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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.

Paul Ryan Joins Republican Calls For Halt To Accepting Syrian Refugees

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to call for a halt to the processing of Syrian refugees who may eventually be brought to the United States: WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees into the United States, and two […]

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

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Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

SCOTUS Accepts Virginia Redistricting Case That Tests Use Of Race And Politics In Drawing Lines

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The Supreme Court has accepted for appeal a Virginia case that deal with the issue of using race and politics as a basis for drawing district lines.

You Can Forget About Obama’s Promise To Close The Guantanamo Bay Prison

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President Obama is set to sign a military spending bill that effectively guarantees that his 2008 campaign promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will go unfulfilled.

Americans Continue To Hate Congress, Will Still Re-Elect That Same Congress

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A new Gallup poll shows public approval of Congress once again approaching historic lows, but it means far less than anyone thinks.

Supreme Court Considers Case Where Civil Asset Forfeiture And The Sixth Amendment Collide

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The Supreme Court is now considering a case that deals with the problem of overly broad civil asset forfeiture laws and a Defendant’s right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment.

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

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To no real surprise, the Obama Administration has rejected the application to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is likely to remain an issue in the upcoming Presidential campaign, though.

Tuesday’s Elections Helped Solidify Republican Control Of America’s State Legislatures

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Forget about Congress, the real story going forward is likely to be Republican dominance of state legislatures nationwide.

Dennis Hastert’s Portrait Removed From House Of Representatives

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Politico reports that one of the first notable impacts of Paul Ryan’s Speakership has been the removal of the portrait of Dennis Hastert from the group of portraits of former Speakers Of The House that are displayed in an area just off the House Floor. Hastert, you will recall, was indicted over the summer on Federal […]

Paul Ryan’s Comments On The Likelihood Of Immigration Reform Simply Reflect Political Realty

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Paul Ryan’s admission that immigration reform will not happen as long as Barack Obama is President simply reflects the reality of immigration politics in Congress.

Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Deal

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As expected, the Senate easily passed the two-year budget deal early this morning.

Paul Ryan Easily Elected Speaker Of The House

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With only a handful of opposition, Paul Ryan was easily elected the 62nd Speaker of the House.

Paul Ryan Won’t Be The Next Speaker Of The House, Paul D. Ryan Will

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As expected, the House Republican Caucus has selected the Congressman from Wisconsin 1st Congressional District as its candidate in tomorrow’s election for Speaker of the House: Republicans on Wednesday rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker of the House, declaring him the best candidate to turn the page and unify a fractured […]

After Opposing Procedure Under Which It Was Negotiated, Paul Ryan Will Support Budget Deal

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Yesterday, Paul Ryan spoke out against the procedure under which the new budget deal was negotiated. Today, he announced that he’ll vote for it anyway.

House Committee To Consider Impeachment Of I.R.S. Commissioner

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The House Committee investigating the IRS targeting scandal will consider impeaching the I.R.S. Commissioner over issues that are, at beast, only tangentially related to the scandal itself.

Paul Ryan Blasts Budget Deal Process, But He’s Likely Very Pleased It Happened

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Paul Ryan is blasting the process that led to the new budget deal between the GOP and the White House, but one suspects he’s secretly quite pleased with the fact that it makes his job-to-be a lot easier.

Congress, White House Reach Budget Deal, John Boehner’s Parting Gift To Paul Ryan?

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Congress and the White House have reached a tentative deal on the budget and debt ceiling that promises to make Paul Ryan’s initial months as Speaker a lot easier.

Department Of Justice Finds No Basis For Criminal Charges In I.R.S. Scrutiny Of Tea Party Groups

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The Department of Justice has informed Congress that its investigation has found no basis for criminal charges arising out of the targeting of conservative organizations by IRS officials evaluating applications for tax-exempt status.

With Last Obstacles To Becoming Speaker Clear, Paul Ryan Is “All In”

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With the voting now seemingly a mere formality, the question becomes what kind of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will become.

House Benghazi Committee Takes Repeated Swings At Hillary Clinton, Mostly Ends Up Hitting Itself

After an eleven hour day on Capitol Hill, it was Hillary Clinton 1 House Benghazi Committee 0.

Nearly Three-Quarters Of Americans See Benghazi Committee As Primarily Political

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As the House Select Benghazi Committee continues to question Hillary Clinton, a new poll finds that the vast majority of Americans view its work as political rather than part of an objective investigation.

Paul Ryan Now Has A Clear Path To Become Speaker Of The House

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With the top conservative caucus in Congress acquiescing to his candidacy, Paul Ryan is largely certain to become the next Speaker of the House.

The Benghazi Committee Gets Its Moment In The Spotlight, And So Does Hillary Clinton

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What will likely be the apex of the House Select Committee’s investigation of the Benghazi attack begins and ends today with the testimony of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Paul Ryan Willing To Be Speaker, If All His Conditions Are Met

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Paul Ryan has never really wanted to be Speaker Of The House, but he’s take the job if House Republicans meet the conditions he’s set out.

Will He Or Won’t He? Washington Waits On Paul Ryan’s Decision On Running For Speaker

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With Congress set to come back from its recess, attention is once again turning to the race for Speaker and one Paul Ryan, Congressman from Wisconsin.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Reaches Plea Deal In Banking Law/Sexual Misconduct Case

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on charges that he structured withdrawals from his bank accounts to evade Federal reporting requirements, has apparently reached a plea deal with Federal prosecutors: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the small-town wrestling coach who rose to political power as the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House, intends […]

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