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The New York Post On Trump’s Tweets

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The New York Post has published an editorial on President Trump’s latest Twitter tirade: Stop. Just stop. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. The editorial links to a Post article about Trump’s attacks on Mika Brezinski yesterday and pretty much says all that needs to be said. Incidentally, a report yesterday on MSNBC stated that […]

German Parliament Approves Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

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The German Parliament has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, a somewhat surprising move ahead of Federal elections in this fall: BERLIN — When Sarah Kermer proposed to her girlfriend in March, she knew she was in love, but she did not know when, if ever, Germany would allow them to marry. The […]

Sarah Palin Sues The New York Times For Defamation

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Sarah Palin has filed a defamation suit against The New York Times alleging defamation in an Editorial linking her to the January 2011 shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. From the facts alleged, she appears to have a good case.

It’s Part of the Job…

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Being a public servant, especially serving as President or in the White House in general, means you are going to be criticized, lampooned, ridiculed, and even “attacked.”

A Photo for Friday: Magic Chapel

“Magic Chapel”June 14, 2017Hot Springs, AR

Some Anemic Defenses of Trump’s Tweets

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In regards to the recent Trump Tweets about Mika Brzenski, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao offers the following pathetic defense: “The president is a citizen as well, and he says what he wants to say,” Chao said at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic. “I think one of […]

Supreme Court Reaffirms Obergefell, Orders Gay Couples Be Treated Equally On Birth Certificates

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On the second anniversary of its decision in Obergefell, the Supreme Court struck another blow in favor of LGBT rights.

Another Deplorable Trump Twitter Tirade

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Once again, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack women, embarrass himself, and embarrass the nation he purports to represent.

Federal Government Ends Effort To Strip Redskins Of Their Trademarks

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In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Federal Government is ending its defense of an effort to revoke the trademarks of the Washington Redskins.

Rex Tillerson Clashing With White House Over Personnel And Other Issues

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is apparently chafing under a White House that isn’t letting him do his job.

Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Are Historically Bad And Only Likely To Get Worse

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Donald Trump is the most unpopular incoming President in more than eighty years.

Supreme Court Accepts New Jersey’s Challenge To Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving New Jersey’s challenge to a Federal law outlawing sports betting.

Most Americans Oppose The Senate’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

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The GOP’s effort to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare faces another roadblock, namely the fact that the American public doesn’t support their replacement plan.

Trump Golf Courses Displaying Fake Time Magazine Cover Featuring Donald Trump

Trump Fake Time Cover

Donald Trump’s golf courses are displaying something that literally is fake news.

Senate GOP Delays Vote On Health Care Reform

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A big setback for Republican efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Baker Who Refused To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

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The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a Colorado baker in a case that will determine if claims of religious liberty and free expression outweigh the application of generally applicable laws against discrimination.

CBO Score Casts Even More Doubt On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

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Once again, a bad CBO score is casting doubt on a Republican health care reform bill.

Supreme Court Declines To Accept Yet Another Second Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear an appeal in a Second Amendment case.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Bar On Secular Aid To Church-Run Schools

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The Supreme Court ruled today that states may not exclude church-run schools from an aid program with a wholly secular purpose.

The End Of An Era At The Supreme Court

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In addition to marking the end of the October 2016 term of the Supreme Court, today also marked the end of an era in the Supreme Court Press Room. After some 58 years covering the Supreme Court of the United States, a career that has covered Court’s overseen a body led by Chief Justices Earl […]

Supreme Court Partly Upholds, Partly Lifts, Stay On Muslim Travel Ban

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In a decision that hands a victory to both sides, the Supreme Court has partly upheld, and partly lifted, the stay on President Trump’s Executive Order that banned travel from six majority-Muslim nations.

Supreme Court Term Ends With No Retirement Announcement

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There’s plenty of news out of the Supreme Court today, including rulings on the stay against the Trump Administration’s travel ban, a ruling on an important First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion case, the decision by the Court to accept the appeal involving a Colorado baker’s claim that their religious beliefs should exempt them from […]

Senate GOP Health Care Bill Faces Crucial Week, And Many Doubts

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The Senate GOP health care reform care bill faces a crucial week, and things aren’t looking good.

Conservatives Sign Agreement with the DUP

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Via the BBC:  Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government Under the so-called “confidence and supply” arrangement, the DUP will line up behind the government in key votes, such as on the Queen’s Speech and Budgets, which would threaten the government’s survival if they were lost. They will also back Theresa May on […]

The 140 Character POTUS

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Twitter is, in some way, the most vacuous and simplistic of all social media, and it also appears to be the President’s main intellectual outlet.

