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Ben Feuerherd

Cuomo May Face Challenge From The Left

For New York progressives, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is Governor 1 Percent. On economic issues, Cuomo has been no liberal Democrat. He’s cut taxes on the wealthy, sparred with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio over a minimum-wage raise, and cut funding for state education. Former NY assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D) told Vox about Cuomo: […]

May 30, 2014

GOP Congressman Breaks With Party On Marriage Equality

In Pennsylvania, the tide is turning on same-sex marriage. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R), who represents Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district, announced his support of same-sex marriage in a statement released by his office. “I suspect that that view will prevail over time, so much so that I suspect that in a few decades people […]

May 29, 2014
Memo Pad, Donald Trump, Birther, Controversy

5 Republican Leadership Conference Speakers Who Should Embarrass Republican Leaders

Bachmann, Cruz, Robertson, Trump, West… the Republican Leadership Conference is getting the band back together! For the low, low price of $189.00, right-wingers of all stripes can enjoy three full days of presentations by conservative firebrands at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this weekend. And the lineup does not disappoint. In a list that […]

May 28, 2014

Poll Roundup: Democrats Rise In Wisconsin

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

May 23, 2014

Meet The 5 Democrats On Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Panel

Here we go again. Her hand forced by Darrell Issa, Trey Gowdy and other House Republicans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) nominated five Democrats to the select committee created to re-investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The number-one goal for these Democrats, it seems, is to keep pressure on Gowdy and their Republican counterparts. It’s sure to […]

May 22, 2014

WATCH: Chris McDaniel Attempts To Explain Break-In Controversy, Stumbles Painfully

Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel (R) was peppered with questions this week about his campaign’s relationship with a right-wing blogger who illegally photographed incumbent Senator Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife after breaking into her nursing home. One can assume the interview did not go as planned for the McDaniel camp. McDaniel sat down with radio host Paul Gallo and discussed, […]

May 21, 2014

How A Refreshing ‘Business Candidate’ Succeeds Where Many Others Failed

Tom Wolf is not the typical businessman-turned-politician. By most accounts, the previously little-known executive from York, Pennsylvania, is going to win the upcoming Democratic gubernatorial primary and cruise to victory over embattled GOP governor Tom Corbett in the November general election. That prospect alone separates him from other businessmen and women who seek public office […]

May 16, 2014

Dave Brat: The Anti-Immigrant Thorn In Eric Cantor’s Side

After an April phone call between President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), two conflicting stories of their conversation emerged. According to the Obama administration, the call was pleasant: The president wished Mr. Cantor a happy Passover and the two briefly discussed immigration reform. For Cantor’s camp, however, the call was an […]

May 15, 2014

How The Tea Party Won Before Tuesday’s Primaries Began

The battle for the soul of the GOP is on in 2014, as pundits assured us, and the so-called Republican establishment was determined to push back the extremist Tea Party. It was a believable narrative. In reality, however, the Tea Party had won before the primaries began. The once-fringe movement has successfully driven the GOP […]

May 14, 2014

The Marxist Pope? Limbaugh Slams Francis’ Call For Legitimate Wealth Redistribution

Add another statement by Pope Francis that may sound a little too liberal to Sarah Palin. Speaking to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other UN executives Friday, Francis offered an economic vision for the world consistent with his previous statements about the global economy — and horrifying to American conservatives. Most notably, Francis […]

May 9, 2014

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Interviews Vampire LARPing Candidate Jake Rush

Florida congressional candidate Jake Rush, who made headlines earlier this year when his vampire role-playing hobby was exposed, discussed politics, Florida’s third congressional district, and — of course — vampires with comedian Stephen Colbert in an interview on Thursday’s Colbert Report. “[Rush] is running on a platform of traditional marriage, strict constitutionalism, strong national defense, and […]

May 9, 2014

Good Company: 5 CEOs Who Support A Higher Minimum Wage

Subway CEO Fred DeLuca offered a common sense answer on Wednesday when asked about a possible increase to the minimum wage. “Over the years, I’ve seen so many of these wage increases. I think it’s normal,” DeLuca told CNBC, adding: “It won’t have a negative impact hopefully, and that’s what I tell my workers.” But […]

May 8, 2014

Debunked: 5 GOP Obamacare Talking Points That Have Bitten The Dust

The New York Times reported Wednesday that a large majority of people who signed up for Obamacare have paid their premiums on time. While these numbers vary based on the state and the type of plan, The Times says around 80 percent of those who signed up are paying, which is required for insurance coverage to start. […]

May 7, 2014

New Study: 2014 Graduating Class Faces Extremely Tough Job Market

In June 2009, the U.S. economy stopped its downward slide and began expanding, effectively ending the “Great Recession.” But with meager expansion of the U.S. economy over the past five years, young people and recent college graduates looking to enter the workforce are increasingly disadvantaged. These were among the issues raised in a recent paper […]

May 3, 2014

Watch: The Craziest Political Ad Of 2014?

