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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Jeb buzz

By Mustang BobbyIt’s never really gotten much traction; neither has it gone away: The big political buzz over the weekend—reinforced by the related story of the“Sheldon Primary” going on in Las Vegas—involved reports that an effort to...Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: Sen. Thad Cochran is a very conservative fellow. In case you didn't know

By Richard K. Barry Who: The Sen. Thad Cochran (R) reelection campaign Where: Mississippi What's going on: Well, Sen. Cochran seems to have himself in a knock down drag out fight for the GOP Senate nomination in Mississippi. DespiteShow More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Washington Post): "More than 7 million have enrolled under Affordable Care Act, White House say" (The Hill): "GOP gets O-Care angst" (Washington Post): "Bobby Jindal, with an eye on 2016, to unveil plan to replace Obama health-careShow More Summary

Paul Ryan loves the poor so much he wants to put them out of their misery

By Michael J.W. Stickings Paul Ryan claims he cares about the poor. He claims he wants to deal with poverty in a serious and meaningful way. But of course he's a combination of Ayn Rand devotee and Christianist ideologue, an anti-government...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(The Illinois Observer): "Poll: Toni Preckwinkle leads Rahm Emanuel by 8 points in 2015 mayor’s race" (Politico): "Dave Camp won’t seek reelection" (Huffington Post): "Obama endorses Brian Schatz in Hawaii's heated Senate DemocraticShow More Summary

Getting to like it

By Mustang BobbyA Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Americans are getting to like Obamacare. Support among Democrats jumped from 65 percent in January to 76 percent in the new poll. Independents (44 percent support; 54 percent oppose; and Republicans (20 percent support; 78 percent) was more stable, according to the poll. Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: Did you hear the one about Mitch McConnell being too liberal?

By Richard K. Barry Who: The Mitch Bevin U.S. Senate campaign Where: Kentucky (statewide on cable) What's going on: Mitch Bevin is running to the right of Sen. Mitch McConnell for the GOP Senate nomination in Kentucky. In this ad, Bevin, speaking directly into the camera, attacks Sen. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Roll Call): "Obamacare’s 7 million target in sight" (Washington Post): "Democrats’ support for Obamacare surges" (Washington Post): "Democrats, Republicans prepare for new round of battles over health-care law" (New York Times): "Yellen says Fed is determined to improve the labor market" (BloombergBusinessweek): "Australia says search for MH370 can 'drag on'"

Happy Cesar Chavez Day!

By Frank Moraes Here is California today, it is Cesar Chavez Day. And it also happens to be his birthday, which is tidy. But just like Martin Luther King Jr, we celebrate the mythic Chavez rather than the man. And that's just fine. But the man deserves to be remembered. Show More Summary


By CarlThe day has arrived when Obamacare comes out of rehearsals and goes fully live, and guess what? It’s already outperformed expectations: The first yearly sign-up period for Obamacare closes today, with early returns suggesting the administration may near a projection of 7 million enrollees made before the U.S. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(Politico): "2016ers woo Vegas donor crowd" (Politico): "Chris Christie apologizes for ‘occupied territories’ remark" (CNN Politics): "Scott Walker highlights executive experience to GOP donors" (New York Times): "New G.O.P. bid to limit voting in swing states" (The Hill): "Clinton tells Dems: Deal with ObamaCare drama"

America: The land of milk and honey (if you already have milk and honey)

By Richard K. Barry Jeb Bush's name was in the news last week as a potential GOP presidential nominee in 2016. On the one hand, he's seen by some as a "talented, credible, thinking leader." Though, as a recent Washington Post story argues, Jeb would have serious vulnerabilities as a candidate. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Reuters): "Russia plays down impact of Western sanctions before talks with U.S." (The Hill): ""Is Obama pivot to Asia on hold?" (CBS News): "On eve of Obamacare deadline, law remains a work in progress" (WSLS10): "Photos found at slide site; missing number drops" (USA Today): "NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Sunday's Elite Eight games"

Behind the Ad: When did making fun of farmers in Iowa become smart politics?

By Richard K. Barry Who: The Mark Jacobs (R) Senate campaign Where: Iowa (in Eastern Iowa cable markets) What's going on: Last week a video surfaced in which Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) makes a disparaging comment about Sen. Chuck Grassley...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(Gallup Politics): "Young Americans' affinity for Democratic Party has grown" (New York Times): "Newly released Clinton-era papers show damage control during scandal" (Wisconsin Public Radio): "Mary Burke says she can't self-fund campaign"...Show More Summary

Cons think Colbert is a double agent

By Frank Moraes Digby sent me to this very interesting study that shows exactly what I've known for a long time, The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report. For those who do not know it, The Colbert Report is more or less a parody of Bill O'Reilly's The Factor. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Daily News): "Port Authority Chairman Samson — linked to Bridgegate scandal — resigns post" (New York Times): "Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine, White House says" (The Hill): "Cassidy clarifies comments that uninsured are 'lessShow More Summary

Condi Rice criticizes Obama's leadership, proves she lacks anything resembling self-awareness or perspective

By Michael J.W. Stickings Condi and Dubya. Sort of. So Condi Rice is on the anti-Obama bandwagon, just like her pals Cheney and Rummy and rest of the detritus of the Bush II presidency: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused...Show More Summary

And teabagger heads explode in 3....2....

By CarlThe UN has issued yet another firm and fact-filled statement with respect to global warming: Extreme weather events in 2013 can largely be traced to global warming caused by human actions, stated in the newest Status of the Climate Report from the United Nations.Michael Jarraud is secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(New York Times): "Obama to call for end to N.S.A.’s bulk data collection" (Washington Post): "Obama’s aim to shift U.S. foreign policy runs up against an old Cold War rival" (New York Times): "Ruling could have reach beyond issue of...Show More Summary

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