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Investigators Conclude Flight MH-17 Shot Down By Missile Brought Into Ukraine From Russia

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A new report concludes that Malaysia Air Flight 17 was brought down by a missile brought into Ukraine from Russia.

Former Israeli Prime Minister And President Shimon Peres Dies At 93

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One of the last survivors of Israel’s founding generation has passed away.

First Clinton v. Trump Debate Sets Record At 81 Million Viewers

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Last night’s Presidential debate drew a record number of viewers: The first general election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump averaged nearly 81 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen, making it the most watched presidential debate in modern history. Until last night, the most-watched debate in history was the 1980 debate between Jimmy […]

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux

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Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

Trump’s Pettiness

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It not a new revelation that Donald J. Trump can be a petty individual, but here is the latest example via NPR:  In Post-Debate Interview, Trump Again Criticizes Pageant-Winner’s Weight At the end of Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of taunting one of his former Miss Universe contestants about her weight. […]

Clinton And Trump Clash In First Presidential Debate

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It wasn’t exactly Lincoln-Douglas but, in the end, Hillary Clinton clearly outperformed Donald Trump last night.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations

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Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

Democratic Hopes Of Winning Back The Senate Seem To Be Slipping Away

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Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate aren’t going so well at the moment.

Watching Tonight’s Debate Guide For Cord Cutters

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If you’re among that growing group of people who have cut the cord to their cable television provider, there are still ways to catch the debate if you’re so inclined. With the proper antenna, you can watch on any of the over-the-air networks and PBS or, you can check out the live-streaming services that will […]

Presidential Race Remains Tight Heading Into First Debate

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With just hours before the first debate, and six weeks until Election Day, the race for President remains tight.

Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies At 87

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A golf legend passes away.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The A Priest, a Rabbi and a Swami walk into a Babar Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Suspect Arrested In Seattle Area Mall Shooting

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Late  last night, police announced that they had taken the suspect in Friday night’s shooting spree at a Seattle area mall into custody, but many questions remain unanswered: A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on Saturday night in connection with a shooting that killed five people on Friday at a mall north of Seattle, […]

Ted Cruz Proves His Political Opportunism Is More Important Than His Conscience

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In which Ted Cruz endorses the guy who called his wife ugly and said his father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

Five Dead In Mall Shooting In Washington State, Gunman Still At Large

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A late night attack at a shopping mall, and a suspect still at large have raised tensions in Seattle.

A Photo for Friday

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“Layers” Knoxville, TN 9/10/16

Voter Registration Information And Deadlines

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The New York Times has a list of deadlines and other applicable information for registering to vote in each of the fifty states. There’s still plenty of time in most of the country, so get to it.

Oklahoma Police Officer Charged In Shooting Death Of African-American Man

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An Oklahoma police officer has been charged in the shooting death of an African-American man while North Carolina authorities continue to balk on releasing a video in a shooting case there.

This Time, Anthony Weiner Could Be In Serious Legal Trouble

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Less than a month after he was back in the news with another sexting scandal  that led his wife Huma Abedin to file for divorce, former Congressman Anthony Weiner faces what could be some very serious legal problems: Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. […]

No, Immigrants Aren’t Taking Your Job

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A new study debunks an old idea.

Federal Reserve Board Declines To Raise Interest Rates Again

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An unsurprising decision from the Federal Reserve.

Protests Erupt In The Wake Of Police Shootings In Oklahoma And North Carolina

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After two questionable police shootings, protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina.

George H.W. Bush Reportedly Voting For Hillary Clinton

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According to one report, the GOP’s longest living former President plans to vote for a Democrat this fall.

Presidential Race Continues To Tighten With Seven Weeks To Go

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With just forty-nine days left in the campaign, and less than a week before the first debate, the race for President is tighter than ever.

Suspect In New York City, New Jersey Bombings Captured By Police

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Just about two days after setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York City, a suspect is in custody.

RNC Chairman Threatens Punishment For Former Candidates Refusing To Endorse Trump

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The GOP civil war continues…..

