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Report: Alex Rodriguez To Receive Lifetime Ban From Baseball

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For weeks now, the vultures have been circling over the head of New York Yankees 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez regarding sanctions related to his involvement in the latest Performance Enhancing Drug scandal to hit baseball. Now, it looks like the hammer is about to drop: Commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension […]

Death and the DMV

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In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Egyptian Military Vows to Put An End To Pro-Morsi Protests

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The Egyptian military is issuing an ultimatum to the members of the Muslim Brotherhood protesting the nearly month-old coup: CAIRO — Egypt’s new rulers said on Wednesday vigils by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi threatened national security, and signalled that they would end them, setting up a potentially bloody showdown with the Muslim Brotherhood. […]

Megan Welter: Iraq War Vet, NFL Cheerleader

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Megan Welter served as a Signal Corps officer in the Iraq War. Now, she’s an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader.

Economy Grew At Anemic 1.7% Rate In 2nd Quarter

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The first report for 2nd Quarter GDP growth is out and, while its better than expected, it’s still not very good: The United States economy performed a bit better than expected in the second quarter, shrugging off some of the impact from higher taxes and lower federal spending in the spring, the government reported Wednesday. […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Bogeyman Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

San Diego Sues Its Own Mayor

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, currently on a bizarre two week hiatus for supposed counseling related to the numerous accusations of sexual harassment against him, is being sued by the City of San Diego: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is facing yet another lawsuit, this time from his own city. San Diego is suing its […]

Shutting Down The Government Won’t Stop Obamacare

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Ted Cruz and other Republicans are advocating shutting down the government as a way to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. However, a new study suggests that such a strategy won’t work: The implementation of the Affordable Care Act would continue during a government shutdown, according to a Congressional Research Service report commissioned by the office […]

Poll: Palin Leading Among Alaska Republicans, Losing To Begich In Head-To-Head Race

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Just a few weeks ago, I noted that Sarah Palin had started hinting that she might consider throwing her hat in the ring to challenge Mark Begich for Alaska’s Senate seat in 2014. While I remain doubtful that she would actually get into the race for the reasons I discussed in that post, a new […]

Appellate Court Rules New York Large Sized Soda Ban Unconstitutional

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Another legal setback for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s crusade to regulate what New York City residents can eat and drink.

Ted Cruz’s Foolish Advice To His Fellow Republicans

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Ted Cruz is either being incredibly cynical as he deludes his fellow Republicans, or he’s living in a fantasy world.

Bradley Manning Acquitted Of ‘Aiding The Enemy,’ Could Still Face Up To 136 Years In Prison

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Bradley Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge against him, but is still likely to spend most of his life in prison.

Twiplomacy

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Via the Miami Herald:  Diplomacy in 140 characters: World leaders take to Twitter, gain followers Among world leaders who engage in “twiplomacy” — the use of Twitter for diplomatic relations — President Barack Obama wins superlatives for the most followers but Pope Francis is the most influential, according to a new survey by Burson-Marsteller. […] […]

Birtherism Heads South

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Via the Colombia Reports:  Nicolas Maduro is Colombian: Venezuela’s opposition Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was born in Colombia and consequently impeded to be head of state, said that country’s opposition Monday. In an interview with CNN Español, opposition figure Pablo Medina alleged that Maduro was born in the Colombian border city of Cucuta and consequently […]

Military Leaders Fighting Military Pay Raises Congress Forcing on Military

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Congress really, really wants to give soldiers a 1.8 percent pay raise. Generals are begging them to hold it to 1 percent.

Pentagon May Cut Furlough Days

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The Defense Department may have found the money to furlough its civilian workers fewer than 11 days.

Gay Bars Boycott Russian Vodka

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Gay bars around the world are banning Russian vodka to protest the lack of gay rights in that country.

Majority Of New York City Democrats Want Weiner Out Of Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner Greets NYC Commuters Day After Announcing Mayoral Bid

More bad news for Anthony Weiner: (CNN) – It’s time to drop out. That’s the message to Anthony Weiner from a majority of New York City Democrats likely to vote in September’s mayoral primary, according to a new poll. The Quinnipiac University survey, conducted entirely after Weiner admitted in a news conference last week to lewd chats […]

Clintons Resent Weiner Comparisons

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Bill and Hillary are not cool with Anthony and Huma’s recollection of the 1990s.

Bradley Manning to be Pronounced Guilty Tomorrow Afternoon

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Bradley Manning will learn his fate at 1 pm tomorrow. He’s guilty.

Onion Headline (That Could Be Reality) Of The Day

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Couldn’t you easily see this not being from The Onion? Congress Fiercely Divided Over Completely Blank Bill That Says And Does Nothing

Army Debuts Unisex Combat Uniform

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The Army is fielding a new uniform to make ladies feel more soldierly.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Limbaugh and Hannity Off Cumulus Stations?

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The nation’s second largest broadcaster is balking at the prices to keep Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on its air.

