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Why would Cuba follow through?

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

It’s hard to think of a single reason

Why would Cuba follow through?

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1/7/2015 at 8:30am
Promises, shmomises: An air of secrecy surrounds the fate of 53 political prisoners whom Cuba agreed to free in its historic deal with the United States last month, as Washington and Havana’s refusal to publicly identify the dissidents is fueling suspicion over Cuba’s intentions… …[O]fficials said a prisoner release was not a precondition…
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Fort Bliss Under Fire

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

2 dead, questions remain unanswered

Fort Bliss Under Fire

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1/7/2015 at 7:00am
Yesterday afternoon, a man walked into the El Paso VA Health Care System clinic and shot a doctor before turning the gun on himself. Via Fox 14 El Paso: At a press conference Tuesday evening, Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty confirmed the shooter was killed along with one victim. Fort Bliss did not…
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Will Texas be first state with official State Hat?

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

There’s only one hat fit to be the National Hat of Texas

Will Texas be first state with official State Hat?

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1/6/2015 at 7:00pm
Texas State Representative Marsha Farney filed a bill yesterday that would make the cowboy hat the official hat of Texas. Dr. Farney is an Aggie and former educator from Georgetown, Texas (a smallish town north of Austin). According to the Houston Chronicle: The proposed resolution cites the significance of the cowboy headgear…
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Stanley Cohen off to prison, Hamas to the end

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Lawyer convicted of tax offenses keeps photo with two founders of Hamas as his Twitter profile pic.

Stanley Cohen off to prison, Hamas to the end

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1/6/2015 at 5:30pm
One chapter in the saga of Stanley Cohen has closed, another started. Cohen was to report today to prison to begin serving his 18 month sentence, the result of a plea bargain, for concealing and failing to report large cash transactions and failing to file income tax returns for several years. Cohen pledged…
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As Gov. Brown touts CA’s “comeback,” another city mired in fiscal scandal

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Something smells in Pasadena, and it’s not the roses.

As Gov. Brown touts CA’s “comeback,” another city mired in fiscal scandal

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1/6/2015 at 4:00pm
Californians are starting 2015 with a fresh round of new taxes, and the inauguration of Democrat Jerry Brown for an unprecedented fourth term as California’s governor. As part of his inaugural address, Brown derided critics of the state’s current economy, and conjured up a fantasy of balanced budgets and robust employment. “We…
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Krauthammer: “The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress”

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Today is Day 1 of the GOP-controlled Congress

Krauthammer: “The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress”

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1/6/2015 at 2:35pm
Last night Charles Krauthammer took the outgoing Congressional leadership to task over their legacy of obstructionism. Watch: Via the Daily Caller (emphasis mine): ”It sounds like Schumer is saying that, for the first time in living memory, we’re going to have amendments introduced in the U.S. Senate, which is a remarkable…
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Live Updates: the Vote for Speaker

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Will Boehner survive the vote?

Live Updates: the Vote for Speaker

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1/6/2015 at 11:52am
Here we go! The Washington Post has the updated whip count as of 10 this morning. They have also confirmed Reps. Amash and Webber as firm “nos,” giving the anti-Boehner coalition 2 more votes toward an alternative candidate. Boehner is predicted to lose more votes than in his previous bid…
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Dershowitz presumed innocent in zero-sum defamation game (Update: Affidavit and Lawsuit)

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Accuser and her lawyers need to prove their claims, not hide behind court pleading privilege.

Dershowitz presumed innocent in zero-sum defamation game (Update: Affidavit and Lawsuit)

http://youtu.be/zvb-bCZFpzU
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1/6/2015 at 10:00am
Alan Dershowitz, along with others including Prince Andrew of Britain, were accused in a court filing involving convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein of participating in forced sex with a 17-year old. The court filing was not criminal, and was not even under oath. It merely was a motion suing prosecutors for agreeing…
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Inside Account: How Anti-Israel Resolutions Were Defeated at American Historical Association

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Procedure and the rule of law matter, and so does substance: AHA is a scholarly, not political, organization.