Iowa Senate hopeful Bob Quast may have been dethroned as the star of the craziest 2014 political ad. That honor may now belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 1776, a Pennsylvania union that represents wine and spirits workers in the state. A new ad paid for by the UFCW explains — […]

May 2, 2014

Lawrence Lessig Launches ‘MAYDAY’ SuperPAC For Campaign Finance Reform

Political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is taking a leap into the political money game, with the specific intention of reforming campaign finance laws by 2016. On Thursday, May 1, Lessig launched the MAYDAY Citizens’ SuperPAC, a Political Action Committee that will seek contributions from small donors concerned with putting an end to America’s […]

May 1, 2014

John Boehner’s Attitude Is The GOP’s Latest Excuse To Block Immigration Reform

First it was opposition to the “amnesty.” Then came concerns that President Obama would never actually “secure the border.” But now House Republicans’ excuse to kick immigration reform further down the road focus on an unlikely foe: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). The new complaint comes after Boehner criticized his fellow House Republicans and their […]

April 30, 2014

For Koch Brothers, All Politics Is Local

The Tennessee State Senate brokered a deal this week to move forward with a hotly contested bus rapid transit (BRT) project. The bill will provide the city of Nashville and neighboring Moore County with 7.1 miles of rapid bus transit lanes. But because of the compromise in the Senate, the BRT plan will now face greater oversight: The […]

April 18, 2014

WATCH: Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin On Russian Surveillance

In their highest-profile interaction to date, fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden phoned Russian president Vladimir Putin on live TV on Thursday. Snowden, who was granted asylum by the Russian government after he leaked information about the widespread monitoring of phone data by the U.S. government, quizzed Putin about Russia’s data-gathering tactics. Putin, himself a […]

April 17, 2014

The Liberal Koch? Bloomberg Pledges $50 Million For Gun Reform

It’s sometimes easy to forget that infamous conservatives like the Koch brothers are not the only wealthy Americans who use their wallets to influence elections. As former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) reminds us, plenty of liberals are also giving large sums to influence national politics. Unlike many of his peers in the […]

April 16, 2014

Disgraced GOP Rep. Seeks Counsel From ‘Duck Dynasty’ Gang

In his time of trouble, disgraced Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) has turned to fellow Louisianans who know a thing or two about public scrutiny: the stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty.  Video was recently published of McAllister, a 40-year-old first-year congressman, kissing his 33-year-old staff scheduler, Melissa Hixon Peacock.  Since the controversy began, McAllister has issued a […]

April 10, 2014

Study: 9.3 Million Have Gained Health Insurance Under Obamacare

The RAND Corporation is out with new Obamacare enrollment numbers today, based on their latest survey of the health insurance market. The key takeaway is that the study estimates a 9.3 million net gain of people with health insurance from September 2013 to March 2014. But there are more nuanced findings to be noted. There […]

April 9, 2014

Former FEC Chairman: McCutcheon An ‘Open Invitation To Corruption’

Few Washington operatives know the ins and outs of election and finance laws as well as the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Trevor Potter. Now at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit he founded, he has continued the fight for campaign finance reform by tracking legal cases related to the issue at all […]

April 7, 2014

Watch: Colbert Slams Bill O’Reilly’s Take On Equality

Stephen Colbert is back. On the heels of the #CancelColbert “scandal,” the late-night host reignited his character and his show on Thursday with a great bit attacking a ridiculous argument by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The reason America is in decline, argued O’Reilly, is because of the push for economic and social equality by Democrats. […]

April 4, 2014

Study: Ryan’s Budget Would Cut Taxes On The Rich By At Least $200,000

To the surprise of no one, a new study by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) shows that the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will overwhelmingly benefit the United States’ top earners. CTJ is the same research institution that correctly reported just how generous Mitt Romney’s and Ryan’s tax plans would be to the […]

April 3, 2014