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Catalonia, And All Of Spain, On Edge As Independence Referendum Vote Nears

People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central Barcelona

Catalonia’s independence referendum is one day away, and nobody seems to know what to expect.

Poll Shows Democrat Doug Jones Within Six Points Of Roy Moore

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A sign of hope that Alabama voters could end up rejecting the far-right theocratic politics of Roy Moore? Possibly.

Trump Tweets Insults At Mayor Of San Juan While Puerto Rico Continues To Suffer Maria’s Impact

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While Puerto Rico suffers, President Trump is spending the weekend at his New Jersey golf resort attacking people on the ground who are actually doing something.

Ceasefire with ELN Starts Sunday

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Via Reuters:  Colombia’s ELN rebel commander orders ceasefire beginning Sunday The commander of Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebels on Friday ordered his fighters to begin a ceasefire this weekend as the group struggles through complicated peace talks with the government aimed at ending five decades of war. Nicolas Rodriguez, known by his war alias Gabino, told […]

Tom Price, Trump’s HHS Secretary, Resigns Amid Private Jet Scandal

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Trump loses his HHS Secretary amid a growing scandal involving the use of private and government jets by Cabinet officials.

A Photo for Friday: Untitled

Untitled June 11, 2016 Montgomery, AL

Supreme Court To Rule On Mandatory Fees To Public Sector Unions

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In its upcoming term, the Supreme Court will hear a case that is likely to have a significant impact on the powers of public-sector unions.

D.C. Appeals Court Declines Review Of Ruling Striking Down District’s Concealed Carry Law

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A Federal Appeals Court has declined to review a panel decision striking down the District of Columbia’s restrictive concealed-carry law.

Is Roy Moore’s Victory The Opening Battle In A Republican Civil War?

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Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama is raising fears of a wider battle in the Republican Party heading into 2018.

White House Has Yet To Name A New DHS Secretary

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Nearly two months after John Kelly, who was serving as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security before becoming White House Chief of Staff, departed as head of DHS to take his new position, the White House still hasn’t named a nominee to replace him: The Trump administration is hitting reset on its search for […]

Three Months After Shooting, Republican Congressman Steve Scalise Returns To Congress

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who represents the 1st Congressional District in Louisiana,returned to the House of Representatives today after being seriously injured three months ago when a gunman opened fire at a practice session for the Republican half of the annual Congressional baseball game: WASHINGTON — Walking gingerly and on two canes, Representative Steve Scalise, […]

Hugh Hefner Dies At 91

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Hugh Hefner, who became both a cultural icon and a catalyst and reflector of vast social changes, has died at the age of 91.

Republicans Unveil Broad Outlines Of Tax Reform Package

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Republicans finally unveiled the outlines of a tax reform package yesterday, but the devil is in the still to be determined details.

Saudi Arabia Will Finally Allow Women To Drive Alone

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Progress in Saudi Arabia, but there’s still a long way for this backward, discriminatory society to go.

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Allowing Dreamers To Stay In The U.S.

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Another poll shows the vast majority of Americans want Congress to act to help the people covered by DACA.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Position On N.F.L. Protests

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Most Americans don’t support President Trump’s statements about the protests by N.F.L. players, but it’s just another example of him using hateful rhetoric to pander to his base.

Iraqi Kurds Vote Overwhelmingly For Independence, Prompting A Backlash

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Kurds in Iraq voted overwhelmingly for independence in a non-binding referendum, and the result is threatening to create a new conflict in the Middle East.

Tennessee’s Bob Corker Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018

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Bob Corker, who has served in the Senate since winning election in 2006, announced yesterday that he would not stand for re-election.

Roy Moore Wins Alabama Republican Senate Runoff

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Despite, or perhaps because of, his bigoted, radical, far-right positions on the issues, Roy Moore beat the sitting Senator from Alabama in a runoff election that essentially guarantees that he will win the General Election later this year.

Senate Cancels Vote On Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Bill

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What was essentially the final effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act is officially dead.

A Trump Effect In The Race To Be Virginia’s Next Governor?

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A new poll shows that Donald Trump could end up having an impact on the race for Virginia Governor.

John McCain Says His Cancer Prognosis Is Poor

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Speaking about his cancer treatment for the first time, Senator John McCain paints a grim picture.

White House Aides Using Personal Devices, Private Email For Official Communication

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While there are real differences between what’s being reported about White House officials such as Jared Kushner and what Hillary Clinton did, the charge of hypocrisy is well-founded.

