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Apr 15 2014

The Torture Debate in the GOP

Andrew Sullivan makes a really interesting point about Rand Paul running for president, which is that if he does make a run — and he’s obviously going to — it will force the issue of torture out into the open. His opponents will undoubtedly raise the issue to attack him.

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Apr 06 2014

Michigan Republican Apologizes for Vote Against Marriage Equality

A former Republican legislator from Michigan named Chris Ward is apologizing for voting against marriage equality when he was in the state House in 2004. He’s asking his fellow Republicans to do the same, telling them that they’re on the wrong side of history and it’s time to stop the anti-gay crusade.

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Mar 31 2014

Rand Paul Hires Terrible Pollster

Rand Paul is diligently working on his 2016 Republican presidential bid and assembling a national campaign team. In what can only be described as a very odd move, he’s hired one of the most biased and inaccurate pollsters in the country, Fritz Wenzel (you may remember him from doing lots of polls for the Worldnetdaily). …

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Mar 20 2014

A Republican Senate Takeover Wouldn’t Mean Much

With the 2014 midterm elections less than 8 months away, the prospect of the Republicans taking control of the Senate looms as a real possibility. It’s going to be really close, maybe even a 50/50 tie. But would it really change anything if the Republicans took over the Senate? Paul Waldman says no.

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Mar 20 2014

Scott Brown Wants Limits on Outside Spending. Except When He Doesn’t.

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is now preparing to run for the Senate from New Hampshire, having conveniently relocated there, and the exact same agreement to not accept outside spending that he proposed and signed in 2012 is now suddenly game-playing nonsense in 2014.

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Feb 28 2014

How Times Have Changed

10 years ago, when the same-sex marriage issue became a huge wedge issue that Republicans used to drive their people to the voting booths, it would seem almost impossible how much things have changed. But look at how Republican power brokers are reacting to the spate of anti-gay “religious freedom” laws being proposed in the …

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Feb 24 2014

Edwin Edwards Running for Congress

Man, you almost have to admire Edwin Edwards. The longest serving governor in Louisiana history gets out of prison after serving 8 years for racketeering and what does he do? Runs for Congress and says he’s the only hope the Democrats have of winning the seat — and he might even be right.

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Feb 13 2014

Legislator Finds Out How Homeless Live

One of the big problems in our political system is that policymakers are so completely isolated from the problems of real people. Yeah, they love to talk about those tragic stories they hear from constituents, but that’s just for political show. Here’s a legislator who actually tried to find out what it’s like to be …

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Feb 11 2014

Hatch Loves the CBO. Unless He Doesn’t.

Sahil Kapur reports at Talking Points Memo about Sen. Orrin Hatch’s absurdly dishonest and incoherent position on the CBO’s report on Obamacare and the economy. First, he repeated the lie that the report says that Obamacare would destroy two million jobs:

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Feb 11 2014

The Inexorable Link Between Religion and Politics

Last week Gallup released polling data on religious belief on a state-by-state basis and Chris Cillizza identifies a very interesting and predictable fact: The most religious states voted unanimously for Mitt Romney in 2012 and the least religious states voted for Barack Obama.

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Feb 11 2014

The GOP’s Sudden, Inconsistent Concern for Jobless

After the release of a CBO report last week about the economy and Obamacare, the Republican party immediately and predictably began distorting one of its findings, despite the fact that the report went out of its way to preempt that distortion in the text.

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Jan 31 2014

The State of the Union as Pep Rally and Stump Speech

I’ve made no secret of my complete disdain for the State of the Union address, pointing out that it’s almost entirely made up of empty rhetoric and is a boring and awkward affair for everyone involved. But if finally occurred to me the morning after the most recent one why I hate it so much: …

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Jan 29 2014

RNC vs Peter King on the NSA

The Republican National Committee last week made the blatantly hypocritical move of adopting a resolution condemning what they called unconstitutional NSA surveillance programs. This from the same party that defended illegal surveillance under Bush (though to be fair, Bush isn’t black). Rep. Peter King is hopping mad about it because he may be wrong, but …

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Jan 28 2014

Empty Platitude Festival 2014

Tonight is the State of the Union speech, or as I call it, Empty Platitude Festival 2014. Watch as the meaningless buzzwords fly through the air! Gaze in awe to the thrills and chills of trite cliches performing feats of wonder for your entertainment! Then listen to pundits tell you What It All Means in …

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Jan 13 2014

Newsmax: Obama ‘Seizes Control’ of D.C. Circuit

Here’s a great example of dishonest right-wing spin (and yes, there is dishonest left-wing spin as well) from Newsmax, which says that President Obama has “seized control” of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. OMG! Seized control? You mean like sent in armed agents to take it over? Not quite.

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