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CDC Confirms First Ebola Case In The United States

Ebola Virus

For the first time, someone has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

Another Secret Service Breach Put Armed Man With Criminal Record In Elevator With Obama

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The security lapses at the Secret Service just continue to mount.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Subsidies For Federal Obamacare Exchanges

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A legal setback for the Affordable Care Act, but the important arguments on this issue lie in higher courts.

F.C.C. Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule Over N.F.L Objections

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A long standing rule is finally repealed, but it’s not likely to change your viewing choices.

Ebola Outbreak In Nigeria Looks Like It’s Over

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Some good news on the Ebola front: Since the first patient — a dying Liberian-American — flew into Lagos, Nigeria, on July 20, the disease spread to 20 other people in two cities, who had contact with nearly 900 others. But every known case has now died or recovered, and the cure rate was unusually […]

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Agreement To Keep 10,000 U.S. Troops In Country Past 2014

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U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for at least the next three years.

Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah Penalized For End Zone Muslim Prayer?

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Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah was charged with an excessive celebration penalty after taking a position of prayer after scouring a touchdown off an interception in last night’s Chiefs routing of the Patriots, and some people are raising red flags: Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and […]

Supreme Court Allows Changes In Ohio Early Voting To Remain In Effect

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The Supreme Court has issued a stay that will allow changes to Ohio’s early voting law to remain in effect for this year’s election. That was the correct decision.

White House Fence Jumper Got Deep Inside The Building

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Last week’s security breach just became a lot more serious.

Congress Has Abdicated Its Constitutional Responsibility In The War Against ISIS

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Speaker Boehner wants to delay a vote on the ISIS war until January, but any such debate will be meaningless because Congress has already abdicated responsibility.

Battle For Senate Control Tipping Towards The GOP?

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Two weeks after it seemed to be tightening, there are signs the battle for control of the Senate may be moving in the GOP’s direction.

Amal Alamuddin Marries Actor

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Making the rounds today: “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor.”

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

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Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

Hong Kong Rocked With Protests As China Tries To Limit Political Rights

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The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with protesters upset over China’s efforts to control the city’s political future.

Americans Support Air Strikes Against ISIS, Oppose Ground Troops

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The American public’s support for the President’s war against ISIS has its limits.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

New York Post Attacks A Day Old Baby

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This is how The New York Post chose to mark the birth of Chelsea Clinton’s baby yesterday: Way to stay classy, guys.

No, Pennsylvania Is Not Blaming A Woman For Her Own Rape

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Facts are stubborn things.

CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks

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WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

‘Khorasan Group’ is US Creation; It’s Still Dangerous

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The Khorasan Group is, functionally, al Qaeda. Or is it?

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Burning Man Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Third-Party Candidates Poised To Play Big Role In Deciding Senate Control

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Third-party candidates in several states could end up having a big say in the battle for control of the Senate.

Candidate For Navajo Nation Presidency Under Fire For Not Speaking Navajo Well Enough

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Politics, the law, culture, and a very old language collide.

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Ill, May Have Diabetes And Gout

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during his visit to the Wonsan Shoe Factory

North Korea’s young, reclusive leader may be ill, because even the North Korean press is acknowledging that something is wrong: That Kim Jong-un is carrying a few extra pounds has been obvious since he became North Korea’s leader in late 2011. But speculation that his increasing weight – apparently partly due to a weakness for […]

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!

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When I saw the entry at memeorandum proclaiming that “Wikipedia Is Now Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry,” I was flummoxed.

Yahoo Directory Goes Way of Alta Vista

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Danny Sullivan reflects on the end of another era.

Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Islam

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A fired Oklahoma worker beheaded a woman and was attacking another when he was shot. Workplace violence? Or terrorism.

Weekly Standard Columnist Ends Up On TSA Watch List For No Rational Reason

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The TSA is up to its usual shenanigans.

Law Enforcement Claims New Apple And Google Encryption Policies Will Hurt Investigations

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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Apple and Google’s efforts to provide greater privacy to users.. They’re wrong.

Tony Bennett’s Amazing Life

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Only one man can say that he has both recorded a jazz album with Lady Gaga and liberated a Nazi death camp.

