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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Ted Cruz
Krugman

Paul Krugman: Republicans Are On The Brink Of Completing A Long, Deadly Con

On Thursday, the New York Times columnist called Republicans’ efforts to roll back some of the savage Medicaid cuts a “scam.” That’s because McConnell’s health care legislation dictates tax-favored health savings accounts pay insurance premiums. This would not only enable the rich to set up huge tax shelters, but subject them to marginal tax rates, providing obscene savings.

July 14, 2017
Franken

#EndorseThis: Senator Franken, Still Funny After All These Years

Today Al Franken releases a new book, Giant of the Senate, whose very title indicates that he no longer feels quite so comedically constrained as when he entered politics. It’s funny as hell — and includes a full chapter on that most unpopular Senator, up for reelection next year, Ted Cruz. Here Franken tells the story of a very special personalized joke he penned just for his favorite Texas Republican.

May 30, 2017
Right-wing, Trump supporters

How I Escaped Being A Right-Wing Extremist

When I was young, I was taught that liberals and Democrats were brainwashed and trained to ignore the truths about what was really going on in America. Arguing with a liberal was a complete waste of time, my dad would say. No child should be taught that the only options in this life are to “hate or be hated.”

February 10, 2017
Seth Meyers reviews 2016's political train-wreck

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Looks Back At 2016’s Political Train-wreck

Late Night host Seth Meyers reviews many of the most amusing moments we might have forgotten, following a year we may well prefer to forget: from Clinton’s awkward appeal for the youth vote to the trashy insult contest between Marco Rubio and Trump that concluded with the latter advertising his genitalia. He clearly feels special affection for Ben Carson, Trump’s clueless nominee for housing secretary, whose long, strange political trip culminates in a remarkable moment.

January 2, 2017
GOP, Right-Wing, Trump 2016

12 Moments Of Right-Wing Horror And Absurdity In 2016

It’s a little hard to celebrate the end of 2016, a truly awful year, when in 20 days, a petty, vindictive man with the maturity and impulse control of a five-year-old and the ossified views of a dinosaur will be president.

January 1, 2017
Republicans, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump

5 Totally Ridiculous Republican Reversals In 2016

With the election over and Republicans occupying all branches of government, as well as controlling most state legislatures, it’s easy to forget that just a few short months ago the Republican Party seemed to be collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions.

December 27, 2016
Trump conspiracy theories, tax returns

The Dark Conspiracy Theories That Consume The Mind Of Donald Trump

Trump seemingly can’t, or chooses not to, distinguish fact from fiction, and he has a long history of adopting conspiracy theories and Tweeting about them.

December 5, 2016
Republican Rand Paul

Willing To Oppose Trump, Some Senate Republicans Gain Leverage

A small number of influential Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block Trump’s appointments, derail his thaw with Russia and prevent the planned border wall

November 22, 2016
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Bannon’s Gravy Train Is Secretive Radical Right-Wing Billionaire Family

Bannon’s revolution is being led by the very people Trump demonized in Rust Belt states — the elite players in American finance and media. No one epitomizes that contradiction as clearly as the billionaire Mercer family.

November 16, 2016
Sean Hannity

5 Fresh Right-Wing Outrages: Trump Surrogates Reach Hysterical New Heights

Ted Cruz threatens the Constitution, Sean Hannity goes crazy over emails, and Trump surrogates reach hysterical new heights justifying sexual assault.

October 30, 2016
kayfabe

Trump’s ‘Celebrity Candidate 2016’ Will End — Even Without A Concession Speech

So now “Celebrity Candidate 2016” is about to be canceled. What’s more, there’s no audience for repeat broadcasts after everybody knows who won.

October 26, 2016

Ted Cruz Isn’t The First To Get Booed Off Stage

The scene was remarkably similar to one 52 years ago, in another Republican convention.

July 21, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Ted Cruz Jeered, Wife Escorted Out At Raucous Republican Convention

Anti-Trump Republican delegate Ken Cuccinelli told Reuters he escorted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, off the floor of the Republican National Convention out of concern for her safety.

July 20, 2016
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz’s Four Year Political Survival Guide

“December 2017. In one of the few highlights of her presidency, Hillary Clinton annexes Canada. I was American all along!”

July 20, 2016
Trump, Sessions, nativism,

Unlike Trump, Republicans Only Supported The Brexit After The Vote

Although Donald Trump has been rooting for Britain to leave the European Union well before the Brexit decision on Friday morning, some Republicans joined him in taking an affirmative stance on the issue—but only after the vote actually happened.

June 25, 2016
Presidential impressions

#EndorseThis: An Eighth Grade Presidential Impressionist

Occasionally, in the grim, months-long slog of the presidential election cycle, there is a brief beacon of light and hope for the next generation.

June 17, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Nihilist Ted, Back To The Back Bench

Failed campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will now recast himself as a party leader whose legislative agenda was endorsed by donors who backed him and citizens who cast their votes for him in primaries and caucuses. After reading 55 bills and 115 resolutions filed by Cruz, here’s the takeaway. Cruz is a destroyer.

June 11, 2016
Trump, Right Wing, Empathy

The Definitive List: Who Deserves Blame For The Nomination Of Donald Trump?

We know Republicans are responsible for Trump, because you can be assured they’ll take credit for him if he wins. Here’s a quick review of who deserves the most blame.

May 30, 2016
A sign is seen at the entrance of the Exxonmobil Port Allen Lubricants Plant in Port Allen, Louisiana, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lee Celano

Is ExxonMobil Responsible For Lying About Climate Change? Republican Senators Say Fraud Is ‘Free Speech’

A group of Republican senators has written a letter to the U.S. Attorney General to stifle any future federal inquiries concerning climate change, claiming it violates the First Amendment rights of corporations like Exxon, which suppressed its research into the phenomenon for several decades.

May 27, 2016
Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold their hands to their chest as the national anthem is played at a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File photo

Republicans Are Architects Of Their Present Misfortune

What first seemed a joke, then an unsettling possibility and then a troubling likelihood, became a grim certainty last week as Donald Trump, real estate developer turned reality show ringmaster turned would-be president, won an emphatic victory in Indiana’s Republican primary — leaving Trump the de facto nominee of what used to be called, with some pride, the Party of Lincoln.

May 8, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Governor John Kasich celebrates in front of his wife Karen (L) and daughter Reese (2nd L) after winning the Ohio primary Republican presidential election at a campaign rally in Berea, Ohio March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Kasich To Bow Out Of 2016 Race

Donald Trump is now the lone Republican in the 2016 race. It seems the Party of Lincoln is finally united, but this is hardly the sort of union that Lincoln imagined.

May 4, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign event at Lakeside Plastics in Oshkosh, Wisconsin March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Ted Cruz Suspends Presidential Campaign After Indiana Loss

Trump walked away with most, if not all, of Indiana’s 57 delegates, the biggest trove until the June 7 primaries, where New Jersey and California will go to the polls.

May 4, 2016
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Republican Elites Are Lining Up Behind Trump

Donald Trump’s strong showing in the last round of primaries looks set to continue today as Indiana voters go to the polls. As he has continued to win primary contests, his dominance has been making Ted Cruz delegates reconsider the way they plan on voting at the Republican National Convention.

May 3, 2016

Endorse This: A Ted Cruz Farewell Special

That’s a great speech, Ted. But it’s too little, too late. Good luck in the private sector, and God help us all.

May 3, 2016