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Republicans Resigning Themselves To Trump Being Their Nominee

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For better or worse, Republicans seem to be resigning themselves to the inevitable.

Supreme Court Appears Sympathetic To Bob McDonnell’s Appeal

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s fate lies the hands of the Supreme Court.

Boehner on Cruz

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Via The Stanford Daily:  John Boehner talks election, time in office When specifically asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the crowd. “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a […]

Ted Cruz To Name Carly Fiorina As “Running Mate”

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In an unprecedented move that reeks of desperation, Ted Cruz is naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate before the primary process has even ended.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to fifteen months in Federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges related to an effort to cover-up decades old incidents of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a High School wrestling coach: CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. […]

Hillary Clinton Sweeps Four Of Five Mid-Atlantic States, Edges Closer To Delegate Majority

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Another big night for Hillary Clinton, and more bad news for Bernie Sanders.

Trump Sweeps Mid-Atlantic Primaries, Putting Himself One Step Closer To Victory

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Another round of victories puts Donald Trump another step closer to the Republican nomination.

Voters Don’t Seem To Care About The Political Fight Over Vacant Supreme Court Seat

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It may be the talk of Washington, but the political fight over Justice Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat does not seem to be something voters care very much about.

Cruz-Kasich “Alliance” Already Falling Apart

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To the surprise of no one, the alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich is already falling apart.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Likely To Do Very Well In Mid-Atlantic Primaries

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With voters in five states set to go to the polls, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are likely to make significant progress toward their quest for a majority of delegates in their respective contests.

Appeals Court Reinstates Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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A Federal Appeals Court has reinstated the four game suspension imposed on Tom Brady over the so-called ‘Deflategate’ scandal.

Transgender Rights And The Sudden Conservative Obsession With Bathrooms

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The passage of a new law in North Carolina has revealed an apparent obsession among some on the right with who gets to use which restroom.

Cruz, Kasich Team Up In Latest Effort To Stop Donald Trump

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Ted Cruz and John Kasich have come up with yet another plan to stop Donald Trump.

OTB Caption Contest

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Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights To 200,000 Ex-Felons

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In a huge step forward for criminal justice reform, Virginia’s Governor has restored voting rights for some 200,000 people who have paid their debt to society.

Prince Dead At 57

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A music legend has passed at far too young an age.

Clinton Campaign Looking Beyond Sanders, Looking At Potential Running Mates

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is beginning to look beyond Bernie Sanders and talk about running mates.

Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill

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Woman who liberated slaves to replace slaveholding President who presided over Native American genocide on American currency.

Ron Beasley, Long Time Blogger And OTB Commenter, Dies At 69

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I woke this morning to the sad news that Ron Beasley, a long time blogger who was also a frequent visitor to the comment threads here at Outside The Beltway, had passed away at the age of 69. The news came via a post on Ron’s Facebook page from his sister: It is with a […]

Clinton Wins Big In New York As Sanders Campaign Becomes Even More Quixotic

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Hillary Clinton scored another big win in New York last night, putting her closer to clinching the Democratic nomination, and causing Bernie Sanders’ campaign to make even less sense.

Donald Trump Scores Big Win In New York

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As expected, Donald Trump scored a huge victory in his home state last night and now appears to be back on track to win the GOP nomination.

Trump, Clinton Look Well-Positioned For Big New York Wins

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As the Empire State votes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look well positioned to have a very good night.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Challenge To Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case challenging the President’s deportation relief plan, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a ruling on the merits.

Brazil’s President Impeached

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With just a few months to go before the nation takes center stage, Brazil’s President is now facing impeachment: BRASÍLIA — Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president, whose tenure has been buffeted by a dizzying corruption scandal, a shrinking economy and spreading disillusionment. After […]

The Steady Decline of News

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The business of the media is business. Business is not good.

Treasury Department Likely To Spare Alexander Hamilton, Bad News For Andrew Jackson

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The success of the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ appears to be helping to save Alexander Hamilton’s place on the $10 bill. Andrew Jackson, meanwhile, looks likely to be booted from the $20 bill.

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New Jersey Judge Rules Ted Cruz Is A “Natural Born Citizen”

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A New Jersey judge, along with a Judge in Pennsylvania, is among the first to rule on the meaning of the ‘natural born citizen’ clause.

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Connecticut Judge Allows Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit To Proceed, For Now

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A Connecticut Judge has allowed a lawsuit against the manufacturer and seller of the weapons used in the Sandy Hook Shootings to go forward, but a Federal Law appears to make dismissal inevitable.

Clinton And Sanders Clash In Advance Of High Stakes New York Primary

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Just days before a high stakes primary in New York, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over familiar themes in their latest debate.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Both Viewed Very Badly Outside The GOP

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The two men most likely to win the Republican nomination aren’t very well liked outside the Republican Party.

Cruz Likeliest Winner in Contested GOP Convention

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The second place finisher in the Republican primaries is looking like the first loser.

Trump Whines About A ‘Rigged’ System, But The Blame Lies With Him

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Donald Trump is complaining about a ‘rigged’ delegate selection process, but the truth is that the fault lies with only one person, Donald Trump.

Paul Ryan Rules Out The Idea Of Being Drafted As GOP Nominee

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Paul Ryan takes himself out of contention as a potential Republican nominee.

Nebraska To Abandon Congressional District Method For Electoral Votes?

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Nebraska legislators are talking about abandoning their somewhat unique method of allocating Electoral College votes.

Yes, We Would Benefit From A More Diverse Supreme Court

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Justice Sotomayor argued last week that we ought to look somewhere other than just the Courts of Appeal, the Ivy League, and the Northeast for Supreme Court Justices. She’s right.

Trump, Clinton Hold Solid Leads In New York

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With just over a week to go, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have solid leads in New York.

OTB Caption Contest

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Money Never Sleeps?

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It looks like some of the big GOP bucks may be taking a bit of a snooze, via Politico:  Sheldon Adelson and top GOP donors retreat to the sidelines While some in the room spoke in favor of Cruz, others expressed reservations about his prospects in the general election. Trump, meanwhile, had little support: Not […]

Yes, The Delegate Allocation Process Is “Undemocratic.” So What?

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There are many aspects of the way delegates to the party convention are chosen that is “undemocratic,” but it’s unclear why this is a problem.

Partisanship and Race

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Here is another column (American Anger: It’s Not the Economy. It’s the Other Party) in the long list of trying to figure out what is going on in American politics these days.  The thesis is that the problem is partisan sorting and that that sorting strongly correlates to view on race: The increasing alignment between party […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches Cargo To ISS, Returns First Stage To Drone Ship At Sea

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Another historic launch and return by SpaceX.

Republican Delegate Battles Could Make For A Contentious Convention

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If Donald Trump fails to get a majority to win the nomination on the first ballot in Cleveland, battles taking place behind the scenes now suggest that the floor fight in Cleveland could be long and contentious.

Everybody Hates Donald

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A new poll finds that Donald Trump is really, really disliked by voters, but it’s unclear how much that will matter going forward.

Talking Heads, Troy University Style (Elections Edition)

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Some election chit-chat from campus television:  

Growing Acrimony In The Race For The Democratic Nomination

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Even as the outcome becomes more certain, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton seem to be attacking each other with increasing acrimony.

Merle Haggard Dead at 79

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A country music legend has passed.

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