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North And South Korea Exchange Fire

Kim Jong Un seems to be ramping up tensions on the Korean Peninsula yet again: SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells across their disputed western sea border on Monday, escalating military tensions a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests. South Korean officials said […]

The 0.001 Percent

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The “99 percent vs. the 1 percent” debate obscures the real income inequality picture.

OTB Caption Contest

Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Top Republicans Looking To Jeb Bush In 2016

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Top Republican donors are starting to look at the former Governor of Florida as their candidate in 2016.

Harder to Get Job at Walmart Than Admitted to Ivy League School?

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.Wonkblog’s “Wal-Mart has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard” is rightly drawing some eye-rolling.

Pentagon Orders Service Seals Off Wreaths Across America Trucks

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The DOD says Walmart was violating its trademarks.

Republican Controlled States Making It Harder For Democrats To Vote

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A pattern continues.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The We’re All Bozos On This Bus Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Ray Rice Celebrates Aggravated Assault Indictment by Marrying Victim

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Ray Rice celebrated his aggravated assault indictment by marrying his victim.

WSJ Wonders About Transnistria, Too

Echoing my post of yesterday, the Wall Street Journal speculates whether Transnistria might be next on Putin’s agenda: Transnistria voted in 2006 to ask to join Russia and this month its leaders repeated the request. Russia hasn’t taken up that appeal, but it did hold military exercises in the region last weekend. Another minority enclave […]

#CancelColbert Trolling

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An opportunist ruins a good joke and hijacks an important discussion.

James Schlesinger, Cabinet Secretary To Three Presidents, Dies At 85

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James Schelsinger, who served as Defense Secretary under Presidents Nixon and Ford and Secretary of the Department of Energy under President Carter, died earlier this week at the age of 85: James R. Schlesinger, a tough Cold War strategist who served as secretary of defense under Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford and […]

Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War Hero, Dies

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Jeremiah Denton, a Vietnam War hero and one-term US Senator from Alabama, has died. He was 89.

Pentagon Wants War Funding After Wars End

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The Pentagon wants to continue receiving special war funding well into peacetime.

Where Is Transnistria?

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The future may hold a lot of vehement arguing over insignificant bits of territory.

Saving Millions By Changing Font

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A high school kid has figured out that changing fonts could save the taxpayer millions in printing costs.

Head Of House Intelligence Committee Leaving Congress For Talk Radio

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When rumors began to spread last night that Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, would be leaving Congress some wondered whether he had reconsidered his decision not to enter the race for Carl Levin’s Senate seat. As it turns out, he’s leaving to go into the talk radio business: Rep. Mike […]

“Do It For Denmark”

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Apparently the Danes are trying to get their citizens to, well, do it: Denmark has a sex problem. (Re-evaluating that happiness ranking already?) Well, it’s not exactly a sex problem, per se. It’s more like a baby problem. According to government statistics, Denmark posted a birth rate of 10 per 1,000 residents in 2013 — its […]

Astronomers Name New Planet After Biden

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America’s 47th Vice-President has apparently been memorialized in the heavens: Astronomers have nicknamed a new dwarf planet circling the sun at the outer edges of the solar system after Vice President Biden. According to Nature, a leading scientific journal, the object’s official designation is 2012 VP113. But the team studying its orbit around the sun […]

Henry Kissinger’s Annoying Habit of Being Right

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Benjamin Wallace-Wells wonders with some irritation “Why Henry Kissinger Never Goes Away.”

Obama Derangement Syndrome At National Review?

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Blaming Obama for the security bubble he travels in is, in the end, a pretty dumb argument.

2014 Voter Enthusiasm Favors Republicans

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For now at least, Republicans are far more enthusiastic about voting in November than Democrats. That could be decisive.

Anger Mismanagement

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A South Carolina man is under arrest after hitting his girlfriend with an anger management book: SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – A Spartanburg County man is accused of hitting his girlfriend with his anger management book while she was accused of stabbing him with a boxcutter, landing both of them in jail. Deputies said they […]

NLRB Official Rules Football Players At Northwestern Can Unionize

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Are student athletes employees? According to an NLRB hearing officer they are, but that’s hardly the end of the story.

