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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Regarding Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

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The Supreme Court declined to hear a major case regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation, but the issue is likely to come up again in the very near future.

Roy Moore And The Battle For Control Of Congress

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A top Republican political analyst is warning that a Roy Moore victory in Alabama could pose real problems for Republicans in 2018. If it does, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.

Alabama Senate Election Is A Toss Up, But Moore Seems To Be Favored

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Polling remains uncertain in the Alabama Senate race, but the odds favor Roy Moore.

Meanwhile, in Rural Alabama…

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Since Alabama is in the news, let’s shift our attention to the following from AL.com:  UN poverty official touring Alabama’s Black Belt: ‘I haven’t seen this’ in the First World. A United Nations official who tours the globe investigating extreme poverty said Thursday that areas of Alabama’s Black Belt are suffering the most dire sewage disposal […]

Senator Shelby on Roy Moore

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Richard Shelby, the senior Republican Senator from Alabama: “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I would hope that Republican would be a write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore. But I wrote in a distinguished Republican name,” Shelby said. “I’d rather see another Republican in there and I’m going […]

Donald Trump And The ‘Being There’ Presidency

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Donald Trump spends an inordinate amount of time watching television and regurgitating what he sees on Twitter. That’s not healthy.

Even More Moore-Jones

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An analysis with maps and numbers via WaPo:  What it would take for a Democrat to win Alabama.

Supreme Court Takes On A Second Political Gerrymandering Case

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a second case dealing with political Gerrymandering.

The Death Toll in Puerto Rico

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Some stunning numbers in an under-reported story from the NYT:  Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 62.  Actual Deaths May Be 1,052. The entire piece is worth reading and sharing.

Character and Candidacies

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Political Scientist Greg Weiner makes an argument for character in the NYT:  The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics. there is also a novel and ominous concept of the statesman emerging in American politics, most clearly in the gymnastic contortions being accomplished to justify support for the Senate campaign of Roy Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama: […]

An Additional Note on Moore Support

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To add to my post form earlier, I would recommend this column in the NYT by Quin Hillyer:  How Roy Moore Survives. He raises two key points that are worth highlighting.  The first, which I did not mention in my post, Alabamians have a deep-seated resentment about perceived out of state inference.  As such, the following is […]

The Moore-Jones Race

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Explaining what Tuesday is likely to bring.

Trent Franks Is Latest To Resign From Congress Amid Charges Of Sexual Impropriety

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Another one bites the dust.

Roy Moore: America Was Great Back When We Still Had Slavery

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Roy Moore wishes he was back in the days of cotton when families were close and African-Americans were enslaved.

November’s Jobs Report Is Strong, But There Are Caveats

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November’s Jobs Report was stronger than expected, but there are several caveats to keep in mind.

U.S. Floats Idea Of Skipping 2018 Olympics Over Safety Concerns

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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is floating the idea that the U.S. might not take part in the Olympics due to safety concerns. This would be a foolish decision.

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Demonstrates Yet Again The Art Of The Bad Deal

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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision reveals yet again that he is an appallingly bad deal maker.

Al Franken Announces Resignation From The Senate Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Al Franken’s Senate career reaches its inevitable end.

Russia Barred From 2018 Olympics

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Russia has been barred from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics after an investigation uncovered extensive evidence of cheating.

Trump, Trump Jr., And The Attorney-Client Privilege

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Donald Trump Jr. is claiming that some conversations between him and his father are covered by the attorney-client privilege. Based on what we know about those conversations, there’s a good possibility that he’s right.

Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

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After a long wait, gays and lesbians in Australia have achieved marriage equality.

Time Name’s ‘The Silence Breakers’ Of The #MeToo Movement Person Of The Year

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A fitting honor for women who have brought to light an issue that was swept under the rug for far too long.

Seventh Woman Alleges Al Franken Groped Her As Calls For His Resignation Mount

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A seventh woman has come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken of having groped her as calls mount from his Democratic colleagues for him to resign.

John Anderson, Independent Candidate For President in 1980, Dies At 95

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Most Americans are unlikely to remember John Anderson, but he was a harbinger of things to come.

Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital, Breaking Decades Of U.S. Neutrality

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A foolish, and potentially dangerous, decision by President Trump.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Case Pitting First Amendment Rights Against LGBT Rights

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The Supreme Court held oral argument in a case that pits First Amendment rights against the rights of LGBT Americans.

Michigan Congressman John Conyers Retires Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

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The longest-serving member of the House has retired amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Robert Mueller Crosses Trump’s “Red Line” By Seeking Information About Trump’s Finances

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Mueller crosses Trump’s “red line.”

Supreme Court Lifts Injunctions Against Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban Version 3.0

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The Supreme Court is allowing the latest version of Donald Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban to go into effect.

Trump Formally Endorses Roy Moore Despite Molestation Allegations

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President Trump has formally endorsed an accused child molester for the United States Senate.

Republicans On Capitol Hill Racing To Avoid End Of Week Government Shutdown

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The current temporary spending measure reached by Congress in September expires on Friday, and Republicans haven’t come up with a solution yet.

Mitch McConnell Caves On Roy Moore

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As I’ve said before, the Republican Party in the Trump Era has become the party of Trumpaloons, sycophants, sellouts, and cowards.

Polling Continues To Show A Tight Senate Race In Alabama

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With ten days to go, the Senate race in Alabama between Roy Moore and Doug Jones is close.

Senate Passes Tax Cut Bill On Party Line Vote

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The Senate passed a tax cut bill last night, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Trump Pressed Top Senators To End Russia Investigation

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For a guy who considers the Russia investigation “Fake News,” President Trump sure is doing a lot to try to stop it.

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To The F.B.I.

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Ominous news for the Trump Administration today out of Federal Court in Washington, D.C.

Undocumented Immigrant Acquitted In Case Trump Turned Into A Political Issue

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A not guilty verdict in a case that Donald Trump turned into a political issue.

Two More Women Accuse Al Franken Of Sexually Inappropriate Conduct

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Senator Al Franken faces new charges of sexually inappropriate conduct on the same day that House Democrats are beginning to pressure one of their members to resign.

Rex Tillerson Appears To Be On The Way Out

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It appears that Rex Tillerson’s days at the State Department may be numbered, but his proposed replacement leaves a lot to be desired.

Supreme Court Hears Argument In Case Involving Fourth Amendment Rights And Technology

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in what could end up being a landmark case on the issue of the scope of Fourth Amendment rights in the 21st Century.

North Korea Conducts Another Ballistic Missile Test

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North Korea tests another missile, and sends another message to the United States and its allies in Asia and the Pacific.

Washington Post Exposes Conservative Scheme To Dupe It With False Roy Moore Accusation

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The Washington Post exposes another James O’Keefe fraud.

Another Day, Another Trump Attack On Racial Minorities

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Even a ceremony honoring American heroes wasn’t immune from President Trump’s habit of attacking racial minorities.

Fate Of Senate Tax Plan Still In Doubt

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With time running out in the year, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that the Senate GOP will be able to meet its deadlines on passing a tax reform bill.

Benghazi!! (Wait, What?): Tales from the State Department

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The ongoing destruction of the Department of State

And Amateur Hour Continues…

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Via  WaPo:  The CFPB now has two acting directors. And nobody knows which one should lead the federal agency. President Trump and the outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both named acting directors to head the watchdog agency on Friday, throwing its leadership into disarray. Legal analysts were split over whether the White House or the CFPB had authority to […]

Doug Jones’ Challenge

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Via WaPo:  ‘Doug Jones’s problem’: African American voters not energized by Alabama’s Senate race. Jones’s campaign believes he can win only if he pieces together an unusually delicate coalition built on intense support from core Democrats and some crossover votes from Republicans disgusted with Moore. Crucial to that formula is a massive mobilization of African Americans, who […]

Michael Flynn’s Legal Team Ends Cooperation With President Trump’s Legal Team

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Potentially bad news for President Trump in connection with the Russia investigation.

Two More Women Say Al Franken Groped Them

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More troubles for Minnesota Senator Al Franken.

Second Federal Judge Issues Order Blocking Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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For the second time in as many months, a Federal Court is blocking the Administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military.

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