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Anthony Weiner Sentenced To Twenty-One Months In Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yet another lawsuit against yet another controversial Trump Administration policy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some more interesting post-election commentary from Hillary Clinton.

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

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

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

Stanislav Petrov, Soviet Officer Who Helped Avert Nuclear War, Dies At 77

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Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer who was largely personally responsible for what could have been all-out nuclear war, has died at the age of 77: Early on the morning of Sept. 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov helped to prevent the outbreak of nuclear war. A 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, […]

Sean Spicer Does The Emmys, And The Punditocracy Freaks Out

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer poked fun at himself on last night’s Emmy broadcast, and the political pundits are all in pearl-clutching mode because of it.

Trump Administration Preparing To Stay In Afghanistan For The Long Haul

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America’s longest war seems likely to soon turn into America’s never-ending war.

More on Trump as Independent

Independents don’t seek to shape party nominations.

Federal Judge Blocks Dept. Of Justice Policy Withholding Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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A Federal Judge has blocked enforcement of a Dept. of Justice policy purporting to block funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’

Cassini Probe Plunges Into Saturn, Ending A Twenty Year Mission Of Discovery

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Ending a mission that began when it was launched nearly twenty years ago, the Cassini probe was sent into Saturn’s atmosphere to perform one final task.

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