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Why Hillary Clinton Lost

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

Poll Finds Majority Support For Missile Strikes On Syria

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A majority of Americans support last week’s airstrikes in Syria but are skeptical of any expansion beyond that.

Amazon To Stream Thursday Night N.F.L. Games

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Another step toward making it easier to cut the cord.

U.S. Carrier Group Moves Toward Korean Peninsula

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A warning to North Korea.

Trump Son-In-Law Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose Contact With Russians

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Another member of the Trump Administration failed to disclose contact with Russian officials during the campaign, and this time it’s someone about as close to Trump’s inner circle as you can get: When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the […]

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed As 113th Justice Of The Supreme Court

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After a prolonged vacancy and a bitterly partisan confirmation process, Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mitt Romney Reportedly Considering Bid For Senate In 2018

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Mitt Romney is reportedly considering running for Senate in Utah if Orrin Hatch decides to retire.

A Disappointing March Jobs Report

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After starting the year with two good months, the jobs report for March was quite disappointing.

Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian, Dies At 90

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Don Rickles, the legendary comedian who made a career out of insults of everyone from audience members to seemingly intimidating stars such as Frank Sinatra, has passed away at the age of 90: Don Rickles, the acidic stand-up comic who became world-famous not by telling jokes but by insulting his audience, died on Thursday at […]

Senate Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ As Gorsuch Nomination Heads To Final Vote

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As expected, Senate Republicans invoked the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to move the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch forward to a final vote on Friday.

Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Investigation

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Devin Nunes, the California Republican who heads the House Intelligence Committee has removed himself from the committee’s investigation into the Russian interference in the Presidential election and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia during the campaign: WASHINGTON — Representative Devin Nunes, the embattled California Republican who is chairman of the Intelligence Committee, announced on Thursday […]

Donald Trump And The Inevitable Foreign Policy Crisis

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Donald Trump is historically unpopular for a new President. What does that mean when his first foreign policy crisis comes, as it inevitably will?

Seventh Circuit Rules Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Barred By 1964 Law

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, but its reasoning is questionable at best.

Headline Of The Day

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From The New York Times: Hindu Cow Vigilantes in Northern India Beat Muslim to Death Not to brush aside the seriousness of ethnic-based murders in a place like India, but the headline somehow brought the vision of vigilante cows into my mind.

Trump Hits Another Job Approval Low As Presidency Marks 75th Day In Office

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Two new polls show Donald Trump hitting new lows in the polls as we get closer to his 100th day in office.

Senate Committee Advances Gorsuch Nomination As ‘Nuclear Option’ Becomes Inevitable

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch even as it became inevitable that Republicans would be forced to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

Explosions At St. Petersburg Subway Stations Kill At Least Ten

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An apparent terrorist attack in Russia’s second largest city.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Failed To Disclose Payments From Russian Sources

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More trouble for Lt. General Michael Flynn.

Majority Of Americans Want Independent Investigations Of Russian Election Meddling

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A new poll shows a majority of Americans supporting an independent investigation of the allegations surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the campaign: A majority of voters wants an independent investigation into any connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, according to a new […]

Dylann Roof Pleads Guilty To State-Level Murder Charges In Charleston Church Shootings

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With the exception of the mandatory Federal death penalty appeals, the legal process is basically over in the Charleston Church shootings.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Payload Using Recycled Rocket

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Another SpaceX success.

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