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  • newU.S. Approves More Hellfire Missiles for Iraq
    The U.S. government has approved plans to send an additional 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help the embattled Baghdad government tackle the threat posed by Sunni militants, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
    - 50 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:22pm -
  • newSenator Sees Highway Bill as Bipartisan 'Victory'
    A Senate-passed highway spending bill represented a "major victory" for lawmakers who want to fix a structural problem with the way roads are funded, Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said Wednesday.
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:05pm -
  • newGDP Rebound Stirs Optimism
    The U.S. economy surged 4% in the second quarter, more than offsetting a first-quarter contraction and putting growth back on an upward trajectory in 2014.
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:51pm -
  • newCourt Blocks Mississippi Law Threatening Abortion Clinic
    A federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Tuesday a Mississippi law that threatened to shut down the state's sole abortion clinic was likely unconstitutional and blocked it from being enforced.
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:36pm -
  • newSenate Passes Measure to Replenish Highway, Bridge Fund
    The Senate on Tuesday passed an $8.1 billion measure to replenish the fund that pays for highway and bridge repairs, creating last-minute trouble to prevent the fund from becoming depleted.
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:33pm -
  • newEU, U.S. Expand Sanctions on Russia
    The European Union and the U.S. adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow's unbending stance in the Ukraine conflict.
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:12pm -
  • newObama Weighs Fewer Deportations
    President Obama is considering broad action to scale back deportations of people living illegally in the U.S., say lawmakers and advocates who have consulted with the White House.
    - 8 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 9:21am -
  • McDonnell Corruption Trial Focuses on Marriage
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, had a broken marriage that left them vulnerable to a businessman seeking to exploit their power for his own benefit, their attorneys said on the opening day of the couple's political-corruptio…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:38am -
  • Kerry: Netanyahu Suggested Cease-Fire Monday
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised the prospect of a "humanitarian cease-fire" in Monday night, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
    - 14 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:08am -
  • Regulators Say EPA's Climate Rule Poses Grid Challenges
    President Barack Obama's proposed carbon-emissions rule for the nation's power plants will create new cost and reliability challenges for the U.S. electricity system, federal energy regulators said Tuesday.
    - 16 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:38am -
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  • newSecond-quarter GDP beats expectations. Revision shows first quarter not as awful as earlier thought

    Second-quarter GDP beats expectations. Revision shows first quarter not as awful as earlier thought

    Even the most pessimistic analysts had predicted that second-quarter growth in gross domestic product would show a strong rebound over the dismal results of the first quarter. All but the most optimistic missed just how strong it would be. According…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • newCartoon: Surgeon General's Warning: NYPD

    Cartoon: Surgeon General's Warning: NYPD

    - 3 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:50pm -
  • newDaily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

    Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

    Here is a thing that is different from the picture that is usually here, and will therefore catch your eye and make you think, "Hey, this is different." But then you'll be all like, "Oh, what? There's a Daily Kos Radio show? I will listen to and/or…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:30pm -
  • newCheers and Jeers: Wednesday

    Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…And Republicans Would Still Love To Kill ItToday marks the 49th anniversary of a milestone that reminds us what a Democratic president and solid Democratic majorities in Congress can accomplish. And, like Obamacare,…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:17pm -
  • newStephen Colbert looks at the Sarah Palin Channel

    Stephen Colbert looks at the Sarah Palin Channel

    Last night, Stephen Colbert took aim at the Sarah Palin Channel.I have always been a huge fan of Sarah Palin. She's a strong leader with a proven history of selflessness. I mean, in the midst of her 2008 campaign, she took the time to help out a st…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:06pm -
  • newDaily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Pryor's up in his own poll, but headed downward in another

    Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Pryor's up in his own poll, but headed downward in another

    Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here.Leading Off:• AR-Sen, -Gov: Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor has just released a new internal poll from Harstad Research that places him…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • newAbbreviated Pundit Round-up: A cornered Putin is a dangerous Putin

    Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A cornered Putin is a dangerous Putin

    Urban Institute Health Reform Monitoring SurveyJulia Ioffe:Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on…
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:30am -
  • Open thread for night owls: 1,000 children

    Open thread for night owls: 1,000 children

    The damage that can be done by 1,000 children:Speaking to an anti-immigrant rally at the Massachusetts state house this weekend, Boston radio host Jeffrey Kuhner warned that the state’s plan to take in about 1,000 children fleeing violence in Cen…
    - 14 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:03am -
  • McCain calls Obama most lawless president ever, but says Senate wouldn't convict him if impeached

    McCain calls Obama most lawless president ever, but says Senate wouldn't convict him if impeached

    Via TPM, John McCain says that Republicans won't remove President Obama from office "even if we believed that it was warranted" because they don't have enough votes:The fact is that we're not going to impeach the president because we don't have 67…
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • Paul Ryan's one crazy trick to hurt all the poor

