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Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

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A Federal Judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by Tea Party groups over the IRS targeting scandal.

Martha Coakley Seems To Be Blowing Another Big Election In Massachusetts

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Back in 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was seen as the almost inevitable next Senator from Massachusetts. She was, of course, running to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died in the summer of 2009, and she had the support of key members of the Kennedy family and, of course, the top […]

Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

Election 2014

Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

Time For A Single, Six-Year, Presidential Term?

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An idea whose time has come? Not really.

Voters Still Not Caring Very Much About The Midterms, And That’s No Surprise

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Polls continue to show that most Americans are largely tuning the midterms out.

Is Early Voting A Bad Idea?

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Early voting is a still new idea in the United States, but one that has quickly spread to a majority of states. But, is it a good idea?

The Midterm Elections Will Be Over In 13 Days. Or Will They?

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There’s at least a 50-50 chance we won’t know who controls the Senate until weeks after Election Day.

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies At 93

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The passing of a true legend in American journalism.

Obama the Republican

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Bruce Bartlett has a column at the American Conservative (Obama Is a Republican) which is getting a lot of attention today (and rightfully so, in fact).  His points about the deficit, in particular, ought to be paid attention to. I will say, however, that I find all the attention to his thesis a bit amusing, […]

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Fear And Loathing In The Age Of Ebola

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As usual, politicians and pundits are helping to create a climate of fear and concern about Ebola that is not justified by the facts.

Crossfire Canceled Again

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CNN’s effort to bring back a show that had outlived its prime years ago has, predictably, failed.

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?

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Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.”

Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

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The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first […]

Maine Yet Again Likely To Elect A Governor Who Most People Didn’t Vote For, And That’s Okay

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For the ninth time since 1974, the next Governor of Maine will likely be elected with less than 50% of the vote.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Midterm Polling Challenges

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Sam Wang:  Midterm National Senate Polling Error Is Five Times Larger Than In Presidential Years. Fundamentally, it is about the facts that a) turnout is harder to predict in midterms (and hence polling for likely voters is harder), and b) the general level of interest in midterms is simply lower (often radically lower) than in […]

Most Americans Support Supreme Court Decision, Expansion Of Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court’s expansion of same-sex marriage seems to be sitting well with the American public.

The Level of Dumb is Astounding (Huckabee on Borders and Ebola Edition)

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Illogic and fear from Mr. Huckabee.

Republican Ad In Nebraska House Race Brings Up Memories Of Willie Horton

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Everything old is new again.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?

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Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Arizona, Will Come To Wyoming By Monday UPDATE: Make That Wyoming By Today

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This morning, a Federal District Court Judge in Arizona struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the nation gained its 31st state where same-sex marriage is recognized: PHOENIX — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is […]

Obama’s Credit Card Rejected

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President Obama had a bit of trouble paying for dinner during a recent visit to New York City: Turns out, even the president of the United States has had a credit card declined. “I should mention, by the way, that I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was there during the […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Obama Names ‘Ebola Czar,’ Doesn’t Explain Why We Need One

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President Obama has appointed an “Ebola Czar,” but it’s unclear why we need one when there are already people who are supposed to be in charge of the Ebola response.

It’s Time To End The U.S. Embargo Of Cuba

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The U.S. embargo of Cuba, and our lack of diplomatic recognition of the government in Havana, is an outdated relic of the Cold War. It’s time to end it.

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Second Ebola Nurse May Have Shown Early Symptoms Longer Than First Reported

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More Ebola news that could have a negative impact on public opinion.

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

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A victory for the opponents of Voter ID laws that will be untouchable by the Supreme Court.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

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We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

Alaska Governor’s Race Slipping From GOP Column

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While 2014 is looking like a Republican year, the Alaska Governor’s race seems to be slipping away from Republican control: Things have been looking up in recent months for Alaska Senate nominee Dan Sullivan, whose position against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has improved since his difficult primary ended. But the state’s other big-name Republican on […]

Rick Scott Delays Florida Governor’s Debate With Temper Tantrum Over Fan

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Yesterday’s debate between Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist almost didn’t happen because, well, Rick Scott was upset about a fan: In one of the weirdest, and most Floridian moments in debate history, Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate was delayed because Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to take the stage with Democratic challenger […]

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Mary Landrieu: Against Medical Marijuana, In Favor Of Keg Stands

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During last night’s Louisiana Senate debate, Senator Mary Landrieu came out against legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, while her chief Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is an M.D., said he favors it: Yet in a surprising moment later in the debate, Cassidy said he would support the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment, while […]

Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up

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A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

Fifth Circuit Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect

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After a setback, Texas will be allowed to enforce its Voter ID law. At least for now.

DSCC Pulls Ads For Grimes In Kentucky

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will not be spending any money for television ads in the final three weeks of the campaign in Kentucky, a move that seems to send a signal about what national Democrats really think about the prospects for Alison Lundergan Grimes: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, […]

White House Won’t Name New Attorney General Until After Election

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The White House has announced that it will not announce a new pick for Attorney General until after the midterm elections: President Obama has decided to wait until after next month’s midterm elections to nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., White House officials said on Tuesday, effectively ensuring that the choice […]

Noncompetitive House Elections

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My ongoing crusade to spark thought and discussion on the quality of representation in the US Congress.

Ann Romney Says No To A Third Romney Run

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Mitt Romney 2016? Not as far as his wife is concerned.

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Americans Still Not Very Worried About Ebola

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It’s been a busy week on the Ebola front with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan and the news that a nurse who was treating him was diagnosed with the disease shortly after his death, not to mention several false alarms of people who were taken to hospitals for “Ebola-like” systems. Nonetheless, as yet Gallup […]

Texas Attorney General Makes A Particularly Silly Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has made an incredibly weak argument in favor of his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Democrats Starting To Worry About Turnout In The Midterms

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Democrats are starting to worry that low turnout could turn a good year for the GOP into a very good year.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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And Alaska makes 30.

Are The Culture Wars Over?

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Bill Scher examines “How Republicans Lost the Culture War.”

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