Obamacare, beyond the label
Aug26

Obamacare, beyond the label

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP? The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas...

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Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent
Aug26

Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent

Sometimes change to a cherished tradition is necessary. When the Constitution was written in 1787, it was a kind of experiment. There was no history of previous similar central governments as were detailed in the Constitution. James Madison and other contributors to the document utilized the ideas of a number of enlightenment philosophers when they crafted the Constitution, but the specific structure of the government and the process...

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(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript
Aug25

(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript

Update: Today, during his remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Obama is expected to announce 19 new executive actions that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) are taking to improve the mental health of service members, veterans and their families. According to DoD: Today’s announcement builds on the actions the Departments have taken in response to the...

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Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence
Aug25

Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence

“We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.” Here’s the problem. The car identified by dispatch: “It’s going to be a beige or tan colored Toyota…” The car the Forney TX cops pulled over: red Nissan Maxima. There’s more: Dispatch: “Do you have a license plate on the Toyota?” Caller: “We can’t catch up with it....

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‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug25

‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

As much as American officials and the country’s corporate media refuse to acknowledge or discuss the fact that al-Qaeda and ISIL are foreign policy creations and tools of the United States and its so-called allies, media in the rest of the world rarely fail to mention it. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist M. Saadoune explains how the latest activities of Daech, otherwise known in the West as the Islamic State...

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Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)
Aug24

Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)

In a world in which few of our institutions in government or media are trusted to tell the truth, who should decide what the public is permitted to see – and not? The horrifying terrorist beheading of journalist James Foley is only the latest story to spark this debate, after the recent terrorist shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17. In this column from France’s Le Nouvel Observateur, war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari...

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When to police political behavior
Aug23

When to police political behavior

When to police political behavior by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior. Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist...

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US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted
Aug22

US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Bad news for the British photographer who allowed a curious monkey to take a selfie using his equipment – or, indeed, any of us looking to allow wild animals to borrow our smartphones or cameras to take self-portraits – US officials have issued new rules declaring that… US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be...

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Ferguson divides us less than we imagine
Aug22

Ferguson divides us less than we imagine

WASHINGTON — African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. What you have probably heard up to...

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Cartoon: Hands up in Ferguson
Aug20

Cartoon: Hands up in Ferguson

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(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry
Aug19

(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry

Gov. Rick Perry’s booking photo, Aug. 19, 2014. Courtesy Travis County Sheriff’s Office Update II: Under a celebratory, almost victorious atmosphere, a defiant Texas governor Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County justice complex in Austin, Texas, this afternoon and spoke to a cheering crowd before entering the courthouse to be booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. Perry exited the booking room about 20...

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Experts Skeptical of Perry Indictment
Aug19

Experts Skeptical of Perry Indictment

Sahil Kapur reports on legal experts skeptical of the indictment of Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) on Talking Points Memo. Susan Klein, a professor at UT-Austin School of Law, torched the indictment. “I think the Perry indictment is tragic. It makes my beloved city of Austin a national laughingstock. I am embarrassed to be a liberal Democrat. I consider Perry’s behavior ungentlemanly but certainly not illegal,” she told...

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What makes Perry guilty?
Aug18

What makes Perry guilty?

What makes Perry guilty? Or, at the very least, how can a grand jury indict the governor for a veto? What, for crying out loud, justifies this godless anti-Perry business when he was just doin’ his job? Take a look at this, straight from Texas: No one disputes that Perry, a Republican, had the authority to use his line-item veto power, guaranteed by the Texas Constitution, to eliminate the $7.5 million in two-year state funding...

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Our Selective Outrage
Aug18

Our Selective Outrage

WASHINGTON — The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb. Brown was killed Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.; Knijah died the following day in Landover, Md. Both victims were African-American. Both had their...

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France and the West Must Help Middle East ‘Choose Life Over Death’ (Le Monde, France)
Aug15

France and the West Must Help Middle East ‘Choose Life Over Death’ (Le Monde, France)

In 2002, he and his country opposed U.N. Security Council authorization for the war in Iraq. Today, he is insisting on it. In Le Monde, Former French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin writes that this time, the mistakes of the past must not be repeated, and a legal framework for war in Iraq must be created with the support and material assistance of countries around the region. In regard to current operations in Iraq, Villepin...

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Ferguson crisis: Missouri governor pledges ‘different tone’ for authorities as highway patrol takes over
Aug15

Ferguson crisis: Missouri governor pledges ‘different tone’ for authorities as highway patrol takes over

Missouri governor pledges ‘different tone’ for authorities as highway patrol takes...

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From the start, the police were behaving like they might be nuts. Then they went nuts.
Aug14

From the start, the police were behaving like they might be nuts. Then they went nuts.

There appears to be no justification for the police behaviors in Ferguson last night. First it was bad; then it got worse. Then it got positively insane, thanks to police behaviors. There something nutty about the police when, “at 8:22 P.M. the police began demanding that the crowd stay twenty-five feet away from them and their vehicles,” as Jelani Cobb reports in the New Yorker. A voice in the crowd shouted, “Michael...

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Cartoon: Warrior Cops
Aug14

Cartoon: Warrior Cops

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Media Support For Legalization Of Marijuana and Prostitution
Aug11

Media Support For Legalization Of Marijuana and Prostitution

There is a welcome trend towards support of decriminalization of victimless crimes. The New York Times recently came out for legalization of marijuana, outlining the harm done by the unsuccessful prohibition: America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive part of that war. The toll can be measured in dollars — billions of which are...

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Can John Hinckley Be Tried For The Murder Of James Brady?
Aug10

Can John Hinckley Be Tried For The Murder Of James Brady?

Having completed countless death certificates over the years I find these to be far less meaningful than the general public--a fact that I bet most physicians are well aware of. The cause of death is often questionable, especially when a patient dies at home and no autopsy is done. In that case we must assume that the medical examiner is correct when they say that the cause of death is natural, and typically attribute the cause to...

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