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Dog Bites Man

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Via ABC:  Keith Olbermann Threatens Suit Over Current TV Firing. In other news:  rain reportedly wet, and many people like a glass of whiskey.

ObamaCare And The Supreme Court’s Legitimacy

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Is the Supreme Court risking it’s legitimacy if it strikes down the individual mandate?

Why I Hate Politics

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Kevin Drum and I don’t agree about a whole heck of a lot, but this observation is spot-on: I just turned on the TV for a few minutes and switched to MSNBC. Where I found Rachel Maddow going on and on about the fact that Mitt Romney once called the residents of Afghanistan “Afghanis” instead […]

Romney Campaign Getting Started On The Veepstakes

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With the nomination pretty much inevitable, it’s time to start thinking about Romney’s running mate.

Volunteer Bloggers Lose Lawsuit Demanding Payment

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An unsurprising end to a ridiculous lawsuit.

America’s Prison Culture Destroying Our Future

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We’re literally choosing locking up drug offenders over investing in our children.

Nikki Haley Cleared By IRS, No Longer Under Investigation

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Reports that Nikki Haley might be indicted stemming from a tax fraud investigation are not true.

Dumb Jocks and Student-Athlete Propaganda

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The student-athlete fairytale is true. Except where you would reasonable expect it to be a lie.

Facebook ‘Relationship Status’ and Timeline

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One of the oddities of the relative openness of our lives caused by the explosion of online social media is the Facebook “relationship status” and wrestling with when to change it. As regular readers know, mine changed suddenly for the worse over the Thanksgiving holidays. While Facebook offers Widowed as an option, I’d been reluctant […]

Keith Olbermann Abruptly Fired. Again.

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Just over a year after he was finally let go by MSNBC after years of doing everything possible to annoy his bosses, Keith Olbermann has again been abruptly fired from his position at Current TV:. Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor Keith Olbermann, scarcely one year […]

Not Surprisingly, The Boycott Campaign Against Rush Limbaugh Has Failed

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Anyone who pays attention to the world around them could have seen this coming from a hundred miles away: The dark clouds hanging over Rush Limbaugh appear to be lifting. Exactly one month after the conservative radio host sparked outrage by calling Georgetown law-school student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” in a three-day […]

Google Outs Pajama Pundit Blogger

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So, the blogger known as The Pajama Pundit is some dude named Bert McBrayer.  Blame Google. Google+ was telling me to change my name — divulge my “true identity” — or to delete my Google+ profile. Thinking that I might be able to ‘game the system’, I figured that I would cancel my G+ profile […]

Republicans Backing Away From Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage?

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The GOP seems to be backing away from a position on same-sex marriage that was a prominent part of its message only a short time ago.

Former KGB Chief “Kills Himself”

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The wonderfully wry British media strikes again with the BBC headline “Soviet ex-KGB chief Leonid Shebarshin ‘kills himself'”

Politics, Hubris, And The Questionable Constitutionality Of ObamaCare

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This week’s hearings in the Supreme Court caught many proponents of the Affordable Care Act off guard.

Soldier Reprimanded For Ron Paul Endorsement

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A Reserve Specialist who endorsed Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy in uniform will only be reprimanded, not court martialed.

Paul Ryan Endorses Romney, New Poll Puts Romney Ahead In Wisconsin

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The parade of elected and establishment Republicans getting behind Mitt Romney continued this morning with House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan being the latest Republican leader to say its time to end the race: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. The House budget […]

Canada Kills The Penny, And So Should We

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Several years after it got rid of its paper dollar in favor of a coin, Canada is now getting rid of its lowest denomination coin: Canada will withdraw the penny from circulation this year, saving taxpayers about C$11 million ($11 million) annually and forcing retailers to round prices to the nearest nickel, the government announced […]

IR Wonks vs. IR Journals

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Dan Drezner declares that “Policy wonks ignore political science journals at their peril.”

Reports: Gingrich And Romney Held Secret Meeting

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This could mean nothing, but a story making i’s way around the political world today is raising eyebrows: Newt Gingrich held a secret meeting with Mitt Romney ahead of the Louisiana primary on Saturday, according to a news report citing an anonymous source close to the Gingrich campaign. The two reportedly met at the hotel […]

Critics Find Real Depiction of 1966 Fake

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Sometimes, art imitates life rather than the reverse. And sometimes reality seems stranger than fiction.

Nikki Haley Could Be Indicted

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley could be in severe legal jeopardy. The Palmetto Public Record (“Haley indictment imminent? Stay tuned…“) Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as […]

Does Israel Have Secret Bases Near Iran’s Northern Border?

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In a post at Foreign Policy titled “Israel’s Secret Staging Ground” (to which my response is that it sure isn’t secret any more), Mark Perry reports that American officials believe that Israel may have been granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet Republic on Iran’s northern border: In 2009, the deputy chief […]

Why I Love The First Amendment

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An lesson from the United Kingdom in the importance of protecting freedom of speech.

Autism Up 78% Since 2000!