    Paul Ryan's one crazy trick to hurt all the poor

    Rep. Paul Ryan's so-called anti-poverty plan has been appropriately lambasted for the obvious things it would do, particularly stigmatizing poverty by essentially creating classes of poor—undeserving and deserving. But what the plan would really…
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:36pm -
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  • newGOP Filibusters Tax Hike On Firms Moving Overseas
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.The bill would have prohibited companies from deducting expenses related to moving their operations…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • newPhoto Project Shows That Pit Bulls Aren't Monsters, They're 'Just Dogs'
    This post is part of HuffPost's ongoing #PitBullWeek coverage.In 2000, when photographer Jenny Persing moved to Seattle from her native Cincinnati, she'd never even met a pit bull. And with people at every turn telling her to be careful, it was har…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:08pm -
  • newHouse Democrats Fighting Hard Against Republicans' Border Bill
    WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are aggressively urging members to oppose a GOP-authored bill to address the border crisis. And with Republican senators voicing opposition of their own -- both to the House bill and to a Senate Democratic alternative --…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:07pm -
  • newPresident Obama: Be Even Bolder on Global Warming
    There's a terrific new report out by the White House on the economic damage that will be wreaked by global warming, and it is good to see them be so strong about the dangers not only to our environment but to the economy. The actions the Obama admini…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:50pm -
  • newIs the U.S. Falling Behind Mexico? News From Ambos Nogales
    In the Mexican border town of Nogales, I sat finishing my lunch when Alma, a Sonoran friend who had been watching the diners, spoke quietly: "That's something you would never have seen a year ago -- Mexican men eating salads." It was, she explained,…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:49pm -
  • newPope Francis May Be 'Too Liberal' For House Republicans To Honor
    A bipartisan resolution written to honor Pope Francis for his work towards social justice appears to be mired in Congress, reportedly due to his reputation among Republicans as being "too liberal," according to The Hill. The pope is expected to visit…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:46pm -
  • newGays Want Christians 'To Have Open Sex With Everybody,' Pat Robertson Claims
    Pat Robertson is the latest conservative voice to sound off on the controversy surrounding a Colorado baker's refusal to prepare a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. As Right Wing Watch is reporting, Robertson argued in defense of Masterpiece Cake…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • newCongressman Alan Grayson Calls For U.S. Travel Ban In Response To Ebola Outbreak
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is calling on the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on three West African nations in response to a growing Ebola virus outbreak.The House Foreign Affairs committee member wants the State Department to bar citize…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:31pm -
  • newAn Immigration Lawyer Discusses the Border Crisis
    I recently interviewed Harry DeMell, an immigration lawyer since 1977 and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, about the current immigration crisisSchupak: So Harry, you have compared the current influx of children into the Un…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:29pm -
  • newNC Republican Leaders Announce Budget Details
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House and Senate Republicans unveiled the details of a $21.25 billion budget Tuesday that gives an average 7 percent raise for teachers now among the lowest paid nationally and preserves teacher assistant positio…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:19pm -
  • newMillions Of Previously Uninsured Gain Health Care In California, Survey Finds
    A significant portion of previously uninsured Californians gained medical coverage through the nation’s health care law – about six in 10 during the state’s first open enrollment, according to a survey released Wednesday.All told, about 3.4 mi…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:16pm -
  • newPaul Ryan Slams The Ex-Im Bank As 'Crony Capitalism'
    By David Lawder WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - Republican congressman Paul Ryan on Wednesday slammed the U.S. Export-Import Bank as a purveyor of "crony capitalism" that mainly helps a few large companies, and said Congress should…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:12pm -
  • newHumans, Bridges and the Grunting of Animals
    The war in Gaza roars on and a storm of words are bandied about, unfiltered and at times, even un-thought. Take these for example: "I swear to f---ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill. They're looking for a rea…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:03pm -
  • newJoel McHale: Chris Christie 'Couldn't Have Been Cooler' About Fat Jokes
    After all the jokes, Kardashian jabs and low-blow cracks at politicians, Joel McHale was surprised at the one joke he got grief about after hosting the White House Correspondents' Dinner in May: a fat joke about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. When…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:02pm -
  • newGOP Gov. Candidate's Press Conference Goes Terribly Wrong
    Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor in Connecticut, showed up at a closing paper mill company on Tuesday to spotlight the failed economic policies of the man he is hoping to replace. But what seemed like a fairly easy-to-execute campai…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:52pm -
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  • Parenting in America: Choose your parents wisely
    SHANA, a bright and chirpy 12-year-old, goes to ballet classes four nights a week, plus Hebrew school on...
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • Susan Collins: Her reign in Maine is easy to explain
    Icon v hikerPOTATOES are serious business in Aroostook County. For miles along the roads of this sparsely populated part of Maine all you can see are potato fields. Stands selling hefty bags of new potatoes for $5 are more common than lobster sha…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • The death penalty in California: Cruel and unusual
    19 years on death row is long enoughTHERE are two reasons for arguing that the death penalty is a “cruel and unusual punishment”, and thus unconstitutional. One was on grim display in Arizona on July 23rd, when Joseph Wood, a double-murderer,…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • Health insurance: Clear as mud
    NANCY PELOSI, a former Democratic Speaker of the House, once said that “we have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it.” It turns out she was wrong. The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. But four in ten Americans still s…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • Stressed parents: Cancel that violin class
    WELL-TO-DO parents fear two things: that their children will die in a freak accident, and that they will not get into Harvard. The first fear is wildly exaggerated. The second is not, but staying awake all night worrying about it will not help—…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • Lexington: Dreamy footsoldiers of the Left
    ELECTION fever grips the American Left. A mood of scrappy, let-us-at-’em impatience unites such gatherings as Netroots Nation, an annual shindig which this year drew thousands of activists, organisers, bloggers and candidates to Detroit from Ju…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • How the world sees America: Still on a hill
    VOTERS, journalists and just about everyone paying attention to politics all tend to overestimate the power of the president. When Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, many Americans were dazzled by his promises of change at home and a more judi…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Rape and child custody: A question of proof
    JAIME MELENDEZ was a 20-year-old with a chequered past when he raped H.T., a 14-year-old girl, in Dedham, Massachusetts in 2009. H.T. was often home alone after school; her mother worked at the local hospital and her father was dead. Mr Melendez…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Food names: Stressed are the cheesemakers
    IN 1925 Ron Buholzer’s family left Switzerland and settled in lush, green, rural Wisconsin. Here, like so many Wisconsinites, his family started to make cheese. Since then four generations of cheesemakers have worked in the family firm. Their m…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Prosecuting rapists: Sitting on the evidence
    IN DETROIT’S police warehouse, officials stumbled on 11,300 untested sexual-assault kits (or “rape kits”) in 2009. Each contained DNA and other evidence collected from a victim’s body just after an alleged assault; some dated back to the 1980…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • The mid-terms: The royals of Capitol Hill
    ACCORDING to those who inhabit it, the House of Representatives is the most demotic bit of the federal government. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican who was recently elected as the House majority leader, once likened it to a truck stop. One of the f…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Lexington: The politics of the border crisis
    EFFORTS to craft sensible immigration policies for America have long felt like pushing a boulder up a hill. Thanks to a crisis on the southern border, where tens of thousands of children have arrived this year from Central America, nearly overwhe…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Georgia’s Senate race: Tossing rotten fruit in the Peach State
