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Political Rhetoric You Disagree With Isn’t Responsible For Someone Else’s Criminal Acts

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Blaming political opponents for criminal acts they clearly didn’t commit or advocate isn’t a political argument, it’s demagoguery.

The Vote Could Be As Much As Two Years Away, But Support For A ‘Brexit’ Seems To Be Growing

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A vote is still as much as two years away, and support for staying in the E.U. still has the most support, but support for the idea of a British exit from the European Union has grown in the past several months.

Yes, It Is Appropriate To Think Of Donald Trump As a Fascist And Demagogue

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Given his rhetoric, it’s fairly clear that Donald Trump is drawing from a poisonous political well. So there’s no point in failing to acknowledge reality.

OTB Caption Contest

Activists run as they clash with policemen during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. More than 140 world leaders are gathering around Paris for high-stakes climate talks that start Monday, and activists are holding marches and protests around the world to urge them to reach a strong agreement to slow global warming. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Colorado Springs Shooter Is An Enigma, But The Shooting Is Being Politicized Anyway

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We still don’t know very much about Robert Dear, the man who shot and killed three people at the site of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, but that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects from politicizing the case.

Electoral Fraud in Haiti

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Via the Miami Herald:  U.S. observers: Haiti’s presidential elections deeply flawed. A team of U.S.-based lawyers who witnessed last month’s Haitian elections say there is mounting evidence showing a clear pattern of systemic fraud, voter confusion and intimidation, and in some areas disenfranchisement. The report paints a grim picture of a flawed, chaotic electoral process […]

Info on the Colorado Springs Shooter

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Via NPR:  What We Know About The Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter

Chris Christie Grabs Endorsement Of New Hampshire Union Leader, But Will It Matter?

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Chris Christie has gotten the endorsement of the biggest newspaper in New Hampshire, but it’s not clear that this will have any impact on the race.

What Are We Supposed To Think About These New Online Polls?

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The 2016 election cycle is seeing “scientific” online polling become more prominent, but it’s unclear just how reliable it is.

Yes, Trump is the Frontrunner, but…

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Polls are quite useful in the right circumstances, but knowledge, complexity, and timing all have to be taken into account in determining what they are telling us.

Protests At Princeton May Lead To Admitting Uncomfortable Truths About Woodrow Wilson

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Protests by students at Princeton are causing some people to finally pay attention to some inconvenient truths about America’s 28th President.

Mississippi Still Trying To Rid Itself Of Confederate Flag, Enter 21st Cenutry

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Five months after Charleston, Mississippi is still struggling to rid itself of symbols of the Confederacy.

Is Portugal Europe’s Next Greece?

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The election of an anti-austerity government in Portugal is raising some concerns.

Gunman In Standoff At Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic, Motive Unclear. Update: Shooter Now In Custody

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A gunman is holed up in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs after shooting multiple people, but it’s unclear what if any motive may be involved in the shooting.

Frank Gifford, C.T.E., And The N.F.L.’s Continuing Concussion Problem

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The news that the late football legend Frank Gifford suffered from the same chronic brain disease that has been diagnosed in many N.F.L. players in recent years, and the upcoming release of a new film on the issue, seems certain to increase pressure to protect players at all levels of football.

Illegal Border Crossings Surge

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Via the NYT:  Number of Migrants Illegally Crossing Rio Grande Rises Sharply The numbers of migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally have risen sharply in recent weeks, replaying scenes from the influx of Central American children and families in South Texas last year. […] The new flows here are smaller than the surge in the summer […]

A Photo for Friday

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“Linked” Sloss Furnace (Birmingham, AL) 11/25/15

Republican Establishment Relying On Voters To Take Out Trump, And They Have No ‘Plan B’

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The GOP “establishment” isn’t planning to take on Donald Trump directly and instead relying on Republican primary voters to come to their senses. They may be waiting for something that will never happen.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

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France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Another White House Fence Jumper, This Time Caught On Camera

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The additional security measures that the Secret Service has put in place didn’t stop a man from making a jump over the White House fence yesterday: A man draped in an American flag was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he jumped the fence of the White House while the first family was inside celebrating […]

Happy Thanksgiving From Outside The Beltway!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s The Best Thanksgiving Sitcom Episode Ever

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As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

It’s Thanksgiving, So Of Course People Want You To Start Political Fights With Your Relatives

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Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to start a political fight with your family!

Facts? Donald Trump Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Facts

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Welcome To The Donald Trump Campaign. Where the facts are made up, and the truth doesn’t matter.

John Oliver On Getting Rid Of The Penny

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On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver hit on an issue that I’ve talked about before, getting rid of the penny: Why is the penny still a thing? As John Oliver pointed out on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, it costs 1.7 cents to make each penny, so they lose money the moment they’re […]

Tensions Between Russia And Turkey Remain High In Wake Of Russian Jet Incident

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Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high in the wake of yesterday’s incident, but there are some signs that things are starting to cool down.

Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

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A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

Former Benghazi Committee Staffer Sues Committee, And Rep. Trey Gowdy

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A former staffer for the House Select Committee investigation the attack in Benghazi is suing the Committee for improper employment practices, and Chairman Trey Gowdy for defamation.

Hillary Clinton’s Ideas On How To Fight ISIS Are As Incoherent And Flawed As Everyone Else’s

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Hillary Clinton’s recently announced policies toward the ISIS fight are as incoherent and misguided as President Obama’s and those of her Republican opponents.

Economic Growth Was Slightly Better Over The Summer Than Initially Reported

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The economy performed a little better than previously reported over the summer. It’s not great, but it’s probably enough to convince the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

New Iowa Poll Seems To Set Up Inevitable Showdown Between Donald Trump And Ted Cruz

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Another poll shows Ted Cruz rising and Ben Carson falls in the Hawkeye State. The only question is who attacks who first, Donald Trump or Ted Cruz?

Nate Silver Wants Us To All Chill Out When It Comes To Donald Trump’s Poll Numbers

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Nate Silver reminds us all that, even when it comes to Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s much earlier than we think, and that voters are still likely to change their minds.

NBC To Give Candidates Equal Time Due To Trump SNL Appearance

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At least five of Donald Trump’s opponents will be getting free time on NBC stations to counterbalance the time the Trump received when he hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this month: NBC viewers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina should be prepared to see a lot of four Republican presidential candidates over the Thanksgiving weekend. […]

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

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A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Donald Trump Once Again Refusing To Rule Out Running As An Independent

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Two months after seemingly promising to remain loyal to the Republican Party, Donald Trump is again refusing to rule out an independent run for the White House next year.

New President in Argentina

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Via the BBC:  Argentina’s President-elect Macri lays out new course Mr Macri won Sunday’s run-off election by a narrow margin over Daniel Scioli, who was backed by outgoing president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. He said one of the key problems was the lack of accurate information about the state of Argentina’s economy. […] Mr Macri, […]

Just Some Perspective

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Andrew Shaver writing at The Monkey Cage:  You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist. I am not saying ignore it.  I am saying have some perspective.

Poll Finds American Fearful Of Terrorism, Distrustful Of Obama And Syrian Refugees

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A new poll taken in the wake of the Paris attacks finds Americans increasingly fearful of ISIS attacks in the U.S., opposed to the admission of Syrian refugees, and not very confident in President Obama’s ability to deal with the ISIS threat.

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

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The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

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Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

OTB Caption Contest

An activist  in pink clothes and a mask clashes with riot police during a demonstration organized to protest against the Federal Congress held by far-right NPD on Nov. 21, 2015 in Weinheim, Germany. (Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)

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Kim Young-Sam, President Who Led South Korea Out Of Military Rule, Dies At 87

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Kim Young-Sam, the former President of South Korea whose time in office marked the beginning of that nation’s turn away from military rule, died early Sunday at the age of 87: SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Young-sam, the former president of South Korea who replaced the last of the country’s military leaders, purged politicized generals […]

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sentenced By Secret Iranian Court

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Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been held by Iran on espionage charges that most everyone agrees are nonsense, has apparently been sentenced, although it’s unclear what his sentence actually is: TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges […]

The Beginning Of The End Of Ben Carson Seems To Have Arrived

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In the news from the campaign trail and in the polls, there are clear signs that Ben Carson’s days as a top contender in the GOP Presidential race are coming to an end.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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

Democrat John Bel Edwards Handily Defeats David Vitter In Louisiana Governor’s Race

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Democrat John Bel Edwards scored an easy victory over Senator David Vitter last night in Louisiana, and Vitter announced that he’d be leaving the Senate after his term is up.

The Rug Rat Race

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Paradoxically, the children of affluent parents are less happy than those of the poor.

The Race For The Republican Nomination Is Still The Donald Trump Show

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Even as the focus of the Presidential race shifts to national security, Donald Trump continues to lead the race.

Some Hard Truths about Terrorism (and Anti-Terrorism Policy)

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Rosa Brooks, writing at Foreign Policy offers some truth on the issue of terrorism:  The Threat Is Already Inside (And 9 other truths about terrorism that nobody wants to hear.) The while thing is worth readings, but here are some excerpts: Occasional terrorist attacks in the West are virtually inevitable, and odds are, we’ll see more […]

Prostitution And Fears About Syrian Refugees Dominate As Louisiana Heads To The Polls

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It’s Election Day in Louisiana again, and voters have the same crappy choices they usually end up with.

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