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Florida Libertarian candidate dinged for goat sacrifice, but strong on need for armed rebellion

Did what now? Meet the Libertarian Party of Florida’s candidate for U.S. Senate, because Florida. Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn’t survive. In a pagan rit [...]

Mary Gaitskill Makes the Superficial Bearable

Considered superficially, Mary Gaitskill’s third novel The Mare is a Hollywood tearjerker: An abused girl falls in love with an abused horse. Make that an abused black girl from Crown Heights and an abused hor Go to Source : Mary Gaitskill Makes the Superficial Bearable

This Is What a Modern Bride in Afghanistan Looks Like

Long coveted for its location along the Silk Road, the Afghan city of Herat sits at the confluence of cultures and contradictions. The city has seen more than its fair share of rulers: Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan in ancient times, the Taliban and Hamid Karzai more recently. Color [...]

Obama will travel to Oregon Friday to meet with families of shooting victims

President Obama will travel to Roseburg, Ore., Friday to visit privately with families of victims from last week’s shooting there, according to White House officials. According to one White House official, who asked for anonymity to discuss the event in advance, “further d [...]

Former Walker donor Stan Hubbard gives to Jeb Bush after giving to rivals

Stanley Hubbard, a major financial backer of Scott Walker before his campaign for president fizzled, recently made the maximum allowable contribution to Jeb Bush’s campaign, making Bush the fifth Republican candidate the Minnesota media mogul has given to after Walker’s do [...]

Earlier today, the Nobel committee awarded its renowned prize for medicine to the discoverers of two drugs — one that fights malaria  [...]

Fox News ‘analyst': ‘At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work.’

The above would be a tweet this morning from Fox News analyst Monica Crowley. At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work. Discuss. Go to Source : Fox News ‘analyst': ‘At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work.’

Meet the Democrat who is challenging the conventional wisdom on guns

After Hillary Clinton released her “gun safety” agenda, much-quoted Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak collected all the conservative thinking on gun politics and released it in one tweet. Should scare swing voters in IA, WI, OH, WV, MI, PA, and VA to death [...]

Meet the Democrat whose 2014 upset win challenged the conventional wisdom on guns

After Hillary Clinton released her “gun safety” agenda, the much-quoted Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak collected all the conservative thinking on gun politics and released it in one tweet. Should scare swing voters in IA, WI, OH, WV, MI, PA, and VA to death https://t [...]

Secret Service gets some much-needed praise

The Secret Service has taken its lumps — for agents’ drunken misbehavior, fence-jumpers that got past them, and other missteps — but Monday afternoon was a time for the agency to bask in the spotlight and some much-needed applause from the boss. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson [...]

Fiorina fires back at story stating her Senate campaign mismanaged money

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina shot back at a Washington Post story stating that her 2010 Senate campaign mismanaged its finances, including not giving a final paycheck to the widow of her pollster, who died a month before Election Day. According to MSNBC, Fiorina ass [...]

Maybe Jindal Should Literally Move to Iowa

When I said earlier that Bobby Jindal had zero chance to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, I had yet seen the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of Iowa that showed Bobby moving up to a booming 6% of the vote, double what he drew in a poll of his home state of Louisiana last  [...]

Fiorina’s Deadbeat Campaign

Snakes alive, the negative resume of Carly Fiorina gets bigger and badder every day. On the same day that Wall Street veteran (and long-time Democratic operative) Steve Rattner argues in the New York Times that Fiorina’s record as CEO at HP is even worse than previously assumed, Wa [...]

Bernie Sanders says he is pulling together a plan to address gun violence

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said Monday that his campaign is assembling a “comprehensive package” of measures to address gun violence and that he believes there is a way to bridge the country’s deep political divisions over the issue. Sanders’s comments came late in a day in wh [...]

Bobby Jindal Sums Up His Struggling Campaign in One Chart

Things are looking up for Bobby Jindal, according to Bobby Jindal. The Louisiana governor tweeted this afternoon about his campaign performance: “Momentum is building in Iowa.” The tweet was accompanied by a chart showing Jindal’s support among Iowa voters increasing exp [...]

Pentagon now says U.S. airstrikes that killed 22 in Kunduz hospital were sought by Afghan military

Zemairy, an Afghan boy, receiving treatment at Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) after a mortar exploded in his yard, and recovering from a drug-resistant bacterial infection, lies in an isolation ward in Kunduz June 11, 2015. The hospital was hit and 60 patients and staff killed or wounded  [...]

Is an Amy Schumer Essay Collection Worth $10 Million?

In 2012, before the success of Inside Amy Schumer and Trainwreck, Amy Schumer sold an essay collection to HarperCollins for $1 million. Over the next year or so, Schumer turned in a few essays, but the project ultimately didn’t go far. The material was raw, so in 2013, New Yo Go to Source [...]

After months of maintaining a stony silence about California’s right-to-die bill, Gov. Jerry Brown signed it today: The Golden Rule  [...]

A New Definition of Party Unity: Do It Our Way!

So the big news today in the troubled House Republican Conference is that John Boehner has canceled early intra-GOP elections for the number two and number three spots in the leadership until after his successor has been chosen by the full House in a vote now scheduled for October 29. I [...]