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Rand Paul Copying From Wikipedia: Plagiarism, Or Lazy Speech Writing?

U.S. Senate Members Hold Inaugural Tea Party Caucus Meeting

Rand Paul used word-for-word excerpts from Wikipedia in two speeches in Virginia.

Euro Zone Jobless Rate Remains At 12.5%, Solutions Seem Out Of Reach

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The economy of the Euro Zone remains in quiet dire straits, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Germany.

New York City To Ban Tobacco Sales To Anyone Under 21

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Under 21 in New York City? No more smokes for you!

FAA Lifts Restrictions On Using Electronics On Airplanes

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Finally, the FAA acts to end a pretty dumb rule.

Dark Matter Experiment Detects Nothing, So Far

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An experiment designed to detect evidence of so-far theoretical “dark matter” has ended its first phase with nothing detected, but scientists remain hopeful: The former Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, S.D., has a hallowed place in the history of physics as a spot where nothing happens. It was there, in the 1970s, that Raymond Davis […]

Massive Oil Discovery Puts Outback Town on World Energy Map

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Will this new Australian oil discovery shake up world politics?

Ted Cruz Won’t Campaign Against Republican Incumbents

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After a month in which he burned many bridges among his fellow Senate Republicans, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is telling his colleagues that he will not be involved in any effort to defeat sitting Republican Senators in primaries next year: Extending an olive branch to GOP senators, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is privately making it […]

Captain James Kirk To Take Command Of Newest Navy Destroyer

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The USS Zumwalt, one of the first of an new class of advanced destroyers, will be commanded by someone with a familiar name: The commander of the U.S. Navy’s sleek new guided-missile destroyer, which launched late last week in Maine, has a name to match its space-age look: Captain Kirk. Captain James Kirk, the prospective […]

Obama Hits Majority Disapproval

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A majority of Americans now disapprove of President Obama’s performance and a whopping 70 percent think the country is moving in the wrong direction.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

Syrian Chemical Weapons Equipment Destroyed Says Syria

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The Syrian regime has declared its ability to make chemical weapons destroyed.

Immigration Reform Returning From The Dead?

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Could Congress actually pass some form of immigration reform before the midterms? Don’t bet on it just yet.

Rand Paul To Block Yellen Nomination Over Fed Audit Bill

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Senator Rand Paul says that he he will block the nomination of Janet Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke as the head of the Federal Reserve Board in order to force a vote on his bill to audit the institution: Sen. Rand Paul said on Tuesday that he plans to place a hold on Janet Yellen’s […]

NSA Spied On Pope Francis During Papal Conclave?

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A report out today claims today that the National Security Agency was monitoring communications between then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio and others during the Conclave earlier this year at which he was selected as the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church: The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at […]

Four New Polls Show Some Tightening In Virginia, But McAuliffe Still Leads

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Some interesting polls out of Virginia today, but McAuliffe is still the clear leader in this race.

Vladimir Putin Named World’s Most Powerful Person

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Forbes is out with the new list of the world’s most powerful people, and President Obama isn’t at the top of the list: Vladimir Putin has usurped President Obama as the Forbes’ Most Powerful Person in the World this year for the first time in Obama’s presidency. The magazine published its annual list today and […]

Obama Administration Knew Of Obamacare Website Problems A Month Before Launch

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CNN is reporting that the Obama Administration was warned about problems with the website hosting the Federal Obamacare exchange a month before the site went live: Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential […]

Britney Spears Used As Weapon Against Somali Pirates

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No, not her personally, just her music: She’s sold close to 100 million albums worldwide, but it seems Britney Spears can’t count Somali pirates among her many fans. In fact, her tunes are being used to turn the tide on high-seas crimes. Merchant naval officer Rachel Owens recently spoke to Metro and revealed that a “blast of […]

More on the Political Center and Capitol Hill

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There is far less overlap between the two parties in the House–and the shift has been empirically rightward.

The Whitening of the House GOP

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I was doing a little research for an article, and came across this from the Cook Report back in March: As Congress has become more polarized along party lines, it’s become more racially polarized, too. In 2000, House Republicans represented 59 percent of all white U.S. residents and 40 percent of all nonwhite residents. But […]

The Political Center Is Dead, At Least On Capitol Hill

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It’s no wonder there’s no compromise in Congress.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Clown Wars Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

NSA Chief Apparently Finds Free Press To Be Very Inconvenient

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NSA Director General Keith Alexander really doesn’t like the idea of a free press.

Chris Christie Headed For Re-Election Landslide

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With less than a week to go until voting starts in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is headed for a landslide victory: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to sail toward reelection, with a new poll on Tuesday a week before Election Day showing him with a 2-1 lead over his Democratic opponent. Christie leads […]

The Face Of Obamacare Disappears

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The young woman who had graced the opening page of the Federal health care exchange site disappeared yesterday: The woman who has become the face of Obamacare has completely disappeared. When Healthcare.gov, launched on Oct. 1, anyone visiting the website was greeted by the face of an unknown woman. As the Obama administration works to fix the […]

Obama Administration Knew Millions Would Lose Coverage Due To PPACA

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“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” Well, not really.

