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ESPN Shutters Grantland, Continuing Recent Trend

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To the surprise of few, Bill Simmons’ site didn’t long survive his departure.

Marco Rubio Gains Support Of Top Republican Fundraiser

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Marco Rubio has won the support of a top Republican donor and bundler, giving a much needed boost to his campaign.

Republican Race Status Quo in First Post-Debate Poll

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The first poll after the third Republican debate, by Investor’s Business Daily, shows no substantial change. After taking a battering in last month’s poll, Donald Trump has re-emerged at the top of the Republican field in the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Support for Trump among registered Republicans and those leaning Republican is 28%; support for Carson […]

White House Refusing to Release Obama-Clinton Emails

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Because that’s what White Houseses do.

A Photo for Friday

After simply forgetting three weeks in a row, the weekly photo returns with an appropriate entry for Halloween Eve: “More Walking Dead” 10/20/12 Montgomery, AL

Despite Previous Promises Not To Do So, Obama Is Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

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Another day, another military escalation in the Middle East.

GOP Suspends Debate Partnership With NBC News And Telemundo In Wake Of CNBC Debate

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In the wake of Wednesday’s debate, the Republican National Committee has suspended its partnership in a planned February debate with NBC News and Spanish language network Telemundo.

Has Marco Rubio’s Breakout Moment Arrived?

Marco Rubio’s performance in this week’s debate is once again leading to speculation about whether is about to have a breakout moment.

Fixing the Debates

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Everyone is sick of the current approach. The candidates are looking for a new one.

There’s Only One Way To Improve The GOP Primary Debates, Fewer People On Stage

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Several Republican candidates for President want to “fix” the debates, but they wouldn’t like the one thing that would definitely fix them.

China Ends ‘One Child’ Policy Over Demographic Concerns

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Thanks mostly to well-founded demographic concerns, China is ending the ‘One Child’ policy, but it is probably too late for them to avoid the consequences of the forty year program.

Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Deal

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As expected, the Senate easily passed the two-year budget deal early this morning.

Economic Growth Over The Summer Was Quite Sluggish

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Gross Domestic Product grew at a sluggish 1.5% in the just-concluded Third Quarter, calling the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates at some point even further into question.

CNBC Debate Had Fewer Viewers Than Any Debate So Far, Which Is Good For CNBC

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While it did draw 14 million viewers, last night’s CNBC debate had the smallest audience of any Presidential debate so far. That was probably a good thing for CNBC considering how bad the debate was.

Paul Ryan Easily Elected Speaker Of The House

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With only a handful of opposition, Paul Ryan was easily elected the 62nd Speaker of the House.

Third Republican Debate: CNBC Loses, Rubio and Christie Win

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The worst-moderated debate thus far may have reordered the field.

Rand Paul Promises To Filibuster Budget Deal, But He Won’t Be Able To Stop It

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Rand Paul is promising to filibuster the budget deal when it gets to the Senate, but it’s extremely unlikely he’ll be able to do anything but delay the inevitable.

Paul Ryan Won’t Be The Next Speaker Of The House, Paul D. Ryan Will

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As expected, the House Republican Caucus has selected the Congressman from Wisconsin 1st Congressional District as its candidate in tomorrow’s election for Speaker of the House: Republicans on Wednesday rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker of the House, declaring him the best candidate to turn the page and unify a fractured […]

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty On Federal Banking Law Charges

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has entered a guilty plea in the Federal banking fraud case that he was indicted on earlier this year: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to evade federal banking laws, telling a district judge here that he had known […]

On Marco Rubio And The Issue Of Missed Senate Votes

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Marco Rubio is taking heat for missing a lot of Senate votes since he started running for President, but he’s not really any worse than other legislators who have run for President.

After Opposing Procedure Under Which It Was Negotiated, Paul Ryan Will Support Budget Deal

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Yesterday, Paul Ryan spoke out against the procedure under which the new budget deal was negotiated. Today, he announced that he’ll vote for it anyway.

House Committee To Consider Impeachment Of I.R.S. Commissioner

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The House Committee investigating the IRS targeting scandal will consider impeaching the I.R.S. Commissioner over issues that are, at beast, only tangentially related to the scandal itself.

Fox Business Network Announces Criteria For November 10th Republican Debate

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While Republicans are currently looking forward to the third Republican debate scheduled for this evening, Fox Business Network has announced the criteria for the fourth debate, which will be held just two weeks from now in Wisconsin: The fourth GOP primary debate, on Nov. 10, will feature an undercard debate, Fox Business Network announced Tuesday. […]

Governing is Not Win-Lose

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Compromise is simply necessary for the country to function.

Obama Considering Plan That Would Get U.S. Ground Troops Closer To Front Lines In ISIS War

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President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would put American forces much closer to the ground war in the war against ISIS.

