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Trump the Presumptive Nominee (Some of What I got Wrong)

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In case anyone noticed: I got the Trump nomination wrong.

Trump Campaign Reportedly Telling GOP Insiders It’s Low On Cash

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Donald Trump is apparently having money troubles.

Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima Brings Reflection, But No Apologies

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President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima left just the impression it should have.

Clinton Email Scandal: What Should Be Done?

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A commenter asks what the consequences ought be for Clinton’s transgressions.

Hoping For A Breakthrough, Libertarians Meet In Orlando To Pick A Nominee

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With Republicans in Trump-induced disarray, Libertarians are meeting to pick their nominee and the hope that 2016 could be the year their party finally gets the attention it has craved for four decades.

Clinton Email Scandal and Trump’s Suitability for the Presidency

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Donald Trump would be a horrible president. That doesn’t justify Hillary Clinton’s bad acts.

Clinton Email Scandal and The ‘Powell Did it Too’ Defense

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Yes, Colin Powell used private email too. No, it’s not the same thing. No, it’s not because he was a Republican.

Release Of Inspector General’s Report Indicates Hillary’s Email Woes Likely To Continue

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The Clinton campaign probably thought the email story was behind them. The new report from the State Department’s Inspector General shows just how wrong they were about that.

Donald Trump Clinches Republican Nomination

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Donald Trump now has enough delegates to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot.

Texas, Ten Other States, File Suit Over Federal Transgender Discrimination Guidelines

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A group of states led by Texas has filed a suit in response to new guidelines from the Federal Government regarding the rights of transgender students.

State Department Inspector General Faults Hillary Clinton, State Dept. In Email Probe

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A bad day for the Clinton campaign.

Donald Trump Wins Washington State, Inches Closer To Clinching The Nomination

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Donald Trump is now just 28 delegates away from clinching the GOP nomination. New Jersey’s primary on June 7th will put him over the top.

Judge: Giving Ohioans Only 28 Days to Vote Unconstitutional

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An overreach on the “disparate impact” standard.

Donald Trump Resurrects The Worst Of Clinton Derangement Syndrome

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For Donald Trump at least, the start of the General Election campaign is the perfect time to dredge up decades old conspiracy theories.

Republican Mega-Donors Not Exactly Warming Up To Donald Trump

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Some of the GOP’s top donors still aren’t sold on Donald Trump.

Obama Announces End Of U.S. Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

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On his trip to Hanoi, President announced the latest sign that the Vietnam War is finally something both nations have manged to put behind them.

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Walk Into A Bar…..

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Last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open was most likely the last time we’ll see Larry David as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders but, along with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, it was one of the best of the season: Very well done guys, although the first skit remains my personal favorite:

Bernie Sanders Continues To Wage War Against The Party He Claims To Support

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Even as it becomes more and more apparent that he cannot win the Democratic nomination for President, Bernie Sanders is not letting up on his rhetoric against the leadership of the party he claims he’ll support in November.

Stop Trying To Make Mitt Romney Happen

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It’s not going to happen.

Regulatory Capture and the Revolving Door

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Top officials of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have taken jobs in the industry they were regulating.

Yes, The Trump/Clinton Polls Are Tightening. No, It Doesn’t Mean Much Of Anything

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Several recent polls have shown the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tightening, but it likely means far less than the media hype makes it sound like.

Oklahoma Legislature Passes Unconstitutional Bill That Makes Abortion A Felony

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Oklahoma’s Republican legislature passed a clearly unconstitutional bill outlawing abortion in the state.

Vast Majority Of Native Americans Not Offended By ‘Redskins’ Name, New Poll Claims

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A new poll indicates that the argument that the name “Redskins” is disparaging is not an accurate statement of how Native Americans themselves feel about the issue.

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Continues To Rise, Hits A Record 61%

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Nearly one year after the Supreme Court’s historic decision, public support for same-sex marriage continues to rise even among groups that were previously strongly opposed to it.

Donald Trump Just 77 Delegates Away From Officially Clinching Republican Nomination

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To the surprise of nobody, Donald Trump easily won the Republican primary in Oregon last night, putting him 77 delegates away from clinching the Republican nomination for President: Donald Trump has won the Oregon GOP Primary, according to the Associated Press. Although all of Trump’s GOP opponents have been vanquished, he has yet to cross […]

Sanders And Clinton Split Victories, Clinton Has Nomination In Sight

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders split victories in Kentucky and Oregon last night, and Clinton is now less than 100 delegates away from an historic victory.

John McCain In Trouble in Arizona?

