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We’re Number One!

This is a map showing incarceration rate (number of prisoners per 100,000 population). Note that it doesn’t even include all prisoners in the US — it leaves out prisoners in juvenile detention, prisoners held in US Territories (which I presume includes Guantanamo), jails contracted by the US Marshals Service, and jails in Indian country. Actually, […]

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Guilty until proven Innocent?

The Washington Post has a very scary article about the FBI forensic unit, the people like those we have all seen in movies who analyze hairs and other physical evidence to establish guilt or innocence. This kind of evidence is frequently used in capital cases, such as rape or murder. Unlike in the movies, the […]

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Something in the Air

Last week, on tax day, Florida postal worker Doug Hughes managed to land his small, slow-moving gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol, in one of the most protected airspaces in the world. Many publications are focusing on the fact that he was able to evade our entire national defense system, but that should […]

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Why I Quit the Daily Show

The Guardian just published a good story and interview with Jon Stewart. It is definitely worth a read for people who want to know more about him, and what the future may hold. Here’s one paragraph to whet your appetite: When George Bush left office in 2008, some worried that Stewart would run out of […]

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Good News from the Republicans

I finally have something good to report about the Republicans. According to the LA Times, the GOP has given up on trying to repeal Obamacare. It only took five years, more than fifty repeal votes, and a few government shutdowns, but occasionally you can teach the Grand Old Party new tricks. According to a prominent […]

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Approval Ratings?

I don’t know where they got their numbers. The approval rating for Congress is now around 18% (although it went below 10% near the end of 2013). And Hillary Clinton’s approval rating is around 50% (although a few polls have put it higher than 67% in the past). Although this meme is still funny. And […]

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Un American

A very interesting survey from Bloomberg politics turns up results that are rather disturbing. I’ll quote directly from Bloomberg: Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the U.S. should support Israel even when its stances diverge with American interests … Democrats, by roughly the same ratio, say the opposite is true and that […]

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Fair and Balanced

© Jen Sorensen I have to admit that I was never a big fan of Bill Clinton, and in 2008 I supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. But I think I actually feel better about Clinton being president now. I saw her speak and answer questions a few months ago, and was more impressed. I […]

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Principles Lost

© Ted Rall This reminds me of all the campaign speeches Obama made about openness and transparency in government, and how we should protect government whistleblowers. He didn’t change in order to get elected, but he sure changed after he got elected. Yes, Obama did sign a law protecting whistleblowers last year, I’ll give him […]

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Terrorist Plots

Today we have a story that triples down on the irony. The FBI recently announced that they had uncovered a terrorist plot to build explosive devices in New York City. But the more you look into it, the more it looks like a couple of stupid kids who had little or no chance of actually […]

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Death Row

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row, the whole time proclaiming his innocence. The evidence used to convict Hinton of two murders was always poor. There were no eyewitnesses, no fingerprints, no physical evidence at all other than a supposed link between a set of bullets and a gun owned by Hinton’s mother. […]

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Stuck in the Middle with You

It is almost enough to make you feel sorry for Jeb Bush. The headline in the New York Times reads “Jeb Bush Seems to Shift Tone in His Praise of Indiana Law“. Yes, presidential candidate Jeb Bush is now backing away from his formerly full-throated support for the Indiana “religious freedom” law that is causing […]

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First Church of Cannabis

At first I thought this was an April fools joke, but the original article was published in the Washington Post on March 30, so I assume it is legit. In the wake of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration act, which prevents the state from “substantially burdening” a person’s exercise of religion (even if it violates the […]

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Late Night Political Humor

“During a recent interview, President Obama revealed that he doesn’t always get enough sleep. And I think I speak for everyone when I say, ‘Good! We pay you to worry about stuff so WE can sleep. That’s why you are the president.’” – Jimmy Fallon “President Obama admitted that he doesn’t get enough sleep. But […]

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Oh, the Horror!

On March 23, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) posted this image to her Facebook page asking for Obamacare horror stories, saying “Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it.” What she got back in return was […]

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