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Congress Runs Away From Obama's War On Terror Twofer

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 8:00 AM

So, that happened: The long-promised airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began this week as uninterested members of Congress crossed their fingers and left town. But not before they held hearings on whether the Secret Service could have done a better job protecting the White House from...

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President Obama Is At The Vanguard Of A Major Cultural Shift In America

(24) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer was the guest this morning at Buzzfeed HQ, for a "Buzzfeed Breakfast" round of Q&A. Among the topics discussed, according to Capital New York's Jeremy Barr, were the media consumption habits of President Barack Obama.

As Barr...

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Time For Some Corrections And Retractions: Anti-ISIS Coalition Membership Edition

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Airstrikes against ISIS: They are a go. And, as it turns out, they are a-going with coalition partner-nations in the Arab world, according to the news. Here's CNN:

American jets began bombing ISIS targets in Syria early Tuesday, raising U.S. involvement in the war-torn country and sending a...
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Turd Polish Futures Up 300 Percent On News That 2014 Midterm Election Is Happening

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Spend any time reading the people whose job it is to assign heady unified field theorems to election years, and you will hear sad variations on a dull theme. The 2014 midterm election is a hard-to-pin-down mystery. No one can figure out what it's supposed to...

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NYT's Alessandra Stanley Explains Her Terrible Writing Technique

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:29 PM

If you happened to be hanging out on the internet last Friday, somewhere near the intersection of Pop-Cultural-Criticism and Oh-No-How-Did-This-Get-Written-What-A-Dumpster-Fire, you might have heard about New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley's latest foray into failure, "Wrought In Their Creator's Image" -- her attempt at reviewing the upcoming...

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Politico Magazine Extends Raised Middle Finger To Its Readers

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 10:19 PM

Susan Glasser once wrote the following in an "Editors' Note," introducing people to Politico Magazine:

We all know we live at a moment of information overload, when there is arguably more and better news coverage than ever before but when something essential risks being lost: The time and...
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In The New York Times, Evidence Of A Slow Election Year

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:12 PM

A 26-year-old man walks into a strip club with his boss. He gets up to some strip club shenanigans. While he is there, the police raid the strip club, searching for methamphetamine. The raid has nothing whatsoever to do with the man mentioned in the first sentence. Sixteen...

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How The NFL Sacked Itself Into A Decrepit Scandal Factory

(33) 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.


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

(150) 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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