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General Mills Reverses Position On Right To Sue

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Late last week, I wrote about a change of policy by General Mills that seemed to say that consumers who interact with the company online would abandon their right to sue the company in court and would instead be forced to send their disputes to arbitration. After pretty much universally negative reactions, the company has […]

Elizabeth Warren Once Again Says She’s Not Running For President

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is once again telling supporters that she has no plans to run for President in 2016: (CNN) - Days before the release of her new book, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reiterated that she’s not angling for a White House bid. “I’m not running for president,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview that […]

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an […]

Should We Eliminate “Hate” Crimes?

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Does it really matter why Fraizer Glenn Miller murdered three people in Kansas?

Oklahoma To Charge Homeowners Who Install Solar Panels

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Crony capitalism in The Sooner State.

Fox Takes Up Residence At The White House

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Not the network, the animal: WASHINGTON—There’s a new guest at the White House. Unlike most people who pass through the presidential residence, he wasn’t invited. But in cutthroat Washington fashion, he saw weakness and took advantage. Now he rests and plays uninhibited at the seat of power. He also has pointy ears and a bushy […]

Whatever Happened To The Captain Going Down With The Ship?

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Cowardice. There really isn’t any other word for it.

The Best Time Of Day To Fly

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Nate Silver nearly missed his flight on Friday so, as any self-respecting data nerd would do, he crunched the numbers to try to determine when the best time to fly might be: The best time to fly is between 6 and 7 in the morning. Flights scheduled to depart in that window arrived just 8.6 […]

In 1914, Boston Braves Wore Hats With Swastikas On Them

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There used to be a time when swastikas were thought to bring good luck: Why were the Boston Braves wearing a swastika on their caps when they opened the 1914 season against the Brooklyn Dodgers? The swastika’s nearly universal association with Nazi Germany was still years away, although a militarist German youth movement adopted it as […]

Even With Paywalls, Newspapers Are Still Bleeding Cash

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Adding paywalls isn’t stopping the decline of the newspaper industry.

U.S. To Conduct Military Drills In Poland, Estonia

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As the Ukraine situation continues to move toward an outcome that seems hard to predict, the United States is about to send a message of sorts to Russia: WASHINGTON — The United States plans to carry out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia in an attempt to reassure NATO’s Eastern European members worried about […]

President Obama Delays Decision On Keystone XL Yet Again

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Once again, the Obama Administration punts on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Avalanche Brings Single Deadliest Day Ever On Mt. Everest

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An avalanche on the world’s highest mountain has resulted in the deaths of at least twelve Nepalese Sherpas: KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were […]

There Are A Lot More Twins Out There

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Alexis Madrigal notes that there are more twins being born today than there used to be: From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent.  Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed […]

Majority Of Colorado Voters Have Smoked Pot

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This is perhaps the least surprising poll result ever: More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters. Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing […]

Hillary Clinton’s Favorability No Longer At Unsustainably High Levels

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Hillary Clinton’s numbers aren’t at the incredibly high levels they used to be, but they were never going to stay that high anyway.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Is Running For Re-Election

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The guy who may be the most unique Mayor in all of North America formally opened his re-elec Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially launched his re-election campaign before a crowd of supporters Thursday night — sticking closely to the issues he has stressed over his last four years as mayor. In a 30-minute speech before […]

Kathleen Sebelius Says She’s Not Running For Senate

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As I noted earlier this week, some Kansas Democrats were suggesting that Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas Governor and outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, should run for Senate this year for the seat currently held by Republican Pat Roberts. Yesterday, Sebelius made it clear that she’s not interested in running: WASHINGTON — Kathleen […]

Chelsea Clinton Pregnancy Reveals Everything Bad About Political Media

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Chelsea Clinton is pregnant, and once again America’s political pundits are making fools of themselves.

‘Like’ A Brand Online And Lose The Right To Sue

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Interactions between consumers and businesses online are starting to have an impact on the legal system.

Secret Service Threatened To Kill Mets Mascot

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One of the men who played the role of Mr. Met, the baseball-headed mascot of the New York Mets, relates that he was once told by a Secret Service Agent that getting close to President Clinton would be a big mistake: John Wilkes Booth. Lee Harvey Oswald. Mr. Met? A Secret Service agent threatened to […]

Lawyer Who Defended California’s Proposition 8 Looking Forward To His Daughter’s Lesbian Wedding

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The lawyer who defended California’s Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court is having what some are calling a change of heart: The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is […]

Ted Cruz’s Dumb Shutdown Stunt Hurt His Fundraising

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Apparently, Ted Cruz’s shutdown stunt last fall is hurting him in the pocketbook: Ted Cruz’s fundraising dropped sharply in the early months of 2014 after peaking during the government shutdown, a signal that his central role in that fight was a boon to his campaign finances. The Texas Republican’s fundraising still remained strong in 2014 […]

Scientists Find Earth-Sized, Possibly Habitable, Planet

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NASA scientists have discovered the first earth-sized planet outside the Solar System that may also be habitable: It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world discovered so far, astronomers announced on Thursday. The planet, known as Kepler […]

Pro-Russian Forces Ordering Jews In East Ukraine To ‘Register’

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A disturbing development in the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine: Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue […]

Invading Crimea Has Harmed Russia’s Economy

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The invasion of Crimea may have cost Russia a lot more than it expected: MOSCOW — Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more territory in Ukraine’s east — and potentially add to Moscow’s economic burden. Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea […]

Two Joe Biden’s On The Ballot In 2016?

