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One more crude-oil 'bomb-train' goes boom, this time in Illinois. Regulations clearly inadequate

3 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

A train enters a depot along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line outside of Williston, North Dakota, in March 2013. The cars of another BNSF oil train derailed and burned Thursday near a northern Illinois town on the Iowa border. Six cars of a 105-car train carrying crude oil derailed near Galena, Illinois, Thursday. Show More Summary

Not one member of House GOP leadership to attend Selma 50th anniversary commemoration

3 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

That's John Lewis getting the billy-club treatment in Selma, Alabama, March 1965. His skull was fractured when police went berserk. This should have been an easy one. That it wasn't speaks volumes. Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. Show More Summary

Mark Falcoff: More thoughts on Cuba

(Scott Johnson) Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to posts for us on Cuba, most recently, here and here:...Show More Summary

Quick-draw Jesus wants guns in Forsyth County Christian school

11 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Irony abounds! Who knew that two Republican legislators would take the initiative to arm Christian soldiers in Forsyth County, even when no school administrator asked for the privilege? More to the point, why do private Christian schools...Show More Summary

Iowa Draws GOP’s 2016 Hopefuls to Agriculture Summit

Nearly a dozen Republicans that may run for president are slated on Saturday to attend the Iowa Ag Summit, billed as a first-of-its-kind forum focused on agricultural issues in a presidential bellwether state.

A warm welcome to the Anglosphere’s recent recruits (and a fond farewell to the turncoats)

There was an interesting survey by Chatham House a few weeks back; asked which countries they had good feelings about, the British put the following as their top ten favourite.… Continue reading The post A warm welcome to the Anglosphere’s recent recruits (and a fond farewell to the turncoats) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Insurance Subsidies and GOP Alternatives to Obamacare

Robert Litan: The Hatch-Burr-Upton plan could be the beginning of movement toward compromise on what to do about the tens of millions of Americans who had no health insurance before Obamacare but don't qualify for Medicaid.

The Bibi-Boehner coalition

WASHINGTON — It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy. It was equally strange that the speaker of our House of Representatives interjected the United States Congress into an Israeli political campaign. It fell to Isaac [...]Show More Summary

Number 10 won’t budge on their TV debate offer

The broadcasters have rejected David Cameron’s offer of one seven-way debate before the start of the short campaign. Instead, they are sticking to their plan for two seven-way debates and… Continue reading The post Number 10 won’t budge on their TV debate offer appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Yet Another Health Update

14 minutes agoPolitics / US Politics : Kevin Drum

I promised another health update last night, so here it is. I know that some of you are interested in this, while others find it tedious, so I'll put it all below the fold. Here's the nickel summary: There's a good chance I'm going to continue feeling lousy for a couple of weeks or so, but I should start to improve after that. Continue Reading »

Exclusive: Electoral Commission gives Al Murray’s party the green light

Oh dear, Mr S has some bad news for Nigel Farage. The Ukip leader’s South Thanet rival Al Murray has had his application to make the Freedom United Kingdom Party… Continue reading The post Exclusive: Electoral Commission gives Al Murray’s party the green light appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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