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Chris Christie Leads Republican Field In 2016 Poll

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Chris Christie has had a very good month, and it’s ending with him with a strong lead among potential Republican candidates for 2016.

Congressional Job Approval Hits Another New Low

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The new Economist/YouGov poll puts Congressional Job Approval at just 6% What Americans are sure about is how they feel about Congress in general.  They don’t like it, and haven’t liked it for a while.  But Congress’s approval rating in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll matches its all-time low.  Just 6% approve of the way Congress is […]

End Presidential Term Limits?

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A third term for any of these guys? Don’t count on it.

“A density of 94 poos per square metre was recorded by the researchers”

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Via the BBC:  Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed.  The discovery is quite significant, but it is explained in ways that perhaps only the BBC can manage: Thousands of fossilised poos left by rhino-like megaherbivores were found clustered together, scientists say. [….] A density of 94 poos per square metre was recorded by the researchers. And the […]

Black Friday Now An International Phenomenon

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The United Kingdom may not have Thanksgiving Day, but they are apparently starting to copy the idea of Black Friday: A flurry of promotions tied to Black Friday have caused a frenzy for some UK retailers, with a fight breaking out in one Asda shop apparently over discounted televisions. Asda, owned by the US consumer […]

North Korea Accuses Detained 85 Year-Old American Of War Crimes

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The elderly American veteran who was pulled off a plane just before it left Pyongyan several weeks ago has been accused by the North Korean Government of committing “war crimes”: BEIJING — North Korea accused an elderly American veteran of war crimes, and released a video Saturday of him confessing to “hostile acts” during the […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Revealed Reviled Reveiled Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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Via Lowering The Bar: And, yes, McCutcheon & Hamner, P.L.C. is a real law firm located in Northern Alabama

What’s At Stake In The Birth Control Mandate Cases

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Politics aside, the challenges to the PPACA’s birth control mandate raise important legal issues.

No, The U.S. Isn’t Closing Its Vatican Embassy

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A State Department announcement about consolidation of diplomatic posts in Rome has led to the latest round of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Jupiter’s Eternal Red Spot?

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One of the most identifiable areas of the Solar System’s largest planet may be here to stay: Jupiter’s signature Great Red Spot is sort of the Doctor Who of storms: It just won’t die — even when it has been proven that it must die. And now, for the first time, some fluid dynamicists have […]

When The Nuclear Launch Code Was 00000000

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Karl Smallwood tells the story of a day when every Minuteman missile silo in America had a nuclear launch code that would make any security expert cringe: Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Best holiday wishes to you and yours

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

“As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly”

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When it comes to sitcom holiday episodes, there’s not much that can beat, Turkey’s Away, perhaps the one episode of WKRP In Cincinnati that even people who were not alive when the show aired are familiar with. For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the Hulu version. Unfortunately, thanks to copyright issues I […]

Explained: Why Turkeys Have The Same Name As Turkey

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In today’s New York Times Mark Forsyth explains why America’s favorite Thanksgiving feast is named after a nation that straddles Europe and Asia: Once upon a time, English mealtimes were miserable things. There were no potatoes, no cigars and definitely no turkey. Then people began to import a strange, exotic bird. Its scientific name was Numida meleagris; its […]

Thanksgiving Eve News Dump: Another ObamaCare Provision Delayed For A Year

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The Obama White House dropped some big news as everyone headed out of town.

Berlusconi Expelled From Italian Senate

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Silvio Berlusconi has been expelled from the Italian Senate: ROME — Having spent months manufacturing procedural delays or conjuring political melodrama in hopes of saving himself, Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday could no longer stave off the inevitable: Italy’s Senate resoundingly stripped him of his parliamentary seat, a dramatic and humiliating expulsion, even as other potential troubles […]

What’s The Big Deal About Retailers Opening On Thanksgiving?

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It may not strike most people as “fun,” but there’s nothing wrong with retailers being open on Thanksgiving Day.

Report: Julian Assange Will Not Be Prosecuted In Connection With Manning Case

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The Justice Department is reportedly not planning to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in connection with the Bradley Manning case.

No, The Iranian Nuclear Program Deal Isn’t Like Munich

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The opponents of the temporary deal reached in Geneva have been making some ridiculous historical analogies.

Plurality Of Americans Supports Deal On Iranian Nuclear Program

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The first poll in the wake of the temporary agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program finds the American public largely supportive of the deal: (Reuters) – Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if […]

GOPer Mark Obenshain To Seek Recount In Virginia Attorney General’s Race

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Not surprisingly, Republican nominee Mark Obenshain will seek a recount in the incredibly tight race to be Virginia’s next Attorney General: State Sen. Mark Obenshain will formally ask for a recount in the historically tight race for Virginia attorney general, his campaign announced Tuesday, leaving the final outcome still unclear three weeks after Election Day. […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Trinity Exchange Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

U.S. Challenges China’s Claim Of Expanded Air Defense Zone With B-52 Patrol

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China sends a message, and the U.S. responds. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Challenge To ObamaCare’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases that implicates both the First Amendment and two Federal Laws.

