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December Surprise: Obama normalizes relations with Cuba

Posted by  ▪  December 17, 2014

Just as Congress left town, and everyone is focused on Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

December Surprise: Obama normalizes relations with Cuba

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12/17/2014 at 11:32am
Can’t say this was on anyone’s near term radar. The NY Times reports U.S. and Cuba, in Breakthough, Resume Diplomatic Relations: The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor…
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VERDICT WATCH: Montana Homeowner Accused of “Baiting” Intruder

Posted by  ▪  December 17, 2014

Markus Karma, charged with deliberate homicide, faces 10-year-minimum if jury convicts.

VERDICT WATCH: Montana Homeowner Accused of “Baiting” Intruder

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12/17/2014 at 10:00am
News station KPAX in Missoula MT reports that the jury today continues its deliberations on the fate of Markus Kaarma, the man being tried for murder for having shot and killed German college student Diren Dede the night of April 27, 2014. The state argues that Kaarma and his common law wife Janelle Pflager…
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Pushing Keystone XL is Smart Lawmaking

Posted by  ▪  December 17, 2014

GOP Leadership has an ace up its sleeve.

Pushing Keystone XL is Smart Lawmaking

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12/17/2014 at 8:30am
Senate Republicans are going to use their newfound majority advantage to tackle Keystone XL first thing come January, sending a message to Democrats and Washington at large that they’re dealing with a different breed of leadership. Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Majority Whip-elect John Cornyn (R-TX) don’t have an easy job…
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James O’Keefe Interviews the Man Behind #Grubergate

Posted by  ▪  December 17, 2014

A citizen journalist scoops the media on Obamacare.

James O’Keefe Interviews the Man Behind #Grubergate

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12/17/2014 at 7:00am
In case you’re not aware, the damning videos of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, which confirmed the worst fears of every single critic of Obamacare, weren’t uncovered by a journalist. The entire American media complex was scooped by a regular guy who started looking into the way the law was passed after losing…
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Pakistani Taliban kill over 140 schoolchildren and teachers

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Intentional, not collateral damage

Pakistani Taliban kill over 140 schoolchildren and teachers

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12/16/2014 at 7:43pm
There has been another outrageously evil attack in which Islamist terrorists target children, this time in Pakistan: Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say. Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers…
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76-year-old man Tasered by cop over an inspection sticker

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

“He just acted like a pit bull”

76-year-old man Tasered by cop over an inspection sticker

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12/16/2014 at 6:00pm
The incident occurred in Victoria, Texas, a suburb of Houston. A dash camera captured officer Nathaniel Robinson tasering 76-year-old Pete Vasquez. Vasquez was driving a vehicle owned by the car dealership where he works. Officer Robinson pulled him over when he noticed the vehicle’s inspection sticker had expired. When Vasquez exited…
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Court declares executive amnesty unconstitutional

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Strike 1.

Court declares executive amnesty unconstitutional

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12/16/2014 at 4:47pm
While a small group of Senate Republicans were busy causing procedural chaos over the #CRomnibus, a lower-profile court case bringing a direct challenge to the constitutionality of Obama’s “executive amnesty” was quietly making its way through the federal court system. And guess what—the conservative position won. Although the decision declaring executive amnesty…
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Baltimore City Police Commissioner: Will There Be Marches when “Officers are Shot, Too?”

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Anthony Batts asks an important question and outrages all the right people.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner: Will There Be Marches when “Officers are Shot, Too?”

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12/16/2014 at 3:00pm
A Baltimore City police officer was shot and seriously wounded at a traffic stop Sunday night. At a press conference outside the hospital as the officer was being treated, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said, “I’m not caught on the irony of the timing of the situation. We’ve had marches…
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The next big police shooting Grand Jury decision … in Houston

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

In echoes of Ferguson shooting, police report unarrmed black man put hands to waistband, charged police officer

The next big police shooting Grand Jury decision … in Houston

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12/16/2014 at 1:10pm
News station KPRC in Houston is reporting through its Click2Houston web site that a Grand Jury is continuing to consider whether to indict in a local case of a off-duty Houston Police Department (HPD) officer Juventino Castro shooting and killing an unarmed black man, 26-year-old Jordan Baker. The Grand Jury began meeting last week, and Castro testified…
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Look out! Here comes the War on…Elves?

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Those dead eyes are watching you.

Look out! Here comes the War on…Elves?

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12/16/2014 at 12:00pm
Did you know that the elf on your shelf is training your children to accept the inevitability of the surveillance state? Neither did we. Digital technology professor for the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology Laura Pinto thinks so, and in her new paper “Who’s the Boss,” she discusses the nefarious…
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Jeb Bush “actively exploring” a run at the Presidency

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Shift back into campaign mode, folks.

Jeb Bush “actively exploring” a run at the Presidency

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12/16/2014 at 10:38am
Jeb Bush broke the right wing internet this morning when he tweeted this: I am excited to announce I will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States: https://t.co/luY4lCF2cA.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 16, 2014 He also took to Facebook to detail his reasoning and offer an explanation of…
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Creating New Democrats Through Immigration

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

And using your tax dollars to do it.

Creating New Democrats Through Immigration

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12/16/2014 at 8:30am
Obama’s immigration plan has been criticized by many conservatives as nothing more than a plan to create new voters for the Democratic Party. If that’s true, which is likely, what could be worse? How about using taxpayer funds to do it? Daniel Wiser of the Washington Free Beacon reports: Taxpayer-Funded Immigrant Advocacy Group Blasts…
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The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Adults should check their vaccination status so they don’t get sidelined.

The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

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12/16/2014 at 7:00am
It looks like a mumps outbreak has body-checked the National Hockey League! This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of…
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The ethical conundrum of the Sony hack story

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

…and the matter of “stolen data”

The ethical conundrum of the Sony hack story

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12/15/2014 at 9:27pm
The media has created its own uproar over the Sony Hack. Business Insider has called it an “act of war,” and now Sony is trotting out its lawyers and demanding that media agencies refrain from reporting the contents of the stolen data, and delete anything they may have acquired as a…
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Our Senate Majority has their committee assignments

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

Republicans playing to their strengths.

Our Senate Majority has their committee assignments

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12/15/2014 at 7:15pm
Today, the Senate released committee assignments for the 114th Congress, and revealed just how big of a difference having a majority can hold. Republicans are set to gain as many as three seats on the powerful Judiciary, Finance, and Environment and Public Works Committees, which means Republicans will have an early…
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Harvard Law Review Editor on exam delay request: Our Weakness is Our Strength

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

“our nation is starving for a genuine discussion about mental health.”

Harvard Law Review Editor on exam delay request: Our Weakness is Our Strength

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12/15/2014 at 5:43pm
As we reported, a coalition of student groups at Harvard Law School demanded exam delays due to student trauma over the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury refusals to indict. There was withering criticism, including here. HLS refused to budge, but did agree to counseling, meetings, and other steps. William Desmond, a…
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Should Elizabeth Warren run for President? (Reader Poll)

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

No one expects the Elizabeth Warren-mentum.

Should Elizabeth Warren run for President? (Reader Poll)

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12/15/2014 at 4:13pm
The internets have exploded with Elizabeth Warren-mentum. Elizabeth Warren is playing hard to get when it comes to running for President. She still “is” not running, which literally is true, but never says that under no circumstances will she ever run: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not running for president, but might she…
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