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Jeb Bush

Can Jeb Bush Make It Right With The Right?

Can the Tea Party learn to love Jeb Bush?

February 25, 2015
Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Chooses To Be Cross-Examined At CPAC

Jeb Bush is getting ready to face the right wing.

February 20, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

What The Right Doesn’t Get About Obama And Religion

You can learn a lot from the conservative freak-out over Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech.

February 11, 2015
Kansas flag

Grisly Language Propels Kansas Anti-Abortion Bill As U.S. Model

Kansas Republicans have found an upsetting new way to fight abortion.

February 10, 2015
Jonathan Gruber

Republicans Still Think You’re Stupid

What the Jonathan Gruber sideshow reveals about today’s GOP.

December 11, 2014
Jim DeMint

Kingmaker Or Royal Pain To GOP: DeMint Building Heritage Into Conservative Force

Not all Republicans are thrilled with the Heritage Foundation’s growing impact.

December 2, 2014
Texas flag

Neo-Nazis Vs. The Klan? It Must Be East Texas

You won’t believe this story out of Texas.

November 6, 2014
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Endorse This: The Right-Wing Ebola Playbook

See the right’s Ebola scare tactics in action.

October 21, 2014
Columbus

This Week In Crazy: Atheists Ruined Columbus Day, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Ebola conspiracies, gay brainwashing, and so much more.

October 17, 2014
Michelle Bachmann

Retiring Bachmann Signals She’s Still In The Game

Good news for political satirists: Michele Bachmann isn’t going anywhere.

October 15, 2014
Erik Rush

This Week In Crazy: Obama Gives New Mexico To ISIS, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Phil Robertson As ISIS continues to wage a campaign of terror across the Middle East, Fox News’ Sean Hannity turned to the one man […]

September 5, 2014
Kris Kobach screenshot

Republicans Need A New ‘Go-To Guy’ On Immigration

Republicans know they need to broaden their party’s appeal to Hispanic voters to have a realistic shot at winning the 2016 presidential election. But on the key issue of immigration, they can’t seem to help but follow far-right leaders over a cliff of extremism. Writing for Reuters on Monday, Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason explain how as President Obama […]

August 25, 2014
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Endorse This! Archconservative Senator Says Fox News Is Too Extreme — Even For Him

Just how “fair and balanced” is Fox News’ coverage? Even Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) — who is so dedicated to blocking the Democratic agenda that his colleagues nicknamed him “Dr. No” — says it’s too biased for him to watch. Click above to see the most conservative senator’s thoughts on Fox — and share this […]

August 15, 2014
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

The So-Called ‘War On Whites’ Is A Fight The GOP Can’t Win

At this point, you really have to wonder: Is it still news when a Republican says something asinine? On the off chance it is, let us spend a few moments pondering the strange case of Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who said last week that the Democratic Party is waging a “War on Whites.” Yeah, he […]

August 11, 2014
Hillary Clinton

The Summer Of The Anti-Hillary Clinton Books Rolls On

By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times In June, Hillary Clinton released a new book that served as the unofficial kickoff to a presidential campaign set to hit the homestretch in the summer of 2016. But for the moment she’s enduring what Politico called “the summer of the anti-Clinton books,” and what a left-leaning website called […]

August 6, 2014
Akin

Todd Akin Is Back, And More Delusional Than Ever

Former congressman and horrifically failed Senate candidate Todd Akin is back — and he’s still making life miserable for his fellow Republicans. Akin, whose 2012 bid to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) imploded when he infamously declared that women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut […]

July 14, 2014
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On July 4, A Message For Patriots Of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I always remember what my late father taught me about love of country. He was a deeply patriotic man, much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to mock as “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”  It is a phrase from a Rudyard Kipling story that […]

July 3, 2014
AFP Photo/Mark Wilson

Eric Cantor And The Tea Party Purge

WASHINGTON — In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.” In November of 2010, Eric Cantor said: “The Tea Party are … an organic movement that played a tremendously positive role in this election. I mean, certainly, it produced […]

June 11, 2014
Billboard questions whereabouts of Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl

What Will Become Of Right-Wing Bergdahl Billboard?

Among the bellwethers of right-wing politics in western Washington state is a popular and iconic billboard perched next to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, almost exactly halfway between Portland and Seattle, featuring a cartoon image of Uncle Sam pointing his finger at the reader, while the crude block letters next to him form not-infrequently-misspelled […]

June 6, 2014
Angela Merkel

Merkel Leads Fightback Against Eurosceptic Charge

Brussels (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed the charge against eurosceptics and the far-right Monday after France’s National Front (FN) and Britain’s UKIP led anti-EU parties in a stinging rebuke for Brussels. “Earthquake” in Europe, read the headlines, summing up a day of trauma for establishment parties and the accepted consensus that the European […]

May 26, 2014
Marine Le Pen

Eurosceptic Parties Cause ‘Earthquake’ At EU Polls

Brussels (AFP) – France’s far-right National Front and Britain’s UKIP led a eurosceptic “earthquake” in EU parliamentary polls, sending shockwaves across Europe and beyond. The EU Parliament’s own projections early on Monday showed the extent of the anti-EU breakthrough, with eurosceptic parties set to win around 140 seats in the 751-seat assembly. The most emphatic […]

May 26, 2014
At scene of Nevada ranch standoff, ‘citizen soldiers’ are on guard

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]

May 5, 2014
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

After Setbacks, Tea Party Members Vow To Reinvent Movement

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — By most measures, it’s been a dire few months for the Tea Party. Its candidates stumbled in two Texas primary races. Supporters in Congress failed to block bipartisan deals to increase government spending and raise the debt ceiling. And a high-stakes bid to defeat Obamacare led […]

March 25, 2014
Conservatives Attend CPAC

The Right’s New Clothes

WASHINGTON — Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas? Are they really reappraising their approach, or are they trying to adjust their image just enough to win elections? One way to look at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference is as a faceoff between the “No […]

March 10, 2014
Conservatives Attend CPAC

Conservative Gathering Reflects Challenge For GOP

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times OXON HILL, Md. — After steep losses in the 2012 election, there was broad agreement within the Republican Party that its biggest challenge was bridging the divide with key voter groups — minorities, women and young voters — who threw their support behind President Barack Obama, giving him the […]

March 9, 2014