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President Obama Has Finally Learned the Limits of American Military Power

I've been meaning to make note of something about Iraq for a while, and a story today in the LA Times provides the perfect hook: A group of U.S. diplomats arrived in Libya three years ago to a memorable reception: a throng of cheering...Show More Summary

Immigration Reform: It's Finally Officially Dead

I've had a friendly argument with Greg Sargent for some months about whether immigration reform was dead, or was merely on life support and still stood a chance of resuscitation. But in a way, it may turn out we disagreed a little less than we thought. Show More Summary

No, Obamacare Didn't Tank the Economy Last Quarter

For some reason, there's been a fair amount of attention paid to the impact of Q1's decline in health care growth on the latest GDP numbers, which were pretty dismal. The Wall Street Journal even figured out a way to blame it all on Obamacare. Show More Summary

Maybe Congress Will Now Move to Protect Email From Warrantless Searches

Brian Fung reports that yesterday's Supreme Court ruling protecting smartphones from warrantless searches may be having a ripple effect: Members of Congress who back stronger protections for e-mail and other electronic communications...Show More Summary

Another Geopolitical Triumph For Vladimir Putin!

From the Guardian: It was the document that started a revolution and ended up bringing Europe to the brink of war. Ukraine's association agreement with the European Union, a mainly economic document setting up a free trade area thatShow More Summary

No, the Aereo Case Doesn't Endanger Cloud Computing Services

I'm puzzled by much of the commentary on the Aereo case. Much of it echoes a point in Scalia's dissent, namely that ruling against Aereo puts all sorts of cloud computing services at risk. After all, if it's a copyright infringementShow More Summary

Digital Privacy Is Fundamentally Different From Physical Privacy

Time Lee argues—or perhaps merely hopes—that yesterday's decision protecting cell phones from warrantless searches might signal a turning point for the Supreme Court's attitude toward digital information in general: The government has typically pursued a simple legal strategy when faced with digital technologies. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Rules That Even a Sham Recess is Still a Recess

See? If you take President Obama to court over an issue of executive overreach, you might win: The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor ofShow More Summary

Boehner Plans Lawsuit to Rein in King Barack I

House Speaker John Boehner, apparently responding to tea party anger over President Obama's continued "lawlessness," plans to take Obama to court: On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the...Show More Summary

Supreme Court: Aereo Looks Just Like Cable TV, So It Has to Follow the Same Laws as Cable TV

I've been reading the Supreme Court's opinion in the Aereo case, and it's kind of fascinating. As you may know, Aereo is a company that installs thousands of tiny antennnas in a warehouse and then lets users "rent" one of the antennas, as well as some storage space. Show More Summary

Race and Republicans in Mississippi's Senate Primary

In yesterday's primary election in Mississippi, incumbent Thad Cochran appealed to black voters in his race against Chris McDaniel. This is from a New York Times companion piece to their main reporting on the election: The former mayor...Show More Summary

The US Economy Imploded Last Quarter

Yikes. In the first quarter GDP didn't grow by an anemic 0.1 percent. Nor did it shrink by 1 percent. According to the Commerce Department's final tally, it shrunk by 2.9 percent. Everyone is brushing this off because other economic signals suggest it was a one-off event. Show More Summary

TV Strike Against Dodgers May be the Straw That Breaks the Sports Bubble

LA Times columnist Steve Lopez thinks it's long past time for everyone to figure out a way to end the Dodgers TV blackout in Southern California: This all began in 2012 when the Guggenheim Group, or whatever they call themselves, paid...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Unanimously Supports Common Sense in Cell Phone Search Case

The latest from the Supreme Court: Police may not search the smartphones of people who are put under arrest unless they have a warrant, the Supreme Court has ruled, a unanimous and surprising victory for privacy advocates. The justices,...Show More Summary

The Tea Party Is Now on the Road to Oblivion

Now that incumbent Thad Cochran has beaten Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican Senate primary, does that mean the tea party is officially a spent force? After all, when Eric Cantor lost in Virginia, it was a sign of the ultimate and permanent victory of the tea party over the Republican mainstream, forever and ever, world without end. Show More Summary

What's a Liberal to Think About the Great Import-Export Bank Foofaraw?

Suddenly, out of nowhere, everybody's talking about the Export-Import Bank today. Isn't that exciting? I have some thoughts about this myself, if you'll hold on for just a minute. Tick, tick, tick..... Hmmm. The Wikipedia entry was too long to read so I just skimmed it. Show More Summary

Yes, You Can Now Call Your Crock Pot on Your iPhone

From the annals of stories I'm afraid to read: The age of cooking by smartphone is here. We test a Robo-Crock in the connected kitchen. But I'm a professional, so I clicked the link: For my first test, I made chili....But instead ofShow More Summary

Is ISIS a Monster of Our Allies' Creation?

On her show last night, Rachel Maddow highlighted a piece by Steve Clemons claiming that the rise of ISIS in Syria—and, more recently, in Iraq—has been largely due to financial and arms assistance from Saudi Arabia: The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the “moderate” armed opposition in the country, receives a lot of attention. Show More Summary

America Unhappy Over Obama's Lack of Magic Iraq Wand

President Obama's conduct of foreign policy continues to get bad reviews: Dissatisfaction with President Obama’s conduct of foreign policy has shot up among both Republicans and Democrats in the past month, even though a slim majority...Show More Summary

Is it Obnoxious to Support Health Care For the Poor?

Here is Gary Silverman in the Financial Times: What I like about Obamacare is that it shows some respect for “those people” — as Hudson called them in Giant — who are good enough to work the fields and mow the lawns, and build the roads...Show More Summary

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