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Representative Government and Line Drawing

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A complicated concurrence to Steven Taylor’s recent postings.

Tom Petty Dead at 66

INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Tom Petty of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performs onstage at The Forum on October 10, 2014 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)

The band leader of the Heartbreakers and the Traveling Wilburys is gone.

Chelsea Manning’s Short Tenure as Harvard Fellow Terminated

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The Harvard Kennedy School pulled its Visiting Fellowship from the controversial figure after predictable outcry.

London Underground Bombed By Presumed Terrorists

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The London subway was hit by a bomb during the morning rush hour. Authorities are treating it as a terrorist attack.

Trump’s Weird Threat to Colombia

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More foreign policy amateurism.

Sanders Introducing Quixotic Medicare-for-All Bill

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Sixteen Senators are backing a single-payer system. Another forty-four to go.

Supreme Court Allows Trump Refugee Ban

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The Supreme Court has overruled a lower court ruling blocking the Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugees. By the time they issue a final ruling, the issue will be moot. Mark Sherman for the AP: The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed […]

Hillary Clinton Blames Obama, Biden, Others for Her Loss

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Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir lashes out at those to blame for her unexpected loss.

Another Professor Fired After Another Stupid Tweet

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A stupid comment about Hurricane Harvey cost a Florida professor his job.

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL, and Due Process

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The NFLPA alleges “egregious violations of legal due process” in the Ezekiel Elliot suspension.

‘Medicare for All’ Gains Second Senate Backer

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Kamala Harris has joined Bernie Sanders’ call for creation of a single-payer healthcare system.

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

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The president has abrogated his duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Local Politics as it Should Be but Seldom Is

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A race for the Virginia House of Delegates straight out of a civics book.

The Limits of Free Speech

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The dangers of the tyranny of the majority have only magnified.

freddie deboer checking in and checking out

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A public intellectual is getting the help he needs.

Marginalization of the Far Right in Trump White House?

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A bit of wishful thinking in the wake of Steve Bannon’s ouster.

The ACLU is Right to Defend Free Speech for Awful People

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Yes, even Nazis must have their rights to peaceful speech and assembly protected.

The Wrong Way to Protest Confederate Statues

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We can not condone vandalism and worse.

Trump Praises ‘Very Good People’ at Nazi Rally

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The president’s begrudging condemnation of evil didn’t last long.

Roy Moore Likely Next Alabama Senator

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The twice-removed Chief Justice is likely getting a promotion.

GoDaddy Boots Racist Website ‘Daily Stormer’

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It couldn’t happen to a nicer domain. But it’s a slippery slope.

Did Police Do Too Little to Stop Charlottesville Violence?

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Authorities are being second-guessed over their handling of Saturday’s protests. Virginia gun laws are the more obvious problem.

Infighting at the National Security Council

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H.R. McMaster is fighting a losing battle for control of the National Security Council staff.

Down the Memory Hole

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My apologies to Bob Dreyfuss and Rolling Stone.

Murder by Mean Text?

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A Massachusetts teenager faces 20 years in prison for contributing to her boyfriend’s suicide via text message.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Dead at 89

FILE PHOTO - Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

A legendary statesman has passed.

David Clarke’s Plagiarized Masters Thesis

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The infamous former sheriff and current Trump Homeland Security official committed academic fraud.

Roger Ailes Dead at 77

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The disgraced former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died, aged 77. CNN: Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday. He was 77. The death was announced by his family and reported on Fox News Channel. “I am profoundly sad and […]

Our Long National Nightmare is Just Beginning

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In the immortal words of Warren Zevon, “Send lawyers, gun, and money. The shit has hit the fan.”

Roy Moore Resigns as Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court to Run for Senate

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Roy Moore, who is currently on suspension, has resigned as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in order to challenge Luther Strange for his seat in the US Senate.

ESPN’s Massive Layoffs

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The Worldwide Leader fired over 100 on-air personalities yesterday.

Why Would Anyone Pay $400,000 to Hear Barack Obama Speak?

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The organizers are paying for prestige, not influence.

Obama’s $400,000 Speech

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The 44th President will make as for a one-hour speech as his old annual salary. Should we worry about that?

Jim Comey’s Dilemma

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The FBI Director faced a damned if you do, damned if you don’t choice.

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

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When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes. So Now What?

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It’s not at all clear that there is a useful strategy at work here.

Lying Donald Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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It may well be that the 25th Amendment, not the impeachment clause, will be his undoing.

Trump Budget Blueprint Would Eliminate 18 Agencies

President Trump's "America First" budget blueprint was released on Thursday.

The president’s skinny budget would eliminate most funding for science and the arts to fund more Defense spending.

NWS Revised Forecasts to Smaller Snowstorm But Didn’t Tell Public

Snow and ice cover early blooms on trees near the US Capitol in Washington, DC March 14, 2017
Winter Storm Stella dumped snow and sleet Tuesday across the northeastern United States where thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed, but appeared less severe than initially forecast. After daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation, saying that the storm had moved across the coast.
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The National Weather Service didn’t want to confuse the public by changing the forecast at the last minute.

Mattis Right on NATO

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My latest is out at RealClearDefense.

Trump’s Best Speech Was Still Pretty Awful

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It was both the best speech Trump has ever given and the worst presidential address I can recall

Trump Advisor: There’s No Such Thing as Judicial Supremacy

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Stephen Miller said something very stupid on “Meet The Press” this morning.

Bureaucratic Insurgency

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There are growing signs that the Deep State is seeking to thwart legal orders from President Trump. This is dangerous.

Trump To Name Supreme Court Nominee Tomorrow Evening

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President Trump will name his first Supreme Court pick on his 11th day in office.

Trump Reorganizes, Politicizes National Security Council

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Steve Bannon is in. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence are out. Sort of.

Trump Imposes Ban On Travel From Several Muslim Countries, Halts Refugee Program

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As expected, Donald Trump yesterday signed Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees.

Politicization of Dead Spies

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The 117 CIA officers who have died in our service should not be used to score cheap political points.

Singer Said Something Sort of Stupid

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There was a modest freakout over the weekend over something Madonna said at the Women’s March. She wants you to know the remarks were taken out of context. A row has erupted over Madonna’s comments about US President Donald Trump during a speech at the weekend. While taking part in a protest march in Washington […]

DC Police Supported Women’s March; We Shouldn’t Know That

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Police must be seen as neutral protectors of the peace.

Trump To Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Needlessly Inflaming Region

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This will get people killed. Quite likely, including American citizens.

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