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There’s a Criminal Defense Crisis In New Mexico, And Nobody Seems To Care

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Public defenders in New Mexico are overworked, underfunded, and outmatched, but then that’s true pretty much everywhere in the country.

A Quote to Ponder

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Doing a little research and came across this: “The conception of political equality from the Declaration of Independence, to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to the Fifteenth, Seventeenth, and Nineteenth Amendments can mean only one thing-one person, one vote”–Justice William O. Douglas, writing for the majority in Gray v. Sanders (1963). This was, interestingly enough, in the context of […]

A Photo for Friday: A Little Peace on Earth

Enough politics and unpleasantness, if only for a moment: “A Little Peace on Earth” December 25, 2016 Pike Road, AL

The Power of Partisanship

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The Atlantic‘s  It’s Not About the Economy is a disheartening, albeit unsurprising, read.  It is just another reminder that partisanship trumps facts and evidence, which helps explain the difficulties in our current political context. “People’s predispositions affect their factual beliefs about the world,” said Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College who has researched […]

Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Legend And Mother Of Carrie Fisher, Dies At 84

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Debbie Reynolds, who became a Hollywood star in the 1950s beginning with her role in the musical “Singin’ In The Rain” and other now-famous films, and the mother of Carrie Fisher, died yesterday at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter: Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in […]

John Kerry Is Right About Middle East Peace, But It Hardly Matters At This Point

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Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Middle East peace was largely correct, but his words are pointless given the fact that neither Israel nor the Palestinians seem serious about peacefully resolving their differences.

Obama: I Could Have Beaten Trump And Won A Third Term

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President Obama thinks he would have beaten Donald Trump. And he’s probably right.

Carrie Fisher Dies At 60

Rest in Peace, Princess. May the Force be with you.

United Nations Resolution Vote Leads To More Tension Between U.S. And Israel

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While you were celebrating Christmas, Israel was blasting the Obama Administration and cozying up to the incoming Trump Administration.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The The Redcoats are Coming Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Has 2016 Really Been An Unusually Bad Year For Celebrity Deaths?

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It seems as though 2016 has taken many more celebrities lives than past years.

George Michael, Pop Music Superstar, Dies At 53

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Another music superstar has passed away.

Today in Constitutional Longshots

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There has been a sense of denial (in my opinion) by some on the leftward side of politics in the last month regarding Trumps’ ascendancy to the presidency and all that entails.  The most prominent examples were seen in various arguments and assertions about how the electoral college could/would forestall a President Trump.  Now Sam […]

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Merry Christmas From Outside The Beltway!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Youth, Women, and Bias in the Ideas Industry

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It’s not all peaches and cream for pretty young women.

Because we Need another “Republic v. Democracy” Post

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But just to mix things up, I won’t write it, but will instead link to Eugene Volokh in WaPo:  The United States is both a ‘republic’ and a ‘democracy’ — because ‘democracy’ is like ‘cash’ I often hear people argue (often quite militantly) that the United States is a republic, not a democracy. But that’s a […]

More on the “Republic, not a Democracy” Business as Linked to the Electoral College

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Be clear on what one is defending.

A “Republic v. Democracy” Lexicon

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Concepts, basic applications, and even a bibliography! Merry Festivus, everyone.

New Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective

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Big news in the war against a horrible virus.

Roy Moore For Senate?

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Assuming that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General next month, which is pretty much certain, then Alabama’s Governor will have the responsibility of naming a replacement to fill his seat until a Special Election can be held. Unfortunately, one of the names he’s apparently considering is someone who clearly doesn’t belong in […]

Behind The Scenes At Saturday Night Live

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Via Business Insider and NBC comes this look at how they change sets so quickly in between skits on Saturday Night Live. This is how they went from the Trump and Putin based cold open to the monologue, all in about 2 and a half minutes. Of course, they’ve been doing this for more than […]

Today in Bad Ideas: a 5% Tariff

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A trial balloon hopefully made of lead.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

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Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

Least Shocking Poll of the Year

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USAT looks to 2020 and discovers: On the theory that it’s never too early to launch the next campaign, the new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll has identified an overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. It’s someone entirely new. Literally. Not an identifiable person. Just “someone entirely new.” When that description was included […]