10 Drinks a Day is a Lot of Drinks!

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The Ezra Klein-less Wonkblog makes us feel good about our drinking habits.

Economy Grew At 4.6% In Second Quarter

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A strong rebound for the economy from the downturn at the start of the year.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay El Al Flight Over Women Passengers

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There is apparently such a thing as too Jewish.

Derek Jeter Ends His Yankee Stadium Career With A Moment Straight Out Of Hollywood

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After a season in which he received retirement honors in every city the Yankees played in, last night was Derek Jeter’s last home game at Yankee Stadium, and it ended better than a Hollywood screenwriter could have scripted it: He almost started crying as he drove himself to Yankee Stadium in the afternoon. He had […]

The Next Attorney General And Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress

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The next Attorney General will likely see their nomination taken up by Senators who will not be in office past December. That’s somewhat disturbing, but it’s become all too common in Washington.

Daily Show Airs “Controversial” Redskins Segment

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Last night, The Daily Show aired the segment about the Redskins that James Joyner earlier this week. It’s pretty standard fare for a Jason Jones piece, but they didn’t actually end up airing very much footage from the “confrontation” between the Redskins fans and the group of Native American Indians Jones had interviewed: “The Daily Show […]

English-Speaking People Don’t Speak Second Languages

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Americans have long been lampooned for not speaking a second language. Now our cousins across the Pond are getting it, too.

Social Conservatives Campaign Against Republicans Who Endorsed Same-Sex Marriage

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Opponents of marriage equality clearly don’t like the idea of a “big tent” in the GOP on the issue.

The President’s War Is Lacking A Convincing Plan

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The Administration’s policy in the President’s war against ISIS has no coherent plan, and that virtually guarantees escalation.

Phil Simms Won’t Say ‘Redskins’ During Tonight’s Football Game

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Tonight, CBS will be broadcasting the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, and at least one of the two announcers will be trying to avoid referring to one of the teams by its name: CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying “Redskins” during Washington’s […]

Cabinet Tenure In Perspective

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As I noted in my earlier post, once Eric Holder’s resignation becomes final, there will only be two people left from the Cabinet that President Obama selected when he first entered office, the Secretaries of Education and Agriculture. In the meantime, Holder will have been the fourth longest serving Attorney General in history. The Fix’s Philip Bump […]

Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign

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One of last members of President Obama’s original cabinet is stepping aside.

The Economist On Obama’s War Against ISIS: ‘Mission Relaunched’

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The cover for the new edition of The Economist draws a direct parallel between the President’s war against ISIS and his predecessors invasion of Iraq: This week's cover preview: Mission relaunched September 27th – October 3rd 2014 Read via: http://t.co/oojziSoY1o pic.twitter.com/v7zXxpvYNp — The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 25, 2014 Given the rather direct connections between Bush’s war and […]

South Carolina Cop Charged After Dashcam Video Of Shooting Of Unarmed Man Emerges

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A South Carolina State Trooper has been charged in connection with the shooting of an unarmed man at a gas station that seem pretty outrageous: (emphasis mine) On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled over Levar Edward Jones for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, South Carolina, and subsequently shot the unarmed man in the hip. In newly […]

Mitt Romney 2016? Maybe More Likely Than We’ve Been Thinking

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While it still seems unlikely that he’ll run, Mitt Romney does seem to be leaving the door open to a third run at the White House.

After all, the Queen is a Dog Person

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Via the BBC:  David Cameron to apologise to Queen over ‘purred’ remark Speaking in New York, Mr Cameron told Mr Bloomberg he had phoned the Queen to tell her the result. “She purred down the line,” he said. “I’ve never heard someone so happy.”

ESPN Was Right to Suspend Bill Simmons for Calling Roger Goodell a Liar

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The Worldwide Leader has a conflict of interest. But it handled it correctly in this case.

Forest Service Requires Media To Pay Fees To Take Pictures On Government Land

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Freedom Of The Press, if you can afford to pay the fee.

Hamid Karzai Blasts United States In Farewell Address

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Before leaving office, Hamid Karzai is once again biting that hand that has fed him for the past decade.

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