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On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

Reagan Challenger Address

Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Thanks in large part to the decisions from the 10th Circuit decisions that struck down similar laws in Utah and Oklahoma, a Federal Judge in Colorado has ruled that the Centennial State’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers lost another round in his fight to defend the state’s voter-approved ban […]

Montana Senator John Walsh Caught In Plagiarism Scandal

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Montana Senator John Walsh, who was appointed by the state’s Governor after Max Baucus resigned to become Ambassador to China and is now running for re-election in a race in which the Republican candidate is heavily favored, is finding himself in the middle of a campaign controversy related to one of the biggest parts of […]

Scott Walker In Dead Heat For Re-Election

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A new poll shows that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking to have a tough re-election bid on his hands after a spring and summer in which he was in the headlines over an investigation involving campaign finance improprieties: Dead heat. That’s what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and […]

Bachmann And Santorum 2016? Dusting Off The GOP Nomination Clown Car

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It’s beginning to look like the 2016 race for the Republican nomination will have its own collection of oddballs.

Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Even More Pointless Than It First Appeared

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Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border to do nothing.

Time To Get Rid Of Summer Vacation For Schoolchildren?

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Does it still make sense to give kids a 10-12 week break every year?

Oregon Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization On November Ballot

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This November, Oregonians will have a chance to vote on an initiative that would legalize marijuana for recreational use: (CNN) - A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed. More than […]

Anti-Muslim Pastor Wins Georgia GOP Congressional Primary

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While Georgia Republican Senate nominee David Perdue is a fairly mainstream conservative Republican, the same cannot be said of Pastor Jody Hice, who won the Republican Primary Runoff Election in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District: Jody Hice, a conservative pastor who believes First Amendment protections do not apply to Muslims and warned of a homosexual plot […]

Darth Vader More Popular Than Anyone Who Might Run For President In 2016

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  The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham looks at some recent polling and finds that a Dark Lord of the Sith is apparently more popular than the people who will possibly run for President in 2016: On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans’ opinions on the “Star Wars” universe. Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is […]

Primary Turnout And The 2014 Midterms

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Turnout to date for the 2014 primaries is at record lows, but its unclear what that tells us about November.

Black And White Stripes Are The New Orange

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A jail in Michigan is switching prison garb to old-style black and white stripes because prisoners have become enamored of the orange they had been wearing due to the popularity of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black: SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are […]

David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Primary Runoff In Georgia

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A somewhat surprising win in Georgia.

Two Federal Appeals Courts Rule Two Different Ways On Obamacare Subsidies

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Contradictory rulings from two Federal Courts of Appeal show that statutory construction isn’t a simple thing.

F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

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The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers […]

Sex Offender Registry Insanity

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Good intentions, bad results.

Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

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George Will has come under criticism for pointing out what seems to be an undeniable fact.

Rick Perry Sending National Guard To The Border For Reasons Even He Isn’t Sure Of

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Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border for no apparent reason.

Rep. David Jolly Becomes Latest Republican To Support Same-Sex Marriage

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David Jolly, who won a Special Election in March to replace long time Congressman Bill Young in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has become the latest Republican to come out in support of same-sex marriage: Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is “fully appropriate” for a state to recognize […]

Endorsements From Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren Don’t Matter To Most Voters

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While they are both getting a lot of attention inside their own parties, it appears that endorsements from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Texas Senator Ted Cruz don’t have very much influence on the general public: The survey asked likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate contests this fall to […]

Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

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If you live in Russia, you’re getting a different version of the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Voters Not Too Impressed With Hillary Clinton’s Time At Foggy Bottom

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A new poll suggests that Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State doesn’t impress voters as much as she might hope.

Despite A Plethora Of World Crises, Americans Oppose Greater Foreign Intervention

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Crisis seems to be brewing all over the world, but the American people aren’t persuaded that it’s necessary for the United States to act.

Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

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Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

Actor James Garner Dies At 86

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James Garner, the star of television hits in the 1950s and 1970s, has passed away at the age of 86: James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies but was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western “Maverick” and the cranky sleuth […]

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

10th Circuit Strikes Down Oklahoma’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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Another step closer to the Supreme Court.

Russians Really, Really Like Vladimir Putin, And That Makes Ending The Ukraine Crisis Harder

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Vladimir Putin has become immensely popular in Russia again, and its not hard to figure out why.