    RUNNING for office in Georgia can be hard on the waistline. At nearly every campaign stop a candidate must sample the local culinary delights, which rarely consist of salad. David Perdue and Jack Kingston, two Republicans tussling for a United St…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Bar games: Skee-ball wizards
    “TRY leaning your leg against the machine,” says Alex Choi, one of the best rollers in Brooklyn’s Brewskee-ball league. “That’ll keep your body from moving too much.” It works: your correspondent’s new stance made her a slightly bet…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:01pm -
  • Lexington: Marco Rubio and the safety net
    MARCO RUBIO’S shoulder is sore. The junior senator from Florida has just had a cortisone injection to ease the pain from an old football injury. Congress is not short of square-jawed jocks. Given that politics often resembles a professional spo…
    - 20 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • Hybrid foods: Matches made in heaven—and hell
    NOT all marriages are happy, but Alex Hernandez thinks that the union of a waffle and a doughnut will be. The owner of Waffles Café in Chicago starting selling what he calls “wonuts” in April. They are deep-fried waffles, topped with icing a…
    - 20 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • Guns and the Senate: Why Democrats flip-flop on guns
    This week the Senate mulled a law to encourage hunting and shooting on federal land. Cynics suspect that the real aim of the “Sportsmen’s Act” is to let vulnerable Democrats in rural states sponsor a law that sounds pro-gun, thus stroking a…
    - 20 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • Immigration: They can’t imagine not working
    FERNANDO ESCALANTE gives stark advice to job-seeking immigrants at Atlanta’s Latin American Association: don’t put your address on your résumé. Not only do employers prefer to communicate by e-mail, but they might use it against you. How? By as…
    - 20 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • Opposition research: Digging dirt, digitally
    One of the houses the Clintons bought when they were “dead broke”WHEN Bruce Braley, a little-known Iowa Democrat, dismissed Senator Charles Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” (a description that fits a lot of Io…
    - 20 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • Marijuana: The great pot experiment
    SINCE late 2012, two states have voted to legalise marijuana for recreational use; licensed shops in Colorado and Washington now sell it to anyone who wants it. Six states have legalised the drug for medicinal use, bringing the total to 23. Most…
    - 20 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 9:48am -
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  • Who Said Impeachment?
    Last week, House Republicans huddled in a Capitol conference room to figure out what kind of emergency immigration bill they might be able to pass. In his telling, Florida Rep. Ted Yoho wanted the party to jam the White House, to pack the bill with n…
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:17pm -
  • The GOP’s Latino Dilemma
    Last year, in a rare moment of political lucidity, Republicans gave themselves good advice on appealing to Latino voters. “If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sent…
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 10:44pm -
  • Ready for Anything
    Hillary Clinton’s face looms over the offices of Correct the Record—in a friendly way. The young PR operation’s 18 workers do their typing and designing and debunking next to a blown-up version of that 2011 photo in which the former secretary o…
    - 21 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 8:26pm -
  • Heat or Eat
    In February, following a bitter fight that lasted four years, Congress passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that was designed to eliminate more than $8.6 billion from the federal food stamp program over the next decade. Republicans eager to spend le…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 11:35pm -
  • The Case for Marijuana Reparations
    Marijuana legalization has a new, influential advocate: the New York Times.
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 10:49pm -
  • The Idea Men
    What if they held a presidential campaign and a think tank broke out? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who is considering running for president, offered his thoughts on poverty last week. Sen. Marco Rubio has been giving regular policy sp…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:13pm -
  • Inside the Anti-Obamacare Carnival
    The stilt walker was the first clue that something strange had come to Washington. A few long blocks from the Capitol, with the dome in full view, a colorless midsize tent was ringed by circus performers, waving and beckoning tourists into something-…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 6:55pm -
  • The Poor Don’t Need a Life Coach
    What if the poor need more than disposable income to escape poverty? What if they need a life coach?
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:15pm -
  • A Budget Cut by Any Other Name
    On Thursday, speaking in front of a packed house at a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his latest plan to overhaul how the federal government addresses poverty. At the center of the Republican’s sweeping proposal…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:14pm -
  • Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan Is Paternalistic
    Paul Ryan has just released a new anti-poverty plan, and it’s a doozy. Though the plan is very much a work in progress—Ryan’s team calls it a “discussion draft” to underline that it is not a final product—it includes some of the most thou…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:47am -
  • Obama calls off Putin summit amid Snowden tensions
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agen…
    - 7 Aug 13, 5:03pm -
  • Obama cancels meeting with Putin in Moscow amid tensions over NSA leaker Snowden
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Obama cancels meeting with Putin in Moscow amid tensions over NSA leaker Snowden.
    - 7 Aug 13, 1:00pm -
  • Schumer sees path to passage of immigration bill
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the key Senate players in the push to overhaul America's immigration system is voicing fresh confidence that an accommodation can be reached with the House.[...] he said the final product must include "some path to citize…
    - 7 Aug 13, 12:04pm -
  • Obama to meet troops at Camp Pendleton
    The visit to the sprawling Marine Corps base is Obama's final stop on a two-day West Coast trip that included the rollout of his principles for overhauling the nation's mortgage finance industry.The president's focus on housing is part of his summe…
    - 7 Aug 13, 7:17am -
  • Cotton announces bid for US Senate seat in Ark.
    (AP) — First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton announced Tuesday he's challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, accusing the incumbent of representing President Barack Obama more than Arkansas as they geared up for a costly and heated election fig…
    - 7 Aug 13, 12:46am -
  • APNewsBreak: Romney warns against govt shutdown
    WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP's future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Ob…
    - 6 Aug 13, 11:12pm -
  • Aides: US to extend Myanmar gems ban
    The gemstones are sourced from border regions, particularly northern Kachin State, where violence between ethnic rebels and government forces has rumbled on despite Myanmar's democratic reforms.
    - 6 Aug 13, 10:46pm -
  • GOP La. Rep. Alexander won't seek re-election
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The longest-serving U.S. congressman from Louisiana has decided not to run for re-election, saying someone else can come up with ideas of how to break the gridlock in Washington.Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander from Quitman in…
    - 6 Aug 13, 10:16pm -
  • Obama pitches mortgage overhaul as housing rallies
    PHOENIX (AP) — Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation's mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Obama is also seeking g…
    - 6 Aug 13, 9:17pm -
  • Rising tax revenue eases pressure for budget cuts
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month.[...] Obama and the Democrats want to do away with some of the existing spending cuts, a…
    - 6 Aug 13, 7:30pm -
  • Post-Romney, some in GOP reject advice to moderate
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After Mitt Romney's 2012 loss, many senior Republicans concluded the party must moderate its image on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights.[...] a Republican Party- sanctioned study of Romney's loss concluded the p…
    - 6 Aug 13, 6:00pm -
  • Officials: US eyes new ambassador to Egypt
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials say the White House is considering a recommendation to nominate the current U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, to be America's next top diplomat in Egypt.
    - 6 Aug 13, 3:23pm -
  • Obama's Phoenix trip highlights housing rebound
    PHOENIX (AP) — President Barack Obama's visit to Phoenix on Tuesday shines a spotlight on one of the nation's most rapid housing recoveries, with home prices soaring and bidding wars occurring on a regular basis.[...] experts say much of the rebo…
    - 6 Aug 13, 7:36am -
  • Immigration bill critics focus on health law delay
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama's decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law but in opposition to immigration legislation.In th…
    - 6 Aug 13, 7:27am -
  • Other NJ Senate candidates get crack at Booker
    MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — The three other Democrats running in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate election finally got their crack at Newark Mayor Cory Booker in a debate that showed their differences seem to be more in outlook than in policy.[...] Bo…
    - 6 Aug 13, 6:25am -
  • Does David Letterman believe in spirits? Seems like it

