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Republicans Starting To Cave On “No Hearings, No Votes” For Merrick Garland?

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

Comments from one Republican Senator are raising the possibility we could see hearings and a vote on Merrick Garland during the post-election lame duck session of Congress.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Convicted, Removed From Office On Impeachment Charges

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was convicted and removed from office on impeachment charges by the nation’s Senate earlier today: BRASILIA — Brazil’s Senate ousted Dilma Rousseff as president Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to impeach the leftist leader in the culmination of a protracted process that has divided the country. The vote to impeach Rousseff was 61 to […]

John McCain Cruises To Primary Victory

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As expected, John McCain easily defeated his primary opponent yesterday.

Marco Rubio Easily Wins Florida Senate Primary

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As expected, Marco Rubio easily won the primary for his Senate seat. The General Election battle, though, promises to be more difficult.

Ten Weeks Out: The Presidential Race Tightens A Bit, But Clinton Still Leads

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With ten weeks to go ,there’s been some tightening in the polls but Hillary Clinton continues to maintain a commanding lead in the race for the White House.

Don’t Ever Change New York Post. Don’t Ever Change.

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As you might expect, the New York Post‘s headline on l’affair Weiner is a classic: Don’t ever change guys, don’t ever change.

Rick Perry Goes From The Presidential Campaign Trail To ‘Dancing With The Stars’

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This is not exactly what Rick Perry had hoped he’d be doing this fall.

Gene Wilder, Comedian And Film Actor, Dies At 83

Gene Wilder

A skilled comedian and unlikely leading man has passed away at the age of 83.

John McCain Faces Primary, General Election Challenge In The Era Of Trump

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John McCain is bidding for a sixth term in office, with a challenge from the right in tomorrow’s primary and Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November.

Anthony Weiner Is Sexting Again

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While his wife is off working on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and most likely a top level position in a Clinton White House, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is apparently caught up in another sexting scandal.  Seriously? Someone needs to take this guy’s smartphone away. Update: Weiner’s Twitter account has been deleted. Something tells me that […]

Should Presidential Candidates Be Required To Undergo Independent Medical Reviews?

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Much like their predecessors, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released only limited information about their health. It may be time for that to change.

Some Alt-Right Basics

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Via RawStory:  The Alt-Right Dictionary: 7 terms you need to know to understand Trump’s most hateful supporters. And, straight from two of the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement from back in March at Breitbart:  An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right.  

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Positions On Immigration And Border Wall, Poll Finds

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Sorry Donald Trump, but most Americans believe that people here illegally deserve a path to citizenship and oppose building a border wall.

Sluggish Economic Growth, The Federal Reserve, And The 2016 Election

Economy Heartbeat

Another sign of a weak economy as the Federal Reserve considers rate hikes and the Presidential campaign moves forward.

French Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

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A high-level French Court has struck down the ban on the so-called ‘burkini’ adopted by many towns along the French Riviera.

Clinton Hits Trump On Demagoguery, Ties To Extreme Right

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Yesterday, Hillary Clinton pointed out truths about Donald Trump that his fellow Republicans were too scared to point out during the primary..

Trump Flip Flops On Immigration Again

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Over the course of twenty-four hours, Donald Trump has had three separate positions on how he’d deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.

French ‘Burkini’ Ban Provokes Backlash

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For largely irrational reasons, French police are arresting women on the beach for wearing swimsuits that are compatible with their faith.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Flip Flop

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Donald Trump is signaling a big shift in his immigration position.

Summer Olympics Were Lowest Rated Since 2000

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Despite being much more conveniently located for viewers in the United States, viewership for the just-concluded Olympics were the lowest they’ve been in sixteen years.

D.A. Henderson, Leader Of Effort To Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

D.A. Henderson

A true, albeit largely anonymous, hero of humanity has passed away.

Evan McMullin’s Presidential Campaign Not Going So Well

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The “independent conservative” running for President is finding it hard to even get on the ballot.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Access to Secretary of State Clinton

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A majority of her non-government visitors coincidentally donated to her nonprofit.

Steven Hill, Who Played D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies At 94

Steven Hill As Adam Schiff

Steven Hill, a long-time actor who achieved fame late in life as the long-serving District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died at 94: Steven Hill, who originated imposing lead roles on two notable television series, “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Law & Order” in the 1990s, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. […]

With Eleven Weeks To Go, Hillary Clinton Appears To Be Unstoppable

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It’s eleven weeks — just 77 days — until Election Day, and things are looking pretty good for Hillary Clinton, and pretty bad for Donald Trump.

