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Politinerds: The Jake Tapper Interview

Politinerds

The week’s episode of Poitinerds features another special guest, Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and before that White House Correspondent for ABC News. Jazz Shaw and I talk with Jake about his career in journalism, what it’s like to host a daily news show in an era of fast breaking […]

Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

Capitol Dome

Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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As expected, President Obama has vetoed the bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Justice Department Announces There Will Be No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

Zimmerman Not Guilty

Nearly three years to the day after it started, the George Zimmerman case is essentially over.

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

Capitol Daytime

With three days to go, there are signs the GOP is ready to give up on its showdown over DHS funding.

35 Years Ago Today: The Miracle On Ice

Miracle On Ice

For those of us old enough to remember, February 22nd, 1980 marked one of the great moments in sports history.

Politinerds: The Andrew Malcom Interview

Politinerds

This week on Politinerds, Jazz Shaw and I interview Andrew Malcom, currently a columnist at Investors Business Daily, and previously a national and international correspondent for The New York Times. Andrew’s time in journalism stretches back to the era of the Vietnam War, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and Watergate. During his time at the Times, […]

Oklahoma Bill Would Ban A.P. U.S. History

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The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would ban the teaching of Advanced Placement American History in the state’s public schools: Some lawmakers in Oklahoma want to make Advanced Placement U.S. History history. What’s their beef? The course, which was redesigned by the College Board and implemented in high school classrooms last year, isn’t […]

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

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A new poll of 2016 primary voters shows that even Republicans are coming to accept that gays and lesbians should have the right to get married.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s Decision To Invite Netanyahu To Speak Before Congress

Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu

By a wide margin Americans think it was wrong of the GOP to invite Israel’s Prime Minister to speak to Congress.

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To President’s Deferred Deportation Program

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A Federal Judge has issued a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s deferred deportation program, but appeals can be expected.

Washington Monument Shorter Than Previously Thought

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Surveyors have determined that the Washington Monument is shorter than it has been believed to be for the past century: WASHINGTON (AP) — Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that’s nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years, officials will announce Monday. The new […]

ISIS Has Arrived In Libya, Just How Big A War Are We Looking At?

ISIS Fighters

ISIS apparently now has a foothold in Libya, and is making inroads in Yemen.

Pennsylvania Governor Imposes Moratorium On Death Penalty

Death Chamber

Reflecting a growing national trend away from the barbarity of capital punishment, the Governor of Pennsylvania has imposed a moratorium on executions in the Keystone State.

Justice Ginsburg “Not 100 Percent Sober” During State Of The Union

Ginsburg Sleeping

During the State of the Union Address in January, cameras caught Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appearing to doze off about half way through the President’s speech. As it turns out, the Justices were apparently partying prior to the big event: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admits to sharing some wine with her colleagues […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans Are Ready For Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

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Justice Ginsburg acknowledges the fact that, over the past nineteen years, same-sex marriage has gone from something that most Americans oppose to something that most Americans are willing to accept.

Democrats Pick Philadelphia For 2016 Convention

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After narrowing the list down to three cities, the Democratic Party has chosen Philadelphia as the site of their nominating convention in 2016: The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, according to a committee statement. The convention will take place on July 25. Republicans will host their convention in Cleveland the week […]

Minsk Talks Result In Ukrainian Cease Fire Agreement

Minsk Leaders Photo

A cease fire deal in Ukraine, but a long term settlement will require compromises from both Moscow and Kiev.

Montana State Legislator Wants To Ban Yoga Pants

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A lawmaker in Montana wants to outlaw yoga pants: HELENA — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants. Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists […]

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

Obama Syria

President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

The Supreme Court Sends More Signals That It’s Ready To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court

By refusing to stay the legalization of same-sex marriage in Alabama, the Supreme Court has sent the strongest signal yet that it is ready to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Netanyahu Reportedly Considering Canceling Speech To Congress

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently realizing that speaking to Congress may not be a good idea after all.

Same-Sex Marriages Go Forward In Alabama While Roy Moore Channels George Wallace

Gay Marriage Wedding Cake Two Women

In the end, there is no difference between Roy Moore resisting a Federal Court Order related to same-sex marriage and George Wallace’s efforts to block desegregation.

Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Becoming Even More Of A Partisan Football

U.S. Israeli Flags

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s speech to Congress is becoming even more partisan, much to the apparent chagrin of the Israelis.

