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Kingmakers Beware: Phyllis Schlafly’s Never-Ending Campaign Outlives Her

“Highly placed New York kingmakers,” she wrote, “work toward ‘convergence’ between the Republican and Democratic parties so as to preserve their America Last foreign policy.” Yes, Phyllis Schlafly knew how these things worked. She was, therefore, well prepared when, in 1967, the kingmakers went after her.

September 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama’s Success Has Driven Republicans Out Of Their Minds

On the day that Donald Trump finally acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States and that the GOP nominee can’t win without declaring “victory” and attempting to terminally muddy the waters on the issue that made him a conservative hero, the president’s approval hit 54 percent in the Gallup daily tracking poll.

September 19, 2016
The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo

Most States On Track To Meet Emissions Targets They Call Burden

Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP’s early targets. And changes in the power market, along with policies favoring clean generation, are propelling most of the rest toward timely compliance, according to researchers, power producers and officials, as well as government filings reviewed by Reuters.

September 19, 2016
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Diverse And Perverse: The Coalition That Trump Built

“You begin to take all kinds of ways of changing people’s perception: who the Other is. And as soon as you can lower the Other—which, you know, Trump has done wonderfully. He’s used the word rapist. That’s a horrible word. Murderer . . . One group has been lowered; a different group has been raised. And the difference is that the one group can tell the other group to leave. Put on buses and taken away.”

September 10, 2016
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How The GOP Gamed The Voting System To Dominate And Why Elections Are An Anti-Democratic Mess

It may be an historic election, an election in which many states will be operating under rules adopted only in the last half dozen years. These rules affect the value of one’s vote and the ease of voting. All of this is occurring in a setting where fewer and fewer federal races are even competitive.

September 10, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Republicans’ Congress Lull Could Impede A Clinton Presidency

Republicans in Congress are planning a light legislative agenda as they return from their long summer break on Tuesday, a strategy some say is designed in part to bog down Hillary Clinton if she becomes president. It is not uncommon for the Congress to take it slow in an election year and legislative delays could work in Republicans’ favor if their nominee Donald Trump takes the White House in November.

September 6, 2016
U.S. Senator John McCain arrives on a visit at a migrant center near the village of Adasevci, Serbia February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo

Can Trump Fan Rubio Hold On To That Last Shred Of Dignity?

This is the stretch of the political season when presidential nominees swoop into key states to appear at rallies with candidates running for other offices. The big question facing top Republicans on the ballot is: Do I really want to be seen in public with Donald Trump?

September 6, 2016
U.S. currency notes are seen in a counting machine at a moneychanger in Jakarta, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta

States That Voted Against Obama Receive The Most Funding From His Administration

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently found that states which voted against President Obama twice are actually big-gumint takers. While the elected governments of red states perpetually tout austerity measures and use bumper-sticker platitudes like “pull yourselves up by the bootstraps” (or eat them for sustenance), the attitudes of voters at the voting booth and their state legislatures don’t actually reflect this sentiment.

September 4, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Fearful Trump Supporters Hold All Of Us Hostage

Trump has managed to persuade many working-class whites that illegal immigrants destroy neighborhoods, peddle drugs, murder innocents and drive down wages. They take well-paying jobs, he says, from citizens who deserve them.

September 3, 2016
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Don’t Save The Speaker—Let Him Go Down With The Trump Ship

It would take more pages than there are minutes in the day, of course, to document fully the ways Paul Ryan Republicanism—“regular” Republicanism—should not in any way, shape, or form be considered “normal.”

August 22, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a news conference in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Mr. Speaker, Stop Dishonest Trump And Let The GOP Lose

Here’s a crucial thing to know about Trump: He never tries to make his lies or delusions or fantasies make sense. He just spews to explain away the inexplicable.

August 12, 2016
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Susan Collins, GOP Senator: ‘I Am Unable To Support’ Trump’s Candidacy

Susan Collins, GOP Senator from Maine, announced Monday that she would not be voting for Donald Trump. Collins joins the growing list of Republicans refusing to support Trump, and her decision was made public in a scathing column for The Washington Post.

