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Republican Controlled States Making It Harder For Democrats To Vote

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A pattern continues.

Henry Kissinger’s Annoying Habit of Being Right

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Benjamin Wallace-Wells wonders with some irritation “Why Henry Kissinger Never Goes Away.”

Contraceptives And Hobby Lobby At The Supreme Court

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Hobby Lobby has a strong argument under RFRA but the precedent would be dangerous.

Fixing Income Equality is Easy (Unless You Actually Want to Fix It)

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It’s simple: We just have to define the problem and then solve it.

You Probably Aren’t Going To Read Anything Beyond This Headline

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Politics, media, and the attention span of the average American haven’t really changed as much as we think.

Mike Huckabee Will Not Be President

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Nora Caplan-Bricker contends that, “Mike Huckabee Could Be President—If Only He Wanted It.”

Millennials Lean Left, But Reject Political Parties

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Young voters reject political parties to a greater extent than other voters, but on policy issues they trend Democratic

Carterization of Obama

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Barack Obama is no Jimmy Carter.

If Benghazi Doesn’t Damage Hillary Clinton Politically, What Would?

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Is there anything that could stop the Clinton juggernaut?

The Ukraine Crisis in Three Maps

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Casting a bit of cartographic light on the crisis in Ukraine.

Six Californias?

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A rich guy wants to break up California.

The End of Work?

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What if the jobless recovery is but the beginning of a trend?

Basic Math and Representative Blackburn

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Lack of understanding or basic dishonesty?

Facebook Sex Selection: It’s Complicated

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“It’s complicated” has long been an option to describe one’s romantic status on Facebook. Now, it applies to one’s sex as well.

Obama Administration Announces Yet Another Obamacare Delay

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Another day, another delay

ObamaCare Will Push 2 Million Out of Work! And That’s a Good Thing!

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A CBO report on the Affordable Care Act is getting a polarized reading.

Middle Class Shopping Less at Lousy Stores, Eating Less at Lousy Restaurants

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Demand for mid-range goods and services seems to be on the decline.

Most Americans Now See Iraq And Afghanistan Wars As Failures

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Most Americans now see America’s decade of war as a failure.

Amanda Knox and Double Jeopardy

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The American justice system is unique.

Women Make 77 Cents For Every Dollar Men Earn? Only If You Rely On Misleading Data

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A commonly cited statistic in support of the “equal pay” argument does not stand up to scrutiny.

Republicans Haven’t Reformed But May Win Anyway

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Republican leaders continue to say stupid things. They may still retake the Senate in November.

Should Obama Schmooze Republicans More?

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Conor Friedersdorf turns the oft-asked question on its head.

Do What You Hate?

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The advice “Do what you love. Love what you do” is not without pitfalls.

Scientific Research Is Unreliable, Unreliable Scientists Report

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Most peer-reviewed research is crap.

The Coverage of “Bridgegate”

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Let’s think about how the media operates.

War As Aspirational

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Why do we persist in going to war?

Political Polarization vs Political Warfare

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Polarization is not the cause of our problems.

Just 60% Of Americans, 43% Of Republicans, Accept Theory Of Evolution

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Once again, a poll shows that large numbers of Americans, and most Americans, reject Evolution via Natural Selection as the explanation for humanity’s origin. How do we explain that?

One Year Later, Support For Gun Control Back To Pre-Newtown Levels

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Gun control has faded as a political issue as the memory of Newtown has faded, and that was entirely predictable.

Peter Higgs Not Productive Enough for Today’s Academy?

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Nobel physicist Peter Higgs says he could not make it in academia today.

Most Commonly Awarded Grade At Harvard Is An ‘A’

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Is Harvard University the Lake Wobegon of the Ivy League or are Harvard students really that smart?

War! (On Christmas): What is it Good for?

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(Absolutely nothing).

What’s At Stake In The Birth Control Mandate Cases

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Politics aside, the challenges to the PPACA’s birth control mandate raise important legal issues.

What’s The Big Deal About Retailers Opening On Thanksgiving?

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It may not strike most people as “fun,” but there’s nothing wrong with retailers being open on Thanksgiving Day.

Time To Dump Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Savings Time ends early on Sunday. Perhaps it should never return.

White Male Privilege Exists, Defense Department Points Out

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A Pentagon Equal Opportunity training manual points out the obvious.

Obama Administration Knew Millions Would Lose Coverage Due To PPACA

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“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” Well, not really.

Facts and Other Left Wing Talking Points

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Here’s our debate over shutting down the government over Obamacare in a nutshell.

An Alternate Take: Boehner’s Problem is not that the Speakership has Changed

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It’s a party thing.

American Ancestry and Identity

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(And a Postscript on Recent Discussion of the South)

Dysfunctional Government Has A Real World Impact

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The real world impact of what’s happening in Washington is becoming apparent.

Ted Cruz and the Fight for the Soul of the Republican Party

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With key conservatives pushing for sanity, the grown-ups have a chance to take back the GOP.

Media Coverage Of Ted Cruz v. Media Coverage Of Wendy Davis

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Can differences in media coverage of two unrelated filibusters be explained solely by media bias?

The Stupidity of Government Non-Shutdown Shutdowns

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It remains to be seen whether Congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown. What’s already clear is how counterproductive it would be.

Continuing the Discussion of Confederate Symbols

Confederate Flag Flies in South Carolina Primary

History matters.

Politics of Hate

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The communications chairman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County wished a horrible death on the children of Ted Cruz’ speechwriter.

9/11 And The Never-Ending War

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The world changed significantly twelve years ago today. Will it ever change back even a little bit?

“Sending A Message” To Iran Is Not A Good Reason To Attack Syria

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Bombing Country B to “send a message” to Country A is not a valid argument for bombing Country B.

Privacy is about Policy

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Discussion of privacy really ought to be focused on the legal regime, not technical capabilities.

Obama’s Hamlet Act

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The president’s public dithering on Syria is drawing jeers from friend and foe alike.

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