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Saturday, November 21, 2015

With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana.


The Associated Press named Mr. Edwards the winner as he was leading with 55 percent of the vote with a little over half of the ballots counted.

Entering the governor's race, Mr. Vitter, a Republican, was seen as the favorite. He had won two elections to the United States Senate, spent more than five years in the House and served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999. But a nasty primary fight left the Republican Party fractured and slow to unite behind Mr. Vitter, who was dragged down by a 2007 prostitution scandal and the deeply unpopular Republican incumbent, Gov. Bobby Jindal.

he US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its monthly estimates of unemployment rates in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, and things are looking pretty good.

The bureau noted that unemployment rates fell in 32 states and Washington, DC, went up in just three states, and stayed the same as September in 15 states. Unemployment in every state and DC was below 7%, indicating increasingly healthy labor markets across the nation.

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's chief financial economist, Chris Rupkey, circulated an email after the report with the title "Jobs market is literally on fire in most states in the union." The email maintains that optimistic tone and suggests that the geographically broad strength of the labor market could spur the Fed to tighten monetary policy at its December meeting:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell said Friday that a Federal Election Commission lawsuit accusing her of improper campaign expenditures is a "witch hunt" and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

O'Donnell, who famously declared during the 2010 Senate race that she was not a witch, made the comment in a teleconference with the federal judge hearing the case.

O'Donnell also said she is having trouble hiring a local attorney, claiming that at least three lawyers she has talked to have received phone calls warning of "political backlash" if they represent her. She declined to identify them or provide further details, noting that an Associated Press reporter was listening to the teleconference.

O'Donnell's former local attorney, Richard Abbott, withdrew from the case last month, saying he hasn't been paid for his services.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Here goes Ben Carson, trying to sound knowledgeable about foreign policy and national security and just coming off as a multi-level ignoramus: Carson: al Qaeda was not a threat in 2003.

"A lot of Americans really think back to 2003, and they remember Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda," Carson explained at a Nevada rally. "They say, ‘we never should have gone in there and destabilized it.' And they may be right about that."

"But here's the problem, Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda at that time was not an existential threat to us. The global jihad movement is an existential threat. They want to destroy us and everything that has to do with us," Carson concluded after criticizing President Obama for withdrawing troops from Iraq. read more

A Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study released on Tuesday asserted that nearly a quarter million women in the state may have induced abortions themselves because of "onerous" restrictions that lawmakers have put on reproductive choice.

The study, which was based at the University of Texas at Austin, found that between 100,000 and 240,000 women had performed self-induced abortions in Texas over the past five years, the Austin Chronicle reported.

According to the study, the "advent of onerous legislation imposing restrictions on legal abortion access" and the availability of abortion drugs -- largely from Mexico -- have combined to make self-induced abortions in Texas less rare than most U.S. states.

"Other methods reported by those who knew someone who had attempted self-induction included herbs or homeopathic remedies, getting hit or punched in the abdomen, using alcohol or illicit drugs, or taking hormonal pills," the study said.


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