about […]

The Most Popular Politician In America ? Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton earned the nickname The Comeback Kid during the 1992 Presidential campaign when he came in a strong second place in the New Hampshire primary only weeks after the Gennifer Flowers story became public. He managed to stage comebacks again and again throughout his Presidency as well, bouncing back from the 1994 GOP “revolution” […]

Promised U.S. Aid Still Hasn’t Reached Haiti

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Nine months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, more than a billion dollars in reconstruction aid still hasn’t reached the country.

Obama Gets Political Advice, From Mike Dukakis

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It seems everyone wants to give the President political advice these days, even failed Presidential candidates: Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D) gave the Obama administration his advice about how to stave off electoral losses during a recent visit to the White House. Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, advised the administration to […]

Ontario Court Decriminalizes Prostitution

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Via the BBC:  Canadian judge overturns brothel ban in Ontario In a 131-page ruling, Judge Susan Himel found national laws banning brothels, solicitation of clients and managing sex workers violated a provision of the constitution guaranteeing “the right to life, liberty and security”. She called on the Canadian parliament to regulate the sex trade rather […]

Harnessing The Tea Party

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Support for the Tea Party is at record levels but that movement does not have a coherent policy platform. Can the energy be harnessed to good use?

Is The Game Fixed?

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A third of the Forbes 50 were born billionaires. Does that mean the game is fixed?

Back to Mono: Old School Reissues Rocking Rock World

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Business is booming for box sets of 1960s acts remastered into the original mono.

Driving-While-Texting Bans Don’t Work

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A new study suggests that laws banning texting while driving don’t actually have any impact on accident rates.

World War One Officially Ends

Just under ninety-two years after it came to a halt, we can now say that World War One is officially over: The final payment of £59.5 million, writes off the crippling debt that was the price for one world war and laid the foundations for another. Germany was forced to pay the reparations at the […]

Chris Christie: One More Time, No I’m Not Running For President

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At a forum with Ohio Gubernatorial candidate John Kaisch, New Jersey’s Chris Christie was once again presented with “the question”: Will Chris Christie run for president? N.J. Gov. says ‘No chance’ He’s denied it once. He’s denied it twice. And, now, three times. Even General Sherman only had to say no once. Perhaps now the […]

Nancy Pelosi’s Famous Last Words

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I found these comments from the Speaker of the House particularly amusing: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she still expects to have her job in five weeks after voters head to the polls. Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, whose job as speaker makes her third in line to the presidency, said she […]

Obama: School Choice For Me, But Not For Thee

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President Obama’s recent comments about the D.C. Public Schools should raise a few eyebrows.

Is NATO Relevant?

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Yesterday’s NATO Beyond Afghanistan conference was a depressing day for fans of the most successful military alliance in history.

O’Donnell Caught Embellishing Her Education Credentials (Again)

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Christine O’Donnell’s claim that she studied at Oxford is a tad misleading.

MacArthur Genius Grants

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Some old guy and the man who created “The Wire” are among this year’s recipients.

Cindy Sheehan: “I Am A 9/11 Truther”

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During the Bush Administration when she was the darling of the anti-war movement, there was seemed to be something just a little bit off about Cindy Sheehan. However, her status as the mother of a dead soldier provided her with a shroud of moral credibility that made any criticism of her seem unfair, even when […]

Republicans Close The Gap In West Virginia, Connecticut

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Two races that seemed like they’d be blowouts only a few months ago are looking very competitive as we head into the final month of the 2010 Campaign. First, in Connecticut where Attorney General Richard Blumenthal once had a 25 point lead, polls from Quinnipiac and Rasmussen both show Republican Linda McMahon has closed the […]

Political Stink Bugs

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Among the stories popping up on my Google News sidebar is an MSNBC piece titled “Think bedbugs are bad? Meet the stink bugs.”   Having been invaded by the latter at my home in recent days, I clicked through to the link and got this: Naturally, I assumed that the link on my sidebar app […]

Guilty Until Proved Innocent. And Even Then.

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Our 24/7 media culture has created a climate where persons accused of sensational crimes are presumed guilty.

Jim DeMint Vows To Shut Down Senate

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If South Carolina’s Jim DeMint has his way, the Senate won’t be conducting any business unless he approves of it.

Atheists and Mormons Know The Most About Religion

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According to a recent Pew Survey, most Americans are woefully ignorant of religious teachings and doctrines, including their own. The groups of people who know the most about religion? Atheists and agnostics, closely followed by Mormons, who are more familiar with the teachings of the New Testament than Evangelical Christians.

North Korean Palace Intrigue

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Kim Jong Il’s reclusive third son is now on a path to inherit leadership of the country founded by his Grandfather.

Biden To Democratic Base: “Stop Whining”

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Vice-President Biden has a message for the Democratic base — stop complaining and just support us already.

Language Evolution: “Partner”

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The use of “partner” to describe someone with whom one is in a romantic relationship has interesting connotations.

Science Journalism Parody

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An amusing parody of the typical press report on a new scientific finding.

Rahm Emanuel Leaving White House, Running For Chicago Mayor

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White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving his job at week’s end to run for mayor of Chicago.

Alan Grayson Digs Hole Even Deeper

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Seems Grayson’s getting desperate.

OTB Latenight – Chumbawamba

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