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Where Is The South?

South 538

The Mason-Dixon Line says it starts in Maryland, but that no longer seems to be the case.

Virginia Attorney General Unilaterally Rules That Illegal Immigrants Qualify For In-State Tuition

Virginia Flag Map

A good idea, but do the ends justify the means?

New Emails Revive Old Benghazi Arguments


A new set of emails is reviving the old partisan arguments about the attack in Benghazi.

Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Hike


Once again, a filibuster led by Senate Republicans has blocked a bill that would increase the Federal minimum wage to $10.10: WASHINGTON — A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, an underpinning of President Obama’s economic agenda and an issue that Democrats hope to leverage against Republicans in the midterm elections, failed […]

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law


A legal setback for Voter ID laws in Wisconsin.

The NBA, the NFL, Sterling, and the Redskins


Today, NPR Commentator Frank Deford, also a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, made the following observation about longer reaching implications of the Donald Sterling affair: On thing I think may have a carry over factor here, is that it puts more pressure on another commissioner, Roger Goodell of the NFL, to try and force Daniel […]

From Der Spiegel

I do not know when the last time I saw a more masterful job of rationalization than occurs in this article from Der Spiegel with the alarming title “War in Europe?”, about the crisis in Ukraine. Here’s a sample: Prominent German political scientist Herfried Münkler uses his theories of “heroic” and “postheroic” societies to describe […]

Choosing the Right Sports Metaphor

On his return to Washington after concluding a week-long visit to several Asian countries although, notably, not China, President Obama summed up the diplomatic tour with a sports metaphor: The Asia trip didn’t produce a blockbuster trade deal, or bring an end to North Korea’s nuclear threat. The U.S. won a smaller-scale agreement to station […]

Not Surprisingly, Democrats Don’t Consider Wendy Davis’s Race A Priority

Wendy Davis Greg Abbott

The Democratic Governor’s Association doesn’t seem to be willing to put much money into Wendy Davis’s race against Greg Abbott in Texas: Despite the hype surrounding Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’s run for governor, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association didn’t include her state in a list of top targets in 2014. Ms. Davis, a […]

U.S. Economy Sputters In First Quarter

Economy Heartbeat

Economic growth in the first quarter was so weak, we nearly fell into a recession.

Charlie Crist Still Leading Rick Scott In Florida

Rick Scott Charlie Crist

Former Governor Charlie Crist continues to lead his successor in their anticipated election battle: After spending more than $10 million on campaign ads in the last two months, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida continues to trail his predecessor and potential opponent by 10 percentage points, according to a poll released today by Quinnipiac University. Voters […]

Two Weeks Later, 234 Nigerian Schoolgirls Are Still Missing. Where Is The American Media?


A prime example of the failure of the “infotainment” industry that American news media has turned into.

Supreme Court Thinking About Whether People Can Be Fired For Telling Truth Under Oath


A bizarre case in Alabama highlights a more bizarre judicial precedent.

Supreme Court Justices Try To Balance Technology, Privacy, And The 4th Amendment

Pile of smart phones

Today’s oral argument before the Supreme Court on the issue of police searches of cell phones and smartphones left much up in the air.

Donald Sterling: Sympathy for a Devil

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

I’m uneasy about a world in which a private conversation, illegally recorded, can be used in this fashion.

L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

Adam Sliver, who has only been Commissioner of the National Basketball Association for about three months, has imposed the heaviest sanction available against L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of the release of tapes containing racist rants from the owner: Donald Sterling, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was barred for life […]

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

Star Wars

With initial photography set to begin in days, Disney and Lucasfilm have released the most anticipated cast list in quite some time: After months of silence, Lucasfilm finally announced the main cast of the forthcoming Star Warsrevival, Episode VII, in one explosive sentence Tuesday. “Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall […]

Where Is The Midwest?

Midwest 538

The American Midwest is referred to numerous times a day in political conversations, weather reports, and other such places. However, as FiveThirtyEight found, there isn’t necessarily a lot of agreement on what states make up “the Midwest”: To get this broad-based view, we asked SurveyMonkey Audience to ask self-identified Midwesterners which states make the cut. We ran […]

Obama’s Poll Numbers Dip Again, Time For Democrats To Worry

Obama Eyes Closed

A grim new poll for the President and his Democratic allies.

Driver Who Killed Teen Suing Him For Emotional Distress


Today’s odd  legal story comes out of Canada, where an Ontario woman has filed what seems like one of the most outrageous counterclaims ever: A woman driving a car that struck and killed a teenager and seriously injured another is now suing the dead 17-year-old in a twist the boy’s family lawyer calls “distasteful.” A […]

Snowden Looking For A Deal?

Edward Snowden 2

A report in The New York Times seems to suggest that NSA leaker Edward Snowden may be looking for a deal that will allow him to come home: WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided journalists a trove of classified documents, retained a well-known Washington defense lawyer last summer in […]

Chase Closing Porn Star’s Bank Accounts

JPMorgan Plans Bond Offering As Spreads Expand To Most In 2011

Chase is closing accounts because it doesn’t like the career their customers have chosen.

Kerry Apologizes After Warning Israel Could Become An ‘Apartheid State’


Open mouth, insert foot.

