October 17, 2013

Don't Ban Armed Robots in the U.S.

What if armed drones were not just piloted remotely by humans in far-away bunkers, but they were programmed under certain circumstances to select and fire at some targets entirely on their own?

This Isn't the First Time Michael Bloomberg Has Talked About How He'd Dress as a Woman
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"If I were a woman, I think I'd wear high heels." That's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to the New Yorker's Rebecca Mead. The full quote: "I like women and I think that they look stunning in high heels — not that they look bad without high heels.

The Myths the Media Spins About Mitch McConnell's Political Motives
4:57 PM

Scarcely had Mitch McConnell ceased stating his support on the Senate floor for a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling than the Beltway press was already singing his praises as a veteran legislator willing to deal with the Democra

PPP Is Out With Another Troubling Poll. This One Involves Race.
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I get the impression that a lot of people are getting tired of debating the details of PPP’s methodology, but I think it’s worth flagging a few recent polls in Georgia, which nicely illustrate the questions about their methodology.

Grover Norquist's Three Funniest Analogies for Ted Cruz

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, came to the offices of The New Republic Thursday for a wide-ranging discussion on American politics and the future of the Republican Party.

How Furloughed Feds Are Spending Their First Day Back at Work (CHART)
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Thursday morning, hundreds of thousands of federal workers who were furloughed due to the government shutdown awoke to the amazing, awful news that they were expected back at work today because Congress had reached a deal Wednesday night to fund the

Unlawfully Detained by the U.S. Government? Don't Bother Suing.
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Last Monday, on the same day as the opening of the new Supreme Court term, the federal appeals court in San Francisco threw out a damages suit by a former Guantánamo detainee who alleged that his detention and his treatment while detained had been un

Republicans Lost the Standoff, But They Won't Lose the House. Unless...
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The shutdown is over, but it lasted more than long enough to inflict significant damage to the Republican brand. A plurality of voters blamed the GOP for the shutdown, poll after poll shows the GOP’s favorability rating near record lows.

The Debt Ceiling Vote Shows That GOP Division Won't Die
12:53 AM

The choreography of the last few weeks—the tea-party triggered impasse, the Senate compromise, and the eventual capitulation of the House GOP—must have felt familiar to anyone with memory of last winter’s fiscal cliff fight.