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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.

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

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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.

Former Sheriff David Clarke Told To Revise Thesis After Plagiarism Investigation

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Former Sheriff David Clarke is being told that he must revise his thesis or risk losing his degree: Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke must revise his master’s thesis or risk losing his degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, according to documents CNN’s KFile obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. […]

Trump Reopens Charlottesville Wounds By Resurrecting His ‘Both Sides’ Argument

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Donald Trump went there again, and in the process reopened a wound that was starting to heal just a little bit.

Trump Openly Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment

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President Trump reportedly openly humiliated his own Attorney General after learning of Bob Mueller’s appointment.

Ann Coulter Falls Out Of Love With Trump Over DACA

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It’s not just Sean Hannity and Breitbart News who’s upset with Donald Trump over his apparent DACA deal, Ann Coulter isn’t happy either: Ann Coulter has said some pretty over-the-top things about President Trump. She has sometimes referred to him as “emperor god,” proclaimed one of his immigration-themed campaign addresses to be “the most magnificent speech ever […]

Chelsea Manning’s Short Tenure as Harvard Fellow Terminated

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The Harvard Kennedy School pulled its Visiting Fellowship from the controversial figure after predictable outcry.

London Underground Bombed By Presumed Terrorists

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The London subway was hit by a bomb during the morning rush hour. Authorities are treating it as a terrorist attack.

A Photo for Friday: Pink Sky

“Pink Sky” July 20, 2017 Pike Road, AL

McConnell Open To Eliminating ‘Blue Slips’ For Judicial Nominees

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The Senate appears ready to get rid of another procedural move designed to block judicial nominees.

When You’ve Lost Sean Hannity

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Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity has been among Donald Trump’s most obsequious supporters, but he doesn’t appear to be too happy about the reported deal to keep DACA alive: Politicians are supposed to keep their word. R’s failed on Healthcare, broke their word They have failed! @POTUS needs to keep his promises https://t.co/NldKWcFrRB — Sean […]

Trump Administration Set To Further Reduce Sanctions Against Iran

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Notwithstanding his promises during the campaign, President Trump seems likely to go forward with sanctions reductions required under the nuclear deal with Iran.

Steve Mnuchin Inquired Into Using Government Plane For His Honeymoon

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who recently gained attention for using a government plane to fly to Kentucky during last month’s eclipse, apparently inquired into using a government plane for his honeymoon earlier this year: WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin inquired about the use of a military plane for his European honeymoon last month, the […]

Pete Domenici, Long-Serving New Mexico Senator, Dies At 85

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Pete Dominici, who served as Senator from New Mexico for more than thirty years, died earlier this week at age of 85: Pete V. Domenici, the former six-term Republican senator from New Mexico whose mastery of budget and tax issues and energy policy made him one of the Senate’s most influential members, died on Wednesday […]

Democrats Say They Reached A Deal With Trump On DACA

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Trump makes a DACA deal, apparently.

Trump’s Weird Threat to Colombia

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More foreign policy amateurism.

On Colleges Losing Their Minds (or Other Tales of Small N Inferences)

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According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics there were 7,236 Postsecondary Title IV institutions in the US as of 2013 (two- and four-year institutions).  That translates into thousands upon thousands of classes on a given day. Hence, it makes perfect sense to draw grand conclusions about higher education in America from a […]

Republicans To Introduce Tax Reform Package By The End Of September

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Republicans will introduce a tax package by the end of the month, but whether they can actually pass anything is another question entirely.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Repeal AUMFs Authorizing The Bush-Obama-Trump Forever Wars

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Once again, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional responsibilities.

Most Americans Want Dreamers To Have Pathway To Citizenship

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Americans support allowing Dreamers to stay in the country, and most of them also support allowing them to eventually become citizens.

Sanders Introducing Quixotic Medicare-for-All Bill

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Sixteen Senators are backing a single-payer system. Another forty-four to go.

Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Marriage Equality Case, Dies At 88

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Edith Windsor, the Plaintiff whose lawsuit led to the first of two landmark Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality, has died at the age of 88: Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark case led the Supreme Court to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to a host of […]

Supreme Court Allows Trump Refugee Ban

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The Supreme Court has overruled a lower court ruling blocking the Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugees. By the time they issue a final ruling, the issue will be moot. Mark Sherman for the AP: The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed […]

This White House is Learning

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Via NPR:  Trump Dinner Menu: Tax Cuts The guest list for Tuesday’s dinner includes Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. All three are up for re-election next year in states that Trump carried by wide margins. If Trump wants to get a major bill through congress, this is the kind […]

United Nations Passes Watered Down North Korean Sanctions

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The Trump Administration’s effort to impose sanctions against North Korea suffered a significant defeat in the United Nations Security Council.

Laws That Forbid Americans From Joining In Boycotts Violate The First Amendment

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Arguments advanced by those advocating a bill that would prevent Americans from participating in a boycott of Israel would not violate the First Amendment appear to be without merit.

Retirements By Capitol Hill Republicans Starting To Pile Up

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A recent uptick in retirements from Congressional Republicans is leading some Republicans to become concerned about the party’s prospects in 2018.

A Simple Explanation for GOP Behavior vis-a-vis Trump

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80% of GOP voters approve of Trump. This explains GOP behavior in large measure.

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