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John McCain seems to be headed for the toughest re-election fight of his political career: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing a tough reelection bid while fighting unfavorable ratings,according to a new poll. The survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Tuesday found that McCain leads the Republican primary field with 39 percent, […]

Bowe Bergdahl Trial Delayed Until 2017, But Donald Trump Could Wreck The Entire Case

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Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Martial has been delayed until 2017, which raises the possibility that comments by Donald Trump could result in Bergdahl getting off scot-free.

Clinton Hoping For Win In Kentucky To Blunt Sanders Momentum

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Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee regardless of what happens in Kentucky and Oregon today, but her campaign is hoping for a win in Kentucky that puts an end to the repetitive stories about Bernie Sanders continuing to win primaries.

Supreme Court Punts On PPACA Birth Control Mandate

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Faced with the prospect of a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court instead came up with a decision on the PPACA’s birth control mandate that didn’t decide anything.

Trump Probably Couldn’t Afford To Self-Fund A General Election Campaign

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Donald Trump has announced that he would not be self-funding the General Election campaign. That’s probably because he really couldn’t afford to do so.

Republican Insiders Still Talking About Quixotic Independent Run For POTUS

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With Donald Trump now destined to become the GOP nominee, some Republican insiders are trying to put together another ‘too little, too late’ strategy to stop him.

Nomination Fight for the Libertarians?

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Via WaPo:  Libertarian Party faces a nomination fight in a #NeverTrump world Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian Party nominee for president, may have found his moment. The Democratic and Republican parties are set to nominate deeply unpopular candidates. His Libertarian Party has seen enrollment surge all year, with more than […]

Pfizer Bars Use Of Its Drugs In Capital Punishment

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Pfizer has become the latest drug maker from barring its products from being used in executions.

Federal Government Advises, And Warns, Public Schools On Rights Of Transgender Students

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Begun, the bathroom wars have.

Republicans Discuss Rules Changes To Stop The Next Donald Trump

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Even before the 2016 convention, Republicans are talking about possible rules changes to stop another Trump-like candidate in 2020 or beyond.

From the “You can’t Make this Stuff up” File (Trump’s ex-Butler edition)

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Via the BBC:  Donald Trump’s ex-butler calls for Obama to be killed Anthony Senecal wrote in a Facebook post that Mr Obama “should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term”. Mr Senecal worked for Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, for nearly 30 […]

Federal Court Finds Portion Of Administration’s PPACA Subsidy Funding Unconstitutional

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A Federal Court has ruled that the Administration violated the law when it spent funds allocated under the PPACA for purposes other than those authorized by Congress.

A Reminder About Polling

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As we begin to head into General Election season, a few things to remember about the avalanche of polls to come.

Donald Trump Says His Muslim Travel Ban Is ‘Just A Suggestion’

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The walk backs begin.

Rush Limbaugh Explains Trump’s Praise of Clintons

Four years ago, Trump lavished praise on Hillary. Brilliant!

Joe Biden Thinks Joe Biden Would Have Been A Darn Good President

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Regrets, he’s had a few…….

Sanders Wins West Virginia, Continues To Fall Behind In Delegate Race

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Bernie Sanders won another primary last night, but he continues to fall behind in the race for delegates nonetheless.

Donald Trump Within 102 Delegates Of Clinching GOP Nomination

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With the field before him now clear, Donald Trump is now assured to win the Republican Presidential Nomination. After that, though, his plans don’t seem to make a lot of sense.

Federal Government, North Carolina, File Competing Lawsuits Over State’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

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The political fight over North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill” has moved to the Federal Courts.

Eight Years Ago, Clinton Trounced Obama In West Virginia. Today, She Looks Likely To Lose

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Thanks largely to the fact that she has moved left on coal, Hillary Clinton seems likely to lose today’s West Virginia primary. But it will have only a minimal impact on Clinton’s quest for a delegate majority.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Bathroom Bills’ Aimed At Transgender Americans

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Surprising results from a new poll regarding “bathroom” bills and transgender Americans.

GOP Begins 2016 General Election Race With A Big Electoral College Disadvantage

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A first look at the Electoral College paints a very grim picture for Donald Trump and the GOP.

Democracy, Demagogues, and Populist Pandering

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The rise of Trump and Sanders has resurrected a debate as old as Western civilization.

Sarah Palin Targets Paul Ryan Over Refusal To Endorse Donald Trump

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Sarah Palin, who was among the early endorsers of Donald Trump, is now saying that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan must be defeated because of his unwillingness to immediately jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon: Sarah Palin will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin, the former […]

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