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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.

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility

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Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

Americans Astoundingly Ignorant

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Americans have wildly distorted understandings of the society around them.

Harrassment, Racism, and Reductio Creep

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Even innocent interactions with women in public can amount to harassment. Where should we draw the line?

The Meritocracy Myth

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Why do most people think success if mostly due to merit?

Ed Gillespie Concedes Virginia Senate Race, Congratulates Mark Warner

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Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie has conceded the US Senate race to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner, despite being eligible for a recount. CNN (“Ed Gillespie concedes Virginia Senate race“): Republican Ed Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Gillespie said at a Friday afternoon news conference that he had called […]

Should Obama Have Acted on Immigration Before the Midterms?

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Dana Milbank (“Obama’s big immigration mistake”) thinks so.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?

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Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

America Still Not a Center-Right Nation

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Tuesday’s Republican wave didn’t change the fundamentals.

iPhones and the US-China Trade Gap

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Another example of the silliness of the “trade deficit” concept.

What to Make of the 2014 Wave Election

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What happened Tuesday? And what does it tell us about 2016?

Military No Longer Republican Bastion

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Always as many military personnel identify as Independents as with the GOP.

‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77

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Tom Magliozzi, long-time co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk,” has died aged 77. ABC (“NPR ‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77“): Tom Magliozzi, the co-host of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio, died today of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, NPR has reported. He was 77. The popular radio personality, with his signature Massachusetts accent, […]

Should SEALs Just STFU?

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The Navy Special Warfare community is angry at SEALs exploiting their part in the bin Laden raid.

Africa Ebola Map

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This “handy Ebola guide” is a must for anyone considering traveling to Africa:

3rd Grader Barred From School for Three Weeks after Visiting Country that Doesn’t Have Ebola

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A Connecticut school has barred a healthy little girl from classes after a visit to Ebola-free Nigeria. NYT (“After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School“): The third-grader was not feeling sick. She did not have a fever or any other symptoms of Ebola. Having just completed a 10-day […]

Apple CEO ‘Proud’ He’s Gay

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially revealed an open secret declaring, “I’m proud to be gay, “

US, UK Declare Victory in Helmand and Go Home

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We’ve handed off operations in Helmand Province to the Afghanistan army.

Kevin Drum Has Cancer

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Kevin Drum reports that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, for which he has already started treatment. The news isn’t all bad: I’m young, I’m not displaying either anemia or kidney problems, and treatments have improved a lot over the past decade. So my short-term prognosis is pretty positive. […]

Are Book Publishers Useless?

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Have digital books rendered the publishing houses obsolete?

The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts


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Who should own antiquity?

America’s Disgruntled Civil Servants

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America’s federal workforce is increasingly disenchanted.

People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?

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Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.”

4 of AP Top 5 From SEC West

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Four teams from the SEC West—two each from Mississippi and Alabama—are in the top 5 of the AP poll. AP (“SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll“): The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four […]

Obama and Ebola: Perception and Reality

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The president is frustrated.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?

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Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

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