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Vice President Biden continues to leave open the possibility of running for President in 2016, but his son Beau Biden, whose actual name is Joseph Robinette Biden III, has already decided that he’ll be running for Governor of Delaware that year: DOVER, Del. — Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that […]

North Korea On The Verge Of Collapse? Don’t Count On It

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Predicting the end of the DPRK is a fool’s errand.

Joe Biden’s Cadillac For Sale On Craigslist

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A 2005 Cadillac STS that was apparently was owned by Vice-President Biden is for sale: The car’s current owner, Jeff Finkle, is currently advertising the car on Craigslis tunder the heading, “2005 Cadillac sts v8 joe Biden owned it 2005-2008 – $15000.” “Joe Biden caddy sts v8 North Star engine 4×4. Total package everything included. Push […]

Coming Soon: A Reality Show Staring Capitol Hill Staffers

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It would appear that the reality show meme may be finally jumping the shark: Hollywood might soon be coming to Hollywood for Ugly People. Sources tell the Washington Examiner that a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently […]

Free Porn For Members Of Congress

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If you get elected to Congress, you get free porn: Congressional offices have a porn problem, but it’s not exactly what you think. Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress. The dirty mag comes in a plain manila envelope, fairly undetectable to the poor […]

SCOTUSBlog Losing Press Access To The Supreme Court

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If a decision by the Senate Press Gallery stands, SCOTUSBlog’s ability to cover the Supreme Court will be significantly restricted.

When Did Posters From A Defeated Murderous Dictatorship Become Pop Art?

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s choices in home decor raise an interesting question.

NATO Plans New Deployments In Response To Russia

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NATO seems intent on sending a signal to Vladmir Putin that there are limits to his patience.

Islamist Rebels Kidnap Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls

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This story out of Nigeria’s ongoing conflict with Islamist rebels doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well: (Reuters) – Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to […]

Your Brain Starts To Deteriorate At Age 24

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Apparently, youth is even more fleeting than we thought: That’s according to researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, who have foundthat measurable declines in cognitive performance begin to occur at age 24. In terms of brainpower, you’re over the hill by your mid-20s. The researchers measured this by studying the performance of thousands of players of […]

Kathleen Sebelius For Senate?

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Just days after resigning as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Seblieus is apparently been courted to run for Senate in November: WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the […]

How Congress Got Booze During Prohibition

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The fact that alcohol consumption was illegal in the United States for a decade in the 20th Century didn’t stop Members of Congress from getting their libations: While members of Congress may have championed Prohibition laws on the House floor, many of them happily broke the rules in any of the 3,000 speakeasies scattered throughout […]

Absurd, Pointless Lawsuit Against Filibuster Dismissed By Federal Appeals Court

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An unsurprising result in a lawsuit that never should have been filed

Brad Pitt To Play General Stanley McChrystal In Afghan War Movie

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The book that the late Michael Hastings wrote based on the time he spent following former Afghan War Commander General Stanley McChrystal is set to become a movie starring Brad Pitt in the role of the General who ultimately was forced to resigned due to his comments about civilian and military superiors: There are few […]

Supreme Court To Decide If Politicians Can Be Sued For Lying During A Campaign

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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week in an important First Amendment case.

Ukraine Begins Military Operations

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The Ukrainian government has said that it has begun military operations in the east in response to rising unrest: SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — After days of failing to enforce its own ultimatums, the Ukrainian government on Tuesday began what the president called a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the east of the country. The […]

21st Century Kids Try To Figure Out What A Walkman Is

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Watch this, and prepare to feel very old: On the bright side, these kids will be able to keep in shape getting off of everyone’s lawn.

“Shoe Truthers” Claim Hillary Clinton Shoe Throwing Incident Was Staged

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On Thursday, Hillary Clinton was giving a speech in Las Vegas before an waste management industry trade group convention when a woman ran to the front of the room and threw a shoe at her: (CNN) – A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to […]

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out Of State Gay Marriages

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A partial victory, but a victory nonetheless.

Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian

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Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

No Justice Stevens, We Don’t Need To “Fix” The Second Amendment

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The Second Amendment isn’t broken, and you don’t fix things that aren’t broken.

Most Americans Don’t Think Barack Obama Is Black

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A new Pew Research poll finds something very interesting when it asks Americans how they perceive the President of the United States: [A]ccording to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.” While […]

Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On The Right To Secede From The Union

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At its convention next month, the Wisconsin Republican Party will vote on a resolution supporting the right of states to secede from the United States: To secede or not to secede. That will be the question for Wisconsin Republicans at next month’s convention. Earlier this month, the party’s Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a […]

Dutch Police Arrest 14 Year Old Girl For Twitter Threat Against American Airlines

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A Dutch teenager is apparently getting a lesson in the perils of not thinking before you communicate online: AMSTERDAM — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself […]

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