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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two Crash

Another setback for commercial space ventures, the second this week and this time with tragic consequences.

Maine Court Rejects State Request To Quarantine, Restrict Movements, Of Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickcox

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

A Maine Judge has largely rejected the efforts of the State of Maine to restrict the movements of Kaci Hickcox

Trick Or Treating Didn’t Always Mean Getting Candy

Halloween Candy

Not too long ago, Trick Or Treating didn’t mean getting candy produced by large corporations.

Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot In Oregon, Alaska, And Washington, D.C.

Marijuana Plant

Two states and the nation’s capital could have legal marijuana after Tuesday’s elections.

What If Republicans Don’t Win Control Of The Senate?

Elephants Fighting

The odds say that the GOP will end up with a Senate majority in the 114th Congress when all the votes are counted, but if it doesn’t happen then there’s likely to be quite a battle inside the GOP.

Puppies Reenact The SCOTUS Oral Argument In The Hobby Lobby Case

Hobby Lobby

Last week I wrote about an amusing skit on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight in which he used puppies to renact portions of a Supreme Court oral argument and then made raw footage available to allow viewers to do it themselves. Well, someone took the entire recording of the oral argument in the Hobby […]

Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

Acela Corridor Pundits Don’t Like Chris Christie’s Style, Will The Rest Of America Agree?

Chris Christie Victory Speech 2013

Once again, reporters and pundits are arguing that Chris Christie’s “New Jersey style” won’t play well on the stump. I’m not so sure they’re right.

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

Oil-prices

Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Would You Fly On This Airplane?

Windowless Plane

If a British aerospace company gets its way, you could one day have a chance to fly in a passenger plane where the windows are replaced by wraparound view screens that show you what’s outside the plane all around you: A British aerospace company released pictures Sunday of its “windowless” plane concept that would make even the […]

Kaci Hickcox Threatens To Sue Maine Authorities Over Ebola Quarantine Order

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

We may have our first legal challenge to an Ebola quarantine order by tomorrow

Slipping Support Among Key Groups, And Obama’s Job Approval, Have Democrats Worried

Election 2014

Important numbers in recent polling suggest big problems for Democrats on Tuesday.

The Difference Between The American And British Reactions To Ebola

Ebola Virus

A Twitter friend from across the pond passes this on example of how the Brits are basically reacting to American panic over Ebola by laughing at us: As I said in response, this is simultaneously hilarious and depressing

Pope Francis’s Remarks On The Big Bang Are Nothing New For The Catholic Church

Pope Francis

Pope Francis restates something the Catholic Church has taught for a long time and, again, the American media thinks its something new and revolutionary.

The Phony Populism Of Politicians

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Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to tell people they’re just “average Americans,” but they’re lying and the American people seem to have figured out that they’re lying.

Chart Of The Day: Ebola In West Africa Edition

Ebola Virus

While politicians in the United States worry about a grand total of one active Ebola cases in the United States, this chart from German Lopez at Vox shows that the disease continues on the march in western Africa: There are some indications that, at the very least, the worst case scenarios that W.H.O. and other […]

Sarah Palin Pretending She Might Run For Office Again

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With the midterms over, it’s time for Sarah Palin to start grifting again.

The New College Football Playoff System Won’t Be Any Better Than the B.C.S. Was

College Football Championship Trophy

The B.C.S. was far from perfect, and the College Football Playoff system will be, at best, only slightly better.

Antares Rocket Headed To Space Station Explodes Seconds After Liftoff

APTOPIX Space Station

A disappointing setback.

Jon Stewart On Ebola Paranoia And Quarantine Madness

Ebola Virus

Jon Stewart laid in last night on the political panic over Ebola and the quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey, and it was about as good as you’d expect. Here’s Part One: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive And here’s Part Two: The Daily […]

Kim Jong Un’s Absence Due To Foot Surgery, Report Claims

Kim Jong Un

Reports out of South Korea are claiming that Kim Jong Un’s month and a half long absence was due to foot surgery: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view aroused rumors that he was ill or deposed, or both, was recovering from surgery on his left […]

Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Ideas Present An Opportunity For the GOP

Rand Paul Filibuster

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continues to challenge Republican orthodoxy on foreign policy, and that’s a good thing.

Ebola And Mandatory Quarantines: A Delicate Balance Between Personal Liberty And Public Safety

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Mandatory quarantines are a massive violation of personal liberty. We ought to be careful in how, when, and why we impose them and who they are directed toward.

Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Using Redskins Name Controversy In Hail Mary Ad Campaign

Washington Redskins Helmet

Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie picked an odd issue on which to start his closing argument to Virginia voters.

