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Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

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Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

Jeb Bush Was a Naughty Boy

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So what?

We Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

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After weeks of giving every indication that he’s running for president yet again, Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not a candidate for 2016.

John McCain Calls Hearing Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’

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John McCain is not a fan of Code Pink.

Mitt Romney to Announce 2016 Plans Today

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Mitt Romney is set to make an announcement at 11 Eastern today. [UPDATE: He’s out!]

Romney Leads GOP Pack In Yet Another Poll

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A new Fox News Poll continues the trend showing Mitt Romney leading the field of prospective 2016  candidates: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the front-runners for their respective party’s presidential nominations. In addition, Romney performs best against Clinton among the Republicans tested in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, coming […]

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Hillary Clinton May Wait Until Summer To Enter Presidential Race

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With no real opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton has no reason to rush getting into the race.

Andrew Sullivan Calling it Quits

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Andrew Sullivan has “decided to stop blogging in the near future.”

Conservative Pundits Finally Seeing Sarah Palin For What She Is

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Conservatives finally seem to be waking up to the truth about Sarah Palin.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

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Reports indicate that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is likely to be charged with desertion for leaving his post in 2009, but he’s unlikely to serve time in prison.

Indiana’s “Limited Government” Governor To Start State-Run News Agency

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is supposed to be a champion of limited government. So why is he starting up a state run news agency?

Blackberry CEO: The Government Should Force Companies To Make Apps For Blackberry Phones

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The head of Blackberry thinks he can save his company by getting the government to force others to make content for Blackberry phones

Small Drone Crashes On White House Lawn

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A device that has since been identified as a “small drone” was found early this morning on the White House lawn: A small drone was found on the White House grounds early Monday, news reports said, but officials said it was recovered and posed no ongoing threat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, speaking to […]

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Syriza Wins Greek Elections

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The anti-“austerity” party Syriza has won a commanding victory in Greece’s parliamentary elections: Greece’s far-left Syriza party, which seeks to renegotiate Greece’s loan deals with Europe’s central authorities, won the largest share of seats in the Hellenic Parliament in historic elections Sunday, capturing 35.5 percent to 39.5 percent share according to exit polling. Syriza’s victory […]

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

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For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

State Of The Union Ratings Hit 15 Year Low

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Last Tuesday’s State of the Union Address saw the lowest viewership numbers of any of those that President Obama has delivered and the lowest in fifteen years: Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen. The 1-hour, 15-minute speech drew an average […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks to media after talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov in Sofia

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

I will Believe it When I see it

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Via WaPo:  Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues. I would adore such a conversation.  Alas, my experience with US campaigns makes we skeptical.  (And that observation is not aimed at Bush, but is a general observation).

Ebola Infection Rate In West Africa Dropping

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The World Health Organization reports that the Ebola infection rate in West Africa appears to be dropping: GENEVA — The number of people falling victim to the Ebola virus in West Africa has dropped to the lowest level in months, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but dwindling funds and a looming rainy season […]

Another Use for Drones

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Via the BBC:  Drone carrying drugs crashes near US-Mexico border A drone carrying more than six pounds (2.7kg) of methamphetamine has crashed near Mexico’s border with the US. Mexican police in Tijuana say they were alerted to an unidentified object in a car park of a shopping centre. “The drone had packages taped to it […]

Ernie Banks, MLB Hall Of Famer And “Mr. Cub,” Dies At 83

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Ernie Banks, who spent all of his 19 Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs and became a joyous Ambassador for baseball itself in retirement, has died at the age of 83: Ernie Banks, the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century and an unconquerable optimist whose sunny disposition never dimmed in 19 seasons with […]

Hillary Clinton Leads Potential Republican Rivals By Double Digits

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Advantage: Hillary.

King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia Dies At 90, Crown Prince Salman Becomes King

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A big change in an important nation in the most volatile part of the world.

House Republicans Drop Abortion Bill Vote At Last Minute, And It Was Smart Politics To Do So

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The House was set to vote on a ban on abortion after 20 weeks that never would have become law today but they pulled the bill. Conservatives are annoyed, but it was smart politics in the long run.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Darren Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting

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Not surprisingly, the Federal investigation of the Michael Brown shooting is ending much like the state investigation did.

The New England Patriots And The Case Of The Deflated Balls

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A new Patriots cheating scandal, or much ado about nothing?

An ‘Ambitious’ Yet Pointless State Of The Union, And An Utterly Pointless Response

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The State Of The Union Address was more of the same, and the same will be true of Washington going forward.

Feel Free To Skip The State Of The Union Address

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There’s really no point in watching tonight’s speech.

Are 80 People Richer Than Half the World? Not Really.

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While the issue of income inequality is quite real, Oxfam’s numbers are not.

Pope: Don’t Breed Like Rabbits. Or Use Birth Control.

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Pope Francis continues his world tour and has issued a paradox from his private jet.

The Global 1%

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Via the BBC:  Richest 1% to own more than rest of world, Oxfam says The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world’s population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam. The charity’s research shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% […]

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush Top List Of Preferred Candidates Among Republicans

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The Tea Party may be the most vocal wing of the GOP but most Republicans seems to favor candidates that aren’t quite so right wing.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Men watch the 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match between the Netherlands and Australia on a laptop, at a camel market in Daba

The Humphrey The Camel Edition OTB Caption Contest is now over.

Mitt Romney Touts Anti-Poverty Platform

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Mitt Romney certainly seems to be running for president again. And he’s now on at least his third reinvention.

RNC Tries To Limit The Number Of Presidential Debates

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The Republican National Committee is trying to bring some sanity to the Presidential debate process, but there’s no guarantee it can succeed.

ISIS Gaining Ground . . . But We’ve Stopped Their Momentum!

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ISIS owns more territory than it did when the US bombing campaign began.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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The two decade long argument over same-sex marriage appears headed for its final legal showdown.

Joe Paterno’s Wins Restored

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A victory for evil.

John Kerry Outsources American Foreign Policy To James Taylor

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With some still criticizing the Administration for not sending a higher-ranking officials to Sunday’s unity rally in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry decided it might be a good idea to stop by Paris on the way home from India. And, to show our French friends that America stands beside them in the fight against […]

Pope Francis: One Cannot Make Fun of Faith

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Pope Francis has earned a reputation as a liberal in comparison to recent predecessors but he’s no liberal.

Why The GOP Is Likely To Cave In The Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Law Changes

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Even with a House and Senate majority, the GOP is unlikely to get what it wants in its current immigration battle with the President.

Obama’s Missed Opportunity

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My latest for The National Interest, “Obama’s Paris Blunder: Part of a Much Bigger Problem,” has posted.

Virginia Legislator Wins Special Election Despite Being In Jail

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A former Democratic state legislator in Virginia was re-elected last night despite the fact that he’s in jail.

Once Again, Elizabeth Warren Says She’s Not Running For President And, Once Again, Nobody Will Listen

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Elizabeth Warren said once again that she’s not running for President, now or in the future. That’s not going to stop the efforts to draft her, though.

Oil Prices Continue To Fall, But Don’t Expect It To Last Forever

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The price of oil is continuing to fall, but it won’t last forever.

Paul Ryan Not Running For President

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Although his name has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for President in 2016, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is making clear he has no intention of running: Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, announced Monday that he will not run for president in 2016. Ryan, the new […]

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