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Explosion From Apparent Bomb Injures 29 In New York City

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An explosion that ended up injuring 29 people interrupted an otherwise quiet Saturday evening in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

I Always Feel Like Someone is Watching me

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Via The Atlantic: All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You: A system called “WiKey” presented at a conference last year could tell what keys a user was pressing on a keyboard by monitoring minute finger movements. Once trained, WiKey could recognize a sentence as it was typed with 93.5 percent accuracy—all using nothing but […]

Third Party Candidates Excluded From Presidential, Vice-Presidential Debate

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Once again, the debate commission controlled by the two major parties is excluding third-party candidates from the Presidential debates.

Trump’s Campaign Says He Now Believes Obama Was Born In The U.S.

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Donald Trump’s campaign is apparently finally acknowledging reality, although its claim that birtherism originated with the Clinton campaign in 2008 does not comport with the facts.

A Photo for Friday

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“Purple” June 21, 2016 Pike Road, AL

Looking to Peace with the FARC

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By me at ORIGINS: Current Events in Historical Perspective Colombia: On the Brink of Peace with the FARC?

Despite Historic Success, Gary Johnson Struggles To Qualify For Presidential Debates

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Gary Johnson is doing better than any third-party candidate in twenty years, but that doesn’t mean he’s likely to get an invitation to the upcoming Presidential debates.

Australian Prime Minister Proposes Non-Binding Plebiscite On Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s Prime Minister is proposing a national vote on the issue of same-sex marriage: SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s divisive debate over same-sex marriage returned to Parliament on Wednesday when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull implored lawmakers to support a bill that would ask Australians to vote yes or no on gay marriage. “If ever there is […]

Even Trump’s Supporters Don’t Believe Mexico Would Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

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Apparently, even people who support Donald Trump don’t believe his claim that he can get Mexico to pay for his border wall.

With Eight Weeks To Go, A Tighter Race But It’s Still Advantage Clinton

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The election is now fifty-six days away and, while the race is tighter than it has been, it’s still one in which Hillary Clinton has seemingly all the advantages.

Deplorable and Illogical

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Rudy Giuliani on This Week this weekend: STEPHANOPOULOS: They do emerge from September 11th. And one of the things that Donald Trump also said on Thursday night, again, is that we should’ve taken the oil of Iraq. Even if you could do that practically, and most experts say you couldn’t, wouldn’t that just be theft? […]

Greta Friedman, Who Claimed To Be Nurse In Iconic V-J Day Photo, Dies At 92

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Greta Friedman, who claimed to be the nurse in an iconic photograph taken by Time/Life photographer Alex Eisenstadt, has died at the age of 92: Greta Friedman, who said she was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in a euphoric moment that made for one of the most defining American photos of the 20th century, […]

Clinton Health Scare Raises Questions

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Clinton stumbles and leaves an event early, leading to the news that her campaign has been withholding health information from the press.

The Lost National ‘Unity’ Of September 11th

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The sense of national ‘unity’ that existed in the wake of the September 11th attacks didn’t last for very long.

The Minimum Wage

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The minimum wage has been a big part of this year’s election cycle, mainly due to Bernie Sander’s campaign and his idea of a national minimum wage. There has been lots of discussion of this, but most of it is just, well, bad. There are really two things that one can point to as to why wages above the market wage can be good.

U.S., Russian Agreement On Syria Seems Doomed To Fail

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The United States and Russia have reached an agreement to end fighting in Syria, but it seems unlikely to succeed given that it doesn’t involve the parties actually doing the fighting.

What To Do About North Korea?

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North Korea continues to advance its nuclear program but it’s unclear what anyone can do about it.

Party Realignment Fantasies

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David Brooks thinks American politics “Could get ugly” before the ship gets righted.

Donald Trump’s Disturbing, Disqualifying Love Affair With Vladimir Putin

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Donald Trump’s admiration and praise for the dictatorial leader of Russia should be sufficient reason to disqualify him from being President of the United States.

North Korea Conducts Another Nuclear Weapons Test As The World Runs Out Of Options

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North Korea conducts yet another nuclear weapons test, and it’s unclear what anyone can do to stop them.

Republicans Vow To Continue Investigations Even If Hillary Clinton Wins The White House

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House Republicans are vowing to continue their investigations even if Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

“We’re The Only Plane In The Sky”

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As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Sunday, Politico is up with a fascinating first-person account of the attack from the point of view of White House aides, military officers, and members of the traveling press corps who were with President Bush the day everything changed. It follows the story from […]

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