White House: Federal Exchange Website Won’t Be Ready By December 1st

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The White House is using the opportunity of a slow news week when many people are already beginning their Thanksgiving holiday to announce that they Federal Obamacare Exchange won’t be completely ready by November 30th as previously promised: Obama administration officials said Monday that some visitors to HealthCare.gov will experience outages, slow response times or […]

Meet The Most Vulnerable Governor In America

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Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett: Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett has been in trouble all year, and a new poll out Tuesday suggests he’s trailing even the unknown Democratic candidates by double digits. The poll, from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, finds Corbett behind his potential Democratic challengers by anywhere from 12 to 20 percentage points. […]

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Store Clerk To Would Be Robbers: “My Gun Is Bigger”

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Two robbers got more than they bargained for when they walked into a West Seattle convenience store: Robert Moore was ringing-up a customer around 10 p.m. at the Morning Star Mini Mart, located in the 8800 block of 9th Ave SW, when two men entered the store wearing ski masks. One of the men stayed […]

Republicans Regain Lead In Generic Congressional Ballot, For Now At Least

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The Generic Congressional Ballot has shifted again, but how long will this trend last?

One of These Is Not Like the Others

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Yesterday in the comments of this post of Steven Taylor’s, “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, I mentioned a bar chart comparing healthcare costs in a number of developed economies over at my place. Above, courtesy of a frequent commenter there and here, is an alternative representation of the information, sampled from an article at Forbes. […]

Congress Trying To Undercut Obama’s Iran Deal?

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Some Members of Congress are talking about pushing a bill imposing new sanction on Iran despite the deal reached in Geneva yesterday.

Poll: Obamacare Woes Lead To Doubts About Obama’s Leadership

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More bad poll numbers for the President and his party.

Mark Herring Declared Winner Of Virginia Attorney General’s Race, But It’s Far From Over

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We have a certified “winner” in the Virginia Attorney General’s race, but where it heads from here is still up in the air.

New York Driver Cleared In Crash Caused When Someone Untied Her Bikini Top

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Well, this is a defense you don’t see every day: [A] young woman can’t be held responsible in a fatal crash because she faced a roadway emergency after a back-seat passenger unfastened her bikini top, exposing her assets. That was the ruling handed down last week by a Brooklyn appeals court, providing the latest twist […]

GOP Out Of Step With Nation On ‘Pathway To Citizenship’ For Illegal Immigrants

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Republican hardliners are pushing a position on immigration that is completely out of sync with the nation as a whole.

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

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We spend more per capita than any other country in the world and yet we are outperformed on a key metric, life expectancy, by a large number of countries

Some Potential Benefits of Filibuster Reform

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Ezra Klein noted the following the other day:  One huge effect of filibuster reform: Obama can actually fire people.  This is worth considering, since in the pre-reform period the administration ran the risk of a massive, lengthy vacancy for anyone who was asked to leave. Also, it may induce higher quality candidates to be interested […]

Wolf Blitzer’s Awkward Segue

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Wolf Blitzer’s seque into Saturday night’s airing of a CNN Special on the Kennedy assassination caught a few people by surprise: Coming out of a breaking news segment detailing Secretary of State John Kerry’s Iran deal announcement late Saturday evening, CNN anchorWolf Blitzer threw to the network’s special documentary about the assassination of John F Kennedy. He just […]

Mick Jagger Becomes Great Grandfather

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70 year-old Mick Jagger is a great-grandfather: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is a great-grandfather early next year. His daughter Jade told The Sunday Timesthat her 21-year-old daughter, Assisi, expects to give birth in several months. She tells the newspaper she does not expect Jagger, 70, to slow down now that he’s set to become a […]

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Best. Nursery. Ever.

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Seriously, there’s just no competition possible. Found via Facebook

White House Photographers Bristle At Lack Of Access

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Another conflict between the Obama Administration and a news media that is frustrated about the extent they are being controlled by being refused access.

Proofreading Is Important

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And proper spacing between words is your friend   H/T: Vodkapundit

Texas May Block Biology Textbook Because Of Evolution

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Once again, some groups in Texas are trying to block approval of a science textbook because it is too deferential to Evolution.

U.S., World Powers, Reach Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran

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Small steps from both sides in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, but too early to say that we’ve reached a solution.

No, We Don’t Need To Allow People To Make Cellphone Calls On Airplanes

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Imagine all these people talking on the cellphones during a long flight, or even a short one.

“[H]e forgot his handgun was in his bag”

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Via the Austin American-Statesman:  State Rep. Drew Darby charged with taking weapon to Austin airport Texas State Rep. Drew Darby is facing a felony charge after he attempted to take a weapon through a security screening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport this month, according to court documents. […] The weapon was found to be in Darby’s […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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