Paul Ryan Blasts Budget Deal Process, But He’s Likely Very Pleased It Happened

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Paul Ryan is blasting the process that led to the new budget deal between the GOP and the White House, but one suspects he’s secretly quite pleased with the fact that it makes his job-to-be a lot easier.

Clinton Jumps To Massive Lead In New Iowa Poll

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In one of the first polls taken in the wake of Vice-President Biden’s decision not to run for President and her appearance before the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton has jumped to a massive lead in Iowa: With Vice President Joe Biden officially out of the running and the Benghazi testimony […]

Ben Carson Overtakes Donald Trump In New National Poll

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One unqualified outsider with a history of saying outrageous things replaces another unqualified outsider with a history of saying outrageous things, at least according to yet another new poll.

Congress, White House Reach Budget Deal, John Boehner’s Parting Gift To Paul Ryan?

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Congress and the White House have reached a tentative deal on the budget and debt ceiling that promises to make Paul Ryan’s initial months as Speaker a lot easier.

Republicans Underestimating Hillary Clinton?

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Republicans seem to be thinking that Hillary Clinton will be an easier General Election candidate than the evidence suggests she is likely to be.

Donald Trump Is Definitely Losing To Ben Carson In Iowa Now

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Another batch of polls confirms that Donald Trump has fallen from the top in the Hawkeye State.

Tea Party Support At All-Time Low, Even Among Republicans And Conservatives

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A new poll shows that the Tea Party movement is more unpopular than it has ever been before, even among Republicans and conservatives.

OTB Caption contest

Policemen detain a person dressed as Star Wars character Chewbacca during a regional election near a polling station in Odessa, Ukraine, October 25, 2015. Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday to appoint mayors and council heads to regional seats. The person was detained for illegal election-day campaigning, according to local media. REUTERS/Ihor Babak      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Oh, The Huma Inanity! Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Argentine Election Time

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Via the BBC:  Argentina elections: Voters pick new president. Candidate basics: President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has served two consecutive terms and, under Argentina’s constitution, cannot run again. Her hand-picked successor, left-winger Daniel Scioli, is leading polls. But he is expected to face stiff competition from Mauricio Macri, the centre-right mayor of Buenos Aires. Another […]

Jeb Bush Campaign Just Mostly Dead

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Several recent nominees were flailing at this point in those cycles.

A Webb Independent Run

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Pure fantasy.

Department Of Justice Finds No Basis For Criminal Charges In I.R.S. Scrutiny Of Tea Party Groups

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The Department of Justice has informed Congress that its investigation has found no basis for criminal charges arising out of the targeting of conservative organizations by IRS officials evaluating applications for tax-exempt status.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine

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The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

Signs Of Trouble For Jeb Bush

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Once the Republican frontrunner, Jeb Bush is now floundering and dealing with donors worried that they may be backing the wrong horse.

Strongest Western Hemisphere Hurricane Ever Headed For Western Mexico

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The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere is headed for the western coast of Mexico, and the prospects for a true disaster seem to be quite high: Hurricane Patricia, which meteorologists say is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, was expected to make landfall in southern Mexico on Friday afternoon. […]

Lincoln Chafee’s Presidential Campaign Comes Up Thousands Of Kilometers Short

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So close, and yet so very, very, far.

Ben Carson Passes Donald Trump In New Iowa Polls

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Two new Iowa polls show Ben Carson passing Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State, but that’s not necessarily good news for Republicans.

With Last Obstacles To Becoming Speaker Clear, Paul Ryan Is “All In”

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With the voting now seemingly a mere formality, the question becomes what kind of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will become.

House Benghazi Committee Takes Repeated Swings At Hillary Clinton, Mostly Ends Up Hitting Itself

After an eleven hour day on Capitol Hill, it was Hillary Clinton 1 House Benghazi Committee 0.

Nearly Three-Quarters Of Americans See Benghazi Committee As Primarily Political

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As the House Select Benghazi Committee continues to question Hillary Clinton, a new poll finds that the vast majority of Americans view its work as political rather than part of an objective investigation.

Ben Carson Wants To Turn The Department Of Education Into Thought Police

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Instead of eliminating the Department of Education, Ben Carson wants to give it a new, bizarre, and dangerous mission.

Two New Polls Provide Another Dose Of Political Reality For Gun Control Advocates

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Two new polls show that political efforts to enact more stringent gun control at the national level are not likely to succeed.

Paul Ryan Now Has A Clear Path To Become Speaker Of The House

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With the top conservative caucus in Congress acquiescing to his candidacy, Paul Ryan is largely certain to become the next Speaker of the House.

The Benghazi Committee Gets Its Moment In The Spotlight, And So Does Hillary Clinton

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What will likely be the apex of the House Select Committee’s investigation of the Benghazi attack begins and ends today with the testimony of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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