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Midday open thread: 6,000 federal inmates to be freed; black workers have to be twice as good

Today's comic by Matt Bors is The Secret Marxist Pope: Mike Huckabee's book full of phony quotes from the nation's founders: Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 1998 book Kids Who Kill is full of...Show More Summary

Republicans in a nutshell: No amount of death will make us support stronger gun laws

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) Republicans are still dipping, dodging, and putting gun ownership over human life in the wake of yet another mass shooting. Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery cornered a few of them (along with Heidi Heitkamp,...Show More Summary

Kevin McCarthy's campaign slogan: 'I'm not John Boehner'

Not Boehner Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will probably get the majority vote to be the new speaker of the House in Thursday's secret ballot in the Republican conference. But the secret ballot isn't binding, and the real election isn't until October 29, so McCarthy has to work hard to head off a challenge from hardliner Rep. Show More Summary

Ben Carson keeps confusing his hero fantasies with reality

Ben Carson does not like to admit he was wrong. Really, really doesn't like it, on a Donald Trump level of never admitting you're wrong. The more he runs for president, the more we get the chance to see that. Case in point: Carson is doubling down on his victim-blaming in the recent Oregon mass shooting. Show More Summary

Democrats introducing resolution to disband partisan Benghazi Committee

Keeping Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) on the hot seat. House Democrats are continuing to press on the Benghazi Committee truth Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy let slip last week. Rep. Louise Slaughter is trying to introduce aShow More Summary

Kevin McCarthy: 'Stop playing politics' by quoting me accurately

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Kevin McCarthy is trying to go on offense to defend himself over last week's too-truthful assessment of the Benghazi Committee's purpose and accomplishments. The House majority leader saidShow More Summary

What skeletons are lurking in House leadership candidates' closets?

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) The House leadership scramble might have just gotten fun. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has written a cryptic letter to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the No. 4 House Republican, saying that any candidate for any leadership position that has "misdeeds" to contend with since they were elected needs to withdraw. Show More Summary

We might just have John Boehner to kick around a while longer

There's a chance, just a chance that we're stuck with House Speaker John Boehner for the foreseeable future. Boehner's deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), is expected to win the nomination in a closed-door vote on Thursday. Show More Summary

House Republicans about to dump a real awkward issue on vulnerable senators

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) House Republicans are putting Senate Republicans in a difficult spot with their plan to use reconciliation to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal chunks of Obamacare. Those are the kind of politically risky votes...Show More Summary

Gowdy wants Benghazi Committee judged 'by what we've done.' Okay ...

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Say this about him, House Benghazi Czar Trey Gowdy has a knack for getting reporters to give him good coverage no matter how absurd his claims. For instance, the Washington Post gave him an uncritical platformShow More Summary

Morning Digest: Racist RNC committeeman hoping to embarrass GOP with congressional bid

Apparently, RNC Committeeman Dave Agema hasn't caused the GOP enough trouble yet Leading Off: • MI-01: Several notable Republicans are considering a bid for this open Northern Michigan seat, and RNC Committeeman Dave Agema is the latest to express interest. Show More Summary

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Christian group predicts the world will be 'annihilated' on Wednesday #tcot #p2 — Blue DuPage (@BlueDuPage) October 6, 2015 Well, it's Wednesday, and my biggest reason for hoping the world is not annihilated is that it's Joan McCarter day. You probably have some reason or another. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… "Good Morning from @Space_Station!" Astronaut Scott Kelly is 194 days into his Year In Space at the International Space Station. When he returns, doctors will run batteries of tests on him and his earthbound twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, to gauge the long-term effects of living in space. Show More Summary

Abbreviated pundit round-up: Workplace Democracy Act; How the rich profit off natural disasters

Thomas Edsall at The New York Times writes—How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich? Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest congressional districts,...Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Hospital massacre in Kunduz shows bankruptcy of U.S. Afghanistan policy

Sunrise near Forward Operating Base Bayough, Zabul, Afghanistan in 2009. Bob Dreyfuss at The Nation writes—Air power inflicts horrific human-rights violations and has been thoroughly discredited as a means of fighting insurgencies: The...Show More Summary

Bill Maher: In order to be both Republican and Christian, they had to create an entirely new Jesus

Bill Maher used the Pope and the ill deeds of extortionist pharma CEO Martin Shkreli to make an important point. In effect, he called out right-wing supply-side Republicans for their anti-Jesus modal. "They talk about the Pope like he's gone rogue," Bill Maher said. Show More Summary

Is economic populism winning the white working class?

We've been told time and time again by the liberal economic populists that if we stay away from divisive social issues (like guns) and focus on economic appeals to the white working class, that this vote can be won. Bernie Sanders has explicitly said as much, but he is not the only one. Show More Summary

In a world where being a jerk on Twitter is genius, Donald Trump is king

I find This New York Times' take on Donald Trump's "mastery" of Twitter a bit odd, especially where it seems to suppose Donald Trump's use of Twitter is an intentional strategy, as opposed to the compulsive ravings of a megalomaniac with many hours of spare time on his hands. A year later, Mr. Show More Summary

Carlsbad police beat a woman senseless for an alleged seatbelt violation

So, we've had a lot of what police like to call "isolated incidents that have been hyped by the media" lately. That means police killing and/or basically kicking the crap out of people. They say that if you just don't go to the wrong...Show More Summary

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