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OTB Caption Contest Winners

Carnival in Cologne

The John Thomas Scopes, I Presume Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Congress Punts DHS Funding Bill For Seven Days

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Another lesson in incompetence in governing from House Republicans.

Politinerds: The Jake Tapper Interview

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The week’s episode of Poitinerds features another special guest, Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and before that White House Correspondent for ABC News. Jazz Shaw and I talk with Jake about his career in journalism, what it’s like to host a daily news show in an era of fast breaking […]

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

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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

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

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up” File (TP for Oil Edition)

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Via Bloomberg:  Tissue Paper-for-Venezuelan Oil Swap Offered by Trinidad. The absurd nature of the headline aside, this is not a funny story at all given the utter disaster that is the Venezuelan economy.  The unnecessary and man-made nature of the the situation just adds to the tragedy.

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

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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

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A theme that just won’t go away.

Speaking of IRV

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My post on voting for Best Picture (and the ensuing comments) talked quite a bit about IRV (instant run-off voting).  Georgia is presenting a case where IRV might solve a problem (and is, apparently, at least being discussed). Via Peach Pundit:  Finding Alternatives to Runoff Elections Just Got More Urgent One of the most disruptive […]

Early Front-runner for Headline of the Year

Via the BBC:  Urinating man claimed to be Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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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

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

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

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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?

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

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35 Years Ago Today: The Miracle On Ice

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

Latin American Stall?

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An ominous headline from The Economist:  Latin America’s progress has stopped For the past three years, the poverty rate has stayed stubbornly at around 28% of the population, according to household surveys collated by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The proportion that is extremely poor (with a daily income of […]

Coffee News

Via ABC:  Up to 5 Cups of Coffee a Day OK, Gov’t Advisory Committee Says You can consume up to 5 cups of coffee a day, or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine, without detrimental effects, according to a new report that will help shape the official government dietary guidelines due out later this year. […]

Electoral Systems Matter

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Decision rules matter.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The When The Levee Breaks Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

The Internet is Getting Faster

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

Politinerds: The Andrew Malcom Interview

Politinerds

This week on Politinerds, Jazz Shaw and I interview Andrew Malcom, currently a columnist at Investors Business Daily, and previously a national and international correspondent for The New York Times. Andrew’s time in journalism stretches back to the era of the Vietnam War, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and Watergate. During his time at the Times, […]

Oklahoma Bill Would Ban A.P. U.S. History

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The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would ban the teaching of Advanced Placement American History in the state’s public schools: Some lawmakers in Oklahoma want to make Advanced Placement U.S. History history. What’s their beef? The course, which was redesigned by the College Board and implemented in high school classrooms last year, isn’t […]

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

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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

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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

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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

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

Arnaud de Borchgrave Dead at 88

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

Brian Williams and the Pressures of War Correspondents

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

Washington Monument Shorter Than Previously Thought

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Surveyors have determined that the Washington Monument is shorter than it has been believed to be for the past century: WASHINGTON (AP) — Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that’s nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years, officials will announce Monday. The new […]

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

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

Pennsylvania Governor Imposes Moratorium On Death Penalty

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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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The Who’s Your al-Baghdadi? Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Denmark Terror Attacks and Machine-Gun Censorship

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Yet another attack on religious freedom in Europe.

Barbara Bush Changes Mind on ‘Enough Bushes’

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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

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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’

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

Nasty Weather

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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

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

Justice Ginsburg “Not 100 Percent Sober” During State Of The Union

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During the State of the Union Address in January, cameras caught Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appearing to doze off about half way through the President’s speech. As it turns out, the Justices were apparently partying prior to the big event: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admits to sharing some wine with her colleagues […]

Authorizations to Unlimited Military Force

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

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

Obama talks about a three-year limit on the authorization of the use of military force against the Islamic State in legislation he is sending to Congress, during his remarks from the White House in Washington

Explaining my ambivalence around the latest escalation in our intervention.

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

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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

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

Democrats Pick Philadelphia For 2016 Convention

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After narrowing the list down to three cities, the Democratic Party has chosen Philadelphia as the site of their nominating convention in 2016: The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, according to a committee statement. The convention will take place on July 25. Republicans will host their convention in Cleveland the week […]

Minsk Talks Result In Ukrainian Cease Fire Agreement

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

Montana State Legislator Wants To Ban Yoga Pants

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A lawmaker in Montana wants to outlaw yoga pants: HELENA — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants. Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists […]

IR TOs WH NSS

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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

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

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