Science: Men Like To Look At Women

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In yet another ground breaking scientific study, a University of Nebraska study confirms that men do look at attractive women when they see them: The eyes don’t lie: Men really do look at women’s bodies more than their faces, according to a new study that used eye-tracking technology to prove what many women have long […]

Doping Scandal Hits The Sport Of…… Pigeon Racing??

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Performance enhancing drugs have, bizarrely, found their way into the world of competitive pigeon racing: They no doubt would plead ignorance. Or blame their coaches. Or say they were victims of jealous rivals who spiked their water bottles with banned substances, or claim that the liquid they had been squirting under their tongues was only […]

Again with the Golf

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“The president didn’t know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he’s found time for at least 146 rounds of golf.”—the subtitle of a “column” in the WSJ (which is only one of two original sentences in the piece, which is just a series of quotes from news stories). The issue of the national […]

Penn State Settles Sandusky Related Claims For Nearly $60 Million

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Penn State University has settled more than two dozen claims arising out of the abuse committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky: Penn State has agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in exchange for an end to their claims against the university, […]

Put A Fork In Ken Cuccinelli, He’s Done

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There’s still a week to go in Virginia’s Governor’s race, but it’s clear that this race is effectively over.

The Star Wars Blooper Reel

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It’s not very long, but via Wired here’s about two minutes of outtakes from the original Star Wars of outtakes from filming that first appeared this summer at Comic Con: Who knows how long Lucasfilm will let this one live on YouTube.

Federal Judge Declares Some Texas Abortion Restrictions Unconstitutional

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A partial setback for the pro-life crowd out of Texas.

Lindsey Graham Threatens To Hold All Pending Nominations Over Benghazi

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is threatening to place a hold on all pending nominations unless the Obama Administration provides more information about the Benghazi attack: Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday he will hold up “every appointment” in the Senate until more questions are answered on Benghazi. “I’m going to block every appointment in the […]

Obama Didn’t Know About NSA Spying On Foreign Leaders?

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According to reports, the President had no idea that the NSA was listening to the phone calls of foreign leaders until this summer.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Makes It Into Hawaii’s Gay Marriage Debate

As I noted, the Hawaii legislature will be taking up a same-sex marriage bill earlier this week. Not surprisingly, that’s bringing out both sides of the issue to lobby voters and the legislature in advance of the debate and eventual vote. One of those groups, not surprisingly, is the National Organization for Marriage, perhaps the […]

Hawaii Legislature To Debate Same-Sex Marriage

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Later this week, the Hawaii legislature will take up a bill to legalize same-sex marriage: (Reuters) – Hawaii, which had a pioneering role in the acceptance of same-sex marriage in the United States two decades ago, could become the 15th state to extend marriage rights to gay couples when state lawmakers meet this week for […]

Boys Names 1960-2012

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Last week, I noted a post from Jezebel showing the popularity of girls names over the past 52 years. Today, they’ve done something similar for boys names. It starts in 1960 with David at the top of the list:   It appears that this was the end of the run for David, though, because within […]

Roger Goodell Wants NFL Expansion To Los Angeles And London

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Roger Goodell wants to see the NFL expand to Los Angeles and London. One city seems like an obvious choice, the other not so much.

Revelations About NSA Surveillance Souring U.S. Relationships With Other Nations

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The latest revelations about National Security Agency surveillance outside the United States have caused quite an uproar overseas.

Headline of the Day

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Via the BBC:  Mexico clown convention rejects cartel killing link. As a bonus, the paragraph of the day: A clown leader said if a real member of the profession had been involved in the shooting, they would have been easily identifiable by their costumes, masks and painting.

Marines Deem Dan Daly Hat Too Girly

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Few subjects rile members and veterans of military service more than changes to the uniform.

Michelle Obama Went to School With Woman That Works at Company That Built ObamaCare Website

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The faux scandal of today comes to us courtesy of The Daily Caller: “Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website.”

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Anger Management Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Steve Young To Earn More Than $1,000,000 Per Year Through 2027 On Old USFL Contract

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All the way back in 1984, Steve Young signed a contract with the Los Angeles Express of the long-defunct United States Football League that is about to start paying off for him quite handsomely: Thanks to a forward-thinking contract Young signed with the upstart USFL, the Hall of Fame quarterback will be getting paid through 2027. […]

November 5th Not Looking Good For Virginia Republicans

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With debate season over, it’s looking less and less likely that Virginia Republicans will be able to hold back the Democrats on November 5th.

Yes, Immigration Reform Is Dead, Probably Until 2015 At The Earliest

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The prospect of Congressional action on immigration before the midterms just got a whole lot less likely.

One Month?

Is Iran really just one month from producing a nuclear weapon?

Healthcare.gov Security Flaws Could Make Social Security Numbers Publicly Available

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Even if it were functioning properly the Federal Health Care Exchange website would still have problems.

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