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Rubio: ‘There are still people in American politics that do not want to pass the torch’

RENO, Nev. — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) campaigned for president here Friday bemoaning unnamed political figures who he said are not ready to embrace the next batch of leaders, and casting himself as a fresh voice in a crowded field of Republican hopefuls. The comments, which came at [...]

Pataki’s Welfare Whopper

Former New York Gov. George Pataki credits his “conservative policies” for reducing the number of New Yorkers on welfare by 1 million. In fact, the sharp decline was part of a national trend thanks largely to a 1996 federal overhaul of the nation’s welfare system. Under  [...]

Jerry’s Lack of Vision

Israel long ago figured out that they needed to create more potable water, and over the last decade has built five water desalination plants. They’ve also embarked on an ambitious effort to recycle and reuse wastewaster for agriculture, getting 55% of their agricultural water throu [...]

Day’s End and Weekend Watch

Normally the object of scandalous news can hope that the end of the week will obliterate any real and persistent attention. But Denny Hastert won’t benefit from that. Unless prosecutors have gotten everything wrong (and yes, stranger things have happened), this is a sexual abuser of [...]

Sepp Blatter was reelected today to a fifth term as president of FIFA

Reuters is reporting, Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer. Blatter’s victory came despite deman [...]

Weekly Wrap Up: Celebrating Memorial Day, Honoring Oberlin Grads, and a Q&A with @POTUS

This week, the President honored our troops on Memorial Day, reminded us why #CleanWaterRules, and answered your climate questions on Twitter — while the First Lady inspired graduates at Oberlin College. Check out what you may have missed in this week’s wra [...]

Cartoon: Urgent government recalls

Click to enlarge The massive recall of cars with exploding airbags got me thinking about other things that are deadly and/or dangerous either by design or neglect. The recall of the Patriot Act, or at least the sunset of its most pernicious sections, looks like it could really happen, th [...]

Ben Carson may be running for president, but he still gets $40,000 per speech

The news that Ben Carson will be continuing give paid speeches for fees of $40,000+ per appearance in spite of being a presidential candidate is, I have to say, unsurprising. While it’s unusual, giving paid speeches is what Ben Carson does now. It’s that or needlepoint, and B [...]

Bernie Sanders Wrote Something Embarrassing 43 Years Ago

Probably like a lot of you, I read Bernie Sanders’ 1972 “underground” newspaper piece on sex and gender attitudes and found it mildly embarrassing–not a terribly unusual finding for alternative journalism of that particular era–but not alarming unless you are [...]

Hastert on Hastert: "What You See Is What You Get"

In 2003, The New Yorker dispatched acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen to write a mega-profile of Denny Hastert, who four years earlier had improbably become House speaker following Newt Gingrich’s implosion during the Clinton impeachment scandal. (During the Clinton mess, Hastert w [...]

It’s an argument we hear frequently from gun rights activists and conservative lawmakers: Mass shooters select places to attack where [...]

Mammography and the ACA, Redux

Get ready for another round of misleading claims about the government interfering with women’s ability to get mammograms. Lawmakers of both parties have already claimed that draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force put the government, or “bureaucrats, [...]

Report: Hastert was paying man to keep quiet about sexual abuse dating from Hastert’s teaching days

Denny Hastert A new report in the New York Times fills in some important details about former Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert’s shocking indictment: J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a man to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert  [...]

So Much For Hastert’s Hidden Past

Well, maybe federal prosecutors agreed not to describe in the indictment the “misconduct” that led to Dennis Hastert’s illegal hush money payments. But apparently the agreement did not extend to press leaks. Less than a day after the indictment went public, the L.A. Time [...]

Literally the Only Good FIFA News You’ll Hear This Week

Electronic Arts, the gaming company that makes the popular FIFA video game franchise, is bringing women to the virtual pitch, adding 12 women’s national teams to FIFA 16 this September.   From the Wall Street Journal: EA announced Thursday that a dozen women’s internatio [...]

Mayor: Six Months is "An Unacceptably Long Period of Time" to Investigate a Police Shooting

When police officers shoot or kill unarmed civilians, it can take months, even years, for the incidents to be officially investigated and publicly explained. As Mother Jones recently reported, the cop who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland had yet to be interviewed by investigators, [...]

The Return of Marvin the Dog

If you’re wondering why Jeb Bush thought of just offloading his entire campaign to a Super-PAC before anyone else did, it turns out he’s done something a lot like this before, as reported by National Journal‘s S.V. Date: As Jeb Bush circa 2015 considers pushing the campa [...]

More than 4.51 Million Records Released

In September 2009, the President announced that — for the first time in history — White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in February 2015. This release brings th [...]

Here’s how presidential campaigns track who you are and what you do

When you go to Rick Santorum’s campaign Web site, a small bit of text is stored on your computer. In my case, the text was f36853b4-b072-4800-99a3-a9c9381c331a; in your case, it will be different. The text was stored by a company called Media Math, a “global technology company [...]