    Does David Letterman believe in spirits? Seems like it

    David Letterman has been on the air for decades, but it seems like even as his days on a nightly talk show are coming to an end, there are still things to learn about him. For instance, did you know he believes in spirits?
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 5:07pm -
  • Fires intensify as hundreds flee 21 blazes in Washington and Oregon

    Fires intensify as hundreds flee 21 blazes in Washington and Oregon

    The dry Northwest continued to battle an outbreak of 21 wildfires in Washington and Oregon where lightning strikes and arid tinder have conspired to burn through about 80,000 acres and force the evacuation of hundreds of homes. 
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:49pm -
  • TV ratings: CBS wins with 'Big Brother' and 'Extant'

    TV ratings: CBS wins with 'Big Brother' and 'Extant'

    CBS' "Big Brother" and "Extant" sent the network to No. 1 in Wednesday night ratings with an average of about 6.5 million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:47pm -
  • Barra defends GM's top lawyer

    Barra defends GM's top lawyer

    Mary Barra, General Motors Co.'s chief executive officer, defended her general counsel as a man of integrity after a senator said he should've been fired for the company's poor handling of a fatally flawed ignition switch.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:29pm -
  • Stocks edge lower; Mattel sinks

    Stocks edge lower; Mattel sinks

    Stocks moved lower in midday trading Thursday, weighed down by weak financial results from U.S. companies and a government report showing U.S. home construction slowed in June to its slowest pace in nine months. SanDisk, AutoNation and Mattel were am…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:26pm -
  • New film will tell Jesse Owens story

    New film will tell Jesse Owens story

    Filming is scheduled to begin next week on "Race," a movie about Jesse Owens and his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:02pm -
  • Watch Michael Sam give a powerful speech at the ESPYs

    Watch Michael Sam give a powerful speech at the ESPYs

    Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, gave a powerful speech at the ESPYs on Wednesday after winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:48pm -
  • Copyright Office says Aereo doesn't qualify for compulsory license

    Copyright Office says Aereo doesn't qualify for compulsory license

    Aereo may be out of ideas.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:43pm -
  • Tiger Woods shakes off rust with 3-under first round at British Open

    Tiger Woods shakes off rust with 3-under first round at British Open

    All week long, Tiger Woods has been insisting that his game is on the rebound after back surgery.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:32pm -
  • U.S. drops to 15th in world soccer rankings

    U.S. drops to 15th in world soccer rankings

    Despite advancing to the Round of 16 in this summer’s World Cup, the U.S. national team dropped two spots, to 15th, in the latest FIFA World Rankings released Thursday.
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:12pm -
  • Some have ‘predisposition’ to become president: Hillary Clinton
    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton defended American political dynasties — including her own — arguing some families may just have a “predisposition” to become presidents. In an interview published Tuesday with Der Spiegel, Clinton...
    - 22 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 7:18pm -
  • The liberal problem with liking America
    You wouldn’t think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn’t like America. A new Pew survey found that 44 percent of Americans don’t often feel...
    - 24 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 2:47am -
  • A pension pickle
    Ever since Chris Christie took $900 million meant for a payment into the state’s pension system and used it to cover a shortfall in New Jersey’s budget, the political fallout...
    - 25 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 11:02pm -
  • Obama responds to GOP lawsuit threat: ‘So sue me’
    WASHINGTON — President Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act unilaterally and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives....
    - 29 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 8:11pm -
  • Obama plans to reform immigration without GOP
    WASHINGTON — President Obama says he’s not waiting anymore for House Republicans to act on immigration and will take executive action to enact reforms. In a fiery speech in the...
    - 30 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 9:06pm -
  • GOP consultant who stole $750K to return to prison
    ALBANY — John Haggerty, a GOP operative convicted of stealing $750,000 of former Mayor Bloomberg’s money, will go back to prison following a ruling by the state’s highest court. The...
    - 30 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 2:54pm -
  • Bill: My death would get 2M votes for Hillary
    A pair of black, armor-plated SUVs swung into a suburban cul-de-sac and crunched to a stop in the driveway of the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York. A wall of...
    - 32 days ago, 29 Jun 14, 2:40am -
  • Lawmakers oppose housing child refugees in Long Island
    WASHINGTON — The immigration service is so desperate to house the flood of migrants pouring across the US border that it is considering converting an old Grumman manufacturing plant on...
    - 34 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 5:09pm -
  • Grimm’s ex repped by embattled pol’s pals in fraud case
    The ​Texas woman charged with drumming up cash for Rep. Michael Grimm through straw donors insist​s she has no problem being represented by lawyers who remain close pals with the...
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 5:06pm -
  • What Congress can do about Obama’s rewriting of laws
    What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy’s abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics. It is...
    - 38 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 1:48am -
  • newRisking Everything to Help Ebola Victims

    Risking Everything to Help Ebola Victims

    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:36pm -
  • newStronger Sanctions on Russia, at Last

    Stronger Sanctions on Russia, at Last

    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:34pm -
  • newThe IRS's Foreign Policy

    The IRS's Foreign Policy

    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:33pm -
  • newCease-Fire Should Empower Moderate Palestinians

    Cease-Fire Should Empower Moderate Palestinians

    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:31pm -
  • newCBO's Enron-Style Accounting on Obamacare

    CBO's Enron-Style Accounting on Obamacare

    Ben Domenech, FederalistOne of the ongoing debates about policy formation in Washington which has become far more prominent since the passage of Obamacare is the role of the Congressional Budget Office, and the weight given its estimates and predicti…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:29pm -
  • newIntroducing the National Soda Tax

    Introducing the National Soda Tax

    Mark Bittman, New York TimesGet this: Rosa DeLauro, the brave and beloved 12-term congresswoman from New Haven, will be introducing a bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday that would require a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:26pm -
  • newWhat Christie Can Teach Cuomo

    What Christie Can Teach Cuomo

    Errol Louis, CNN New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo went into hiding last week, canceling appearances and perhaps hoping that a blast of sharply negative press coverage -- triggered by a hard-hitting front-page New York Times story -- will somehow fade away.…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:23pm -
  • newWith Israel, Liberals Can't Handle the Truth

    With Israel, Liberals Can't Handle the Truth

    Peter Wehner, Commentary
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:20pm -
  • newZionism and Its Discontents

    Zionism and Its Discontents

    Roger Cohen, New York TimesMy great-grandfather’s brother, Michael Adler, was a distinguished rabbi who in 1916 compiled the “Prayer Book for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers” at the front during World War I. As “chaplain,” he toured battlefield…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • newUS Mideast Policy: Malice or Incompetence?

