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Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell play key roles in justice reform
The November midterm elections are upon us, and as we are all forced to relitigate a Supreme Court confirmation, and endure predictable debates on Obamacare and caravans, I’m reminded that politics is less about the heartfelt beliefs and innovative ideas of candidates, and more about the polling
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This may be a very long Congressional session for Pelosi.
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Ted Olson, solicitor under Bush and CNN attorney in case to restore @Acosta press credentials, says: “The Supreme Court has held in no uncertain terms that the First Amendment protects ‘robust political debate,’ including ‘speech that is critical of those who hold public office”
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From To Kill A Mockingbird to Ballet Shoes: A Plea to Save Children’s Literature - Quillette
The Peel District School Board straddles the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Area, with more than 150,000 students enrolled in its elementary and secondary schools. Visible minorities make up more than half of this culturally and linguistically rich catchment area.
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Interesting research on creating synthetic fingerprints that can match a large number of real fingerprints. These would be Master Prints, just like we have Master Keys for locks. #GAN https://ift.tt/2qbeL56
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[1705.07386] DeepMasterPrints: Generating MasterPrints for Dictionary Attacks via Latent Variable Evolution
Authors:Philip Bontrager, Aditi Roy, Julian Togelius, Nasir Memon, Arun Ross v1), last revised 18 Oct 2018 (this version, v4)) Abstract: Recent research has demonstrated the vulnerability of fingerprint recognition systems to dictionary attacks based on MasterPrints.
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A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control : NPR
The deadly mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last week came less than a day after dozens of Democrats who campaigned on promises to strengthen gun laws were elected to the House of Representatives.
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Britain & Immigration -- Asia Bibi Not Offered U.K. Asylum | National Review
Almost nothing is discussed as badly in America or Europe as the subject of immigration. And one reason is that it remains almost impossible to have any sensible or rational public discussion of its consequences.
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Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data - The New York Times
Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.
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Mark Carney has made mistakes - but the rot goes back further - CapX
This week’s papers have not made easy reading for Bank of England governor Mark Carney.
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Putting that Amazon behemoth in northern Virginia is to enlist yourself in Traffic-a-geddon.
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Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
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BREAKING: Amazon settles on New York City and Northern Virginia for its second headquarters; formal announcement to come as early as tomorrow - Dow Jones
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Democrats used to like gerrymandering | The Sacramento Bee
Drawing maps of legislative and congressional districts for partisan advantage – commonly called “gerrymandering” – is ethically wrong, and the U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide whether it’s also a constitutional violation. The case, Gill v.
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Divided Government Means More Fiscal Discipline - Reason.com
Are you ready for some stalemate? Over the next two years, Washington deliberations will resemble one of those 1960s-era football games in which moving the ball was hard and touchdowns were rare. This will not be the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. It will be two immovable objects.
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Honda shifting production of some SUVs from US to China as a result of tariffs.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats win two California state Senate seats, gain veto-proof supermajorities in Legislature.
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No, Hillary Clinton Won’t Be the 2020 Democratic Nominee
HRC’s very former advisor Mark Penn has co-written a laughable column claiming she’s running again. It is unclear how long Mark Penn can continue to trade on his very, very former status as a pollster and campaign strategist for Bill and Hillary Clinton.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says you shouldn't obsess over your follower count - CNET
Jack Dorsey doesn't want you to worry about your follower count.The Twitter CEO admitted that emphasizing the number of followers you've gathered wasn't the best move, Slashdot reported Monday.
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Poverty vs Poverty of Spirit by Faith and Economics • A podcast on Anchor
Have you checked out the Gwartney Institute's new podcast Faith and Economics? This is my favorite episode so far:
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President George H.W. Bush managed the collapse of the Soviet Union, Drove Iraq out of Kuwait without getting stuck occupying the place for decades. Yet he is remembered as the guy who raised taxes and threw away a perfectly good presidency. There is a lesson for the wise here.
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BREAKING: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins election to U.S. Senate from Arizona. #APracecall at 5:41 p.m. MST. @AP election coverage: https://ift.tt/2PDSMUt #Election2018 #AZelection
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Fox News's Kat Timpf Chased Out of Brooklyn Bar | National Review
Fox News personality and National Review contributor Kat Timpf was forced to leave a bar in Brooklyn over the weekend after a woman she had never met became enraged upon learning she worked in conservative media.
