Monday, May 4, 2015
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5 Ways Republicans Could Still Lose The House

This should be the Republicans’ year. Democrats need to defend 20 U.S. Senate seats, seven of which are in states Mitt Romney won, even as he lost to President Obama by nearly 5 million votes. The GOP only needs to win six of those seats to take control of the upper house of Congress. In 2012, […]

May 14, 2014
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Rand Paul Can Try To Be His Party’s Bill Clinton, But He’ll Never Be President

This post originally appeared at Eclectablog.com. Rand Paul continues to fling any turd he can find at the Clintons for pretty obvious reasons. The first-term senator from Kentucky has to do something to show the GOP establishment he can be competitive in a general election, and he’s trying to keep the former president out of […]

May 13, 2014
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5 Reasons It’s Time For The GOP To Dump Sarah Palin And The Tea Party

Conservative columnist Matt Lewis seems relieved. “We may have finally reached a tipping point: Conservatives, it seems, are finally safe to criticize Sarah Palin (without fear of being written out of the movement, that is),” he wrote on Tuesday. A flurry of criticism from the right has swarmed around the one-time Republican nominee for vice […]

April 30, 2014
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5 Reasons The Deficit Has Fallen By Nearly $5 Trillion (And Why That’s A Bad Thing)

This year’s deficit will likely be $514 billion, down about a quarter from last year’s deficit of $680 billion, which was down by more than a third from the year before. “Since 2010, projected 10-year deficits over the 2015-2024 decade have shrunk by almost $5.0 trillion, $4.1 trillion of which is due to four pieces […]

March 19, 2014

5 Ways The GOP Refuses To Learn From History

It’s not entirely their fault. The 2014 map looks as if it were designed to make sure the GOP does not change. With a House majority they maintained in 2012 even though they won 1.4 million fewer votes than Democrats and as many as 11 chances to pick up the six Senate seats they’d need […]

March 5, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About New GOP ‘Frontrunner’ Rand Paul

A new CBS/New York Times poll has bad news for the man who can only now be called a former frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). With 41 percent of Republicans saying they don’t want the governor to run and only 31 percent saying they do, he’s the only […]

February 26, 2014

WATCH: Why The Minimum Wage Should Be At Least $18 An Hour

Democrats are still pushing to raise the minimum wage, even after a report from the Congressional Budget Office helped Republicans make the hollow argument against raising the lowest legal amount that workers can earn. On ABC’s This Week, former George W. Bush advisor Matthew Dowd explained how wages do not reflect advances in our economy, […]

February 23, 2014

WATCH: Ted Nugent Apologizes For Not Being A Better Republican Shill

Ted Nugent offered a qualified apology on Friday for calling President Obama “a subhuman mongrel.” “I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself,” he told conservative radio host Ben Ferguson. The rhetoric of the musician, reality show star and sought-after conservative activist has become an issue since he appeared […]

February 21, 2014

5 CBO Findings About Improving The Economy That Republicans Will Always Ignore

Republicans celebrated a new report from the Congressional Budget Office this week that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 could cost the economy 500,000 jobs. Our Joe Conason hollowed out the arguments the right uses against raising wages for America’s lowest-paid workers. Richard Trumka — head of America’s largest labor union, the AFL/CIO — encouraged […]

February 21, 2014
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How Paul Ryan Helped Save Medicare And Social Security By Trying To Gut Them

President Obama’s new budget will not include a proposal to implement “chained CPI” to slow the growth of Social Security benefits, according to White House officials. And there’s one man who deserves most of the credit for making sure there will be no cuts to benefits to seniors until at least 2017 — ironically the […]

February 20, 2014
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Reince Priebus Leaked Info On Scott Walker’s GOP Primary Opponent

Have you ever wondered how Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus still has his job after leading his party to a disastrous 2012 election, where it lost the presidency along with seats in the House and Senate? One of the 27,000 emails released as part of the “John Doe” investigation of former aides to Governor […]

February 20, 2014

Same Crime, Different Race: Guess Which ‘Car Thief’ Gets Busted [VIDEO]

For the second time in less than a year, a case in Florida that involved a young black man losing his life to gunshots fired in “self-defense” by a white man has captured the nation’s attention. Leonard Pitts asks a pretty simple question about the death of Jordan Davis: If Davis had been a white […]

February 19, 2014
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Kochs On The Run: Faked Alaska Commercial Pulled

