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Marco Rubio: “The Constitution of the United States” Forces Women to Bring to Term Rape and Incest Conceived Fetuses

Marco Rubio thinks “The Constitution of the United States” necessarily forces women to bring to term fetuses conceived against their will by rape and incest. Wow. He really fucked himself here. Fox News Megyn Kelly Grills Marco Rubio On Rape, … Continue reading

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Pipeline vs Freeway: What is Net Neutrality, Really?

Net neutrality treats the Internet as a data pipeline, akin to a water pipeline. It doesn’t discriminate between the content that flows through it. That’s all net neutrality is. But there are Republican politicians who want to monetize the Internet … Continue reading

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What Hillary Will Win In 2016

The Supreme Court. A reader at Andrew Sullivan’s blog makes the point concisely: A president Clinton will have […] a very gray Supreme Court (FOUR octogenarians in her first term).  Think about what that means for all those Voting Rights Act cases … Continue reading

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A Prediction for the Next Three Years: The Californication of America Will Proceed Apace

It’s 2014. What will it be like in January of 2017? To answer this question, I think we should look backward to 35 years ago, when it was 1979. Jimmy Carter was president, the multi-ethnic “We are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates … Continue reading

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What the Elections of Terry McAuliffe and Chris Christie Mean

In an off-year election when the make-up of the electorate is maximally conservative (in terms of turn-out), Terry McAuliffe still won Virginia’s governorship last night. Think about that. He was a deeply, deeply flawed and unattractive candidate running in a … Continue reading

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Fossilized Republican Found in Georgia?

Responding to the discovery in the Republic of Georgia of a 1.8-million-year-old Homo erectus skull (possessing about one-third the volume of the average human skull), a wag from Seattle under the moniker of “1west,” commenting this morning in the thread … Continue reading

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How Republican Debt Default Hostage-Taking Ends (For Now)

If you’re worried that the federal government will default on its debt Thursday, worry no further (if Brian Beutler, writing in Salon this morning, received good intelligence): Boehner communicated to Reid, a top aide told me, that he’d send the Senate … Continue reading

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Debt Default Crisis: What Republicans Have Achieved So Far

Four big things, the first of which comes from The Washington Post: Financial experts much prefer a longer-term extension of the debt ceiling, but even a brief extension would ease some of the turmoil that has been brewing on Wall Street. … Continue reading

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Invoke the 14th Amendment: Sean Wilentz’s Must-Read Advice to President Obama

Sean Wilentz, a Princeton historian, has written for the NYT today an absolutely must-read essay on the looming debt default crisis, how it would violate the 14th Amendment to actually let the country go into default, and what President Obama … Continue reading

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The Lowdown on Tea Party Strategy (and Why It’s Doomed to Fail)

If you’re wondering where the Tea Party has gotten the bulk of its political energy, look South. According to a recent academic study, half of all Southern whites are Tea Party supporters. Half. And, as Michael Lind notes in a … Continue reading

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What’s the End Game to Republican Hostage Taking?

The following, from The New York Times, is some stunning “inside baseball” reportage surrounding the Republican shut down of the federal government and John Boehner’s threat to default on the nation’s debt if Obamacare is not dismantled: They [the House … Continue reading

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Republicans Try to Stop Obamacare with Threat to Plunge the Global Economy into Recession

The Republicans are certainly getting everybody’s attention, most especially individuals from the business and finance community. Here’s The New York Times today: One of the top executives who met with Mr. Obama, Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chairman of the Goldman Sachs bank … Continue reading

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Obama “Willy Wonkas” the Republicans

President Obama has exactly the right strategy for dealing with the tantrum-throwing/government shut-downing/anti-Obamacare Republicans: Willy Wonka them.

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Atlas Shrugged for Real: Republicans Seek an Economic Shutdown to Achieve Their Agenda

The Atlas Shrugged Party looks like it’s barreling full-tilt to an economic shutdown–an Atlas Shrugged scenario for real–in a couple of weeks, and here’s Jon Favreau’s advice to President Obama: [A] failure to raise the debt limit would inflict far more … Continue reading

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Republicans Want to Shut the Government Down

They can barely contain themselves. In fact, they’re flush about it. This was in The New York Times yesterday: The mood in the Capitol on Saturday, at least among Republicans, was downright giddy. When Republican leaders presented their plan in a … Continue reading

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Obamacare Meets Reality (And Wins)

Reality is starting to assert itself. You won’t read this at the Drudge Report, but evidence is accumulating that Obamacare has been working over the past three years, and it’s poised to be a success moving into its “insurance exchange … Continue reading

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Can Republicans Get More Than 60% of the White Vote?

Political scientist Ruy Teixeira is skeptical of the “maximize the white vote” strategy that some Republicans are advocating for the next couple of election cycles: White voters are likely to become less, not more, conservative over time, presenting a huge obstacle … Continue reading

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Nate Cohn on the Republican Path to Victory in 2016

It’s narrow. Here’s Nate Cohn at The New Republic: [I]t looks like Republicans will need to count on the appeal of their 2016 presidential candidate and economic fundamentals to overcome the party’s limited appeal. In other words, Republicans need a … Continue reading

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The Republican Train Wreck

At The Daily Beast, Peter Beinart crisply explains the double-bind the leaders of the Republican Party find themselves in: McConnell’s and Boehner’s job [is] virtually impossible. To get anything done, they need to compromise with Democrats. To improve their party’s … Continue reading

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Obama Surfs the Demographic Wave, But Through Target Marketing (the Use of Big Data), Not Reason

Jonathan Alter’s new book, The Center Holds, on President Obama and the 2012 election, was recently reviewed in The New York Times, and there are some revelations in it: [Alter] thinks the United States “dodged a bullet in 2012,” and … Continue reading

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