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From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up File”

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Via AL.com: Man wearing skeleton costume, 2 others steal erectile dysfunction drugs from Alabama pharmacy.

SCOTUS Declines To Hear Appeal Of Pharmacists With Religious Objection To ‘Morning After’ Pill

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The Supreme Court won’t hear the appeal of a pharmacist who objects to providing the ‘morning after’ pill.

Military Ends Transgender Ban

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Unlike previous civil rights changes, this one came without much fanfare, fight, or even discussion.

Chris Christie Reportedly Being Vetted For Spot As Trump’s Running Mate

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Chris Christie remains at the top of the list of potential Trump running mates.

Post-Brexit, Both Of Great Britain’s Major Parties Are In Crisis Mode

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One week after the Brexit vote, both the Conservative and Labour parties find themselves in chaos.

Trump: The Pro-Torture Candidate

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Via the BBC:  US election: ‘I like waterboarding a lot’, says Donald Trump “We have to fight so viciously and violently because we’re dealing with violent people,” Mr Trump said. At one point, he asked the crowd: “What do you think about waterboarding?” They cheered as he gave his answer: “I like it a lot. […]

California Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November

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Californians are set to vote on marijuana legalization in November and, this time, it looks like it will pass.

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)

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The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

The Fourth Amendment Was Meant To Protect All Of Us, Not Just The “Innocent”

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When it comes to the protections of the Fourth Amendment, it doesn’t matter if you’re “guilty” or “innocent,” it protects all of us.

Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump In Seven Battleground States

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Hillary Clinton holds solid leads over Donald Trump in seven battleground states.

The Beginning Of The End Of The ‘Conservative’ Supreme Court

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Depending on the outcome of the election, the Supreme Court’s just concluded term will most likely be remembered as the point at which the Court’s rightward tilt that began at the end of the Warren Court Era came to an end.

At Least 41 Dead In Terror Attack On Istanbul Airport

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A massive attack hits Istanbul’s airport.

Clinton Acting Like She Won, Alienating Bernie Fans

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Backers of the losing candidate for the Democratic nomination are surprised that they’re not getting their way.

British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

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In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Benghazi Committee Report Uncovers Mistakes, But No Wrongdoing

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As with each previous committee that investigated the 2012 attack on the U.S outpost in Benghazi, the House Select Committee finds that mistakes were made but no evidence of wrongdoing or cover-ups.

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again

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After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

N.F.L. Coaching Legend Buddy Ryan Dies At 82

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An N.F.L. defensive legend has passed away at the age of 82.

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Sidney Blumenthal Got Paid, Which is Apparently a Scandal

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The Los Angeles Times breaks what seems like a non-scandal.

Turkey Apologizes To Russia For Downing Jet

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Turkey has issued a formal apology to Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet that had briefly strayed into Turkish airspace.

A Lesson In Polling

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One result from the new NBC News poll shows us how important it is to pay attention to how poll questions are phrased.

Pat Summitt Dead at 64

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One of the greatest coaches of all time has passed.

One Major Step Closer to Peace in Colombia

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The final major piece of the negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government appears to be in place.

In McDonnell Decision, Supreme Court Places Important Limits On Prosecutors

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In overturning former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction, the Supreme Court has sent a powerful message to overly zealous prosecutors.

Nobody Wants To Speak At Donald Trump’s Convention

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Republican officials are running away from Donald Trump the way they’d run away from a horde of mosquitoes infected with the Zika virus.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court has handed down a major abortion rights ruling that reaffirms the central reasoning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and makes it less likely that Roe will ever be overturned.

Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Bob McDonnell Conviction

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The Supreme Court at its best and therefore its most frustrating.

Why Didn’t The Brexit Vote Require A Supermajority For ‘Leave’ To Win?

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Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.

Donald Trump’s Bad June Shows Up In The Polls

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Donald Trump has had a bad June, and it’s showing in the poll numbers.

Lyle Denniston Leaving SCOTUSBlog

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A true legend in legal journalism is moving on.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

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The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

George Will Leaving GOP Over Donald Trump

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George Will isn’t just refusing to vote for Donald Trump, he’s leaving the GOP entirely

What Does The Success Of Brexit Tell Us About Donald Trump’s Chances? Pretty Much Nothing

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Many pundits are arguing that the victory for ‘Leave’ presages good news for Trump in November, but there’s no reason to believe that.

Info on the Panama Canal Expansion

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A nice set of inforgraphics:  Weekly Chart: Panama Canal Trade before and after the Expansion

Scotland and the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote

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Is Scotland next?

SCOTUS Rules DUI Blood Tests Require Search Warrant, But Breath Tests Do Not

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The Supreme Court balances the Fourth Amendment against public safety concerns and, for the most part, gets it right.

America’s Partisan Divide Is More Unhealthy Than It Has Been In Decades

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Americans have increasingly come to view their political opponents as not just wrong, but evil, stupid, and immoral. That’s not something that makes for a healthy representative democratic republic.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Based College Admissions Program

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In a somewhat surprising opinion from Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s race-based admissions program.

What’s Next with the Brexit?

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A British political scientist lays out some of the political and institutional factors that will be relevant going forward.

Britain Votes To Leave European Union, Cameron Resigns As Prime Minister

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By a narrow margin, British voters have chosen to send their nation, themselves, and indeed all of Europe into uncharted waters.

The Micro Economics of the Financial Crisis

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The Financial Crisis was not a problem of macroeconomics, but a cluster of microeconomic problems all acting together.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Leaves Obama’s Immigration Relief Plan Blocked

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Thanks to a 4-4 tie, President Obama’s temporary immigration relief program remains blocked by a Federal Court Injunction.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

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The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Sabato Predicts Electoral College Landslide for Clinton

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Donald Trump has a steep hill to climb to reverse a quarter century trend.

Scowcroft Endorses Clinton

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A revered Republican foreign policy guru has endorsed the Democratic nominee for president.

Bernie Sanders Finally Accepts Reality, Admits He Won’t Be The Nominee

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Bernie Sanders admitted, finally, that he likely won’t be the nominee.

With The Future In The Balance, British Voters Head To The Polls In ‘Brexit’ Vote

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Voters in the United Kingdom are headed to the polls in a vote that will have widespread consequences.

Marco Rubio Decides He’s Running For Re-Election After All

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Marco Rubio changes his mind, and drops the first hint that he’s already thinking about the Presidential race in 2020 or 2024.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

What To Do About The ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist?

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Stopping the next Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Syed Farook, or Omar Mateen is likely to be a lot more difficult than the politicians on either side of the aisle are leading us to believe.

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