Supreme Court Retirement Speculation Swirling Around Kennedy

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With tomorrow marking the end of the Court’s current term, there’s speculation that we could see Justice Anthony Kennedy stepping down.

Trump Lies, The Truth Dies

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Donald Trump’s Presidency is young, but he’s already on track to become the biggest liar ever to occupy the Oval Office.

U.S. Led Coalition In Syria Killed Nearly 500 Innocent Civilians In One Month

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The current American-led campaign against ISIS in Syria has led to the deaths of nearly 500 civilians, according to a United Nations study: The US-led coalition killed nearly 500 civilians in one month in its pursuit of Islamic State militants in Syria, in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life”. Some […]

Bill Cosby To Teach Men To Avoid Sexual Assault Allegations (Updated)

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Bill Cosby is planning to spend the summer teaching men how to avoid sexual assault allegations: Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings this summer to educate people, including young athletes and married men, on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault, two of his representatives said Wednesday. The announcement came just days […]

Line of the Day (Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Edition)

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No wonder they wrote it in secret and want to move quickly to a vote…

A Photo for Friday: “Into Blue”

“Into Blue” April 30, 2014 Pike Road, AL

Senate Republicans Release Health Care Plan That Could Already Be Dead On Arrival

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Senate Republicans released their proposed health care plan this morning, but it could already be doomed.

Democrats Take Stock

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Some thoughts on the current state of the Democrats.

Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election

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In one of the most closely watched Special Elections in American history, the outcome turned out to be not entirely surprising.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use By Sex Offenders

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The Supreme Court rules that states cannot bar convicted felons from using social media sites.

Supreme Court: Denial Of Trademarks Because They Are ‘Disparaging’ Violates First Amendment

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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Government cannot deny trademark protection because a requested trademark is “disparaging” to a racial or ethnic group.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Partisan Gerrymandering

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on partisan gerrymandering in more than ten years, but opponents of the practice shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

Van Attack Outside London Mosque Kills One, Injures Ten, In Apparent Anti-Muslim Attack

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A van struck a crowd outside a London mosque late last night in an attack by a man who said he wanted to kill Muslims.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Three Hour Tour Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

The Continued Action Hero Fantasy

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Representative Roger Williams (R-TX25) as quoted in the DMN (Ballfield ambush ‘might’ve been a little different’ had congressmen been armed, Texan says): “He had rifles, he had guns, pistols. All we had were bats and balls,” Williams said. “Frankly, if we would have been able to carry arms, it might’ve been a little different.” First, is […]

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke No Longer Being Considered For DHS Position

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David Clarke, the controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff who was apparently up for consideration for a position at the Department of Homeland Security before it was revealed that he had plagiarized his Master’s Thesis, is no longer under consideration for a Federal Government position: WASHINGTON — David A. Clarke Jr., the polarizing Milwaukee County sheriff and a […]

About that Trump as Caesar Thing…

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If you haven’t noticed it, here’s the story via the NYT:  Two Protesters Disrupt ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park and another version via BoGlo: Knives are out for theaters that bear the name ‘Shakespeare’.  The result has been a lot of sturm und drang on TV and online, and the pulling of sponsorships. In reviewing the various responses online […]

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Ends In Mistrial

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A hung jury in the Cosby sexual assault case results in a mistrial.

Trump Reverses Parts Of Obama’s Opening To Cuba

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Foolishly, President Trump is rolling back part of President Obama’s opening to Cuba.

Murder by Mean Text?

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A Massachusetts teenager faces 20 years in prison for contributing to her boyfriend’s suicide via text message.

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87

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Helmut Kohl, who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1989 and then presided over the reunification with East Germany, has died at age 87: Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe’s integration and earned plaudits from […]

Robert Mueller Investigating Jared Kushner’s Finances

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a Trump family member in the cross hairs.

President Trump Thinks The Media Hates His Twitter Habit. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong.

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Donald Trump thinks the media doesn’t like his Twitter habit. In reality, they love it.

A Photo for Friday: Rain and Urban Light

“Rain and Urban Light” Bogotá, Colombia May 21, 2014

Republican Congressman Steve King Blames Obama For Virginia Shooting

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Iowa Congressman Steve King says former President Obama is partly to blame for this week’s shootings at a practice by Republican Members of Congress for this year’s Congressional Baseball Game: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is pointing a finger at former President Barack Obama for the attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, […]

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