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How The NFL Sacked Itself Into A Decrepit Scandal Factory

(31) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: The NFL's scandals reminded lawmakers how much they love showering benefits on rich people who don't need help. Newt Gingrich took a break from paying down all his campaign debt. And U.S. poverty declined by 0.5 percent, prompting policymakers to break out the champagne.

Listen to this...

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The Harkin Steak Fry: A Meta-Critical Media Pseudo-Adventure!

(7) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:45 PM

A man stands in a field in Iowa. His name is Peter. Peter is standing in a field because there are "200 other reporters" standing in that field. Those "200 other reporters" are observing an event. The event is called the "Harkin Steak Fry." Peter is observing those...

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Lanny Davis Seems To Believe That Roger Goodell Has Been A Really Good Crisis Manager

(8) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 7:45 PM

So there is someone willing to defend beleaguered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and it turns out it's the guy who's willing to defend almost anyone -- Lanny Davis, crisis manager and author with a book to sell you, about crisis management. His defense of Goodell has...

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Here's A Close Look At John McCain's Long-Running War Powers Act

(95) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:45 PM

As you may have noticed if you've been unfortunate enough to have tuned in to any TV coverage of American politics in the past decade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is always there. So much McCain being there! He is constant, like death and taxes and gravity.

Why is...

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Obama Finds An ISIS Strategy While Congress... Privatizes Asteroids? Really?

(113) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 2:15 PM

So, that happened: Fresh off polls indicating that a majority of Americans now believe that the Islamic State (or, if you prefer, ISIS or ISIL) poses a threat to the United States, the Obama administration has embarked on the third chapter of the Iraq War trilogy -- with the president...

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Coming Soon: Panic-Induced Election Year War With ISIS!

(36) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Seemingly before the question, "Do I, as an American, have any reason to panic over the emergence of this group, ISIS?" has even been asked, it's been answered: "YES, YES, YES, EVERYONE HEAD TOWARD YOUR ANXIETY STATIONS!" And so on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama will lay out some sort...

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Toronto School Board Member Sam Sotiropoulos Joins The Train Wreck Interview Hall Of Fame

(23) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:23 PM

What if you took one part Labour Party leader and hapless talking point repeater Edward Miliband ...

... and added one part Australia Prime Minister and angry dimwit Tony Abbott?

Well, then you'd get Toronto School Board member and smug homophobe Sam Sotiropoulos, who during an interview with the Global News to discuss some of his disturbing tweets about the Toronto LGBT community, suffered a multi-car derailment of his cognitive choo-choo. ThinkProgress' Zack Ford sets the scene:

Since 2012, Toronto schools have followed a policy of inclusion for transgender students, recognizing their gender identities without requiring them to somehow prove or justify them. Two weeks ago, Sotiropoulos tweeted, “Until I see scientific proof that transgenderism exists and is not simply a mental illness, I reserve the right not to believe in it. #TDSB” TDSB stands for Toronto District School Board and Sotiropoulos identifies himself on Twitter as @TrusteeSam, referring to his title with the district.

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Sotiropoulos agreed to discuss his tweet with Global News, but then refused to actually provide his own views on transgender people. Indeed, as he similarly attempted to explain in a separate radio interview, what he meant is that he simply “reserved the right” to make a decision about whether being transgender is a mental illness, but that he hadn’t yet made such a decision. He seemed to deny the implication that in the mean time, he does believe that it is a mental illness. But when the reporter then brought up other anti-LGBT tweets he has posted in the past, he became truly flummoxed.

Here's Sotiropoulos, in all his smarmy glory:

Oh, Canada.

[Would you like to follow me on Twitter? Because why...

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Scott Brown Gives Confused Lady A 'Hero Award,' For Some Reason [UPDATED]

(23) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:52 PM

[Updated, below.]

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-Bqhatevwr) is running for the Senate in New Hampshire now, where polls indicate he is the favorite to win the GOP nomination in Tuesday's primary. On the eve of this historic vote, I find myself wondering, "Who is advising Brown on his campaign...

