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Obama Administration Works on Both the Front and Back End of Criminal Justice Reform

Recently I wrote about Evan McMorris-Santoro’s profile of Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. In the course of describing her work on mandatory minimum sentences, he explains something interesting about the politics involved in criminal justice reform. The divide is now between so- [...]

The Kurdish Elephant

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The Long March Toward Medicare

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Who’s In Deepwater For The Deepwater?

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New Human Terrain System? Army, PACOM Séance Reveals News

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Ray Rice Doesn’t Deserve a Second Chance in the NFL

Personal accountability for a public person like Ray Rice becomes something we demand most urgently when video becomes available. The footage of him punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the face inside an Atlantic City casino elevator, rendering her unconscious—then later, by her f [...]

Hillary Clinton: As honest and trustworthy as Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton has a problem.  In a new Quinnipiac University national poll, more than one in three voters say that the most important trait they are looking for in a 2016 candidate is being “honest and trustworthy.” Almost six in ten of those polled said that Hillary Cli [...]

Islamic Manuscript Radiocarbon Dated to Time of Muhammad

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Jimmy Fallon names more Obama facial expressions

On “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon named several different Obama facial expressions, from the classic “Determined yet hopeful” to the new “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Trump?” Also included: The “Yes, Joe, I remember the pa [...]

Morning Digest: As bad polls roll in for Mark Kirk, a top GOP fundraiser wants him to quit the race

Illinois GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Leading Off: • IL-Sen: PPP’s first Illinois poll of the cycle finds GOP Sen. Mark Kirk in a dire position. He currently trails his top Democratic challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, by a 42-38 margin and sporting a plug-ugly 25-42 job approval rating. Tha [...]

Cartoon for July 30, 2015: Racial Consensus

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How Aristocrats Have Gotten Away with Even Mass-Murder

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Many millennials are about to lose their most-trusted news source: Jon Stewart

Young people like Jon Stewart. Young people trust Jon Stewart. The latest poll to drive home that point comes from the Public Religion Research Institute, which finds more than one in 10 young adults (ages 18-29) say they trust “The Daily Show” or its now-departed spinoff, [...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: More ‘Christie is toast’ stories

New York Times: Despite Chris Christie’s intense focus on winning New Hampshire, many local Republicans are not exactly enamored with the New Jersey governor. Interviews over the last month with dozens of current and former New Hampshire Republican Party town and county chairmen and chair [...]

Harassment and hostile work environment are major complaints of congressional employees, report says

Working in Congress might carry a certain status in some circles, but employees there have the same complaints as workers elsewhere, yet they are not covered by the same laws protecting others. The largest category of issues raised by Capitol Hill workers concerned “harassment/h [...]

Meet the three GOP women leading the charge to defund Planned Parenthood

So far, as my colleague Mike DeBonis notes, men have been the primary voice of incredulousness in Washington over Planned Parenthood and three undercover videos that show the organization’s officials casually discussing the procurement of fetal organs. Incensed anti-abortion-rig [...]

Charles Koch calls on fellow conservative donors ‘to raise our efforts to a new level’

The billionaire industrialist heralded the work of liberal British prime minister William Gladstone. Go to Source : Charles Koch calls on fellow conservative donors ‘to raise our efforts to a new level’

California could be in for a wetter-than-normal winter, thanks to the mysterious meteorological phenomenon known as El Niño. Weather [...]

Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks

First, the National Park Service said it would cut back on selling its visitors bottled water to reduce the litter left behind. Now, Congress — under pressure from the powerful bottled water industry — is threatening to cut off the federal money the Park Service is using to replace th [...]