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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.

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.

David Clarke’s Plagiarized Masters Thesis

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

Roger Ailes Dead at 77

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The disgraced former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died, aged 77. CNN: Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday. He was 77. The death was announced by his family and reported on Fox News Channel. “I am profoundly sad and […]

Our Long National Nightmare is Just Beginning

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In the immortal words of Warren Zevon, “Send lawyers, gun, and money. The shit has hit the fan.”

Roy Moore Resigns as Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court to Run for Senate

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Roy Moore, who is currently on suspension, has resigned as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in order to challenge Luther Strange for his seat in the US Senate.

ESPN’s Massive Layoffs

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The Worldwide Leader fired over 100 on-air personalities yesterday.

Why Would Anyone Pay $400,000 to Hear Barack Obama Speak?

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The organizers are paying for prestige, not influence.

Obama’s $400,000 Speech

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The 44th President will make as for a one-hour speech as his old annual salary. Should we worry about that?

Jim Comey’s Dilemma

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The FBI Director faced a damned if you do, damned if you don’t choice.

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.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes. So Now What?

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It’s not at all clear that there is a useful strategy at work here.

Lying Donald Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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It may well be that the 25th Amendment, not the impeachment clause, will be his undoing.

Trump Budget Blueprint Would Eliminate 18 Agencies

President Trump's "America First" budget blueprint was released on Thursday.

The president’s skinny budget would eliminate most funding for science and the arts to fund more Defense spending.

NWS Revised Forecasts to Smaller Snowstorm But Didn’t Tell Public

Snow and ice cover early blooms on trees near the US Capitol in Washington, DC March 14, 2017
Winter Storm Stella dumped snow and sleet Tuesday across the northeastern United States where thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed, but appeared less severe than initially forecast. After daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation, saying that the storm had moved across the coast.
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The National Weather Service didn’t want to confuse the public by changing the forecast at the last minute.

Mattis Right on NATO

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My latest is out at RealClearDefense.

Trump’s Best Speech Was Still Pretty Awful

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It was both the best speech Trump has ever given and the worst presidential address I can recall

Trump Advisor: There’s No Such Thing as Judicial Supremacy

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Stephen Miller said something very stupid on “Meet The Press” this morning.

Bureaucratic Insurgency

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There are growing signs that the Deep State is seeking to thwart legal orders from President Trump. This is dangerous.

Trump Reorganizes, Politicizes National Security Council

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Steve Bannon is in. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence are out. Sort of.

Politicization of Dead Spies

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The 117 CIA officers who have died in our service should not be used to score cheap political points.

Singer Said Something Sort of Stupid

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There was a modest freakout over the weekend over something Madonna said at the Women’s March. She wants you to know the remarks were taken out of context. A row has erupted over Madonna’s comments about US President Donald Trump during a speech at the weekend. While taking part in a protest march in Washington […]

DC Police Supported Women’s March; We Shouldn’t Know That

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Police must be seen as neutral protectors of the peace.

Trump To Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Needlessly Inflaming Region

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This will get people killed. Quite likely, including American citizens.

Women’s March Draws Record Crowds: So Now What?

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A movement motivated by hurt and fear turned into a political force eight years ago. Can another follow suit?

George Will, Cal Thomas, Ed Rollins Out at Fox News

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Fox News has declined to renew the contracts of several venerable commentators. The Hill: Fox News has declined to renew contributor contracts for longtime political commentator George Will, Republican strategist Ed Rollins and actress Stacey Dash, according to a network spokesperson. Will, 75, is a Pulitzer-winning conservative columnist who was with ABC from 1981-2011 before […]

The Most Dreadful Inaugural Address in History

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A speech traditionally used to unite was instead a continuation of a divisive campaign.

Youth, Women, and Bias in the Ideas Industry

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It’s not all peaches and cream for pretty young women.

Electoral College Farce

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While hardly the most compelling argument against an archaic institution, yesterday’s silliness was noteworthy.

Do Presidential Pardons Still Make Sense?

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Obama has issued more commutations than all his predecessors combined. He set the single-day record Monday.

Trump and the Presidential Daily Brief

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Delegating the morning briefing to advisors isn’t actually that unusual.

Greater Deference to Generals Has Undermined Civilian Control of the Military

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington

I’m in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Duke’s Peter Feaver.

Man Calls Out ‘Hillary Bitches’ on Airplane

An airline traveler wanted his fellow passengers to know that he was a supporter of the president-elect.

America’s Weird Recount Laws

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An irrelevant candidate is triggering a recount in three states Trump won by substantial margins.

Nikki Haley to Be UN Ambassador

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While it seems a strange choice at first blush, it’s a good one.

Trump’s Wife and Child Won’t Live in White House

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President-Elect Donald Trump has signaled that his current wife and youngest child will continue to reside in their de-luxe apartment in the sky rather than move to the White House.

President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

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The incoming president’s business interests are a yuuuge problem.

Google Account Hell

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I’m about to lose access to the primary email account I’ve had for more than a dozen years.

Normalizing Hysteria

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Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler. But that’s not the standard.

Dave Chappelle Knows The Whites

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I’ve been out of the “Saturday Night Live” habit for years now but they’ve done really well with the election cycle, as they always have. Kate McKinnon’s cold open was very well done. I kept waiting for the joke lyrics; they didn’t come. Quite a few in my Twitter feed found it sacrilegious for reasons […]

Trump Victory Spawns National Freak-Out

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Americans are rioting in the streets because they don’t like the outcome of a democratic election.

The ‘Popular Vote’ is Irrelevant

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The candidate I voted for got more than 200,000 votes for president than the winner. I’m okay with that.

Random Observations on Trump’s Election

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Trying to make sense of that which makes no sense.

The Biggest F- You in Human History?

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Michael Moore’s pre-election analysis is looking shockingly prescient.

As The Revolving Door Turns

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A senior congressional staffer is taking a new job that happens to coincide with her boss’ committee assignment.

Trump, Populism, and Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles

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Distinguishing between anti-elite populism and coded anti-Semitism is next to impossible.

Meh Hillary

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

It has become necessary to destroy the party in order to save it.

Both Sides Do It (Except One)

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WaPo has a rather interesting headline to an AP report: “Ohio order blocks activities from both campaigns.” Reading through the report, which reads like a blog post with constant updates, I find only one campaign’s “activities” being “blocked,” namely that of Donald Trump. So, how do we arrive at the headline? Through very strained reasoning: […]

Clinton’s Lead Shrinking Ever So Slightly

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Her numbers are steady; he’s reclaiming Republican voters.

Clinton-Cartwright Comparisons Don’t Hold Up

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Clinton is getting no special treatment by the standards of her high-powered peers.

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