Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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The Right’s Political Correctness

None of the leading Republicans is willing to challenge to the party’s rightward lurch over the past decade.

May 25, 2015
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The Wrong Questions About Iraq

Republican presidential candidates are tripping all over each other to say that we shouldn’t have invaded Iraq. Unfortunately, there are far more relevant questions that Republican and Democratic candidates alike need to answer.

May 14, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Sympathy For…Ted Cruz!

Larry Wilmore felt nauseous at what he was seeing — that somebody managed to almost make him feel sorry for Ted Cruz.

May 14, 2015
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Thanks, Jeb: Republicans Now Oppose The Iraq War!

GOP candidates are now saying the Iraq War was a mistake, indicating that the race has officially crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

May 13, 2015
Dont tread of me

Anti-Government Resistance Now The Beating Heart Of GOP

Insane, paranoiac, anti-government prattle flows like sewage from the political right. Duly elected leaders, putatively responsible people, give credence to the crazy idea that the federal government is about to attack Texas. Why?

May 11, 2015
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Ben Carson: Fix Economy To Address Poverty

Though he lacks political experience, Carson arguably has the most compelling personal story of any candidate.

May 8, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: Never Forget Sodom And Gomorrah

Global warming is good for your lawn, Texas paranoia abounds, and we found the most adorably deranged complaint ever filed in federal court. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

May 8, 2015
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Ruling On NSA Phone Data Splits GOP Presidential Hopefuls

A court decision Thursday that declared the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata to be illegal revealed a sharp split among several Republican presidential hopefuls over the scope of the surveillance.

May 7, 2015
DissentIsNotAConspiracyTheory

Why Did Texas Politicians Cave In To Delusional Paranoia?

Name-brand Texas politicians such as Gov. Greg Abbot and Sen. Ted Cruz have made fools of themselves by lending plausibility to what is essentially a mass psychiatric delusion.

May 6, 2015
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GOP Campaign Slogan: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

“Republicans have always been trusted more on national security,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, “and Obama has been a weaker leader than people expected.”

May 2, 2015
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Giving The “Gays, Guns, And God” Bloc Reason To Stay Home In 2016

White evangelical voters don’t vote for things; they vote against them. And they vote against things by voting for the man who’s against them.

April 25, 2015
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CNN Poll: Hillary Clinton Way Ahead Of GOP Field

Of the eight Republicans tested, Marco Rubio currently comes the closest against Clinton — but even he is trailing by a 14-point margin.

April 20, 2015
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Will Someone Tell Wayne LaPierre ‘Normal’ Is Gone For Good?

In America, markers of identity — gender, race, ethnicity — have a way of becoming identity itself, of blinding us to the singular, individual one in front of us.

April 20, 2015
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If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

Voters should listen closely to the Republicans who assert that they are the true spokesmen for the working class. What do they propose to address inequality? And how “authentic” is their concern?

April 17, 2015
U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

April 17, 2015
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There’s Plenty of Money. Really.

Republican lawmakers always tell us there isn’t enough money. But in fact there is plenty — it’s just hard to find when an entire class of taxpayers can avoid paying their share.

April 14, 2015
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Marco Rubio, Once Seen As Front-Runner, Has Some Catching Up To Do

Despite the early buzz, Rubio finds himself just another name in an increasingly crowded field of 2016 presidential rivals who have chipped away at what were once his strongest assets.

April 14, 2015
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As Clinton Eyes Presidency, So Does Republican Rubio

Washington (AFP) — US Democrats have their 2016 presidential frontrunner in Hillary Clinton, but the Republican field remains wide open — and it got even wider Monday with first-term Senator Marco Rubio jumping into the race. Rubio — a Florida lawmaker and son of immigrants from Cuba who is equally at ease discussing foreign policy, […]

April 13, 2015
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Ted Cruz’s Latino Heritage Not Seen As Part Of His ‘Political Persona’

Ted Cruz has waning Latino support, as he’s focused much of his political energy at courting conservatives and tea-partiers.

April 13, 2015
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Marco Rubio Is The Best GOP Candidate: 5 Reasons That’s Horrible

Despite his once-sane views on immigration, his pleasant demeanor, and his optimism, Marco Rubio’s policies are atrocious. Possibly even more atrocious than those of his Republican competitors.

April 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. Cruz announced his presidential bid Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Will Ted Cruz Super PACs Usher In New Frontier Of Donor Influence?

One of the constellation of committees appears to be underwritten by Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer and his family. Campaign lawyers said the arrangement is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

April 9, 2015
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2016 Presidential Candidates Address Inequality (Sort Of)

At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class. Alas the “solution” they propose just offers aid to the same corporate elites who’ve been knocking them down.

April 8, 2015
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Rand Paul’s First Challenge: Defeat Ted Cruz

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are already picking at each other as the two senators grapple for support from Republican voters.

April 7, 2015
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Rand Paul’s First Challenge: Defeat Ted Cruz

Both seen as conservatives just outside the mainstream of the party, Paul and Cruz will compete for support from the same voter demographic during the GOP primary, meaning that only one of these men will likely have a realistic shot at challenging establishment candidates like Jeb Bush.

April 7, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Approaching 2016 Campaign Kickoffs A Blend Of Pageantry, Calculation

For the next several weeks, presidential-candidate announcements will be trumpeted as big news. We’re all about to watch a lot of political theater.

April 4, 2015
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