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OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Asshat Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Terrorist Plot, Or Homeland Security Theater?

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When the FBI essentially creates a terrorist in order to arrest him, have we really accomplished anything?

Chris Christie And Other Weighty Issues

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Chris Christie’s weight has become a political concern, apparently.

When Can a President Order an American Killed?

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My latest for The Atlantic, “The Thorniest Question: When Can a President Order an American Killed?” has been posted.

Economic Forecaster Says U.S. Is Headed Into A Recession

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The Economic Cycle Research Institute is out with a very gloomy forecast for the U.S. economy: The U.S. economy is staring down another recession, according to a forecast from the Economic Cycle Research Institute. “It’s either just begun, or it’s right in front of us,” said Lakshman Achuthan, the managing director of ECRI. “But at […]

FBI Reportedly Investigating Accounting Fraud At Solyndra

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The reasoning behind those FBI search warrants of Solyndra offices and executive’s homes is becoming clear: The FBI is investigating Solyndra LLC for possible accounting fraud and the accuracy of financial representations made to the government, according to an agency official. The FBI is examining possible misrepresentations in financial statements, according to the FBI official, […]

What Is The World Coming To?

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Better or worse?

Christie Now Allegedly “Seriously Considering” Presidential Race

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And, the week closes out with another round of rumors about New Jersey’s Governor.

A Question for Discussion (MSM Edition)

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Some comments in a recent post sparks a question:  do you consider Fox News Channel to be part of the “mainstream media”?  Why or why not? Discuss.

Michele Bachmann Blames Obama For Arab Spring

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Michele Bachmann has a rather bizarre view of the protests which swept the Arab world starting in January, and which so far have led to the downfall of three dictators: Michele Bachmann condemned the Arab Spring and blamed President Obama for allowing it to happen by “showing weakness” and by compromising the United States’ relationship […]

Democrats Admit They Don’t Have The Votes To Pass Obama’s Jobs Bill

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Well, they’re going to be hard-placed to blame this one on Republican obstructionism: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill, but Durbin added that that situation would change. “Not at the moment, I don’t think we do, but, uh, […]

Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in Yemen

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Anwar al-Awlaki, a major al Qaeda leader and American citizen, has been killed in Yemem–almost certainly by an American Predator drone. BBC (“Islamist cleric Anwar Awlaki ‘killed in Yemen’“): The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country’s defence ministry reported. US administration officials confirmed the […]

More Questions about Chávez’s Health

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Via the BBC:  Hugo Chavez denies media reports of health emergency Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has denied US media reports that he was rushed to hospital with kidney failure linked to his cancer treatment. "I’m fine, I’m having my first coffee of the day," Mr Chavez, 57, told state TV by telephone. Mr Chavez, who […]

The Ongoing Insanity of US Border Policy (Fencing off Citizens Edition)

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Another entry in the ongoing follies of US border and immigration policy.

No Evidence GOP Voters Are Dissatisfied With 2012 Field

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Despite what the media keeps saying, there’s no real evidence that GOP voters are dissatisfied with the 2012 field.

Democratic Voter Enthusiasm Hits A Ten Year Low

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If the 2012 elections are going to be decided by voter turnout, then the Democratic base is going to need some prodding: In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly as many, 44%, are less enthusiastic. This […]

Graduate Students Unprepared for Graduation?

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A consultant for would-be academics, says she wouldn’t have a job if professors would do theirs.

Chris Christie Too Fat To Be President?

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Can someone who doesn’t look like a GQ model make it in politics anymore?

Rudy Giuliani Gauging Interest in Presidential Bid

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There is literally no interest in a Giuliani presidential bid outside of Giuliani and those who might be employed by his campaign.

Onion: Congress Hostage Tweets

Arlington gun shop confirms Rep. @EricCantor bought 6 semi-automatic handguns, 3 rifles & 600 clips of ammo last month #CongressHostage

Beginning with “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building,” a series of tweets with the #CongressHostage hashtag have been decidedly unfunny.

Is A Politician Who “Flip-Flops” Really A Bad Thing?

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Mitt Romney is still being dogged by charges of changed positions. Now, he’s trying to spin that as a good thing.

Rezwan Ferdaus Terror Plot: Serious or Amateur?

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Rezwan Ferdaus, an American Muslim, has been charged with a major terrorist plot against his country.

Florida Moves its Primary

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Yet again, a state seeks to buck the primary calendar (and yet again it provides a chance to wonder why we have the nomination system we have).

Obama Administration Petitions Supreme Court To Review 11th Circuit Ruling On ObamaCare

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The health care battle is formally joined in the Supreme Court.

