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A Deeper Look At President Trump’s Lies and ‘Twistifications’

Thomas Jefferson was so dismayed by political deceptions that he coined a word for it. “Twistifications” referred to a brew of willful misinformation, tortured logic, and artful language designed to sway credulous audiences. Can President Trump get away with his multiple misdirections and twistifications for 1,460 days of intense scrutiny?

January 25, 2017
Confident Trump's first 100 days

How Trump Won — and How Candidates Will Win From Now On

Feigned purity can’t thrive, let alone survive in this era of hyper-exposure. Feigned invincibility can. Trump rode undaunted above his many scandals. That’s how one wins in this new era.

November 15, 2016
A demonstrator dressed as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump protests outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Trump Drives Spike Into Culture War Politics

Our friends the Koch brothers routinely give money to socially conservative groups to win over middle- or working-class followers otherwise not served by the family’s economic agenda. The brothers themselves have shrugged at gay marriage, saying they have no problem with it. Perhaps, just perhaps, the working-class whites targeted by culture warriors don’t really care all that much about these issues.

May 5, 2016

How George W. Bush Made It Possible for Donald Trump To Wreck the GOP

Donald Trump mentioned the one indisputable fact you’re never, ever supposed to point out as a Republican: George W. Bush was president on 9/11. The only way he could go any further would be to actually throw a shoe at a Bush.

February 15, 2016

8 Reasons Chris Christie Shouldn’t Be President (Other Than Bridgegate)

We didn’t have time to list all of them.

June 29, 2015

The 5 Worst Things Jeb Bush Has Said Recently

Here are five horrible flubs that reveal why Jeb Bush could be the GOP’s worst possible candidate in 2016—and will probably win the nomination anyway.

May 18, 2015

Giving The “Gays, Guns, And God” Bloc Reason To Stay Home In 2016

White evangelical voters don’t vote for things; they vote against them. And they vote against things by voting for the man who’s against them.

April 25, 2015

Media’s Email Hysteria: Why Are Republicans Exempt?

If Clinton’s use of a private email account is so shocking to the Beltway media, why did they barely notice (and care even less) when millions of emails disappeared from the Bush White House?

March 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Emails: Is This A Scandal? Or A ‘Scandal’?

Is there any evidence of actual wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton and her staff – or merely the same old stink of insinuation?

March 4, 2015

Duke: Racist Leader Was Scalise ‘Friend’ And Campaign Donor

David Duke’s top aide Kenneth Knight personally donated $1000 to Steve Scalise in 2008.

December 31, 2014

Cheney Leads Defense Of CIA Torture Of Prisoners

Cheney and other Bush administration figures are offering a spirited defense of torture.

December 15, 2014

Halloween In An Election Year

Trick-or-treating with Karl Rove.

October 23, 2014

Despite Polls, GOP Still Quietly Opposes Marriage Equality

Republicans still oppose marriage equality — they’ve just learned to keep quiet about it.

October 18, 2014

Is Karl Rove Really A Hardcore Racist — Or Is He Just Lazy?

Karl Rove is too indolent to coin a fresh racial insult for President Obama.

October 2, 2014

The Mystifying Election

What, if anything, are these midterms really about?

September 22, 2014

Karl Rove Still Can’t Find An Actual Obamacare Victim

Politics is a constantly changing business, but there are still a few things you can count on in every election cycle: like Karl Rove’s dark money group, Crossroads GPS, blowing its donors’ money on misleading, ineffective attack ads. Since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, its opponents have spent over $400 […]

August 8, 2014

Rove’s Top Campaign Funding Groups Keep Low Profile In 2014 Elections

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Not that long ago, Karl Rove emerged as a mastermind of a new type of campaign spending, leading a wave of outside groups whose ability to pour money into the 2010 midterm election helped Republicans gain control of the House and bolster GOP ranks in the Senate. […]

June 9, 2014

Republicans Say Comments On Hillary Clinton’s Health Are ‘Fair Game’

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health and age are “fair game” for political debate if she decides to run for president, Republicans argued Sunday, even as Democrats called it “pathetic” for GOP consultant Karl Rove to suggest recently that she suffered from some kind of “brain injury” two years […]

May 19, 2014

Bill Clinton: Hillary Does Not Have Brain Damage

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says his wife works out daily and is “still quicker than I am” when it comes to mental acuity, denying an assertion that a fall in 2012 left Hillary Clinton sicker than she’s admitted. Clinton’s defense of his wife’s health Wednesday was a […]

May 14, 2014

Bill Clinton ‘Dumbfounded’ By Rove’s Comments About Hillary

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Bill Clinton said he was “dumbfounded” by Karl Rove’s suggestion that his wife might have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, but shrugged off the incident and suggested that it was just the beginning of a GOP effort to raise questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s stamina. “I’ve got to give […]

May 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton Spokesman Slams Karl Rove Allegations About Her Health

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Smacking down incendiary allegations that Karl Rove made about Hillary Clinton’s health, a spokesman for former secretary of state said Tuesday that Rove was “lying” and that “the right has politicized” Clinton’s health from the moment she was treated for a blood clot after a fall 17 months ago. Rove, […]

May 13, 2014

Clinton ‘100 Percent’ Healthy, Aide Rebuts Brain Damage Claim

Washington (AFP) – Hillary Clinton’s health is “100 percent,” an aide asserted Tuesday after Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested the former secretary of state had suffered a serious brain injury in 2012. Rove made the remarks at a conference last Thursday that he attended with President Barack Obama’s former spokesman Robert Gibbs, according to the […]

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

The Party Of George W. Bush Or Ted Cruz?

Republicans will face a clear choice in 2016: Are they members of the party that destroys the economy accidentally, or on purpose? In the corner of unintentional destruction, we have the George W. Bush Republicans, represented by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). This week during a fundraising trip in Chicago, the governor seemed to reassure donors […]

February 16, 2014