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Donald Trump Is President, America Will Survive This

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While vigilance is called for, America will survive Donald Trump just as it has survived everything else we’ve faced since the nation’s founding.

Trump Forks Over $25 Million To Settle Trump University Cases

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With just a day to go before he becomes the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has officially settled the lawsuits filed against him regarding the so-called ‘Trump University,’ which was the subject of numerous consumer and fraud complaints: Days before President-elect Donald Trump is set to take the oath to uphold the […]

Supreme Court Appears Skeptical Of Law Barring ‘Offensive’ Trademarks

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A majority of the Supreme Court appears to be skeptical of a Federal law barring trademark protection for “offensive” names and slogans.

George And Barbara Bush Hospitalized

Both former President Bush and his wife Barbara have been hospitalized in a Houston-area hospital: Former president George H.W. Bush was under observation at an intensive care unit in Houston on Wednesday after being treated for an “acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” according to a statement from his office. The update described the 92-year-old […]

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

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The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Search For Flight MH370 Officially Comes To An End

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The mystery of what happened aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may remain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean forever.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

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A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Donald Trump To Take First Weekend As POTUS Off

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Donald Trump will take some time off after taking the Oath of Office.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Aiming For A ‘Hard Brexit’

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British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear that she intends to move forward with Brexit.

Eugene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

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One of the few members of a small fraternity of heroes has passed away.

Monica Crowley Backs Out Of Post In Trump Administration After Plagiarism Charges

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After a week or more of plagiarism allegations, Monica Crowley has withdrawn from the position she was named to in the Trump Administration: Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Donald Trump’s incoming administration, CNN confirms. The move comes after CNN’s KFile uncovered multiple […]

Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Free Speech Case

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An important free speech case is coming up this week at the Supreme Court.

Ringling Brothers Circus To Shut Down After 146 Years In Business

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A long-standing staple of American culture will soon be no more.

Norway Begins Getting Rid Of FM Radio

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Norway is switching from FM Radio to digital broadcasting. A similar transition in the United States seems unlikely for the time being.

Further Evidence Of Monica Crowley’s Plagiarism

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Based on a CNN analysis, it appears the plagiarism in Monica Crowley’s dissertation was even more extensive than previously reported: Conservative commentator Monica Crowley, who is slated to serve in a top national security communications role in Donald Trump’s presidential administration, plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D., a CNN […]

Chelsea Manning Reportedly On Short List For Commutation

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With  only nine days to go in his Presidency, President Obama is reportedly working out a final list of pardons and commutations of people convicted of crimes under Federal law, and among those names on a short list is Chelsea Manning: President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year […]

Dylann Roof Sentenced To Die For Charleston Church Murders

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Not surprisingly, Dylann Roof received a sentence of death for the murder of nine people at a historic African-American church.

Trump Appointee Monica Crowley Faces Further Plagiarism Allegations

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First it was her book, then it was her Ph.D. dissertation, now we’ve learned that Donald Trump National Security nominee Monica Crowley appears to have plagiarized at least fifty times in columns she wrote for The Washington Times: Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s pick for a senior national security communications role, plagiarized multiple sources in some of her […]

Joe Biden On The Verge Of Setting A Record For Vice-Presidents

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Unless something happens in the next ten days, Joe Biden will become the first two-term Vice-President who didn’t need to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

Harper Collins Pulls Monica Crowley Book After Plagiarism Charges

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As Steven Taylor has noted, Monica Crowley, who has been chosen by Donald Trump for a position at the National Security Council, has been accused of plagiarism in both her book and her dissertation in cases that seem to be fairly clear-cut and damning. Now, Harper Collins has announced that it is pulling copies of her […]

Joe Biden To Leave Washington, D.C. By Amtrak

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After the Inauguration of President-Elect Trump and Vice-President-Elect Pence, Joe Biden will be leaving D.C. the way he arrived for much of his Senate career: Joe Biden will resume a long-held personal ritual when he leaves Washington for his home state of Delaware after President-elect Donald Trump’z inauguration on Jan. 20: taking the train. “Jan […]

Key Republicans Pushing To Have Obamacare Replacement In Place Before Voting On Repeal

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With repeal of the Affordable Care Act now likely sooner rather than later, key Republicans are urging the party to have a replacement in place before repeal is voted on.

Donald Trump Asks Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay For His Border Wall

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Once again, Donald Trump has played his supporters for suckers.

December Jobs Report Reveals Tepid Jobs Growth

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A tepid December jobs report tops off a tepid year.

