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Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

Jon Stewart Decimates Judith Miller

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Last night, Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show was former New York Times reporter, who was of course one of the most prominent journalists writing stories asserting that Iraq and an active WMD program in the years before the Iraq War, and the result was perhaps one of Stewart’s best interviews in some time: The Daily ShowGet […]

Rand Paul Says It Was A Mistake To Depose Saddam Hussein And Qaddafi

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Rand Paul bucks Republican orthodoxy on Iraq, Libya, and negotiations with Iran.

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

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Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

Revelations About The Clinton Foundation Continue To Dog The Clinton Campaign

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The Clinton Foundation’s foreign donations continue to be a problem for the Clinton campaign, and the story isn’t likely to go away any time soon.

Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Limitations In Judicial Elections

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In a marked departure from recent cases, the Supreme Court rules that states can impose significant restriction on solicitation of campaign contributions in judicial elections.

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan Involved In More Than Just Counterterrorism Despite Obama’s Promises

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U.S forces in Afghanistan have been involved in missions that go far beyond the counterterror mission the Obama Administration said they would be limited to.

Economy Slows To A Crawl In First Quarter G.D.P. Estimate

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Economic growth slowed significantly in the first three months of 2015, but it’s not clear what that means going forward.

N.F.L. To Give Up Its Tax Exempt Status

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The N.F.L.’s league office is giving up its tax exempt status, but that means far less than the headline implies.

Bernie Sanders To Enter Race For Democratic Presidential Nomination

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Bernie Sanders is running for President. He’s not going to win, but he’s not running because he thinks he can win.

Saudi King Salman Shakes Up Royal Family Succession

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Saudi Arabia’s new King has shaken up the Royal Family, and that could have interesting results.

Same-Sex Marriage Gets Its Day At The Supreme Court

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A sharply divided Court heard argument today on an issue that has sharply divided the nation.

Justice Requires Holding Both Baltimore’s Rioters And Its Police Responsible For Their Actions

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There is no excuse for last night’s rioting in Baltimore, but that should not deflect attention from the problems with that city’s police.

John Boehner Admits That Congress Lacks The Votes To Stop A Nuclear Deal With Iran

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Congress can’t really do anything to stop a nuclear deal with Iran, and John Boehner knows it.

Hillary Clinton’s Tenure At Foggy Bottom Could Be A Campaign Liability

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Far from being a positive, Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State provides ample material for those who would attack her over the next eighteen months.

Baltimore: Nonviolence as Nonviolence

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is insightful and eloquent. He’s wrong in this instance.

Baltimore Under Siege

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Just over a week after a death at the hands of police that remains incredibly suspicious, Baltimore is the sight of violent riots.

Once Again, It’s The Eve Of History At The Supreme Court

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Tomorrow promises to be an historic day at the Supreme Court, but it’s been a long legal, political, and social battle.

George W. Bush Attacks Obama On Foreign Policy

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Pot, meet kettle.

Kazakhstan Overwhelmingly “Re-Elects” Nursultan Nazrabayev

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Nursultan Nazarbayev has been the leader of Kazakhstan since it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, and before that he had served in pretty much every high-level position in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic dating back to 1984. This weekend, he was overwhelmingly “elected” to his fifth term in office: Election officials in […]

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

An Odd Incentive in Venezuela

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Via the BBC: Venezuela mango-thrower gets flat from president A Venezuelan woman has had her wish for a flat granted by President Nicolas Maduro after she made her point by hitting him on the head with a mango. Marleny Olivo threw the fruit at the president while he was driving a bus through the central […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Wright Stuff Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

The Role of Police

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Ta-Nehisi Coates has an interesting piece at The Atlantic that is worth a read:  The Myth of Police Reform.  While the whole piece is worth a read, I would highlight two points. First, he raises a key issue about the overburdening of police that we, as a society, have engaged in: At some point, Americans decided that […]

American Politics Has Become Horrible, Predictable, And Utterly Boring

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Even for political junkies, the thrill seems to be gone.