    US Mideast Policy: Malice or Incompetence?

    Adam Garfinkle, Am. InterestAfter a hectic day yesterday spent in large part seeing off my son, daughter-in-law, and two-year-old grandson on a two-year sojourn in Berlin, I hastened this morning to my keyboard to comment on perhaps the most notewort…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:14pm -
  • newAbsent on Immigration Reform

    Absent on Immigration Reform

    Eugene Robinson, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's paralysis on immigration is so complete -- and so utterly irresponsible -- that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.Just say the word immigration and most GOP member…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:12pm -
  • newObama, Emanuel Need to Put Chicago's Kids First

    Obama, Emanuel Need to Put Chicago's Kids First

    John Kass, Chicago TribIf you're from Chicago, you understand the politics too. It's about using the violence of Central America and the young refugees as a fulcrum so Obama can apply federal leverage, as Democrats tie up the Latino vote for generati…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:04pm -
  • newThe Republican Occupation of Detroit

    The Republican Occupation of Detroit

    Sally Kohn, The Daily BeastJohn Kerry’s ceasefire proposal for Gaza has probably destroyed what remained of the United States’ influence in the Middle East, at least for the duration of this administration’s tenure.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:03pm -
  • newMarijuana Prohibition Doesn't Work

    Marijuana Prohibition Doesn't Work

    Debra Saunders, SF ChronicleThe New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, The Gray Lady has become the first major n…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:59am -
  • newSecret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity

    Secret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity

    Josh Kraushaar, NJOne of the most underappreciated attributes in politics is a candidate's authenticity. In an era when politicians' talking points are scripted, and they worry about a gaffe going viral, the candidate who comes across as genuine hold…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:58am -
  • newLiberals Love the "One Percent"

    Liberals Love the "One Percent"

    Ruchir Sharma, Wall Street JournalFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has said the central bank's goal is "to help Main Street not Wall Street," and many liberal commentators seem convinced that she is advancing that goal. But talk to anyone on Wall S…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:56am -
  • newA Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee

    A Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee

    Jon Meacham, TimeI’ve always thought that Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book, a collection of political wisdom gleaned from more than half a lifetime in the arena, is an underappreciated classic. (My favorite rule is #73, “Walk in Parades,”…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:55am -
  • newObamacare's Scott Brown Moment Isn't Over

    Obamacare's Scott Brown Moment Isn't Over

    Noemie Emery, Examiner"The Scott Brown Era lasted almost exactly three years," wrote Alec MacGillis in February 2013 — meaning the three years between Brown’s win in the special election in 2010 to fill the seat left by Ted Kennedy and his decisi…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:52am -
  • newInside the White House-Israel Meltdown

    Inside the White House-Israel Meltdown

    Rogin & Lake, The Daily BeastThe Secretary of State has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:47am -
  • newIs Global Chaos the New Normal?

    Is Global Chaos the New Normal?

