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The Paul Ryan Scenario: Unlikely To Succeed, And A Sign Of Total Desperation

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With the Republican nomination fight down to two incredibly unappealing candidates, some Republican insiders are talking about looking elsewhere for a nominee.

Two Republicans Backtrack On Support For Hearings For SCOTUS Nominee

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Two Republicans who broke with their party to support hearings for Judge Merrick Garland have changed their minds and gotten back in line with the Senate GOP Caucus.

The End Of Paul Ryan’s Honeymoon?

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Five months after becoming Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan seems to be running into some of the same difficulties that John Boehner did.

Another Senator Defects On “No Hearings, No Votes” As Public Opposition Rises

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

Another Republican Senator has broken ranks and called for hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, as another poll shows most Americans support hearings as well.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Would Nominating Trump Put The House At Risk For Republicans?

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If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, the GOP may have more to worry about than losing the White House and the Senate.

Republican Senator Calls For Hearings And A Vote On Merrick Garland Nomination

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A crack in the wall.

We Won’t Have Marco Rubio To Kick Around Anymore

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Marco Rubio is ruling out a return to politics, at least for now.

President Obama Selects Judge Merrick Garland To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

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President Obama has selected his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, now the question is whether the Senate will act.

Political War Over Supreme Court Getting Ready To Go Nuclear

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The coming political battle over President Obama’s effort to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will likely be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Senate GOP Remains United On Denying Consideration To Obama SCOTUS Nominee

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The President could nominate someone to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death as soon a next week, but Republicans in the Senate remain firmly committed to their decision to deny the as yet unnamed nominee any consideration.

Jeff Sessions Endorses Donald Trump, While Other Republicans Begin To Panic

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Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions became the latest prominent Republican to endorse Donald Trump, but there are a lot more Republicans who are starting to panic over what Trump could do to their party.

Brian Sandoval Takes Name Out Of Contention For Supreme Court

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Less than a day after his name was leaked as a possible Supreme Court nominee, and an intriguing one at that, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has asked that his name be taken out of consideration for the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Antonin Scalia: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced […]

Nevada’s Republican Governor Reportedly Being Vetted For Supreme Court

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Is President Obama planning a Checkmate move in the SCOTUS nomination fight?

Senate Republicans Vow No Hearings On Supreme Court Nominee From President Obama

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Notwithstanding polling that indicates the American public disagrees with them, Senate Republicans emerged from a meeting today largely united on the idea of not giving any Supreme Court nominee named by President a hearing, or even the courtesy of a meeting.

Poll: Majority Of Americans Say Senate Should Hold Hearings And Vote On SCOTUS Nominee

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The American people do not seem to support the Republican position on whether President Obama’s expected Supreme Court nominee should get proper consideration by the Senate.

President Obama Submits Quixotic Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

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The President has another plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It’s as likely to be well-received on Capitol Hill as all of his other previous plans on this issue.

Conservatives Double Down On ‘No Hearing, No Votes’ For SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are sending a message to Senate Republicans about the vacancy on the Supreme Court, and it may require them to initiate a suicidal game plan.

Joe Biden In 1992: No Action On Supreme Court Nominations Until After An Election

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In 1992, Joe Biden said that no action should be taken on any potential Supreme Court nominations until after that year’s Presidential election. Sound familiar?

Americans Divided Over Who Should Name Scalia’s Replacement, Obama Or Next POTUS

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Two new polls show that Americans are basically split equally on the question of who should appoint the Justice that will replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Republican Wall On “No Hearings, No Votes” For SCOTUS Nominee Appears To Be Cracking

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The unity of the Republican Senate on the idea of no hearings or votes, if it ever really existed, appears to be cracking.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Not Ruling Out Hearings On Obama SCOTUS Pick

Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Continue

A crack in the Republican wall?

Republicans Risk The Senate And The Presidency By Refusing To Consider Any SCOTUS Nominee

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Republicans are putting much on the line in their refusal to consider any Supreme Court nomination from President Obama.

Supreme Court Appointments And Lame Duck Presidents: Yes, Both Sides Do It

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The politicization of Supreme Court appointments didn’t start with Republicans last night.

The Political Battle Over Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat Has Begun

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It didn’t take long for the political battle over the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia to become another part of the 2016 political battle.

How Justice Scalia’s Death Is Likely To Impact The Court’s Current Term

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In the short term, Justice Scalia’s death will have a significant impact on cases the Supreme Court has already heard, and cases it is scheduled to hear in the next two months.

