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How To Argue With Family About Controversial Political Topics At Thanksgiving: Don’t

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Today is a day for turkey and football, not a day for politics.

Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

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The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

Americans Support The Substance Of Obama’s Immigration Policy, Not How He Implemented It

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the President’s changes to deportation policy, but don’t like that he acted unilaterally.

Romney Continues To Lead In Polls Of 2016 GOP Candidates, Leading Hillary In Head-To-Head Match

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The numbers don’t lie, Mitt Romney remains popular among Republican voters.

Carly Fiorina For President?

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For some reason, Carly Fiorina claims to see an opening for her to run for President: On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Sensing an opportunity in a […]

Federal Judges In Mississippi And Arkansas Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

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Federal Judges in two of the most southern of southern states have struck down bans on same sex marriage in Mississippi and Arkansas: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar […]

Democrats Narrow List Of Convention Finalists To Three Cities

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Columbus, Philadelphia, or New York City (well, Brooklyn really)?

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

Photos of the Border

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I can’t recall if I have posted this link before or not (so apologies if this is a rerun) but it is worth  look (if anything there are some stunning photos).  Via The Atlantic: On the Border.

Regardless Of The Grand Jury Decision, Ferguson Raises Issues Americans Need To Address

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Regardless of the outcome of the Michael Brown investigation, there are legitimate problems that need to be addressed.

Speaking of Visa Over-stayers

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Check out the top three:  Undocumented before they were celebrities.

Six Observations on Immigration Reform

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Some points on the immigration debate that need constant (it seems) reinforcement.

The House Lawsuit Against Obama; Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

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The House of Representatives has filed its lawsuit against the President. As expected, it doesn’t amount to much.

Violence Erupts In Wake Of Decision To Forego Indictment In Shooting Of Michael Brown

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Not surprisingly, last night’s announcement that there would be no state court indictment in the Michael Brown shooting led to violence and confrontations with police. That’s not going to solve any of the real problems that face Ferguson, or any other community in the United States.

Ted Cruz Wants Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

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  The junior Senator from Texas thinks he knows who Obama should pick for Secretary of Defense: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. […]

Republicans Would Be More Credible On Immigration If They Had A Plan Of Their Own

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The fact that Republicans lack anything approaching a coherent immigration plan makes it hard to take their criticism of the President seriously.

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the President’s executive action on immigration: Latino voters have Obama’s back again. That’s according to a new poll by Latino Decisions, for Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, the first of Latino voters since Obama announced sweeping executive actions, given to BuzzFeed News ahead of […]

Is “Meh, Romney 2016″ For Real?

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When push comes to shove, top Republicans may still try to make Mitt Romney happen.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

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A surprising change at the top of the military’s civilian chain of command.

Easier Voting and Turnout

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Via TPM: Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High Average voter turnout across the country was horrible during this year’s midterms: about a third of those eligible to cast ballots did so [...] But turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon. During each election over […]

In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

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Top Republicans worry that their party’s response to the President’s executive action will alienate Latinos. However, there’s little they can do about that.

How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

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A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

How a Bill Becomes an Executive Order

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The SNL cold open updates a Schoolhouse Rock classic

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

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The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

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You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

1980: Bush and Reagan on Mexican Immigration

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This is interesting, if anything, because it rather clearly illustrates a) the Reagan many worship today is not the Reagan that actually existed, and b) it helps underscore how far right the GOP has gone on this issue. (Source:  Hit and Run).      

Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

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On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

Scott Walker Looks To Be Preparing To Run For President

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Fresh off his third statewide win in four years, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears to be getting ready to run for President.

The Richest Members Of Congress By State

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Vox is out with an interesting map of the richest Member of Congress in each state based on data collected by the people at Roll Call: (click to enlarge) As you’d expect, the list is dominated by Senators, but there are also quite a few members of the House on the list as well. Draw your […]

DOJ Finds President Lacks Authority to Take Action He Took Next Day

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The Office of Legal Counsel told the president Wednesday he couldn’t do what he did on Thursday.

Obama Announces Immigration Plan, But Constitutional Confrontation Lies Ahead

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On substance, the President’s immigration actions aren’t very objectionable. How he is implementing them, though, is problematic and seems needlessly confrontational.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

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Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Policy Of Not Paying Ransom For Hostages?

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The idea that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists is simply not historically accurate, so should we be reconsidering the policy of not negotiating with ISIS for the release of Western hostages?

Jim Webb Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

Former Senator Jim Webb is the first Democrat to kinda, sorta, throw his hat into the ring for 2016.

Americans Oppose Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration, But Support Immigration Reform

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A new poll provides some interesting context to the political context to the President’s expected executive action on immigration.

Report: Obama To Announce Immigration Executive Order On Friday UPDATE: Speech To The Nation Thursday Night

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CNBC’s John Harwood is reporting that the President is expected to announce the details of his much talked about executive action on immigration in a speech in Las Vegas on Friday: President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed. Another source familiar […]

Can Hillary Expand The Electoral College Map In 2016? In An Important Sense, It Doesn’t Matter

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An adviser close to Hillary Clinton is talking about expanding the Electoral College map in 2016, but even without such an expansion the GOP faces an uphill battle.

Democrats Claim Obama Broke Their Party, Call on Him to Fix It

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Some of his party’s leaders want the president to save them.

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline For Now, Effectively Ends Mary Landrieu’s Political Career

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The Keystone XL pipeline bill is dead until the next Senate. Mary Landrieu’s political career, on the other hand, is basically dead for the foreseeable future.

President Obama Was Against Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration Before He Was For it

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If the President now believes he can act unilaterally on immigration reform, why did he spend the last five years saying that he couldn’t?

Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Keystone XL Likely To Pass Senate, But It Won’t Save Mary Landrieu

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Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will likely pass the Senate today, and will eventually go forward despite an expected Presidential veto. But, Mary Landrieu’s political career is still dead.

Public Wants Obama To Wait On Immigration Action

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A new poll shows that Americans would prefer President Obama to wait to act on immigration until after the new Congress has had a chance to act on the issue.

The Ivy League Supreme Court

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Every member of the Supreme Court graduated from an Ivy League Law School. That kind of homogeneity is not healthy.

Election Losses Lead To Debate Inside Democratic Party

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Another round of election losses is leading Democrats to contemplate the direction they should take going forward.

Obama And McConnell Hold A Bourbon Summit

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This weekend’s cold open to Saturday Night Live pondered what an actual Bourbon Summit between President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might look like:

Latest Round Of Same-Sex Marriage Appeals Arrive At Supreme Court

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The process that seems likely to lead to a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has begun.

Republican Congress May Not Act To Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.

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Somewhat missed in Election Day’s Republican landslide was the fact that a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes had passed overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. In the wake of that victory, though, was the question of whether or not the newly Republican Congress would try to block implementation of the measure under their power to […]

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

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The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

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