The estimated number of U.S. autistic kids has skyrocketed by 78% since 2000, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rubio Endorses Romney

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To the actual surprise of absolutely nobody who pays attention to these things Florida Senator Marco Rubio is the latest big name Republican to endorse Mitt Romney and suggest that its time for his opponents to give up the ghost: Senator Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney on Wednesday night on Fox News’s “Hannity” […]

War Against Youth?

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The old have most of the money and power in our society, a trend that is accelerating.

Another Leak From The Sanford Police Department, And Yet More Questions

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ABC News is out tonight with what they call “Exclusive” video of George Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford, Florida Police Department after the incident that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin: A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood […]

Augusta National To Get First Female Member?

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With the Master’s Tournament just around the corner, there’s speculation that the venerable August National Golf Club may be about to break a long-standing and controversial tradition: If the Augusta National Golf Club keeps with tradition, Ginni Rometty would be its first female member, according to a report Wednesday by Bloomberg News. Since its founding […]

Scott Rasmussen Decides To Poll “Is George Zimmerman Guilty of Murder?”

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Speaking of trials in the court of public opinion……

Nike Sues Reebok Over Tebow Jerseys

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Reebok is rushing to sell Tim Tebow merchandise before its NFL rights expire. Nike is crying Foul.

ObamaCare At The Supreme Court, Day Three (Part One): Is The Entire PPACA Doomed?

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This morning, the Justices pondered the fate of the PPACA if they strike down the individual mandate.

Conservatives and the Individual Mandate

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Is the now-familiar refrain that the individual mandate was originally a conservative idea really true?

America’s Top Geostrategic Threat?

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Russia is the most significant geopolitical player actively opposing significant American interests.

“Etch A Sketch” Was An Inside The Beltway Meme

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Once again, the punditocracy seems to have misread the voting public.

How People Use Siri

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Most of us with iPhone 4’s use Siri, the voice-activated digital assistant–but for a very limited range of tasks.

Congressman Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie

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Congressman Bobby Rush tried to make a statement about the Trayvon Martin case today, but it didn’t go so well: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a “hoodie,” then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest […]

Mitt Romney Has An Odd Idea Of What Godfathers Do

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Alex Klein takes note of Mitt Romney’s response to the Obama campaign’s effort to crown him the “Godfather of Obamacare”: Hewitt: Yesterday, the president’s campaign manager said that you are the godfather of Obamacare … if that’s who you are, can you make the Democrats an offer they can’t refuse to repeal it? Romney: (laughing) […]

Romney Leading Santorum In Wisconsin

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With six days to go, a new Marquette University poll shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum in Wisconsin’s primary: Helped by a big edge in ad spending and a growing acceptance among GOP voters, Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum 39% to 31% in the Wisconsin Primary, according to a new Marquette Law School poll. That’s […]

Romney Catching Up To Santorum In Pennsylvania

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The Pennsylvania primary is still a month away, but already Rick Santorum’s once seemingly insurmountable lead there may be slipping away: Rick Santorum appeared to be the Republican presidential candidate to beat in Pennsylvania a month ago. With the state primary four weeks away, Santorum now finds himself nearly tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt […]

Newt Gingrich Fires One-Third Of Campaign Staff

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Apparently Newt Gingrich’s path to the nomination involves sending a good portion of his campaign staff packing: Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director […]

Maryland Democrat: Vote For Me Because There Are Too Many Jews In The Senate

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This, apparently, is a flyer being distributed on behalf of C. Anthony Muse, who is running against Senator Ben Cardin for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Maryland: Lest you think this is just a LaRouche-ite trick, Muse is a member of the Maryland State Senate. H/T Buzzfeed  

Mitt Romney Will Tell You What He’s Going To Do After You Elect Him

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Would you like to know what kind of Federal Budget cuts Mitt Romney would look for if he was elected President? Well, you’re going to have to elect him President in order to find that out: Mitt Romney wants to eliminate government programs and shutter cabinet agencies. Doing so, he says, is “the critical thing” […]

An Object Lesson In Why You Shouldn’t Rush To Judgment In The Trayvon Martin Case

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A news report today provides an excellent lesson in why all the rushing to judgment in the Martin/Zimmerman case is a mistake.

ObamaCare At The Supreme Court, Day Two: The Mandate Under The Microscope

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It seems to have been a rough day for the individual mandate at the Supreme Court.

ObamaCare Mandate Limiting Principle

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The Solicitor General was unprepared to answer the most predictable question on the ObamaCare insurance mandate.

What Should Americans Know About American Government?

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What walking around knowledge about our political system is necessary to be an informed citizen?

Wisconsin Voters Not Engaged With Primary?

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The Wisconsin Primary is a week away, and it’s become the latest Midwest showdown state for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, for the moment, though, voters in the Badger State seem to be suffering from election fatigue: Political yard signs and bumper stickers are plentiful in Wisconsin these days. They just don’t carry the names […]

Misleading Headline of the Day

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YahooNews headlines a Jonathan Karl report “Frustrated Senator Olympia Snowe Gives Obama an ‘F’.” If there were ever a Republican for President Obama to work with, it was Maine Senator Olympia Snowe. She was one of just three Republicans in the entire Congress to vote for his economic stimulus plan in 2009 and even tried […]

Russia Our “Number One Foe”?

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Mitt Romney called Russia our “number one geopolitical foe.” Is he right?

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