Thursday, November 26, 2015
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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

Republicans need to believe that Barack Obama is a failure on par with George W. Bush and nothing you say will change that. But if politics come up at Thanksgiving, make these points for the benefit of your relatives who are not immune to facts.

November 23, 2015

Mitt Romney Now Celebrates His Greatest Accomplishment — Obamacare

Now that he’s out of politics, even Mitt Romney is finally able to embrace the truth.

October 23, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Unfortunate “LIE” Sign

A bunch of people have noticed a problem with Jeb Bush’s setup for his big speech on health care.

October 13, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015
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How The Debate Over Health Care Is Changing — Just In Time For The 2016 Election

The national health care debate is poised to enter a new phase, more focused on consumers’ pocketbooks than on relitigating the 5-year-old Affordable Care Act.

October 11, 2015
Men sail model boats at a pond in Spanish Springs at the world's largest retirement community The Villages in Central Florida June 17, 2015.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Obamacare Not Spurring More Early Retirements Yet Despite Predictions

The Affordable Care Act is doing plenty of good for older Americans, but one thing it is not doing is convincing them to retire early.

October 2, 2015

Clinton Calls For Repeal Of ‘Cadillac Tax’ On High-End Healthcare Plans

Hillary Clinton: “I encourage Congress to repeal the so-called Cadillac Tax, which applies to some employer-based health plans, and to fully pay for the cost of repeal.”

September 29, 2015
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Obamacare After Obama

Obamacare now seems safe. Its imperfections well-documented, it remains a work in progress. But whoever is the next president should be grateful to have a universal health care program on which to build

September 22, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

5 Imaginary Problems GOP Candidates Would Rather Solve Than Real Ones

In case you missed them during three hours of pessimism, lies, and awkward posturing, here are five imaginary crises Republican candidates will fix by repeating all of the mistakes we’ve already made.

September 21, 2015
Donald Trump and Rick Perry, 2013

5 Reasons It’s So Easy For Trump To Make Republicans Look Like Fools

Why is Trump so successful in drawing his opponents into battles they can’t win? He riffs on a Republican Party that is ripe for contemptible comedy, ridiculous rhetoric, and daring demagoguery.

September 14, 2015
A guest takes a video of U.S. President Barack Obama with his mobile phone during a welcome reception for the WNBA Champions Phoenix Mercury team at the East Room of the White House in Washington

5 Huge Historical Events That America Is Mostly Ignoring

Some truly historic things have unfolded this summer, and been only glanced at by a media transfixed on conflict and personality.

September 7, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to a small crowd at Cass Screw Machine Company on Aug. 18, 2015 in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Walker announced his "Day One Plan" to replace Obamacare. (Glenne Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Walker Offers Obamacare Alternative As He Tries To Regain Footing In GOP Race

Walker’s plan is missing many key details, including specifics on how he would pay for it.

August 18, 2015

5 Reasons The GOP Is In Worse Shape Now Than It Was In 2012

The Republican Party, after eight years of plotting Obama’s demise, is in far worse shape than it was the last time it lost the presidency. Here’s why.

August 17, 2015

Republican Governors Buck Party Tenets To Seek Expanded Medicaid

Republican governors are pressing forward to expand Medicaid even after being stymied by lawmakers in their own party.

July 30, 2015
Bush answers a question from the audience during a town hall campaign stop at the VFW Post in Hudson

Jeb Bush Keeps Clarifying: He Wants To Replace Medicare

Repeating himself, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated a talking point about social spending that some question.

July 24, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican Cruz Uses Senate Perch To Blast Supreme Court

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday stepped up his criticisms of the U.S. Supreme Court over its recent decisions on gay marriage and Obamacare.

July 22, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the recent Iran nuclear deal during a news conference at the White House in Washington

5 Reasons Barack Obama May Be Having The Best Year Of Any Recent President

Republicans hated — and tried to obstruct — President Obama from his first day in office. Nevertheless, he has achieved much of what he set out to do. And it’s worth noting just how much Obama achieved in the last year alone.

July 20, 2015
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Polls: Americans Like SCOTUS’ Obamacare Ruling — But Opponents Are Stubborn

At the same time, the Kaiser poll also found that those who disapprove of the decision largely remain set in their views even if it is explained that the decision will help people.

July 1, 2015

Obama’s Lonely Road

Foes of a Trans-Pacific Partnership argue that it would ignore environmental and labor standards. Actually, it would impose rules that did not exist before.

June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Spared America A Cataclysm

It’s clear that Republicans consider the high court’s 6-3 decision a bitter defeat. In the hours after it was announced, Republican frustration was palpable.

June 30, 2015

The Acceleration Of History

Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.

June 29, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Jiggery-Pokery’

Larry Wilmore couldn’t help but send up Justice Antonin Scalia’s bitter dissent in Thursday’s major victory for Obamacare.

June 26, 2015
Protesters in Minnesota call for smaller government and the repeal of the health care law enacted in March, 2010. (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Right-Wing Trolls — From Scalia On Down — Take On The Obamacare Decision

Right wingers are going into apoplexy over the Supreme Court’s decisive 6-3 ruling upholding federal health insurance subsidies under Obamacare — and a lot of it is pretty entertaining.

June 25, 2015

Antonin Scalia Defeated — By Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia did not simply lose today’s key ruling on the federal health insurance subsidies for the Affordable Care Act — he had his own previous arguments turned against him.

June 25, 2015

Endorse This: Obama’s Victory Lap

“Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court — the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

June 25, 2015
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