Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American ever held as a POW by the Taliban, has been freed after five years in captivity: WASHINGTON — The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at […]
It may be time to rethink the way we make candidates get on the ballot.
Pseudoscience and hysteria have damaged public health.
A victory for Federalism and sanity in the War On Drugs.
A debunking of the origin story actually aids the case that the motivation was not racist. It doesn’t matter.
You’ll be able to drink on Election Day in South Carolina thanks to a new law: Voters in South Carolina will soon be able to hit the bars after they hit the voting booths. South Carolina state senate members voted 41-1 to repeal a 1882 law that bans restaurants, stores and bars throughout the state from […]
Yet another autiobiography invites public discussion about her accomplishments.
An American who grew up in Florida and went to Syria to fight with the rebellion is being blamed for a suicide bombing: WASHINGTON — An American who blew himself up in an attack in Syria on Sunday has been identified by law enforcement officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a man in his early 20s […]
Jay Carney, who replaced Robert Gibbs as White House Secretary in 2012, is leaving the White House: WASHINGTON — Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is leaving his post as the public face of the administration, stepping down after shifting from two decades of reporting to politics at the highest levels, President Obama said […]
Does the office of Vice-President serve any useful purpose anymore?
A potentially positive sign in the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe: SINGAPORE — Russia has withdrawn most of its troops from the Ukrainian border, Pentagon officials said, but cautioned that some seven battalions, amounting to several thousand men, remain. Speaking to reporters aboard his flight to a regional security conference in Singapore, Defense Secretary Chuck […]
Eric Shinseki resigned as Secretary of Veterans Affairs this morning, to the surprise of absolutely nobody.
In her upcoming book, Hillary Clinton strikes a defiant tone against conservative’s continued interest in the Benghazi attack.
Steve Ballmer, who took over as CEO of Microsoft after Bill Gates ended day-to-day involvement with the company, has apparently agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, possibly averting a move next week by the NBA to strip the franchise from Donald Sterling and his family: The former Microsoft chief executive Steve […]
The President’s second speech to the Corps of Cadets is a vast improvement over the first.
Ken Blackwell has, at various times in his career, been Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio State Treasurer, and Ohio’s Secretary of State. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2006 when he lost to Ted Strickland. And he believes that marriage equality and equal rights for gays and lesbians is reponsible for the shootings at […]
Sooner or later, the Supreme Court will have to rule on a challenge to state laws banning same-sex marriage.
Once again, President Obama’s attempt to communicate a foreign policy vision falls short.
Pro-Russian separatist rebels have downed a Ukrainian military helicopter as fighting in the east continues to flare in the wake of Sunday’s election: DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a military helicopter on Thursday morning, killing a Ukrainian general and 13 other soldiers, as the conflict in the country continued to heat […]
In no small part because of a brutal winter, the economy shrank in the first three months of the year.
It seems unlikely that Eric Shinseki will have a job for much longer.
The Minnesota legislature recently held a special session at which it repealed a whole host of laws: It’s no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized container. The state’s telegraph regulations are gone. And it’s now legal to drive a car in neutral — if you can figure out how to […]
In an other sign of what the House of Representatives has turned into, The Fix’s Jamie Fuller notes that there are, at most, 30 competitive House seats up for grabs in the 2014 election: Only 30 House races have any right to be called a “race” of any sort this year. That’s 30 out of 435. That’s 6.8 […]
The saga of Malaysian Air Flight 370 continues to be just weird.
For the first time, Edward Snowden is talking to the American media.
The latest chapter in an all too familiar story.
Ok, I can’t help but think that this is a a rather ridiculous case of over-militarization of the police. Via WSFA: Troy police given armored personnel carrier The city of Troy’s SWAT team has a brand new tool in its arsenal to help them react to emergency situations, and it’s the only one in the […]
In the wake of David Dewhurst’s defeat in Texas, Aaron Blake notes that being Lt. Governor doesn’t mean very much anymore: A famous politician once mused that the vice presidency wasn’t worth a “warm bucket of piss.” And we’re sure Selina Meyer agrees. Being lieutenant governor, though, is worth even less. And rarely has that been more […]
A great American writer has passed away.
Two news items yesterday advanced in some small measure the protection of journalists from having to reveal sources under Court Order.
Samuel Wurzelbacher, who became famous in conservative circles as “Joe The Plumber” during the 2008 Presidential campaign, had what may well be the most offensive reaction to the massacre at U.C.-Santa Barbara that I’ve seen to date: Samuel Wurzelbacher gave his condolences this week to the families of the victims of the mass shooting near the […]
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who has held that office since 2003, was defeated last night in his re-election bid in a runoff election against Texas State Senator Dan Patrick,who had the support of many on the hard right and in the Tea Party movement: Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party favorite, defeated incumbent […]
The oldest, and one of the longest serving, Members of Congress lost his primary runoff battle in in Texas last night: Seventeen-term Rep. Ralph Hall on Tuesday became the first incumbent to lose renomination this cycle, after the Texas Republican was ousted by former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe in a primary runoff. With 98 percent of […]
Here’s what happens when you introduce 21st century kids to an Apple II: Previously, we saw how these kids react to a Walkman. H/T: Mashable
Is support for marriage equality now an issue that can benefit Democrats at the polls?
While it’s been much derided in recent years, there’s a definite economic benefit to obtaining a college degree,
An imperfect timetable, but better than nothing.
The tragedy in Santa Barbara will. inevitably, revive the same old gun debate. But can it ever evolve beyond shouting?
While much of the attention that the national press has paid to Georgia this year has been focused on the Senate race, there’s also a race for Governor pitting the incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal against Jason Carter, a Democratic State Senator who is also the grandson of the former President. In that race, a new […]
Preserving the filibuster.
Some odd developments in Nigeria