Paul Ryan Breaks With Trump On International Trade Policies

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In a break with President-Elect Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Congress would block any effort to increase tariffs.

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble Pays Off

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Just under a year ago, Senate Republicans took a big risk regarding the Supreme Court. Now, it’s paid off big time.

New Senate Democratic Leader Regrets Supporting Filibuster Reform

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The new leader of the Senate’s Democrats says he regrets supporting the filibuster reforms his party passed in 2013.

House GOP Votes To Gut Independent Congressional Ethics Board (Update: GOP Pulls Rules Change At Last Minute)

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On the eve of the 115th Congress, House Republicans voted to gut a key office charged with investigating Congressional ethics.

William Christopher, Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, Dies At 84

William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H during it’s eleven seasons on television, died yesterday at the age of 84: William Christopher, the actor who played the sensitive and soft-spoken Father John Mulcahy on the long-running CBS comedy “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was 84. The actor’s son, John Christopher, […]

There’s a Criminal Defense Crisis In New Mexico, And Nobody Seems To Care

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Public defenders in New Mexico are overworked, underfunded, and outmatched, but then that’s true pretty much everywhere in the country.

Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Legend And Mother Of Carrie Fisher, Dies At 84

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Debbie Reynolds, who became a Hollywood star in the 1950s beginning with her role in the musical “Singin’ In The Rain” and other now-famous films, and the mother of Carrie Fisher, died yesterday at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter: Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in […]

John Kerry Is Right About Middle East Peace, But It Hardly Matters At This Point

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Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Middle East peace was largely correct, but his words are pointless given the fact that neither Israel nor the Palestinians seem serious about peacefully resolving their differences.

Obama: I Could Have Beaten Trump And Won A Third Term

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President Obama thinks he would have beaten Donald Trump. And he’s probably right.

Carrie Fisher Dies At 60

Rest in Peace, Princess. May the Force be with you.

United Nations Resolution Vote Leads To More Tension Between U.S. And Israel

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While you were celebrating Christmas, Israel was blasting the Obama Administration and cozying up to the incoming Trump Administration.

Has 2016 Really Been An Unusually Bad Year For Celebrity Deaths?

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It seems as though 2016 has taken many more celebrities lives than past years.

George Michael, Pop Music Superstar, Dies At 53

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Another music superstar has passed away.

Merry Christmas From Outside The Beltway!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!

New Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective

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Big news in the war against a horrible virus.

Roy Moore For Senate?

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Assuming that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General next month, which is pretty much certain, then Alabama’s Governor will have the responsibility of naming a replacement to fill his seat until a Special Election can be held. Unfortunately, one of the names he’s apparently considering is someone who clearly doesn’t belong in […]

Behind The Scenes At Saturday Night Live

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Via Business Insider and NBC comes this look at how they change sets so quickly in between skits on Saturday Night Live. This is how they went from the Trump and Putin based cold open to the monologue, all in about 2 and a half minutes. Of course, they’ve been doing this for more than […]

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

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Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

Government Reports Strong Economic Growth In Third Quarter, But It’s Unlikely To Last

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The economy grew strongly in the third quarter of the year, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

80’s Pop Star Richard Marx Helps Subdue Passenger Mid-Flight

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It’s been a long time since 80’s pop star Richard Marx had a hit, but he made the news today thanks to his role in subduing an unruly passenger on a Korean Air flight: An unruly passenger on an Korean Air flight Tuesday should’ve known better than to attack the crew with Richard Marx on […]

Republicans Cower In Fear In The Face Of Trump And His Supporters

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Republicans are afraid to oppose Donald Trump for fear that his supporters will come after them.

Sometimes History Doesn’t Repeat Itself

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Ambassador Karlov is mostly likely not a modern day Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Apparent Berlin Terror Attack Kills 12, Injures Dozens

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Another attack in what has been a bloody 2016 for Europe.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated In Ankara

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The situation in the Middle East just potentially became much more complicated.

Dr. Henry Heimlich, Inventor Of Technique That Has Saved Thousands Of Lives, Dies At 96

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The doctor who developed a now universal technique to save the life of someone who is choking on an object lodged in their throat has died at the age of 96: It is called the Heimlich maneuver — saving a choking victim with a bear hug and abdominal thrusts to eject a throat obstruction — […]

What To Expect Today From The Electoral College

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Beginning late this morning, the Electors in each of the states will meet to carry out their Constitutional function. Despite the drama accompanying this year’s election, there’s likely to be far less drama than some people seem to be hoping for.

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