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Kansas Supreme Court Keeps Kansas In Play For Control Of Senate

It continues to look like Kansas might have a bearing on which party controls the Senate. As I previously discussed, with the Democratic candidate dropping out of the Kansas Senate race, independent Greg Orman has a real chance of defeating Republican Pat Roberts. Multiple polls have showed Orman defeating Roberts in a head to head [...]

U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola: What Does Victory Look Like?

In an August 22 column on the Ebola crisis, we noted that the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa — “the worst in recorded history” — had claimed 1,350 lives. Less than a month later the World Health Organization reports that the number of people in West Africa who have contracted and died from [...]

Why is a total dunderhead the Speaker of the House?

Why is a total dunderhead the Speaker of the House? Because we’re dunderheads, too? Okay, here’s what happens when a Boehner meets economist: John Boehner says that unemployed Americans are pretty clearly malingerers, bums on welfare who have decided that they don’t feel like working: “This idea that has been born, maybe out of the [...]

Cartoons: World cartoonist look at Scotland vote

World cartoonists are weighing in on Scotland’s decision to stay in the U.K. Here’s a cross section of the many cartoons: “Find the Difference” See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at To license these cartoons and others for your own site, visit Share on Tumblr

Cartoon: NFL Hits of the Week

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PROOF Right-Wingers Hate EVERYTHING Obama Does: Now Criticizing Plan to Eradicate Ebola! (Guest Voice with Video)

Just how bad is the politicization of everything these days? In their stampede to criticize Obama for daring to exist, the right-wing is now attacking his policy to help handle the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. In response to the pandemic in West Africa, President Obama traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)

Is there a solution to the Ukraine crisis short of all-out war in the heart of Europe? For Russia’s Izvestia, Sergei Karaganov, chairman of Russia’s Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, lays out the challenges for Moscow as it seeks to navigate difficult sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, endure long enough [...]

Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You

by Walter Brasch You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant one balmy September morning. Your waitress brings a pot of coffee and a standard 5-ounce cup. “Would you like cream and sugar with it?” she asks. You drink your coffee black. And hot. You decline her offer. “Would you like arsenic with it?” she asks. Arsenic? [...]

Isaac Asimov

When I was in high school all so many decades ago I received this huge volume of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.  I devoured it like a hungry lion and read it many times.  A couple of decades later when I was in my my mid thirties Asimov wrote three sequels and a prequel which proved [...]

The Military and the NFL Scandal

I am neither a big fan of the National Football League (NFL) nor a big follower of professional football. I watch and follow mostly college football. However, unless one lives under a rock and in Timbuktu, the recent domestic violence incidents in the NFL are bound to have captured everyone’s attention, including this non-NFL fan [...]

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Emma Watson Backs Women In Uruguayan Parliament

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We [...]

A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland (UPDATED Dionne column)

WASHINGTON — Scotland’s referendum on independence was decided by voters whose hearts said yes but whose heads said no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history was with the “Yes” side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. [...]

Humoring the Headlines (Guest Voice)

Humoring the Headlines by Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO– Chairman of the joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey testified to the Senate on Tuesday, Sept. 16, that he couldn’t rule out dispatching boots on the ground to Iraq if circumstances warranted. President Obama continues to insist that he will never reintroduce boots on the ground there. Technically, [...]

Surprisingly Civil Benghazi Hearing

Dana Milbank registers surprise at the civility of House Benghazi hearings in The Washington Post. When Trey Gowdy got the job to run the House’s new Benghazi select committee, there was good reason to fear bad things. Gowdy, a former prosecutor, was known for theatrical outbursts in hearings, rank partisanship and a fascination with Benghazi [...]

Fall TV season brings a new-found commitment to diversity

In 2008, when America’s broadcast networks unveiled their new TV schedules, only one show was anchored by a minority — and he was a black cartoon character voiced by a white actor. Six years later, prime time is undergoing a big, multicultural change. When the fall season starts in earnest Monday, it will deliver the [...]

Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?

Does the “civilized” world have what it takes to defeat the self-declared Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS? To be sure, the U.S. has launched air strikes on ISIS targets over Iraq, Congress and President Barack Obama finally seem in gear, and there are ongoing efforts to put together a coalition involving NATO and countries [...]

Apple does something really right

I’m no fan of Apple. But I really like their latest move. It’s a dilly. Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech [...]

United Kingdom remains united: Scotland votes “No” on independence

History and tradition have prevailed in Scotland. The United Kingdom remains united: Scotland has voted “No” to independence and you can almost hear and FEEL the sigh of relief from British Prime Minister David Cameron and from Washington, where a formally downsized U.K. could have had a slew of implications. Scotland has voted to stay [...]

Health Care Advocates File Suit Agaist California For Lag In Enrollments In Expanded Medicaid Program

By most measures the Affordable Care Act has been a success, increasing the number insured without the problems predicted by Republicans. However not everything has worked out perfectly to date. The biggest problems have been with the expansion of Medicaid. The worst problem has been seen in the Republican controlled states which have blocked Medicaid [...]

President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation

Shortly after the U.S. Senate easily approved (78-22) a $1 trillion government-funding bill that gives President Obama new authority to battle ISIL — legislation that had been previously approved by the House in a 273-156 vote — President Obama spoke to the nation commending Congress for approving his plan to arm and train rebels in [...]

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