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James Jeffords, Former Vermont Senator, Dies At 80

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James Jeffords, who represented Vermont as a Congressman and Senator for a combined total of more than 30 years but became famous,  or infamous depending on your point of view, when he left the GOP to caucus with Democrats as an Independent, has died at the age of 80: MONTPELIER, Vt. — Former Vermont U.S. […]

The Timing of Elections Matters (Ferguson Edition)

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Yet another example of how institutional choices matter.

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

Today in Circular Reasoning

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Back to the Ten Commandments and Alabama politics.

A Timely Thought On The Militarization Of Police Forces

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“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”   – Cmdr. William Adama, Battlestar Galactica “Water” Season One, Episode 2

Hillary Clinton Hurting 2014 Democratic Candidates?

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Some on the left are saying that Hillary Clinton isn’t doing enough to help Democrats in 2014.

Chuck Todd To Replace David Gregory On Meet The Press

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After months of declining ratings and rumors that David Gregory’s tenure as host of Meet The Press would be coming to an end, CNN is reporting that NBC will soon announce that Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will be replacing Gregory as host: NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of “Meet the Press” as […]

Could The House Lawsuit Against Obama Cost The GOP The Senate?

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In what would be a classic bit of political irony, polling indicates that the House lawsuit against the President could make Democrats more likely to vote in November.

It’s August, So It Must Be Time To Complain About Presidential Vacations Again

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The chattering class is chattering about the President’s vacation again. It really is quite tiresome.

Alaskans Don’t Think Much Of Sarah Palin

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There ought to be no set of voters in the country who know Sarah Palin better than Alaskans. She was, after all, their Governor for just over two years before deciding to quit her job to become a star in reality television and political media, and she’s been something of a force in the Alaska […]

McConnell Has A Small Lead In Kentucky

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A new Public Policy Polling poll has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with a small lead over his Democratic challenger in what looks to be one of the few 2014 races where the GOP has to worry about defending a seat: PPP’s newest Kentucky poll finds Mitch McConnell taking a small lead, with 44% to […]

Same-Sex Marriage Suffers A Legal Setback In Tennessee

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A trial court judge in Tennessee is the first jurist since the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage

Arming The “Good” Syrian Rebels Would Not Have Prevented The Rise Of ISIS

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Dispelling a rising myth,

GOP Likely To Take The Senate, Retain The House, Maintain The Status Quo In The States

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The GOP has a good chance of taking the Senate in 2014, but it will be by a narrow margin.

Why Debating Districts Misses The Larger Point

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There are plenty of other factors that help our two major parties retain power.

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

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Does Hillary Clinton remember that she was Secretary of State for four years?

Hawaii’s Governor Loses Democratic Primary, Senate Primary Too Close To Call

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As I noted yesterday, both of the Democratic incumbents that faced primaries yesterday in Hawaii were at risk of losing. As things stand this morning, Governor Neil Abercrombie has lost his primary for a second term, and Senator Brian Schatz is locked in a tight battle with Congresswoman Colleen Hinabusa that could end up in […]

Will the GOP Ever Win Another Presidential Election?

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It’s hard for a party to win four straight presidential elections. The Democrats may pull it off.

Watergate Forty Years Later

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Even with the passage of time, Watergate remains a singularly important event in American history

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

Democratic Incumbents In Trouble In Hawaii Primary

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Trouble in paradise for two of Hawaii’s top Democrats?

The Scourge that is in-Person Voter Fraud

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The numbers are shocking!

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

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A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

SNL’s Victoria Jackson Loses Tea Party Bid

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Victoria Jackson has thus far been less successful in politics than her fellow SNL alum Al Franken.

Public Trust In Government Hits New Lows

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Americans have become deeply cynical about government. To some extent that is a good thing, but it’s reaching unhealthy levels.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

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For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Majority of Americans Disapprove Of The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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A new CBS News poll indicates that a majority of Americans disapprove of the House’s lawsuit against President Obama: Despite their reservations about the president, more Americans disapprove (54 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the lawsuit against Mr. Obama authorized by Republicans in the House of Representatives, which charges that the president exceeded his authority when […]

Lamar Alexander Easily Defeats Tea Party Backed Primary Challenger

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To nobody’s surprise, Lamar Alexander easily defeated his Tea Party backed challenger in yesterday’s Tennessee Republican Primary: NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters backed Senator Lamar Alexander against a Tea Party challenge and turned down an aggressive bid by conservatives and business interests to oust three members of the State Supreme Court in primaries on Thursday. Mr. […]

Senator John Walsh Drops Out Of Montana Senate Race Amid Plagiarism Allegations

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Just about a week after we learned that he had plagiarized a significant portion of an academic paper he wrote while at the Army War College, Senator John Walsh has dropped out of the race for Montana’s open Senate seat: HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race […]

Mississippi Republican Party Refuses To Hear Chris McDaniel’s Election Challenge

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A big setback for Mississippi’s erstwhile Tea Party candidate for Senate.