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Alison Lundergan Grimes' Parents Looking At Some Christmas Ornaments Is Somehow News

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:33 PM

It's been awhile since I've come face to face with one of those "how on Earth did this become a news story" stories, but Monday morning, The Hill spewed one all over the Internet. The story concerns the Kentucky Senate race. Its headline -- "Grimes’s parents visited White...

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Bob McDonnell's Trial Comes To Merciful End, But The Weirdness And The Shame Remain

(148) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 11:47 AM

So, that happened: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) career as a professional defendant has finished its first big story arc, with he and wife Maureen being convicted of 20 counts of corruption between them. The convictions were, perhaps, the result that close observers could have seen coming...

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Everybody Calm Down About The Kansas Senate Race

(20) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:16 PM

If you spent any time Wednesday scanning headlines and tweets about the Kansas Senate race, you wouldn't be thought a fool to have come away with the notion that something -- sigh ... "game-changing" -- had occurred. The news was that Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee...

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Politico Columnist Pretty Sure Glenn Greenwald Has 'Peaked'

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Over at Politico, Michael Hirsh is wondering if Glenn Greenwald -- one of the select few journalists to whom former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden entrusted his cache of purloined NSA documents -- has already "peaked." I suppose that if Greenwald has peaked, it would be bad...

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Here Are The 55 People That Pollsters Have Included In 2016 Polls (So Far)

(11) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:34 PM

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 55 people in various and sundry polls, for some reason.

Who are these people?

People Who Can Reasonably Be Said...

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Barack Obama And The Misery Of His Augusts, Ranked

(93) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 7:30 AM

There was definitely a time in President Barack Obama's life in which he looked forward to August. He was, after all, born on Aug. 4. And Hawaii seems like it's maybe the best part of America in which to spend an August. And on Aug. 3, 2004, he was one...

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Media People: Polls Say It's Throwback Thursday To That Time Romney Ran For President

(51) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:37 PM

A few days ago, former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential aspirant Mitt Romney told Hugh Hewitt that he was not going to run for president in 2016. What everyone seems to have heard, however, is that he might run for president in 2016. And so, Mitt Romney 2016...

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Worrying About Ebola Coming Over The Border Is The Hot New Thing In Paranoid U.S. Politics

(50) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:02 PM

What's hot for August 2014? Basically, August has been terrible, so I'll say that for me, it's been "sheltering in place with a bottle of Xanax and an HBO Go account while hugging loved ones tightly." But elsewhere in these United States, the hot new thing has been "worrying that...

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The Future Of Attack Ads Is An Endless Loop Of Loony Billionaires Yelling At Each Other

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Terrible political attack ads used to be so simple. Time was you could forget to press forward on your TiVo and accidentally catch some dire-sounding voice-over narrator telling you that "Candidate X says he's for improving education for everyone in Wilkes-Barre, but what he won't tell you is that he...

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Finally, A Senator In A Tough Re-Election Fight Bets On Obamacare

(458) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:52 PM

The Affordable Care Act, in its brief time on this earth, has endured its share of storm and stress. The bungled rollout of the federal online interface cost proponents lots of political capital. There have been high-wire legal challenges to surmount. While public approval of the law's ends remains steadily...

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White House And Congressional Democrats Spin Through Another Cycle Of Psychodrama

(10) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:12 PM

How to solve a problem like the White House relationship with Congress? And why should I be involved -- aren't these people supposedly adults? These are two questions I am asking myself today, because despite the fact that a few months ago, congressional Democrats were loudly...

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Paul Ryan Took A Long Time To Get Grossed Out By 'House Of Cards' Frank Underwood

(20) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:19 PM

In an interview with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the former vice presidential candidate, Andy Abrahams of Parade magazine inquires about Ryan's teevee viewing habits, asking, "Do you watch political shows like House of Cards?" Ryan responds like so:

I watched the first couple of episodes until he cheated...
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