Ukraine’s Military Dolphins Defect To Russia

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Marking the latest development coming from the Ukraine’s loss of Crimea to Russia, the nation’s team of militarized dolphins is now under Russian control: But of all the Ukrainian military assets Russia has seized during the annexation, none is quite as unusual as the combat dolphin program. The Soviet Union began training dolphins and other marine mammals […]

Hawaii Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With Prostitutes

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Hawaiian legislators have agreed to change a law that made it legal for police to have sex with prostitutes: HONOLULU (AP) — A key Hawaii lawmaker considering an anti-prostitution bill says he and Honolulu police have agreed to get rid of a longtime exemption that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes. State Sen. Clayton […]

All North Korean Men Must Get Kim Jong Un Haircuts

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As if things weren’t already bizarre in North Korea, the BBC reports that all men in the country are now required to get a haircut identical to that of leader Kim Jong Un: Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported. The state-sanctioned […]

Secret Service Agents Sent Home From Amsterdam For Drinking

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As President Obama continues his European trip, the Secret Service is dealing with another embarrassment: Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of […]

No Fun League To Become Even Less Fun

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The National Football League is apparently set to adopt a rule that would penalize goal post dunks: Not only is the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham redefining the tight end position, but he has also inspired an NFL rule change. According to the league’s vice president of officiating, players will no longer be allowed to […]

Women Barred From Serving Dinner At Nuclear Summit

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For some bizarre reason that nobody seems to be able to adequately explain, women were barred form serving dinner at the recently concluded nuclear weapons summit at The Hague: THE HAGUE, Netherlands — It was just a little thing that the Dutch media noticed: all the people serving lunch to the world leaders at the […]

N.J. Man Released From Prison Robs Same Shoe Store He Robbed 15 Years Earlier

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Apparently, he really liked being in prison: TOMS RIVER — The day after Christopher M. Miller finished a 15-year prison sentence for robbing a Stride Rite store in Toms River, he committed an almost identical crime at the same store, said Ralph Stocco, police spokesman. Miller, 40, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., was released on Friday […]

Contraceptives And Hobby Lobby At The Supreme Court

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Hobby Lobby has a strong argument under RFRA but the precedent would be dangerous.

Koch Brothers Not As Big A Deal As Democrats Would Hope

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If the opening months of the 2014 campaign are any indication, Democrats intend to make the Koch Brothers a central focus of their campaign against the GOP this year. Indeed, the libertarian-oriented politically active brothers have been something of a bugaboo on the left since the 2010 midterms and have garnered more attention on MSNBC […]

American Skepticism About Interventionism Is A Return To Historical Norms

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Americans are skeptical about getting involved in the Ukraine crisis. This isn’t a surprise.

How Professors Spend Their Time

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An oldie but goodie from PhD comics is making the rounds.

T-Shirt Activism

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Via FP’s Passport:  Ukrainian Hipsters Say No to Sex with Russians.

NFL To Force Steelers To Do Reality Show?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers may end up on an HBO reality show, but nobody on the team seems all too thrilled about it: PITTSBURGH, PA (KDKA) — Fans could get a bit more personal with their hometown Steelers as players could now be forced to be featured on HBO’s show “Hard Knocks.” However, it seems as […]

Alabama Man!

Police ‘Rescue’ Naked Alabama Man Stuck 40 Feet Up In A Tree: 40-year-old Michael Howard Long of Arab, Ala. apparently got pretty bored over the weekend. Emergency personnel responded to a call Saturday evening of a man stuck approximately four stories up in a tree wearing no clothes. When they arrived on the scene they […]

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

For Want of a Comma

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Yet another incentive to get a STEM degree: via Jonathan Eyal

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Preaching To The Choir Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Fixing Income Equality is Easy (Unless You Actually Want to Fix It)

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It’s simple: We just have to define the problem and then solve it.

Boy Allowed to Wear ‘My Little Pony’ Backpack to School

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After national attention, a North Carolina school has rescinded its ban on a 9-year-old boy’s wearing of a “girl’s” backpack.

1,000 Years Of European History In Under 4 Minutes

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A reminder of just how much the borders of Europe have changed from the mid-12th Century to today:

Headline Of The Day

Mom Sloth Bear at National Zoo Eats Two of Her Cubs, Loses Right to Raise the Third

Starbucks To Expand Alcohol Sales

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You may soon be able to get beer or wine along with your caffeine from your local Starbucks: Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview. The rollout will take several years, […]

Iran/Contra Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh Dies At 102

Lawrence Walsh, a former Deputy Attorney General and Federal District Court Judge who was named as the Independent Counsel charged with investigating the Iran/Contra affair in the late 1980s, has died at the age of 102: Lawrence E. Walsh, a former federal judge and a mainstay of the American legal establishment who as an independent […]

No, Ukraine Should Not Have Been Allowed To Keep Its Nuclear Weapons

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Getting nuclear weapons out of Ukraine in 1994 was a good idea, not a mistake.

Two Great Articles on the Ukraine Crisis

One of the best opinion pieces on the situation in the Ukraine that I’ve read so far is this one by Fred Kaplan at Slate. It’s worth reading in full but here’s his conclusion: Right now, then, this is at most a regional conflict, not a global one, and the best thing that Obama can […]

You Probably Aren’t Going To Read Anything Beyond This Headline

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Politics, media, and the attention span of the average American haven’t really changed as much as we think.

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