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Voter ID and Alabama’s Budget Mess


Budget cuts mean it is now harder to get an ID in much of Alabama.

CNBC Debate Criteria Likely To Be Bad News For Several Republican Candidates

Republican Debate September 16 Two

The criteria for next month’s third Republican Presidential debate have been announced, and they’re likely to end up being bad news for several Republican candidates.

Kevin McCarthy Inadvertently Tells The Truth About The House Benghazi Committee


The man who will likely be the next Speaker of the House accidentally acknowledged the real motivation behind the Select Committee investigating, yet again, the Benghazi attack.

It’s Time To End Iowa And New Hampshire’s First In The Nation Status

Campaign 2016

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus suggested that Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn’t get used to their place at the top of the primary calendar. He’s right, but fixing the crazy system that put them there isn’t going to be easy.

Taliban Capture Major Afghan City For First Time Since 9/11


The Taliban dealt a major defeat to a numerically superior Afghan Army force, raising questions about just how well Afghanistan can defend itself on its own.

Congress Avoids A Shutdown, But It’s Likely To Come Back In December


Congress will get a temporary funding bill passed in time to avoid a shutdown on Thursday, but it may just be delaying the inevitable.

Have we Seen Peak Trump?

Trump Escalator

Trump remains in the lead, but he has been steadily falling over the month of September. (And this triggers, as these things do, musings about institutions and our party system).

Several Republicans Likely To Be Excluded From Third Debate

Republican Debate September 16

The next Republican debate is likely to be a lot smaller than the previous two, and that could prove fatal for several candidates.

NASA Reports Finding Signs Of Liquid Water On Mars

Mars Curiosity

NASA had a potentially significant announcement today.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On


John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

OTB Caption Contest

Pope Francis greets inmates during his visit to Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pool)

Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

A Study in Being “Presidential”


Via TPM Livewire:  WATCH: CNN Grills Carson On Muslim Comments Until Manager Ends Interview: Tapper and Carson spent several minutes of back and forth. “You’re assuming that Muslim Americans put their religion ahead of the country,” Tapper said to Carson. “I’m assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam that you would have […]

More Terms for Bolivia’s Morales?


Via the BBC:  Vote may allow Bolivia president to seek re-election Bolivia’s Congress has voted to amend the constitution to allow the country’s President Evo Morales to run for re-election again in five years’ time. The vote went through by a two-thirds majority in a congress dominated by his supporters. He has been in power […]

Background on the FARC (and Remembering the FARC’s Terrible, Horrible, no Good, very Bad Year+)


The seeds of the current peace deal date back to 2007-2008 (plus some longer-term background notes).

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Sadhus or Hindu holy men hold swords as they run towards the banks of Godavari river to take a dip during the Kumbh Mela in Nashik

The Hassan Chop Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Major Step Forward for Colombian Peace Process


Peace between the FARC and the Colombian state appears nigh.

WaPo Fact Checker Gets Three Pinocchios


A bizarre hatchet job on Carly Fiorina’s autobiography.

Boehner Resignation Tied to Papal Visit?


WaPo’s Robert Costa reveals an emotional reaction by the Speaker to the papal visit to Congress.

A Photo for Friday


Untitled 9/14/15 Montgomery, AL

Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Now A Republican

Kim Davis Mike Huckabee

She’s where she’ belongs.

Final Revision Shows Strong Second Quarter GDP Growth

Economy Heartbeat

The final GDP revision for the second quarter showed the economy grew at a nearly four percent rate.

House Speaker John Boehner To Resign


Big news out of Washington, D.C.

Boehner to Resign


Via the NYT: Boehner Will Resign From Congress. My initial response at seeing the headline was to double-check and see if it was from a satire site.  So, on the one hand I am truly surprised.  On the other, however, I do find the degree to which this is emblematic of the divisions in the […]

Donald Trump Continues To Lead GOP Field In Post-Debate Polling

Republican Debate September 16 Two

One week after the second Republican debate, Donald Trump is still at the top of the GOP field, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon.