Another Example of Growing Nationalism (and the Putin Connection)

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Via the NYT:  Austria’s Far Right Signs a Cooperation Pact With Putin’s Party The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party has signed what he called a cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party and recently met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the designated national security adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump of the United States. […]

Government Reports Strong Economic Growth In Third Quarter, But It’s Unlikely To Last

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The economy grew strongly in the third quarter of the year, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

80’s Pop Star Richard Marx Helps Subdue Passenger Mid-Flight

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It’s been a long time since 80’s pop star Richard Marx had a hit, but he made the news today thanks to his role in subduing an unruly passenger on a Korean Air flight: An unruly passenger on an Korean Air flight Tuesday should’ve known better than to attack the crew with Richard Marx on […]

Republicans Cower In Fear In The Face Of Trump And His Supporters

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Republicans are afraid to oppose Donald Trump for fear that his supporters will come after them.

Economist’s Country of the Year

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Colombia. A worthy choice for good reasons.  

Swamp Draining Update

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Via Politico, Trump sycophant, Newt Gingrich: “We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about the president-elect’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.” And should someone in the […]

Sometimes History Doesn’t Repeat Itself

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Ambassador Karlov is mostly likely not a modern day Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Some Additional Thoughts on the Faithless

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The number of faithless electors was both historical and trivial.

Apparent Berlin Terror Attack Kills 12, Injures Dozens

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Another attack in what has been a bloody 2016 for Europe.

Electoral College Farce

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While hardly the most compelling argument against an archaic institution, yesterday’s silliness was noteworthy.

Do Presidential Pardons Still Make Sense?

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Obama has issued more commutations than all his predecessors combined. He set the single-day record Monday.

Trump and the Presidential Daily Brief

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Delegating the morning briefing to advisors isn’t actually that unusual.

Massive Faithlessness in the EC

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Via CNN: Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Seven “faithless” electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and Clinton four. Hawaii’s votes — three for Clinton and one breaking from the state’s results and supporting Bernie Sanders — were the last to be counted. I think I predicted 3, and […]

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated In Ankara

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The situation in the Middle East just potentially became much more complicated.

An Entry for “Dictatorship for Dummies”

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Trump will maintain some level of private security once in office.

The Ohio EC Ballot

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As tweeted by Secretary of State, John Husted: This is what an electoral college ballot looks like. pic.twitter.com/ZWsa7y8cEJ — Jon Husted (@JonHusted) December 19, 2016   It shouldn’t be too hard to see how this decreases the chances of faithless electors. And I am not being snarky or critical: the ballot structure reflects the prevailing […]

Dr. Henry Heimlich, Inventor Of Technique That Has Saved Thousands Of Lives, Dies At 96

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The doctor who developed a now universal technique to save the life of someone who is choking on an object lodged in their throat has died at the age of 96: It is called the Heimlich maneuver — saving a choking victim with a bear hug and abdominal thrusts to eject a throat obstruction — […]

Yet Again: No Evidence of Voter Fraud

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Via the NYT:  All This Talk of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next to None After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they […]

What To Expect Today From The Electoral College

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Beginning late this morning, the Electors in each of the states will meet to carry out their Constitutional function. Despite the drama accompanying this year’s election, there’s likely to be far less drama than some people seem to be hoping for.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Trump’s EC win in Historical Perspective

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Some nice infographics at the NYT:  Trump’s Electoral College Victory Ranks 46th in 58 Elections

Visually Tracking the End of the Campaigns

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And interesting visual from Five Thirty-Eight:  The Last 10 Weeks Of 2016 Campaign Stops In One Handy Gif.

Today in Depressing Headlines

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Via The Monkey Cage:  A new poll shows an astonishing 52% of Republicans incorrectly think Trump won the popular vote Clinton’s lead now exceeds 2.8 million votes (more than 2.1 percent of the total vote) and continues to grow. Many Democrats hope this fact alone might persuade Republican electors to reject Trump in favor of some […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Jangled Bells Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

The Problems with Safe Zones

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The president-elect has suggested that we will be able to create “safe zones” in Syria: “We’re going to build safe zones,” he told supporters at a rally in Florida. “We’re going to get the Gulf States to pay for the safe zones.” First, as a side note, what is it with Trump and the assumption […]

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