Americans for Prosperity — one of the largest recipients of donations from the Koch Family Foundation — has been hammering Democratic senators in swing states with millions of dollars in television ads. But last week the group suddenly pulled $100,000 in ads slated to run in Alaska. Why? Democrats from Alaska offered 10 reasons. But […]

February 19, 2014
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The 2014 Factor No One Is Talking About — Seniors Are Turning On The GOP

Congressional Republicans have passed a budget, raised the debt limit and punted on immigration reform with one goal in mind. They want to make the 2014 midterm elections about Obamacare. The party seems to be so confident of this strategy that it doesn’t appear to have any “Plan B,” as The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent continually points out. […]

February 18, 2014
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How President Obama Helped Joe ‘The Plumber’ Get A Union Job

Congratulations, Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher — better known as “Joe the Plumber.” The non-Joe, non-plumber announced on his Facebook page that he has acquired a job with the Chrysler Group LLC, which requires membership in the United Automobile Workers labor union. “In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the union, in this case […]

February 18, 2014

What Would Ted Nugent Have To Say Before Republicans Stop Campaigning With Him?

Ted Nugent vowed that he would be in dead or jail by now if President Obama was re-elected. Instead, he will be campaigning with the likely Republican nominee to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. The musician’s history of dodging the draft and allegedly having sexual relations with an underaged Courtney Love do […]

February 17, 2014

5 Ways The Stimulus Saved And Remade America

The party that still thinks the Bush tax cuts (which resulted in the most negligible job creation in decades) and the Iraq War (which resulted in the Iraq War) both worked wants you to believe that the stimulus failed. And they’ve been making that argument since before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act even had a […]

February 17, 2014

WATCH: How The Far Right Plans To Paralyze The Government With A Constitutional Convention

In the aftermath of the Citizens United decision, Lawrence Lessig called for a Constitutional convention to address the role of money in the political process. Article V of the Constitution says a convention can be convened by petitions from two-thirds of the state and reformers have often called for such an event to redress their […]

February 16, 2014

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Says Debt Leads Students To A ‘Life Of Financial Servitude’

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rose to the floor of the Senate on Wednesday to call on Congress to confront the escalating crisis resulting in students amassing a lifetime of debt while pursuing higher education. “Adjusted for inflation, a young person today will pay 300 percent of what her parents paid just 30 years ago,” Warren […]

February 14, 2014

5 Ways Republicans Are Letting Ted Cruz Doom Their Party

Here’s a scary thought: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) could be elected president… if the election were held in an off-year, like 2010 or 2014. The voters who come out to vote in midterm elections tend to be older, whiter and more costive than the “coalition of the ascendant” that helped Democrats win five out of […]

February 14, 2014

Fox News Host Tries To Teach Bill O’Reilly How To Respect The President

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has been congratulating himself for his confrontational Super Bowl interview with President Obama. Others were less impressed with his hostile insistence on resuscitating every failed attempt to scar the president with a scandal. Dana Milbank noted that O’Reilly “interrupted the president 42 times, by my count — although, given the amount O’Reilly […]

February 11, 2014

5 Reasons The GOP Caved On The Debt Limit

RIP, debt ceiling crises. It’s obvious that Republicans have lost their old passion for holding the global economy hostage. Their final demands would have required Democrats to agree to increase spending in the near term in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. In 2011, the GOP introduced the “Boehner rule,” which required — for the […]

February 11, 2014

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Rand Paul And Paul Ryan’s Insults To The Unemployed

After Republicans killed another attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rose to the floor of the Senate to call out her colleagues for breaking the commitment America has made to those who are struggling. The senator pointed out that Republicans helped George W. Bush extend unemployment benefits […]

February 10, 2014

Get Ready For More Republican Rumbles Over Immigration Reform

If you want to get a sense of what the rest of 2014 will look like, watch this debate from Fox News Sunday, in which talk-radio host Laura Ingraham gets all talk radio on George F. Will, who makes the establishment GOP argument in favor of immigration reform. Ingraham’s argument peaks with the absurd “why […]

February 10, 2014
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Republican Petraeus Thinks Hillary Clinton Would Make ‘A Tremendous’ President Because… #BENGHAZI!

There goes that narrative. General David Petraeus — the man whom Fox News’ Roger Ailes tried to persuade to run for president as a Republican in 2012 — thinks Hillary Clinton would make “a tremendous president,” according to the new book HRC by authors Jonathan Allen and Aimee Parnes. And the reasoning from the former head […]

February 9, 2014