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First Federal Appeals Court Upholds Bans on Gay Marriage

By on 11.6.14 | 5:15PM

The timing is fortunate for Republicans who were able to mostly avoid this issue in Tuesday's elections: Two days later, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court in the country to uphold state bans on gay marriage.

The 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits have already ruled that such bans are unconstitutional.

The 2-1 opinion (two Republican appointees in the majority with a Democrat appointee dissenting) delves into fundamental issues of the role of courts:

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And The First Republican Contender for 2016 Is…Ben Carson

By on 11.6.14 | 3:55PM

It starts, not with a bang, but with a forty minute documentary about Dr. Ben Carson.

Yes, the 2016 race for the White House has already gotten started -- and it looks like Dr. Ben Carson is first in the ring.

Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative political star, will air a nearly 40 minute-long ad introducing himself to the American people this weekend, an aide to Carson confirms to ABC News.

The documentary titled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” will air in 22 states and Washington, DC. The paid video will detail some of his biography and family life, including his rise from being born to a single mother with a poor childhood in Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for almost 40 years, known for his work separating conjoined twins, to potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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You Are Not Rid of Clay Aiken Yet, America

By on 11.6.14 | 3:04PM

He may have come in second, yet again, in his bid to win hearts and minds, but make no mistake: Clay Aiken is not done with you yet, America. He may have lost American Idol. He may have lost Celebrity Apprentice. He may have lost North Carolina's 2nd Congressional district. He may have even lost all your respect as a human being. But he's not going to lose your attention.

If you have Esquire network, that is. Turns out, the Clay Aiken has reality television cameras with him throughout his entire campaign, and Esquire network is going to broadcast the good, the bad, the ugly and, I assume, the loss, in a four-part "docu-series." 

Esquire Network will go behind the scenes of Clay Aiken's failed congressional bid with a new docuseries.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network announced late Tuesday — following Aiken's defeat in North Carolina — that camera crews have been documenting the American Idol alum's bid for a seat in the House.

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The DSCC Might be Abandoning Mary Landrieu

By on 11.6.14 | 2:40PM

Mary Landrieu is having a rough week. First, those racist, sexist voters in Louisiana, who voted her into office at least twice before, refused to supporter in a large enough quantity to help her avoid a runoff. And now, in the face of major Republican pickups across the coutnry, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has decided that she's just not worth the time it takes to write out the check to fund her campaign.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is canceling at least some of its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana.

The committee canceled buys planned from Monday through December 6 in the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets, three sources tracking the air war told POLITICO.

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Royals Legend Frank White Elected to Public Office in Missouri

By on 11.6.14 | 9:58AM

In most parts of the country, Tuesday was a really bad night for Democrats. Not so in Jackson County, Missouri where former Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White was one of seven Democrats elected to the Jackson County Legislature.

This is the 64-year old Missouri native's first foray into electoral politics. Aside from being a safe Democratic seat, White's name recognition and the Royals recent good fortune also was of help too.

Unfortunately, White and the Royals are not on speaking terms after the Royals unceremoniously fired him from the broadcast booth in 2011. Although White has attended games in Kauffman Stadium as a fan, he has not returned to the team in any official capacity since. It could certainly explain this new pursuit.

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Hamas Kills Israeli Police Officer, Injures 13 in 2nd Light Rail Attack in Jerusalem

By on 11.5.14 | 10:09PM

For the second time in less than two weeks there has been a vehicular attack at a light rail station in Jerusalem. Today's attack killed an Israeli police officer and injured 13 others. The driver, who was a Hamas member, then got out of his vehicle with a metal bar and continued to attack civilians until he shot and killed by police. Hamas has praised the attack and said they will continue

The first such attack took place on October 22nd when a vehicle driven by yet another Hamas member claimed the life of an American infant girl and an Ecuadorean woman while injuring five others. 

Israeli authorities have responded by erecting concrete barriers to prevent future attackss.

Last I checked, Hamas and Fatah are partners in a Palestinian unity government. A unity government which the Obama Administration recognizes. Since Hamas is calling for more attacks and Fatah (re: Mahmoud Abbas) is basically looking the other way then surely these are grounds for the Obama Administration to withdraw recognition for this Fatah/Hamas alliance.

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Alfonso Soriano Retires

By on 11.5.14 | 1:04PM

After 16 big league seasons, Alfonso Soriano has called it quits.

The Dominican native cut his teeth playing pro ball in Japan before being signed by the New York Yankees in 1998. After cups of coffee with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000, he finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting behind future Yankee teammates Ichiro Suzuki and C.C. Sabathia.

Soriano's finest season came in 2002 when he hit .300 with 39 HR and 102 RBI. That year, Soriano led the AL in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. Soriano was one HR shy of being a 40-40 man. He would finish third in AL MVP balloting behind Miguel Tejada and Alex Rodriguez.

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Barack Obama Fires Back…At Michael Jordan

By on 11.5.14 | 12:37PM

This administration has priorities

He might be ignoring the results of last night's election, but President Obama is not going to let Michael Jordan's hurtful comments about his golf game slide right by. Seems that, while he might not be concerned about how Americans feel about his agenda, he wants to make sure they know how to feel about his prowess on the links.

Obama was talking with Wisconsin radio station WJMR -- when he was asked about the shots MJ took during an interview with Ahmad Rashad ... when he called B.O. a "sh**ty golfer."

"Mike and I, we know each other but I've never played golf with him," Obama said ... "Michael wasn't very well informed about this, I think he might've just been trying to give Ahmad an extra ratings boost on his show."

Obama continued, "But there is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am. Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case."

"He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats ... or the Hornets."

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President Obama Does Not Feel Repudiated

By on 11.5.14 | 12:23PM

Last night may have been a bloodbath for Democrats, but just so you know, Barack Obama is totally fine. This wasn't a shellacking at all. Not even a bare repudiation. Nope, this was just a case of a guy who was facing uphill odds and had to sit on the bench while the rest of his team did the work, and now feels like they did a pretty solid job and, well, he's got a tee time in a couple of hours and he's going to just take the rest of this week off.

Two things were clear long before the votes were counted on Tuesday night: President Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his final two years in office, and the results would be seen as a repudiation of his leadership.

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I Hope Scott Walker Has a Little Crazy in Him

By on 11.5.14 | 11:39AM

Following Scott Walker's re-election triumph, Bill Glauber of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote a piece which referenced my recent Walker article. Glauber writes:

Others are ready to push Walker into the race now.

Aaron Goldstein of the American Spectator wrote in a rah-rah pre-election story, "If Walker wins on November 4, Republicans should nominate him by acclamation, right then and there, to be their 2016 presidential candidate. The GOP needs a fighter who can step into the ring and dish out as much as he can take, not another man with a glass jaw."

Walker has a more realistic assessment of presidential ambition.

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