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Endorsements From Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren Don’t Matter To Most Voters

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While they are both getting a lot of attention inside their own parties, it appears that endorsements from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Texas Senator Ted Cruz don’t have very much influence on the general public: The survey asked likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate contests this fall to […]

Voters Not Too Impressed With Hillary Clinton’s Time At Foggy Bottom

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A new poll suggests that Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State doesn’t impress voters as much as she might hope.

Despite A Plethora Of World Crises, Americans Oppose Greater Foreign Intervention

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Crisis seems to be brewing all over the world, but the American people aren’t persuaded that it’s necessary for the United States to act.

Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

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Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

Some Facts for the Immigration Crisis Discussion

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NBC Bay Area has a pretty good run down of the situation here:  Kids Crossing the Border: What to Know About the Immigration Crisis. A key fact that is useful in trying to determine whether the simplistic narrative that is all about Obama administration policies on immigration or not is the following: Migrant children aren’t […]

That Word Does not Mean…

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Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) earlier this week on the floor of the House in regards to the ongoing crisis of under-age immigrants at our southern border: Madam Speaker, the World English Dictionary defines “invasion.” Among the definitions is: invading with Armed Forces; but it is: any encroachment or intrusion; the onset or advent of something […]

10th Circuit Strikes Down Oklahoma’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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Another step closer to the Supreme Court.

Russians Really, Really Like Vladimir Putin, And That Makes Ending The Ukraine Crisis Harder

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Vladimir Putin has become immensely popular in Russia again, and its not hard to figure out why.

Ted Cruz Ready To Force A Showdown Over Immigration?

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The Texas Senator is threatening to block any bill dealing with the border crisis that doesn’t defund the relief President Obama granted to children of illegal immigrants last year.

Hillary Clinton Remains The Overwhelming Choice Of Democrats For 2016

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If Hillary Clinton is going to have a serious challenge in 2016, the person who will do that has yet to emerge.

Todd Akin Won’t Shut Up About Rape

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Todd Akin continues to give Republicans headaches.

Majority Of Republicans Support Obama’s Impeachment

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A lot of Republicans dislike the President enough to think that he should be removed from office, but will that make impeachment more likely to happen?

Six Californias? It May Be On The Ballot In 2016, But It Probably Won’t Happen

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A Silicon Valley businessman says he has enough signatures to get it on the ballot, but the plan to break California up into six states is most assuredly going nowhere.

Arizona Republican Mistakes Bus Filled With Kids Headed To Camp For Bus Of Migrant Children

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A Republican candidate for Congress who showed up for a protest against a bus shipping migrants from the Texas border to a holding facility in Arizona ended up protesting a bunch of kids on a YMCA outing: Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the […]

Could The GOP Nominate A Candidate Who Supports Same-Sex Marriage In 2016?

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It seems improbable, but the national landscape on same-sex marriage is changing so quickly that even the Republican Party may find itself changing faster than some might think.

TSA Agent Stops Reporter Because He Didn’t Know Washington D.C. Is Part Of The United States

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The Washington reporter for an Orlando television station was initially stopped from getting on a plane because he didn’t believe that the reporter’s Washington, D.C. Driver’s License was a valid form of identification: ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the […]

Thank God For Negative Campaigning

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Rather than being a bad thing, negative campaigning is an essential part of our political system.

Journalist, Activist, And Undocumented Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas Detained By Border Patrol

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Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who revealed that he had been in the country illegally since he was a child in a 2011 article in The New York Times and has since become something of an activist on immigration issues, has been detained in Texas: McAllen, Tex. — Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented Filipino […]

Rand Paul, Rick Perry Spar Over Foreign Policy

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Rick Perry and Rand Paul are highlighting what looks to be a coming battle inside the GOP over foreign policy.

One Photo That Captures How We All Feel About Washington

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ABC News Correspondent Karen Travers tweeted this photograph, captured from an ABC News camera, of the storm that swept through Washington, D.C. earlier today: I don’t think any further comment is necessary.

Republicans Still Don’t Know How To Communicate With Female Voters

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It appears that the GOP still has a problem communicating with women.

Paying Attention To Politics? You’re Probably Really Stressed Out

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In a new survey, Americans cite politics and the news as the biggest sources of stress in their lives.

Some Observations about Common Core

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Just some things to consider about Common Core standards.

Another Legal Threat To The Affordable Care Act

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A case pending in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. could pose new legal problems for the Affordable Care Act

Jose Antonio Vargas Is A Symbol For Immigration Reform, Not A Candidate For Deportation

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Jose Antonio Vargas was brought to the U.S. at the age of 12 and never left. Now, some are suggesting he should be deported as soon as possible.

