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Trump Leads Clinton After Convention Bounce

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The worst convention in history has given Trump a yuuge bounce.

Could Crazy Donald Trump Actually Win The Presidency?

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While a Clinton landslide seems obvious after the dumpster fire of a Republican convention, the race is close.

Some Republicans Already Looking Ahead To 2020

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The 2016 Republican Convention is barely halfway over, but some Republicans are already looking ahead to 2020.

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market

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We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!

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In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

EU Leaders Must Keep Calm and Carry On

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Early panic over the Brexit referendum was an overreaction. It’s time for statesmanship.

Clinton Campaign Pays for Obama Trip (But Not Really)

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As President Obama starts campaigning for Hillary Clinton, a perennial question arises.

Marines Change Weight Standards to Reflect Modern Times

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Marines, especially female Marines, will be allowed to be heavier in the new year.

No Charges Against Clinton Despite ‘Extremely Careless’ Safeguarding of Classified Information

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The presumptive Democratic nominee for president won’t be going to jail. But we knew that.

Too Many Generals?

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My latest for The National Interest has posted.

Kevin Durant Taking His Talents to Oakland

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In the biggest NBA free agent move since LeBron James left and returned to Cleveland, Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors.

Obama and the Seven Lightly Salted Almonds

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In “Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone,” Michael Shear provides an interesting account of how this president works late into the night going through speeches and briefing papers and giving himself time to think. This factoid jumped out at me: To stay awake, the president does not turn to caffeine. He rarely drinks coffee or […]

Attorney General Will Defer To F.B.I. In Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Email

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch will essentially recuse herself from making a decision about indictments in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Obama Expands Access to Federal Records, Requests 27-Month Delay in Releasing Hillary’s Emails

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President Obama signed a law vastly expanding public access to government records yesterday. In other news . . . .

Military Ends Transgender Ban

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Unlike previous civil rights changes, this one came without much fanfare, fight, or even discussion.

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)

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The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

Clinton Acting Like She Won, Alienating Bernie Fans

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Backers of the losing candidate for the Democratic nomination are surprised that they’re not getting their way.

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again

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After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Sidney Blumenthal Got Paid, Which is Apparently a Scandal

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The Los Angeles Times breaks what seems like a non-scandal.

A Lesson In Polling

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One result from the new NBC News poll shows us how important it is to pay attention to how poll questions are phrased.

Pat Summitt Dead at 64

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One of the greatest coaches of all time has passed.

Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Bob McDonnell Conviction

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The Supreme Court at its best and therefore its most frustrating.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

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The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Sabato Predicts Electoral College Landslide for Clinton

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Donald Trump has a steep hill to climb to reverse a quarter century trend.

Scowcroft Endorses Clinton

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A revered Republican foreign policy guru has endorsed the Democratic nominee for president.

Ichiro Suzuki ‘Passes’ Pete Rose Hit Total

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The most underrated superstar of this era has passed a special milestone, albeit with a big asterisk.

Mount Vernon Bus Crash

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I was eyewitness to tragedy yesterday afternoon.

Bernie Sanders Blames Guns for Orlando Nightclub Massacre

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“Common sense” measures and the worst shooting spree in American history.

Oscar Pistorius Gets Double Jeopardy

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Sprinter Oscar Pistorius served only one year in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Now, he’s facing fifteen years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same case.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Who Moved My Cheese? Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Dilbert’s Scott Adams and Donald Trump

** FILE**Richard Hatch, winning castaway from the CBS reality show "Survivor," reacts as he holds his prize, a $1 million dollar check, in this Aug. 25, 2000, file photo made at the CBS Television studios in Los Angeles. When Hatch was selected by his fellow castaways as the big prize winner, 51.7 million viewers were watching. In 2004, two cable powerhouses are trying to  establish a reality network. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The cartoonist and student of human psychology is fascinated by the con artist who would be president.

It’s Time for Sanders to Concede

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Continuing the fight at this point is not just Quixotic, it’s unsporting.

Gary Johnson, Bill Weld, and the ‘Libertarian Party’

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With two former Republican governors running under its banner, is there such a thing as a “Libertarian Party”?

Clinton Email Scandal: What Should Be Done?

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A commenter asks what the consequences ought be for Clinton’s transgressions.

Clinton Email Scandal and Trump’s Suitability for the Presidency

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Donald Trump would be a horrible president. That doesn’t justify Hillary Clinton’s bad acts.

Clinton Email Scandal and The ‘Powell Did it Too’ Defense

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Yes, Colin Powell used private email too. No, it’s not the same thing. No, it’s not because he was a Republican.

Judge: Giving Ohioans Only 28 Days to Vote Unconstitutional

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An overreach on the “disparate impact” standard.

Time for an American Foreign Legion?

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A respected scholar has an interesting suggestion for fighting the Forever War.

Regulatory Capture and the Revolving Door

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Top officials of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have taken jobs in the industry they were regulating.

Rush Limbaugh Explains Trump’s Praise of Clintons

Four years ago, Trump lavished praise on Hillary. Brilliant!

Democracy, Demagogues, and Populist Pandering

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The rise of Trump and Sanders has resurrected a debate as old as Western civilization.

Where Were the Sane Republicans?

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Answering a question that gets a lot.

Bill Kristol Trying to Recruit Mitt Romney for Independent Run

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Bill Kristol is continuing the #NeverTrump fight to its logical next step, trying to find a more mainstream Republican to run as an independent in the fall.

Jeb Bush Won’t Support Trump or Clinton

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Former Florida governor and erstwhile 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush becomes the third member of the family to publicly announce he won’t support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November, joining the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States. I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. There […]

Awful Presidential Cycle Likely to Get Much Worse

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If you think this campaign has been awful, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The Republican Party Jumps the Shark

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In the immortal words of the Fonz, I was wr-wr-wr-wr . . . not exactly right.

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