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Joint Chiefs Chairman: Military Force Might Not Work In Syria

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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters today that U.S. military force might not be appropriate in Syria: WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Tuesday that the military was prepared to take action in Syria after intelligence showed that the Assad regime may have used chemical […]

China And The Future Of World Oil Markets

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The world oil markets aren’t too far away from being hit by the shock of massively increased demand from China. Somehow, we’ll have to adapt.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Stoned Hedge Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Larry Flynt Endorses Mark Sanford: “He’s The Sex Pioneer Of Our Time”

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As if things hadn’t already been going badly for former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, this happened today: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt endorsed conservative Republican Mark Sanford’s bid for South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday, hailing the state’s disgraced former governor as “the sex pioneer of our time.” Flynt said Tuesday that he also was donating […]

George Zimmerman Formally Waives “Stand Your Ground” Hearing

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George Zimmerman, whose trial on charges of Second Degree Murder begins in June, formally waived his right to a hearing under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law during a court appearance today: SANFORD – Murder defendant George Zimmerman will not have a “stand your ground” hearing before his trial, after he waived that right in court today. However, […]

Report: Tsarnaev Attorneys, DOJ In Preliminary Talks About Deal To Avoid Death Penalty

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CNN is reporting that there have been some kind of discussions between the attorneys representing Dzhokar Tsarnaev and the Department of Justice regarding a deal that would result in Tsarnaev cooperating with investigators in exchange for taking the death penalty of the table: Washington (CNN) – Some very preliminary talks have been under way “for the […]

Obama Reportedly Preparing To Send Military Aid To Syrian Rebels

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The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama has decided to send military aid to the rebels fighting the government of Bashar Assad: President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar […]

Obama Says He’ll Try To Close Guantanamo Prison Again

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President Obama said today that he wants to move forward with closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay but there’s little he can do on his own.

Website That Promotes Affairs Puts Up Mark Sanford Billboard

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AshleyMadison.com, which bills itself as a website where married people can meet online to have extramarital affairs, has put up a billboard that references Mark Sanford’s past problems: This is not the kind of billboard Mark Sanford wants to see in his home state. AshleyMadison.com, a website that connects users looking to have casual (and […]

The American People Want To Stay Out Of Syria

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A new poll shows that 62% of Americans oppose American military intervention in Syria’s civil war.

Green Beret Found Living in Vietnam 44 Years Later?

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UPDATE II: See “Green Beret Found Living in Vietnam 44 Years Later Story Apparent Hoax.” UPDATE: The National League of POW/MIA Families and some other veteran-related organizations believe the individual in question is someone other than Robertson and probably not an American. The reporting on this story is almost exclusively in the British press, which are generally much […]

Income Inequality and the Social Contract

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The rich are getting richer and more politically powerful.

FBI Probing Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

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The FBI is looking into Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s relationship with a major donor.

First-Ever Web Page Being Restored

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The very first page on the World Wide Web, from way back in 1992, is being restored.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Trailing Democratic Challengers

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Pennsylvania Governor Bob Corbett is in serious trouble in the polls: Bad news for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett — the Republican trails three potential Democratic 2014 challengers by at least 9 percentage points, according to a new poll on Monday. Former Rep. Joe Sestak leads Corbett 48 percent to 34 percent, while Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) […]

Owner Of Newsweek Wishes He Hadn’t Bought Newsweek

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Barry Diller is apparently beginning to realize that buying a news magazine at a time that news magazines are dying wasn’t such a good idea: H/T Buzzfeed

Did The FBI Violate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sixth Amendment Rights?

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New questions about the interrogation of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Sandra Day O’Connor: Maybe SCOTUS Should Have Stayed Out Of Bush v. Gore

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Former Justice O’Connor seems to regret the fact that the Supreme Court got involved in the 2000 election. Her regrets are misplaced.

The Worst Country Your Money Can Buy

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The New York Times has an interesting report up today about the bags of cash that the CIA has been delivering to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for years now: KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or […]

Chris Christie Has No Regrets

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It was six months ago today that Hurricane Sandy plowed into the Jersey shore and the coastal areas of New York City causing a level of destruction unlike anything that part of the country had seen in recorded memory. In the wake of that storm, which of course occurred just over a week before the […]

Andrew Cuomo Won’t Run If Hillary Does

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Andrew Cuomo’s name has been mentioned as a Presidential candidate since he took office as Governor of New York after the 2010 elections, but he’s apparently made clear that he would stay out of the race if Hillary Clinton decided to run: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) won’t run for president in 2016 if former […]

Senators Who Voted Against Manchin/Toomey Take A Hit In the Polls, But Does It Matter?

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Several Senators who voted against the Manchin/Toomey background checks bill have suffered in the polls, but it’s unclear if that matters in the long run.

Jeb Bush Defends Conservatism in Weird Online Magazine

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The possible presidential contender has an op-ed in a rather dubious outlet.

Jason Collins Is Not The First Openly Gay Athlete In A Major Sport

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In the wake of Jason Collins’s article in Sports Illustrated this week in which he announces that he’s gay, many people are calling him the first openly gay athlete in a major sport. As it turns out, and as was pointed out on Twitter earlier today, this isn’t entirely true. In 1978, Glenn Burke, who played […]

Paul Krugman: Face It Guys, I’m Just Smarter Than You

Paul Krugman wants you to know that he’s way smarter than you: One criticism I face fairly often is the assertion that I must be dishonest — I must be cherry-picking my evidence, or something — because the way I describe it, I’m always right while the people who disagree with me are always wrong. And […]

No Nude Statues Please, We’re Qatari

The Qataris don’t have much appreciation for Ancient Greek art, apparently: Greece has pulled two ancient statues of nude males from an Olympic exhibition in Doha after Qatari authorities insisted on veiling them. So the statues were returned to Athens last week, the official said on condition of anonymity. Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras, who […]

Tales From The Police Blotter

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From the Wisconsin Rapids Police Blotter: At 11:06 a.m. Wednesday, caller reported a neighbor’s kittens were having sex in her yard. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to have Barry White playing while the windows were open. Found via Facebook

Unemployed Journeyman Becomes NBA’s First Openly Gay Player

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Jason Collins is gay. Who the hell is Jason Collins, you might ask?

