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Scott Walker's Hanukkah Message: 'Molotov'!

(459) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hanukkah is a holiday that commemorates the burning of oil. Republicans naturally love it. But in his haste to celebrate the festival of lights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) got a little farmisht.

In an undated letter posted by the Capital Times Wednesday, Walker...

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In Bed At A Reasonable Hour: Mitch McConnell's Election Night Extravaganza

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:24 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When the crowd at Mitch McConnell's election party first learned their candidate had won a sixth term in the Senate, the reaction was somewhat less than euphoric. A few yelps of excitement erupted here and there, but it seemed as if no one wanted to stand out...

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One Of America's Most Politically Toxic Congressmen Is Going To Be Re-Elected -- Here's Why

(87) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:01 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. -- All politics is local, except when it isn't.

That's the lesson being learned in Kansas' 1st Congressional District, where tea party-aligned Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) is poised to win re-election despite his quixotic mission to alienate practically every significant person or entity in his political orbit. In...

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Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore

(502) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:01 AM

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- A boring thing happened in Kansas last week.

In a nondescript conference room in a nondescript community center, a group with a nondescript name vented about that most nondescript of policy matters: budgets.

Members of Republicans for Kansas Values, a stodgy group of lawmakers past...

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The Supreme Court Gave Gay Marriage A Big Kanye Shrug

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 8:30 AM

So, that happened: Ebola has come to America, but the disease has nothing on the viral spread of harum-scarum Ebola hype from the media and politicians. Can we develop a resistance? Meanwhile, the Supreme Court greeted a host of marriage equality bans with a big ole Kanye shrug, letting the...

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Lights! Camera! Jesus! How Christians Are Building Their Own Hollywood

(409) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:00 PM

Christian filmmakers are now a force to be reckoned with, and they hope to reach beyond their religious fans to a larger, less devout audience. (Illustration: Troy Dunham/The Huffington Post)


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Tuesday's Morning Email: Robin Williams ~ 1951-2014

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:11 AM


MALIKI REFUSES TO STEP ASIDE The Pentagon stated multiple U.S. airstrikes have slowed ISIS’s advancement on Mount Sinjar, but hadn't stopped their onslaught. Haidar al-Abadi has been named the new Prime Minister of Iraq, but current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has continued to...

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Monday's Morning Email: Possible Iraq Coup

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:31 AM


IRAQ GOVERNMENT CHAOS, POTENTIAL COUP Troops are massing in Baghdad as a showdown between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraq's President Fouad Massoum intensifies. “The government formation process is critical in terms of sustaining stability and calm in Iraq, and our hope is that...

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Friday's Morning Email: Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Aid for Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:02 AM


OBAMA OKs AIR STRIKES, AID DROPS FOR IRAQ President Obama announced late last night that he has authorized both air strikes and aid drops in Iraq. “Today America is coming to help,” he said. However, he was quick to stress that the U.S. would avoid...

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Thursday's Morning Email: CDC Upgrades Ebola Threat to Level One

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:22 AM


CDC UPGRADES EBOLA THREAT The Center for Disease and Control has classified Ebola as a level one threat, highlighting concerns about the virus’s spread into Nigeria. Medical experts continue to call for greater access to the experimental drugs two infected American missionaries received....

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Wednesday's Morning Email: Gaza Cease-Fire Holds For Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:36 AM


GAZA CEASE-FIRE ENTERS DAY TWO As negotiators head to Cairo, both sides are sharpening their negotiating points. Israel and Egypt are seeking to disarm Hamas, while Hamas hopes to keep its military arm. Not surprisingly, no one thinks this will be the

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Tuesday's Morning Email: 72-Hour Cease-Fire in Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Scrabble lovers rejoice: You now have 5,000 more words to pull out in the clutch. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Tuesday, August 5, 2014.


“A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days and...

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Monday's Morning Email: Israel Shells Another School

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:59 AM

In honor of President Obama’s 53rd birthday, enjoy his best moments in gifs. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Monday, August 4, 2014.

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  • Second American ebola patient to return to U.S.

  • A man tried to kill his roommate over some

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Grimes, McConnell Hurl Insults At Annual Kentucky Free-For-All

(268) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:00 AM

FANCY FARM, Ky. -- On Saturday, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) was giving a speech and was interrupted by a heckler supporting her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“WE WANT MITCH!” the heckler yelled.

Despite the presence of local police and state troopers lining...

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Tuesday's Morning Email: U.S. Claims Russia Violated Arms Treaty

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Ice cream bread is a thing -- diet be damned. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

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Monday's Morning Email: Ebola Outbreak Infects Two Americans

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:58 AM

This is why you should have turned off Netflix last night and gone to bed instead of binging. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Monday, July 28, 2014.

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Friday's Morning Email: No Survivors in Air Algerie Crash

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 9:22 AM

You can now make emojis out of photos of your own face -- go forth and up your texting game. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Friday, July 25, 2014.

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  • Why it’s still safe to fly after all the airline tragedies

  • The...

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Thursday's Morning Email: Air Algerie Plane Missing

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM

The world is coming apart at the seams, but at least alcohol delivery apps exist. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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Wednesday's Morning Email: U.S. Links Russia To Downed Plane

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Here’s how to get your free hot dog to ring in National Hot Dog Day. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

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Tuesday's Morning Email: Everything Still Broken

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:27 AM

This man has survived on just pizza for 25 years. Our hero. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

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  • Read the heartbreaking letter from a father of a MH17 passenger to Vladimir Putin

  • Is this the back panel of...

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