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Debt Default In Argentina

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To our south, the nation of Argentina has just defaulted on billions of dollars in loans thanks largely to a dispute with at U.S. hedge fund: The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E. Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a position where it […]

So, Which Party Actually Brought Up Impeachment First Anyway?

Impeach Obama Signs

It wasn’t the Democrats.

Obama To Take New Executive Action On Immigration?

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According to some reports, President Obama may be about to make an end run around Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Despite International Pressure, Israeli Public Supports Netanyahu On The War In Gaza

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The Israeli public if overwhelmingly behind the war in Gaza, and that means it will probably continue for awhile.

Economy Bounces Back From The Polar Vortex Slowdown

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A much better Second Quarter.

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

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The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

Theodore Van Kirk, Last Surviving Member Of Enola Gay Crew, Dies At 93

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The last surviving member of the crew that piloted the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in war in history on Hiroshima, Japan, has died at the age of 93: Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 […]

Bob McDonnell Trial Opens On A Pathetic And Sordid Note

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The trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened yesterday, and it sounded more like a soap opera than a legal proceeding.

Republicans Dismiss Impeachment As A Democratic Ploy, But May Still Face A Dilemma

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Republicans are dismissing talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy, but it may be they are protesting just a bit too much.

Federal Court Of Appeals Rejects New Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare

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A Federal Appeals Court has rejected a challenge to Obamacare based on a somewhat obscure provision of the Constitution.

Majority Of Americans Say Children Who Have Crossed The Border Should Be Treated As Refugees

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The American people don’t want to turn those migrant children from Central America away after all.

Majority of Florida Voters Supports Marijuana Legalization

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In November, voters in Florida will be voting on a referendum on whether or not to legalize marijuana for medicinal uses, but a new poll indicates that a majority of Floridians support full legalization already: A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 […]

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Another Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the marriage equality debate.

Hobby Lobby Could Be Creating New Gender Gap Problems For Republicans

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The Hobby Lobby decision could end up motivating women voters to turn out to vote against Republicans in the fall.

Chamber Of Commerce To Endorse Mary Landrieu In Louisiana Senate Race?

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been at the center of many of the “Establishment v. Tea Party” battles that we’ve seen during the 2014 primary season, generally backing incumbents and candidates closer to the traditional idea of Republican conservatism over candidates supported by Tea Party groups and national organizations such as FreedomWorks. The Chamber […]

Federal Judge Strikes Down D.C. Law Barring Carrying Handguns In Public

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In a logical extension of the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller, a Federal Judge has struck down D.C.’s law barring people from carrying handguns in public.

The Failures Of Obama’s Leadership

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Fairly or not, the President has created the impression that he is not a good leader, and there’s not much he can do about it at this point.

Sarah Palin Launches Subscription Based Online TV Channel

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Sarah Palin is launching her own online channel: Sarah Palin says she’s fed up with traditional news media outlets. So she’s starting her own online channel. In a Sunday video, the former Republican vice presidential nominee announced the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based Web site that she says will offer news, video chats with her and […]

Top House Republican Dodges Question On Impeachment

Two elephants play soccer at the Elephant Ranch in the village of Platschow in northern Germany.

In an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise refused to rule out the idea of impeaching President Obama: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday repeatedly declined to give a straight answer on whether he would support impeaching President Obama. Even in the relatively friendly confines of Fox News […]

Ukraine Is A Test For Europe. Does It Have The Will To Even Make The Effort To Pass?

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What the West does in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is largely up to Europe, not the United States.

Initial Flight 17 Investigation Finds Evidence Consistent With Missile Strike

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No surprises so far.

Taliban Making Gains In Afghanistan

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As Afghanistan’s political factions continue to squabble, there are some indications that the Taliban are having some success on the battlefield: MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain […]

The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

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The Grey Lady sees the light on a major part of the War On Drugs.

Americans Divided On Israel’s Actions In Gaza

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A new poll shows that Americans are divided over Israel’s actions in Gaza, but this most likely will not impact relations between the two countries.

U.S. Evacuates Embassy In Tripoli Amid Renewed Violence

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Add Libya to the list of the world’s trouble spots.

Afghan Political Deal Falling Apart?

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It was just about two weeks ago that the various political faction in Afghanistan seemingly resolved the crisis that had developed in the wake of a Presidential election that was clouded in allegations of fraud with a political deal that would result in changes to the way Afghanistan’s government works. Now, though, it appears that […]

World War One And Ukraine

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History matters.

Israel Rejects Temporary Cease Fire Plan As Gaza Conflict Continues To Rage

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Hopes for a temporary respite in the Gaza conflict faded away today.

Russia Getting Ready To Escalate In Ukraine?

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Things are getting serious in eastern Ukraine.

The Solar Storm That Nearly Destroyed Civilization As We Know It

July 2012 Coronal Mass Ejection

Just about two years ago, we dodged a bullet. We might not be so lucky next time.

Wikipedia Blocking Congress From Editing Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is blocking Congressional IP Addresses from editing Wikipedia articles: Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”. The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The […]

Majority Of Americans Oppose Both Impeachment And The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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Once again the GOP finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion.

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

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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

Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

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

Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

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

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