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Supreme Court Rules Against Seizure of Property Needed To Pay For Defense Counsel

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A victory in the fight to reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

Signs That The Stop Trump Movement Is Working In Wisconsin?

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There are some signs of hope out of Wisconsin for those trying to stop Donald Trump.

Donald Trump: Women Who Get Abortions Should Be ‘Punished’

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Donald Trump takes opposition to abortion to a new, extreme, level.

Supreme Court Looking For Way To Work Around 4-4 Tie In Obamacare Birth Control Cases

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The Supreme Court appears to be looking for a way to resolve an issue that has been mired in controversy for six years now.

Republican Candidates No Longer Willing To Say They’ll Support GOP Nominee In The Fall

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Despite having previously pledged to do so, none of the three candidate for the GOP nomination are willing to say they’d support the eventual nominee anymore.

Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Against Reporter

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The 2016 Campaign just keeps getting weirder.

Public Employee Unions Dodge A Bullet Thanks To 4-4 Supreme Court Tie

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Thanks to an equally divided Supreme Court, public employee unions won a case they most likely would have lost had Justice Scalia lived.

Conservatives Keep Up Pressure On Senate GOP To Hold The Line On SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are doing all they can to make sure Merrick Garland does not get either a hearing or a vote in the Senate, and it’s working.

OTB Caption Contest

Cuban President Raul Castro, right,  tries to lift up the arm of President Barack Obama at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Bernie Sanders Sweeps Western Caucuses, But Hillary Controls The Race For Delgates

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Bernie Sanders swept the Western Caucuses on Saturday, but Hillary Clinton remains in control in the delegate count.

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We appear to be under some sort of hacking attack.

Should We Ignore the Terrorists?

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Should we treat terrorists as trolls?

Comedian Garry Shandling Dead At 66

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Garry Shandling, a comedian who starred in two ground-breaking comedy series, died suddenly yesterday at the age of 66: Garry Shandling, a comedian who deftly walked a tightrope between comic fiction and show-business reality on two critically praised cable shows, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66. A spokesman for the Los Angeles […]

Another Senator Defects On “No Hearings, No Votes” As Public Opposition Rises

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

Another Republican Senator has broken ranks and called for hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, as another poll shows most Americans support hearings as well.

Joe Garagiola, Former Baseball Player And Broadcaster, Dead At 90

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Joe Garagiola, a former baseball player who achieved more fame in front of the television camera than on the baseball diamond, died yesterday the age of 90: Joe Garagiola, who spent nine forgettable seasons in the major leagues as a weak-hitting catcher and then parlayed his witty tales of life as a baseball underachiever into […]

Justices Sharply Divided In Latest Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Case

Birth Control Mandate

The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked during oral argument in the latest case dealing with the PPACA’s contraceptive coverage mandates.

John Kasich Resisting Calls To Drop Out of Republican Race For President

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Ohio Governor John Kasich cannot win a majority of delegates at this point, but he’s still resisting calls to drop out of the race.

Democratic Delegate Math Makes Clear Bernie Sanders Has No Realistic Chance Of Winning

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It’s time for Bernie Sanders and his supporters to face reality. He’s not going to be the Democratic nominee.

Republican Delegate Math Continues To Heavily Favor Donald Trump

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Looking at the delegate math, Donald Trump’s path to victory seems to be becoming clearer by the day.

Trump, Clinton Win Arizona, While Sanders And Cruz Capture Caucus Wins

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As expected, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both scored big wins in Arizona, while Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders both continued to win caucus states.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Andrew Grove, Intel Chairman Who Helped Develop The Semiconductor Revolution, Dead At 79

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One of the pioneers of the technology revolution of the past four decades has passed away.

Trump Still Leading The GOP Race After Rubio Withdrawal

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One week after Marco Rubio left the race, Donald Trump’s hold on the lead in the GOP Presidential race seems as solid as ever.

Terrorist Attacks Strike Brussels

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A series of bomb attacks across Brussels has left at least 26 dead, and dozens more injured.

Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Legal Pot In Colorado

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The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana.

As Obama Arrives In Havana, Poll Finds Most Americans Support His Opening To Cuba

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With President Obama becoming the first American President to visit Cuba in 88 years, a new poll finds majority support for his changes in Cuba policy.

Would Nominating Trump Put The House At Risk For Republicans?

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If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, the GOP may have more to worry about than losing the White House and the Senate.

OTB Caption Contest

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tries to pump up the crowd before a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Chicago. The rally was canceled. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at the O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex in St. Louis, Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The One for All, and All for Me Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Republican Insiders Still Don’t Know How To Stop Trump

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With Donald Trump inching closer to a delegate majority with each primary, it’s obvious that GOP insiders have no idea how to stop Donald Trump.

Hamilton on SCOTUS Nominations

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Worth a read over at the Monkey Cage:  Here’s what Alexander Hamilton can teach senators about Supreme Court nominations. Take a dive into The Federalist Papers.

Strategy and the Garland Nomination

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George Will’s column on the Garland nomination sparks a few thoughts.

Sharron Angle Is Running For Senate Again

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Sharron Angle, who by all accounts blew what could have been an historic Republican Senate pickup in 2010 when she lost to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in what was otherwise a Republican wave year, is running for Reid’s seat yet again: Sharron Angle, a controversial Tea Party Republican who upset the 2010 Nevada […]

Republican Senator Calls For Hearings And A Vote On Merrick Garland Nomination

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A crack in the wall.

We Won’t Have Marco Rubio To Kick Around Anymore

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Marco Rubio is ruling out a return to politics, at least for now.

Obama To Democratic Donors: The Sanders Campaign Is Nearing Its End

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President Obama told a group of Democratic donors that the Sanders campaign is nearing its end and that they need to start uniting behind Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump’s Favorite Foreign Policy Adviser Is….. Donald Trump

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Advisers? Donald Trump doesn’t need no stinkin’ advisers.

Final Scheduled Republican Debate Canceled

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It looks like we’ve reached the end of the debate schedule for Republicans in 2016 .

President Obama Selects Judge Merrick Garland To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama has selected his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, now the question is whether the Senate will act.

Clinton Crushes Sanders Again, Continues Her March Toward Winning Democratic Nomination

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After stumbling in Michigan last week, Hillary Clinton picked up a string of solid victories last night that put her one step closer to winning the nomination.

Rubio Quits, Kasich Stays Afloat, And Trump Moves Closer To Being The Inevitable GOP Nominee

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A big night in the Republican race for President leaves Donald Trump as the only candidate realistically situated to be anywhere near a majority of delegates by the time the primaries end in June.

Clinton and Trump Move Closer to Nomination; Brokered Convention Last Hope

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The alternatives to Trump vs Clinton are getting into the realm of fantasy.

Rigor in Professional Military Education

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “Professional Military Education and the Rigor Problem, has posted.

Previewing The Biggest Night So Far In The 2016 Race For President

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By the end of the night, we’re likely to be in an entirely new phase of the race for both the Republican and Democratic nominations.

Political War Over Supreme Court Getting Ready To Go Nuclear

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The coming political battle over President Obama’s effort to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will likely be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Putin Announces Start Of Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

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To the surprise of many, Russia’s President announced that Russia would begin winding down its six month old intervention in Syria.

Clinton Likely To Solidify Delegate Lead In Super Tuesday Part Two Contests

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When all is said and done, Super Tuesday Part Two is likely to put Hillary Clinton significantly closer to being the inevitable Democratic nominee.

Super Tuesday Part Two Looking Very Good For Donald Trump

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Less than twenty-four hours before voting starts, Donald Trump looks to do very well on what is arguably the most important day of the campaign.

OTB Caption Contest

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at the O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex in St. Louis, Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Primary Turnout does not Predict November Outcomes

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Primary turnout is not predictive of general election outcomes.

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