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Trump Skips Nerd Prom, Attacks The Press In Speech To Supporters

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Instead of attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, Donald Trump spent his Saturday attacking the press and the First Amendment.

Today in “Asked and Answered” (French Election Edition)

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Ross Douthat asks:  Is There a Case for Le Pen? I answer:  no, no there isn’t. That concludes today’s edition of “Asked and Answered.” Side note:  because one can tease out things a politician has said that might be reasonable, or that one could see raising legitimate issues worthy of debate is not the same […]

“America’s Greatest Domestic Threats”

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Wayne LaPierre’s perverted view of the world in two sentences.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Hasenpfeiffer Hustle Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Least Credible Story of the Day

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Via The Hill:  Trump: ‘I couldn’t care less about golf’ “It would be much better if people would understand that I could go other places that I have. But then they hit me for relaxing. And I don’t want to be known as a person that relaxes because I am working hard and I am working […]

Least Shocking News of the Day

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Via Politico:  Democrats give up hope on striking a deal with Trump. The only semi-shocking aspect of that headline and story is the notion that there was any serious chance of their being deal-making between Trump and the Democrats to start with.

Evaluating Trump’s First 100 Days

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After 100 days in office, President Trump has very little to show for his work except to show that there’s no reason to trust his judgment going forward.

Line of the Day (Trump’s First 100 Days of Foreign Policy Edition)

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“Trump’s greatest foreign policy accomplishment to date is to go from massive beclowning of the executive branch to only moderate beclowning of the executive branch without the world blowing up.”–Daniel Drezner. Yup. Pretty much.

The First 100

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An assessment of the 45th President’s first 100 days.

Another North Korean Missile Test Fails As Tensions Continue To Rise

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The North Koreans failed to successfully test a longer-range missile again yesterday, but tensions on the Korean Peninsula seem destined to increase in any case.

Donald Trump: I Thought Being President Would Be Easy

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Donald Trump discovers reality.

Trump’s First Quarter GDP Numbers Aren’t Exactly Impressive

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The first scorecard for President Trump’s first economic quarter in office isn’t exactly very good.

House Drops Plan For Immediate Vote On Health Care Reform

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Once again, the GOP punts on ‘repeal and replace’ because they don’t have the votes.

Passage Of Republican Health Care Bill Looking Less Likely

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The Freedom Caucus may be mollified, but moderate Republicans and the Senate aren’t. Meaning that repeal and replacement of Obamacare is becoming less likely.

Trump Administration Introduces Tax Plan, But Comes Up Short On Details

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The Trump Administration is out with a tax plan, but it’s seriously lacking in details.

Roy Moore Resigns as Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court to Run for Senate

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Roy Moore, who is currently on suspension, has resigned as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in order to challenge Luther Strange for his seat in the US Senate.

ESPN’s Massive Layoffs

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The Worldwide Leader fired over 100 on-air personalities yesterday.

Why Would Anyone Pay $400,000 to Hear Barack Obama Speak?

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The organizers are paying for prestige, not influence.

House Freedom Caucus Backs Health Care Reform Bill That Republicans Haven’t Revealed Yet

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The House Freedom Caucus is apparently getting behind a revised version of the GOP’s plan to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, but the GOP hasn’t revealed what the new plan entails.

Trump Drops Demand For Border Wall Funding As Congress Tries To Avoid Government Shutdown

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With a government shutdown looming at the end of the week, the Administration has appeared to back away from a demand that a government funding bill include money allocated for the President’s promised border wall.

Obama’s $400,000 Speech

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The 44th President will make as for a one-hour speech as his old annual salary. Should we worry about that?

Federal Judge Slaps Down Trump Executive Order On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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Another Federal Court has found another Trump Executive Order unconstitutional.

Paging Justice Breyer

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Whoops: Arguments in a technical case at the Supreme Court really resonated Tuesday when Justice Stephen Breyer’s cell phone went off. Mobile devices are prohibited in the court during oral arguments. A spokeswoman for the court chalked up Breyer’s phone faux-paus as an oversight. “He doesn’t usually bring his phone and he forgot,” said Kathy […]

Democrats Are More Out Of Step Than Republicans, Poll Says

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Polling indicates that voters find the Democratic Party to be even more out of step than the Republican Party.

