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Chief Justice Roberts: Neither Scalia Nor Ginsburg Could Get Confirmed Today

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Chief Justice Roberts lamented recently that an increasingly partisan confirmation process could mean that Justices who have contributed much to the Court would not be confirmed today. He’s right.

White House Fence Jumper Makes It To Front Door Of White House

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Late yesterday afternoon, a man scaled the fence at the North Lawn of the White House and managed to get to the front door of the building before being caught by Secret Service agents: A man climbed over the White House fence and raced across the lawn and through the north portico doors Friday night, […]

Bob Dole Tries To Rescue GOP In Kansas As Another Poll Shows Pat Roberts Losing

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With Pat Roberts’ Senate campaign, not to mention the rest of the GOP statewide ticket, in serious trouble, former Senator Bob Dole is heading home to try to save things: It has been a rough two-and-a-half weeks for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican facing his toughest fight for re-election since arriving in Washington […]

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up” File

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Via Yellowhammer News:  Ala. congressional candidate posts video of himself sitting on the toilet

Justice Ginsburg Lifts The Curtain On How The Court Might View The Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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Justice Ginsburg had some interesting things to say about the same-sex marriage cases headed to the Supreme Court.

Federal Probe Of Bridgegate Finds No Connection To Christie

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A Federal investigation of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge appears to vindicate Governor Chris Christie.

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Democratic Candidate’s Name Must Be Removed From Senate Ballot

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The Kansas Supreme Court may have just upended the battle for control of the U.S. Senate

Americans View Both Major Parties Equally, Which Probably Helps The GOP

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The GOP has bounced back significantly from the lows it experienced after last year’s government shutdown.

Obama Must Be Honest About The Possibility Of American Ground Troops In His War Against ISIS

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President Obama is still insisting that his war against ISIS will not require American ground troops. He’s not being honest with the American people.

Good News For GOP, Bad News For Obama In Latest CBS/New York Times Poll

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President Obama hits new job approval lows, while the GOP seems poised for success in November,

Obamacare Fading As A 2014 Campaign Issue

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The Affordable Care Act is playing almost no role in the midterm elections.

We May Not Know Who Controls The Senate Until January

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A number of factors unique to 2014 make it likely that control of the Senate could be up in the air for months after Election Day.

Kansas Supreme Court Appears Prepared To Allow Democrat Chad Taylor To Get Off Ballot

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Kansas’s highest court heard argument today in a legal dispute that could play a huge role in deciding who controls the Senate after November 4th.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Doesn’t Rule Out U.S. Ground Troops In ISIS Fight

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So much for the President’s promise about ‘no ground troops.’

Race For Senate Control Tightening

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Republicans still have an advantage, but Democrats seem to be holding their own in the battle for Senate control.

What Every School District Needs…

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Via NPR:  San Diego School District’s New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir The six-wheel Caiman MRAP has an official value of around $733,000. But the San Diego school district paid only about $5,000 to transport it, according to inewsorce.org, a website that partners with NPR member station KPBS.” Even if one takes at face value […]

Bernie Sanders May Run for President in 2016; Outcome Same Either Way

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Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders is contemplating an independent run for the presidency.

Mike Huckabee Leads In Iowa, And That Shows What’s Wrong With The Iowa Caucuses

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The fact that a candidate like Mike Huckabee could win the Iowa Caucuses is the reason to end the Iowa Caucuses.

President Obama’s Misplaced Trust In The “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

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After keeping his distance from them for three years, President Obama is placing much misplaced hope in the “moderate” Syrian rebels,

7th Circuit Allows Wisconsin Voter ID To Stay In Effect

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A set back for opponents of Voter ID in Wisconsin.

Comparative Smog

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Via the LAT,  Beijing’s smog makes Los Angeles air look good: In the American Lung Assn.’s 2014 national State of the Air survey, the L.A.-Long Beach area ranked worst in terms of ozone concentrations and third worst in terms of particulates as measured by the standard known as PM2.5, which captures particles so small they […]

Initiative To Break California Into Six States Fails To Make Ballot

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A ballot initiative that would have put the question of splitting California up into six separate states has failed to qualify for the ballot: A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures. […]

Mark Sanford Surfaces Again

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South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, who ended his time as Governor of that state amid controversy after disappearing for days without explanation to visit a mistress in Argentina and then made a seemingly unlikely comeback last year by being elected to his old Congressional seat, is back in the news: Representative Mark Sanford, whose extramarital […]

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind

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Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

Obama’s Flimsy Legal Case For War

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The Obama Administration’s legal justification for war against ISIS is laughably flimsy.

