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"Doors Have Been Locked. Papers Have Been Shredded": We Asked a FIFA Expert About the Scandal

On Friday, as FIFA continues to deal with the corruption-related indictments that have rattled international soccer, president Sepp Blatter will find out whether he will earn a fifth term as the head of the sport’s governing body. Blatter’s opponent, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein  [...]

Putin’s Scared

There’s a very simple reason why Vladimir Putin is attacking the United States’ arrest and extradition of senior FIFA officials yesterday from Switzerland over charges of corruption, bribery, and money manipulation: because Putin is running a criminal enterprise that paid to g [...]

Thursday Open Thread: Aspen Bound

I'm off to NORML's annual Aspen legal conference. My talk this year: “Getting High With Someone Who Dies: Defending Drug Users Charged With Complicity and Enhanced Penalties in Drug Overdose Cases.” Here's the entire agenda, it's a… [[ This is a conte [...]

Beyoncé’s "Single Ladies" Music Video Set to the DuckTales Theme Song Is Amazing

This is so perfect. I love it so much. I love Beyoncé and I love the DuckTales and I love whoever made this video and I love America and I love the internet and I love George Washington for founding this wonderful country. Go to Source : Beyoncé’s "Single Ladies" M [...]

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is proud of its pledge to deliver mail through all kinds of tough stuff. But it looks like one of its hardest jobs is getting through contract talks. Negotiations with one of its largest labor organizations, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), stalled  [...]

The Obamacare "Fix" That Would Makes Things Worse

It’s generally understood that Ron Johnson’s Obamacare “fix” legislation is veto-bait, containing as it does provisions (the repeal of the individual and employer mandates, and also of a minimum benefit pacckage) that are integral to the Affordable Care Act. But i [...]

Hillary Clinton is Finally Showing Her Hand on Climate Change

Hillary Clinton has done little more than promise to take climate change seriously in her presidential campaign, communicated mostly through assurances from her adviser, John Podesta, that “she will move forward wit Go to Source : Hillary Clinton is Finally Showing Her Hand on Climate Change

Clinton campaign still doesn’t have supporter e-mail lists from Obama or booster group

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Six weeks after entering the presidential contest, Hillary Rodham Clinton still cannot raise money using up-to-date Democratic e-mail lists compiled by outside support groups, senior campaign officials said Thursday. Despite the assumption that Clinton could quickly [...]

Why Dennis Hastert got indicted by the feds

On Thursday afternoon, a stunning bit of political news broke: Former House speaker Dennis Hastert had been indicted by the federal government on charges that he lied to the FBI and tried to mask cash transactions made from various banks. The case is fascinating and a bit complicated, so  [...]

Chris Christie finalizes his slow-motion flip-flop on Common Core

After months of hinting at an about-face, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is officially forswearing Common Core, a controversial set of K-12 academic standards he welcomed into the state five years ago. Christie finalized his slow-motion flip-flop on the issue Thursday, aligning himself wi [...]

Dennis Hastert Was Just Indicted on Federal Charges. Read the Full Indictment.

Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted for illegally transferring funds to dodge the IRS and lying to the FBI, reports John Stanton at BuzzFeed. Read the full indictment below: Hastert Indictment (PDF) Hastert Indictment (Text) Go to Source : Dennis Hastert  [...]

Ted Cruz requests a correction from the liberal media: He is actually on level 357 of Candy Crush

.@thedailybeast's article contains a factual error… I’m actually on level 357 in Candy Crush https://t.co/aFs0wiNYXq pic.twitter.com/SyKC2p5kmf — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 28, 2015 Ted Cruz is not only a U.S. senator and presidential candidate; he’s also a gamer. He tweeted [...]

Whoa: Former Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert indicted for lying to FBI, hiding transactions

Denny Hastert Did anyone see this coming? Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, a Republican who represented Illinois for almost two decades, was just indicted on charges that he lied to the FBI and “structured” financial transactions to avoid IRS detection. Prosecutors [...]

Your online guide to George Pataki

Part 10 in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we’ll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate. (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary Clinton. Part 4: Marco Rubio. Part  [...]

Rubio’s Slippery Slope To Incoherence

When I read the other day that Marco Rubio had suggested on David Brody’s influential Christian Broadcasting Network show that we were on the brink of conservative church teachings on homosexuality being deemed “hate speech,” I made a mental note to write about it, but t [...]

62 percent of Republicans still say Iraq War was the ‘right thing’ to do

This has to be simple tribalism, right? Going to war with Iraq was the wrong thing to do, American voters say 59 – 32 percent. Republicans support the 2003 decision 62 – 28 percent, while opposition is 78 – 16 percent among Democrats and 65 – 26 percent among inde [...]

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review magazine, has a plan for restoring stability to America’s currently troubled inner cities: Arre [...]

Jeb Bush cites anthrax outbreak as an example of his leadership experience

LANSING, Mich. — If a former two-term governor wanted to remind voters that he led the response to eight hurricanes, four tropical storms and an anthrax outbreak, where might he visit? For Jeb Bush, it was a factory that makes an anthrax vaccine. The former Florida governor kicked o [...]

The good news: The GOP 2016 field has a contender who believes human-induced climate change is real and extensive action must be taken to r [...]

Isiah Thomas demonstrates how not to respond to a sexual harassment controversy

It was supposed to be a news conference in which an embattled former NBA Hall of Famer and prospective owner and coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty calmed the waters about years-old sexual harassment questions. But at one point, according to the New York Times, Isiah Thomas offere [...]