Of Course the Pope is Political

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

Scott Walker’s Campaign Was The Shortest In At Least 20 Years

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Philip Bump notes that Scott Walker’s Presidential Campaign was the shortest major party campaign in two decades: The complete and utter collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid appears to bring to an end the shortest presidential campaign since at least 2000. Walker’s bid began with his announcement July 13 before a fancy backdrop and in […]

2016 Presidential Debate Schedule Set

Vote 2016

Neither major political party has selected their nominee, or even begun the process of voting, but the Commission on Presidential Debates has already set the schedule for next year’s General Election Debates: Next year’s general-election presidential debates will be in Ohio, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday. The first general-election […]

Federal Judge Rules ‘Happy Birthday To You’ Copyright Invalid


A Federal Judge has ruled that the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ has been invalid for at least the past eighty years.

Joe Biden Inches Closer To Clinton In New Poll

Joe Biden Campaigns With Hillary And Bill Clinton In Scranton

Vice-President Biden continues to rise in the polls even though he has yet to actually enter the race for President.

Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Dies At 90

Yogi Berra

A true legend has passed.

Donald Trump Tries To Bully Yet Another Critic


The Club For Growth has released two ads criticizing Donald Trump, so of course Trump is threatening to sue them.

With Eight Days To Go, Can Congress Avoid Another Government Shutdown?

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

Congress has just over a week to pass a funding bill, and it’s not looking very good.

Winnowing of the Minnows


Two gone: 14 to go.

Scott Walker Dropping Out Of Presidential Race

Scott Walker Speaking

Once a candidate that many believed could become the Republican nominee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is dropping out of the race for President.

Democrats Coming Under Increasing Pressure Over Debate Schedule

2016 Democratic Field

The pressure on Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to expand the 2016 debate schedule is increasing.

Clinton Recovers In Latest National Poll, But Biden Is Rising

Clinton Biden Sanders

Hillary Clinton seems to be bouncing back from recent troubles in the latest national poll, but Vice-President Biden is starting to rise in the polls before even getting in the race.

OTB Caption Contest

Sadhus or Hindu holy men hold swords as they run towards the banks of Godavari river to take a dip during the Kumbh Mela in Nashik

Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

A Lebanese anti-government protester holds eggs, to throw them on the convoys of Lebanese politicians arriving at the parliament building, during a protest against the on-going trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister says he hopes that political talks between senior politicians will help end government paralysis that has sparked angry street protests. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The Goo Goo Ga Joob Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

Syrian Refugees

The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

Donald Trump Still Leads The GOP Race In First Post-Debate Polls

Republican Debate September 16

The first significant national polls taken in the wake of last week’s debate show that Donald Trump has slipped somewhat, but still remains the clear leader of the Republican race for President.

Jake Brewer, Husband to Mary Katharine, Killed in Charity Bike Ride

Jake Brewer was killed yesterday afternoon while participating in a bicycle ride to raise money to fight cancer. He leaves behind his wife, the former Mary Katharine Hamm, their daughter Georgia, and another child on the way. He was 34. My heart goes out to Mary Katharine, who I’ve known since attending my first Conservative Political Action Conference […]

A Quick Constitution Lesson for Carson


More bigotry in the campaign.

Trying To Read The Biden Tea Leaves


Time is running out for Joe Biden to make a decision about running for President, and it’s still not clear what he’ll do.

Obama Appoints Openly Gay Army Secretary; Nobody Cares


Eric Fanning will be the first openly gay service secretary. WaPo (“Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army“): President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of […]

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis May Be Interfering With Issuance Of Marriage Licenses Again

Kimberly Davis

A lawyer for one of the Deputy Clerks working for Kim Davis raises the concern that she is once again interfering with the issuance of marriage licenses in violation of a Federal Court Order.

A Photo For Friday


Untitled 9/4/15 San Francisco, CA

Anti-Vaccine Paranoia Infects The Republican Race For President


There was far too much pseudoscience in evidence during the Republican Debate on Wednesday.

Second Republican Debate Garners Record-Setting Ratings For CNN

Republican Debate September 16

More than 23 million people watched the debate Wednesday night.

After Final Senate Vote Fails, The Iran Nuclear Agreement Is A Done Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

The final effort to block the Iran Nuclear Deal failed in the Senate yesterday, meaning that the deal will now move forward.

Donald Trump’s Demagoguery Comes Home To Roost

Donald Trump Speaking

At a town hall last night in New Hampshire, it became clear just what kind of supporters Donald Trump’s demagoguery is attracting.

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