Another Sign That Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President

Fed Chairman Bernanke Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report To Senate Committee

Matthew Yglesias points to a major new hire by Hillary Clinton’s growing Presidential campaign team that is a seemingly clear sign that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President: An awful lot of people in progressive politics would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president, but the latest sign that it’s not […]

Thailand’s Air Chief Marshall Foo Foo The Poodle Cremated

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No, really: The beloved miniature poodle of Thailand’s crown prince has been cremated after four days of Buddhist funeral rights – an extravagance that’s surprising until one realizes that Foo Foo formally served as the country’s Air Chief Marshall. In a diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks, the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Ralph “Skip” Boyce, wrote […]

January Jobs Report Shows 2014’s Strong Jobs Market Continuing Into New Year

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The January Jobs Report showed that the trend of strong jobs growth we saw in 2014 appears to be continuing into the new year.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

Russia Ukraine Flags

Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

Democrats Consider Boycott Of Netanyahu Speech To Congress

U.S. Israeli Flags

Some Congressional Democrats are considering skipping a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Session Of Congress.

House Votes To Repeal Obamacare Again

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The House voted to repeal the PPACA for the 56th time, but it’s clear that this vote will end up being a pointless as all the others.

Harper Lee To Release New Book, Sequel To ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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Harper Lee, who became an international sensation with the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, which itself was turned into one of the greatest movies ever made, is coming out with a new book after fifty long years of relative silence: “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Publisher Harper […]

Super Bowl Sets Another Television Viewership Record

Super Bowl XLIX

Once again, the Super Bowl broke viewership records to become the most watched television broadcast in history: Super Bowl XLIX surged to break multiple records on Sunday night, raking in 114.4 million viewers to become the most-watched telecast in U.S. history. Overnight ratings, based on metered markets, however, suggest that a new record was set […]

George Pataki For President?

Campaign 2016

George Pataki, who served three terms as New York’s Governor from 1995  to 2006, is apparently thinking of running for President for some reason: Former New York Gov. George Pataki told Fox News on Monday he’s “seriously” exploring a 2016 Republican bid for president. The former governor said he plans to travel to New Hampshire […]

Scott Walker Surges In Iowa, But How Much Does Iowa Really Matter?

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Scott Walker surged to the top of a new poll of Iowa Republicans, but Iowa is not a very good predictor of success in the race for the GOP nomination.

Romney Leads GOP Pack In Yet Another Poll

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A new Fox News Poll continues the trend showing Mitt Romney leading the field of prospective 2016  candidates: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the front-runners for their respective party’s presidential nominations. In addition, Romney performs best against Clinton among the Republicans tested in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, coming […]

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu

By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Hillary Clinton May Wait Until Summer To Enter Presidential Race

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With no real opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton has no reason to rush getting into the race.

Conservative Pundits Finally Seeing Sarah Palin For What She Is

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Conservatives finally seem to be waking up to the truth about Sarah Palin.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

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Reports indicate that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is likely to be charged with desertion for leaving his post in 2009, but he’s unlikely to serve time in prison.

Indiana’s “Limited Government” Governor To Start State-Run News Agency

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is supposed to be a champion of limited government. So why is he starting up a state run news agency?

Blackberry CEO: The Government Should Force Companies To Make Apps For Blackberry Phones

Blackberry Phones

The head of Blackberry thinks he can save his company by getting the government to force others to make content for Blackberry phones

Small Drone Crashes On White House Lawn

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A device that has since been identified as a “small drone” was found early this morning on the White House lawn: A small drone was found on the White House grounds early Monday, news reports said, but officials said it was recovered and posed no ongoing threat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, speaking to […]

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

Filibuster

For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

State Of The Union Ratings Hit 15 Year Low

2014 State Of The Union

Last Tuesday’s State of the Union Address saw the lowest viewership numbers of any of those that President Obama has delivered and the lowest in fifteen years: Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen. The 1-hour, 15-minute speech drew an average […]

Ebola Infection Rate In West Africa Dropping

Ebola Virus

The World Health Organization reports that the Ebola infection rate in West Africa appears to be dropping: GENEVA — The number of people falling victim to the Ebola virus in West Africa has dropped to the lowest level in months, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but dwindling funds and a looming rainy season […]

Ernie Banks, MLB Hall Of Famer And “Mr. Cub,” Dies At 83

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks, who spent all of his 19 Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs and became a joyous Ambassador for baseball itself in retirement, has died at the age of 83: Ernie Banks, the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century and an unconquerable optimist whose sunny disposition never dimmed in 19 seasons with […]

Hillary Clinton Leads Potential Republican Rivals By Double Digits

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Advantage: Hillary.

House Republicans Drop Abortion Bill Vote At Last Minute, And It Was Smart Politics To Do So

Fighting Elephants Two

The House was set to vote on a ban on abortion after 20 weeks that never would have become law today but they pulled the bill. Conservatives are annoyed, but it was smart politics in the long run.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Darren Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Not surprisingly, the Federal investigation of the Michael Brown shooting is ending much like the state investigation did.

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