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Firing Sally Yates Was Not A “Monday Night Massacre”

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The Acting Attorney General was fired last night after announcing that she would refuse to defend President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. As a result she was fired. Contrary to some arguments, this was not improper.

Trump Hits Negative Job Approval In Record Time

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After just over a week in office, Donald Trump already has a negative job approval number. That’s a modern record.

George H.W. Bush Released From Hospital

George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital: Former president George H.W. Bush was released from the hospital Monday, after spending 12 days at Houston Methodist Hospital due to pneumonia. The former president, 92, was in the ICU for five days after suffering a respiratory problem caused by pneumonia. Former first lady Barbara […]

Super Bowl Commercial Prices Hit $5,000,000 For 30 Seconds Of Ad Time

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A Super Bowl ad will cost you a cool $5,000,000 for thirty seconds.

Trump To Name Supreme Court Nominee Tomorrow Evening

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President Trump will name his first Supreme Court pick on his 11th day in office.

Today in Delusional Columns: Impeachment Fantasies

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It is Trump’s party now. Impeachment is not coming.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

More on Megaprojects

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Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.

Donald Trump’s Plan to Increase the Trade Deficit

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Yet another example of why Trump and his views on Trade and the economy are contradictory and even incoherent. Not only should Trump be building his Great Trump Wall™ in Mexico he should be furiously working against any and all foreign investment in the U.S.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The I Did It My Way Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Protests And Court Orders Push Back Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

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The first day of implementation of President Trump’s order barring immigration from certain Muslim nations did not go smoothly for the Administration.

“It’s working out very nicely”

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“You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”-President Donald J. Trump. Here’s the thing:  either he doesn’t understand the […]

Elections have Consequences, Part 2

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Via the BBC:  MP Zahawi says Trump order banning him from US is ‘demeaning and sad’ Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has said the executive order from President Trump bans him from the US and makes him feel discriminated against for the first time since he was a child. A British citizen born in Iraq, and […]

Trump Reorganizes, Politicizes National Security Council

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Steve Bannon is in. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence are out. Sort of.

Elections have Consequences

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Via AFP: An Iraqi family was barred from flying from Cairo to New York on Saturday after US President Donald Trump signed an order restricting arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries. […] Fuad Sharef, 51, and his wife and three children were instead forced to board a flight back to Erbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, […]

The Vestiges Of The Great War Remain

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This article is a couple months old, but it catalogs in chilling detail the extent to which the site of the Battle of Verdun, one of the longest and bloodiest in human history, still impact the countryside of France. By some estimates, this area will still be dangerous for hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of years due […]

John Hurt, Award-Winning British Actor, Dies At 77

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John Hurt, the award-winning British actor know for everything from his starring role in “The Elephant Man” to his appearance in science fiction classics such as “Alien” and “Doctor Who,” has died at the age of 77: John Hurt, an unprepossessing British character actor who vanished inside dozens of roles, from Shakespeare to science fiction, […]

Trump Imposes Ban On Travel From Several Muslim Countries, Halts Refugee Program

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As expected, Donald Trump yesterday signed Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees.

One Week in…

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Via USAT:  Fact check: President Trump’s first week on the job During his first week in office, President Donald Trump made several false and misleading claims about the inauguration crowd size, voter fraud, the Affordable Care Act and other issues.

How to Make Cars

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There are two ways (at least) to have cars in America.

The Deep Significance and Importance of NAFTA

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As with so many things, the President is demonstrating that he really doesn’t know what he is doing.

The New Trump Tax

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Yet more incoherent economic policy from the Tweeter in Chief. A border tax will mean that Americans will undoubtedly pay for at least part of the Great Wall of Trump™.

The Great Wall of America

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The Great Wall of Trump™ is almost surely going to be a disaster, the question remains how big of a disaster will it be.

¡Alternative Foreign Policy Fact!

Michael Barone attempts to calm our tempers with a soothing lullaby of an argument.  Adopting a tone diametrically opposed to President Trump’s combative us vs. them rhetorical approach, Barone makes a clever (yet far from persuasive) argument that at the heart of Trump’s America First-ness is a healthy respect for our collective self that takes […]

After One Week, Donald Trump Has Soured Relations With Mexico

Nice work, Mr. President.

