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5 Horrible Republican Ideas & Beliefs Conservatives Will Never Let Die

In the Republican Party, the life expectancy of a terrible idea is forever.

April 27, 2015
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Jeb Bush Says He Opposes Closing Gitmo, Doesn’t Read New York Times

Jeb touts his preferences in a recent interview, among which he noted that he doesn’t read The New York Times.

March 27, 2015
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The GOP’s Loud ‘Yes’ To ‘No’

Congressional Republicans are killing their party’s chances of winning the White House.

March 2, 2015
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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

Is it too late for bipartisanship in Congress?

February 19, 2015
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U.S. Chamber Election Spending At Odds With Immigration Push

Want comprehensive immigration reform? Stop bankrolling the GOP.

October 20, 2014
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Book Review: ‘To Make Men Free’

Find out the GOP abandoned moderation — over and over again.

October 17, 2014
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From Clinton To Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

Making predictions is a perilous practice for any political journalist. Too often, the would-be seers turn out to be dead wrong – as can be attested to by George Will, Michael Barone, Larry Kudlow, and the humiliated boy genius on Fox News, all of whom projected a big victory for Mitt Romney in 2012. Yet there […]

August 1, 2014
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Today In GOP Rebranding: Don’t You Miss George W. Bush?

After the GOP’s humbling defeats in the 2012 elections, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus released an “autopsy report” laying out the party’s urgent need to rebrand itself if it hopes to compete in future elections. It hasn’t been going well. And, based on his latest fundraising pitch, even Priebus has given up on the […]

July 7, 2014
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Obama Vows To Act After Republicans Kill Immigration Bill Hopes

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama ignited a new power showdown with Republicans Monday, vowing to fix America’s broken immigration system on his own after Congress refused to vote on his top remaining domestic priority this year. Obama rebuked Republican leaders who he said will not pass a “darned bill” because they are afraid of […]

June 30, 2014
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McConnell Promises To Fight Abortions If GOP Wins Control Of Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hard at work on the Senate’s agenda — that is, of course, if Republicans take over in November. As Cortney O’Brien reports at the conservative site Town Hall, McConnell used the last day of the National Right to Life Convention to vow that he and his fellow Republicans would […]

June 30, 2014
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Meet The New Campaign To Pressure Both Parties On Women’s Economic Concerns

Tuesday marks the launch of Make It Work, a three-year, non-profit campaign that hopes to call attention to women’s economic security — or, one may argue, insecurity. Make It Work is specifically focused on the economic inequality experienced by women, which the organizers believe is too often ignored or forgotten in broader discussions of income and wealth […]

June 17, 2014
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Cantor To Resign As Majority Leader; GOP Leadership Scramble Begins

By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A battle royale emerged Wednesday among House Republicans jockeying to move up the leadership ladder after Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat to a tea party newcomer. Cantor, a seven-term Republican from Virginia, is expected to resign his post as the No. 2 […]

June 11, 2014
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From ‘Grand Old’ To ‘Shameless New’ — Trading National Security For Political Gain

One would think that on the weekend of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy – a day on which almost 10,000 fathers, brothers, and sons of our greatest generation were killed as they began the liberation of Europe – the Republican political establishment would at least press “pause” on partisan attacks that use our […]

June 10, 2014
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Mississippi’s GOP Senate Primary Race Stays Bitter To The End

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Downright dirty politics is one way to describe Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has shaped up as the most brutally competitive of the season. And it’s likely to be a nail-biter until the bitter end. Senator Thad Cochran, the stately 74-year-old incumbent seeking a seventh term, […]

June 3, 2014
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Conservative Tide Continues To Ebb, Particularly On Social Issues

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—Self-professed conservatives have long outnumbered liberals in America, but the gap has narrowed significantly in the last four years, particularly on social issues, a shift that could harm GOP prospects in future elections. On social issues, the number of people who identify themselves as liberal is now almost equal […]

May 29, 2014
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California Republicans Say Democrats Harris, Newsom Looking Ahead To 2018

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Republicans trying to unseat California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris share a common complaint: The two Democrats are so confident of re-election that they’re already laying ground to run for governor in 2018. “She’s looking right past us,” David King, a Harris […]

May 19, 2014
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Five Tea Party Favorites Headed For Defeat In GOP Primaries

The 2014 midterm elections are kicking into high gear, with GOP primaries throughout the nation being watched closely as “establishment” Republicans and Democrats alike anticipate the defeat of several Tea Party candidates. Just four years ago, the Tea Party emerged as a powerful and, for some, fresh force in the Republican Party. Today, however, ultraconservatives are struggling […]

May 19, 2014
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Christie Tells D.C. Audience He’s Still Thinking About Running For President

By Herb Jackson, The Record (Hackensack, NJ) WASHINGTON — “Yes.” With that one word, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a friendly Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that he is still thinking about running for president, even as dual crises continue to bedevil his administration. And with another word he told the high-profile crowd when he’ll make […]

May 15, 2014
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Ron Johnson’s Obamacare Lawsuit Is Becoming Messy — For Him And The Far Right

As Republicans slowly retreat from their war on the Affordable Care Act, ultra-conservative Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit is threatening to turn into one more headache they would prefer to forget. In January, Johnson filed a lawsuit against an Obamacare measure allowing the federal government to contribute to the premiums of lawmakers and their […]

May 14, 2014
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Spring Election Hopes Dim For The Tea Party Movement

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The tea party movement’s 2014 prospects began to crumble in North Carolina this week, and more trouble appears to be on the way around the country in the next few weeks. North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis crushed the tea party’s candidate in Tuesday’s Republican U.S. Senate primary […]

May 7, 2014
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Former Florida Governor Charlie Christ Says Bigots A ‘Big Reason’ He Left GOP

By Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald Democrat Charlie Crist is offering up a new and inflammatory reason he left the GOP: Too many Republicans oppose President Barack Obama because he’s black. Crist made the remarks Tuesday in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that instantly drew rebukes from Republicans who said the party-switching former governor […]

May 7, 2014
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The Entire GOP Agenda Is A Talking Point Designed To Mislead The American People

The GOP’s latest #Benghazi smoking gun revealed earlier this week illuminated two #shocking details. First of all, the White House and the CIA agreed on their talking points in the immediate wake of the tragedy of the deaths of four Americans at a CIA outpost in Libya. Secondly, government officials sometimes may use talking points […]

May 2, 2014
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WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better For Economy Than Ronald Reagan

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has some explaining — and penance — to do. On Wednesday, Mother Jones dug up some old videos of the self-proclaimed libertarian slamming Republican hero Ronald Reagan’s economic policies for increasing government spending and debt. In 2007, while stumping on behalf of his father’s presidential campaign, […]

April 23, 2014
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Republicans Still Aren’t Ready To Be The ‘iPhone Party’

Could Republicans make the government run more like the app store on your smartphone? That’s the suggestion that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) offered during Saturday’s weekly Republican address. “Just imagine if instead of mandating things for you to do, your government became a platform, just like your iPhone, enabling you to create a happier, safer, […]

April 21, 2014
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LBJ’s Way

WASHINGTON — History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified […]

April 10, 2014
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