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Trouble In The Home

Last weekend I noted that the Rudy Giuliani flare up had revealed some critical ways in which Scott Walker may simply not be ready for the big leagues of a national campaign. In brief, a series of entirely avoidable, unforced errors during a period in the campaign that lacks even a chunk of the intensity that a presidential candidate faces when the game really gets underway. None of those missteps in themselves will end up hurting Walker. But they point to shortcomings as a candidate that could sink him later. Now we have another example, just a week later. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/nope-not-ready

Reset The Clock

Democratic leadership was actively whipping against it. But Boehner may now need Democrats to get this through. It's very close. Stay tuned. Late Update: It failed . Amazing, really. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dhs-continuing-resolution

Pants on Fire

We're about to see a mountain of writing and hoopla this week about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to the United States and speech before Congress. A guy on twitter asked me if a comment I made was meant to be ironic. My thought was to tell him that irony simply doesn't have the muscle mass to handle what's coming down the pike this week. Only snark and absurdism can manage it. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/pants-on-fire

Why Abstain From Sex in 2015 NYC?

Aurin Squire has a fascinating piece up at The Slice today about his experience being gay, black, progressive, young...and celibate. By choice. He takes you through his journey from bedhopping in New York City; to a morning, 3 months into abstaining, when he woke up laughing with joy; to the moment when a Buddhist nun told him he might be taking it too far. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/celibacy-aurin-squire

Nope. Not Ready.

And this will be a thumbnail history. So I'll leave out a lot of nuance and detail but hopefully leave no major errors. Israel's Arab minority has always had the vote. And there are minorities within the minority - particularly the Druze community - who play an outsized role in the country's politics and military relative to their numbers. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/is-there-a-peace-bloc-for-israel

"I Have Been - And Shall Always Be - Your Friend"

You've already heard this. We each have people that when we hear about their passing, it hits us with special force, because of a special mix of things unique to yourself and to that other person. For me, Nimoy is one of those people. As a fan from early boyhood, if you were a Trek fan and a Spock fan, if you got to know more about who Nimoy was, he was exactly who you would have wanted him to be. That is a very, very special thing. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/i-have-been-and-shall-always-be-your-friend

Can An Israeli Government End the Occupation?

Democrats just rescued House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) with the clock ticking down and averted a Homeland Security shutdown -- for a week. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/reset-the-clock

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