    Doyle McManus, Los Angeles TimesIt's a chaotic world out there. But we'd better get used to it; this may be the new normal.The Middle East is in flames, not only Gaza but Syria, Iraq and Libya as well. Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukrain…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:45am -
  • newHelp Police: Group beating handicapped man records the attack
    CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Shocking video of a young man who was beaten and robbed in broad daylight has gone viral, and it's all part of a disturbing trend. A handicapped man was beaten and robbed on the street. The incident was recorded, then sent arou…
    - 37 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:35pm -
  • newObamacare Means What Obamacare Says: Can we discern congressional intent by what was never said?
    Is it possible to discern congressional intent by what was never said? In the wake of last week's D.C. Circuit court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, that, contrary to the administration's current implementation, Obamacare does not allow insurance subsid…
    - 43 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:29pm -
  • newCongressman: Close Border to Ebola Countries (Democrat Alan Grayson)
    The dreaded Ebola virus has spread from the jungle into major cities in West Africa, and at least one American congressman believes it’s time to ban citizens of the three hardest-hit countries, as well as foreigners who recently visited them, from e…
    - 47 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:25pm -
  • new‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband
    Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis. His wife on the epidemic’s toll. Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man col…
    - 48 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:24pm -
  • newLaverne Cox Corrects Gayle King's Trans Terminology on ‘CBS This Morning’
    Leave it to Laverne Cox to make sure Oprah's best friend gets her trans terminology right. The Emmy-nominated “Orange is the New Black” actress — the first openly transgender woman to receive that honor — appeared on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday…
    - 49 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:23pm -
  • newNew poll finds many Russians believe Ukraine shot down MH17
    A poll released by the independent Russian pollster Levada on Wednesday has found that a large number of Russians believe that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 46 percent saying they think it was brought down by a Ukrainian army…
    - 49 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:23pm -
  • newLerner: Talk radio listeners are 'ass-----'
    Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for criminal charges. Lerner, in an email conversation with an undisclosed person, suggested that listeners to con…
    - 50 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:22pm -
  • newHamas Training in Malaysia for 'Advanced' Terror Attacks
    Israeli security forces have captured a senior Hamas commander in the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip - and in doing so thwarted a creative plan to infiltrate Israel to commit a terrorist attack. The terrorist - said to be a member of an elite…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:10pm -
  • newThree IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza; 27 Wounded
    Three IDF soldiers were killed in Gaza Wednesday, the IDF cleared for publication Wednesday night; their names have not yet been released. Twenty-seven (27) additional soldiers were wounded.
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • newPart of CMC ER roped off, officials say patient being tested
    A corridor of Carolinas Medical Center – Main’s Emergency Room is roped off on the first floor near the entrance. A security guard is posted outside to prevent anyone from crossing the line. CMC officials said a patient is being tested, but a spoke…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:08pm -
  • newRand Paul's Theft Protection Plan
    In 2003, a Nebraska state trooper stopped Emiliano Gonzolez for speeding on Interstate 80 and found $124,700 inside a cooler on the back seat of the rented Ford Taurus he was driving. Gonzolez said the money was intended to buy a refrigerated truck f…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:03pm -
  • newNew Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives As ´***holes´ and ´TeRrorists´
    A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner´s official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner´s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ´---holes,´" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a l…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:03pm -
  • newAmerican Voices
    Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world. So many of the countries this administration has touched -- Ukraine, Libya, Iraq -- have descended into…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:56pm -
  • newTurkey may woo Greek doctors to fill vacancies
    Turkey is considering employing foreign doctors in order to fill vacancies in public hospitals, with Greek professionals being one of their main targets, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu has said. “We are thinking of employing doctors from…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:53pm -
  • newDear FReepers: We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon XX]
    Howdy everyone! We're now back in California and should be home today!! But we need to keep our FReepathon rolling and we need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. With Obama pulling out all the stops in fundamentally transforming America f…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:48pm -
  • newLobbyists quietly advise GOP on gay marriage shift
    Republicans on K street are helping members of their party shift their stance on gay rights issues. Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland and Knight carries a list of 40 to 50 Republican offices in the House and Senate she visits…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:30pm -
  • newSmarter than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America’s nerd problem
    ‘My great fear,” Neil deGrasse Tyson told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in early June, “is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens but they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.” In…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:24pm -
  • newChristians United For Israel Rocks Washington D.C.
    Recent events have propelled Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to the front row of pro-Israel organizations. The group advertised last week’s Washington D.C. Summit, held July 21, as a more compact two-day program. Last year’s conclave offered a…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:24pm -
  • newCan We Do This Again
    It's the highlight of my year: a visit to Governor's School at Hendrix College in Conway, which brings together promising young people from every corner of the state during the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. It's somethi…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:19pm -
  • newWhere Did Sandra Fluke Get $100K?
    Is it just me or does this look a little bit like campaign finance fraud? Liberal darling and free-birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke is her own biggest donor in her state Senate race, according to official California campaign finance reports.Fluke…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:19pm -
  • newAdvice to Israelis: Endure the Slander
    ?Hamas wants to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. It’s been doing all it can to achieve that objective, for example launching missiles at Israel’s international airport and constructing tunnels to infiltrate terrorists into Israeli comm…
    - 51 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • newBREAKING NEWS: Obama Union Endorser Slams Obamacare
    ?Unite here—the first union to endorse Obama for president—has released a scathing report on Obamacare. Entitled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse,” UNITE HERE charges that the administration is putting union health care into…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:54pm -
  • new'God Bless America,' With Irony
    Massachusetts may be a liberal Democratic stronghold, but these protesters were no fringe phenomenon.
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:33pm -
  • newObama, Emanuel Need to Put Chicago's Kids First
    ?On the Chicago block where that 3-year-old boy was shot in the stomach, a victim of the city's murderous gang wars, there was a woman watering her flowers.
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:19pm -
  • Same-Sex Marriage vs. Motherhood
    The movement demanding legal recognition for same-sex marriage has made a radical and profoundly uncharitable assumption.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • The Blackout of Obama Foreign Policy Critics
    During the George W. Bush years, network news airtime was loaded with criticism of Bush for every foreign policy development.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Can We Do This Again
    I always leave refreshed, cheered, buoyed. There's hope after all.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Israel Puts the Pressure on Hamas
    According to one credible news analysis and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israel is methodically reducing the size of the Gaza Strip by 40% by creating a 3 km wide zone in which no buildings will be left standing.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
    Putin wants to get the Soviet band back together, and the West’s reaction thus far has been largely lackadaisical. It Seems Putin has everyone in his pocket. Heck, even the good old US of A kinda depends on him to shoot our spy satellites into spac…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Healthy Profits?
    Lately, the anti-capitalists have become obsessed with "conflict of interest" in science -- any trace of corporate money must poison honest medical research.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Compensating for the Echo Effect
    We think we may finally have a decent handle on how to compensate for the echo effect in our forecasting of the S&P 500's future.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Please Stop Helping Us
