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Weekly Crowdsource: Summer Non-Fiction, American History Reading Edition

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Dray, PhilNow that summer has officially started, its time to crowdsource some recommendations for summer reading. And after reviewing the recent threads on the Civil War, it seems to me that American History (including, but not limited to, the Civil War) is a perfect topic. Since this topic can easily get out of control, I’m […]

New NSA Leaks Reveal Spying On European Union, European Allies

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The latest NSA leaks are likely to prove to be diplomatically embarrassing.

Sarah Palin Threatens To Leave Republican Party

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An empty threat.

Current Congress On Track To Be Even Less Productive Than The Last

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The 112th Congress was among the least productive in American history, and its successor is already on track to beat that record: [S]ix months in – highlighted by a string of legislative stalemates – the 113th Congress (2013-2014) is on track to match or even surpass those dubious distinctions. After the last Congress saw its […]

Justice Kennedy Denies Bid To Stop California Gay Marriages

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Unsurprisingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied an emergency bid to halt the same-sex marriages that had resumed in California on Friday after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had lifted its stay: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy turned down at midday Sunday a request to stop same-sex marriages from occurring in California.  Without comment, and without […]

Time To Say Goodbye To Google Reader

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Less than twenty-four hours from now, Google Reader will officially be no more. So, if you haven’t found an RSS reader alternative yet, you’ve only got a few hours left to do something about it. Matt Bernius already solicited ideas for alternatives to the soon-to-be late lamented Google Reader, and the leading contenders appear to […]

Proposition 8 Defenders File Motion To Delay California Gay Marriages

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The proponents of California’s Proposition 8, just over 72 hours away from their loss in Court, have filed an emergency motion to stay the marriages that have resumed in California in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision: Attorneys for the parties who sought to defend Proposition 8 in federal court have filed an emergency […]

Sidewalk Chalk Protest Could Get Man 10 Years In Prison

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A California man faces up to ten years in jail for writing messages in sidewalk chalk on a public sidewalk: SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A North Park man is looking at more than a decade behind bars for using washable chalk to protest the banking industry. Jeff Olson is being charged with 13 counts […]

Bottled Water Purchase Earns UVa Student A Night In Jail

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Earlier this week, a 20-year old college student in Virginia had a bizarre late night encounter after buying bottled water and a few other items at a grocery store: When a half-dozen men and a woman in street clothes closed in on University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, 20, she and two roommates panicked. That […]

New Jersey The Next Same-Sex Marriage Battleground?

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People are looking to New Jersey as the next same-sex marriage battleground, but it’s not going to be an easy fight.

9th Circuit Lifts Stay, Same-Sex Marriages Resume In California

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Faster than many expected, same-sex marriage became the law again in California late yesterday.

PA Legislator Blocked From Speaking About DOMA, Told Comments Would ‘Violate God’s Law’

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An openly gay member of the Pennsylvania legislature was barred earlier this week from speaking on the floor about the Supreme Court’s decision in the DOMA case, with one member saying that his comments would have violated “God’s law”: An openly gay lawmaker was silenced by colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he attempted to […]

Charges Dropped Against Teen Who Wore NRA T-Shirt To School

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Earlier this month I took note of the case of Jared Marcum, a West Virginia teenager who was charged with a crime after refusing a teacher’s order to remove an NRA t-shirt he had worn to school. This week, we learned that those charges had been dismissed: A criminal charge has been dismissed against a […]

New Yorker Cover Features Bert & Ernie Celebrating Gay Marriage Decisions

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The new cover of The New Yorker features Sesame Street characters Bert & Ernie watching coverage of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions: “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week’s cover, “Moment of Joy.” Hunter, who originally submitted his image, […]

IRONY!: Rush Limbaugh Edition

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Yesterday, while out running errands, I caught a segment of the Rush Limbaugh program that featured the following insightful — believe it or not, I am not being ironic or sarcastic when I say “insightful” — monologue: [I] believe that most liberals actually look at Republicans and conservatives as full-fledged, real — not just political, […]

Inside Edward Snowden’s World

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Associated Press reported Ian Phillips took a plane to Moscow, without a visa to enter Russia, to see what it’s like at the transit hotel where Edward Snowden is apparently held up: The woman at the transit desk raises an eyebrow and stares at my flight itinerary, which includes a 21-hour layover in Moscow before […]

House Committee Claims Lois Lerner Waived Her Fifth Amendment Rights

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Lois Lerner is likely headed back to Congress over the largely phony charge that she waived her Fifth Amendment rights.

Blackhawks Thank Bruins, Boston Residents for Sportsmanship

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The owners of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks took out a full page ad in today’s Boston Globe thanking their opponents and their home city for a classy and well-fought Finals

Just Say No To “National Service” Schemes

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The return of a really bad idea.

Employer Scores Religious Freedom Victory Against Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

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An employer has scored a major victory in its fight against Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage mandate.

James Holmes to Be Harnessed to Floor During Aurora Massacre Trial

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James Holmes will be shackled like animal during his murder trial for no apparent reason.

U.S. Files Civil Charges Against Former Governor Jon Corzine Over MF Global Collapse

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The United States has filed a civil complaint against former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine over the collapse of MF Global: Jon S. Corzine, no stranger to bare-knuckle brawls after spending nearly 40 years on Wall Street and in New Jersey politics, now faces the biggest fight of his career: a showdown with the United […]

Prop. 8, DOMA, And Standing In The Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court’s handling of standing in the two same-sex marriage cases likely seems contradictory to many outside observers.