Federal Court Blocks Department Of Education Guidelines On Bathroom Access For Transgender Students

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A Federal Court has barred the Federal Government from enforcing guidelines on the rights of transgender students in public schools.

Is Trump About To Flip-Flop On Immigration?

Donald Trump Shrug

A report over the weekend raises questions about whether or not Donald Trump is changing positions on a central tenet of his campaign.

Michele Bachmann Advising Trump On Foreign Policy

Michelle Bachmann at Podium

Former Minnesota Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she’s advising Donald Trump on foreign policy: Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy. The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she […]

Even If Clinton Wins, Don’t Expect Supreme Court Justices To Start Retiring Immediately

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Early indications are the Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other older Justices don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

Trump’s Speaking Style

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Tara Golshan has an interesting piece at Vox:  Donald Trump’s strange speaking style, as explained by linguists which is worth a read. I will say that it includes a quote that may qualify for Understatement of the Year: “His speeches are full of non sequiturs,” says Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a Calvin College historian Of the passages […]

What Happens To The GOP If Trump Loses?

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A Trump loss in November could lead to battles inside the GOP that could take years to resolve.

Good Bye Peak Oil Hypothesis

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Remember Peak Oil? Whatever happened to that idea?

Donald Trump’s Bad Reasoning on NAFTA

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Donald Trump engages in some nice post hoc ergo propter hoc by implying that the decline in manufacturing jobs in North Carolina is due to NAFTA. Ignoring that other factors are more likely playing a far greater role in the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Obama Under Attack For Not Visiting Louisiana In Wake Of Flooding

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President Obama is being criticized for remaining on vacation while Louisiana deals with historic flooding.

A Donald Trump Pivot? Don’t Count On It

Donald Trump Victory

One speech isn’t going to make up for what we’ve seen so far.

The Election Isn’t Over Quite Yet

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that the election is “over,” because it isn’t.

Keeping Control Of The Senate Just Got More Difficult For Republicans

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GOP control of Indiana’s Senate seat appears to be in jeopardy, and that will have serious implications for the battle to control the Senate.

Liz Cheney Wins GOP Primary For Wyoming’s House Seat

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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney is most likely headed to Congress after winning the Republican primary for Wyoming’s at-large Senate seat: Liz Cheney won the GOP primary for Wyoming’s at-large House seat Tuesday, clearing the biggest hurdle to Congress for the national security hawk and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney […]

John McLaughlin, McLaughlin Group Host, Dead At 89

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A precursor to modern cable political news with an interesting past has passed away at the age of 89.

Trump Campaign Shakeup

Trump Apprentice

After weeks of bleeding, the Trump campaign is undergoing a shake up, but it’s unlikely to fix what’s really wrong.

Clinton Is Crushing Trump Among Younger Voters, And The GOP Is Paying The Price

Trump And GOP Elephant

America’s largest voting bloc is heavily turned off by Donald Trump, and that is posing long-term problems for Republicans in general.

Clinton Continues To Show That Virginia Probably Isn’t A Swing State This Year

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Another poll confirms that Virginia is firmly in the pocket of Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump’s Attacks On The Media Are Irresponsible And Irrational

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Donald Trump has spent more time recently attacking the news media than anything else. He ought to be condemned for it.

Ross Kaminsky: Protectionism is Political Pandering

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It is a misguided and foolish attempt to try and buy votes without appearing to buy votes.

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Clinton Over Trump

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Not surprisingly, Latino voters are heavily turned off by Donald Trump and seemingly quite eager to vote against him in the fall.

“Compassionate” Protectionism

Economy Heartbeat

There’s nothing compasssionate about protectionism.

Kenny Baker, The Actor Inside R2-D2, Dies At 81

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Kenny Baker, best known as the man inside R2-D@, one of only two characters to appear in all of the principal Star Wars films that have been released to date, has died at the age of 81: Kenny Baker, the British actor who rose to fame by playing the robot R2-D2 in six “Star Wars” […]

Follow Up on My Mercantilism Post

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Responding to comments on this morning’s post.

Inside The Trump Implosion

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Things aren’t pretty inside the House of Trump these days.

Trump Shuts Down In New Jersey

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Despite previous promises that he’d win the state, it looks like Donald Trump is giving up on New Jersey: Donald Trump and his supporters claimed, once the Republican nomination was wrapped up, that traditionally blue New Jersey could be in play come November. With great fanfare, Trump’s campaign opened a New Jersey office on May […]

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