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Previewing A Busy June For The Supreme Court

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Starting tomorrow, we can expect to see the Supreme Court hand down decisions in some of its most high profile cases. Here’s a preview.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The My Pet Gloat Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Australia Next To Move On Same-Sex Marriage

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In the wake of Ireland’s referendum approving same-sex marriage, and the likely legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide in the United States next month, Australia’s conservative Prime Minister is signaling that it’s time for his country to get on board: It’s said that it takes a conservative to bring about radical social reform, and they don’t […]

The Slow Death Of The Iowa Straw Poll

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The Iowa Straw Poll seems to be dying, and that’s a good thing.

Beau Biden, Vice President’s Son, Dead at 46

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Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

Martin O’Malley Launches Quixotic Run For The White House

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Martin O’Malley is running for President for some reason.

With Hours Left, The Fate Of The PATRIOT Act Remains Uncertain

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The Senate returns tomorrow to try to pass an extension of the PATRIOT Act before it expires, but it may not be able to do so.

A Good Run-down of the Hastert Situation

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In terms of known facts (and some normative judgment I share–on the banking rules and Hastert’s finances), this a pretty good summary (via The Federalist):  The 4 Worst Things About Dennis Hastert’s Indictment. The conclusion is pretty succinct: Something $3.5-million-worth of bad happened in Hastert’s past, someone was paid money to keep quiet, federal criminalization of […]

In Case Anyone was Wondering…

I am not dead, have not quit blogging, and James did not banish me. I know I am not the prolific blogger that I once was and that I do disappear from time time, but I am pretty sure my recent absence is one of my longest. Despite the fact that this is supposed to […]

FCC May Ban Robocalls, Including Polling

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The FCC appears set to “encourage” telephone companies to install robocall blocking technology. Pollsters are panicking.

It’s Been A Long, Strange Trip

The Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr seems to sum up the history of the past two decades quite succinctly: If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who […]

Marco Rubio Thinks That Gay Marriage Is A Threat To ‘Religious Liberty’

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Marco Rubio seems to be in lockstep with the extreme social conservatives when it comes to same-sex marriage.

Dennis Hastert Reportedly Made Payments To Conceal “Sexual Misconduct”

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The next shoe drops in the Dennis Hastert case.

Cuba Removed From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

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Another step forward toward ending a U.S. policy regarding Cuba that was outdated twenty years ago.

Vladimir Putin Decrees That Russian Military Deaths Are Now A State Secret

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If a Russian solider dies, it’s now a secret thanks to a new decree signed by the Russian President.

Economic Growth Contracts In First Quarter Of 2015

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The economy contracted in the first quarter of 2015, and that suggests the rest of the year isn’t going to be very good either.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted on Bank Charges

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Denny Hastert, who followed Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House of Representatives, has been indicted for crimes related to banking transactions. AP: Federal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says the 73-year-old Illinois Republican is accused of structuring the […]

Maybe Donald Trump Is Actually Running For President This Time

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Donald Trump is probably just messing around with all of us again, but he’s certainly acting like someone who’s running for President.

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Physician-Assisted Suicide

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A new poll shows that nearly seven in ten Americans believe that people who are terminally ill should be allowed to end their lives with the help of a doctor.

Republican Presidential Race A Dead Heat

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The race for the Republican nomination is as tight as ever, and so far nobody seems to be emerging as a clear front-runner.

Marine Fighting for Right to Post Bible Verses in Violation of Direct Orders

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A woman discharged from the Marine Corps for violating multiple direct orders is fighting to the highest military court.

Nebraska Repeals The Death Penalty

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Despite a veto from the state’s Governor, today Nebraska became the latest state to repeal the death penalty. Hopefully, others will follow.

Rand Paul: GOP Hawks Have Advocated Policies That Have Helped ISIS Flourish

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Rand Paul is out with one of his more forceful attacks on Republican hawks to date.

Los Angeles Unions Want An Exemption From The Minimum Wage Law They Just Lobbied For

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A minimum wage for thee, but not for me.

Justice Department Indicts Top FIFA Officials In Corruption And Bribery Scandal

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Several of the top representatives of soccer’s governing body have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in New York.