Phyllis Schlafly: Latinos Don’t Understand The Bill Of Rights, Not Worth GOP Attention

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Some really bad advice for the GOP.

Nearly 1/5th Of Congress Getting Both Pension And Salary

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Doesn’t pass the smell test.

Former General Targeted In Investigation Of Stuxnet Leak

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A retired Marine General who rose to become Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff before retiring is the target in the investigation of who may have leaked the news of American involvement in development of the computer virus that was used to target Iran’s nuclear program: Legal sources tell NBC News that the […]

California Balances Budget While Expanding Aid to Poor

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Jerry Brown’s second go-round as governor has been very, very good to the Golden State.

Voyager I, At The Edge Of The Solar System, Finds The Unexpected

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After more than three decades in space, Voyager I is not only still sending back data to Earth, but it is on the verge of becoming the first man-made object to truly enter interstellar space: On Thursday, scientists reported that, no, Voyager 1 still had not reached interstellar space, but it had entered a region […]

Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate, Faces Bleak Future In House

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The Senate passed an immigration reform bill today, but it’s not going to go anywhere.

Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted

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Accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been hit with a 30 count Federal Indictment that makes clear the U.S. Attorney’s theory about what motivated Tsarnaev and his brother to set off their bombs at the Marathon’s Finish Line on April 15th: Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev faces a 30-count indictment by […]

GOP Hawks Getting Worried About Rand Paul?

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There seem to be some signs that defense hawks in the GOP are concerned about Rand Paul’s growing popularity in the party.

Two Excellent Summaries Of Recent IRS Developments

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Looking for a quick overview of recent developments in the IRS Tea Party Scandal? Here are two links to help.

Army Will Cut Forces By 88,000 Over Five Years

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Missed due in large part due the same-sex marriage news coming from the Supreme Court was the announcement of a major force realignment by the United States Army: WASHINGTON — Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said Tuesday that the Army would institute the largest organizational change since World War II by eliminating combat […]

‘Sent From My iPhone’ Disclaimers Work

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Those annoying “Sent from my iPhone” signature block disclaimers actually work.

House Conservatives Respond To SCOTUS Rulings With Push For Constitutional Amendment

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Several House Republicans have responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage by renewing the call for a Constitutional Amendment that would define marriage as being between only between and a woman: Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, and other conservative members of Congress say they will attempt to introduce in the coming days a constitutional […]

The Expansion Of Same-Sex Marriage

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Nate Silver takes a look at the number of people who live in areas where same-sex marriage is legal has grown: By Aug. 1, same-sex marriage will be legal in California, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Washington — all states where it was not legal one year earlier. There are about 59 million […]

No, IRS Targeting Was Not “Bipartisan”

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Treasury IG: Liberal groups weren’t targeted by IRS like Tea Party: Liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status faced less IRS scrutiny than Tea Party groups, according to the Treasury inspector general. Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) in a letter dated Wednesday that the IRS did not use inappropriate […]

Hutchins War Crimes Conviction Overturned; Implications for Manning

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The conviction of Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III for war crimes in 2006 has been overturned.

Pre-SCOTUS Poll: 55% Support Same-Sex Marriage

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A poll released before the Supreme Court handed down its decisions today regarding DOMA and Proposition 8 shows that an increasingly solid majority of Americans support same-sex marriage: A majority of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released hours before the Supreme Court’s historic decision on a pair of cases […]

Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

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As I noted earlier today, now-former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was arrested in connection with the death last week of an acquaintance of his and a week long investigation by local police. This afternoon, he was formally charged with murder and other charges: Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder today for […]

House Will Not Take Up Senate Immigration Bill

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At some point between now and the end of this week, the Senate will take its final vote on the immigration bill that’s been pending before that body for the better part of two months now. By all accounts, it’s expected pass that body with somewhere between 70 and 80 votes in its favor. From […]

What The Proposition 8 Ruling Means For California And The Country

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The Court may have “punted” the Proposition 8 ruling, but it is likely to have a wide-ranging impact both in California and nationwide.

SECDEF Hagel on DOMA Ruling

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has wasted no time issuing a full-throated statement endorsing today’s DOMA ruling

Did SCOTUS Just Legalize Gay Marriage in All 50 States?

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Absent DOMA, the Full Faith and Credit Clause would seem to make gay marriage legal across the land.

Supreme Court Declares Gays a Protected Class

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The 5-4 ruling was much more sweeping than needed to strike down DOMA.

Crossfire Returns with New Hosts

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CNN is reviving the Crossfire shoutfest with Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones as hosts.

Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez Arrested

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New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez has been under the microscope for the better part of a week now regarding his role in the death of an acquaintance was arrested this morning, although it’s unclear what if any charges may be pending against him: NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning, more than […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8 Appeal For Lack Of Standing

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On the whole, a complete victory for advocates of same-sex marriage today at the Supreme Court.

First Quarter GDP Final Revision Puts Growth Below 2.0%

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First Quarter economic growth was weaker than originally estimated. What that means for the future is unclear.

Most Americans Oppose Bloomberg-Style Soda Laws

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Most Americans would prefer that the government keep its hands off their sodas: Looks like Americans want to hang on to their Big Gulps. A new survey finds that nearly three-quarters of Americans reject laws that would limit the sale of sugary soft drinks to 16 oz. The Gallup poll found that 69 percent of adults are […]

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