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North Korea Threatens War As Trump Ups His Fiery, Irrational Rhetoric

Doug Mataconis · 15 Comments
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Donald Trump’s increasingly confrontational rhetoric regarding North Korea is leading to similar rhetoric from the DPRK, and concern among top diplomats.

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Anthony Weiner Sentenced To Twenty-One Months In Prison

Doug Mataconis · 13 Comments

With his sentencing, the strange, strange saga of Anthony Weiner has come to an end. What a strange and wild ride it has been.

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Trump Administration Issues Indefinite Travel Ban Aimed Mostly At Muslims

Doug Mataconis · 4 Comments

The Trump Administration has issued a new travel ban to replace the temporary one that expired late last week, but it still suffers from most of the same defects as its initial efforts.

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Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term As German Chancellor, But Voters Also Send A Warning

Doug Mataconis · 18 Comments

Angela Merkel was re-elected to a fourth term as German Chancellor as expected, but voters also sent a warning.

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Most Americans See Trump As Divisive

Doug Mataconis · 31 Comments

A new poll shows, unsurprisingly, that the vast majority of Americans see Donald Trump as a divider rather than a uniter

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Federal Government Tells Twenty-One States Their Election Systems Were Targeted By Hackers

Doug Mataconis · 15 Comments

More evidence of apparent Russian-backed efforts to interfere in the election.

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President Trump Attacks American Citizens For Exercising Their First Amendment Rights

Doug Mataconis

In President Trump’s mind, American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights are “sons of bitches” who should be fired for exercising their rights.

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Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Likely Dead As McCain Announces Opposition

Doug Mataconis

The GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears to suffer a fatal blow as Senator John McCain announced his opposition to what is the last gasp of that effort in the Senate.

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Aaron Hernandez Suffered From ‘Severe’ Case Of C.T.E. At Time Of Death, Report Says

Doug Mataconis

Former N.F.L. player, and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of C.T.E. at the time of his death according to a post-mortem brain study.

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Trump’s Job Approval Shows Slight Improvement But Remains At Historic Lows

Doug Mataconis

President Trump’s job approval has improved slightly, but the numbers remain historically low for a newly elected President.

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Tensions In Spain Rising As Catalan Independence Referendum Draws Near

Doug Mataconis

As the date for Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum nears, tensions are rising between Madrid and Barcelona.

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California Files Suit Over Trump’s Border Wall

Doug Mataconis

Yet another lawsuit against yet another controversial Trump Administration policy.

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Fate Of Latest Attempt To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare Remains Unclear

Doug Mataconis

Senate Republicans have ten days to act on their last-ditch attempt to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare, and it’s not at all clear if they have the votes to do so.

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Is Centrism A Viable Political Strategy? It Sure Doesn’t Look Like It

Doug Mataconis

The ‘No Labels’ movement is back, and it’s as irrelevant to contemporary politics as ever.

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Trump Slump? International Travel To U.S. Suffers Noticeable Drop Since January

Doug Mataconis

Commerce Department figures report a measurable drop in international travel to the United States since the start of 2017.

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Donald Trump’s First General Assembly Address Strikes Belligerent Tone

Doug Mataconis

In a marked departure from previous American Presidents, Donald Trump delivered a highly belligerent speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

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More Lawsuits Filed Over Trump’s Decision To End DACA

Doug Mataconis

The Trump Administration has been hit with two new lawsuits over the President’s decision to end the DACA program.

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Mueller’s Russia Investigation Closing In On Paul Manafort

Doug Mataconis

Special counsel Robert Mueller could be looking to “flip” Paul Manafort, giving President Trump and those close to him something new to worry about.

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Sean Spicer Says He Regrets The Lie That Set The Tone For His Time At The White House

Doug Mataconis

Sean Spicer now says he regrets the lies that defined his time at the White House.

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Hillary Clinton Won’t Rule Out Challenging The Legitimacy Of The 2016 Election

Doug Mataconis

Some more interesting post-election commentary from Hillary Clinton.

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Senate Republicans Considering One Last Effort To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare

Doug Mataconis

Senate Republicans are considering one more last-ditch effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act.

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Hillary Clinton Has A Theory To Explain Why White Married Women Didn’t Vote For Her

Doug Mataconis

Hillary Clinton has found another group to blame for her loss, educated white married women in suburbia.

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Sean Spicer Does The Emmys, And The Punditocracy Freaks Out

Doug Mataconis

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer poked fun at himself on last night’s Emmy broadcast, and the political pundits are all in pearl-clutching mode because of it.

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Trump Administration Preparing To Stay In Afghanistan For The Long Haul

Doug Mataconis

America’s longest war seems likely to soon turn into America’s never-ending war.

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Trump And GOP Elephant

More on Trump as Independent

Steven L. Taylor

Independents don’t seek to shape party nominations.

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Sanctuary Cities

Federal Judge Blocks Dept. Of Justice Policy Withholding Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Doug Mataconis

A Federal Judge has blocked enforcement of a Dept. of Justice policy purporting to block funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’

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Cassini Probe Plunges Into Saturn, Ending A Twenty Year Mission Of Discovery

Doug Mataconis

Ending a mission that began when it was launched nearly twenty years ago, the Cassini probe was sent into Saturn’s atmosphere to perform one final task.

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Trump Reopens Charlottesville Wounds By Resurrecting His ‘Both Sides’ Argument

Doug Mataconis

Donald Trump went there again, and in the process reopened a wound that was starting to heal just a little bit.

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Trump Openly Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment

Doug Mataconis

President Trump reportedly openly humiliated his own Attorney General after learning of Bob Mueller’s appointment.

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Chelsea Manning’s Short Tenure as Harvard Fellow Terminated

James Joyner

The Harvard Kennedy School pulled its Visiting Fellowship from the controversial figure after predictable outcry.

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