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Donald Trump’s Politically Stupid Attack On A Grieving Family

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Of course Donald Trump responded to a Gold Star Father in the worst possible way.

The Deepening Disaster in Venezuela

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Via CNBC:  Venezuela calls for mandatory labor in farm sector The government of Venezuela has issued a decree that “effectively amounts to forced labor” in an attempt to fix a spiraling food crisis, according to a new report from Amnesty International. A Venezuelan ministry last week announced Resolution No. 9855, which calls for the establishment […]

Federal Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Wisconsin, North Carolina

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Big losses for proponents of Voter ID laws in two swing states.

Conventions Helped Trump More, Even Though His Was Awful and Hers Wasn’t

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The one with the better convention seems to have lost ground over the last two weeks.

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“Over the Tennessee” Florence, AL June 29, 2016

A Gold Star Father Rebukes Donald Trump

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More than any politician that spoke last night, it was the father of a fallen solider who stole the night.

Hillary Clinton Accepts Nomination To Cap Off A Largely Successful Convention

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Hillary Clinton delvers a largely successful acceptance speech that caps off a convention that ran far smoother than its Republican counterpart.

Barack Obama And The Case Of The Seven Almonds

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Earlier this month, James Joyner took note of a part of a long piece about President Obama’s late night work habits that seemed, well, rather odd. Specifically the fact that he limited his snacking to seven lightly-salted almonds. Not six almonds mind you, not eight, but precisely seven. And not regular or unsalted,  nut “lightly […]

With A Reaganesque Tone, Barack Obama Passes The Torch To Hillary Clinton

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Eight years after beating her for the Democratic Nomination, Barack Obama passed the torch to Hillary Clinton with a speech that sounded more like Ronald Reagan than anything we’ve heard from the Republican nominee.

Donald Trump Invites Russia To Commit Espionage To Help His Presidential Campaign

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Donald Trump suggests Russia engage in espionage to help his Presidential campaign.0

Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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After four straight losses, prosecutors in Baltimore are throwing in the towel in the Freddie Gray case.

Judge Orders John W. Hinckley Jr. Freed

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Thirty five years after trying to kill President Reagan, John W. Hinckley Jr. is close to being a free man.

Hillary Clinton Makes History As Convention Tone Changes

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The second night of the Democratic Convention seemed much calmer than the first, as the Clinton campaign moves forward toward the biggest speech of Hillary Clinton’s life.

Vast Majority Of Sanders Supporters Backing Clinton

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Ignore the focus on discord, most of Bernie’s supporters are supporting Hillary.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As DNC Chair After Leaked Emails Lead To DNC Chaos

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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is out as head of the Democratic National Committee after the release of a trove of embarrassing emails.

Trump Leads Clinton After Convention Bounce

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The worst convention in history has given Trump a yuuge bounce.

Democrats To Consider Changes To How Superdelegates Are Allocated

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Democrats will consider changing superdelegate rules, but not as much as Bernie Sanders would like.

Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine As Her Running Mate

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As expected, Hillary Clinton went with the ‘safe’ choice, and has selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Could Crazy Donald Trump Actually Win The Presidency?

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While a Clinton landslide seems obvious after the dumpster fire of a Republican convention, the race is close.

Donald Trump Returns To Dark, Dystopian Themes In Convention Speech

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Donald Trump started out his campaign by telling us that the American dream is dead, and he returned to those dark and pessimistic themes in his acceptance speech last night.00

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“Uncertain Path” June 28, 2016 near Cleveland, AL.

Roger Ailes Is Out At Fox News Channel

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Big change at America’s most-watched cable news network.

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

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A big setback for one of the most restrictive Voter ID Laws in the country.

Ted Cruz Refuses To Endorse Trump In Convention Speech

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Ted Cruz’s convention speech was about what you’d expect, a gamble designed to set up his campaign for President in 2020 or beyond.

Does Donald Trump Even Really Want To Be President?

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If Donald Trump actually became President, would he really do the work, or just delegate it to others? An anecdote from the campaign trail makes one wonder.

Garry Marshall, Creator Of Classic Television Shows, Dies At 81

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The creator of some of the most popular television programming of the 1970s has passed away at the age of 81.

Some Republicans Already Looking Ahead To 2020

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The 2016 Republican Convention is barely halfway over, but some Republicans are already looking ahead to 2020.

Donald Trump Claims Nomination Of A Party That Remains Divided

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18:  Delegates crowd the convention floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Donald Trump completed his unlikely journey to the Republican Presidential Nomination last night, but he the party he now leads remains divided.

Norovirus Reportedly Striking Some Attendees At Republican Convention

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There are reports of a particularly nasty virus striking the Republican National Convention: CLEVELAND — The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state’s delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman […]

Roger Ailes May Be On The Way Out At Fox News Channel

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As the allegations of sexual harassment grow, reports are also growing that Roger Ailes may be out at Fox News much sooner than many may have anticipated.

Donald Trump’s Campaign Fumbles As Plagiarism Plagues Aftermath Of Melania Trump’s Speech

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Speeches by the wife and kids are supposed to be the easy part of a convention. If you mess that up, you truly are an amateur.

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Trial Of Fourth Baltimore Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Ends In Acquittal

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Another acquittal in Baltimore leads to questions about whether or not prosecutors should continue with the trials against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray matter.

Pre-Convention Polls Show Clinton Leading, Johnson Rising, Major Party Candidates Hated

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A look at the state of the race before the two party conventions begin.

Three Police Officers Killed, Multiple Others Injured, In Baton Rouge

Another targeted killing aimed at police.

Tom Brady Abandons ‘Deflategate’ Appeals, Will Serve Suspension Beginning In September

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New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has abandoned his option to appeal the ‘Deflategate’ ruling to the Supreme Court and will serve his four game suspension beginning in September.

Attempted Coup Rocks Turkey, But Fails To Overthrow Government

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Turkey’s government appears to have rebuffed a coup attempt, but questions remains about the stability of the government going forward.

Donald Trump Makes It Official, Mike Pence Is His Running Mate

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The least likely choice ascends to the Number Two position on the Republican ticket.

Trump Vice-Presidential Announcement Delayed

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In the wake of last night’s apparent terrorist attack in Nice, Donald Trump’s campaign has delayed the announcement of the candidate’s running mate announcement, but we should know by early this afternoon if it really is Indiana Governor Mike Pence: CLEVELAND — In a stunning move late Thursday, Donald Trump said he was scrapping his […]

Final Effort To Block Trump Fails In RNC Rules Committee

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Predictably, the latest effort to prevent Donald Trump from gaining the Republican nomination has ended in failure.

Dozens Dead, Dozens More Injured, As Truck Rams Bastille Day Crowd In Nice

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A night of terror mars Bastille Day celebrations in France.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Regrets Anti-Trump Comments

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Justice Ginsburg walks back her comments about the presumptive Republican nominee.

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market

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We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

Donald Trump To Pick Mike Pence As Running Mate, Reports Say

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If reports are correct, Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s choice for a running mate.

Tom Brady, N.F.L.P.A. Lose Petition For Full Second Circuit Review

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Tom Brady and the N.F.L. Player’s Association suffered another legal setback in their appeal of the ‘Deflategate’ suspension.

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!

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In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Republican Platform Veers To The Right

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Once again, the GOP platform is turning into a surrender to social conservatives on issues such as same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Attacks Donald Trump, Raising Judicial Ethics Questions

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Justice Ginsburg made some recent comments about the election that have, to say the least, raised some eyebrows.

Bernie Sanders Finally Endorses Hillary Clinton

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Well that took long enough.

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