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Posts on Regator:10991
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Way out there

By Mustang BobbyIt’s been twelve days since Malaysia flight MH 370 disappeared on its way to Beijing and nothing has been heard from it since. It’s a complete mystery as to what’s happened to it. That hasn’t stopped any number of people...Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(New York Times): "Putin recognizes Crimea secession, defying the West"( "Marketplace enrollment hits 5 million milestone"(The Hill): "White House going all-in with March Madness for ObamaCare"(The Star-Ledger): "New...Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Time): "Guinness withdraws from St. Patrick’s Day parade over LGBT ban" (CNN): "Crimea votes to break from Ukraine, join Russia. What happens next?" (New York Times): "Global crises put Obama’s strategy of caution to the test" (The Hill): "Help me: Obama prods young on O-Care" (Roll Call): "Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish push for immigration overhaul"

Those awful, obnoxious, hateful right-wing Irish-Americans

By Michael J.W. Stickings With St. Patrick's Day coming tomorrow, this piece by Salon's Andrew O'Hehir -- "How did Irish-Americans get so disgusting?" -- is definitely worth a read. Key point: [T]he end of the IRA's guerrilla war had...Show More Summary

Senate Democrats shamefully abandon President Obama over outstanding surgeon general nominee

By Michael J.W. Stickings It's one thing for right-wing ideologues and NRA stooges like Rand Paul to oppose President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Dr. Murthy, after all, has said that gun violence represents...Show More Summary

Jon Stewart launches the comedic genius of #mcconnelling

By Michael J.W. Stickings Last night, as part of one of the best Daily Shows in recent memory, Jon Stewart introduced us to #mcconnelling -- that is, setting a new ad for Republican Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority...Show More Summary

Bill O'Reilly understands neither Lincoln nor the presidency nor comedy

By Carl It's odd that a man who claims among his favorite guests both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart would have a problem with President Obama's appearance in a comic interview on the website Funny or Die. But he does: All I can tell is you Abe Lincoln would not have done it. Show More Summary

Darrell Issa, crying in his beer

By Carl You may or may not have noticed last week, amidst the growing turmoil in Ukraine and Crimea, that Darrell Issa is still – still – pursuing the IRS investigation of politically-oriented 501(c)4 groups, both left and right. Summary:...Show More Summary

Same old lesson for Dems in FL-13

By Frank Moraes David Weigel continues to be essential reading every day, but "bleeding heart libertarianism" seems to have morphed into old fashioned non-crazy conservatism these days. That's not too surprising, given that libertarians are, regardless of the number of holes in their hearts, conservatives. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan's racist dog whistle

By Frank Moraes (Ed. note: For more on Ryan blaming poverty on lazy inner-city men, clearly a code meant to assign blame to black men in particular, see ThinkProgress, which notes that "[w]ork requirements have yet to significantly reduce...Show More Summary

Obama and Galifianakis ramp up the funny on "Between the Ferns"

By Michael J.W. Stickings President Obama faces an obstructionist, disloyal, and perhaps even treasonous Republican Party; an often cowardly Democratic Party with many in the ranks who don't have his back; a media establishment cowed...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(Bloomberg Businessweek):"Even after Bridgegate scandal, Chris Christie is in better shape than you think"(Huffington Post): "Former Christie aides ask judge to throw out subpoenas in Bridgegate case" (Bloomberg Politics): "Paul says...Show More Summary

Speak the speech, I pray you

By Carl ….Trippingly off the tongue: More than two dozen Democratic senators will take to the Senate floor on Monday for an all-night session of speeches on climate change.The marathon session will get underway after the last vote on...Show More Summary

The Democrats' problem with their base

By Richard K. Barry It should come as no surprise that President Obama is a bit worried that Democrats not neglect the 2014 midterms because the 2016 presidential election is a shinier bauble.With the House increasingly out of reach,...Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(CNN): "'We have to find the aircraft': Days later, no sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370" (New York Times): "Leading Republicans move to stamp out challenges from right" (Roll Call): "Uninsured rate continues to fall" (The Hill): "Worst Congress ever?" (Associated Press): "Obama meets with Ukraine prime minister Wednesday"

Mitch McConnell's musket

By Richard K. Barry Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player. I would say that politics is becoming increasingly strange, but it doesn't do much to state the obvious. Latest proof is that Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell...Show More Summary

Newt Gingrich - always good for a yuk

By Richard K. Barry This is a lightbulb, signifying a good idea - something I have never had. When it came time for professional sleezebag Newt Gingrich to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he used part ofShow More Summary

Paul Ryan weeps for school lunches

By Frank Moraes Paul Ryan was at CPAC today, and he's been getting a lot of attention for a story he told about a young man who didn't want to get a free hot meal from the school but would rather have his parents pack him a brown bag lunch. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(New York Times): "Trying to revive his prospects, Rubio pushes strength abroad" (The Nation): "Bernie Sanders: 'I'm prepared to run for President of the United States" (Public Policy Polling): "McCain least popular senator in country"(Real Clear Politics): "Illinois governor's race showcases union fears" (Wall Street Journal): "New York Gov. Show More Summary

When Democrats and Republicans alike prefer protecting the Pentagon to dealing with the plague of sexual assault in the military

By Michael J.W. Stickings Yes, once again, the Senate has acted shamefully: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came up short Thursday in her yearlong campaign to overhaul military sexual-assault policies, falling five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster. Show More Summary

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