The GOP Establishment Won The Primary Battles, But They Let The Tea Party Win The War

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Tea Party backed candidates may have lost most of the GOP primary battles, but they’ve won the war for control of the Republican agenda.

Debbie Dingell, Political Dynasties, And The Problem With Long-Term Incumbency

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Debbie Dingell is set to continue an 80 year legacy of Dingells occupying the same seat in the House of Representatives. That’s not a good thing.

Voter ID Laws Are A Solution In Search Of A Non-Existent Problem

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There is simply no evidence of the kind of in-person voter impersonation that Voter ID Laws were designed to prevent.

Mike Huckabee: Obama Is “Worthy” Of Impeachment

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Mike Huckabee, who many believe is at least considering the possibility of running for President in 2016, is the latest Republican to mention the possibility of impeaching President Obama, and he isn’t rejecting the idea: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday said that he believes President Obama has committed many impeachable offenses. Iowa […]

Mississippi’s GOP Senate Soap Opera Just Keeps Getting Stranger

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No, it’s not over yet.

Michigan’s Justin Amash Defeats Establishment Backed Challenger

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Despite a high profile effort to oust him, the most prominent libertarian Republican in Congress survived his primary challenge yesterday.

Today’s Counterfactual: Tea Party Incumbent Loses to Establishment Republican in House Primary

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David Trott’s victory in Michigan’s District 11 Republican House primary marks the first time this year a Republican Establishment candidate has upset a Tea Party Incumbent.

Social Issues Now Benefiting Democrats

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Once something that generally benefited Republicans, social issues are now becoming a wedge issue for Democrats.

Utah Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Case To Supreme Court

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Utah’s Attorney General has appealed the 10th Circuit’s decision striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON—Utah officials on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could set the stage for the justices to decide whether gay couples have a constitutional […]

Pat Roberts Beats Back Tea Party Challenge In Kansas

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As expected, Senator Pat Roberts beat back a challenge from Tea Party backed Milton Wolf in yesterday’s Republican Senate Primary in Kansas: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, aided by national Republican forces, beat back a tea party challenger Tuesday — effectively thwarting conservatives’ last, best hope to topple an incumbent GOP senator this year. With 95 percent of […]

The House GOP Can’t Even Agree On A Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

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House Republicans can’t even muster the votes to pass a banal resolution honoring Pope Francis: How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s wrap-up before a five-week summer recess, as House Republicans failed to pass their own scaled-back bill on the border children crisis on Thursday. Realizing […]

An Amazing Video (King and the Dreamers Edition)

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Legality and justice are not always in synch.

Republican Congressmen Keep Talking About Impeachment

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For a party that says its not interested in impeachment, the GOP sure keeps bringing it up.

House Republicans Are Dooming Their 2016 Nominee With Latino Voters

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Republicans in the House seem determined to make life difficult for whomever wins the GOP nomination in 2016

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

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Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

Americans Still Hate Congress, But Incumbents Don’t Have Anything To Worry About

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There’s an old adage in American politics that Americans hate Congress, but love their Congressman. Historically, this has always seemed to be an accurate assessment of politics given the fact that re-election rates for both the House and the Senate are consistently high notwithstanding the fact that public approval of Congress as an institution continues […]

Tea Party Set To Lose Its Final Two Battles In Kansas And Tennessee

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The Tea Party v. “establishment” battle in the GOP has been pretty one-sided this year.

Chris McDaniel Files Incredibly Weak Challenge To Mississippi GOP Primary Results

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Six weeks have passed since the primary, and Chris McDaniel has revealed he really doesn’t have much to complain about other than the fact that he lost.

Today in Republican Outreach on Race and Ethnicity… (with a Helping of PR for AL, too)

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Ugh.

Competitive House Districts: A Rarity

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Our non-competitive political system.

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