Casey Kasem’s Body Missing From Funeral Home

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The bizarre family feud that erupted in public before Casey Kasem’s death last month continues: Casey Kasem’s body is no longer at the Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, a rep for the radio icon’s eldest daughter said Friday. The situation is “pure insanity,” rep Danny Deraney told the Los Angeles Times, confirming […]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

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Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

Ted Cruz Ready To Force A Showdown Over Immigration?

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The Texas Senator is threatening to block any bill dealing with the border crisis that doesn’t defund the relief President Obama granted to children of illegal immigrants last year.

Italian Appeals Court Overturns Berlusconi Conviction On Underage Sex Charges

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has had his June 2013 conviction on underage sex charges overturned by an Italian appeals court: ROME — An appeals court in Milan on Friday overturned the conviction of the former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, for paying for sex with a minor, and revoked his seven-year prison sentence […]

State Court Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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A state court Judge in Florida has become the latest jurist to strike down a state’s ban on same-sex marriage: In a decision some called “the beginning of the end” of Florida’s ban on gay marriage, a Monroe County judge ruled Thursday that two Key West bartenders and other gay couples must be allowed to […]

Hillary Clinton Remains The Overwhelming Choice Of Democrats For 2016

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If Hillary Clinton is going to have a serious challenge in 2016, the person who will do that has yet to emerge.

Why Were Commercial Jets Flying Over Eastern Ukraine To Begin With?

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Basically, the answer is that nobody really thought there was much of a risk that a plane could be shot down.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Israel Begins Ground Operations In Gaza

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The next phase of Israel’s attack on Hamas has begun.

Todd Akin Won’t Shut Up About Rape

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Todd Akin continues to give Republicans headaches.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

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Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

Manuel Noriega Suing Makers Of ‘Call Of Duty’

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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the creators of Call Of Duty for using his likeness in their video game: Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator, has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc., the video game company behind the popular “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” game, for depicting him as a “kidnapper, murderer and […]

Scientists: AIDS Could Be Brought Under Control By 2030

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Health experts are saying we could basically eliminate AIDS, or at least bring it under control, in fifteen years if we do the right things.

Rupert Murdoch Rebuffed In Initial Bid To Buy Time Warner, But It’s Not Over Yet

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Big news, and potentially a big merger, in the entertainment industry.

Majority Of Republicans Support Obama’s Impeachment

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A lot of Republicans dislike the President enough to think that he should be removed from office, but will that make impeachment more likely to happen?

Six Californias? It May Be On The Ballot In 2016, But It Probably Won’t Happen

Six Californias

A Silicon Valley businessman says he has enough signatures to get it on the ballot, but the plan to break California up into six states is most assuredly going nowhere.

Even Marion Barry Thinks Rob Ford Has Made A Fool Of Himself

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Slate’s David Weigel asked former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who has had his own share of personal problems over the year, to comment on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: We also talked about Rob Ford. Sorry, but I couldn’t resist. Ford is still running for re-election in Toronto, and he’s become a kind of laughingstock, but […]

Arizona Republican Mistakes Bus Filled With Kids Headed To Camp For Bus Of Migrant Children

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A Republican candidate for Congress who showed up for a protest against a bus shipping migrants from the Texas border to a holding facility in Arizona ended up protesting a bunch of kids on a YMCA outing: Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the […]

Could The GOP Nominate A Candidate Who Supports Same-Sex Marriage In 2016?

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It seems improbable, but the national landscape on same-sex marriage is changing so quickly that even the Republican Party may find itself changing faster than some might think.

TSA Agent Stops Reporter Because He Didn’t Know Washington D.C. Is Part Of The United States

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The Washington reporter for an Orlando television station was initially stopped from getting on a plane because he didn’t believe that the reporter’s Washington, D.C. Driver’s License was a valid form of identification: ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the […]

Thank God For Negative Campaigning

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Rather than being a bad thing, negative campaigning is an essential part of our political system.

Journalist, Activist, And Undocumented Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas Detained By Border Patrol

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Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who revealed that he had been in the country illegally since he was a child in a 2011 article in The New York Times and has since become something of an activist on immigration issues, has been detained in Texas: McAllen, Tex. — Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented Filipino […]

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