Archive of Articles for May, 2011

Gang Of Five?

[ Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 – 16:50 UTC ]

So we're now down to a "Gang of Five," I guess.

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Next Up: Rudy, Sarah, And Mitch

[ Posted Monday, May 16th, 2011 – 16:56 UTC ]

Well, that was a fun couple of weeks, wasn't it? For the past month or so, Donald Trump pretended to run for president and the media pretended he was serious (funniest headline I've seen today, from the Washington Post, "Donald Trump: I'm Fired!"). This entertaining period has now drawn to a close, much to the dismay of late-night comedians everywhere, as The Donald all but admits that the whole thing was a ratings and contract negotiations ploy to boost his "Apprentice" show on NBC. What it all means is that we can now take a look at who is yet to decide to jump into the Republican nomination race in earnest, and without such clownish distraction.

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Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday The Thirteenth, Ron!

[ Posted Friday, May 13th, 2011 – 17:10 UTC ]

Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy.

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Jim Lehrer Steps Down

[ Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2011 – 15:45 UTC ]

The longest-running news anchor on American television is stepping down. He will be missed, simply because he is a cut so far above all the blow-dried nincompoops on network and cable television.

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The Full 2012 Republican Field

[ Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 – 17:50 UTC ]

This has been an unusual year, in terms of presidential campaign politics, because (so far) it has run counter to the conventional wisdom. A standard column for any pundit to write every four years is the "Campaign Starting Even Sooner!" article, in which you decry the fact that the presidential race is beginning earlier and earlier each cycle. Not many of those articles have been written this time around.

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Tax Dollars Well Spent

[ Posted Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 – 16:31 UTC ]

The Library of Congress today announced the launch of what they're calling a "National Jukebox" which puts the entire pre-1925 Sony catalogue of recordings online to the public for free. This is the coolest use of tax dollars I've seen in quite a while, so I thought I would give it the exposure it deserves.

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Beginning The End Of America's Longest War

[ Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 – 17:12 UTC ]

In roughly two months, President Barack Obama is going to announce the beginning of the end of America's longest war. He could not have known, when he initially set this summer for the beginning of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, that the timing would work out so perfectly. With Osama Bin Laden now dead, it's going to be a lot easier to begin pulling out of Afghanistan. The only question left to ask is how fast this drawdown will be accomplished.

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Friday Talking Points [166] -- Osama Bin Laden Is Still Dead

[ Posted Friday, May 6th, 2011 – 16:01 UTC ]

I don't care how ironic that sounds to some, it's true. Osama Bin Laden declared war on America, waged that war for years (and killed Americans in doing so), then hid for many more years, and was finally hunted down and killed like an animal. Mission accomplished.

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"Geronimo, E.K.I.A."

[ Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2011 – 16:26 UTC ]

We've been oppressed for so long, it just doesn't matter anymore. The government does what it wants when it wants. The name calling is going to stay around forever. But when you think about it, this is an insult.

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Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2011

[ Posted Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 – 15:29 UTC ]

The death of Osama Bin Laden on the second day of this month has overshadowed Obama's poll numbers from last month already. Obama's poll numbers in May are going to be a lot more interesting (to put it mildly) than his poll numbers from April are going to be. I realize all of this, but I still (for completeness' sake) feel obligated to put out this monthly report of where Obama stood last month with the public.

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