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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Behind the Ad: Who's zoomin' who in the North Carolina GOP Senate race?

By Richard K. Barry Tom Tillis Who: Senate Majority PAC (Democratic super PAC) Where: North Carolina What's going on: Well, this one really climbs into the gutter. In this ad, the Democrats attack Republican state House Speaker ThomShow More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(BBC News): "Heartbleed hack case sees first arrest in Canada"(New York Times): "How the President got to ‘I do’ on same-sex marriage"( "Law firm hired by Christie for internal probe donated $10K in 2014 to RGA"(The Hill): "Yellen vows 'continuing commitment' to economic support from Fed"(New York Times): "Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks"

In a shock to no one...

By Carl…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change: Vice President Joe Biden really did get ahead of President Barack Obama on accepting gay marriage in 2012 — and the White House really wasn’t...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(Miami Herald): "House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund"(Public Policy Polling): "Republicans lead in Texas" (Washington Post): "Republicans try to address ‘war on women’ with an army of young volunteers" (Real Clear Politics):...Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: The power of bleak comes to New Jersey's 12th

By Richard K. Barry Who: Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula. Where: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. What's going on: The New Jersey 12th is currently represented by Democratic Rep. Rush Holt. Holt first won election to the House in 1999 but has decided he's had enough, announcing in February that he would not seek re-election in 2014. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(New York Times): "Census survey revisions mask health law effects" (Blogger): "GOP Senate may run purple" (Roll Call): "Nuclear’ nominations aftermath slows Senate to crawl" (New York Times): "Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the N.R.A." (The Guardian): "Ukraine on the brink as troops take on rebels"

Be a patriot, pay your taxes

By Frank Moraes I just did my taxes. Well, I did a rough calculation and then filled out an extension. And as usual, I amamazed at how much I pay. It isn't in absolute terms that I'm amazed however. It is in relative terms—relative to how much the super rich are paying. Show More Summary

The "purple wedding" of geo-politics

By CarlSorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without giving a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.Vengeance is when someone who hasShow More Summary

The limits of new campaign technology

By Richard K. Barry I just finished reading Sasha Issenberg's Victory Lab, a very interesting treatment of how the ability to gather increasingly sophisticated information about voters has enabled campaigns to better target their voter ID and get-out-the-vote efforts. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(Politico): "Paul Ryan isn’t committing to 2016" (Roll Call): "Can you lie in politics? Supreme Court will decide" (Las Vegas Review-Journal): "Nevada GOP drops platforms against abortions, gay marriage, endorses Sandoval" (Milwaukee-Wisconsin...Show More Summary

The Guardian and The Washington Post deservedly win a Pulitzer for exceptional work exposing NSA surveillance, but Snowden remains the real hero

By Michael J.W. Stickings Truly great journalism is rewarded: The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency's surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden. Show More Summary

"Shoe trutherism" is a thing because conservatives are insane

By Michael J.W. Stickings Conservatives have never met an element of reality that they couldn't twist into complete and utter unreality for the sake of advancing some bullshit partisan smear. Case in point: Call them the shoe truthers. Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: Did someone say "boner"?

By Richard K. Barry Who: The J.D. Winteregg campaign. Where: Ohio's 8th Congressional District - web ad. What's going on: Mr. Winteregg is a Tea Party-backed candidate running agains House Speaker John Boehner (R). Just because someone had to, Winteregg produced an ad positioning himself as the answer to "electile dysfunction." Get it. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(New York Times): "Budget office lowers estimate for the cost of expanding health coverage" (Philadelphia Inquirer): "Interviews show Christie staff reacting to scandal" (The Hill): "Hillary Clinton sequel in the works" (New York Times): "Political rifts slow U.S. effort on climate laws" (The Week): "Will the GOP sideline social conservatives in 2014?"

How not to lie in politics

By Richard K. Barry Joni Ernst (R) is running for the United States Senate in Iowa. She is currently a state senator and has been criticized for missing more than half of the votes in the Iowa Senate this year. When asked by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham why she missed so many votes, Ernst said this: Well first, National Guard Services. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(The Week): "Rand Paul vs. the money men" (Wall Street Journal): "Tea-Party favorite Rand Paul aims to woo GOP stalwarts for 2016 bid" (The Courier-Journal): "McConnell gaffes show campaign rust" (National Journal): "Obama's real job: Fundraiser in Chief" (Roll Call): "Israel: Elements of Republican base ‘animated by racism’"

God, guns and Hitler

By Capt. Fogg I have certain misgivings about hate crime laws, but we're reminded this morning -- the eve of Pesach or The Passover and a week before Hitler's birthday, that people who belong to hate-based organizations and creeds, who...Show More Summary

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