Tweeting A Cancelled Meeting

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Trump’s tweet may have been casual bluster posted while sitting at the breakfast table (presumably eating Wheaties®—The Breakfast of Champions). We can’t know. And finally it matters not because what really matters is that it was taken at face value by President Peña Nieto.

Putting Health Care Policy in Comparative and Philosophical Perspective

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The problem with all the replacement talk is that there is no evidence that the GOP pathways will work.

Television Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80

Another television icon has passed away.

President Trump Continues To Claim That ‘Millions’ Cast Illegal Votes In Election

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Despite the lack of evidence, Donald Trump continues to claim that there were ‘millions’ of illegal votes cast in 2016.

Trump’s First Supreme Court Pick Could Be Days Away

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President Trump hinted today that he’s likely to name his Supreme Court choice next week, and the list to appears have narrowed to three men.

Trump Reverses Obama’s Course On Keystone XL Pipeline And Other Projects

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President Trump reverses a decision made by President Obama just over a year ago.

Trump Administration Not Rushing To Move U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

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Despite campaign promises, President Trump appears to be putting off any immediate decision on the location of the U.S. Embassy to Israel.

Donald Trump Declares His Inauguration Day To Be A “National Day Of Patriotic Devotion”

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One of the first actions taken by President Trump on his first day in office was to name his Inauguration Day a “National Day Of Patriotic Devotion”: President Trump has officially declared the day of his inauguration a national day of patriotism. Trump’s inaugural address on Friday frequently referred to patriotism as the salve that would heal […]

Politicization of Dead Spies

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The 117 CIA officers who have died in our service should not be used to score cheap political points.

Singer Said Something Sort of Stupid

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There was a modest freakout over the weekend over something Madonna said at the Women’s March. She wants you to know the remarks were taken out of context. A row has erupted over Madonna’s comments about US President Donald Trump during a speech at the weekend. While taking part in a protest march in Washington […]

DC Police Supported Women’s March; We Shouldn’t Know That

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Police must be seen as neutral protectors of the peace.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Yes, We Done. Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Trump To Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Needlessly Inflaming Region

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This will get people killed. Quite likely, including American citizens.

Trump Administration Spends First Day Lying About Crowd Size And Attacking Reporters

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The first full day of Donald Trump’s Presidency consisted largely of obsessions with irrelevant facts and outright lies.

Women’s March Draws Record Crowds: So Now What?

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A movement motivated by hurt and fear turned into a political force eight years ago. Can another follow suit?

George Will, Cal Thomas, Ed Rollins Out at Fox News

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Fox News has declined to renew the contracts of several venerable commentators. The Hill: Fox News has declined to renew contributor contracts for longtime political commentator George Will, Republican strategist Ed Rollins and actress Stacey Dash, according to a network spokesperson. Will, 75, is a Pulitzer-winning conservative columnist who was with ABC from 1981-2011 before […]

The Most Dreadful Inaugural Address in History

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A speech traditionally used to unite was instead a continuation of a divisive campaign.

Donald Trump Is President, America Will Survive This

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While vigilance is called for, America will survive Donald Trump just as it has survived everything else we’ve faced since the nation’s founding.

No Hispanics in Trump Cabinet (Not Much Diversity in General)

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Via the DMN:  Trump Cabinet will be the first in decades without a Hispanic member Donald Trump’s Cabinet is poised to become the first since 1988 without any Hispanic officials — sparking rebukes from members of the nation’s second-largest ethnic group — as Trump tapped former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary. This is not especially surprising. […]

Trump Forks Over $25 Million To Settle Trump University Cases

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With just a day to go before he becomes the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has officially settled the lawsuits filed against him regarding the so-called ‘Trump University,’ which was the subject of numerous consumer and fraud complaints: Days before President-elect Donald Trump is set to take the oath to uphold the […]

Supreme Court Appears Skeptical Of Law Barring ‘Offensive’ Trademarks

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A majority of the Supreme Court appears to be skeptical of a Federal law barring trademark protection for “offensive” names and slogans.

George And Barbara Bush Hospitalized

Both former President Bush and his wife Barbara have been hospitalized in a Houston-area hospital: Former president George H.W. Bush was under observation at an intensive care unit in Houston on Wednesday after being treated for an “acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” according to a statement from his office. The update described the 92-year-old […]

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

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The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Search For Flight MH370 Officially Comes To An End

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The mystery of what happened aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may remain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean forever.

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