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Analysis: GOP’s responses to the elections in Florida exacerbate concerns about voter suppression
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Stone friend Jerome Corsi says Mueller team turned to his brain to "mush" in 40 hours of interrogation and now he expects they will indict him for lying. "My only crime was supporting Donald Trump." https://ift.tt/1NCRTmg.
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Hey, may I remind you for a moment how federal criminal investigations work, and how they crush the stupid, frightened, venal, or merely human? Let's assume nobody in this gibbering pod of dingleberries paid anyone to lie about the Special Counsel. But.... /1
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Weird, Bret Baier just again gave an update at the top of Special Report on the caravan, which everyone tells me disappeared from the news on election day.
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85, not 200,000 @DonaldJTrumpJr
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The Emperor and the Empty Tomb: An Ancient Inscription, an Eccentric Scholar, and the Human Need to Touch the Past - Los Angeles Review of Books
WHEN WILHELM FROEHNER died in 1925, at the house on the Rue Casimir-Périer where he had lived since the reign of Napoleon III, he left behind among his possessions a curious inscription that might be the oldest surviving artifact of Christianity.
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Self-driving vehicles will lead to more car sex: study https://nyp.
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Corsi is one of the original birthers, former Info Wars DC bureau chief, and has often referred to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “shakedown artist.”
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As Brazil’s Far Right Leader Threatens the Amazon, One Tribe Pushes Back - The New York Times
The Times traveled hundreds of miles into the Brazilian Amazon, staying with a tribe in the Munduruku Indigenous Territory as it struggled with the shrinking rain forest. The miners had to go.
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Extremely Christian Bale on the set of Terminator Salvation voice: “OH, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD FOR YOU!”
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Drunk bar patrons open fire on a bar. Jemel Roberson, the bar’s black male security guard, saves the day by returning fire and apprehending one of the men. Cops show up, see Jermel holding a gun...and murder him on the spot.
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Rest In Peace: It's Stan Lee's Universe. We Just Live in It.
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It’s Stan Lee’s Universe. We Just Live in It.
Imagine getting worked up about the difference in quality between Pizza Hut and Domino’s. Or being agitated to the point of heart palpitations when someone says Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is leagues better than the offerings from Starbucks.
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Today is a federal holiday, but at least five of Robert Mueller's prosecutors are working today at their office in downtown DC. (h/t @emsteck)
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Lessons from 3.7 percent unemployment: This is the second time in two decades that the economics profession was hugely wrong about how low unemployment could go. We were very lucky that the Fed ignored conventional wisdom
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Republicans Missed Opportunities to Retain House Majority, Jim Jordan Says
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, waits to do a television news interview in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, the day after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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Learning From 3.7 Percent Unemployment: It’s More Than Just a Number
Economists like to bury their mistakes. Rather than owning up to them, they tend to rewrite the past and obscure the issues involved. Because most people have little understanding of economics, they often get away with it.
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Baraboo High School Students Did The Nazi Salute In Their Prom Photo And Police Are Investigating
The Wisconsin school district said it was investigating the incident which has sparked outrage on social media. The photo that was widely shared on social media on Monday was taken last spring and reportedly featured all the male students from the Baraboo High School class of 2019.
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The core problem here is that low-dollar donors have to WANT to do this - this is a *motivation* rather than an organizational problem. Dems have built a robust culture of obsessing over hyper-local races at the grassroots level.
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China, After Outcry, Reinstates Ban on Rhino and Tiger Parts in Medicine - The New York Times
BEIJING — The Chinese government, bowing to pressure from environmental groups, said on Monday that it would temporarily reinstate a ban on the use of rhinoceros horns and tiger bones in medicine.
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Why I cannot fall fully for Jane Jacobs - Marginal REVOLUTION
I love the main ideas of Jane Jacobs. Her passing was truly sad for me. I read her as a teenager. It shook my world. Nonetheless I think she is a tiny-teeny bit overrated. She never coped with the problems of scale. Nor did she explain how infrastructure should be built.
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I'm not sure many people desire serial monogamy - it's just hard to find a person who is a good fit. I'd settle down yesterday if I found the right (and real and imperfect) person. I would've settled down when I was 18 if I'd found the right person.
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It's funny how Arkansas and Alabama have high rates of opioid prescriptions but not high rates of drug deaths, while Connecticut and Massachusetts go the other way, if I'm reading these right.
