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The Case For Bringing Back Earmarks

Doug Mataconis · 3 Comments

It’s been seven years since Congress eliminated earmarking, and what we’ve seen has provided good evidence for the argument that it should never have been eliminated.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down House District Map Due To Partisan Gerrymandering

Doug Mataconis · 2 Comments

Another win for forces fighting partisan Gerrymandering.

Who Suffers the Most from Government Shutdowns?

James Joyner · 8 Comments

My latest for The National Interest has posted.

Quick Takes

Democrats Facing Blowback From The Left Over Deal To End Shutdown

Doug Mataconis · 25 Comments

The deal that led to the end of the Federal Government shutdown isn’t sitting well with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Senate Votes To Approve Agreement To Reopen Government, House Expected To Go Along

Doug Mataconis · 25 Comments

While final votes remain to be taken, the Federal Government shutdown effectively ended this afternoon with an overwhelming bipartisan vote to reopen the government, combined with a commitment from Republicans to consider a DACA bill over the next three weeks. What happens next, though, is entirely uncertain.

Trump Wants To Claim Credit For Thawing Of Relations Between North And South Korea

Doug Mataconis · 16 Comments

President Trump is apparently pressuring the President of South Korea to give him the credit for talks between North and South Korea that the United States isn’t involved in at all.

Government Shutdown Enters Day Three With Resolution Still Uncertain

Doug Mataconis

As the Federal Government shutdown moves into the work week, there are some rumors of a possible deal, but nothing concrete and the lack of trust between the two parties could make a deal hard to achieve.

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Trump Calls On Senate GOP Go Nuclear On Filibuster. That’s Not Going To Happen

Doug Mataconis

President Trump called on Senate Republicans to eliminate the legislative filibuster to resolve the government shutdown. That’s not going to happen.

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Government Shutdown Enters Second Day With Few Signs Of Quick Resolution

Doug Mataconis

It’s Day Two of the Federal Government shutdown and there are few signs of a quick resolution.

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OTB Admin Update

James Joyner

The redevelopment of the site that I posted about a few weeks back is underway in a phased approach.

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Trump Preparing For A Forever War In Syria

Doug Mataconis

While everyone is paying attention to the government shutdown, the Trump Administration is preparing for a never-ending, unwise, and unauthorized military commitment in Syria.

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Supreme Court Takes Up Appeal Of Order Barring Enforcement Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

Doug Mataconis

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the Government’s appeal of the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim Travel Ban

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The Government Shuts Down And Washington Plays The Blame Game

Doug Mataconis

The government is shut down and Washington is playing the usual blame game. In reality, there’s plenty of blame to go around, and one of the guilty parties is the American people.

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18 Comments

Mitch McConnell’s Shutdown

James Joyner

Both #TrumpShutdown and #SchumerShutdown put the blame in the wrong place.

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One Year Later, Trump’s Job Approval At Historic Lows

Doug Mataconis

One year after his Inauguration, Donald Trump is the most unpopular new President since the invention of modern polling. However, his numbers are generally the same that they’ve been for some time now.

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House Passes Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Still Looms

Doug Mataconis

With just hours to go, it seems increasingly unlikely that the Senate can reach a deal to keep the government open.

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Global Opinion About The United States Dropped Precipitously In Trump’s First Year

Doug Mataconis

Thanks to Donald Trump, public opinion around the world about the United States is at its lowest level in ten years.

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Congress Drifts Closer To A Government Shutdown

Doug Mataconis

With less than two days to go, the prospects for Congress finding a way to prevent a government shutdown aren’t looking good.

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45 Comments

Two Republican Senators Rebuke Trump For His Attacks On The Press

Doug Mataconis

Two Republicans spoke out today against the President’s war on the news media, but don’t expect their colleagues to follow suit.

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41 Comments

States File Suit Against F.C.C. Decision To Dismantle Net Neutrality Rule Changes

Doug Mataconis

A group of 21 states has filed a petition to review the F.C.C.’s recent net neutrality rule changes, but it faces an uncertain future.

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Steve Bannon Subpoenaed In Connection With Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Doug Mataconis

Former White House and Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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Norway Poised To Decriminalize All Illegal Drugs

Doug Mataconis

Norway is poised to make some big changes to its drug laws.

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Government Shutdown Looms As Friday Approaches

Doug Mataconis

With only days to go, Congress seems unable to come up with either a funding deal for the Federal Government or a solution to the DACA issue.

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Supreme Court To Hear Case Dealing With Sales Taxes On Online Purchases

Doug Mataconis

Late last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving the question of whether online and out-of-state businesses can be required to collect sales taxes in states with which they have no connection.

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GOP Growing Increasingly Nervous About Governor’s Races

Doug Mataconis

The GOP’s potential troubles in 2018 don’t just exist at the Congressional level.

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Romney Reportedly Telling Close Associates That He’s Running For Senate

Doug Mataconis

That “Romney for Senate” campaign seems pretty much inevitable.

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American Ideals?

Steven L. Taylor

Some thoughts about why the president’s remarks on immigration are so problematic.

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False Missile Alert In Hawaii Causes Panic And Raises Questions And Concerns

Doug Mataconis

Fortunately, yesterday’s missile alert in Hawaii was a false alarm. However, it is raising questions about the early warning system that’s in place and the state’s preparedness in case of an actual attack.

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Being Known by the Company you Keep…

Steven L. Taylor

Support for Trump’s comments are very telling.

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55 Comments

Trump Derides Immigration From ‘Shithole’ Countries

Doug Mataconis

Once again, President Trump opens his mouth and proceeds to insult a good part of the world while embarrassing the country.

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