Is the US Pulling Back from the World?

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Clearly not, as Steve Saideman rightly notes: Yes, the US is leaving Afghanistan, but will have a residual force if the Afghans get resolve their election dispute.  Yes, the US has reduced its presence in Europe, closing some bases and bringing tanks back home. So, is that heaps of disengagement?  Or is this mostly a […]

Kansas Democrat Files Lawsuit To Get Off Ballot

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Kansas Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor really doesn’t want to be on the ballot in November: Chad Taylor, the Democrat attempting to drop out of the Kansas Senate race, filed a petition with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove his name from the ballot and block state officials from printing ballots with his […]

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Now Working For CNN

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Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will premier as an analyst for CNN during tonight’s speech by his former boss: Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday. He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a prime-time statement about the Islamic […]

Before We Go To War Against ISIS, We Need To Answer Some Questions

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If the President is going to increase American involvement in the Middle East, he needs to address some fundamental questions first.

Congress Ready To Abdicate Its Responsibility On Attacks Against ISIS

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Congress seems ready to avoid having to vote on expanded attacks against the Islamic State

Republican Senate Candidate Backs Same-Sex Marriage In New Ad

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Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee for Senate in Oregon, comes out in favor of same-sex marriage in a new ad: A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon will unveil a television commercial Tuesday that highlights her support for gay marriage — a reflection of the rapidly shifting politics of the issue. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, […]

First Poll Shows Pat Roberts Trailing Independent Candidate In Kansas

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Less than a week after Democratic nominee Chad Taylor announced his withdrawal from the race for Pat Roberts’s Senate seat, the first new poll of the race shows the veteran Republican Senator trailing Independent candidate Greg Orman: After a monumental shake-up last week in which the Democratic nominee attempted to drop out of the Kansas Senate […]

Federal Judge Voids Changes In Ohio Early Voting Law In A Troubling Decision

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A Federal Judge in Ohio has issued a very troubling ruling on that state’s early voting law.

Army Can’t Track Spending On Program That’s Supposed To Help It Track Spending

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In a tale that seems it’s right out of Catch-22, the Army apparently cannot track spending on a project that is designed to help it track spending: More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant […]

Obama To Delay Action On Immigration Reform Until After Election

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For purely political reasons, the Administration is delaying the announcement of new executive action on immigration.

Has Obama Institutionalized Bush’s Worst?

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Dan Froomkin says Obama is as bad as Bush, if not worse.

The Kansas Senate Race Is Just Getting Weirder

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The Kansas Senate race is becoming unexpectedly interesting.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Convicted On Corruption Charges

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A once rising GOP star hits bottom.

D.C. Circuit Grants En Banc Review In Obamacare Funding Case

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Back in July, a three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tax subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act could only be applied to policies purchased under exchanges established by an individual state, not to policies purchased via the exchange set up by the Federal Government for the 30-odd […]

This Just in: Presidential Candidates are Egomaniacs

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And presidentialism encourages this kind of behavior.

Democrat Drops Out Of Kansas Senate Race, Which May Help Democrats

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A political earthquake in the Sunflower State that could have a big impact on the battle for control of the Senate.

Today in Broken Irony Detectors

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"I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them. One or the other."—Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on ISIS.

Russian Bank Hires Two Former Senators To Fight Sanctions

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In perhaps one of the more audacious displays of the arrogance of former elected officials who turn around and use their influence to make big money after they retire, two former members of the Senate are now working for a Russian bank that was hit with sanctions earlier this year: Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian […]

Mitch McConnell Leading In Kentucky

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Outside of the seats that Democrats are attempting to defend from a Republican takeover bid that continues to look like it will happen, the one Senate race that is likely to get the most attention over the next nine weeks is the race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison […]

Eric Cantor Lands A Job On Wall Street

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Not surprisingly, the former House Majority Leader, who resigned from Congress last month, has landed on his feet: Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the Wall Street firm Moelis & Co., the firm announced on Tuesday. “Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions […]

White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

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Cowardice, or politically prudent?

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Investigation Into 2012 Iowa Bribery Scandal

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Mitch McConnell’s campaign was forced to do a shakeup thanks to a scandal that could envelop Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential campaign.

Judge Tosses Chris McDaniel’s Challenge To GOP Senate Runoff Result

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Chris McDaniel’s meritless, quixotic challenge to the Mississippi GOP Senate Primary is reaching it’s expected conclusion.

A Contrarian Analysis Of The 2014 Midterms

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One analyst thinks that the predictions of a Republican Senate in 2014 are wildly optimistic.

Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

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Two prominent Republican groups point out the blindingly obvious.

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