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SpaceX Wants To Send Civilians To Orbit The Moon, By The End Of 2018

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An ambitious plan to return men to the Moon in less than two years.

George W. Bush Speaks Out Against President Trump

Well, at least someone has a backbone.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

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The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Trump To Propose Massive And Unnecessary Increase In Military Spending

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Reports indicate that President Trump will seek to increase military spending. We don’t need to, and we can’t really afford it.

Trump Supporters Starting To Lose Faith?

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One month in, some Trump supporters are starting to wonder if he will actually deliver on what he promised.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Trump To Skip White House Correspondent’s Dinner

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This year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner will be missing one high-profile guest.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Deal or No Deal Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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Warning:  some level of liberal arts education may be needed to understand this post. The following struck me this morning as something I should have thought of when writing my DeVos post: I turn to the second class, who are headed by Meletus, that good and patriotic man, as he calls himself. And now I […]

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

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A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

Tom Perez Elected DNC Chairman

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A new head for the DNC at a time when the Democratic Party finds itself reeling and eager to take on Donald Trump.

McMasters on “Radical Islam”

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Via the NYT: H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world. The adviser, Lt. […]

Who Said it? “[W]e”have a respect for the press when it comes to the government”

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That would be Sean Spicer in December 2016 on the difference between being selective with media outlets in the campaign versus in government. The full quote (video at the link): “I think, look, there’s a big difference, I think, between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity. […]

DeVos Criticizes Professors

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DeVos plays to the CPAC crowd, but insults higher education.

Trump Continues His Unacceptable Attacks On The News Media

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The Trump Administration is continuing, and indeed expanding, its war on a free press.

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“The Internet is a Strange and Wonderful Place” February 4, 2017 Pike Road, AL (Because the world could use, I fear, more kittens and goofy internet tunes).

White House Hints At Major Changes To Federal Policy Regarding Marijuana Legalization

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted that the Federal Government may stop giving deference to states that have legalized marijuana.

Trump Job Approval Numbers Continue To Set Records, And Not The Good Kind

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Donald Trump’s job approval numbers are the lowest for any new President since World War II. That doesn’t bode well for his Administration’s future.

Malaysian Police Say Kim Jong-Un’s Elder Brother Was Killed By VX Nerve Agent

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Malaysian police have evidence that seems to clearly link North Korea to the death of Kim Jong Il’s eldest son.

Fourth Circuit Upholds Maryland’s Ban On So-Called “Assault Weapons”

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Maryland’s ban on certain so-called “assault weapons,” but it’s unclear if the Supreme Court will even take up the case.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Era Guidelines On Transgender Students

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Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has revoked guidelines to public schools that required accommodation of transgender students.

Scientists Have Discovered An Entire System Of Earth-Like Exoplanets

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A major announcement from NASA in the search for possible life outside the Solar System.

Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

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Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Town Hall Protests Continue, But Will It Translate Into Election Results?

Members of Congress and the Senate are once again facing down angry constituents, but it’s unclear whether it will translate into anything substantial in 2018.

Milo Yiannopoulos And The State Of American Conservatism

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Milo Yiannopoulos was a troll and a peddler in offensiveness, but the fact that he became a star on the American right was the result of a transformation of American conservatism that has been entirely unhealthy.

Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

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President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Who Refused Service To Same-Sex Wedding

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The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Don’t Dream It, Be It Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Explaining Sweden: Trump’s TV Habits (Updated)

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This (via TPM) may explaing Trump’s Sweden rant: turns out “what happened last night in Sweden” actually just means “last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden” pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017 This does not, in my opinion, change the basic thesis of my post on this topic. Worst case […]

Trump: Fear-mongering in Florida

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The President gathered supporters around him, and blatantly lied to them, so as to increase support for his policies.

There’s Only One Right Side In Trump’s Unjustified War On The News Media

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There are two sides in this war between Trump and the media, but only one of them is the right side.

Trump’s First Choice To Replace Mike Flynn Turned Him Down Due To Chaos In Administration

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Chaos inside the Trump Administration is causing people to turn down lucrative positions.

Former Congressman And Republican Leader Bob Michel Dies At 93

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Former Congressman Bob Michael, who served as House Republican Leader during a prolonged period when the party was in the minority, has died at the age of 93: Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked […]

Apparent Assassination Leading To Tension Between North Korea And China

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The apparent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s eldest brother has raised red flags in China.

Trump’s Press Conference Performance Confirmed Everything Bad We Thought About Him

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For seventy-seven minutes yesterday, President Trump held forth in a press conference that confirmed the most dire predictions about what he’d be like as President.

Chaos Continues As Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Withdraws

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The President’s choice for Labor Secretary withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, but this is just the latest example of what has been a transition that has largely consisted of fumble after fumble by the Trump team.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

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The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

Playboy Is Bringing Back The Nudity

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After a year long experiment, Playboy is bringing nudity back.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Older Brother Of Kim Jong-Un Murdered In Kuala Lumpur

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North Korean Intrigue…….

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Michael Flynn Out As National Security Adviser

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An unsurprising ‘resignation’ from the shortest-serving National Security Adviser in history.

Republicans Looking At Plans To Break Up The Ninth Circuit

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Independent of the current controversy surrounding President Trump’s immigration order, Republicans in Congress are looking at a plan to break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Former Presidential Candidates Emerging As Candidates For Senate In 2018

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Several former candidates for President are emerging as potential candidates for Senate.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Under Fire For Lying About Contacts With Russia

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Could National Security Adviser Michael Flynn be the first to go under Trump?

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We are, I Would Note Again, at the Start of Week 4

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Via Politico:  Trump reviews top White House staff after tumultuous start President Donald Trump, frustrated over his administration’s rocky start, is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides — leading to questions about whether he is mulling an early staff shakeup. Trump has told several people that he is particularly displeased […]

Secret Plans are the Best Kind of Plans

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Via TPM Livewire:  Top White House Advisor Claims Trump’s Wall ‘Will Pay For Itself’ “How are you going to guarantee that Mexico is going to pay for this wall?” Stephanopoulos asked. “They have said absolutely not, they will not pay for it.” “There’s all kinds of things we can do. I’m not going to make […]

Priebus in the Cross-hairs (Already?)

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Via WaPo:  Trump friend says Priebus is ‘in way over his head’ One of President Trump’s longtime friends made a striking move on Sunday: After talking privately with the president over drinks late Friday, Christopher Ruddy publicly argued that Trump should replace his White House chief of staff. “A lot of people have been saying, ‘Look, Donald has some problems,’ and I […]

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