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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 18:29:00

Donald Trump's speech will aim to terrify Americans with tales of murder and mayhem

The text for Donald Trump's speech tonight has just been released by Politico (though of course the Donald may go off script). It's dark. Trump's message is basically that America has turned into the bleakest bits of a "Mad Max" movie and only Trump can save us.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 07:47:00

The stakes for the planet in the 2016 election

Paul Krugman in this morning's New York Times argues that "the choice in 2016 is starker than ever before." Okay, people say that every year, but Krugman argues that the chasm between the parties on climate change — and the potential for the next president to determine whether "the ongoing revolution in renewable energy" continues — means that the stakes for the planet in the 2016 election are "deadly serious."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 09:44:00

GOP senators in battleground states take polling hit from Supreme Court obstructionism

Public Policy Polling finds that the strategy of total obstruction on filling the Supreme Court vacancy may hurt a number of Republican incumbent senators in tight races in blue or purple states.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 18:19:00

Reid slams GOP obstruction; McConnell may never consider a Democratic nominee

Mitch McConnell says stuff. The results are ugly.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:05:00

Could Republican obstructionism lead to a more liberal Supreme Court?

On Senate Republicans' risky political gambit.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:45:00

Republicans take political risk with obstructionist tactics on filling Justice Antonin Scalia's seat

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the seat will likely remain vacant for at least a year. President Barack Obama will nominate a replacement but Republicans in the Senate, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have pledged to block anyone Obama appoints, regardless of qualifications.  As the New York Times noted, "Mr. McConnell’s threat to block a confirmation could complicate the re-election chances of Republican senators in swing states."

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:54:00

Trump sets record attendance at Barton? Let's go to the tape.

Prior to the appearance of Donald Trump last night in Little Rock after a nearly two-hour delay, Barton Coliseum general manager Ralph Shoptaw came before the crowd to say that attendance for the Trump event, at 11,500, had broken a record at Barton set all the way back in 1974 during a show by the blues-rock band ZZ Top. Trump would later brag on the turnout from the stage, bumping the number up to 12,000 while saying he'd been setting similar records all over the country.  Photos and video from the event, however, would seem to tell a different story.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 08:59:00

Rand Paul: Tom Cotton wrong on criminal justice reform, country is "moving in the other direction"

Rand Paul makes the case against Tom Cotton's "tough on crime" demagoguery.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 08:28:00

President Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison

In an op-ed in the Washington Post today, President Barack Obama outlined a series of executive actions to reform the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons, including banning the use of the practice for juvenile offenders and as a punishment for prisoners who commit "low-level infractions."

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:42:00

Charles Pierce slams Tom Cotton on criminal justice reform

Charles Pierce attacks the "the bobble-throated Arkansas warbler." Nobody will get to the ambitious Tom Cotton's right, which only makes the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill a heavier lift in the Senate.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 15:16:00

South Carolina legislature votes to debate taking down the Confederate flag

After the South Carolina House voted 103-10 earlier today to debate removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, the Senate followed this afternoon by approving the amendment to debate with a voice vote. The measure enabling debate required two-thirds approval; now the General Assembly will take up the question later this summer of whether to take down the flag.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 15:39:00

South Carolina governor calls for Confederate flag to come down

As expected, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reversed course and called for the legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol:

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 13:48:00

Koch-backed advocacy groups will pressure lawmakers not to restore subsidies if King plaintiffs win

Big-money right-wing advocacy groups are prepping for a verdict in King v. Burwell, ready to fight any extension of subsidies in state legislatures, Congress, and in the national presidential campaign.

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 13:02:00

South Carolina governor to call for Confederate flag to be removed from Capitol grounds (UPDATED)

Local blogs and news outlets in South Carolina are reporting that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will call on the legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, according to "sources familiar with her plans." 

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:16:00

The partisan split on the Confederate flag

The Washington Post Wonkblog points out this morning that there's a reason that Republicans might be squeamish about taking on the Confederate flag. Republicans are twice as likely to have positive reactions to the flag (and half as likely to have a negative reaction).

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 16:28:00

Club for Growth targets Rep. Bruce Westerman on Export-Import Bank

The Club for Growth puts the pressure on Rep. Bruce Westerman with the O word.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 16:17:00

Huck hypocrisy

Mother Jones points out this morning, as Max did earlier this month, that Mike Huckabee probably isn't the one to be lecturing Hillary Clinton on government transparency, recounting a saga familiar to longtime readers.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:53:00

Conservative advocacy groups continue to push inexplicably awful ads in attempts to reach young people

Conservative advocacy groups target young people. Hilarity ensues.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:37:00

Republicans, they're just like us!

A new video campaign from a former Romney ad man aims to show that Republicans are people too.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:57:00

Another shoe truther: Herman Cain

We mentioned earlier today that Talking Point Memo's Sahil Kapur pointed out that Hillary Clinton critics have taken to a new conspiracy theory, which Kapur dubbed "shoe truthers." Remember the recent incident in which an audience member threw a shoe at Clinton while she was giving a speech in Las Vegas? Maybe it was staged! Shoe-ghazi!! Of course, if there was going to be a bananas theory, Herman Cain was going to show up.

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