Do I Need An ID To Vote? It Depends What State You Live In

Voter ID Required Sign

The Washington Post has this handy chart to tell you if you need identification to vote, and what kind you might need: (click to enlarge)   Given all the press coverage the issue has received, I was somewhat surprised to see that the number of states where identification is a voting requirement is relatively small, […]

Washington State Voters Set To Approve Universal Background Checks For Gun Purchases

Gun Flag

Two gun control initiatives will be on the ballot for voters in Washington State, but its the one that would expand background checks that looks likely to win: Do you want expanded background checks for gun purchases? Do you not want expanded background checks for gun purchases? Those two competing questions will be on the ballot […]

New England Journal Of Medicine On Ebola Quarantines

Ebola Virus

The New England Journal of Medicine is out with an editorial on the Ebola quarantines that’s worth a read, here’s the money quote: In the end, the calculus is simple, and we think the governors have it wrong. The health care workers returning from West Africa have been helping others and helping to end the […]

Amber Ray Vinson, Nurse Stricken With Ebola, To Be Released From Hospital

Ebola Virus

Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse to have been infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, will be released from the hospital today: DALLAS – Amber Vinson, one of two Texas nurses to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, will be released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, officials said. […]

Jimmy Carter To The Right Of Dick Cheney On Same-Sex Marriage?

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Former President Jimmy Carter sounds more like a Republican than a Democrat on same-sex marriage these days: Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview published Sunday that decisions on same-sex marriage should be left up to the states. “I don’t think that the government ought to ever tell the church to marry people, if […]

Pat Roberts Engages In Gitmo Fearmongering To Win Re-Election

Guantanamo Bay Camp Entrance

Facing a tough re-election battle, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is engaging in abject fearrmongering.

Senator Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Pot Legalization

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has ventured into an issue that, so far, none of his fellow Senators have felt comfortable following: Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. “I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview […]

Koch Brothers Donation Brings Attention To Inadequacies Of Indigent Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorney In Court

The Koch Brothers are putting money behind an effort to reform a part of the legal system that is ignored far too often.

U.S. Troops Returning From Liberia To Be Quarantined At U.S. Base In Italy

Ebola Virus

The Pentagon has announced that U.S. troops returning from west Africa will be isolated for twenty-one days to monitor them for signs of Ebola: U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The soldiers being […]

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Nurse Held In Ebola Quarantine In New Jersey Being Permitted To Go Home

Ebola Virus

Kaci Hickcox, who has been held in isolation since arriving at Newark Liberty Airport Friday afternoon, is being released and will be allowed to continue her quarantine at home in Maine: A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital […]

With One Week To Go, The Midterms Are Looking Good For the GOP

Election 2014

Things are looking good for the GOP to take over the Senate, but there are still several right races that could tip the balance one way or the other.

New York, New Jersey Modify Ebola Quarantine Policy

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

After an avalanche of negative commentary, the Governors of New York and New Jersey have modified their policy regarding quarantining people returning from west Africa.

Reince Priebus And Debbie Wasserman Schultz Prove Why You Should Never Watch Sunday Morning “News” Shows

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The two major party chairpersons appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and proceeded to act like a bunch of three year old kids fighting on the playground: A CNN “State Of The Union” debate on the midterm elections between Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) quickly devolved […]

Nurse Quarantined Under Christie/Cuomo Policy Raises Concerns About Policy

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

The first person to be quarantined under the new policy announced by New York and New Jersey is raising concerns about the way she was treated, and whether the policy is even the right idea.

World Health Organization: Ebola Cases In Africa Top 10,000

Ebola Virus

The World Health Organization has upped the number of people known to be infected with Ebola in Africa to over 10,000: GENEVA — The number of people infected with Ebola in three West African countries has exceeded 10,000, the World Health Organization reported Saturday. A total of 10,141 people had contracted the disease worldwide, the […]

Darth Vader Running For Parliament In Ukraine

Darth Vader Ukraine

Among the candidates in today’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine is a Dark Lord of the Sith: One candidate in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to […]

No Quarantine In D.C. Area For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

Ebola Virus

Unlike New York and New Jersey, there will be no Ebola quarantine in the Washington, D.C. area for people arriving from the west African nations where it has become a crisis: One day after governors in New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine on medical workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in […]

In Many States, It’s A Midterm Election In Name Only

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In many states, there aren’t really any races at all this year even if both parties have candidates on the ballot.

Google Executive Alan Eustace Completes Record Breaking Skydive From 135,890 Feet

Alan Eustace Skydive

A Google Executive jumps from the edge of space, breaking a record.

Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

Baseball And Cash

Not surprisingly a Federal Judge has blocked New Jersey’s latest effort to legalize sports gaming. As a matter of policy, though, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be legal to place wagers on sporting events.

Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

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It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Against Chris McDaniel In Dispute Over GOP Senate Primary

Chris McDaniel

The most bizarre race of 2014 is finally over.

New York, New Jersey Order Quarantine For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

A surprise move from Governors Christie and Cuomo that sounds like a good idea but may not be as effective, or legal, as it sounds.

Two Dead, Three Injured In Shooting At Seattle Area High School

Marysville High School

Another school shooting.

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