Court Ruling on Immigration Could Rock Obama, 2016 Race
May20

Court Ruling on Immigration Could Rock Obama, 2016 Race

Thanks to a little-watched court case in California, the Obama administration’s immigration policy faces a shake-up next week—and the court’s ruling could reverberate in the 2016 presidential campaign. At issue is whether it’s legal to essentially lock up women and children who’ve crossed the border illegally, part of the administration’s response to last summer’s unaccompanied-minors...

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Saudia Arabia is advertising for 8 executioners as beheading biz soars
May19

Saudia Arabia is advertising for 8 executioners as beheading biz soars

The government of Saudia Arabia’s headhunters are advertising to fill 8 job openings. I don’t know what the benefits are, but you get lots of cold cuts. Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgment of death” but...

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Newt Gingrich and the Philadelphia train crash
May16

Newt Gingrich and the Philadelphia train crash

The crash appears to have had more complicated causes than, say, a sleepy or incompetent engineer. In fact, the engineer has been questioned about the crash and has earned the respect of FBI investigators for being “extremely cooperative” according to the New York Times. And now it seems that the train may have been hit by something just before it derailed. Investigators asked the engineer, Brandon Bostian, whether he...

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BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial
May15

BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombing, in which twin blasts rocked the race’s crowded downtown finish line, killing three spectators, including an 8 year old boy who Tsarnaeve stood behind for more than a minute before taking off to avoid the blast. 260 others were injured — some horrifically — in the blasts. NBC NEWS: A jury in Boston voted to...

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Texas Conspiracy Theorists
May12

Texas Conspiracy Theorists

There are crazies all over the nation, but Texas has to take the cake, as the state government is acceding to the demands of its crazies and perhaps believing some of the conspiracy theories themselves. This is related to the planned U.S. military training exercise called “Jade Helm 15 which will be taking place in parts of Texas as well as the rest of the Southwest and California. It should also be remembered that there are...

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Court Of Appeals Slams NSA’s Telephony Metadata Collection Program
May07

Court Of Appeals Slams NSA’s Telephony Metadata Collection Program

The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals has found that the telephony metadata collection program of the NSA violates section 215 of the Patriot Act. The opinion is unanimous from a three judge panel and was written by Judge Gerard E. Lynch. For those unfamiliar with the siting of the U. S. Courts of Appeal, the Second Circuit encompasses Connecticut, New York and Vermont. The opinion is 97 pages and not all of it will be...

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Cartoon: Rough Ride
May06

Cartoon: Rough Ride

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Why Thousands of Americans Renounce Their Citizenship Every Year
May06

Why Thousands of Americans Renounce Their Citizenship Every Year

Back when the Affordable Care Act was still a new concept—that is, before we found out that it has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations—more than a few prominent Americans were threatening to expatriate from the US if Obamacare was successfully signed into law. Well, disappointing though it may be, Rush Limbaugh is still living among us. Unfortunately, thousands of other Americans renounce their citizenships each year, at a...

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Jade Helm: The Conspiracy Theory That’s Divided Texas Politicians
May05

Jade Helm: The Conspiracy Theory That’s Divided Texas Politicians

Most conspiracy theories live and die on the Internet, on the ragged fringes of message boards and blogs. Rarely do they migrate to what we (perhaps misleadingly) call the real world. And rarely do they merit the notice of our leaders. That may be changing. On April 28, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas...

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2016 already bought and paid for
May05

2016 already bought and paid for

Greg Sargent is pretty sure the Republicans have wrapped up the 2016 election …in dollar bills. The Federal Election Commission has all but given up. Over the weekend, the New York Times published a sobering interview with the head of the Federal Election Commission, who confirmed that she had largely given up on the agency playing a meaningful role in restraining fundraising and spending abuses in the 2016 campaign. The...

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The 50 States of Workers’ Comp Laws
May04

The 50 States of Workers’ Comp Laws

It would be a mistake to think that we live in one country. In point of fact, the United States is nothing less than a collection of 50 small countries, each with their own cultures, idiosyncrasies and, of course, laws. Recreational marijuana, for example, is legal in just four states: Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. But in Pennsylvania, our state senate seems to be making no progress at all; they’re still bickering about...

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Baltimore: What Could Have Been
May02

Baltimore: What Could Have Been

At one time this morning there were more than 60 stories about Freddie Gray’s death and the aftermath listed at memeorandum.com. We have all seen the video of Gray’s arrest and the loading of this young man into a police van. We have all seen both the riots and the peaceful demonstrations in Baltimore following the news of Gray’s death. And we have all heard and read the “statement of probable cause” issued by Maryland State Attorney...

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Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing
May02

Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing

Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing BALTIMORE — Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who on Friday announced charges in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, comes from a family steeped in law enforcement — a connection she pointedly mentioned in her news conference. But the 35-year-old prosecutor also pledged during her 2014 campaign...

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Report: American Psychological Association Secretly Conspired With Bush Torture Regime
Apr30

Report: American Psychological Association Secretly Conspired With Bush Torture Regime

There has been ample evidence for years that the Bush administration sought the cover of health-care professionals to justify its use of Nazi-like torture techniques, but a new report that the American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration still shocks. Indeed, the report by a group of so-called dissident health-care professionals, as well as human rights activists, is sodden with unstated comparisons...

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Can We Sue the US Government Over Climate Change?
Apr29

Can We Sue the US Government Over Climate Change?

One issue that consistently seems to be of greater concern to the American public than to our leaders is climate change. The Obama Administration has made some significant (and in some ways unprecedented) progress, but there’s a lot of work to do before the rest of the government falls in line. So what if we could sue them until they did something about it? That’s the solution being floated right now in the Netherlands, where a...

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Justices Skeptical of Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Case
Apr28

Justices Skeptical of Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Justices Skeptical of Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Case The U.S. Supreme Court has finished hearing arguments in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges. How the court will rule in this landmark case is anyone’s guess. Predicting rulings from the court based on how the justices question the lead attorneys during oral arguments is risky, but what seems clear is that the court’s...

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GOP candidates against the tide on gay marriage
Apr28

GOP candidates against the tide on gay marriage

WASHINGTON — No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history’s arrow is plain for all to see — except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president. Actually, the very fact that the court is hearing arguments on the issue this week seems to telegraph how the justices are leaning. Prior rulings have been read by lower courts as a mandate to throw open...

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Another ‘Serious’ Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage
Apr27

Another ‘Serious’ Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

I have recently started to use satire to illustrate, accentuate and exaggerate what I feel are outrageous stances on social and political issues. Often I quote my favorite satirist, Andy Borowitz, but sometimes I try my hand at it — admittedly a risky undertaking when there are so many well-known and excellent satirical publications and web sites. Since so many of our Republican politicians, pundits and activists say and do...

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Political Limbo: Cruz warns of ‘liberal fascism’ targeting Christians
Apr26

Political Limbo: Cruz warns of ‘liberal fascism’ targeting Christians

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is warning conservatives about extremism. That’s like the pot calling the pot a pot. Cruz — who believes “nuance” is a as filthy a word as the word “moderate” — is warning that “liberal fascism” is targeting Christians. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday said Democrats had gone to extremes in their persecution of Christians. “Today’s Democratic Party has...

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Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake
Apr26

Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake

An Oregon judge ruled that a lesbian couple turned away by baker who refused to make their wedding cake on religious grounds, should receive $135,000 for their emotional suffering, the Oregonian reports. The administrative law judge Alan McCullough for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, should collect $75,000 and $60,000 respectively from the owners of Sweet Cakes by...

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