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Congress Punts DHS Funding Bill For Seven Days

Another lesson in incompetence in governing from House Republicans.

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, Dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who became a household name as Mr. Spock with the “Star Trek” television series and movies, has died at 83.

A Supreme Court Case That’s Just A Little Fishy

A fishy tale from the Supreme Court that may give us a clue about bigger cases to come.

Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

Controlling Congress

A theme that just won’t go away.

Speaking of IRV

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

As expected, President Obama has vetoed the bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Justice Department Announces There Will Be No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

Nearly three years to the day after it started, the George Zimmerman case is essentially over.

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

With three days to go, there are signs the GOP is ready to give up on its showdown over DHS funding.

Will Clinton Foundation Be A Liability For Hillary Clinton?

Do the nonprofit’s foreign donors create a conflict of interest?

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35 Years Ago Today: The Miracle On Ice

For those of us old enough to remember, February 22nd, 1980 marked one of the great moments in sports history.

Coffee News

Electoral Systems Matter

Decision rules matter.

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The Internet is Getting Faster

Aaron Brazell explains why “THE INTERNET IS ABOUT TO BECOME WAY FASTER.”

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

A new poll of 2016 primary voters shows that even Republicans are coming to accept that gays and lesbians should have the right to get married.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s Decision To Invite Netanyahu To Speak Before Congress

By a wide margin Americans think it was wrong of the GOP to invite Israel’s Prime Minister to speak to Congress.

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To President’s Deferred Deportation Program

A Federal Judge has issued a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s deferred deportation program, but appeals can be expected.

ISIS is What it Says it Is

The Atlantic has a fascinating cover story by Graeme Wood titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

Arnaud de Borchgrave Dead at 88

The intrepid foreign correspondent and editor Arnaud de Borchgrave has died, aged 88, of cancer.

Brian Williams and the Pressures of War Correspondents

There’s no excuse for the former NBC anchor’s lies. But there are reasons.

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ISIS Has Arrived In Libya, Just How Big A War Are We Looking At?

ISIS apparently now has a foothold in Libya, and is making inroads in Yemen.

Pennsylvania Governor Imposes Moratorium On Death Penalty

Reflecting a growing national trend away from the barbarity of capital punishment, the Governor of Pennsylvania has imposed a moratorium on executions in the Keystone State.

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Denmark Terror Attacks and Machine-Gun Censorship

Yet another attack on religious freedom in Europe.

Barbara Bush Changes Mind on ‘Enough Bushes’

Lest there be any doubt, Barbara Bush wouldn’t mind a third POTUS in the family.

Oregon Gets First Openly Bisexual Governor in American History

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will become the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history when Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns Wednesday

Rand Paul’s Biology ‘Degree’

The Kentucky Senator and medical doctor claims an undergraduate degree he doesn’t have.

Nasty Weather

Winds gusting to 55 mph took the power out last night around 730 pm and it cycled off and on throughout the night.

Vint Cerf Warns of Forgotten Century From Bit Rot

One of the pioneers of the Internet warns that we’re in danger of losing entire generations’ worth of history because of digitization.

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Authorizations to Unlimited Military Force

Daniel Larison is far less ambivalent about our war on ISIL than me.

Obama’s ISIL AUMF A Convenient (But Necessary) Excuse

Explaining my ambivalence around the latest escalation in our intervention.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans Are Ready For Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

Justice Ginsburg acknowledges the fact that, over the past nineteen years, same-sex marriage has gone from something that most Americans oppose to something that most Americans are willing to accept.

Crafting Defense Strategy from an Astrategic Security Strategy

The last of my four pieces analyzing the revised National Security Strategy has posted at RealClearDefense.

Minsk Talks Result In Ukrainian Cease Fire Agreement

A cease fire deal in Ukraine, but a long term settlement will require compromises from both Moscow and Kiev.

IR TOs WH NSS

Most in the international relations community are not amused by the president’s National Security Strategy.

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

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