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Seattle Investigates the One Cop Who Wrote 80 Percent of the City's Pot Tickets

July 31, 2014 A Seattle police officer has been reassigned after the department discovered he'd written 66 of the city's 83 public smoking tickets during the first half of 2014. Department sources told The Seattle Times that the officer was Randy Jokela, who has served as an officer since 1990 and recently worked ...

Obama Asks the GOP to 'Stop Hating All the Time'

July 30, 2014 President Obama had a clear message for House Republicans as they prepare to vote Wednesday on a bill authorizing a lawsuit against him: "Stop hating." During a speech in Kansas City, Missouri Wednesday, Obama criticized Republicans for focusing on the lawsuit instead of the economy, and said the country would ...

Bob McDonnell's Legal Defense Is to Paint His Spouse As a Desperate Housewife

July 30, 2014 Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen went to trial this week, six months after the couple was indicted for accepting gifts to promote a rich businessman's diet supplements. And while the details of the case are already weird, the couples defense is that Mrs. McDonnell was an ...

Republicans Have Lost Control of the Impeachment Plot They Hatched

July 30, 2014 The impeachment debate is another example of fringe conservative ideology hurting the establishment's election chances. House Speaker John Boehner knows that, which is why he said Tuesday that impeachment is a "scam" created by Democrats to motivate their base to vote and donate ahead of the midterm elections, according to ...

Obama Finally Floats a Refugee Plan As Support for Deportation Grows

July 25, 2014 Obama administration officials are considering a plan that would allow Hondurans under 21 to apply for refugee status from their home country, without having to make the dangerous trek to America. Meanwhile, a new CNN poll shows that a slim majority of Americans now believe the U.S. should focus on ...

New York Governor Cuomo May Have Corrupted His Own Anti-Corruption Commission

July 23, 2014 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office repeatedly interfered with the work of a commission investigating corruption in New York politics whenever the investigation got too close to groups connected to the governor, according to an investigation by The New York Times. The Moreland Commission repeatedly pulled back subpoenas to companies ...

Judge Uses Domino's Pizza to Explain Obamacare Exchanges

July 22, 2014 Buried in today's ruling in favor of Obamacare subsidies is the perfect way to explain the case to people who aren't riveted by health care policy: talk about pizza. Hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Obamacare subsidies from federal exchanges were illegal, the Fourth Circuit Court ...

Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico

July 22, 2014 Why would you spend millions of dollars sending troops to the border who can't actually detain anyone? That's what some Texas sheriffs of border towns are asking in the wake of Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send 1,000 National Guards members to the Texas/Mexico border in the next month, according ...

Americans Have Some Awful Ideas About Fixing Congress

July 22, 2014 How would you fix Congress? Gallup recently asked more than 1,000 Americans "What is the most important thing you would recommend be done to fix Congress?" Half their answers are published here. If reading through the responses sounds depressing, don't worry: we went through the list so you don't have ...

Capitol Hill Staffer Arrested for Bringing 9mm Handgun to Work

July 18, 2014 A Hill staffer was arrested by Capitol Police this morning for bringing a handgun into the Cannon House Office Building. NBC News reports that Ryan Shucard, the Press Secretary for Republican Rep. Tom Marino, was charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, a felony, after Capitol Police arrested him ...