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Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 157: Even Heritage Foundation is blasting a do-nothing Senate

It's Tuesday, July 19 and Day 157 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: No meetings, no hearings, no votes on his replacement. It's also Day 120 since President Obama named Merrick Garland to be Scalia's replacement. Show More Summary

How much of a boost will the Republican convention give Trump? Let's set a baseline

So historically, modern-era conventions have given their candidates a modest bump, in the 2 to 3-point range. It’s all temporary given all the dynamics in play (parties coming together, supporters coming to grips with the eventual winner,...Show More Summary

Justice Department petitions Supreme Court to rehear immigration case

The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rehear the case over President Obama's executive orders to aid some undocumented immigrants. The court, absent one justice, deadlocked this spring, leaving the lower court’s decision...Show More Summary

Midday open thread: Militarization of the Cleveland PD; best reporting on Mike Pence

Join us at 5 PM Pacific Time for our live-blogging of the second night of the Republican National Convention. Bring your own popcorn. And remember that when it’s the GOP at work (sic), taking part in drinking games focused on a tally...Show More Summary

Never Trump will make a last stand using secret pass phrase

Yesterday’s convention floor chaos may have seemed like the Twilight of the Never Trumps, but if you loose enough monkeys in a mechanism that is run by complex parliamentary rules, a few of them are bound to keep finding wrenches. After...Show More Summary

D-list celebrities show off why they like Trump and he likes them

Donald Trump promised to bring celebrity pizzazz to the Republican National Convention, and on Monday night, that came in the form of sitcom has-been Scott Baio and soap opera actor, eighth-place Dancing with the Stars finisher, andShow More Summary

Benghazi jingos stick to their repeatedly debunked claims about nonexistent 'stand down' order

If you have followed the right wing’s assertions about the slayings of American diplomats in Benghazi four years ago, you’re familiar with the claim that higher ups told the small American security team on the scene to “stand down” rather than race to assist the U.S. Show More Summary

Melania Trump is a liar like her husband, objectively

Melania Trump is a plagiarizer, which Republicans suddenly don’t think is a terrible thing anymore. But aside from pretending to have lived Michele Obama’s childhood, there were other clues proving that yes, Melania shares the same … let’s...Show More Summary

The time Mike Pence blasted Disney's 'Mulan' for showing a woman in the military

Buzzfeed digs up the fabulous op-ed that Republican vice-pretzeldental nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wrote in 1999 condemning Disney's animated film Mulan—for being a "liberal" attempt by Disney to push the idea of wommenfolk in...Show More Summary

Top Trump aide: 'We are working very closely with Rob Portman—we're running our campaigns together'

If you've been following the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland, one of the more delicious sub-plots revolves around the remarkable resistance of John Kasich, Ohio’s Republican governor, to participate in any way—not...Show More Summary

Never Trump contingent didn't stop the Trump train, but it sure knocked the convention off track

The best drama of the Republican National Convention’s first day didn’t wait for the prime time cameras. Before Melania relived Michelle Obama’s childhood, before Rudy Guiliani sprayed the crowd with froth, before delegates got a Benghazi...Show More Summary

Plagiarism update: Christie grades easy, mystery writers, and Michelle and Melania side-by-side

Last night we learned that, as a young child growing up in Slovenia, Melania Trump lived Michelle Obama’s childhood. As pundits have been noting (with various degrees of astonishment and amusement), parts of Ms. Trump’s speech were,Show More Summary

Iowa Congressman asks what 'sub-groups' have contributed more to civilization than white people

An unbelievable exchange took place on MSNBC Monday afternoon when current, sitting United States Rep. Steve King (R-IA) turned to the panel and asked them to  name a "subgroup" that contributed more to civilization than white people. Show More Summary

Cartoon: Ghost bluster

The backlash goes all the way to the top: even Donald Trump has weighed in with exactly the sentiments you would imagine. Like the director and cast members, I can’t believe we’re even still having this “conversation.” I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I hear it’s pretty good. Follow Jen on Twitter at @JenSorensen

Morning Digest: A Democratic poll gives Evan Bayh a massive lead in the Indiana Senate race

Leading Off: ? IN-Sen: On Monday, the DSCC released a Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group poll giving Democrat Evan Bayh a massive 54-33 lead over Republican Rep. Todd Young in the Indiana Senate race. The poll was conducted July 12 to July...Show More Summary

Why Melania Trump's plagiarized speech should be fatal to Donald Trump's campaign

Melania Trump’s stunning plagiarism at the Republican National Convention should by all rights be fatal to her husband’s campaign for president, not merely because she plagiarized but because of who she plagiarized from. Melania, who...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Hey, how about that Republican convention, eh? Don’t ask me. I was out with my kids playing Pokemon Go. I do the show for the same reason you listen to it: to figure out what happened last night. Listen LIVE right here at 9:00 AM ET! Who...Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… I Have Nothing to Say About Netroots Nation 2016. Except… As always, the volunteers (here stuffing swag bags) did a great job keeping things running smoothly. ?  Getting to the host city a couple days early...Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Donald Trump is losing to a woman

Convention night #1 summary: x Every campaign day is a test. If Trump can't run a decent convention, why should voters trust him w/ their country? � Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 19, 2016 x These were...Show More Summary

Melania Trump's speech appears to have been plagiarized from a Michelle Obama speech (seriously)

While pundits appeared mildly surprised at Melania Trump’s not-as-bad-as-we-were-expecting speech, tucked in as it was amongst the rantings and raving of D-listers and has-beens, journalist Jarrett Hill noticed a striking similarityShow More Summary

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