Ivanka at the G20 Women’s Summit

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Via the BBC:  Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women’s summit An audible groan went up as she told the room her father was a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.

Why Hillary Clinton Lost

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Six months after the election, the postmortems of the Clinton campaign all seem to have one thing in common, they all point at things other than the candidate and her campaign as being the reason she lost.

Macron and Le Pen Advance To Runoff In French Presidential Election

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French voters face a stark choice in the May 7th runoff for President. Hopefully, they’ll make the correct choice.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

France: Electoral Rules Matter

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While the final numbers are not in, it would appear that Emmanuel Macron will win the plurality of the vote in the first round of of France’s presidential elections and Marianne Le Pen will come in second.  Due to the use of a two-round system that requires an absolute majority of the vote to win the […]

As End Of First Hundred Days Nears, Trump’s Job Approval Continues To Slump

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As he nears the end of his first 100 days in office, President Trump continues to suffer from bad poll numbers.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Pompadork Hat Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Jim Comey’s Dilemma

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The FBI Director faced a damned if you do, damned if you don’t choice.

Yes, The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called ‘Hate Speech’

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Even the most offensive speech is protected by the First Amendment.

White House Pushing Congress To Revisit Failed Effort To Repeal And Replace Obamacare

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Faced with the fact that it has little to show for its first 100 days in office, the Trump Administration is pressuring Congress to come up with a new health care reform bill before the end of next week.

The Era of Recusal

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“I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.”–Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. CBS News:  Devin Nunes recuses himself from Russia probe. Fox Business News: As secretary of state, Mr. Tillerson, following through on his pledge to […]

A Photo for Friday: Halfsies

“Halfsies” April 3, 2017 Pike Road, AL

Supreme Court Makes It Harder For States To Keep Fines Paid By Exonerated Defendants

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The Supreme Court made it harder for states to keep fines and other payments in cases where defendants are exonerated.

Supreme Court Considers Church-State Separation Case

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in a case dealing with whether Missouri can deny a religious school from participating in a program to make school playgrounds safer.

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

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When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

Another Supreme Court Vacancy This Summer?

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The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is hinting at a new Supreme Court vacancy this summer.

Bill O’Reilly Out At Fox News Channel

Another big change at Fox News Channel.

Carly Fiorina Considering Bid For Senate In Virginia

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Carly Fiorina, who failed in a bid for the Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2010 and also ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2016, is considering a run for Senate in Virginia in 2018: Former Presidential Republican candidate Carly Fiorina is “strongly considering” a run to unseat Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Tim […]

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Won’t Seek Re-Election

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Jason Chaffetz, who has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since first being elected in 2008 and now serves as Chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, announced this morning that he would not be seeking re-election: WASHINGTON — Representative Jason Chaffetz, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told supporters on Wednesday that he […]

Despite Reports, U.S. Carrier Was Nowhere Near Korea

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Just over a week ago it was reported that the United States was moving a carrier battle group headed by the USS Carl Vinson closer to the Korean Peninsula in response to increased provocation from the DPRK and the rumors that it would attempt some kind of demonstration as part of last weekend’s 105th anniversary of […]

Democrat Falls Short Of Avoiding Runoff In Republican District In Georgia

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Democrats came close to picking up what has been a solidly Republican seat for nearly forty years but ended up falling short. Instead, we’ll have a runoff in two months.

British Prime Minister Calls For Snap Election On June 8th

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A political surprise in Great Britain as Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap election for June 8th.

That Didn’t Take Long

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Via Gallup:  Majority in US No Longer Thinks Trump Keeps His Promises.

Trump’s Bad Poll Numbers Are Starting To Impact The GOP

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President Trump’s job approval woes are starting to impact the GOP as a whole.

Can States Require Candidates For President To Release Tax Returns? Probably Not.

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States are considering laws that would require candidates for President to release their tax returns, but such laws are probably unconstitutional.

OTB Caption Contest

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