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Frank Deford, Longtime Sports Writer, Dies At 78

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Frank Deford, who was among the best sports reporters in the business, has died at the age of 78: Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died on […]

James Comey Will Testify Before Congress, And Confirm Pressure By Trump To Drop Investigation

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Former F.B.I. Director James Comey is now expected to testify before Congress next week, and will reportedly confirm previous reports that the President pressured him to end the Bureau’s Russia investigation.

Trump Reportedly Ready To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

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Reports indicate that President Trump is preparing to fulfill a campaign promise and withdraw the U.S. from the accord on climate change reached in Paris in 2015.

Seventh Circuit Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student In Bathroom Access Case

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A Federal appellate court has ruled that a transgender student must be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Manuel Noriega, Former Panamanian Dictator, Dies At 83

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Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator who was ousted after a 1989 invasion by American troops, has died at the age of 83: Manuel Antonio Noriega, the brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the United States whose ties to drug trafficking led to his ouster in 1989 in what was then the […]

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies At 69

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Gregg Allman, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and helped define the genre that came to be known as “Southern Rock,” died over the Memorial Day weekend at the age of 69: Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock […]

Donald Trump’s European Vacation

Donald Trump’s first overseas trip went about as badly as you’d expect it would.

The Trump White House Shake-Up Begins

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The Trump White House loses ts first major staffer, and more are likely to come.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Mona Charon on the Gianforte Defenders

Writing at National Review:  Stop Making Excuses for Greg Gianforte’s Assaulting a Reporter But the age of Trump has corrupted a great many people and shattered norms. Those whose moral compass has long since been stashed in the bottom drawer defending the indefensible piled on to applaud Gianforte’s thuggishness. The Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell tweeted, […]

Jim Bunning, Hall Of Fame Pitcher And U.S. Senator, Dies at 85

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Jim Bunning, who followed-up his career as a Hall of Fame pitcher in Major League Baseball with a stint as a Republican Senator from Kentucky, has died at the age of 85 Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game and later forged a second career as a fervently conservative and […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Overcompensating For Something Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

First Quarter Economic Growth Better Than Initially Forecast, But Further Slowing Is Forecast

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Economic growth in the first quarter wasn’t as bad as first estimated, but it still wasn’t very good. And the future is unclear at best.

Well, the Human Body is Like a Battery…

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Via the Times of London: The distance between Donald Trump and his G7 partners was spelled out dramatically today when Theresa May and the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, Japan and Canada strolled the streets of Taormina, Sicily — while he followed in a golf cart. The six are planning to put pressure on Mr Trump […]

The Politics of Presidential Removal

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Some thoughts on presidential interruptions.

Dr. Brzezinski’s 3:00 AM Phone Call

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As James Joyner noted this morning, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as National Security Adviser to President Carter, died last night at the age of 89. It’s worth noting the role that Dr. Brzezinski played in averting what could have been a potential disaster. Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the story […]

Underfunded Higher Ed

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Musings on the costs of college.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Dead at 89

FILE PHOTO - Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

A legendary statesman has passed.

Jared Kushner Is “Focus” Of F.B.I. Investigation

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The President’s Son-In-Law has reportedly become a ‘focus’ of the ongoing F.B.I. investigation. That puts the President in a very awkward position.

Republican Greg Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat Despite Assault Charge

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Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter. Now he’s going to Congress, but the outcome of the election really shouldn’t be a surprise.

A Photo for Friday: Blue

A companion piece to last week’s shot: “Blue” January 26, 2014 Pike Road, Al

Fourth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Administration suffers another defeat in defense of its effort to ban Muslim immigrants.

Majority Of Americans Don’t Believe Trump’s Explanation For Firing James Comey

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A new poll reports that most Americans don’t believe the President when it comes to key parts of the Russia investigation.

Congressional Budget Office Score Of Health Care Bill Is More Bad News For GOP

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The latest CBO score for the American Health Care Act is bad news for Republicans.

Montana GOP House Candidate Charged With Assault After Body Slamming Reporter

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The Republican candidate in today’s Special Election in Montana has been charged with assaulting a reporter.

Montana’s GOP House Candidate Charged with Assault

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Via the NYT:  Greg Gianforte, Montana G.O.P. Candidate, Is Charged in Attack on Reporter The Republican candidate in a hotly contested special House election in Montana was charged with assaulting a journalist on Wednesday at what was to be a final rally in Bozeman on the eve of the vote. The attack brought police officers to […]

Donald Trump’s Loose Lips

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Donald Trump seems to have an odd habit of sharing highly classified information with questionable people.

