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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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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 17:54:00

Senate ad highlights Obamacare success story

The ad above has hit the airwaves in Alaska, where Sen. Mark Begich faces a tough re-election campaign in Alaska. It's well done. Millions of people have gained coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. The ad tells the story of one: Lisa Keller of Anchorage, a breast cancer survivor who was denied health insurance because of her pre-existing condition. "I now have health insurance again," Keller says, "because of Mark Begich."

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:12:00

Hillary Clinton watch: "I'm thinking about it"

"I am thinking about it." The national media has been hyperventilating for months about when Mrs. Inevitable, Hillary Clinton, will announce a run for president, so yesterday's hedging was headline news. (Slate: "Hillary Clinton Says (Publicly) She’s Thinking About Another White House Run.") Here we go!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 13:05:00

More than two thirds of cuts in Ryan budget would slash programs for the poor

Paul Ryan's recently released budget was supposed to be a "comprehensive anti-poverty agenda" that would "speak directly to people who have fallen through the cracks." Lately, of course, Ryan has been aggressively trying to re-brand himself as an advocate for the poor. The Ayn Rand fan with no time for the 47 percent of takers? That was the old Ryan, and it doesn't sell politically with a public increasingly concerned about inequality. But what would his budget actually do? The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is releasing a report today and finds that a whopping 69 percent of the cuts target programs for low-income people — Medicaid, food stamps, grants for college, SSI, school lunch and child nutrition programs, and more.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 15:58:00

Pryor likely to join in filibuster of federal minimum wage bill

Nearly every Senate Democrat will likely back the federal minimum wage hike. But not Mark Pryor.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 08:28:00

Obama's secret service agents get drunk, sent home

What happens in the Netherlands...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 09:56:00

Tea Party and establishment GOP gear up for another fight over budget deal; whither Tom Cotton?

Politico reports on the latest round in the intra-party squabble within the GOP, with groups like Heritage Action and Club for Growth lobbying against the budget deal brokered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan with Democratic counterpart Patty Murray. 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 16:13:00

Nothing for the long-term unemployed in the Ryan-Murray budget deal

The modest budget deal between U.S. Reps Paul Ryan and Patty Murray is a small step forward for "sound governing and economic policy," writes Jonathan Cohn at the New Republic.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 09:38:00

Congress nearing budget deal?

Congress being Congress I wouldn't hold my breath, but the Washington Post reports that Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Paul Ryan are close on a possible budget deal to fund the government past Jan. 15. 

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 11:00:00

Santorum compares Mandela's fight against injustice to GOP's fight against Obamacare

Even worse than Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke reporting the death of Nelson Mandela as the subject of a new film with "awards buzz," former senator Rick Santorum yesterday linked Mandela with Republicans' fight against Obamacare on Fox News.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:26:00

Race and politics in the age of Obama

Jonathan Chait has an essay up this morning at New York magazine reflecting on differing ideas about racism in a time when the nation has elected a black president and blatant expressions of overt racism have (mostly) been relegated to the political margins. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:46:00

Obama administration considered platinum coin option during the debt ceiling fight

Even as Congress teetered dangerously close to breaching the debt ceiling earlier this year, the Obama administration was adamant that none of the creative solutions economists had proposed as emergency measures — such as minting a large-denomination platinum coin using an obscure 1996 law — were on the table. 

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