Todd Akin Has No Regrets About His Comments About ‘Legitimate Rape’

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Just in time for the midterms, Todd Akin is back to remind voters of the GOP’s problems with female voters.

Only Congress Can Do What’s Needed To Deal With The Border Crisis

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That ball is in your court, Congress.

Chart of the Day

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The following chart rather dramatically illustrates why talk that our military is being cut back to much is simply not the case.  (It also show why one of the classic blunders is getting involved in a land war in Asia):   Source:  The Business Insider.

GOP Establishment Pushes Back Against Calls For Impeachment

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Led by Speaker John Boehner, Republican leaders are trying to placate calls for impeachment.

John Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Is All About Obamacare, And Will Probably Be Dismissed

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John Boehner’s latest political move is designed mostly to appease the GOP base, but it’s likely a non-starter from a legal point of view.

Selective Service Notifies Men Born 120 Years Ago To Register For The Draft

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The Selective Service is cracking down on people who didn’t register for the draft, unfortunately, the people in question were all born nearly 120 years ago and most likely dead: Are you a man born in Pennsylvania between 1893 and 1897? If so, a government agency may have just reminded you to register for the draft. […]

The Border Crisis: Many Causes, No Simple Solutions

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Trying to make sense of a very complicated issue.

Colorado Judge Strikes Down Centennial State’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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A state court Judge in Colorado has become the latest jurist to strike down a state law ban on same-sex marriage: An Adams County District Court judge on Wednesday declared Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but he immediately stayed his ruling. Judge C. Scott Crabtree pulled no punches in his 49-page ruling, saying the […]

113th Congress Set To Break New Ground When It Comes To Being Unproductive

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The current Congress is on course to be the least productive in decades.

Scott Brown Not Looking Very Competitive In New Hampshire

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At least for now, it looks as though Scott Brown’s bid to be the first Senator to be elected to the Senate from two different states isn’t going to work out so well: U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen holds a comfortable lead against all of her Republican challengers, a new WMUR Granite State Poll released tonight shows. Her 12-point […]

Americans Basically Want Sarah Palin To Go Away

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While Sarah Palin continues to pontificate about politics on a mostly regular basis, most recently calling for President Obama’s impeachment, Sean Sullivan notes that most Americans have no desire to hear what she has to say: More than half of voters say they have heard enough from Sarah Palin and would rather she not wade into […]

Huh?! (Temperature on Mars Edition)

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“I won’t get into the debate about climate change but I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”–Kentucky state […]

Yes, We Spy On Germany. Big Deal.

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There’s a new round of allegations about American spying on Germany.

Liberals Still Think They Can Guilt Trip Ruth Bader Ginsburg Into Retirement

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Some people on the left are still trying to convince Ruth Bader Ginsburg that she needs to just step out on the ice floe already.

Obama Shakes Hands With A Guy Wearing A Horse’s Head

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President Obama had an odd encounter on the rope line in Denver late yesterday: The bear was on the loose on Tuesday evening — this time in Colorado. President Barack Obama greeted supporters on a walk following dinner in downtown Denver, a night that resulted in shaking hands with a man in a horse mask, […]

Sarah Palin Says It’s Time To Impeach Obama

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What could possibly go wrong?

Republicans Pick Cleveland To Host 2016 Convention

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After a process that had ended up narrowing the decision down to two cities, the Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention: WASHINGTON — Seeking to capture the quintessential swing state of Ohio in the next presidential election, Republicans will hold their 2016 national convention in Cleveland, […]

Cochran Certified Winner Of Mississippi Runoff, But McDaniel Continues His Quixotic Campaign

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Thad Cochran has been officially certified as the winner of the Mississippi GOP Primary Runoff Election, but it’s not over yet.

Did Gingrich Correctly Predict Medicare’s Demise?

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In 1995, the Speaker predicted Medicare is “going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it.”

Presidential Overreach Should Be More Than Just Another Partisan Fight, But That’s What It Will Be

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There are legitimate issues regarding Presidential overreach and separation of powers that President Obama’s actions while in office have raised. But none of that will be discussed in our hyperpartisan political culture.

The Supreme Court’s Most Important Decision Wasn’t Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby Is an important decision, but it’s one that the Supreme Court handed down a week earlier that will have the widest impact.

Obama Secretly Backing Warren Over Clinton, Declares Lying Hack

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Ed Klein says he has “Democrat sources” who Obama wants Warren to continue his mission to “transform America into a European-style democratic-socialist state.”

Presidents and Prime Ministers

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More on instiutional design.

Institutional Design and Governance

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A piece at Foreign Policy provides a chance to give some thought to institutions.

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