Al Franken Says He’s Not Running For President

Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he’s not running for President. Is this a real denial, or a non-denial denial, though?

Trump Hires Outside Lawyer For Russia Investigations

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President Trump is bringing in an outside lawyer to help in handling the ongoing Russia investigations: President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and suspected Russian interference in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the decision. Kasowitz, who […]

Democrats May Be About To Flip Montana’s At-Large House Seat

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There’s a Special Election in Montana tomorrow, and the Democratic candidate is performing far above expectations.

Democrat John Ossoff Leads In Georgia Special Election

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With a month to go before the Special Election to replace former Congressman Tom Price, who became Donald Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democrat John Ossoff holds a lead over Republican Karen Handel according to a new poll: A new poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff with a 7-point lead against Republican Karen Handel ahead of […]

Former Director: C.I.A. Found ‘Suspicious Contact’ Between Trump Campaign And Russians

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Former C.I.A. Director John Brennan testified before a House Committee today, and what he had to say was not good news for the Trump Administration.

James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dead At 89

Roger Moore, who played James Bond for a longer period and in more films than any other actor to date, has died at the age of 89.

Trump Asked Intelligence Officials To Push Back Against F.B.I. Russia Investigation

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Yet another report that the President of the United States sought to undermine an ongoing F.B.I. investigation.

Bombing At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester, England Kills 22, Wounds Dozens

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A night of carnage and depravity in the United Kingdom.

Max Boot on Fox News

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Max Boot has a scathing, but on point, essay on the state of Fox News at Foreign Policy that is worth a read:  The Seth Rich ‘Scandal’ Shows That Fox News Is Morally Bankrupt. If you are unfamiliar with the Seth Rich story, I recommend Dave Weigel’s The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works. […]

Flynn Refuses To Comply With Congressional Subpoena, Invokes Fifth Amendment Rights

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Lt. General Michael Flynn is declining to comply with a Congressional subpoena regarding the Russia investigation, and invoking his rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Supreme Court Rejects Racially Gerrymandered Districts In North Carolina

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An important redistricting decision was handed down by the Supreme Court today.

Trump’s Muslim Speech Was A Change In Tone, But It’s Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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President Trump’s speech on Islam was a change of tone. However, as critics noted, it was short on substance and is unlikely to accomplish anything.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Blaming “The Elites” is Simplistic and Misses the Real Problems

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#RulesMatter

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The How You Doin? Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Jeb Bush: I Told You So

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Jeb Bush predicted that Donald Trump would preside over a “chaos Presidency,” and he was right.

The (non-)State of Syria

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A piece from Foreign Policy notes: Syria, after all, is today divided into no less than seven enclaves: the territory controlled by the regime, three separate areas of rebel control, two Kurdish cantons, and the Islamic State area. What is the government’s strategy to reverse this fragmentation, I ask? ”We have absolute faith that this is a […]

Noonan on Trump

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Peggy Noonan on the President’s staff: It is absurd to think the president can solve his problems by firing his staff. They are not the problem. He is the problem. They’re not the A-Team, they’re not the counselors you’d want, experienced and wise. They’re the island of misfit toys. But they could function adequately if […]

David Clarke’s Plagiarized Masters Thesis

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The infamous former sheriff and current Trump Homeland Security official committed academic fraud.

Foreign Leaders Get Advice For Dealing With Donald Trump

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As Donald Trump begins his first foreign trip with a stop in Saudi Arabia, foreign leaders are being told to stroke his ego by complimenting him on the size of his Electoral College win, among other things: Foreign officials meeting President Trump during his first overseas trip are being told to praise him for winning […]

Ebola Outbreak In Central Africa May Mark First Test Of New Vaccine

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There appears to be what for now is a minor outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and public health officials are on alert: The number of suspected cases of Ebola has risen to 29 from nine in less than a week in an isolated part of Democratic Republic of Congo, where three […]

James Comey To Testify Publicly On Trump Efforts To Influence Russia Investigation

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Coming to a television set or Internet livestream near you sometime after Memorial Day.

The Personnel Math that Gets us to Mueller

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If you have to have an acting attorney general as it relates to one of the biggest issues of the moment, you may have picked the wrong AG.

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