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So Now, It Turns Out Ben Carson Apprehended a Carjacker

Just when you thought The Adventures of Dr. Ben Carson, Knife-Fighting Gunman-Rushing Man of Mystery was over, a new chapter is born. The retired neurosurgeon has already regaled the public with several different versions of the time he stabbed a guy, the time he cut a dude’s head with a padlock, went after his moms [...]

Midday open thread: U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan; fracking tremors plague OK

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Oregon militants: Patriots or Owl Qaeda? • L.A.’s storm infrastructure designed to send precious El Niño water to the sea: In California, we get essentially all of our water in the winter – typically, nearly all of it in just a few big winter storms, each passing through the state in just a few days. Show More Summary

How Fox News Plans To Use Michael Bay's Benghazi Film To Sink Hillary Clinton's Presidential Run

"Breaking tonight. A Kelly File exclusive on the gripping new film that may pose a threat to Hillary Clinton's hopes for the White House." That's how Megyn Kelly fired the first shot in Fox News' campaign to use a Michael Bay movie on the Benghazi attacks to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning the presidency. Show More Summary

Trump Ad Shows Illegal Immigrants -- to Spain

PolitiFact: In a new television ad -- his campaign's first -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shows footage of dozens of people swarming over a border fence. But the footage isn't as it seems. About halfway through the...Show More Summary

Does an artist 'owe' the audience anything?

In politics, at the very core of democratic principles is the idea of power coming from the will of the people. Therefore, the opinions of the population are generally given lots of weight, and governance becomes a shared experienceShow More Summary

Trump's TV Ad Gets A 'Pants On Fire' From Politifact

Donald Trump's scary television ad is an incredible mixture of fiction and horror movie. Featuring throngs of people pushing through a border, the voice-over features the ubiquitous scary voice talking about Mexicans pushing their way...Show More Summary

Could Oregon Be the Next Waco?

What is at stake in the government’s handling of the armed occupation of a small outpost in Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge? On the one hand, a potential conflict between law officers and the armed militiamen headed by Ammon Bundy has left many in Burns, Oregon, feeling ill at ease. Show More Summary

Trump's First Campaign Ad: 'Cut The Head Off ISIS, Take Their Oil'

Donald Trump releases his first campaign ad, promising to ban Muslims, build a wall, cut the head off ISIS, etc. Via VICE: The ad crams all those promises into 30 seconds while displaying bleak, black-and-white B-roll of explosions and...Show More Summary

O'Malley on Obama's refugee raids: 'What the hell have we come to as a country?'

This is not an immigration issue. This is a humanitarian issue, a refugee issue: people fleeing violence should be treated as such. But the Obama administration has nonetheless kicked off the new year with a series of raids to roundShow More Summary

Why the Heck Is Ben Carson Campaigning in Staten Island?

The New York Republican presidential primary is in 106 days, on April 19. It is the 37th nominating contest, coming more than three months after the first votes are cast in Iowa on February 1. So naturally Ben Carson is campaigning there on Monday night. This is kind of strange. Show More Summary

Making a Murderer’s Lawyer Hero

Years before the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer conferred literary celebrity on him, before taking on (with Jerome Buting) Steven Avery’s murder trial defense in 2007, and even well before Avery was found to have been wrongfully convicted in 2003 of an earlier crime, Dean Strang was searching an online law database on a whim. Show More Summary

What 2016 Holds In Store For Guns, The NRA, And The Presidential Election

Following another series of horrific mass shootings in 2015 that captured the public's attention, gun safety has emerged as a major campaign issue for the 2016 elections. It's already clear how the National Rifle Association (NRA) will...Show More Summary

Jeb ‘Compliments’ Lawmaker By Calling Her “Hurricane Katrina’

He’s lucky Donald Trump is sucking up all the oxygen or people would be paying attention to him. Thanks to Trump, no one will ever remember that Jeb Bush went around saying that “stuff happens” after yet another massacre, or that the Confederacy “should be respected,” or what he said on the campaign trail in [...]

Laughing for the right reasons: Hari Kondabolu

This holiday season while the news is slow, I thought I’d share clips from a few comedians of the leftish persuasion. Up now, one of my personal favorites: Hari Kondabolu. Kondabolu is, according to his bio, “ a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised...Show More Summary

TCU's Boykin Accused of Hitting Cop During Bar Fight

TCU quarterback Trevon Boykin, a top-10 Heisman candidate this year, was arrested early Thursday after a bar fight in San Antonio in which he's accused of indiscriminately swinging his fists and hitting a bar employee and then a cop....Show More Summary

Will Leitch’s Top Ten Films of 2015

The best movies of 2015 took you to different worlds, whether they were Jakku or Ellis Island in the 1950s, a fundamentalist village or Mars, the darkest dreams of a stranger or a nondescript hotel in downtown Cincinnati. We go to the movies to see a world different than our own. Show More Summary

The Worrying Rise of Automated Parole

America’s mass incarceration problem is often described as a crisis, something that may actually have caused more crime than it’s prevented. In 1980, some five hundred thousand Americans were in prison or jail; by 2013, the number had surpassed 2.2 million. Show More Summary

Fighting Putin Doesn’t Make You a Saint

An American-born banker and one-time Putin supporter builds the most successful investment fund in Russia. One day he is declared a threat to national security and kicked out of the country, his company seized by corrupt government officials perpetrating a massive tax fraud scheme. Show More Summary

Infant Girl Attacked By Police Dog After Cops Detain The Wrong Person

Take a good look at the adorable 17-month-old little girl you see in the photo below. Does she look dangerous to you? No, of course she doesn’t. But police in Henderson, Nevada, turned a police dog loose on her and she was bitten on her arm repeatedly, This all began in January of last year. [...]

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