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Game of Thrones 5.7—'The Gift'

Hast thou tried Head and Shoulders? Winter is coming. Remember that saying? Sure, it's floating on all those (now a bit sad looking) Stark banners, but it's also a big, honking, important theme behind the whole series. Enough so that I sometimes think naming the television series Game of Thrones after the first of the novels is a bit of a mistake. Show More Summary

ISIS claims it is ‘infinitely’ closer to buying a nuke from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US

As you’re celebrating Memorial Day with barbeques and parties this weekend, here is an stark reminder that Islamic Extremism is still a thing.  Liberals deny it at our peril… Islamic

GAME OF THRONES “RAPE” SCENE:  Feminists are in a tizzy about the supposed rape of Game of Thrones …

GAME OF THRONES “RAPE” SCENE:  Feminists are in a tizzy about the supposed rape of Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark.  There’s a defense of the storyline and character development by Leslie Loftis in The Federalist today.  But even Loftis assumes that the scene involved a rape. I’m a fan of the show, and I saw […]

O'Malley to meet with activists in NH as he ponders bid

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Preparing for a likely presidential campaign, Democrat Martin O'Malley is pointing to Baltimore's recent unrest as a stark reminder of the nation's economic divide and lingering poverty in cities. The former Maryland...Show More Summary

Bonus Quote of the Day

“In all my years as journalist and strategist, I’ve never seen as stark a failure of polling as in the UK.” — David Axelrod, quoted by the Daily Beast.

More Venezuela Follies

(Steven Hayward) I didn’t think the collapse of Venezuela’s socialism could be any more stark than the notice here a couple days ago of the closure of major league baseball operations, but sure enough, things are getting worse: Venezuela...Show More Summary

For Fiorina and Carson, Campaign Launches Hint at Strategy

Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson chose starkly different ways to launch their 2016 presidential campaigns. The different tactics illustrate the paths the two long-shot candidates envision for themselves in the increasingly crowded Republican primary.

Does the United States really have 5 percent of the world’s population and one quarter of the world’s prisoners?

“It’s a stark fact that the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. The numbers today are much higher than they were 30, 40 years ago despite the fact that crime is at historic lows.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton […]

Curfew, Residents Help Keep Peace in Baltimore

In Baltimore, the numbers alone show the stark contrast between Monday's lawlessness and Tuesday's restraint. On Monday night, police made 235 arrests. After a citywide curfew went into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, only 10 people were arrested. Show More Summary

GOP presidential hopeful Cruz criticizes Lynch, skips vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz issued a stark warning against confirmation of Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama's attorney general — then was the lone senator to skip the crucial Senate vote. On Wednesday, he was absent for a vote on a bill expanding law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and create a new fund to help victims.

Rabbis and Pope Together Confront Dark Era in History

Perhaps for the first time in centuries, Christians are on the run. Ethnic and religious groups face persecution to various degrees at all times, but the Christian experience in the Arab Middle East has been especially stark. With the fall of Saddam Hussein and further amplification of extremist Islam, Christians have run across the region [...]Show More Summary

Distinguished pol of the week

  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered the most memorable announcement speech of the presidential cycle and spent the week highlighting the stark contrast between the young, forward-looking policy wonk and Hillary Clinton. Rubio had witty comebacks for tricky questions and delivered a tough foreign policy speech in New Hampshire, getting two standing ovations, calling for […]

Corporate Lobbyists Outspend the Rest of us 34 to 1

Lee Drutman looks at the real problem with lobbying in the American political system: Looking at lobbying in the aggregate, what jumps out is the stark imbalance in resources. Corporations blow everyone else out of the water. Business...Show More Summary

How Will Clinton 2016 Be Different from Clinton 2008?

Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times: If Hillary Rodham Clinton gets her way, there will be stark differences between her failed 2008 run for president and the White House campaign she embarked upon Sunday -- and not just the end result. Show More Summary

Cop's killing of Walter Scott is stark proof of policing crisis

With the death of Walter Scott, the 50-year-old black man shot in the back by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., there are fewer Americans who will argue that we do not have a policing problem in America.

Daily dose: The GOP's unpopular agenda edition

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

GOP Legislature vs. The People – A new survey of North Carolina registered voters shows a stark divide between the Republican-dominated legislature and the people it represents. Only 31% of North Carolinians agree with the legislature’s GOP leadership The who think business owners should be allowed to refuse service to gay customers. Show More Summary

SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; Better Call Saul; Arrow; The Flash; The Americans; Outlander; 12 Monkeys; Orphan Black; Continuum; X-Files; Big Bang Theory; Good Riddance, Carrie Matheson

It felt like almost every show I watched last week had major episodes. Agents of SHIELD went back to the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier and showed the origin of the other SHIELD. Will Nick Fury or Tony Stark settle this dispute? Better Call Saul revealed who was sabotaging Jimmy’s career all along. Arrow [...]Show More Summary

The Role of Super PACs in Menendez Corruption Charges

The indictment of Senator Robert Menendez illustrates in stark terms the corrupting role that Super PACs now play in our political system. The Menendez indictment alleges that a donor gave $600,000 in corporate funds to Senate Majority PAC, a Super PAC, and earmarked the money for the senator's reelection campaign. Show More Summary

Surprise: Nets ID Robert Menendez as a Democrat Nine Times in Less Than 24 Hours

In a stark departure from the usual routine, the networks on Wednesday night and Thursday morning repeatedly identified scandal-plagued Senator Robert Menendez as a Democrat, mentioning his affiliation nine times in just six stories. NBC spotlighted Menendez's party four times. ABC highlighted it three times and CBS twice.

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