Army And Marine Chiefs: Women Should Be Required To Register For Draft Just Like Men

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The Army Chief of Staff and Commandant of the Marine Corps told Congress that women should be required to register for the draft just like men are.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

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Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

Obama’s Lame Duck State Of The Union

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President Obama’s final State Of The Union Address was largely a recognition of the fact that his time on the world stage is quickly coming to an end.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley To Deliver Response To State Of The Union

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been selected to deliver the response to next week’s State of the Union Address: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, her office confirmed. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked […]

Obama’s Executive Action On Guns Is More Symbolism Than Substance

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The gun control regulations to be announced later today by President Obama later today amount to far less than the hype would lead you to believe.

Politinerds: Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.)

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Our guest this week was South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. As you probably know, Senator Scott was first elected to Congress in 2010 after spending about fifteen years in several elected positions in local government and the South Carolina legislature. After Senator Jim DeMint retired from the Senate, South Carolina Nikki Haley appointed Scott to […]

Marco Rubio Misses Senate Vote On Omnibus Budget Bill

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After making a big deal about voting against the budget bill passed yesterday by Congress during the last debate, Marco Rubio ended up missing the vote altogether.

Final Spending Bill Sails Through Congress, Giving Speaker Ryan Another Legislative Win

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The final spending bill for the 2016 Fiscal Year sailed through Congress today, marking the end of a very successful first two months in office for Speaker Paul Ryan

DHS Official Argues Against Using No-Fly List To Bar People From Buying Guns

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At least one DHS official seems to be against the idea of using no-fly list to stop people from buying firearms.

Republican House Member Introduces Resolution To Fight The ‘War On Christmas’

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A Colorado Republican Congressman has introduced a resolution meant to involve our nation’s representatives in the non-existent ‘War On Christmas.’

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

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The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

New York Judge Upholds Injunction Shutting Down Draft Kings And Fan Duel In New York

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A New York Judge has upheld an injunction against Draft Kings and Fan Duel. It’s probably correct under New York law, but that just means the law needs to be changed.

San Bernardino Leaves Anti-Terror Policy In Disarray As Obama Prepares To Address Nation

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The attack in San Bernardino has seemingly left the Administration’s anti-terror strategy in disarray, so the President is addressing the nation tonight to say, well, something I guess.

No, We Shouldn’t Use The No-Fly List To Decide Who Can’t Buy A Gun

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The no-fly list is a flawed, arbitrary mess that has kept innocent people from flying for years. Using it to deny people rights recognized by the Constitution is, quite honestly, insane.

Our Feckless Congress Is Shirking Its Constitutional Duties On The War Against ISIS

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Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the expansion of that nation’s military strikes against ISIS. For more than a year, our cowardly Congress has failed to even hold one debate or vote on America’s role in that conflict.

Top Republican Adviser Tries To Help Down Ballot Candidates Prepare For Trump As Nominee

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A leaked memo from a top Republican adviser tries to tell vulnerable Senate candidates how to deal with the possibility that they’ll be stuck with Trump on the top of the ticket.

John Oliver On Getting Rid Of The Penny

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On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver hit on an issue that I’ve talked about before, getting rid of the penny: Why is the penny still a thing? As John Oliver pointed out on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, it costs 1.7 cents to make each penny, so they lose money the moment they’re […]

Former Benghazi Committee Staffer Sues Committee, And Rep. Trey Gowdy

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A former staffer for the House Select Committee investigation the attack in Benghazi is suing the Committee for improper employment practices, and Chairman Trey Gowdy for defamation.

Poll Finds American Fearful Of Terrorism, Distrustful Of Obama And Syrian Refugees

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A new poll taken in the wake of the Paris attacks finds Americans increasingly fearful of ISIS attacks in the U.S., opposed to the admission of Syrian refugees, and not very confident in President Obama’s ability to deal with the ISIS threat.

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sentenced By Secret Iranian Court

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Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been held by Iran on espionage charges that most everyone agrees are nonsense, has apparently been sentenced, although it’s unclear what his sentence actually is: TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges […]

Democrat John Bel Edwards Handily Defeats David Vitter In Louisiana Governor’s Race

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Democrat John Bel Edwards scored an easy victory over Senator David Vitter last night in Louisiana, and Vitter announced that he’d be leaving the Senate after his term is up.

House Passes Bill To Limit Syrian Refugee Program, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain

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With little actual debate and despite Paul Ryan’s promise of a return to ‘regular order,’ the House has passed a hastily drafted bill in response to the largely fear-based response to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

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