    Riley points out that there has been significant achievement among the black middle class but that wide black-white gaps remain with respect to income, educational achievement, unemployment, labor force participation, incarceration rates and other me…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Remember When We Didn’t Trust the Russians?
    Remember when we didn’t trust the Russians? Yeah… We probably should have held on to that mentality. Why, exactly, are we paying them to prop up our space program? Mark Skousen also joined the program to talk about the long term economic picture.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Let Your Little Boy Pretend Play with Guns, It Won’t Make Him a Criminal
    ?I’m a bit miffed, I’m not gonna lie.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Do You Want the Global Destruction of Financial Privacy to Enable Higher Tax Rates and Bigger Government?
    It’s a bad idea when governments demand information on your bank accounts and investments so they can impose economically destructive double taxation. It’s a worse idea when they also demand the right to tax economic activity in other jurisdictio…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Real Unemployment Rate Is at Least 18 Percent
    Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent, but that hardly tells the story.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • The July Crisis of 1914
    On July 28, 1914, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II returned to Berlin after a long sailing holiday in the North Sea and off Norway.
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  • Democrats' Impeachment Fixation
    "Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support," Nancy Pelosi wrote me.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Federal Judge Raps DC Government In Gun Control Case
    In Heller, one of the most important rulings for liberty in recent American history, attorney Alan Gura successfully sued the D.C. government.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • Jesus, Today's Church, and "Inequality"
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:01am -
  • newMurdock: No Cease-Fire until Last Hamas Leader is Gone
    - 13 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:59pm -
  • newGOP Rep.: 'Harry Wants to Kill Our Bill' to Help Dems on Immigration in Midterms
    Harry Reid’s plan to tack comprehensive immigration reform on to the House’s emergency border funding bill is part of a strategy to help Democrats in the midterms, says one Republican representative.​”Harry wants to kill our bill, becaus…
    - 14 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:58pm -
  • newDoes Obama Want to Get Impeached? Cont.
    Brian Beutler of The New Republic is non-committal:Still, I’m not convinced that Democrats, including Obama, are eager to Jedi mind trick Boehner into actually impeaching Obama so much as they want the stench of impeachment to trail Republicans…
    - 48 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:24pm -
  • newEd Schultz Opposes Executive Order on Immigration: 'Creates More Problems than It's Going to Solve'
    All of a sudden, Ed Schultz is concerned about the rule of law and division of powers.Hardly one to buck the Democratic party line, the MSNBC host passionately came to the defense of American workers and urged the White House not to use executive…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:26pm -
  • newCT Lawmaker Proposes National Soda Tax
    And you thought Michael Bloomberg was bad.Representative Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.) plans to introduce a bill in the House today that would tax sugary beverages, expanding the former New York City mayor’s attempted vice tax to encompass an entire n…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:20pm -
  • newFeds to Spend $200K Studying 'Gender Bias' at Wikipedia
    Your hard-earned tax dollars at work: The National Science Foundation will spend just over $200,000 to investigate “systematic gender bias” at Wikipedia, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The grant states:Under-representation of female sch…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:19pm -
  • newMark Begich: No Border Policy Changes in Border Funding Bill
    Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska) opposes making any border policy changes in the context of the border crisis, but he would accept a supplemental funding measure that provided less money than the $2.7 billion Senate Democrats are currently trying to…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:14pm -
  • newOne Bite
    At the Telegraph, Tim Stanley has written a mainly playful post titled “Mitt Romney was right about everything in 2012. So why not Romney 2016?” This gives me a chance to make a little historical point I have been wanting to make for a couple of…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:57pm -
  • newMurdock: Impeachment Talk about 'Dollars and Defibrillation' for Democrats
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:53pm -
  • newFallon Ribs Obama for His Lack of Balls. . . Golf Balls, That Is
    The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon took a shot at President Obama’s golf game, and maybe at a little more, too.A man in Maryland claims he found one of President Obama’s custom golf balls in the woods near the golf course where the president…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:44pm -
  • newDubious Assumption: Impeachment Talk Is Good For Obama
    Thanks to Faithless Execution, I am in some quarters being credited (or blamed, depending on one’s perspective) for the impeachment talk – notwithstanding that my book argues against the filing of articles of impeachment in the absence of public…
    - 4 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:07pm -
  • newWednesday links
    Times have changed: Miss USA 1921 vs 2014.21 Designs for The Great Tower of London That Never Was.Weaponized rabbit poo powers this doomsday flamethrower.Right now, stop whatever you’re doing and watch this: 3-Year-Old Russian Drummer Pe…
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:20am -
  • newReport: House Border Bill Could Make It Easier for Unaccompanied Children to Stay Here
    The House supplemental appropriations bill aimed at addressing the border crisis before the August recess would allow more unaccompanied alien children to stay in the U.S., increase the immigration bureaucracy, and add to existing immigration-court b…
    - 11 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 5:43am -
  • The Limits of Compassion
    Concern for the poor is laudable and indeed morally obligatory, but Republican politics, I argue, needs to be built on the sturdier basis of self-interest. 
    - 17 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:52pm -
  • Krauthammer's Take: Amnesty via Executive Order an Impeachable Offense, but Impeachment Would Still Be Political Suicide
    Talk of impeachment is a “concoction of Democrats,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a grander strategy by the White House and its congressional allies, Charles Krauthammer warned. On Tuesday’s Special Report, he speculated that the Ob…
    - 17 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:46pm -
  • 'Quick, Can You Think of Another Way to Write a Subject Line with "Impeachment" in It?'
    Bereft of many ways to take the House back from Republicans, the Democratic National Committee has been doing its best to raise money off the non-possibility that House Republicans are about to bring articles of impeachment against the president. To…
    - 19 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 10:17pm -
  • Poetry
    THE FINAL IKONHe felt that he would find it,Find it yet –The clarity he soughtWith all his breath.And when he had found it?Why did he grieve?And why did he find itSo hard to breathe?— This poem appears in the August 11, 2014, print e…
    - 19 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:43pm -
  • Giving Hillary Credit? Nah.
    Jay, I didn’t mean to give Hillary credit. Quite the reverse. I drew attention to her praise of Bush merely as evidence that she apparently feels a need — can’t imagine why — to distance herself from Obama’s rolling foreign policy disasters…
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:32pm -
  • Mike Pence Learned HHS Was Dumping Migrant Children in His State from the Press, Not HHS
    Indiana governor Mike Pence said he first learned the federal government had placed 245 unaccompanied alien children in Indiana through media reports.In a letter to President Obama, Pence wrote that the Department of Health and Human Services infor…
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:22pm -
  • The Sequester Created a Baby Boom in D.C.
    Birth rates in the Washington, D.C., area have spiked approximately nine months after the government shutdown last fall.Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. has seen an increase of three births per day during the past month, according to the Washington…
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:17pm -
  • newI Must Be Missing Something
    If I didn't know better I would almost think the President is goading GOP backbenchers into a race-drenched tyranny-derp freakout perfectly designed to crush the GOP for yet another generation among non-white voters and alienate a lot of white people…
    - 17 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:55pm -
  • newImportant to Watch
    With the latest outbreak of GOP impeachment denialism, it's worth noting what happens when the president or his proxies started aggressive surfacing the crazy that usually just bubbles along in the right wing echo chamber.
    - 54 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:18pm -
  • newExcellent News for John McCain!
    Is good news on the 2014 front leading the GOP to forget its outsized reliance on a literally and figuratively dying part of the electorate? Ed Kilgore explains.
    - 59 mins ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:13pm -
  • newFox's Perfect Guest
    It's perfect for Fox. The guy who keeps stepping in it, calling Chinese people "Chinamen" and women "sluts" is the token Democrat on their afternoon show.
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • newWhat The Hell Is Going on Down There?