Cain: Blacks have been “Brainwashed”

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Via CNN’s Political Ticker:  Cain: Black community ‘brainwashed’ into voting for Dems: "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN’s "The Situation Room" in an interview airing Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. ET. "I have received some of that […]

MA Senate Field Narrows

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Via the BoGlo:  Setti Warren said to be quitting US Senate race Newton mayor Setti Warren, whose US Senate campaign has been short on cash and eclipsed by the emergence of Elizabeth Warren, plans to announce tomorrow that he is dropping out, according to an early supporter who received a phone call this afternoon. […] […]

Gee, You Think? (Running for President Edition)

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Via the Des Moines Register:  Rick Perry’s wife says scrutiny faced during presidential campaign has been ‘intense’ “I thought I was pretty seasoned, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said. […] “Rick’s been running for office since our son was three years old,” said Anita Perry, his wife of 28 years. “There is […]

Much of Alabama’s Immigration Law Upheld

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Via the NYT:  Alabama Wins in Ruling on Its Immigration Law The decision, by Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of Federal District Court in Birmingham, makes it much more likely that the fate of the recent flurry of state laws against illegal immigration will eventually be decided by the Supreme Court. It also means that Alabama […]

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OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The NairobiKandinsky Trio Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Mitt Romney Back At The Top In New National Poll

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Rick Perry’s slide in polls seems to be accelerating.

New York Town Clerk Refusing To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

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A town clerk in upstate New York is trying to argue that she should have the right to refuse to comply with the state’s law legalizing same-sex marriage: Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that […]

Sarah Palin Thinks Being President Might Be Too “Shackley”

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Sarah Palin apparently thinks having an actual job would be too confining.

Hallmark’s New Idea: Sympathy Cards For The Unemployed

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File this one under there’s a market for everything: Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation’s 9 percent unemployment rate. In a six-by-four inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost his or her job a pre-printed message of encouragement and sympathy. Though not available at every corner store, layoff greeting […]

Romney On Top In Florida Poll

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Another state poll out today has more good news for the Romney campaign: Rick Perry’s led the Republican field in every Southern state that we’ve polled since he entered the Presidential race…until now.  Mitt Romney continues to lead the way in Florida with 30% to 24% for Perry, 10% for Gingrich, 8% for Ron Paul, […]

Princeton Bans Professors From Giving Journals Copyright

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In a shot across the bow of the current publishing model, Princeton is requiring professors to retain rights to their published work so that it may be freely distributed.

Big GOP Donors On The Sidelines, Waiting For Christie

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Some of the biggest donors and fundraisers in the Republican Party have been sitting on the sidelines while they and others try to get Chris Christie to change his mind about running for President: Chris Christie has, essentially, frozen the race. The most important Republican moneymen in the country, Paul Singer and David Koch, are […]

Romney Leads In New Iowa Poll

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Previous polls of likely Iowa caucus goers had Michelle Bachmann, and then Rick Perry in the lead but a new poll from American Research Group has some very interesting results: Mitt Romney — 21% (up three points from July 2011 ARG poll) Michele Bachmann — 15% (down six points from July 2011 ARG poll) Rick […]

Why Dollar Coin Failed

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Why didn’t the government simply stop printing new dollar bills, making transition to coins non-optional?

Solyndra Reportedly Violated The Terms Of Its Government Loan

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More news about Solyndra and the apparent favoritism it received at the behest of the Obama Administration: Solyndra LLC had such steep financial problems in late 2010 that the company violated terms of its loan-guarantee agreement with the Department of Energy and technically defaulted on its $535 million loan, according to people familiar with the […]

Are Blacks Abandoning Obama?

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Dick Morris has a penchant for counter-intuitive analysis. And for being wildly wrong.

Florida About To Blow Up GOP Primary Calendar?

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Florida is days away from making a decision that could throw the GOP primary calendar into chaos and have candidates stumping in Iowa and New Hampshire over the holidays once again: Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged […]

Reagan Library Speech Fails To End Chris Christie Speculation

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Last night’s speech at the Reagan Library did nothing to stop people from speculating about Chris Christie’s Presidential plans.

Supermarket Self-Checkouts Being Replaced With People

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The conspiracy by grocery store owners to turn us all into unpaid cashiers may be ending.

North Carolina Governor Calls On Congress To Suspend Elections

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North Carolina Bev Purdue (D) has come up with what may be both the most ridiculous and the most outrageous idea ever: North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) proposed suspending congressional elections for a cycle so legislators could focus on fixing the economy. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two […]

Americans Not Buying What Either Political Party Is Selling

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Neither political party is resonating with the public right now, and neither is acting in the manner the public would like.

Congress Investigating Planned Parenthood Abortion Compliance

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House Energy and Commerce Committee “is investigating Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, requesting lots of docs.”

Chris Christie A Definite No For Presidential Run, Reports Say

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It looks like another round of Christie for President speculation has, unsurprisingly, been for naught: Chris Christie say he has finally made a definitive decision, once and for all, not to run for president in 2012, sources close to the New Jersey governor told Fox News on Tuesday. Despite the intensity that has heightened in […]

Mitt Romney: The Inevitable Nominee?

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Despite all the negatives going against him, Mitt Romney may yet be the inevitable Republican nominee.

Jon Huntsman Excluded from Debates?

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CNN may deny Jon Huntsman a spot in its October 18 debate.

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