Some Thoughts on Today’s AL Senate Primary Run-Off

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Some quick thoughts on Moore v. Strange.

Latest Effort To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Affordable Care Act Basically Dead

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The latest effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act appears to be dead.

North Korea Threatens War As Trump Ups His Fiery, Irrational Rhetoric

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Donald Trump’s increasingly confrontational rhetoric regarding North Korea is leading to similar rhetoric from the DPRK, and concern among top diplomats.

Anthony Weiner Sentenced To Twenty-One Months In Prison

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With his sentencing, the strange, strange saga of Anthony Weiner has come to an end. What a strange and wild ride it has been.

Trump Administration Issues Indefinite Travel Ban Aimed Mostly At Muslims

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The Trump Administration has issued a new travel ban to replace the temporary one that expired late last week, but it still suffers from most of the same defects as its initial efforts.

Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term As German Chancellor, But Voters Also Send A Warning

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Angela Merkel was re-elected to a fourth term as German Chancellor as expected, but voters also sent a warning.

Most Americans See Trump As Divisive

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A new poll shows, unsurprisingly, that the vast majority of Americans see Donald Trump as a divider rather than a uniter

Federal Government Tells Twenty-One States Their Election Systems Were Targeted By Hackers

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More evidence of apparent Russian-backed efforts to interfere in the election.

President Trump Attacks American Citizens For Exercising Their First Amendment Rights

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In President Trump’s mind, American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights are “sons of bitches” who should be fired for exercising their rights.

A Photo for Friday: Every other one

“Every other one” February 4, 2016 Pike Road, AL

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Likely Dead As McCain Announces Opposition

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The GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears to suffer a fatal blow as Senator John McCain announced his opposition to what is the last gasp of that effort in the Senate.

Aaron Hernandez Suffered From ‘Severe’ Case Of C.T.E. At Time Of Death, Report Says

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Former N.F.L. player, and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of C.T.E. at the time of his death according to a post-mortem brain study.

The Importance of Timing in Politics

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Russell Berman makes an interesting point in The Atlantic:  How Democrats Gave the GOP One More Chance to Repeal Obamacare. the agreement that “Chuck and Nancy” reached with Trump may end up backfiring on Democrats in another way: It freed up time for Republicans to take one last stab at dismantling the Affordable Care Act. The […]

Trump’s Job Approval Shows Slight Improvement But Remains At Historic Lows

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President Trump’s job approval has improved slightly, but the numbers remain historically low for a newly elected President.

Tensions In Spain Rising As Catalan Independence Referendum Draws Near

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As the date for Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum nears, tensions are rising between Madrid and Barcelona.

California Files Suit Over Trump’s Border Wall

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Yet another lawsuit against yet another controversial Trump Administration policy.

Fate Of Latest Attempt To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare Remains Unclear

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Senate Republicans have ten days to act on their last-ditch attempt to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare, and it’s not at all clear if they have the votes to do so.

Is Centrism A Viable Political Strategy? It Sure Doesn’t Look Like It

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The ‘No Labels’ movement is back, and it’s as irrelevant to contemporary politics as ever.

Trump Using Money From RNC And Campaign To Pay Legal Fees

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Donald Trump is using money from the Republican National Committee and his campaign to pay legal fees associated with the Russia investigation, and it’s all perfectly legal: NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the […]

Trump Slump? International Travel To U.S. Suffers Noticeable Drop Since January

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Commerce Department figures report a measurable drop in international travel to the United States since the start of 2017.

Donald Trump’s First General Assembly Address Strikes Belligerent Tone

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In a marked departure from previous American Presidents, Donald Trump delivered a highly belligerent speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

More Lawsuits Filed Over Trump’s Decision To End DACA

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The Trump Administration has been hit with two new lawsuits over the President’s decision to end the DACA program.

Mueller’s Russia Investigation Closing In On Paul Manafort

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Special counsel Robert Mueller could be looking to “flip” Paul Manafort, giving President Trump and those close to him something new to worry about.

Sean Spicer Says He Regrets The Lie That Set The Tone For His Time At The White House

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Sean Spicer now says he regrets the lies that defined his time at the White House.

Hillary Clinton Won’t Rule Out Challenging The Legitimacy Of The 2016 Election

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Some more interesting post-election commentary from Hillary Clinton.

Senate Republicans Considering One Last Effort To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare

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Senate Republicans are considering one more last-ditch effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act.

Hillary Clinton Has A Theory To Explain Why White Married Women Didn’t Vote For Her

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Hillary Clinton has found another group to blame for her loss, educated white married women in suburbia.

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