Cleveland Police Department Reaches Settlement With Justice Department On Abuse Report

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The Cleveland Police Department has agreed to submit to significant monitoring in the wake of a damning Justice Department investigation.

Obama Administration’s Deferred Deportation Plan Suffers Another Legal Setback

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The President’s plan to give deportation relief to millions of illegal immigrants has hit another legal snag.

Supreme Court To Decide Meaning Of “One Person, One Vote”

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The Supreme Court accepted a case that will require the Justices to decide just what it meant when it established the “one person, one vote” rule for drawing legislative districts.

Mike Huckabee v. The Constitution

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Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is continuing his absurd and dangerous war on the Supreme Court.

U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Have Lost The Will To Fight ISIS

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Some unusually blunt, but true, language from the U.S. Secretary Of Defense.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

John Nash, Mathemetician And Inspiration For ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ Dies At 86

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John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician who won a Nobel Prize in Economics and became the subject of the Academy Award winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a car accident in New Jersey along with his wife: John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared aNobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended […]

Ben Carson Wins Meaningless Straw Poll

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Ben Carson won the straw poll conducted at this weekend’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City: OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Carson won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday, demonstrating his popularity among conservative activists at one of the party’s traditional presidential cattle call events. Carson, a former surgeon who formally […]

Saudi Arabia Wants To Be The Head Of The U.N. Human Rights Council

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Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to make a bid to head the United Nations Human Rights Council: Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to make a bid to head the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, in a move that has been described as the “final nail in the coffin for the credibility” of the HRC. Reports of […]

Irish Voters Overwhelmingly Vote In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

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Voters in Ireland have overwhelmingly approved a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Two Unarmed Individuals

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A Cleveland police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in a case that resulted in the death of two African-American individuals.

First Batch Of Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Reveals No Smoking Guns

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The first batch of email from Hillary Clinton regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi have been released, and they don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know.

Senate Fails To Pass PATRIOT Act Renewal

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The Senate went home last night without passing a bill to renew the PATRIOT Act, which expires at the end of the month.

Los Angeles Makes A Risky Bet With Its Minimum Wage Increase

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Los Angeles became the latest major city to increase its minimum wage. It’s a risky bet that is likely to do more harm than good.

Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

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Disturbing developments on the part of the Ukrainian government.

Clinton Foundation Discloses $26 Million In Contributions It ‘Forgot’ To Disclose Before

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The Clinton Foundation has disclosed that there were $26 million in donations that it had failed to disclose while Hillary was Secretary of State.

President Of Boy Scouts Of America Calls For End Of Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

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Robert Gates, the former Defense Secretary who now serves as head of the Boy Scouts Of America, has called for an end to that organizations ban on gay Scout Leaders.

Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments Against Police Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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The six Baltimore cops charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a Grand Jury.

The Triumph Of Bureaucracy: Al Qaeda’s Job Application

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Who knew terrorists had an H.R. Department?

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Hits Record High In New Poll

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A new Gallup poll puts support for same-sex marriage above 60% for the first time ever.

Mike Huckabee Is The Latest Republican To Skip The Iowa Straw Poll

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What if they held a straw poll and nobody came?

Osama Bin Laden Liked To Read 9/11 Conspiracy Books

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Newly released documents recovered from the home where Osama bin Laden hid until being killed in May 2011 by Seal Team Six reveal that the al Qaeda leader had some interesting reading habits: In his final hours, Osama bin Laden surrounded himself with conspiracy theories, U.S. government documents and even video game guides. The Obama […]

Hillary Clinton Is Ethically Challenged And Hasn’t Accomplished Much, Voters Don’t Seem To Care

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Hillary Clinton is a deeply flawed candidate who might not even make a very good President. But that doesn’t matter in the race for the Democratic Nomination, and she’s probably going to be the next President anyway.

Bobby Jindal’s Utterly Pointless ‘Religious Liberty’ Campaign Stunt

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Thwarted by the legislature, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal used his executive power to take action that seems directed more toward evangelicals in Iowa than anything happening in his home state.

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