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Michelle William’s Fiancé Gets Upset When She Brings Up Race, Retaliates With Comment About Her Mental Health Struggles https://buff.
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Florida attorney general directs law enforcement to take steps to ‘guarantee integrity' in elections | TheHill
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) said Sunday that she is directing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to take steps to "guarantee integrity in our elections process" amid Republican accusations of voter fraud in two counties in the state.
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Democratic Socialists Rack Up Wins in States
That was the post-election assessment from the Democratic Socialists of America, which backed 40 winning candidates at the state, county and municipal levels.
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In This Volatile Time, All Sides Must Condemn All Political Violence
Last week, NPR reported that Christine Blasey Ford—the woman who accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault—continues to receive threats.
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Lonely Mob Fights Fantasy Nazis | National Review
Feel blue? Lack purpose? Life a little dull? Get a lift by fighting some fantasy Nazis. Just before the election, an Andrew Gillum intern named Shelby Shoup was arrested and charged with battery after assaulting some college Republicans on the campus of Florida State University.
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The grim, creepy dystopia known as modern Japan, a whole country apparently bent on proving that technological modernity was a mistake.
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Why Macron's EU army wouldn't keep Europe safe - CapX
During Britain’s EU referendum, Remain campaigners liked to claim that the case for Leaving didn’t just depend on false promises about life after the EU, but also on outlandish claims about the ambitions of EU federalists. The biggest lie was apparently that there would ever be a European army.
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Richard Ojeda Will Run for President
Richard Ojeda is running for president. Ojeda, a West Virginia state senator and retired U.S.
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President Trump doesn't want to give Puerto Rico any more federal money for its recovery from Hurricane Maria...This is because he claims, without evidence, that the island’s government is using federal disaster relief money to pay off debt.
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Just had a flash-forward to July 2020 and there's a big argument on here about whether choosing Beto as their VP could help the Democratic nominee "compete" in Texas.
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Comments like these undermine trust in democratic institutions far more effectively than any adversary could possibly hope to. From the lips of a United States senator, it is Putin’s wildest dream come true.
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Conservative magazine releases audio of King using derogatory language about immigrants after he denied doing so http://hill.
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A Note on Steve King
Last week, Adam Rubenstein visited Iowa to report on Steve King’s re-election effort. He filed several pieces from there, including one that reported on comments King made before a small meeting with voters in Webster City.
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im angry because like the lady in the lawsuit was 79 and lost nearly 20% of her body weight due to the third-degree burns she sustained
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But not fog or low visibility. I’m not a meteorologist but I have observed that over multiple presidents. A trip to the DMZ was also cancelled due to weather on a previous foreign trip.
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2018 Elections: Midterms Show That Trump Is Fighting the GOP, Not Democrats
The midterm elections were good for Donald Trump. Yes, Republicans lost the House. Yes, a Democratic House will make Trump’s life difficult.
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Sinema expands lead in Arizona Senate race - POLITICO
Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema expanded her lead to 20,203 votes over GOP Rep. Martha McSally Friday evening as Arizona election authorities continued to count ballots in the state’s uncalled Senate race.
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Camille Paglia: It’s Time for a New Map of the Gender World - Quillette
Everyone conflating words with violence really needs to stop You’re why CNN’s mic drop is playing like a Bruce Lee chop Views on the news, delivered in twos. This week’s...
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Whitaker said states could nullify federal law "if they had the political courage" - CNNPolitics
Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, has said that states have the right to nullify federal law, but that they need the political courage to do so.
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Capitalism: Understanding Its Secret - Foundation for Economic Education
Those of us who are fans of capitalism deeply understand that capitalism is the source of wealth in our modern economy.
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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-FBI Director James Comey used his private Gmail account hundreds of times to conduct government business https://nyp.
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The sheet is updated and shows a Sinema win now, but these returns are really good for her. According to our calculations at @OHPredictive , McSally needs to win the remaining ballots by just a hair over a 2% lead to win the race
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Scott did not actually order, he asked state law enforcement to investigate. He is Senate candidate, but remains governor. Those requests come with some weight
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Looming recounts in races for governor, Senate rile Florida | Miami Herald
Florida, the land of the “hanging chad,” “butterfly ballot” and “Brooks Brothers Riot,” may just outdo itself.
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