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The 5 Craziest Political Ads Of 2014 (So Far)

When it comes to truly entertaining ads, forget the Super Bowl and look no further than political campaigns. While politicians aren’t always as effective as Coca-Cola or Budweiser in convincing consumers — or in this case, voters — to buy what they’re selling, their efforts are often far more amusing. This year’s midterm elections have […]

June 25, 2014

Vance McAllister Considers Comeback After Consulting God, Constituents

In another display of excellent decision making, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) — otherwise known as the Kissing Congressman — is considering reversing course and pursuing re-election in the fall. The disgraced congressman, who made headlines earlier this year when a video showing the married father of five locked in a passionate embrace with a staffer was […]

June 18, 2014

5 Times Eric Cantor Pandered To The Right Wing That Booted Him From Office

On Tuesday, voters in Virginia’s 7th congressional district deemed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) just not conservative enough for re-election. Challenger David Brat, a little-known economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, handed Cantor a stunning 56 to 44 percent defeat in the Republican primary, and is now being touted as the Tea Party’s best underdog story. Given Cantor’s […]

June 11, 2014
Obamacare

Report: Over 27 Million Previously Uninsured Americans Now Eligible For Coverage Under Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 56 percent — or 27.7 million individuals – by 2016, according to an updated report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report supports the findings of a March Gallup poll that showed the percentage of uninsured consistently decreasing. In mid-2013, 18 percent lacked health […]

May 29, 2014

Veterans Lash Out At GOP Senator’s Attempt To Politicize VA Scandal

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) picked an incredibly inopportune time to bungle his political attack against the Department of Veterans Affairs, when he lashed out at veterans organizations over Memorial Day weekend. In an “Open Letter to America’s Veterans,” Burr demonstrated a distinct lack of respect for military veterans, choosing not to thank them for their service, but rather […]

May 27, 2014

Ted Cruz: Democrats Plan To ‘Repeal The First Amendment’

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a religious-right audience gasp in horror when he announced that Senate Democrats were on a warpath “to repeal the First Amendment.” Addressing a terrified audience of conservative pastors in Washington, D.C., Cruz assured his listeners that he “was not making this up,” and that Democrats were really and truly […]

May 27, 2014

Washington Redskins Still Have An Offensive Team Name

About half of the Senate — the Democratic half, that is — is joining the growing chorus of Americans asking the Washington Redskins football team to change its name. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter, co-signed by 47 senators, to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, requesting that the NFL “take action […]

May 22, 2014

Rebrand Redux: GOP Hopes To Appeal To Middle Class Through New Book Release

On Thursday, the Republican Party unveiled the latest strategy in its ongoing struggle to appeal to the middle class, or any class outside of the 1 percent. The release of a new conservative manifesto, entitled Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class, is meant to serve as a first […]

May 22, 2014

Chipotle To Customers: Don’t Bring Assault Rifles To Meals

At Chipotle, you can have a side of chips with your order, but not a military assault rifle. Following an uncomfortable situation at a Chipotle restaurant in Dallas, Texas, in which a few customers brought SKS semi-automatic rifles to enjoy along with their food, the company issued a statement in which they urged gun owners to leave their […]

May 20, 2014

Report: Interest Groups Have Greatest Effect On Policy

A study published Monday by the Sunlight Foundation suggests that interest groups, not individual voters, are the primary catalysts of policy change in American government. Michigan State University political science professor Matt Grossmann studied “790 significant domestic policy changes” occurring since 1945, and found that interest groups were more likely to motivate change than “public opinion, research, events, […]

May 20, 2014

American Bridge Targets Koch Brothers And GOP Beneficiaries

On Thursday, the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge launched realkochfacts.com, a digital project that delves into the Koch brothers, their policy agenda, business impact, and political spending, including a state-by-state analysis of how the big-spending conservatives have affected local legislation. The website’s release comes on the same day that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to take […]

May 15, 2014

Christie’s Potomac Fever Persists Even As Approval Ratings Fall

Chris Christie is still thinking about running for president in 2016. In perhaps one of the most straightfoward answers the embattled New Jersey governor has given on the topic, Christie responded to CBS News’ Bob Schieffer’s question of whether he was thinking of running for president and when he would make a decision: “Yes, and later.” Adamant […]

