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A Photo for Friday

Well, weekly hasn’t taken yet, but here’s another: 4th of July, 2015 (Montgomery, AL) More fireworks here. At some point I might get a rhythm going…

Ebola Vaccine Proves To Be Very Effective

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A vaccine to fight Ebola is showing very promising success: In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine’s trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa. “The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent,” […]

Driven Largely By Republicans, Public Opinion On The Supreme Court Hits A Low

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Public opinion on the Supreme Court has declined significantly, largely because Republicans don’t like the Supreme Court very much right now.

The Most Important Trump Number

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Remember how I have noted (twice, in fact) that one of the factors one has to consider in terms of Trump’s poll numbers is the current fragmentation of the field?  In other words, leading a field of more than a dozen, even with numbers in the mid-20s raising the question of whether he can garner […]

Newest Pre-Debate Poll Confirms Trump As Frontrunner, Kasich Now In Top Ten

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The first of a series of polls in anticipation of next week’s debate shows Donald Trump still at the top, with a surprise coming out of Ohio.

Current Polls Worse Than Meaningless

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The current Republican primary polls are “measuring a unicorn electorate” yet effect the outcome of the race.

Economy Rebounds In Second Quarter, But Weakness Remains

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The economy rebounded from it’s winter shock, but it still doesn’t seem strong enough to justify the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates.

Trump Leading Bush And Rubio In Florida?

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A new poll out of Florida appears to show the Trump phenomenon knocking both of the Sunshine State’s best known Republicans out of the top spot: For the first time this year, Donald Trump tops a state poll of GOP presidential candidates in Florida. A St. Pete Polls survey released on Wednesday shows the New York […]

Our Ally Turkey Joins Fight Against ISIL, Killing Our Allies Against ISIL Rather Than ISIL

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Turkey has finally joined in the US-led coalition against ISIL. Unfortunately, it’s killing the main ground force fighting ISIL.

US Military Ends Transgender Ban

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The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Chinese Courts Allow Blatant Ripoff of Air Jordan Brand

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China adds to its status as the honey badger of intellectual property law.

Jim Gilmore Running for President (for No Apparent Reason)

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As expected, former Virginia Governor and Republican National Committee chairman Jim Gilmore has tossed his hat into the ring:

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder In Traffic Stop Shooting Death

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A police officer in Cincinnati has been indicted for murder in a case that seems to be a pretty clear cut example of improper use of force.

Little Known Congressman Files Doomed Motion To Remove John Boehner As Speaker

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A little known Congressman from North Carolina has filed a motion to “remove” John Boehner from the Speakership.

Drop In Hillary Clinton’s Favorability Numbers May Not Be A Big Deal

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Hillary Clinton has suffered drops in her favorability numbers lately, but that may not mean much for 2016.

Chris Christie Still Has Reefer Madness

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Chris Christie says he would ignore states that have legalized marijuana if he became President. Fortunately, he will most likely never be President.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

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After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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Not surprisingly, Tom Brady’s appeal of his Deflategate suspension was not successful.

Boy Scouts End Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

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A long standing policy against gay Scout Leaders has been repealed.

Trump Leads In New Hampshire, But Kasich Rises

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A new poll shows Donald Trump surging to a double digit lead over his closest competitor in New Hampshire: Donald Trump isn’t just doing well in national polls — he’s also making gains among voters in early primary states. A new poll finds Trump with twice the support of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his […]

Republican Candidates Battle For Final Debate Slots

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With just over a week to go, Republican candidates for President are fighting for the movement in the polls that could get them in to the August 6th debate.

Red States Eat Blue States’ Lunch, Grow Up to Be Blue States

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Low costs and regulatory barriers are attracting people to red states–thus turning them purple and blue.

Donald Trump, Immigration, And The Republican Party

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Once again, Donald Trump is succeeding because he is saying things many Republicans agree with.

Mike Huckabee’s Offensive, Idiotic Holocaust Rhetoric On Iran

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In bringing Holocaust imagery into the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Huckabee has displayed the intellectual bankruptcy of his position.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Donald Trump Still Surging In The Polls

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His remarks about John McCain’s military service don’t seem to be hurting Donald Trump with Republican true believers.

The Prison-Industrial Complex

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The problem goes beyond the War on Drugs.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Mellow Yellow Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Clinton To Testify Before House Benghazi Committee October 22nd

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Get ready for another pointless political circus.

Gold Prices

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But all those nice men on the tee-vee and radio told me that gold was where I should be putting my money.  Oh dear. (That and all the Austrian economists and their predictions of hyper-inflated doom). Well:

Donald Trump Bars Des Moines Register From Covering Campaign Rally

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Donald Trump is throwing a temper tantrum in Iowa.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

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Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

The Fine Line Between Protest and Riot

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Hillary Clinton’s two biggest challengers were ambushed at a progressive political convention over the weekend.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses One Of Two Counts Against Rick Perry

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A big win in Court for the former Texas Governor, but it’s unclear what this means politically.

Federal Inspectors General Call For Criminal Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails

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Did Hillary Clinton mishandle classified information while Secretary of State? Two Inspectors General want to find out.

On Munich Analogies

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Of course, the Iran deal has unleashed the ever popular deployment of the Munich analogy.  Samuel Kleiner and Tom Zoellner critique the formulation and give us a run-down of its relevance over the decades in an LAT piece for earlier in the week:  Republicans’ ‘Munich’ fallacy. The analogy is, of course, tired and pointless and yet it […]

Infrastructure Funding Blues

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The gas tax was last raised in 1993.

Trump Refuses To Rule Out Running As A Third-Party Candidate

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Donald Trump won’t rule out running against the eventual Republican nominee. Will the RNC use this as an excuse to try to force him out of the race?

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?

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Removing the responsibility to investigate police misconduct from the prosecutors who have to work with those police on a daily basis is a good idea.

An Important Reminder about Polling

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We are still a ways from actual voting–this needs to be remembered.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crimes Charges

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Dylann Roof has been indicted in Federal Court for completely unnecessary reasons.

Even Donald Trump’s Own Supporters Can’t Say What He’d Do As President

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This is not a serious Presidential campaign, it is a bloviating sideshow.

Afghan Army Not Doing So Well Against The Taliban

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The Afghan Army isn’t doing so well against the Taliban right now.

The Bland Arrest Video

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An authoritarian ego trip for all to see.

Bad News For Hillary Clinton, Or Much Ado About Nothing In New Battleground Polls?

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Polling in three battleground states shows Hillary Clinton slightly trailing three top Republicans, but it means far less than you might think.

Majority Of Americans Support Iran Nuclear Deal

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Good news for the President.

Donald Trump Gives Out Lindsey Graham’s Cell Phone Number

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The daily bizarre circus that is the Donald Trump Presidential campaign made its way to Blufton, South Carolina today for a speech in which Trump did something that can only be described as bizarre: If Lindsey Graham has to change cellphone numbers, he has Donald Trump to thank. On Tuesday, Trump ramped up his attacks […]

John Kasich Begins Seemingly Quixotic Presidential Bid

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Ohio Governor John Kasich looks good on paper, but his campaign seems as though it’s unlikely to get out of the starting gate.

It Won’t Be Easy For Republicans To Get Rid Of Donald Trump

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Despite his remarks about John McCain, Donald Trump is likely to be around for some time to come.

Today in “Asked and Answered” (Sowell on Iran Deal Edition)

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Any discussion of the Iran deal has to be about realistic alternatives, not fantasies.

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