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Maine Court Rejects State Request To Quarantine, Restrict Movements, Of Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickcox

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A Maine Judge has largely rejected the efforts of the State of Maine to restrict the movements of Kaci Hickcox

Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot In Oregon, Alaska, And Washington, D.C.

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Two states and the nation’s capital could have legal marijuana after Tuesday’s elections.

What If Republicans Don’t Win Control Of The Senate?

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The odds say that the GOP will end up with a Senate majority in the 114th Congress when all the votes are counted, but if it doesn’t happen then there’s likely to be quite a battle inside the GOP.

Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

Acela Corridor Pundits Don’t Like Chris Christie’s Style, Will The Rest Of America Agree?

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Once again, reporters and pundits are arguing that Chris Christie’s “New Jersey style” won’t play well on the stump. I’m not so sure they’re right.

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, “

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Q3 GDP Growth

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Via the BBC:  US grows at annual rate of 3.5% in third quarter The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate of the April-June quarter, but economists say that was a rebound from the first […]

Slipping Support Among Key Groups, And Obama’s Job Approval, Have Democrats Worried

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Important numbers in recent polling suggest big problems for Democrats on Tuesday.

The Phony Populism Of Politicians

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Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to tell people they’re just “average Americans,” but they’re lying and the American people seem to have figured out that they’re lying.

Sarah Palin Pretending She Might Run For Office Again

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With the midterms over, it’s time for Sarah Palin to start grifting again.

Jon Stewart On Ebola Paranoia And Quarantine Madness

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Jon Stewart laid in last night on the political panic over Ebola and the quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey, and it was about as good as you’d expect. Here’s Part One: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive And here’s Part Two: The Daily […]

Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Ideas Present An Opportunity For the GOP

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continues to challenge Republican orthodoxy on foreign policy, and that’s a good thing.

Ebola And Mandatory Quarantines: A Delicate Balance Between Personal Liberty And Public Safety

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Mandatory quarantines are a massive violation of personal liberty. We ought to be careful in how, when, and why we impose them and who they are directed toward.

Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Using Redskins Name Controversy In Hail Mary Ad Campaign

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Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie picked an odd issue on which to start his closing argument to Virginia voters.

Do I Need An ID To Vote? It Depends What State You Live In

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The Washington Post has this handy chart to tell you if you need identification to vote, and what kind you might need: (click to enlarge)   Given all the press coverage the issue has received, I was somewhat surprised to see that the number of states where identification is a voting requirement is relatively small, […]

Washington State Voters Set To Approve Universal Background Checks For Gun Purchases

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Two gun control initiatives will be on the ballot for voters in Washington State, but its the one that would expand background checks that looks likely to win: Do you want expanded background checks for gun purchases? Do you not want expanded background checks for gun purchases? Those two competing questions will be on the ballot […]

Jimmy Carter To The Right Of Dick Cheney On Same-Sex Marriage?

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Former President Jimmy Carter sounds more like a Republican than a Democrat on same-sex marriage these days: Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview published Sunday that decisions on same-sex marriage should be left up to the states. “I don’t think that the government ought to ever tell the church to marry people, if […]

Pat Roberts Engages In Gitmo Fearmongering To Win Re-Election

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Facing a tough re-election battle, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is engaging in abject fearrmongering.

Senator Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Pot Legalization

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has ventured into an issue that, so far, none of his fellow Senators have felt comfortable following: Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. “I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview […]

Koch Brothers Donation Brings Attention To Inadequacies Of Indigent Criminal Defense

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The Koch Brothers are putting money behind an effort to reform a part of the legal system that is ignored far too often.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

With One Week To Go, The Midterms Are Looking Good For the GOP

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Things are looking good for the GOP to take over the Senate, but there are still several right races that could tip the balance one way or the other.

New York, New Jersey Modify Ebola Quarantine Policy

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After an avalanche of negative commentary, the Governors of New York and New Jersey have modified their policy regarding quarantining people returning from west Africa.

Reince Priebus And Debbie Wasserman Schultz Prove Why You Should Never Watch Sunday Morning “News” Shows

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The two major party chairpersons appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and proceeded to act like a bunch of three year old kids fighting on the playground: A CNN “State Of The Union” debate on the midterm elections between Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) quickly devolved […]

Nurse Quarantined Under Christie/Cuomo Policy Raises Concerns About Policy

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The first person to be quarantined under the new policy announced by New York and New Jersey is raising concerns about the way she was treated, and whether the policy is even the right idea.

In Many States, It’s A Midterm Election In Name Only

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In many states, there aren’t really any races at all this year even if both parties have candidates on the ballot.

Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

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It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Against Chris McDaniel In Dispute Over GOP Senate Primary

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The most bizarre race of 2014 is finally over.

Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

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A Federal Judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by Tea Party groups over the IRS targeting scandal.

Martha Coakley Seems To Be Blowing Another Big Election In Massachusetts

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Back in 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was seen as the almost inevitable next Senator from Massachusetts. She was, of course, running to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died in the summer of 2009, and she had the support of key members of the Kennedy family and, of course, the top […]

Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

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Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

Time For A Single, Six-Year, Presidential Term?

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An idea whose time has come? Not really.

Voters Still Not Caring Very Much About The Midterms, And That’s No Surprise

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Polls continue to show that most Americans are largely tuning the midterms out.

Is Early Voting A Bad Idea?

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Early voting is a still new idea in the United States, but one that has quickly spread to a majority of states. But, is it a good idea?

The Midterm Elections Will Be Over In 13 Days. Or Will They?

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There’s at least a 50-50 chance we won’t know who controls the Senate until weeks after Election Day.

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies At 93

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The passing of a true legend in American journalism.

Obama the Republican

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Bruce Bartlett has a column at the American Conservative (Obama Is a Republican) which is getting a lot of attention today (and rightfully so, in fact).  His points about the deficit, in particular, ought to be paid attention to. I will say, however, that I find all the attention to his thesis a bit amusing, […]

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Fear And Loathing In The Age Of Ebola

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As usual, politicians and pundits are helping to create a climate of fear and concern about Ebola that is not justified by the facts.

Crossfire Canceled Again

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CNN’s effort to bring back a show that had outlived its prime years ago has, predictably, failed.

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

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.”

Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

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The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first […]

Maine Yet Again Likely To Elect A Governor Who Most People Didn’t Vote For, And That’s Okay

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For the ninth time since 1974, the next Governor of Maine will likely be elected with less than 50% of the vote.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Midterm Polling Challenges

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Sam Wang:  Midterm National Senate Polling Error Is Five Times Larger Than In Presidential Years. Fundamentally, it is about the facts that a) turnout is harder to predict in midterms (and hence polling for likely voters is harder), and b) the general level of interest in midterms is simply lower (often radically lower) than in […]

Most Americans Support Supreme Court Decision, Expansion Of Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court’s expansion of same-sex marriage seems to be sitting well with the American public.

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