May 15, 2014

Brush Fires Burn Hundreds Of Acres In San Diego, Santa Barbara Counties

By Tony Perry and Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO—Driven by hot, dry winds, fast-moving brush fires in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties burned hundreds of acres Tuesday and forced mandatory evacuations in both areas. With even higher temperatures forecast for Wednesday, fire officials throughout Southern California were gearing up for more hot spots […]

May 14, 2014

Boehner: ‘Democrats Are Probably Fundraising Off Of Benghazi Just Like We Are’

During a Monday appearance at a San Antonio Chamber of Commerce event, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) both conceded that Republicans are indeed using their ongoing Benghazi investigations to raise funds, and also claimed that Democrats are probably doing the same thing. When Boehner was asked about a National Republican Congressional Committee email asking for donations between […]

May 13, 2014

Karl Rove Suggests Hillary Clinton Has Brain Damage

For a professional strategist, Karl Rove doesn’t seem to be particularly strategic. During a public conference with former Obama administration press secretary Robert Gibbs and CBS correspondent Dan Raviv, Rove made a series of baseless and fallacious allegations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rove suggested that she suffered a “traumatic brain injury” and that […]

May 13, 2014

Report: Taxes Barely Affect Decisions To Move Between States

A report released by the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities on Thursday shows that differing tax rates among states have negligible effects on whether or where Americans choose to move. In other words: Rick Perry is wrong. For years, conservative economists and politicians have touted lower tax rates as a major incentive that draws […]

May 8, 2014

WATCH: Jon Stewart’s Bullet Points Over Benghazi

In the latest update on the “scandal” that just won’t quit, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) named Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former federal prosecutor, to lead the select committee that will conduct yet another investigation into the supposed cover-up staged by the White House following the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Republicans and […]

May 6, 2014
Obamacare

Report: Romneycare Saved Lives

According to a report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Massachusetts’ 2006 health care reform law — commonly known as Romneycare —  has been linked to a “significant decrease in all-cause mortality.” This new finding serves a political blow to the GOP, which is facing mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act — […]

May 6, 2014

Report: Obamacare Prevented Negative Q1 Growth

Republicans who have long insisted that Obamacare will “destroy the economy,” acting as a “poverty trap,” as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) put it. But new data show that without Obamacare, GDP growth for the first quarter of 2014 would have been negative. In the face of a particularly harsh and long winter, the United States […]

May 1, 2014

WATCH: Jon Stewart Takes Down ‘Grimm Shady’

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), the Staten Island congressman who infamously threatened to throw a journalist over a balcony and break him in half “like a boy,” is earning headlines again. But this time, rather than making colorful threats, Grimm is accused of defrauding the government, evading taxes, and a whole slew of other charges. The […]

May 1, 2014

NRA Abandons Hunters In Favor Of Oil And Gas Corporations

While the National Rifle Association is not best known for its environmental conscientiousness, its self-proclaimed status as “the number-one hunter’s organization in America” does give it a vested interest in preserving wildlife and its habitats. Since 2008, however, this interest has been slowly undermined by the oil and gas industry’s increasingly aggressive contributions to the NRA […]

April 29, 2014

Poll: Less Than 20 Percent Of Conservatives Want Jeb Bush As President

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that he is “thinking about running for president.” According to a new Economist/YouGov poll, however, Bush may want to think again. The poll finds that just about nobody wants to see another Bush in the White House. Only 15 percent of respondents want Bush to […]

April 24, 2014

Northwestern Football Players To Vote On Unionization Friday

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board made a surprising decision that recognized football players at Northwestern University as employees of the university, and, consequently, gave them the right to unionize. On Friday, Northwestern football players will hold a vote that will determine whether or not the players uphold the NLRB’s ruling. And while the vote […]

April 24, 2014
Global Warming, Climate Change

Poll: One In Four Americans Still Don’t Believe In Global Warming

Just in time for the arrival of an El Niño that could make 2014 the hottest year on record, Gallup has released a new poll revealing how Americans feel about the changing climate. Despite countless scientific reports regarding the dangers and immediacy of global warming, a quarter of Americans remain “solidly skeptical” of the phenomenon. According […]

April 22, 2014

GOP Congressman Can’t Quite Explain The Problem With Raising Minimum Wage

The GOP is having an increasingly difficult time explaining why its constituents don’t deserve a raise. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) attended a town hall meeting in Tampa, Florida to solicit votes for his campaign for a third term in Congress. But instead of getting a warm reception, Ross faced frustrated attendees who […]

April 17, 2014