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U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Fear And Loathing In The Age Of Ebola

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As usual, politicians and pundits are helping to create a climate of fear and concern about Ebola that is not justified by the facts.

Crossfire Canceled Again

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CNN’s effort to bring back a show that had outlived its prime years ago has, predictably, failed.

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

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The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first […]

Puppies Reenact Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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Since the Supreme Court won’t allow cameras in the courtroom for oral argument, or indeed anything, John Oliver has come up with an alternative (one mildly NSFW word in the video): Here’s a link to the raw footage that John Oliver referenced in the video. There’s no sound to it since its meant for people […]

Ray Rice Could Be Back In The N.F.L. Before The Season Is Over

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CBS Sports reports that it is possible that Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens Running Back who was released by the team and indefinitely suspended by the N.F.L. after additional details of the February incident where he severely beat his now wife in an elevator, could be back in uniform before the end of the […]

Good News On The Ebola Front In The U.S., But The Real Battle Is In Africa

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America’s “Patient Zero” doesn’t appear to have spread Ebola very far, but continued vigilance is called for. And, we need to focus on the part of the world where there really is an Ebola Crisis.

Maine Yet Again Likely To Elect A Governor Who Most People Didn’t Vote For, And That’s Okay

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For the ninth time since 1974, the next Governor of Maine will likely be elected with less than 50% of the vote.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Nigerian Government Hopeful That Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Be Freed Next Week

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The Nigerian Government says it is hopeful that the schoolgirls who were kidnapped earlier this year by Boko Haram will be free early next week: Campaigners calling for the release of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls have said they are “cautiously optimistic” about a reported ceasefire between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants that would include the […]

Most Americans Support Supreme Court Decision, Expansion Of Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court’s expansion of same-sex marriage seems to be sitting well with the American public.

Republican Ad In Nebraska House Race Brings Up Memories Of Willie Horton

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Everything old is new again.

Senegal Declared Free Of Ebola

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Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Senegal is the latest nation in Africa to beat back the spread of Ebola from the “hot zone” countries in the western part of the continent: GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success […]

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Arizona, Will Come To Wyoming By Monday UPDATE: Make That Wyoming By Today

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This morning, a Federal District Court Judge in Arizona struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the nation gained its 31st state where same-sex marriage is recognized: PHOENIX — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is […]

Obama’s Credit Card Rejected

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President Obama had a bit of trouble paying for dinner during a recent visit to New York City: Turns out, even the president of the United States has had a credit card declined. “I should mention, by the way, that I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was there during the […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Obama Names ‘Ebola Czar,’ Doesn’t Explain Why We Need One

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President Obama has appointed an “Ebola Czar,” but it’s unclear why we need one when there are already people who are supposed to be in charge of the Ebola response.

It’s Time To End The U.S. Embargo Of Cuba

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The U.S. embargo of Cuba, and our lack of diplomatic recognition of the government in Havana, is an outdated relic of the Cold War. It’s time to end it.

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Second Ebola Nurse May Have Shown Early Symptoms Longer Than First Reported

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More Ebola news that could have a negative impact on public opinion.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

The Supreme Court Has A First Amendment Problem Right At Its Front Doorstep

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The Roberts court has been very good on First Amendment issues, but it needs to address the First Amendment issue right outside its front windows.

CBS Announces Streaming Service, And Cutting The Cord Starts To Become Easier

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One day after HBO, CBS announces its own streaming service. And the future approaches just a little bit faster.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

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A victory for the opponents of Voter ID laws that will be untouchable by the Supreme Court.

Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas Directed At Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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A not surprising outcome to a move that have had motives entirely unconnected to litigation.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

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We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

Alaska Governor’s Race Slipping From GOP Column

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While 2014 is looking like a Republican year, the Alaska Governor’s race seems to be slipping away from Republican control: Things have been looking up in recent months for Alaska Senate nominee Dan Sullivan, whose position against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has improved since his difficult primary ended. But the state’s other big-name Republican on […]

Rick Scott Delays Florida Governor’s Debate With Temper Tantrum Over Fan

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Yesterday’s debate between Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist almost didn’t happen because, well, Rick Scott was upset about a fan: In one of the weirdest, and most Floridian moments in debate history, Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate was delayed because Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to take the stage with Democratic challenger […]

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

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Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service In 2015

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The start of a trend? Probably.

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Mary Landrieu: Against Medical Marijuana, In Favor Of Keg Stands

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During last night’s Louisiana Senate debate, Senator Mary Landrieu came out against legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, while her chief Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is an M.D., said he favors it: Yet in a surprising moment later in the debate, Cassidy said he would support the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment, while […]

Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up

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A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

Sandwich Shop Workers Forced To Sign Non-Compete Agreements

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A national sandwich chain makes its employees sign a very restrictive covenant not to compete. It’s probably not enforceable.

Fifth Circuit Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect

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After a setback, Texas will be allowed to enforce its Voter ID law. At least for now.

Second Dallas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

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Another health care worker in Dallas is being treated for exposure to the Ebola Virus.

DSCC Pulls Ads For Grimes In Kentucky

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will not be spending any money for television ads in the final three weeks of the campaign in Kentucky, a move that seems to send a signal about what national Democrats really think about the prospects for Alison Lundergan Grimes: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, […]

Forecast For Ebola In West Africa Worsens

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Sobering news from the World Health Organization.

White House Won’t Name New Attorney General Until After Election

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The White House has announced that it will not announce a new pick for Attorney General until after the midterm elections: President Obama has decided to wait until after next month’s midterm elections to nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., White House officials said on Tuesday, effectively ensuring that the choice […]

Turkish Forces Bomb Kurdish Positions

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The Turks have entered the conflict in Syria. Unfortunately for the United States, it’s not on the side we would prefer.

Ann Romney Says No To A Third Romney Run

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Mitt Romney 2016? Not as far as his wife is concerned.

Americans Still Not Very Worried About Ebola

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It’s been a busy week on the Ebola front with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan and the news that a nurse who was treating him was diagnosed with the disease shortly after his death, not to mention several false alarms of people who were taken to hospitals for “Ebola-like” systems. Nonetheless, as yet Gallup […]

North Korean Media Shows Kim Jong Un In Public For First Time In 40 Days

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After an abcense of more than a month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been shown appearing in public by the country’s media: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view generated speculation about his health and grip on power, has visited a housing project and […]

Texas Attorney General Makes A Particularly Silly Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has made an incredibly weak argument in favor of his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Democrats Starting To Worry About Turnout In The Midterms

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Democrats are starting to worry that low turnout could turn a good year for the GOP into a very good year.

Court Rules That “Creepy” Photos Taken in Public Aren’t A Crime

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A District of Columbia Judge has ruled that photographs of women taken in public do not violate the law.

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