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Republicans Will Hold The House, And Are Likely To Add To Their Majority

Election 2014

While the battle for the Senate remains up in the air, the Republican majority in the House remains secure.

Kissinger Wanted To Bomb Cuba

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Newly released documents reveal that Henry Kissinger wanted to attack Cuba in the mid-1970s.

CDC Confirms First Ebola Case In The United States

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For the first time, someone has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

Another Secret Service Breach Put Armed Man With Criminal Record In Elevator With Obama

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The security lapses at the Secret Service just continue to mount.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Subsidies For Federal Obamacare Exchanges

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A legal setback for the Affordable Care Act, but the important arguments on this issue lie in higher courts.

F.C.C. Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule Over N.F.L Objections

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A long standing rule is finally repealed, but it’s not likely to change your viewing choices.

Ebola Outbreak In Nigeria Looks Like It’s Over

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Some good news on the Ebola front: Since the first patient — a dying Liberian-American — flew into Lagos, Nigeria, on July 20, the disease spread to 20 other people in two cities, who had contact with nearly 900 others. But every known case has now died or recovered, and the cure rate was unusually […]

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Agreement To Keep 10,000 U.S. Troops In Country Past 2014

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U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for at least the next three years.

Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah Penalized For End Zone Muslim Prayer?

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Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah was charged with an excessive celebration penalty after taking a position of prayer after scouring a touchdown off an interception in last night’s Chiefs routing of the Patriots, and some people are raising red flags: Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and […]

Supreme Court Allows Changes In Ohio Early Voting To Remain In Effect

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The Supreme Court has issued a stay that will allow changes to Ohio’s early voting law to remain in effect for this year’s election. That was the correct decision.

White House Fence Jumper Got Deep Inside The Building

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Last week’s security breach just became a lot more serious.

Congress Has Abdicated Its Constitutional Responsibility In The War Against ISIS

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Speaker Boehner wants to delay a vote on the ISIS war until January, but any such debate will be meaningless because Congress has already abdicated responsibility.

Battle For Senate Control Tipping Towards The GOP?

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Two weeks after it seemed to be tightening, there are signs the battle for control of the Senate may be moving in the GOP’s direction.

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

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Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

Hong Kong Rocked With Protests As China Tries To Limit Political Rights

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The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with protesters upset over China’s efforts to control the city’s political future.

Americans Support Air Strikes Against ISIS, Oppose Ground Troops

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The American public’s support for the President’s war against ISIS has its limits.

New York Post Attacks A Day Old Baby

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This is how The New York Post chose to mark the birth of Chelsea Clinton’s baby yesterday: Way to stay classy, guys.

No, Pennsylvania Is Not Blaming A Woman For Her Own Rape

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Facts are stubborn things.

Third-Party Candidates Poised To Play Big Role In Deciding Senate Control

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Third-party candidates in several states could end up having a big say in the battle for control of the Senate.

Candidate For Navajo Nation Presidency Under Fire For Not Speaking Navajo Well Enough

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Politics, the law, culture, and a very old language collide.

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Ill, May Have Diabetes And Gout

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North Korea’s young, reclusive leader may be ill, because even the North Korean press is acknowledging that something is wrong: That Kim Jong-un is carrying a few extra pounds has been obvious since he became North Korea’s leader in late 2011. But speculation that his increasing weight – apparently partly due to a weakness for […]

Weekly Standard Columnist Ends Up On TSA Watch List For No Rational Reason

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The TSA is up to its usual shenanigans.

Law Enforcement Claims New Apple And Google Encryption Policies Will Hurt Investigations

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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Apple and Google’s efforts to provide greater privacy to users.. They’re wrong.

Economy Grew At 4.6% In Second Quarter

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A strong rebound for the economy from the downturn at the start of the year.

Derek Jeter Ends His Yankee Stadium Career With A Moment Straight Out Of Hollywood

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After a season in which he received retirement honors in every city the Yankees played in, last night was Derek Jeter’s last home game at Yankee Stadium, and it ended better than a Hollywood screenwriter could have scripted it: He almost started crying as he drove himself to Yankee Stadium in the afternoon. He had […]

The Next Attorney General And Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress

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The next Attorney General will likely see their nomination taken up by Senators who will not be in office past December. That’s somewhat disturbing, but it’s become all too common in Washington.

Daily Show Airs “Controversial” Redskins Segment

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Last night, The Daily Show aired the segment about the Redskins that James Joyner earlier this week. It’s pretty standard fare for a Jason Jones piece, but they didn’t actually end up airing very much footage from the “confrontation” between the Redskins fans and the group of Native American Indians Jones had interviewed: “The Daily Show […]

Social Conservatives Campaign Against Republicans Who Endorsed Same-Sex Marriage

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Opponents of marriage equality clearly don’t like the idea of a “big tent” in the GOP on the issue.