Supreme Court To Decide If Sarbanes-Oxley Applies To Fish

One of the cases that the Supreme Court accepted for review today presents a rather unique legal question:

New Vulnerability Affects All Versions Of Internet Explorer


A newly vulnerability in Internet Explorer is creating a potential field day for hackers: Hackers are already at work exploiting a newly discovered flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that has left more than half of the world’s Web browsers vulnerable to attack, including those on many federal government computers. Microsoft said it was aware of […]

Vance McAllister, The ‘Kissing Congressman,’ Won’t Run For Re-Election


Vance McAllister, the Louisiana Congressman caught on camera kissing a married staff member, has decided not to run for re-election: Newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., will not seek re-election in November, according to a local report. Earlier this month, surveillance footage leaked of McAllister kissing one of his congressional staffers. The incident led to multiple calls for his resignation, including from Louisiana […]

Sarah Palin: Waterboarding Is How We Baptize Terrorists


So, this happened.

New York GOP Congressman Michael Grimm Indicted For Fraud


As expected, Congressman Michael Grimm was taken into custody today and indicted on multiple counts of fraud: Representative Michael G. Grimm, a second-term congressman from Staten Island, was indicted Monday on federal fraud charges for underreporting the wages and payroll while running an Upper East Side restaurant, concealing the actual payroll in a separate set […]

A Democratic Lock On The Electoral College

Electoral College 2012

The Democrats have a big advantage in the Electoral College, at least for now.

Nearly 700 Sentenced To Death In Egypt


An Egyptian Court has sentenced nearly 700 people associated with ousted former President Mohammed Morsi  to death: MINYA, Egypt — A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, the latest in mass trials that have drawn international condemnation and […]

You and Whose Army?

The editors of the Wall Street Journal continue to beat the war drum against Russia: Standard & Poor’s last week downgraded Russian debt to near-junk status, as capital flight picks up. A recession seems likely this year after slow growth in 2013. Sanctions against the Putin circle have their uses, but sanctions on the entire […]

Supreme Court to Rule on Cellphone Searches


The Justice Department thinks police should be able to search the smart phones of anyone arrested for anything.

OTB Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Mitt Romney 2016: The Third Time’s The Charm?


Romney 2016? Anything’s possible, but probably not.

Hundreds Of Copies Of Worst Video Game Ever Found In New Mexico Landfill

Zak Penn


Elizabeth Warren: I Hope Hillary Runs In 2016

Elizabeth Warren Hillary Clinton

While she continues her book tour, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is continuing to damp down Presidential speculation, this time by saying that she hopes Hillary Clinton does end up running for President: Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday she hopes Hillary Clinton will embark on a presidential run in 2016 – even as chatter about a White […]

Rand Paul Endorses Susan Collins For Re-Election

Rand Paul CPAC 2014

In a move that is sure to bewilder his supporters as much as his endorsement of Mitch McConnell over Tea Pary favorite Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has endorsed Maine’s Susan Collins for re-election: Q: You’re going to join U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for a state party fundraiser today.She’s defended National Security Agency spying programs […]

NAACP Withdraws Lifetime Acheivement Award For Clippers Owner


After the revelations about his racist rant became public, the NAACP decided to withdraw the Lifetime Achievement Award it was going to give to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Starling: NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller said Sunday the NAACP will not go forward with plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner […]

The Government-Liberty Connection: Hobbes


An ongoing set of considerations on the relationship between liberty and government.

Are Tea Party PACs Scamming Their Donors?


Purity for profit on display.

A New Gilded Age?


Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is making quite a splash.

OTB Caption Contest Winners


The I Am The Captain Of The Farm Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Vatican Set For First Ever Canonization Of Two Popes, With Two Popes Attending

Vatican John XXIII John Paul II

On Sunday, it’s the Day Of Four Popes.

So, The Owner Of The L.A. Clippers Is A Racist


The National Basketball Association is dealing with a bit of an embarrassment thanks to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers: An audio recording purportedly of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is sending shockwaves around the sports world. On the tape, Sterling tells his girlfriend V. Stiviano (who is half-black and half-Mexican) not to bring black people to […]

Eyewitness Testimony: Don’t Believe Your Eyes

Witness Chair Courtroom

Contrary to popular belief, eyewitness testimony is often quite unreliable.

The Government-Liberty Connection: Looking to the Founding Documents


The “Founders” founded a government and the “Framers” were framing the basic structure thereof. This should be obvious.

On the Connection of Law to Liberty: An Observation


To draw an admittedly imperfect parallel, I would note that the Law of Gravity impedes my perfect freedom, thank goodness.  Freedom from the strictures of the gravitational pull of the Earth would be liberating, no doubt, but then how many other things would I be unable to do without its yoke?

The Basics of Federal Land Ownership in Two Maps


How did the west become part of the US?

Texas Republican Spent $30,000 In Campaign Dollars On Chocolates And Ham


Texas Republican Ralph Hall, currently in the middle of a runoff primary fight, certainly has some interesting spending priorities: WASHINGTON — Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest serving member of Congress, spent more than $33,000 in campaign funds on orders from Honey Baked Foods and Godiva Chocolatier, campaign filings show. Federal Election Commission records show […]

Republican House Candidate: I’m Ready To Take Up Arms Against The Government


One Republican candidate for Congress in Georgia is taking the anti-government message to the next level: A Republican congressional candidate in Georgia says in a new ad that he’s prepared to take up arms to effect change in Washington. Former congressional aide John Stone begins the ad by firing a cannon he says is like […]

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