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Is the Fourth Amendment Irrelevant to Law Enforcement? Three Ways Courts Can Make It Matter

In the real world, the Fourth Amendment is often irrelevant. That's the provocative claim that Radley Balko makes in a recent blog for the Washington Post. Balko focuses on two recent stories involving police conduct that seems to defy the Supreme Court's Fourth Amendment rulings. Show More Summary

Why the Response to the Texas Biker Shootout Is Racist, Obviously

The sheets were still over the bodies in a Waco parking lot on Sunday when the Daily Beast’s Sally Kohn identified the real problem with the biker gang shootout that left nine people dead: A Muslim only has to attack 1 person to be “terrorist.”...Show More Summary

18 photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin playing sports

Last weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin scored 8 goals in a ice hockey game. Though it may seem strange to audiences outside of Russia, the 62 year-old's macho posturing is all part of the image that he has carefully cultivated through state propaganda since taking over the presidency from Boris Yeltsin at the turn of the new millennium. Show More Summary

‘Give Me Some Music’

So says Cleopatra, in the Shakespeare play. Some 350 years after the play was written, Samuel Barber made an opera of it. You want to hear Leontyne Price sing “Give me some music”? Okay: here. Anyway, I know you can’t live on Iraq, the Castros, and the Republican primary field all day, so I’ll give you some music. Show More Summary

Democrats had an adorable response to another Republican joining the 2016 fray

The national Democratic Party was not impressed with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) Monday announcement that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Democratic National Committee deemed the news soporific, and responded...Show More Summary

2016 Presidential Election: The Candidates on Climate Change

Although the country is over a year and half away from the 2016 presidential election, candidates are stepping up to throw their hats into the ring. Voters may be exhausted by the time November '16 rolls around, but the upside is that...Show More Summary

'Mad Men' and When America Is Shocked How Much This Never Happened

In a television show that depicts a lawnmower severing a key executive's foot in a busy Madison Avenue office and a forlorn co-worker delivering one of the key female employees his severed nipple in a box -- and dozens of other memorable...Show More Summary

The Weekend Roundup for May 16-17th, 2015

In honor of finals, let’s do another week of songs from around the globe. We’ll start in Pakistan. International Politics Overall – Pope Francis I: Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is “an angel of peace“; Whoa, whoa, whoa, let’s not get too carried away here – U.S. commandos killed 32 Islamic State militants and officials, including...

Any Police Force That Uses ‘Skunk’ Is Asking For Violence

If U.S. police departments have actually bought this chemical weapon, this is a really bad move (boldface mine): As protestors and police officers clash on the streets of Baltimore and other divided cities, some police departments are stockpiling a highly … Continue reading ?

The Amtrak Crash: When Government is Ideological Instead of Lawful and Logical

Last week’s deadly Amtrak crash was absolutely horrendous. For Democrats and their fellow Big Government advocates - it was a serious crisis they are trying desperately to not let go to waste. They first tried to say the cause of the crash was a lack of government money. Show More Summary

Hunt for Ed Stone

The Guardian's Marina Hyde must be a member of the Labour Party (or a member of an affiliated trade union) if she has a vote in Labour's leadership election, but she is going to support whichever candidate deals with the now infamous 'Ed Stone' unveiled by Ed Miliband during the general election campaign. Show More Summary

Defending the greatest film of all time

To be honest, it was outrageous that I even had to do this. As far as I am concerned, The Godfather is the greatest film of all time – not just my favourite – THE greatest film of all time. Let me back up. I have a mate, Alec, who has started a film orientated [...] The post Defending the greatest film of all time appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans

“T here is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these [factual] questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” A political scientist on what Roger Ailes has wrought, including the problems he is creating for his own GOP.

American Crash: Part IV

President Reagan also sent this country off the tracks by launching the Republican war on women in the summer of 1980. In the name of pandering to anti-feminist fundamentalists, Reagan...

See Lion Feel Grass Underfoot For First Time in Years

The Rancho dos Gnomos animal sanctuary in Brazil has shared a video of a lion experiencing the feeling of grass and dirt under his feet for the first time in over a decade. "This lion, after being imprisoned in a circus for 13 yearsShow More Summary

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