Inside Account: How Anti-Israel Resolutions Were Defeated at American Historical Association

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1/6/2015 at 8:30am
[WAJ Intro: University of Maryland Professor Jeffrey Herf helped lead the battle to defeat anti-Israel resolutions at the American Historical Association, as we wrote about on Sunday.  I asked him to submit this Guest Post to recount the events and strategies, in the hope they will inform others facing similar anti-Israel tactics.] ————— By…
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Dennis Ross: “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass”

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

An Obama supporter takes issue with his foreign policy.

Dennis Ross: “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass”

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1/6/2015 at 7:00am
In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross wrote that it’s time to hold the Palestinians responsible for turning down peace. Since 2000, there have been three serious negotiations that culminated in offers to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Bill Clinton’s parameters in 2000,…
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Bill de Blasio blasts officers who turned their backs

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

What a perfect time to run offense against the NYPD

Bill de Blasio blasts officers who turned their backs

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1/5/2015 at 8:20pm
During this past Saturday’s services for fallen NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu, officers again turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he stood to speak. The silent protest did not please Mr. Mayor, and now he’s speaking out against the officers who chose to pivot away from…
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“Whip” It? Not likely to make a difference in tomorrow’s Speaker vote

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

Boehner likely to return to leadership

“Whip” It? Not likely to make a difference in tomorrow’s Speaker vote

http://youtu.be/2BtT2JDSGeE
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1/5/2015 at 6:18pm
Tomorrow’s vote for Speaker of the House will bring a welcome end to what has become our long national right-wing nightmare. According to reports from multiple sources, Boehner has drawn more fire this time around, and can expect to lose as many as 20 votes when the chamber finally votes. “Washington is…
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WaPo instructs women on how to find a feminist boyfriend

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

Only emasculated men need apply

WaPo instructs women on how to find a feminist boyfriend

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1/5/2015 at 4:31pm
The fight to emasculate men rages on amongst our “feminist” friends. Lisa Bonos’ editorial How to Find a Feminist Boyfriend is simply the latest example. For all the talk of equality and partnership, there’s not one single mention of equality or partnership. True to form, the “feminist” definition of the aforementioned virtues…
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“Black Lives Matter” curriculum popping up in classrooms

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

Keep an eye on your child’s schoolwork.

“Black Lives Matter” curriculum popping up in classrooms

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1/5/2015 at 3:00pm
Teachers in the San Francisco United School District are concerned about race. In an area where schools are almost 90% non-white, you’d expect that an emphasis on cultural diversity would happen by default, and that teachers wouldn’t need the help of an institutionalized curriculum to get the job done. But in…
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“We have so lost the messaging”

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

That pesky Constitution. It’s really old, you know, and gets in the way of Obama’s agenda.

“We have so lost the messaging”

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1/5/2015 at 1:36pm
As a follow up to my USA Today column, Constitution’s horrible, no good, very bad year, I was interviewed on the Steve Malzberg Show on NewsMax TV, with Betsy McCaughey guest hosting. I need to figure out the Skype thing a little better. What do you think? Maybe I’ll buy a fake backdrop…
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Obama Admin Indirectly Encourages Palestinian Unilateralism

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

In its words and actions, the administration has made it clear Palestinians will pay no price for not making peace.

Obama Admin Indirectly Encourages Palestinian Unilateralism

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1/5/2015 at 11:30am
As Prof. Jacobson blogged last week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to get the United Nations Security Council to impose terms of a peace settlement on Israel and then, failing that, applied to the International Criminal Court in an effort to bring war crimes charges against Israel. While Abbas bears the…
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Juggernaut of conservative legislation coming to a state near you

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

WaPo: Be afraid of Republicans in state governments. Be very afraid.

Juggernaut of conservative legislation coming to a state near you

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1/5/2015 at 10:00am
For the last several weeks, we’ve been living in a sort of Twilight Zone episode where many people on the left including Obama and the media haven’t realized how big the midterms were for Republicans. Until now. Reid Wilson of the Washington Post has just begun to notice: Republicans in state governments plan…
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