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Red Sox Trade Cespedes to Tigers for Porcello; Acquire Miley from Arizona - UPDATED

By on 12.11.14 | 1:26PM

With the Boston Red Sox having lost out on the second coming of Jon Lester, have added two starting pitchers, but one of them came at a considerable price.

Today, the Sox acquired Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Porcello did have an outstanding season in 2014 going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and led the AL with three shutouts. Porcello, who turns 26 later this month, enters the 2015 season with a record of 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in six seasons in Detroit.

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MSNBC Reporter Asks Perry, “Are You Smart Enough to be President?”

By on 12.11.14 | 12:52PM

In an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry, MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt asked Perry, "Are you smart enough to be President of the United States?"

Perry was diplomatic in his response stating that running for the White House "wasn't an IQ test", but rather a question of an individual's resolve, philsophy and life expereiences.

Here is how Jazz Shaw over at responded to Hunt's question:

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And Your Next Presidential Contender Is…Rick Santorum

By on 12.11.14 | 12:49PM

Oh goodie.

In an interview with the Washington Post published yesterday, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania made every indication that he would run for president again in 2016.

“We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he told reporter Karen Tumulty. “We’re just obviously in a better place right now. Our message will be a lot more focused this time than it was last time.”

Santorum ran a surprisingly strong race in 2012 Republican primaries, acting as a conservative spoiler who briefly topped Mitt Romney in the polls. He won contests in 11 states.

He believes he’ll be a stronger candidate in the upcoming election season.

“I get the game,” he said.

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Scott Walker Needs an Email Proofreader

By on 12.11.14 | 12:44PM

I know that some of our readers are die-hard Scott Walker fans and with good reason. Living just an hour south of the Wisconsin border, I honestly feel like Scott Walker, the only living governor to win the same race three times in five years, makes my cheese, sausage, outlet shopping and Renaissance Faire better and safer. He's been able to contain the madness of Madison, Wisconsin to the thirty square miles or so it occupies, without allowing Wisconsin's resident Communists to smear their patchoui incense, ultimate Frisbee and economic illiteracy across an unsuspecting state. 

But Scott Walker really needs to hire some consultants to proofread his emails for cultural sensitivity.

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The Dodgers Radically Transform Team at Winter Meetings

By on 12.11.14 | 10:15AM

Despite winning the NL West the past two seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers have radically retooled themselves in an effort to win it all in 2015. The Dodgers, now led by former Tampa Bay Rays President Andrew Friedman, have made the following moves.

They began by trading All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren and utility man Miguel Rojas to the Miami Marlins for pitchers Andrew Heaney and Chris Hatcher, catcher Austin Barnes and utility man Enrique Hernandez.

The Dodgers then turned around and traded Heaney to the crosstown Los Angeles Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

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Will New Left-Wing Alliance Topple Netanyahu?

By on 12.10.14 | 4:58PM

Today, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua Party leader Tzipi Livni announced that they have formed an alliance for Israel's election in March in an effort to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power. Early elections came about as a result of Netanyahu firing Livni and Yair Lapid from his cabinet for insubordination.

Under the terms of the agreement, should the Labor-Hatnua alliance form a government, Herzog would serve as Prime Minister for two years following by Livni for two years. This is similar to the arrangement that took place between Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir, but that was agreed upon only after the 1984 election when, with the results too close to call, the Labor and Likud parties decided to form a national unity government.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Cromnibus

By on 12.10.14 | 4:17PM

The Cromnibus, the $1.1 trillion behemoth that will soon become the law of the land, funding the bloated Federal government easily through to next Columbus Day, is, according to its authors, the very definition of svelte, completely devoid of extraneous spending, and an unprecedented example of fiscal restraint on the part of last according to lawmakers. But check out a few key elements of the bill that weren't scrapped, even if they were of dubious necessity.

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Conservatives Shouldn’t Legitimize Senate Democrats Torture Report

By on 12.10.14 | 1:06PM

I have been skeptical about the Senate Democrats aims and objectives in releasing its report on alleged CIA torture in the War on Terror.

Unfortunately, I sense that some conservatives are accepting the "findings" of the report at face value particularly in the comments from F.H. Buckley and, to a lesser extent, Emily Zanotti.

But as former Democratic Senator and 9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey noted in his op-ed in U.S.A. Today, Senate Democrats did not interview any of the operatives allegedly involved in this misconduct to get their side of the story nor did they provide any recommendations. That should raise red flags. Absent that information, this report isn't worth the paper on which its printed.

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All Hail the Cromnibus

By on 12.10.14 | 11:53AM

After much hemming, hawing and belt-tightening, Congress finally unveiled their "pared-down" yearly budget, this year lovingly titled the "CRomnibus" because it is the product of the unholy union between a continuing resolution (CR) and an omnibus spending bill. The reason for the cute nickname is simple: the omnibus spending bill will keep the government funded through next September, when we have this same fight all over again. The continuing resolution will keep the Department of Homeland Security funded only until March, in the hopes that the Republicans can somehow pass an immigration bill that will keep Obama from declaring that everyone, including, but not limited to, various animals and inanimate objects, can obtain legal work permits.

While the two parties did spend much of last week cutting out unnecessary spending and negotiating the details of the bill in order to avoid a shutdown, the very best, lowest number they could come up with to keep the government rolling on is $1.1 trillion, because everything is terrible and we've lost all sense of reality.

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Kerrey Blasts Senate Democrats Over Torture Report

By on 12.10.14 | 10:17AM

Former Nebraska Democrat Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey blasted his former Democrat colleagues in the Senate over yesterday's release of the CIA torture report in an op-ed for USA Today: For many years, Kerrey sat on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and was also a member of the 9/11 Commission. So his criticisms cannot be easily dismissed:

I do not need to read the report to know that the Democratic staff alone wrote it. The Republicans checked out early when they determined that their counterparts started out with the premise that the CIA was guilty and then worked to prove it.

When Congress created the intelligence committees in the 1970's, the purpose was for people's representatives to stand above the fray and render balanced judgments about this most sensitive aspect of national security. This committee departed from that high road and slipped into the same partisan mode that marks most of what happens on Capitol Hill these days.

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