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Is Mexico Becoming America's Gaza?

(52) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 2:17 PM

A hot, dry desert. A tense, contentious border. Angry youths throw rocks at government security forces. Shots are fired. A 14-year-old boy lies dead.

Sound like one of those all too familiar skirmishes along the Israeli-Gaza border? Not quite...

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a...
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Could MLB Teams Exit Cactus League Over Immigration?

(16) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 2:56 PM

Fifteen Major League Baseball teams now make Arizona's Cactus League the annual home of their Spring training, setting up MLB as the national organization that in both visibility and economic impact, could perhaps play the biggest role in pressuring the state to repeal its repressive, unconstitutional and un-American...

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The War Between the State

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 1:06 PM

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes yesterday asked the Washington State Supreme Court to block Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna from using his office to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently enacted into law. And while as a layman, I have no particular insight into...

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Steve Jobs for DNC Chair: Transmitting A Simple, Coherent Message

(8) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 12:34 PM

About ten years ago, shortly after his return to Apple, Steve Jobs gave a motivational speech defining the company's core values. (Via Gizmodo.)

Marketing is about values. This is a very complicated world, it's a very noisy world, and we're not going to get a chance to...

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How the Pro-Life Camp Sees the Tiller Murder

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2009 | 12:55 PM

The cold, hard truth about the right's reaction to the murder of Dr. George Tiller -- the truth that most anti-abortion activists are reluctant to admit, at least publicly -- is that they're happy he's dead.

Well, maybe not "happy." "Relieved," might be a better word. Or, less succinctly, I...

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Inglorious Bastards

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 5:33 PM

Via Dan Savage, the Chicago Sun-Times' Neil Steinberg has a modest proposal of his own, suggesting that if traditionalists object to the use of the word "marriage" to describe same-sex civil unions, shouldn't the same rigid defense of language be applied to the children of same-sex...

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Coleman Wants a Mulligan

(8) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 4:36 PM

After months of legal maneuvering and public grandstanding in his futile effort to reverse the results of his excruciatingly close loss to Al Franken, former US Senator Norm Coleman is now calling for a re-vote in the Minnesota senate race. Sounds familiar, huh?

This represents a come to...

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The Minority Response

(26) Comments | Posted February 26, 2009 | 3:56 PM

Yeah sure, I'm a cynic, but I'm guessing I wasn't the only American watching Bobby Jindal stride up to the camera Tuesday night to instantly assume that the equally cynical Republican leadership cast the first-term Louisiana governor in that role, primarily based on the color of his skin. Gives new...

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Locke to Commerce: No Excitement, No Controversy

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2009 | 5:53 PM

That's what the AP is reporting:

A senior administration official says that President Barack Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke.

Huh. Locke isn't exactly a lot of folks' favorite governor, though apart from his conventional approach to trade issues it's hard...

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Obama Signals New direction with Drug Czar Nominee

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 4:10 PM

According to both local and White House sources, President Barack Obama will nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy--a cabinet-level position commonly referred to as the Drug Czar--an appointment that could signal a substantive departure from our...

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Passengers Suffer as Airlines Circle the Drain

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 4:05 PM

At 9:30 AM, about an hour into our flight to Philadelphia, our plane abruptly veered back toward Seattle. There was no terrorist threat, no elderly passenger suffering a heart attack, no engine blowout or sudden loss of cabin pressure or anything dramatic like that. No... the three rear toilets had...

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McCain: "I've Always Aspired to be a Dictator"

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 3:04 PM

We all remember George W. Bush's quip that "if this were a dictatorship it'd be a hell of a lot easier, as long as I'm the dictator," but it appears that Sen. John McCain has similar aspirations.

Speaking before the Des Moines Register editorial board on the issue of...

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John McCain's Señor Moment

(117) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 8:25 PM

By now you've likely heard about Sen. John McCain's bizarre interview with a Spanish language radio station in Miami yesterday, where he repeatedly gave vague answers about Latin America when asked about President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain.

Josh Marshall, who broke the story on Talking Points...

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Better Than Hoover

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 5:23 PM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 504.48 points today, at 10917.51. That's only 329.92 points higher than where it stood on January 20, 2001, the day George W. Bush took office.

To put that in perspective, had you invested $100 in a DJIA index fund just before Bush took...

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Taking the High Road

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 2:55 PM

See, a video like this... this is exactly the kind of race-baiting dirty trick you'd expect from the Republicans... and we'd never want to stoop to their level, even if it meant the difference...

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Dear Gov. Palin

(51) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 4:15 AM

Dear Gov. Palin,

Congratulations on your performance tonight. You were comfortable, composed, and deft with the zingers, and there's no question you're easy on the eyes (you know, for a 44-year-old woman.) Still, I'm guessing I'm not the only American who was hoping you might talk a little more substantively...

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Holy Joe: Gore's Mistake; My Shame

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 3:57 PM

Joe (left), me (middle, holding sleepy girl), in happier days

The overwhelming majority of my fellow Jewish Americans are Americans first, and Jews second. But not all. And apparently not Sen. Joe Lieberman.

For at the heart of Sen. Lieberman's split with...

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Bristol Palin Shocker: Baby's Father Revealed!

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2008 | 3:46 AM

Oh. My. God.

REUTERS -- The father of the unborn baby being carried by the 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is God, Palin said Tuesday in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

The unexpected revelation, coming just one day...

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Tippecanoe and Palin Too

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2008 | 4:46 PM

His Democratic opponents derided him as too old for the presidency. They called him "granny." They even suggested that he might be senile. Yet despite lingering questions about his age and his health, and largely on his reputation as a war hero, William Henry Harrison was elected the ninth President...

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Who's That FOX?

(12) Comments | Posted August 28, 2008 | 4:08 PM

Ever wonder how FOX News host Megyn Kelly, the highest paid news anchor on television (if you're comparing dollars earned per syllables spoken), manages to provide such insightful commentary? Clearly, it's the endless hours of preparation.

For example,...

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