    Last night I posted this story about how Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, is apparently bored not having any recent opportunities to shoot people he decides are bad guys. So he was found working as a 'volunteer' night security guard outside…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:34pm -
  • newSo Good
    Karl Rove: "Shame" on Obama for saying we might impeach him. Watch.
    - 4 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:29pm -
  • newPhoto of the Day
    Bayard Rustin, speaking at a press conference in advance of the March on Washington. August 27th, 1963.
    - 12 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 5:15am -
  • Seems Like a Strong Case
    Attorneys for two Alabama doctors are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. who claims that he entered the hospital for a routine circumcision but emerged from Princeton Baptist Medical Center without a penis. Lawyers for the d…
    - 14 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:06am -
  • George Zimmerman Missing the Shooting Life?
    Is George Zimmerman missing playing pretend cop and shooting people? A TPM Reader reader in The Hive (sub req) flagged this bizarre little story. It seems Zimmerman has been volunteering as a night security guard at a Motorcycle and gun shop in De…
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:04pm -
  • Farewell, Skype
    After eight years, this afternoon TPM officially signed off of Skype. That's not something particularly visible from the outside. And to be clear, we only used the service as an instant messaging platform. We never used it for telephony or conferen…
    - 19 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 10:37pm -
  • McLiability
    This seems like a pretty big development in the labor activism surrounding the fast food service industry.
    - 21 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 8:18pm -
  • Here's Why Obama Gets Impeached
    Democrats and Republicans are locked in an election aimed rhetorical war over whether the GOP House will impeach Obama. But when I saw the news last night about the sweeping move on immigration President Obama is considering, it immediately occurred…
    - 24 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 5:17pm -
  • Inside the Takedown
    Meet the anonymous Twitter users who brought down Buzzfeed editor Benny Johnson.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jul 14, 3:51pm -
  • The New Science of Crazyography
    This chart shows how Tea Party strength is actually fairly low in the key Senate races in play this year. But it's also just a cool interactive chart that tells you how popular the Tea Party is in your county. Check it out.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jul 14, 3:38pm -
  • GOP Having Some Cognitive Dissonance
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    Some of us think bringing AR-15s to the airport to pick up your spouse is probably a bad idea. But if you're going to make it legal, this might be something to think through. Peter Steinmetz was arrested at Sky Harbor International Airport not becaus…
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  • When You've Lost Jon Stewart
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  • Riveting Stories Amidst Grim Mosul
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  • An Akin in Our Midst?
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  • Giving Up
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  • newIt Would Be a Shame If Something Happened to That Reputation of Yours
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  • newPot Legalization vs. Science
    While the New York Times continues to editorialize in favor of the legalization of marijuana (Wednesday's installment posits the federal ban is "rooted in myth and xenophobia"!), others are pushing back against legalizing the drug.
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  • newBounceback
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  • new'Legalization by Edict'
    Yuval Levin, writing for National Review Online:
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  • NYT Poll: Signs Point to GOP Majority in Senate
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  • How Long Will Rand Paul Be In Detention?
    A few days ago, Rand Paul asked, “Do I have to be in detention the rest of mycareer?”The junior Senator from Kentucky posed the question afterevidence of plagiarism had come to light resulting in the loss of his WashingtonTimes column. …
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  • The Difference Between Trudeau & Harper on China
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  • Businessmen Target Justin Amash
    A campaign is growing in Michigan for a GOP primary challengerto unseat Congressman Justin Amash, one of the most outspokenmembers of the party’s libertarian wing, in 2014.The Hill published an article today highlighting the fundraising efforts…
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  • Obama and Veterans Day
    President Obama is giving a speech about veterans.I can’t listen.I didn’t serve, but both my parents did and I grew up on CampPendleton (Marine base) and Guam (Navy base).I can’t hear Obama talk about veterans as if he cares.Just hearing h…
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  • I’m Buying a Car Because of Ron Burgundy?
    From the good folks over at AdvertisingAge:Dodge says dimwitted 1970s news anchor Ron Burgundy is movingthe metal.The character created by comedian Will Ferrell and used as thespokesman for the 2014 Dodge Durango has increased online shopping…
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  • This Year’s Deficit is a Failure of Leadership, Not a Success
    Since the 2013 federal deficit was calculated to be a five-yearlow of $680 billion, many media voices have incorrectly proclaimedvictory over deficit concerns, at least in the short run. One ofthose voices is Eduardo Porter at The New York Times.…
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  • Rogue Hall Monitors
    IN HIS 1951 book God and Man at Yale, the documentthat, to simplify only a little, launched the conservativemovement, William F. Buckley, Jr. lamented what he later called“the phenomenon of the somnolent college trustee.” Looking back in2007,…
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  • Game of Fools
    President Obama’s foreign policy record remains intact. Acrossthe world from which he is withdrawing American power andinfluence, governments are recognizing that where once a superpowerresided, now only a shadow remains.First it was left to th…
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  • Obamacare: Who’s Crying Now?
    It is wrong, of course, to take pleasure in the misfortune ofothers. Still, I must confess that I have derived no small amountof schadenfreude from news stories about Obamacare advocates whohave been adversely affected by the not-so-Affordable Car…
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  • True Story of the Old Army
    Private “Rondi” Rondinoni had been in B Company for a littlemore than one hitch (three years). He had reached the rank ofPrivate First Class (PFC), but was busted back to buck private forrepeated fractures of discipline. It didn’t matter to…
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  • Slouching Towards Kansas City
    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of CharlieParkerBy Stanley Crouch(HarperCollins, 384 pages, $27.99)Few reputations in jazz are more secure than Charlie “Bird”Parker’s. Miles Davis is said to have quipped that “You can tellthe…
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  • Grow With the Flow
    AMID THE CLATTER and clutter of official Washington’s dailydysfunction, a movement is slowly gathering steam to design andenact pro-growth tax reform that reduces marginal tax rates—whichis to say, tax reform that is not a Trojan Horse for a t…
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  • Missing in Government Action
    Testifying on October 30 before the House Energy and CommerceCommittee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeliussaid the cost to date of the federal government’s malfunctioningHealthCare.gov website is $174 million — “about $118…
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  • Executive Leadership…and Unlikely Restraint
    In a 2005 article reviewing a book on presidential leadership,John Yoo—professor of law at the University of California atBerkley, and Bush-era architect of the “9/11constitution”—wrote:‘‘A ‘great’ President may be one who does n…
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  • Jobs Numbers Thwart Shutdown Narrative
    Today’s job numbers,released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), show that 204,000jobs were added in October, leaving the unemployment rate slightlyhigher at 7.3 percent, while also detracting from the claim thatthe recent government shutd…
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  • Public Prayer In A Small Town
    It has come to the point where any mention of Jesus Christ in apublic place, whether in Congress or in small-town New York, ispotentially a “coercive” violation of the rights of atheists andnon-Christians. The Supreme Court is currently hear…
    - 8 Nov 13, 5:52pm -
  • The Mount Vernon Assembly: A Constitutional Convention?
    Well this is interesting.Indiana State Senate President Dan Long has sent out a letter tofellow state legislators of both parties inviting them to conveneat George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon home on December7. Why?To explore calling…
    - 8 Nov 13, 4:06pm -
  • Greenspan Talks Recession, Central Banking, and Modern Washington
    Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan spoke atthe National Press Club Wednesday night, presenting a placidsummary of the findings from his new book The Map and theTerritory. The gist of Greenspan’s remarks was that ineconomics…
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  • Morning Round-Up 11-8
    Feature of the Day: Super typhoon Haiyan strikes Philippines, among strongest stormseverMorning HeadlinesDomesticAssociated PressNot Good Enough: Math, Reading Scores Up SlightlySenate Oks Gay Rights Bill Banning DiscriminationVoters Rewa…
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  • The Sabotage Republicans
    Call them the Sabotage Republicans.They have been busily at work in Virginia these last few weeks,sabotaging the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General KenCuccinelli.But first?Remember these headlines?From 2012: Romney Loses; Conservatives…
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