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Supreme Court Appears Divided In Latest Obamacare Case

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Once again, the Supreme Court appears to be sharply divided on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Ben Carson: Prison Sex Proves Being Gay Is A Choice

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Ben Carson is inching closer to running for President, and he’s continuing to pander to the most extreme elements of the Republican Party.

After Two Month Stand Off, House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill

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As expected, Republicans have caved in the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Republicans Suddenly Discover They’re Against The Filibuster

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Now that they control all of Congress, some Republicans are suddenly deciding that the filibuster should be repealed.

Report: Hillary Clinton Evaded Government Email While Secretary Of State

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Hillary Clinton’s use of email while Secretary of State pretty much violated every Federal law and regulation on the issue.

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical Of Non-Legislative Redistricting

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The Supreme Court seems likely to strike down state laws that take redistricting completely out of the hands of state legislatures.

Barbara Mikulski Will Not Run For Re-Election In 2016

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Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congressional history, has announced that she will not seek re-election in 2016: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, announced at a news conference Monday that she will retire from the Senate after five terms in office, three people familiar with her plans said. […]

Scott Walker Flip Flops On Immigration Reform

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Just as his political star is rising among conservatives, Scott Walker is walking back his previous support for immigration reform.

Rand Paul Wins Meaningless CPAC Straw Poll: A Family Tradition

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Rand Paul is carrying on a family tradition, winning the CPAC straw poll won many times by his father Ron.

Congress Punts DHS Funding Bill For Seven Days

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Another lesson in incompetence in governing from House Republicans.

Politinerds: The Jake Tapper Interview

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The week’s episode of Poitinerds features another special guest, Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and before that White House Correspondent for ABC News. Jazz Shaw and I talk with Jake about his career in journalism, what it’s like to host a daily news show in an era of fast breaking […]

Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

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Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

Controlling Congress

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A theme that just won’t go away.

Speaking of IRV

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My post on voting for Best Picture (and the ensuing comments) talked quite a bit about IRV (instant run-off voting).  Georgia is presenting a case where IRV might solve a problem (and is, apparently, at least being discussed). Via Peach Pundit:  Finding Alternatives to Runoff Elections Just Got More Urgent One of the most disruptive […]

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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As expected, President Obama has vetoed the bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

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With three days to go, there are signs the GOP is ready to give up on its showdown over DHS funding.

Will Clinton Foundation Be A Liability For Hillary Clinton?

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Do the nonprofit’s foreign donors create a conflict of interest?

Electoral Systems Matter

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Decision rules matter.

Politinerds: The Andrew Malcom Interview

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This week on Politinerds, Jazz Shaw and I interview Andrew Malcom, currently a columnist at Investors Business Daily, and previously a national and international correspondent for The New York Times. Andrew’s time in journalism stretches back to the era of the Vietnam War, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and Watergate. During his time at the Times, […]

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

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A new poll of 2016 primary voters shows that even Republicans are coming to accept that gays and lesbians should have the right to get married.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s Decision To Invite Netanyahu To Speak Before Congress

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By a wide margin Americans think it was wrong of the GOP to invite Israel’s Prime Minister to speak to Congress.

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To President’s Deferred Deportation Program

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A Federal Judge has issued a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s deferred deportation program, but appeals can be expected.

Pennsylvania Governor Imposes Moratorium On Death Penalty

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Reflecting a growing national trend away from the barbarity of capital punishment, the Governor of Pennsylvania has imposed a moratorium on executions in the Keystone State.

Barbara Bush Changes Mind on ‘Enough Bushes’

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Lest there be any doubt, Barbara Bush wouldn’t mind a third POTUS in the family.

Oregon Gets First Openly Bisexual Governor in American History

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will become the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history when Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns Wednesday

Rand Paul’s Biology ‘Degree’

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The Kentucky Senator and medical doctor claims an undergraduate degree he doesn’t have.

Justice Ginsburg “Not 100 Percent Sober” During State Of The Union

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During the State of the Union Address in January, cameras caught Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appearing to doze off about half way through the President’s speech. As it turns out, the Justices were apparently partying prior to the big event: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admits to sharing some wine with her colleagues […]

Authorizations to Unlimited Military Force

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Daniel Larison is far less ambivalent about our war on ISIL than me.

Democrats Pick Philadelphia For 2016 Convention

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After narrowing the list down to three cities, the Democratic Party has chosen Philadelphia as the site of their nominating convention in 2016: The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, according to a committee statement. The convention will take place on July 25. Republicans will host their convention in Cleveland the week […]

Montana State Legislator Wants To Ban Yoga Pants

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A lawmaker in Montana wants to outlaw yoga pants: HELENA — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants. Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists […]

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

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President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

The Supreme Court Sends More Signals That It’s Ready To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

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By refusing to stay the legalization of same-sex marriage in Alabama, the Supreme Court has sent the strongest signal yet that it is ready to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

The Domestic Side of National Security

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Another commentary on the National Security Strategy, this one at The Hill.

Netanyahu Reportedly Considering Canceling Speech To Congress

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently realizing that speaking to Congress may not be a good idea after all.

Same-Sex Marriages Go Forward In Alabama While Roy Moore Channels George Wallace

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In the end, there is no difference between Roy Moore resisting a Federal Court Order related to same-sex marriage and George Wallace’s efforts to block desegregation.

Today in Grand Irony

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The same-sex marriage battle is on in Alabama

On Existential Threats

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I don’t Think that Means What you Think it Means (Huckabee Edition)

Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Becoming Even More Of A Partisan Football

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s speech to Congress is becoming even more partisan, much to the apparent chagrin of the Israelis.

Another Sign That Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President

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Matthew Yglesias points to a major new hire by Hillary Clinton’s growing Presidential campaign team that is a seemingly clear sign that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President: An awful lot of people in progressive politics would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president, but the latest sign that it’s not […]

January Jobs Report Shows 2014’s Strong Jobs Market Continuing Into New Year

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The January Jobs Report showed that the trend of strong jobs growth we saw in 2014 appears to be continuing into the new year.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

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Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

Alabama Chief Justice: Ignore the Federal Court

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Roy Moore is at it again.

Democrats Consider Boycott Of Netanyahu Speech To Congress

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Some Congressional Democrats are considering skipping a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Session Of Congress.

House Votes To Repeal Obamacare Again

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The House voted to repeal the PPACA for the 56th time, but it’s clear that this vote will end up being a pointless as all the others.

The Anti-Vaccination Thing

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The debate over whether kids need to be vaccinated against communicable diseases baffles me.

George Pataki For President?

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George Pataki, who served three terms as New York’s Governor from 1995  to 2006, is apparently thinking of running for President for some reason: Former New York Gov. George Pataki told Fox News on Monday he’s “seriously” exploring a 2016 Republican bid for president. The former governor said he plans to travel to New Hampshire […]

Scott Walker Surges In Iowa, But How Much Does Iowa Really Matter?

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Scott Walker surged to the top of a new poll of Iowa Republicans, but Iowa is not a very good predictor of success in the race for the GOP nomination.

Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

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Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

Jeb Bush Was a Naughty Boy

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So what?

We Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

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After weeks of giving every indication that he’s running for president yet again, Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not a candidate for 2016.

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