Open Thread for November 20, 2014…Immigration and the Post Midterms….

….we’ll see how the President is gonna start off his next two years of political battles with a GOP led Congress

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The British Air Force gets it’s first A400M medium cargo transport…

The UK Royal Air Force has welcomed its first Airbus A400M Atlas tactical transport for training use, as the service makes preparations to stand up its first operational squadron with the type early next year.

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2016 Congressional Retirements….

There are gonna be a few retirements for both parties….

Those open seats will drive Democratic and Republican political bosses to worry….

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Ray Rice wins appeal of indefinite Suspension from playing NFL Football….

In a defeat for the N.F.L. and Commissioner Roger Goodell, an arbitrator Friday overturned the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was videotaped knocking out his fiancée in a hotel elevator.

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Some stories about those who qualify for Obama’s Immigration Action…And some who Don’t…

For some, it means that the years of telling lies and keeping secrets are finally coming to an end. For others, nothing will be any different — except perhaps a renewed sense of being left out or left behind……

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Trailer for the New Star Wars movie due out December 2015….

The Force is reawakening…..

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Barack Obama and the White vote?…Red State….

Gallup is being a bit, ah, antiseptic on this story: “President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among white non-college graduates is at 27% so far in 2014, 14 percentage points lower than among white college graduates

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Who goes thru What door at the courthouse?

Cartoon: The color of justice….

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Not all white cop’s in Ferguson are the bad guys….

…..during and after that first night of violence, few law enforcement officials have done more on the ground to ease the volatility of protesters than Lieutenant Lohr, who is white. And few of his white colleagues have been able to connect with the largely black crowds better than he has…..

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The US picks a smaller Iraq Army force to rely on…

“The idea is, at least in the first instance, to try and build a kind of leaner, meaner Iraqi army,” said a senior U.S. official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss planning….

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How about Rob Portman for Vice President?

“I can’t imagine that he will not be on the [VP] short-list, day one, for virtually any of the candidates that have a shot of getting the nomination,”

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Kevin Hart on things in 2014…’Lets get Equal…

Stop labeling….

It’s 2014 lets get equal…..

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Is RGIII just about done in Washington?

He has been in and out of the line-up in moves by two coaches who looks to the star as their salvation as a franchise player….

A good part is his injuries…the other part is his focus on his brand and lack of patience….

Oh, and his coaches should not be excluded from the mix….

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A British Happy Thanksgiving is growing….

….. the Brits, perhaps more than any other nationality, have done their best to embrace Thanksgiving, at least as a marketing opportunity. Dozens of restaurants are offering Thanksgiving feasts. Turkey and pumpkin farmers report big spikes in sales. Big-breasted turkeys seem to be everywhere…..

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The glut of oil WILL change things….

For starters, they mean that many of the countries with the most assertive foreign policies—Russia, Iran and Venezuela among them—are in fiscal trouble……

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In Defense of Chuck Hagel’s 21 months on the job as SecDef…..

Hagel aides point to the work Hagel did during his 21-month tenure building partnerships with Israel and Egypt and helping to keep the bureaucratic focus on the so-called pivot to Asia. But in many ways he was hired to do another job: to manage a Defense Department whose massive budget was shrinking, and to oversee a military ending 13 years of war.

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How about the GOPer’s NOT inviting the President to the State of the Union?

others privately have been musing about shutting the government down, refusing to invite the president to give his State of the Union address or censuring the president. Many in congressional leadership think these ideas are nonsensical, since it will not serve any practical purpose….

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