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Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

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France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

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

Terrorism Word Cloud

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.

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

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The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sentenced By Secret Iranian Court

Iranian And American Flags

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 […]

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

Jonathan Pollard

After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

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

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

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

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

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Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

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

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

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.

Majority of Americans Oppose Ground Troops In Syria And Iraq

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In the wake of President Obama’s to send Special Forces to Syria, a new poll finds the public doesn’t like the idea very much.

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

Guantanamo Bay Camp Entrance

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.

Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Action Suffers Another Court Defeat


President Obama’s executive action on immigration suffered another setback in court late yesterday.

No, Ben Carson Is Not Being Subjected To ‘Unfair’ Scrutiny

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Ben Carson and his supporters would have you believe that he is being subjected to unprecedented and unfair scrutiny. That assertion is completely false.

America’s ‘Alliance’ Against ISIS Exists Mostly On Paper, Not In Reality

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America’s much touted international coalition against ISIS is, essentially a Coalition In Name Only.

Obama Apparently Giving Up On Quixotic Bid For ‘Middle East Peace’


President Obama has apparently come to the same realization as many of his predecessors, that trying to craft a legacy by single-handedly bring about “Middle East Peace” is largely a waste of time.

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.

President Obama Likely To Leave World In As Bad A Shape As He Found It, If Not Worse

Barack Obama

President Obama came to office inheriting the legacy of one unnecessary war, and another that had faded from memory. He will leave office with Iraq and Syria in crisis, Europe uneasy, Yemen and Libya unstable breeding grounds for terrorism, and China doing whatever it is they’re doing.

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

Paul Ryan Speaker

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.

Despite Previous Promises Not To Do So, Obama Is Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

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Another day, another military escalation in the Middle East.

On Marco Rubio And The Issue Of Missed Senate Votes

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Marco Rubio is taking heat for missing a lot of Senate votes since he started running for President, but he’s not really any worse than other legislators who have run for President.

Obama Considering Plan That Would Get U.S. Ground Troops Closer To Front Lines In ISIS War

Obama ISIS

President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would put American forces much closer to the ground war in the war against ISIS.

Two New Polls Provide Another Dose Of Political Reality For Gun Control Advocates


Two new polls show that political efforts to enact more stringent gun control at the national level are not likely to succeed.

Joe Biden Announces He’s Not Running For President

Joe Biden Speaking

To the surprise of nobody who was actually paying attention to political reality, Vice-President Biden announced today that he will not be a candidate for President.

Obama Administration Abandoning Program To Train And Equip “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

Obama Syria

In the wake of failure that could have been easily foreseen, the Obama Administration is ending a program to train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

Hillary Clinton’s Risky Bid To Distance Herself From President Obama

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton listens to U.S. President Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet in Washington

Hillary Clinton has started to distance herself from President Obama on some issues. It’s an understandable strategy, but it carries many risks.

Obama Considering Plan To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Past 2016

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President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would keep up to 5,000 American troops in Afghanistan past the withdrawal date he had already set.

Senate Democrats Succeed In Filibuster Of Vote Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Senate Democrats successfully blocked a final vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal, meaning that Congressional debate on the matter is effectively over.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Debate Is Basically Over

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

President Obama now has enough votes in the Senate, and probably the House, to ensure that Congress cannot block the nuclear deal with Iran.

Ohio Politicians Predictably Unhappy About Denali Decision

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Ohio politicos are predictably unhappy about the decision to return Mount Denali to its rightful place.

Mitch McConnell: No Immigration Reform While Obama Is President

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The Senate Majority Leader says there will be no immigration reform while Obama is President. This is unlikely to help the GOP’s already serious problems with Latino voters.

Obama’s Rhetoric On The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Needlessly Confrontational

Barack Obama

President Obama’s confrontational approach to opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal ignores legitimate questions.

American Public Turning Against Iran Nuclear Deal According To New Polls

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Recent polling has shown the American public to be highly skeptical, at beast, of the Iran Nuclear Deal. That may not be enough to kill it in Congress, though.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

Jonathan Pollard

After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Oklahoma Protesters Greet President Obama With Confederate Flags

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Protesters waving Confederate flags greeted President Obama when he arrived in Oklahoma last night: Supporters of the Confederate flag rallied Wednesday in Oklahoma as President Barack Obama arrived in the state for a series of events, including the first ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting President. About 10 people waving Confederate battle […]

Can Congress Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

In the end, the odds that Congress can actually stop the new deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program are pretty low.

U.S. And Cuba To Reopen Embassies After 54 Years

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For the first time since 1961, there will soon be an American Embassy in Havana, and a Cuban Embassy in Washington. It’s well past time that this happened.

Chelsea Clinton And Privilege

Hillary Bill Chelsea Clinton

When you’re being paid $65,000 to speak for less than an hour, you’re pretty much the poster child for privilege.

The Politics Of Obamacare After King v. Burwell


In the wake of the latest Supreme Court decision, the Affordable Care Act seems to have become even more firmly established than it was before last week, and the prospect of repeal has become even less likely.

A Look At The Remaining Legal Challenges To Obamacare


There are still legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act pending after King v. Burwell, but they aren’t quite as substantial as what we’ve seen over the last five years.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies In 6-3 Vote

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The era of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act is over.

Changes To U.S. Hostage Policies Are Less Than Meets The Eye

Barack Obama

The Administration announced changes to the way the government handles hostage situations, but it really doesn’t amount to much.

So What Is It Like To Record A Podcast With The President In Your Garage?


Talking to the President in my garage A photo posted by @marcmaron on Jun 19, 2015 at 6:25pm PDT Marc Maron had an amusing story about how he ended up recording a podcast in his garage with the President of the United States: Q. Did you plan to approach the interview in a certain way, […]

Obama Talks About Race Relations In The Wake Of Charleston, Media Concentrates On One Word


President Obama gave an interesting and somewhat unusual interview to a podcaster late last week, but the media is obsessed over a single word.

George W. Bush Wants To Send Combat Troops To Iraq Again

George W Bush

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

Congress Rebukes Obama On Trade, And Thus The Lame Duck Era Begins

Capitol Building

House Democrats defied President Obama on an important trade deal today, thus arguably marking the official beginning of his lame duck status.

Obama And Republicans Battle As Both Sides Await Another Obamacare Decision


Before the end of the month, the Supreme Court could issue a ruling that ends subsidies for the vast majority of people who bought insurance under the PPACA, and the political battles are already starting.

Supreme Court Slaps Back Congress In Jerusalem Passport Case

Old City from the Mount of the Olives

In a case that took seven months to decide, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Presidency’s broad authority in foreign affairs, and inserted itself just a little bit in the thorny politics of the Middle East.

Obama Administration’s Deferred Deportation Plan Suffers Another Legal Setback


The President’s plan to give deportation relief to millions of illegal immigrants has hit another legal snag.

Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Questions To Answer About Iraq, Libya, And Syria

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton has admitted she made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but there are plenty of other questions she needs to answer when it comes to foreign interventions.

Obama Administration To Take Steps To Cut Back On Police Militarization


President Obama is taking steps to reduce police militarization, but there’s much more that needs to be done.

Seymour Hersh’s Osama Bin Laden Claims Don’t Pass The Smell Test


Seymour Hersh is out with a conspiracy theory about the death of Osama bin Laden that just doesn’t make sense.

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