August 9, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is seen on video monitors as people take photographs during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Disenchanted Republicans To Float Ex-CIA Officer To Oppose Trump: Reports

Former CIA officer Evan McMullin has been a frequent critic of Trump on social media, calling him an authoritarian and criticizing his stance on civil rights as well as his refusal to release his tax returns.

August 8, 2016
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Cartoon: Possible Republican Commanders-in-Chief

Donald Trump’s ‘sacrifice.’

August 5, 2016
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The Road To Donald Trump Wasn’t Built In A Day

The implosion is so big it’s drowning out the “he said this monstrous thing” or “that easily caught lie.” Donald Trump has moved from the chaos candidate to the kamikaze candidate to the crazy-as-a-loon candidate. But none of his behavior is new. He’s been incoherent and ignorant — vulgar and indecent — since he started his campaign. The list of Republican defectors is now growing, but what took it so long?

August 4, 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus listens to a question during an interview in Washington May 6, 2016.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

GOP Operatives Are Starting To Freak Out As Much As The Rest Of Us About Donald Trump

You could argue this has been Trump’s strategy from the start. His stream-of-garbage/consciousness style has gotten him this far, so why would he stop now? Yet barely two weeks after nominating Trump, a growing number of Republicans are beginning to consider what might happen if he were just …to quit.

August 3, 2016
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Cartoon: Trump’s Purple Heart

“I’ve always wanted to get the real purple heart. This was much easier.”

August 3, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts to balloons, confetti and electronic fireworks as he stands with his son Barron (L) at the conclusion of the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

5 Ways Republicans Are On The Verge Of Unprecedented Political Domination

Even if Trump weren’t the nominee, America is on the verge of a massive decision, unlike any we’ve consciously faced in our lifetime.

July 25, 2016
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Ghosts Of History: Why America Recoils From Donald Trump

Listening to Trump assume the leadership of the Republican Party, a degrading event compared to death by many Republicans, inevitably brought thoughts of that party’s founding president.

July 22, 2016
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Trump Accepts Nomination, Vows To Put ‘America First’

Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of a legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness” as U.S. secretary of state and vowed to be tough on crime and illegal immigrants in a speech on Thursday accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

July 22, 2016
Demonstrators protesting Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (in window, L) are reflected in the side of his car as he departs after he was deposed for a lawsuit involving partners in a restaurant venture at offices in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Voters Aren’t Angry At The ‘Establishment,’ They’re Angry At Brown People

Millionaires who support Democrats vote against their own material interests, as do working people who vote for Republicans intent on destroying collective bargaining rights. We should assume that Black, Latino and Asian voters understand what they’re voting for and and are able to formulate their own visions of America. And we should assume the same about Trump voters.

June 20, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush (L) joins his brother Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) on the campaign trail for the first time in the 2016 campaign at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Call In The Big Gun: George W. Bush Criss-Crosses The Country For GOP Senators

The 43rd president recently headlined fundraisers for Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and will soon repeat the act for Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

June 20, 2016
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Some Republicans Push Back Against Trump’s Racism, Others Stay Silent

Following Donald Trump’s horrific response to the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, some prominent Republicans are expressing hesitation regarding their party’s nominee—from refusing to comment on his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim remarks to outright endorsing Hillary Clinton.

June 14, 2016
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Cartoon: Republican Unity Emerges

Donald Trump is taking Republicans along for the ride, whether they like it or not.

June 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his daughter Ivanka (L) looks on at a campaign event on the day that several states held presidential primary elections, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

GOP Gets What It Deserves With Trump

Republican establishment figures are feigning surprise over their nominee’s racism, misogyny, narcissism and contempt for the rule of law, but they are being disingenuous. They’ve known for years the sort of man Donald Trump is. And they welcomed him and his money.

June 11, 2016