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    Man vs. Oil: Fighting to Save the Wetlands

    Outspoken parish president Billy Nungesser isn’t about to sit idly by as oil destroys the land and livelihood of his fellow Louisiana residents. BP, the Coast Guard, and the government can either get on board or get out of the way.
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    Immigrants Actually Reduce Crime

    Despite what some raving pundits have claimed, immigrants aren't responsible for a violent crime wave in the Southwest. In fact, cities with large immigrant populations are actually safer places to live.
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    Rand Paul Loses His Allies

    You'd think, amid all the hubbub, that Paul could count on the support at least one set of allies: his fellow libertarians. But even they are turning against the Kentuckian. What did he do wrong now?
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    Conservative Bloggers on the Attack

    Even before Obama spoke at a press conference today, conservative bloggers were on the attack. Why? Because Obama hasn’t given any press conferences since last summer, nearly 10 months ago.
  • Will McCain Block DADT Repeal?

    Gay-rights advocates are not yet celebrating what—by all indications—appears to be imminent action on the Hill to move toward a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” ...
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    Heads Roll as the Oil Slick Spreads: Elizabeth Birnbaum Resigns at MMS

    On the same day that engineers are completing the top-kill procedure to stem the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico seabed, Washington is executing a top-kill procedure of its own at the Minerals Management Service. Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the agency that oversees drilling for oil and natural gas, was asked to resign from her post this morning by the Obama administration.
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    DADT: The Evolution of Robert Byrd

    One of the longest serving members in congressional history—and an unlikely civil-rights advocate—has thrown his support behind the effort to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell," which is expected to come to crucial votes in both the House and Senate shortly.
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    Another Push to Close Guantánamo

    Apparently seeking to breathe new life into the bogged-down effort to close the terrorist-detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, national-security adviser Gen. James Jones sent a letter to Congress reaffirming the administration’s desire to transfer detainees to a prison in Thomson, Ill.
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    Can Obama Control Oil-Spill Political Damage?

    BP officials hope their “top kill” works, choking off a catastrophically leaky oil well with an injection of heavy mud. Meanwhile, President Obama’s own “top kill” is under way, as he tries to control political damage from the disaster.
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    The Gulf Oil Spill: Who Can You Trust?

    The news is full of experts, pundits, politicians, and PR flacks trying to explain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. How do you know who to trust?
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    Welcome to the New

    Our intention is to help you quickly make sense of the key events happening throughout the world. The new is built for people who seek context and clarity in an information landscape cluttered with headlines and knee-jerk reactions.
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    BP's Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill

    As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the gulf are being blocked from the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible.
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    Sarah Palin Not Psyched About Her New Neighbor

    More news on the Wasilla, Alaska, real-estate front: investigative journalist Joe McGinniss, a noted Palin basher, is renting the house next door to the former vice presidential candidate. McGinniss is reporting a book on Palin, tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously, but he's written lots about her before. Not surprisingly, the former governor is not happy.
  • 'We Need to Train an Army of Ninja Cats': GOP Web Site Gets Punk'd

    When the GOP unveiled a new web site, 'America Speaking Out,' it promised to "change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a new policy agenda." Visitors are invited to make their own suggestions in four broad categories. But all those visitors haven't been playing by the rules.
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    The Problem With James Carville's Criticism of Obama

    As the political wheel turns, the inevitable has happened: political pundits are debating whether President Obama has responded to the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with sufficient urgency. But why is an issue of lives losst and environmental degradation being reduced to a question of political calculation?
  • Will the Justice Department Sue Arizona or Not?

    Law-enforcement officers from cities in Arizona and a half dozen states met today with Attorney General Eric Holder in an hourlong, closed-door meeting to share their frustration with the new Arizona immigration law, saying it will make their jobs more difficult and even increase crime.
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    The Disappearing Biden Quote

    Most Democrats—like, say, the Richard Blumenthal for Senate campaign—probably cringed when they read a blog post this morning in The Hill, with comments Vice President Joe Biden made about Blumenthal. Not so the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, oddly.
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    The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

    The biggest threat to American values and citizens isn’t terrorism per se, says Andrew McCarthy. It’s the tentacles of Islamism that are reaching into the heart of American society and politics. Mildly inflammatory, but not entirely original. But how about this? McCarthy claims a vast conspiracy is underway in which American leftists—chief among them President Obama—are in league with Islamists in an effort to destroy capitalism, curtail individual freedoms, and dispatch with traditional Western values.
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    How the GOP Can Help Rand Paul Recover

    The notion that Rand Paul is a libertarian babe in Kentucky’s political woods is false. He long ago got help from Republican professionals—and is getting more as he tries to recover from his disastrous national debut.
  • Obama Deserves Credit for DADT Repeal

    The struggle over gays in the military offers an important lesson about Washington: when public opinion moves, politicians follow, even on the most seemingly toxic issues. And with the proper patient and, yes, political approach, "do overs" are possible....
  • Meet the Tea Party's 'Messiah' and the GOP's Headache

    Here at The Gaggle, we have been so caught up in reporting on Rand Paul that we've neglected to tell you about another anti-establishment Tea Party candidate who has the Republican nomination within his grasp....
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    Obama to Send 1,200 Troops to Mexico Border

    An Arizona lawmaker has released a statement saying that the Obama administration will soon deploy up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision is part of a bigger plan for securing the border.