Why China and Russia Don’t Do Soft Power

Joseph Nye, the man who coined the term “soft power” to distinguish how states can wield power other than by coercion or purchase, weighs in at Foreign Policy on why Russia and China’s essays into soft power have fallen flat so far: The soft power of a country rests primarily on three resources: its culture […]

Civil Liberties In The Wake Of Boston

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Are civil liberties once again at risk in the wake of the bombing attack in Boston?

New York Jets Release Tim Tebow

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Just over a year after signing him in a high profile deal, the New York Jets have released Tim Tebow: It was 13 months ago that the Jets welcomed Tim Tebow to the team, introducing him in their spacious field house at a news conference attended by 200 members of the news media and that […]

What Happens When Siri And Google Voice Talk To Each Other?

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To put it mildly, it goes very wrong very fast: What happens when two of the most popular digital voices speak to each other? A whole lot of confusion, that’s what. Artist Michael Silber wanted to put both Siri and Google Voice to the test, so he had the two applications talk to each other and […]

Depression Contagious? Or, Just A Flawed Study?

A new medical study suggest that depression may, in some sense at least, be contagious: The idea that your mood is affected by those you spend time with is probably not news to you. But what if we told you that something as serious as depression — a chemical imbalance in one’s brain that can immobilize […]

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Just This Once, John McCain Is (Partly) Right

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John McCain is right that we shouldn’t send ground troops to Syria, but his idea for increased U.S. intervention in the country’s civil war is still too risky.

Black Voter Turnout Higher Than White Voter Turnout In 2012

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2012’s election represented a significant change in voting patterns in the United States. What’s unclear is if the change is a permanent one.

The GOP And The Conspiratorial Mindset

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The wacko fringe of the GOP is increasingly finding room in the mainstream of the party.

Al-Jazeera Banned In Iraq

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The al-Jazeera television network has been banned in Iraq: The Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that they had revoked the operating licences of the broadcaster al-Jazeera and nine other satellite TV channels, alleging that they are promoting a sectarian agenda, as the country grapples with a wave of violence. The move, effective immediately, comes as Baghdad tries […]

Dr. Jill Biden Redux

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Charles C.W. Cooke argues that Joe Biden’s wife’s insistence on being referred to as “Dr. Jill Biden” despite having a doctorate in education leadership rather than a medical degree is obnoxious and constitutes ”pretending to be a doctor.” Glenn Reynolds and Virginia Postrel concur. I dealt with this four years ago and my views haven’t substantially changed. The […]

Joe Manchin: Background Checks Bill Not Dead Yet

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin insisted today that the background checks bill he co-authored with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey isn’t dead yet: Sen. Joe Manchin was optimistic on Sunday that the Senate could take another shot at passing a narrow gun control bill that focuses specifically on mental health and criminal background checks. “The only […]

The Complexities of Color, Ethnicity, and Race

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Via The Sun:  Family of ten are world’s biggest albino clan The family — who live in a crammed one-bedroom flat in Delhi — all have pale skin, white hair and poor vision, a side-effect of being albinos. Roseturai told The Sun: “I’ve heard people call us ‘angrez’, which means ‘English’. It’s hard for people […]

Congress Forcing The Army To Buy Tanks It Doesn’t Want

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Once again, politics is dictating military policy.

Some Sobering Figures Regarding Workplace Safety

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Via Erik Loomis: In 1980, OSHA employed 2950 people. In 2006, it employed only 2092 people, despite the near doubling of the size of the workforce. The explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in Texas on April 17 that killed at least 14 people demonstrated the agency’s very real limitations. There are so few OSHA […]

More on Voter Demographics

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Via the AP:  Black Voter Turnout Passed White Turnout For The First Time In 2012 The article is actually rather poorly written, to be honest, as it does not provided clear numbers in the body of the discussion (indeed, it reads a bit as if the reporter didn’t quite understand the topic being reported)..  However, […]

The Unhealthy State of Iraqi Politics and Democratic Development

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Shutting down media that the government doesn’t like is unlikely to solve the sectarian problems in Iraq.

Italy has a New Government

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After months of impasse, a new coalition has been formed in Italy.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Caught On Russian Wiretap

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Russian security services apparently caught deceased Boston Marathon bomb Tamerlan Tsarnaev speaking with his mother about jihad: WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about […]

Sylvester Stallone On The Walls Of The Vatican Museum?

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Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey spent the better part of the first three weeks of March in Rome covering the Papal Conclave that resulted in the selection of Pope Francis, and he’s been sharing many of photos he managed to take during that visit over the intervening weeks. This one makes one wonder just who Sylvester […]

All-Day Breakfast Coming To McDonald’s?

If the CEO of McDonald’s has anything to say about it, you’ll be able to buy an Egg McMuffin any time of the day in the near future: Consumers can expect one of the world’s largest restaurant chains to look very different in the future, with new menu items, delivery services, loyalty programs, and maybe […]

Tom Brokaw Disses Nerdprom

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Tom Brokaw has some good criticisms of what the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner has turned into.

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