The President’s War Is Lacking A Convincing Plan

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The Administration’s policy in the President’s war against ISIS has no coherent plan, and that virtually guarantees escalation.

Phil Simms Won’t Say ‘Redskins’ During Tonight’s Football Game

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Tonight, CBS will be broadcasting the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, and at least one of the two announcers will be trying to avoid referring to one of the teams by its name: CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying “Redskins” during Washington’s […]

Cabinet Tenure In Perspective

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As I noted in my earlier post, once Eric Holder’s resignation becomes final, there will only be two people left from the Cabinet that President Obama selected when he first entered office, the Secretaries of Education and Agriculture. In the meantime, Holder will have been the fourth longest serving Attorney General in history. The Fix’s Philip Bump […]

Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign

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One of last members of President Obama’s original cabinet is stepping aside.

The Economist On Obama’s War Against ISIS: ‘Mission Relaunched’

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The cover for the new edition of The Economist draws a direct parallel between the President’s war against ISIS and his predecessors invasion of Iraq: This week's cover preview: Mission relaunched September 27th – October 3rd 2014 Read via: http://t.co/oojziSoY1o pic.twitter.com/v7zXxpvYNp — The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 25, 2014 Given the rather direct connections between Bush’s war and […]

South Carolina Cop Charged After Dashcam Video Of Shooting Of Unarmed Man Emerges

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A South Carolina State Trooper has been charged in connection with the shooting of an unarmed man at a gas station that seem pretty outrageous: (emphasis mine) On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled over Levar Edward Jones for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, South Carolina, and subsequently shot the unarmed man in the hip. In newly […]

Mitt Romney 2016? Maybe More Likely Than We’ve Been Thinking

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While it still seems unlikely that he’ll run, Mitt Romney does seem to be leaving the door open to a third run at the White House.

Forest Service Requires Media To Pay Fees To Take Pictures On Government Land

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Freedom Of The Press, if you can afford to pay the fee.

Hamid Karzai Blasts United States In Farewell Address

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Before leaving office, Hamid Karzai is once again biting that hand that has fed him for the past decade.

Justice Ginsburg Won’t Resign Because Obama Couldn’t Appoint A Good Replacement

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Once again, Justice Ginsburg is telling people she has no plans to resign, but her explanation is a bit different this time.

Jim Webb For President?

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

The former Virginia Senator is talking about running for President.

Obama’s Coffee Cup Salute Leads To Latest Outrage Of The Day

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The usual suspects flew into outrage mode on social media and in the blogosphere earlier today when video emerged of President Obama saluting a Marine while holding what appears to be a Starbucks cup in his hand: Some are calling it the “latte salute.” When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street […]

Pentagon Says Obama’s War Against ISIS Likely To Last Years

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The war against ISIS continues to silently escalate, with little input from the people’s representatives in Congress.

Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison In Campaign Finance Case

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Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza won’t have to worry about spending time in prison on his conviction for breaking campaign finance laws: The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws. Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court […]

ISIS Wasn’t The Only Target We Hit In Syria Last Night

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ISIS wasn’t the only target of America’s air strikes in Syria last night, we also hit targets associated with an al Qaeda linked group that heretofore had not received much attention in the media: U.S. military forces attacked more than just the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night. President Obama confirmed in his brief […]

U.S. To Get Rid Of All Land Mines, Except The Ones In Korea

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The United States will be destroying its stockpile of land mines, with one notable exception: The United States pledged Tuesday to destroy its land mine supply outside of the Korean peninsula, in Washington’s latest move to make good on a decade-old promise to sign up to an international treaty banning the weapons. “We will diligently undertake to […]

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million By January

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The Centers For Disease Control has a particularly grim forecast for Africa’s ongoing Ebola epidemic: Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on […]

Yemeni Rebels Seize Portion Of Capital

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While the world pays attention to Syria and Iraq, Yemen is once against lurching into chaos.

Ben Carson: ‘Strong Likelihood’ I’ll Run For President

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Ben Carson, the now apparently neurosurgeon who has become something of a celebrity on the right thanks to his outspoken, and often outrageous, comments about President Obama, says that he’s likely to run for President in 2016: Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson said there is a “strong” likelihood that you will […]

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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President Obama has opened a new front in his “war” against ISIS

Most Americans Don’t Care Very Much About Who Controls Congress

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A majority of Americans don’t care very much who controls Congress.

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhones In Three Days

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Apple sold ten million new iPhones in three days: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the […]

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