Philadelphia Politicians Investigating Lap Dances

The Philadelphia “Tax Review Board”  is conducting in depth hearings about lap dances: Philadelphia, in its constant search for revenue, wants to draw bucks from a G-string. The city’s Tax Review Board is trying to decide whether a lap dance is an amusement or legitimate theater. Is a performance over a lap a luxury or […]

Baseball Honors Dr. Frank Jobe, Originator Of Tommy John Surgery

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The doctor who came up with a surgical technique that has extended the careers of countless numbers of Major League pitchers was honored yesterday at the Baseball Hall of Fame: COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Dr. Frank Jobe, retired surgeon, and Tommy John, retired pitcher, sat together Saturday recalling their intertwined history: the surgery that Jobe performed […]

Treasury Secretary Rules Out Federal Bailout For Detroit

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reiterated one again the Administration’s position that there would be no Federal bailout for Detroit: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Sunday defended the administration’s decision not to help bail out Detroit, saying that the city would need to negotiate its own resolution with creditors. “Detroit’s economic problems have been a long […]

Colonel Bud Day, American Hero, Dead at 88

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Colonel Bud Day, who earned a Medal of Honor leading Vietnam POWs, had died, aged 88 years.

Weiner’s Campaign Manager Resigns

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After last weeks revelations, Anthony Weiner’s campaign for Mayor of New York City seems to be falling apart: In a new sign of tumult within Anthony D. Weiner’s embattled political operation, his campaign manager has quit, leaving his already skeletal team without a day-to-day leader. According to two people told of the decision, the campaign […]

Despite Bankruptcy, Detroit Subsidizing New Red Wings Stadium

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Detroit is bankrupt, but that isn’t stopping the Red Wings from getting $400 million in taxpayer subsidies for their new stadium.

Furloughs Killing Productivity at Pentagon

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Sequestration is even dumber than we thought.

Venezuela’s Opposition Questions Birthplace Of President

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Venezuela has its own version of a birther movement: (CNN) – Unable to defeat their political rival at the ballot box, some in the Venezuelan opposition are resorting to a tactic familiar to Americans: questioning the birthplace of the president. In the United States, the so-called “birther” movement disputed President Barack Obama’s legitimacy, claiming that he was […]

Garth Brooks: Grandfather

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Erstwhile country music legend Garth Brooks has become a grandfather.

J.J. Cale, Songwriter, Dead at 74

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J.J. Cale, the Grammy-winning songwriter of such classics as “Cocaine” and “Call Me the Breeze,” has died aged 74.

GOP Senator: Plan To Defund Obamacare Is Dishonest Hype

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A top Republican Senator blasts the plan by some of his colleagues to “defund” Obamacare.

Japan Reassessing Its Military Policy

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In response to North Korean saber rattling and the rise of China, Japan is reassessing it’s military posture

John Williams Confirmed To Write Score For New Star Wars Film

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Producers have confirmed that composer John Williams will be creating the score for the next Star Wars movie: Kathleen Kennedy has just confirmed at Star Wars Celebration Europe that John Williams will return to score Star Wars: Episode VII. Appearing on a pre-recorded video, Williams said he was delighted to be returning to the saga, […]

Support For Afghan War Hits All-Time Low

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A new poll indicates that support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low: Only 28 percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, the lowest number on record and clearly below the least-popular stretches of the Iraq war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall support for U.S. […]

Lindy Boggs, Former Congresswoman and Cokie Roberts’ Mom, Dead at 97

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Lindy Boggs, the Louisiana Congresswoman best known to many of us as Cookie Roberts’ mom, has died at the ripe old age of 97.

Syrian Anti-Regime Forces Carry Out Mass Executions

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Anti-Assad forces are committing atrocities in Aleppo.

U.S. To Russia: We Won’t Seek Death Penalty For Edward Snowden

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In what appears to be an effort to persuade the Russians to reconsider their decision to refuse U.S. extradition requests, the Attorney General has said that the Justice Department will not be seeking the death penalty against Edward Snowden: WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian […]

Ty Carter Awarded Medal of Honor

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Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter will be the fifth living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Afghanistan-Iraq era.

Coffee Reduces Suicide Risk

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People who drink more coffee are less likely to kill themselves.

Egyptian Government Massacres More Peaceful Protestors

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The US backed Egyptian government is massacring supporters of the ousted democratically elected government.

Juror B29 Did Not Say Zimmerman ‘Got Away with Murder’

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ABC News selectively edited their interview with Juror B29 to give a false impression of what she said.

Where Have All The Real Men Gone?

A Twitter friend of mine who in her seventh month of pregnancy relates what seems to be a daily ordeal on New York City’s subway system: Me and my huge 7+ month pregnant gut are standing over a row of four men. Three in their 20s, one in his 30s. For the last ten minutes. […]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: ‘Hard To Tell A Naked Woman From A Naked Prostitute’

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Former IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn is facing charges of pimping, and he has a rather unique defense: PARIS — The disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to stand trial in France on charges of pimping, prosecutors said Friday. The Frenchman is expected to face another humiliating day in court next year over his links to an alleged prostitution ring based […]

U.N. Chief: Death Toll In Syria Passes 100,000

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The Secretary General of the United Nations says that more than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war: UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday raised the death toll in Syria’s civil war to more than 100,000, up from nearly 93,000 just over a month ago. Ban called on the Syrian government and opposition […]

Obama: “Reporters Tell Me My Ideas Are Great”

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One thing President Obama said yesterday during his speech in Galesburg, Ill. stood out to me: President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as “great” and tell him they are “all good ideas.” Obama made the remarks in a speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill., focused on the economy. (…) Obama said the news media […]

Why Does The United States Government Need A “Raisin Reserve?”

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Until I read about a Florida Congressman who wants to eliminate it, I had no idea the United States has a “raisin reserve,” and I’ve got to wonder why it ever existed in the first place: A Florida congressman has introduced a bill that would eliminate one of the U.S. government’s most unusual institutions: the Raisin Administrative Committee, […]

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