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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion And Other Charges

Doug Mataconis · 2 Comments
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The Bergdahl case comes to an end.

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Iraqi Army Moves Against Kurdish Oil Assets

Doug Mataconis · 7 Comments

Iraqi military forces begin to crack down against Iraqi Kurds after last month’s independence referendum.

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Mississippi School District Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Doug Mataconis · 31 Comments

The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi has removed ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th-grade reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.”

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N.F.L. Won’t Force Players To Stand For National Anthem

Doug Mataconis · 16 Comments

Downplaying earlier reports, the National Football League is shooting down reports that it would move to force players to stand for the National Anthem.

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Trump Decertifies Iranian Compliance With Nuclear Weapons Agreement

Doug Mataconis · 28 Comments

Despite the fact that everyone seems to agree that Iran is complying with the nuclear weapons deal, President Trump took steps that will undermine that agreement and do serious damage to American credibility around the world.

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Susan Collins Forgoes Bid For Maine Governor, Will Run For Re-Election Instead

Doug Mataconis · 7 Comments

Susan Collins will stay in the Senate rather than running for Governor of Maine next year.

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Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Reinstated By Federal Appeals Court

Doug Mataconis

A legal setback for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.

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Guns And Bullets

Republicans Reluctant To Act On ‘Bump Stocks,’ Hoping The ATF Will Act For Them

Doug Mataconis

After initially signaling support for a bill banning ‘bump stocks,’ Republicans in Congress now appear to be hoping someone else will act for them.

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Trump To Puerto Rico: Drop Dead

Doug Mataconis

Just three weeks after their home was hit by a devastating storm, Donald Trump is attacking Puerto Ricans for not recovering from the storm sooner.

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Boy Scouts To Admit Girls

Doug Mataconis

Another big change for the Boy Scouts.

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Trump Threatens NBC, Upping The Ante In His Despicable War On Freedom Of The Press

Doug Mataconis

Donald Trump is continuing to up the ante in his rhetorical war against one of America’s most fundamental freedoms.

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Poll Shows Increased Support For Gun Control Measures In The Wake Of Las Vegas

Doug Mataconis

New polling shows increased support for gun control measures in the wake of Las Vegas, but it’s not likely to last and it won’t lead to any significant action by Congress.

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Donald Trump’s Disturbing Obsession With, And Ignorance About, Nuclear Weapons

Doug Mataconis

Donald Trump continues to be as astoundingly ignorant about the most powerful weapons the U.S. military possesses as he was as a candidate.

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Republicans On Capitol Hill Admitting Defeat On Health Care Reform

Doug Mataconis

At least for now, Republicans seem to be giving up on repealing and replacing the PPACA. That’s not going to make the base happy.

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Steve Bannon Declares War On The Senate GOP

Doug Mataconis

Former Trump aide Steve Bannon is declaring war on Republicans in the Senate.

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Mike Pence Anthem

Pence Leaves Colts Game Over Anthem Protest In Obviously Pre-Planned Stunt

Doug Mataconis

Vice-President Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game early in what was obviously a cynical pre-planned publicity stunt.

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Representative Government and Line Drawing

James Joyner

A complicated concurrence to Steven Taylor’s recent postings.

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A Weak Defense of Extreme Gerrymandering

Steven L. Taylor

More thoughts related to Gill v. Whitford and the problem of extreme gerrymandering.

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Skewed Majorities are Bad for Democracy

Steven L. Taylor

And even moreso when they are consciously created by the winner.

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Justice Department Reverses Obama Era Policy On Discrimination Against Transgender Americans

Doug Mataconis

Reversing an Obama Era position, the Justice Department has rescinded a legal interpretation that purported to apply previously adopted civil rights laws to transgender individuals.

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AOL Instant Messenger To Shut Down After 20 Years

Doug Mataconis

In other news, this week we learned that AIM still exists.

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District Of Columbia Will Not Appeal Ruling Striking Down Concealed-Carry Law

Doug Mataconis

The District of Columbia has decided not to risk an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down its restrictive concealed-carry law.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Decertifying The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be A Foolish, Potentially Dangerous, Error

Doug Mataconis

Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.

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Job Creation Declines In September In Report Likely Impacted By Hurricanes

Doug Mataconis

A very weak jobs report thanks mostly to the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.

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Democratic Candidate Appears To Have Momentum In Virginia’s Governor’s Race

Doug Mataconis

The nation’s only competitive Governor’s this year appears to be going in favor of the Democratic candidate.

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Catalan Government May Declare Independence Next Week, But It Will Be Meaningless

Doug Mataconis

After Sunday’s referendum, the government of Catalonia says it may declare independence from Spain as early as Monday. However, it’s likely to be a completely meaningless act.

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Guns And Bullets

Republicans In Congress Open To Banning Bump Stocks

Doug Mataconis

Don’t hold your breath, but the Las Vegas shooting may actually prompt Congress to do something.

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Report Says Tillerson Reportedly Called Trump A “Moron,” Considered Resigning

Doug Mataconis

Tensions continue to rise between the White House and Foggy Bottom.

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Guns And Bullets

Time To Ban Bump Stocks

Doug Mataconis

The Las Vegas shooting provides a good opportunity to enact a common sense gun control law that even Second Amendment advocates agree is called for.

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