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Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

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Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

Jeb Bush Was a Naughty Boy

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So what?

We Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

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After weeks of giving every indication that he’s running for president yet again, Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not a candidate for 2016.

John McCain Calls Hearing Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’

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John McCain is not a fan of Code Pink.

Mitt Romney to Announce 2016 Plans Today

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Mitt Romney is set to make an announcement at 11 Eastern today. [UPDATE: He's out!]

Andrew Sullivan Calling it Quits

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Andrew Sullivan has “decided to stop blogging in the near future.”

King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia Dies At 90, Crown Prince Salman Becomes King

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A big change in an important nation in the most volatile part of the world.

House Republicans Drop Abortion Bill Vote At Last Minute, And It Was Smart Politics To Do So

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The House was set to vote on a ban on abortion after 20 weeks that never would have become law today but they pulled the bill. Conservatives are annoyed, but it was smart politics in the long run.

Are 80 People Richer Than Half the World? Not Really.

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While the issue of income inequality is quite real, Oxfam’s numbers are not.

Pope: Don’t Breed Like Rabbits. Or Use Birth Control.

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Pope Francis continues his world tour and has issued a paradox from his private jet.

Mitt Romney Touts Anti-Poverty Platform

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Mitt Romney certainly seems to be running for president again. And he’s now on at least his third reinvention.

ISIS Gaining Ground . . . But We’ve Stopped Their Momentum!

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ISIS owns more territory than it did when the US bombing campaign began.

Joe Paterno’s Wins Restored

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A victory for evil.

Pope Francis: One Cannot Make Fun of Faith

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Pope Francis has earned a reputation as a liberal in comparison to recent predecessors but he’s no liberal.

Obama’s Missed Opportunity

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My latest for The National Interest, “Obama’s Paris Blunder: Part of a Much Bigger Problem,” has posted.

Next Charlie Hebdo Cover Has Muhammad Saying ‘Je suis Charlie’

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Their editor and nine colleagues dead, their offices destroyed, the newspaper is not missing a beat.

Chris Christie Lampooned as Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

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The enmity against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for daring to root for the rival Dallas Cowboys has reached new lows, with the state’s newspapers lampooning him as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.  The Trentonian put this on its Friday cover: This follows Star-Ledger cartoonist Drew Sheneman‘s “Christie Does Dallas” parody earlier in the week:   Sheneman’s logic is […]

German Newspaper Firebombed After Republishing Charlie Hebdo Images

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The terrorism wave that began with the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices has not ended with the killing of the perpetrators. A follow-on attack has occurred in Germany and there are reports of “sleeper cells” being activated in France.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds

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David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Barbara Boxer Retiring At End of Term

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Senator Barbara Boxer has announced she will not run again in 2016. AP (“California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to Retire“): California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election […]

Catholic League President Blames Charlie Hebdo Publisher for Own Death

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Bill Donohue rightly condemns insulting Muslims—but goes way too far.

Terror Attack Kills 11 at French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

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At least 11 are dead and 10 wounded in an attack on free expression.

Boehner Strips Foes of Plum Posts

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You come at the king, you best not miss.

ESPN’s Conflict of Interest

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Can ESPN cover sports while partnering with the sports leagues?

Bring Back the BCS!

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Some preliminary thoughts on the inaugural college playoff system.

Airlines Want You Miserable and It Serves You Right

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JetBlu is joining the competition in charging bag fees and cramming in more seats.

US Economic Activity Map

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This graphic from February is making the rounds this morning: It was the Pew Research Center‘s Chart of the Week (“How metro areas drive the U.S. economy“) eight months ago. Their explanation: It probably should come as no surprise that most U.S. economic activity is concentrated in metropolitan areas. What may be surprising, and what […]

US Ground Troops Fighting ISIL

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The ground troops that United States has not sent into Iraq to fight ISIL are reportedly in Iraq fighting ISIL.

Kevin Drum’s Lympho-Somethings Way Down

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Great news on the Kevin Drum front: I’m 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy, and last week my doctor ordered up sort of a halftime report on how I’m doing. This is an extended set of lab tests, and today she called to tell me the results. Apparently they came out great. Unfortunately, […]

Russia Invades Ukraine, Hookers Raise Prices

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Talk about your second- and third-order effects.

Obama: Sony Attack ‘Vandalism’ Not War

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President Obama believes the North Korean attack on Sony was “an act of cyber vandalism” rather than “an act of war.”

Hate Speech and Academic Freedom

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Should a professor who says she “hates Republicans” keep her job?

South Dakota Pulls ‘Don’t Jerk and Drive’ Campaign

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  The South Dakota Department of Highway Safety’s “Don’t Jerk and Drive” campaign was a pundit’s wet dream. New York Magazine‘s Jessica Roy (“South Dakota Yanks ‘Don’t Jerk and Drive’ Ad Campaign“) has some fun with her report: South Dakota has yanked its “Don’t Jerk and Drive” ad campaign for reasons that are totally obvious […]

Jeb Bush Running for President

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The former Florida Governor announced that he’s taking the first step towards running for president in 2016.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow

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What now?

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

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Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State Head To College Football Playoffs

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You’ve got your playoff College Football fans, as imperfect as it was inevitably going to be.

Navy Strips Bill Cosby of Honorary Rank

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The Navy has stripped Navy veteran Bill Cosby of an honorary promotion in the wake of unproven sexual misconduct accusations.

Blue Trumps Black and White

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A former RNC chair says a black man’s life isn’t worth a ham sandwich.

Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

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The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

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A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For Nanosecond In Wake of Rape Scandal

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UVA president Teresa Sullivan has suspended fraternities for a few days in the wake of a major sexual assault scandal. School will be out of session most of the suspension. Rolling Stone (“UVA Suspends Fraternities Following Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation“): Following Rolling Stone publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed […]

How a Bill Becomes an Executive Order

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The SNL cold open updates a Schoolhouse Rock classic

America’s 500th Drone Strike

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The shocking has become routine. We’re no safer because of it.

China’s Coming Collapse?

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A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

DOJ Finds President Lacks Authority to Take Action He Took Next Day

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The Office of Legal Counsel told the president Wednesday he couldn’t do what he did on Thursday.

CIA Director Proposes Radical Reorganization

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The CIA has always separated its core spying and analysis functions; that may soon change.

Democrats Claim Obama Broke Their Party, Call on Him to Fix It

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Some of his party’s leaders want the president to save them.

Polygraph Critic Charged with Training People to Thwart Polygraphs

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A 69-year-old former polygraph examiner for the Oklahoma City police department has been indicted for coaching people to thwart the machines.

Stealing Isn’t a Crime When Police Do It

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Civil asset forfeiture gives “highway robbery” a whole new meaning.

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