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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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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Changes in Turkey

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By a narrow margin, Turks voted for some significant changes.

French Presidential Elections on the Horizon

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A week from today the French hold the first round in their presidential elections. See Matthew Shugart at Fruits and Votes for some France 2017 presidential scenarios.

On Impeachment Fantasies, Redux

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The previous discussion continued.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Meatloaf All Around Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

On Impeachment Fantasies

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Predicting election outcomes is different than predicting impeachment.

Trudeau Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Canada

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Fulfilling a promise.

Tensions Rise On Korean Peninsula As North Korea Threatens Another Nuclear Test

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North Korea is threatening another nuclear test, the United States is threatening retaliation, and China is warning of a ‘gathering storm’ on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S.-Russian Relations Hit a New Low

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It’s been a bad week for U.S.-Russian relations.

Donald Trump Discovers Being President Is Hard

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Donald Trump seems to be surprised that being President requires actual work.

Trump Undercuts Bannon In Internal White House Power Struggle

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Inconceivably, Steve Bannon thought that clashing with President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law was a good idea. He’s likely learned his lesson now.

GOP Holds On To House Seat In Heavily Contested Kansas Special Election

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Republicans held on to Mike Pompeo’s seat in the House, but the outcome was closer than many expected.

F.B.I. Obtained FISA Warrant For Top Trump Adviser

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A top Trump campaign adviser was the subject of a FISA warrant for at least part of last year.

China Appears To Be Putting More Pressure On North Korea

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Has China finally had enough of North Korea?

United Unveils New Commericial

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There have been plenty of online jokes in the wake of United’s PR disaster over the weekend. This is among the best I’ve seen: My own contribution: United's theme music, Gershwin's 'Rhapsody In Blue' will henceforth be called 'Rhapsody in Black & Blue' — Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) April 11, 2017 I’ll be here all week,folks. […]

White House Press Secretary Opens Mouth, Inserts Both Feet

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer put his own feet in his mouth at today’s White House Press Briefing: White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in an effort to shame Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical weapons, said Tuesday Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during […]

Today In Bad Journalism

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A headline at The Hill claims that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referred to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as one of the “Women Of The Senate”: Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to have been caught up in a gender-swapping snafu, mistakenly dubbing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) one of the “women of the Senate.” The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice […]

Federal Court Finds That Texas Voter ID Law Is Intentionally Discriminatory

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A big win for opponents of Voter ID laws.

Robert Bentley Resigns As Alabama Governor Amid Scandal, Impeachment

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned from office late yesterday amid a sex scandal that led to impeachment proceedings against him that seemed likely to remove him from office: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his […]

Betsy DeVos is “not a numbers person.”

Via WaPo: At a recent public forum, DeVos said her record in office should be graded on expansion of choice-friendly policies. She did not embrace a suggestion that she be judged on academic outcomes. “I’m not a numbers person,” she said. In fairness, that is one phrase and it lacks context. Also in fairness, however, if […]

United Breaks Passengers’ Sanity

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The background of the United incident, from an aviation law and policy perspective.

Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As Associate Justice Of Supreme Court

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Judge Gorsuch is now Justice Gorsuch and it’s time to hit the ground running.

The Unfriendly Skies

Via WaPo:  A man wouldn’t leave an overbooked United flight. So he was dragged off, battered and limp. United Airlines says a man wouldn’t give up his spot on an overbooked flight Sunday. So, according to witnesses and videos of the incident, he was pulled screaming from his seat by security, knocked against an arm […]

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