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Even George Pataki Doesn’t Want Those Damn Moderates

As I noted yesterday, it says a lot about the continued rightward drift in the GOP that even in a 18-candidate presidential field everybody still wants to be the “true conservative.” We had a graphic illustration of that today with the announcement of George Pataki’s pre [...]

What Happens When the Border Is Secure?

As Greg Sargent notes, there’s a very important piece of news reported by WaPo’s Jerry Markon last night: the U.S./Mexican border appears to be significantly more “secure,” and at any event, the flow of illegal immigration has drastically dropped even though the U. [...]

Good Money After Bad

I guess I ought to say something about Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign announcement yesterday. He did, in the end, come closer to messing up Mitt Romney’s nomination than anyone else last time around. But as Trip Gabriel points out in a New York Times piece on Santoru [...]

Senators have advantages when making that non-campaign trip to Israel

Most any potential candidate for president knows he or she would do well to have some excellent photos of trips to the Holy Land — visits with Israeli leaders, maybe something at the Wailing Wall — in their portfolio.Read full article >> Go to Source : Senators have advantages [...]

How the hell can Ted Cruz support Texas flood relief after telling Hurricane Sandy victims to rot?

Ted Cruz There is just no way to square this circle. None whatsoever. After witnessing the serious destruction that major flooding just caused in his home state of Texas, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made an iron-clad promise to his constituents: “Today, Texans are hurting. They’ [...]

Court sets July hearing on Obama's immigration actions

 A federal appeals court said Wednesday it has set a date to hear an expedited appeal of a lower court order that put President Obama’s deportation relief programs on hold.  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on… Go to Source : Court sets July hearing on Obama [...]

Rick Santorum Keeps Rebranding Himself, and Keeps Failing

Rick Santorum is often portrayed as a stubborn man of principle, an unusual politician who’ll run for president in the face of terrible poll numbers, and despite an electorate increasingly hostile to his unsettlingly passionate social conservatism. But this isn’t really true. Santor [...]

The Many Rebrandings of Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is often portrayed as a stubborn man of principle, an unusual politician who’ll run for president in the face of terrible poll numbers, and despite an electorate increasingly hostile to his unsettlingly passionate social conservatism. But this isn’t really true. Santor [...]

‘Why Should We Care? It’s Only the Constitution"

Tanner Cole The clock is ticking on government surveillance programs as the Patriot Act approaches the end of its lifecycle still lacking a Senate renewal. The Patriot Act has stood as an enemy to freedom and the Constitution since its introduction in 2001, and  [...]

What Humanity’s Impact on Earth Will Look Like to Future Geologists

The amount of nitrogen that moves from the sky into plants has doubled over the past century thanks to human ingenuity. A host of big animals—from <a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hunters-killed-off-big-animals-australia/" Go to Source : What Humanity’ [...]

Forgetting Lolita: How Nabokov’s Victim Became an American Fantasy

In January of 1959, the 600 residents of Lolita, Texas, found themselves in the midst of an improbable identity crisis. The town had been named in 1909 for Lolita Reese, the granddaughter of a Texas patriot. But following the U.S. publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel in 1958, “Lolita”  [...]

OMB subpoenaed by Congress for cost analysis of State Dept. security training site

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has subpoenaed Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan for all documents and analysis related to the construction of a brand-new security training facility for diplomats, their spouses and other U.S. embassy staff.Read full article > [...]

George Pataki has the best electoral resume in the 2016 field, yet nobody takes him seriously

He’s a successful, 12-year Republican governor of a huge, blue state. He pulled off a near-miraculous win against a popular liberal. He’s a moderate who can honestly say he’s outside the Washington establishment. It’s a political résumé similar to — and proba [...]

George Pataki has arguably the best resume in the 2016 field, yet nobody takes him seriously

He’s a successful, 12-year Republican governor of a blue state. He pulled off a near-miraculous win against a popular liberal. He’s a moderate who can honestly say he’s outside the Washington establishment. It’s a political resume similar to — and probably ac [...]

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Persons Threatening Suicide Have Right to Not Be ‘Shot on Sight’ By Police

A federal appeals court affirmed that a person threatening to commit suicide has a constitutional right to not be “shot on sight” if that person is not putting anyone else in “imminent danger” or resisting arrest for a “serious crime.” Jerome Weinmann  [...]

The Republican 2016 isn’t a horse race. It’s an elementary school relay.

Good news, people who like messes! A survey from Quinnipiac University released Thursday shows a five-way tie for first place in the Republican presidential field. In previous election cycles, five candidates was the field. In the crazy world of 2015-16, though? It’s just part of th [...]

Hillary Clinton Should Declare Her Own "War on Coal"

The largest privately owned U.S. coal company warned in 2012 that if President Barack Obama won reelection, “There will be additional layoffs, not only at Murray Energy, but also throughout the Unite Go to Source : Hillary Clinton Should Declare Her Own "War on Coal"

George Pataki launches presidential campaign

This story has been updated. Former New York governor George E. Pataki — a moderate Republican who led the state through the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — on Thursday formally launched a long-shot bid for the presidency during an event in Exeter, N.H. Ci [...]

By Jenna McLaughlin | Thurs May 28, 2015 06:00 AM ET In late February, a Baltimore-born, self-proclaimed freedom fighter named Matthe [...]