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Final Twist for SCOTUS

Don’t know about you, but without checking I assumed the Supreme Court’s October 2014 Term had ended yesterday with the last decisions on tap. But no: the Court stayed in session one more day and issued five more orders granting certioari for cases to be heard in the next Ter [...]

Jeb Bush Just Released 33 Years of His Tax Returns. Read Them Here.

Jeb Bush’s campaign released 33 years of his tax returns on Tuesday. According to his campaign, he has paid an effective tax rate of 36 percent over that period. His taxes also show a significant jump in his net worth in recent years. Since leaving office as Florida’s governor [...]

Too bad so sad that the sky is falling for Christian hypocrites

Rod Dreher, a senior editor and blogger at The American Conservative penned a piece in TIME titled, Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country. He’s upset by the SCOTUS decision in Obergefell. He said, It is hard to overstate the significance of the Ober [...]

Jeb Bush’s taxes, by the numbers

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just dropped 33 years of tax returns on his campaign Web site, the sort of mega data dump that he’s tried to make a hallmark of his campaign. When he first started talking about running for the presidency, he released his e-mails from his time as gov [...]

VA’s embattled watchdog to step down

The chief watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that he is retiring this week after months of criticism that his office failed to aggressively investigate wrongdoing in the troubled agency. Richard Griffin, who has served as acting inspector general since 2013, [...]

Jeb Bush’s Finances Could Spell Trouble For Him in the GOP Primaries

Jeb Bush is in big trouble: Since leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Jeb Bush has made about $29 million, a considerable increase in his personal wealth since reentering the private sector….The documents show he paid an effective tax rate of more than 36 percent e [...]

Cartoon: Zip-a-dee-doo-da!

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Chris Christie runs for president, vows to turn America into New Jersey

Sir Shoutsalot makes his bid. Yeah, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is running for president. No, I don’t know why either. And yes, his polling numbers are terrible. Negativity toward Christie in the past 18 months has pervaded judgments on Christie as a person (now seen as more bu [...]

Hack, flack, and blowback; one blow after another for federal personnel director

To paraphrase an old blues tune, if it weren’t for bad news, Katherine Archuleta would have no news at all. It must seem that way to the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an agency that has been the focus of a steady stream of bad news since it announced, on June 4, [& [...]

If You Don’t Know Who Misty Copeland Is, You Need to Correct That Right Now

On Tuesday, Misty Copeland, the 32-year-old soloist at the renowned American Ballet Theatre, made history as she became the first female black principal dancer in the company’s 75-year life span. The news of her promotion comes at a time of wide discussion about the lack of diversit [...]

Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

“The network thought this was an offensive show,” says lead actor Michael Richards in the DVD commentary for “The Outing,” a famous  episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, wherein Jerry and George are misidentified as a couple by a college reporter. “And hence,” replies Jason Alexande Go to Sour [...]

I Just Took the Controversial Drug Used for the Death Penalty. Here’s What It Was Like.

“You’re not going to give me a lethal injection, are you?” This was a few weeks ago, and I was joking—nervously—with a nurse who had just plopped down a vial of midazolam on the table next to me, prompting a minor freakout on my part. Midazolam is the drug im [...]

The Guy Who Made the ISIS-Dildo Flag Just Told Off CNN

Anyone near the internet last Saturday was treated to one of most glorious cable news gaffes in recent memory. CNN thought it had a stunner of a scoop: Gay pride was being infiltrated by Islamist terror! CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux crossed from the US studios to international assignment e [...]

Why last week wasn’t really Obama’s best — or even close

An increasingly common refrain following President Obama’s successes in the Supreme Court and at the Capitol last week was that it was the best week of his presidency. Our own Chris Cillizza made that case last Friday — practically before the ink was even dry on the court̵ [...]

A Bridge to Nowhere

Chris Christie entered the GOP 2016 presidential demolition derby today, and we should all be glad. Because if there’s one thing the country needs, it’s another tough-talking, empty-suit Republican trying to use style to overcome a near-total lack of substance. Actually, Chri [...]

Obamacare Subsidies More Popular Than Same-Sex Marriage?

The first national poll out there measuring reactions to last week’s two big SCOTUS landmark cases is out, from CNN/ORC. Unsurprisingly, it showed a majority of Americans agreeing with Oberkefell v. Hodges, though the percentage was higher than one might have guessed, at 59%. But  [...]

Hours from deadline, GOP faces new pressure on Ex-Im Bank

At midnight Tuesday, the Export-Import Bank of the United States will lose its federal charter for the first time in 80 years, and hours before the deadline, American exporters and Democrats heightened pressure on Republican leaders in Congress to limit the damage by scheduling a quick re [...]

GOP 2016 Candidate Courting Black Voters Meets With Guy Who Says Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves

Rand Paul is notable among the nearly 20 GOP presidential candidates for his stated desire to reach out to African American voters, but Paul might have stumbled on that front yesterday when he met with anti-government activist and rancher Cliven Bundy, a libertarian hero who mounted a hea [...]