Biden, Sanders Lead Early 2020 Democratic Polls

Former Vice-President Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are, not surprisingly, leading the early polls for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

About that New Jersey Plan...

An argument against "bothersiderism" in this case and, yet again, noting the problem with single seat districts.

The Death Of The Weekly Standard

Thanks apparently to the fact that it remained unwilling to get in line behind the Trumpidians, the conservative owner of The Weekly Standard has shut the magazine down.

Ryan Zinke Out At Interior Department

The scandal-plagued Secretary of the Interior is leaving office at the end of the year.

Walker Defends Curtailing Evers as he Exits

On the way out the door, Scott Walker signed a bill to take powers away from his successor (and demonstrated a lack of understanding of Venn diagrams).

Federal Judge Strikes Down Affordable Care Act As Unconstitutional

Eight years after it was signed into law, a Federal Judge has ruled the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional.

Trump Names Budget Director Mick Mulvaney "Acting" Chief Of Staff

Trump has selected current Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff, but that's unlikely to change how the West Wing operates.

Federal Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor contends that a recent change in tax law unravels the basis for the Supreme Court's upholding of Obamacare.

Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space

Another piece of humanity has left the Solar System.

Senate Overwhelmingly Repudiates Trump On War On Yemen, Khashoggi Murder

In a small, but meaningful, step, the Senate has rebuked the Administration's policies toward the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Jon Kyl To Leave Senate By December 31st

Jon Kyl was named to replace John McCain back in September, but as expected he's already announcing that he'll be leaving at the end of the year.

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Trump Placed 'In The Room' When Plans To Quash Stories About Affairs Were Discussed

More evidence that President Trump was an active participant in the scheme to silence Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels in advance of the 2016 election.

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House GOP Doesn't Have Votes To Fund Trump's Border Wall

House Republicans reportedly don't have the votes to fund the President's border wall.

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A Photo for Friday: "Christmastime on Canal"

Happy Friday!

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Federal Investigators Now Looking Into Donations To Trump Inaugural Committee

Federal prosecutors are investigating the Trump Inaugural Committee, adding to the long list of the President's legal troubles.

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Growing Our Way Out Of Debt? Not Very Likely

The Trump Administration appears to think that the Budget Deficit and National Debt aren't a big deal because we can just grow our way out of the problem. This is highly unlikely to happen.

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New Jersey Democrats Want To Enshrine Gerrymandering In State Constitution

Gerrymandering. It's not just for Republicans.

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Australia's Top Cardinal Was Convicted Of Sex Abuse, The Australian Press Can't Report It

A particularly appalling case of press censorship from Australia.

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Prosecutors Reach Deal With Publisher Over Payoffs On Behalf Of Trump Campaign

The publisher of the National Enquirer admits that it made payments to a Playboy model for the purpose of protecting Donald Trump's campaign for President.

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A Suggested Response to GOP Abuses

Jacob T. Levy has a column worth a read.

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Theresa May Survives Tory No Confidence Vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived an intra-party leadership challenge, but her political position is still far from secure.

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Michael Cohen Sentenced To Three Years For His Role In Various Trump Schemes

The President's former lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in assisting the President in various scandals and cover-ups.

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Pelosi Near Deal To Secure Leadership, But It Includes Term Limits

Nancy Pelosi is apparently close to a deal with dissident Democrats that will keep her in power until at least 2022.

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Macron Makes Concessions To Yellow Vest Protesters, But Will It Be Enough?

French President Emmanuel Macron made several concessions to the Yellow Vest protesters but it remains to be seen if this will be enough to quell the protests.

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Female-Led Films Perform Better at the Box Office

While most Hollywood blockbusters have male leads, films starring women actually do better on the aggregate.

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Theresa May Faces No Confidence Vote From Fellow Tories

Theresa May is facing an unexpected challenge to her leadership even as she deals with trying to save a Brexit deal that nobody seems to like.

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Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

Once again, President Trump is threatening a shutdown over the border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

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With Vote On Hold, Theresa May Struggles To Save Brexit

Theresa May is trying to save a Brexit deal that appears to be becoming more doomed by the day.

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Supreme Court Hands Planned Parenthood A Win In Medicaid Funding Case

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving state laws banning Medicaid reimbursement for non-abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood.

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McConnell, Other Republicans, Blocking Criminal Justice Reform [Updated: Vote To Go Forward]

Senator Mitch McConnell and others are blocking a criminal justice reform bill currently pending in the Senate.

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Republicans Still Don't Get The Point Of The 2018 Election

The verdict of last month's elections was clear, but Republicans still don't seem to get it.

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Europe's Highest Court Opens A Brexit Escape Hatch For Great Britain

Europe's highest Court appeared to hand the United Kingdom a way of escaping Brexit altogether if it chose to go that route. This will greatly complicate the domestic political situation for Theresa May.

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Trump's Border Wall Faces Its Last Stand

This month's budget fight is likely the last chance the President will have to get any funding for his border wall.

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