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So You Want To Run For President? Congratulations! Here Are The Stages Of Your Quest

(22) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 10:06 AM

As you may have heard, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced that he was going to “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” This may cause you to wonder, “What does actively exploring a presidential run mean?” Is it like actively exploring your body?...

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Ebola Panic Wins 'Lie Of The Year,' But The Real Culprit Goes Free

(37) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:00 PM

As is their wont, the folks at PolitiFact have gone back and conducted a thorough review of a year of lies and falsehoods to offer readers their "Lie Of The Year" -- trusting, with the faith of a small child, that here in these last two weeks of...

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So That Happened, Episode 13: CIA Torture Report Was Chronicle Of Depravity And Incompetence

(6) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, a summary of the Senate's report on CIA torture was released into the wild, and while the redactions were thick, it nevertheless read as a thoroughgoing chronicle of depravity and incompetence that will, at the very least, ruin hummus forever. National security reporter Ali Watkins...

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Ask An American: Explaining Ferguson, Eric Garner And Tamir Rice To Canadians

(16) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:47 PM

As a wave of protests against police brutality toward African Americans sweeps across America, many Canadians are once again questioning what exactly goes on in the minds of our southern neighbours.

How was it possible for the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner to escape trials?...

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Can The Cops Be Stopped Before They Kill Again?

(124) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, hard on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision, a grand jury in New York City returns no indictment on the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on the streets of Staten Island. Can the cops be stopped before they kill again? 

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This Is Your Conservative Media Penny-Stock Scam...On Weed

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 2:50 PM

If you want a good conservative investment, listen to me and put your money into a nice index fund. If you want a bad conservative investment -- something that will very quickly send your hard-earned income straight to Money Heaven -- listen to conservatives. Specifically the conservatives who run media...

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Let's Draft Fewer Wall Streeters Into Washington For A Change

(44) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 7:35 AM

Public service -- should we do more to encourage people to participate in it? Absolutely, yes. America's strength is derived from a citizenry of diverse talents, histories and backgrounds, and when they come together to place a hand on the tiller of this great enterprise, our nation can accomplish amazing...

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Obama Administration Preaches 'Human Dignity' While Covering Up Torture

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 6:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the saying goes, some things are easier said than done. That is especially true here in the nation's capital, a company town upon which is constructed a spare-no-expense infrastructure predominantly organized to provide posh venues for articulating values, shifting paradigms, and ideating meditatively. The language of the...

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Finally, 'Emperor' Obama Ends The 'Will-He-Or-Won't-He' Immigration Phase

(49) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, after several months of "will-he-or-won't he" wonderings, President Barack Obama went ahead on his own and issued new executive actions to fill the space where a comprehensive immigration reform bill should be. We'll sort this out with HuffPost immigration reporter Elise Foley.

Listen to...

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The Heroes And Zeroes Of America's Brief Ebola Outbreak

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 8:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's been three weeks since the White House event where President Barack Obama shook hands with doctors and nurses who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, and the president apparently does not have Ebola.

The disease still rages in West Africa, where more than...

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Thus Endeth Mary Landrieu's Keystone Pipeline Theatrics

(97) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 5:24 PM

The Keystone pipeline, which would funnel the spoils of Canadian tar sands to refineries in Texas if it were a thing that actually existed, currently resides legislatively in what amounts to a decorative holding pattern, upon which various constituencies hang their hopes and dreams and watch them whiz in circles...

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Howard Kurtz Is Having A Hard Time Figuring Out Why People Might Be Put Off By Bill Cosby

(66) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Comedian and pudding pop addict Bill Cosby was accused of rape on Tuesday by model Janice Dickinson, who joins a growing number of women who have said that Cosby raped them. His response has been to deny, deflect and, on one occasion,

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Ted Cruz Knows Exactly What To Say To Cause An Obama Internet Freakout

(80) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 6:25 PM

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced his full-throated support for "net neutrality," a term that basically means "don't let Comcast turn the Internet into a dystopian mess" -- unless you're Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and then you think it's "Obamacare for the Internet."

Listen to this...

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Man Agrees To Do Thing

(7) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Joe Lieberman, a former senator from Connecticut, has agreed to serve as the co-chairman for No Labels, a loosely codified set of vaguely defined sentiments organized to convince affluent donors to part with money. Lieberman takes over from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who up until last week was the man...

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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist

(27) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 5:28 PM

About a week and a half ago in Minneapolis, a man and a woman posed for a picture together, as men and women do all across this great land of ours. But what began as a thoroughly commonplace event in our society ended in a Charlie Foxtrot of garbage journalism,...

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Here Are The 58 People That Pollsters Have Included In 2016 Polls (So Far)

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 4:42 PM

This story was originally published in September 2014. It's been updated to add three people to the list.

We've gone back over all of the 2016 presidential polls that have been conducted so far and discovered that as of this moment, pollsters have already included 58 people in...

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Area Press Corps Wants To Know Why Obama Won't Flog Himself For Its Amusement

(13) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 2:30 PM

On the afternoon after the Democratic Party's dramatic drubbing, which briefly threatened to wholly redistribute the American Internet's stockpile of action verbs that we usually apply to particularly incisive "Last Week Tonight" bits, President Barack Obama held a press briefing so reporters could ask him to supply a...

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What Democrats Can Learn From Their Election Night Red Wedding

(35) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 4:19 PM

So that happened: And we mean this literally just happened. The 2014 midterm elections are in the books, and for the Democratic party, it was one big coast-to-coast Red Wedding. "Drinking and Talking" host Sam Stein joins the podcast to pick through the wreckage and answer some questions:...

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The 2014 Election Was About The Economy, And Democrats Have Only Themselves To Blame

(158) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- If you want to examine the gnarled roots of the Democrats' 2014 election-night mollywhopping, you should cast your mind back to the fall of 2008.

Let’s set the scene: The air is thick with the acrid stench of ruined financial institutions. Economic indicators portend something potentially apocalyptic...

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2014 Campaign Ads: The Best, The Weirdest, The Worst

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:15 PM

With another midterm election very nearly in the books, it's time to take stock of the cycle's campaign ads. The best of the best inspired us with full-hearted positivity, shrewd arguments and personal stories that humanized the candidates. The worst of the bunch featured easily punctured deceptions, shameless exploitation of...

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