Mary Keefe, Model For Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie The Riveter’, Dies At 92

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The woman who served as the model for one of Norman Rockwell’s most well known paintings has passed away at the age of 92: You know Mary Doyle Keefe, but maybe not by that name. In 1943, the then-19-year-old telephone operator had been called upon to provide a unique kind of service during the war effort: Become the face of […]

Nerd Prom Is Broken, But So Is Our Political Culture

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It’s time for another White House Correspondent’s Dinner, and it’s going to be just as atrocious as the last one. But, the dinner isn’t the real problem.

Mapping Languages Worldwide

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Some interesting stuff via WaPo:  The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts.

Republicans Largely Out of Step With The Rest Of America On ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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Another poll shows that Republicans are largely out of step with public opinion on the question of whether businesses should be free to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Ye Olde Amendment Ploy

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One of the things that a politicians can do to immediately underscore to me their total cynicism vis-a-vis their own supporters is to propose a constitutional amendment on a highly controversial subject. To wit (via Bloomberg):  Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, […]

Political Experts Who Don’t Understand Politics

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49 “experts in governance and democracy” to call for nonsensical reforms to the presidential debates.

Bruce Jenner and Dog The Bounty Hunter Come Out

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Bruce Jenner has come out to Diane Sawyer admitting what most had already suspected: that he’s Republican and a Christian. Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The collective minds at the Daily Caller and Fox News are officially blown.

Clintons Most Successful, Most Controversial ‘Power Couple’

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A series of mini-scandals point to the conflicts of interest around the Clintons.

Ted Cruz And Steve King Are Attacking The Rule Of Law In Defense Of “Traditional Marriage”

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Ted Cruz and Steve King think the Court should be prevented from hearing any case involving same-sex marriage. Because they know they’re losing.

Marco Rubio’s Supposed Expertise On Foreign Policy Leaves Much To Be Desired

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Marco Rubio is often described as one of the GOP’s leaders on foreign policy, but a close look reveals a decided lack of substance.

Senate Republicans Preparing To Fix Obamacare If SCOTUS Strikes Down Subsidies

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Senate Republicans are working on legislation to fix the PPACA’s subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the Federal Government in June.

Fixing the NBA Draft

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“Tanking” to improve draft position has plagued the NBA for years. The solution is obvious.

David Petraeus Given Slap on Wrist for Espionage Act Violation

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The former CIA Director received no jail time and a nuisance-level fine in exchange for a guilty plea to espionage charges.

After Railing Against Loretta Lynch, Ted Cruz Misses The Vote On Her Confirmation

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For months, Ted Cruz said the nomination of Loretta Lynch must be blocked. Then, he failed to show up when the Senate voted on her nomination.

Hillary Clinton May Be Her Own Worst Enemy

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Hillary Clinton’s political and personal baggage is likely to be a bigger problem for her than whomever her Republican opponent ends up being.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As 83rd Attorney General Of The United States

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After waiting 166 days since President Obama first appointed her to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States: The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday, ending months of acrimonious debate and installing a black woman as […]

Two Hostages, Including One American, Killed In Raid On Al Qaeda Targets

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An attack on al Qaeda outposts in January resulted in the death of two hostages, but also resulted in the death of two high value al Qaeda targets.

Marco Rubio Rises To The Top Of The GOP Field In New Poll

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Less than two weeks after entering the race, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is at the top of the GOP field in a new poll.

China Warns U.S. About North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

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Chinese analysts are telling their American counterparts that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is far more sophisticated than previously believed.

61% Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage, According To A New Poll

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As oral argument in the Supreme Court gets closer, a new poll finds public support for same-sex marriage at it’s highest level yet.

Hillary Clinton Faces New Revelations About Questionable Donations To Clinton Foundation

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A new report ties undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation to a Russian company’s acquisition of controlling interest in a major uranium mining company.

Carly Fiorina To Enter Race For President On May 4th

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Former Hewlett Packard CEO, and failed Senate candidate, Carly Fiorina will be running for President for some reason.

House Benghazi Committee Won’t Release A Report Until 2016

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Not surprisingly, the Select Committee established by House Republicans to investigate something that has already been investigated multiple times, will be in operation well into the Presidential Election season.

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

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A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

Hillary Clinton ‘Unrunning’ For President

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The press corps is already bored.

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