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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

George W. Bush Attacks Obama On Foreign Policy

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Pot, meet kettle.

161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

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The confirmation of a new Attorney General has been held up nearly six months for what amounts to no legitimate reason.

Cuba To Be Removed From List Of Terrorist States

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Another step forward for U.S.-Cuban relations.

White House And Congress Reach Compromise On Review Of Iran Nuclear Deal

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After months of resistance, the White House will allow Congressional review of any deal with Iran, but it may not hamper negotiations much in the end.

Will Democrats Help Scuttle Obama’s Iran Deal?

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Democrats like New York Senator Chuck Schumer could end up being the ones that scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal.

Joe Biden Still Wants You To Think He’s Running For President

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Hillary Clinton continues to look more inevitable by the day, but Joe Biden doesn’t want to go away just yet.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Other Offenses As White House Narrative Collapses

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Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the White House’s narrative about this release lies in tatters.

Obama Less Popular Than Fictional Presidents, More Popular Than Putin

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A new poll indicates that most fictional Presidents are more popular than the real thing: Whether it’s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” or the manipulative Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack “No Drama” Obama. A Reuters-Ipsos poll taken this month found 54 […]

Ted Cruz And The Question Of When A Candidate Is “Qualified” To Be President

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Do we really want to put another first-term Senator with no executive experience in the Oval Office? Because beyond the mere legal requirements, it does not appear that Ted Cruz is qualified to be President.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

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Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

State Of The Union Ratings Hit 15 Year Low

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Last Tuesday’s State of the Union Address saw the lowest viewership numbers of any of those that President Obama has delivered and the lowest in fifteen years: Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen. The 1-hour, 15-minute speech drew an average […]

An ‘Ambitious’ Yet Pointless State Of The Union, And An Utterly Pointless Response

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The State Of The Union Address was more of the same, and the same will be true of Washington going forward.

Feel Free To Skip The State Of The Union Address

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There’s really no point in watching tonight’s speech.

Obama’s Absence From Paris Rally: Egregious Diplomatic Error, Or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Some are criticizing the President for not going to Paris for yesterday’s rally.

House Vote, Nebraska Court Decision Push Keystone XL Forward But Obama Continues To Dither

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President Obama’s decision on Keystone XL is apparently to delay things long enough so he doesn’t have to decide at all.

Will The Paris Terror Attack Undercut Republican Efforts On DHS Budget?

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The terror attack in Paris seems likely to undercut GOP efforts to use the DHS budget to attack the President’s immigration policies.

Obama And Congress Headed For First Confrontation Over Keystone XL Pipeline

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Just one day into the new Congress, the first confrontation is already set.

Obama Approval Improves

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Gallup’s most recent approval numbers put the president’s approval and disapproval at 48% (his best for both in over a year). Not surprisingly, other polling shows a clear positive trend on consumer confidence:

Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

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President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

Obama’s Cuba Policy Shift Faces Headwinds On Capitol Hill

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The fate of Cuba policy in Congress is far from certain, but what is certain is that following through on President Obama’s historic and necessary changes will face resistance.

Obama Has Made An Historic Change In U.S. Cuban Relations, It’s A Good First Step

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The resumption of diplomatic relations between U.S. and Cuba, and expansion of some commercial trade ties, is historic but it’s only the first step toward the goal of ending an outdated embargo.

American Held By Cuba Released, U.S. And Cuba To Begin Talks On Normalizing Relations

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An American freed from captivity, and potentially huge changes in America’s diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba.

Republican Reaction To Obama’s Executive Action Makes Immigration Reform Much Less Likely

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Judging by recent polling, the President’s executive action has hardened GOP opposition to immigration reform, making progress on the issue going forward much less likely.

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History

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A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

Romney Campaign Required Campaign Tweets To Be Approved By 22 People

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Clearly, the Romney campaign didn’t get the point of social media.

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