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Republicans Already Planning Big Fight Over Nominee They Don't Even Know Yet

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation yesterday. The tea party show horses are already in full war cry mode: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) issued a political call to arms for conservatives, saying that outgoing senators should not vote on the nominee during the post-election lame-duck session. Show More Summary

South Carolina Cop Unloads on Unarmed Driver Reaching for His License

This video of a traffic stop in South Carolina earlier this month was published yesterday, and it's been making the rounds today. You really need to watch it to get a sense for just how appalling it is, but in a nutshell, here's what happened. Show More Summary

The Wild West Days of Pharmaceutical Sales Are Coming To an End

Pharmaceutical sales reps used to spend all their time inviting doctors to Hawaii for "conferences" and giving out lots of free samples. But the times, they are a changing: Kendall French used to pitch drugs to doctors who could prescribe...Show More Summary

Republicans Still Having a Hard Time Believing In Racism

The chart below, from a recent PRRI survey, has gotten a fair amount of attention on the intertubes over the past couple of days: Adam Serwer thinks the change between 2013 and 2014 is due to backlash from the Ferguson shooting, but I suspect that's only part of the story. Show More Summary

RED 3: Mitt Romney May Be Retired, But Still Extremely Dangerous

Byron York says that Mitt Romney aspires to be the Harold Stassen of the 21st century: Romney is talking with advisers, consulting with his family, keeping a close eye on the emerging '16 Republican field, and carefully weighing the pluses and minuses of another run. Show More Summary

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Emails (Non-IRS Version)

In the famous case of Lois Lerner's missing IRS emails, it really does appear that the whole affair was the result of nothing more than a genuine hard drive crash combined with outdated IT procedures for saving backup tapes. Needless...Show More Summary

Pat Roberts Apparently Too Dumb to Realize He Called Obama a Nazi

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said this on the campaign trail a couple of days ago: There's a palpable fear among Kansans all across this state that the America that we love and cherish and honor will not be the same America for our kids...Show More Summary

Bill Clinton Is Right: Storyline Reporting Has Poisoned the Political Press

Today brings a remarkable column from the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. It's about the Clinton family's adversarial relationship with the press: Put simply: Neither Hillary nor Bill Clinton likes the media or, increasingly, seesShow More Summary

The Rich Are Getting Richer, Part the Millionth

It's not easy finding new and interesting ways to illustrate the growth of income inequality over the past few decades. But here are a couple of related ones. The first is from "Survival of the Richest" in the current issue of Mother...Show More Summary

Does Congress Ever Turn Down a Request For War?

Plenty of people think Congress should be called back into session to conduct a vote on the bombing campaign in Syria. John Boehner disagrees: Boehner’s office deferred to the White House when asked about the issue. “As the Speaker has...Show More Summary

The Rich Have Always Been Obnoxious and Entitled

I'm not sure what's going on with David Brooks. It's something, obviously, but I can't put my finger on it. In any case, he thinks we should all cheer up because America's cities are safer and more interesting than ever; poverty is down;...Show More Summary

State Department: Iraqi Ground Troops Not Going To Be eady Any Time Soon

From a New York Times piece about today's bombing campaign against ISIS targets in eastern Syria: In Iraq, American advisers need to train the 26 Iraqi brigades that the Pentagon says are still intact and loyal to the government andShow More Summary

Quote of the Day: Marco Rubio Thinks US Troops Would Have Intimidated Nouri al-Maliki

From Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.), explaining why he'd keep a big slug of troops somewhere in the Middle East if he were president: If the U.S. had had a presence [in Iraq], we would have had more leverage over how Maliki conducted hisShow More Summary

The Heartwarming Story of Arab Support for Our Bombing Campaign

Speaking of things to remain skeptical of, the very top of the list certainly has to include the news that our staunch allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan participated in yesterday's airstrikes in Syria: A U.S. Show More Summary

We're Bombing Syria, Just Like Obama Said He Would

The big news today is that we're bombing ISIS militants in Syria. I confess that this doesn't strike me as huge news. Two weeks ago President Obama said he was going to bomb Syria, and now he's doing it. Did anyone expect him not to follow through on this? But of course I get it. Show More Summary

Who's Going to Pay For the Latest Iraq War?

Andrew Sullivan wonders why fiscal conservatives aren't asking some searching questions about the cost of the ISIS campaign: The ISIS campaign is utterly amorphous and open-ended at this point — exactly the kind of potentially crippling government program Republicans usually want to slash. Show More Summary

It's Time For Kansas to Rejoin the Real World

The Republican governor of Kansas has pauperized his state in order to fund tax cuts for the rich, while the Republican Secretary of State is busily trying to game the midterm ballot to ensure the reelection of the current Republican senior senator. Show More Summary

Everyone Please Calm Down About the White House Jumper

In response to the fence-jumper who got inside the White House before being apprehended, the Secret Service is considering the possibility of creating a larger "buffer zone" around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: One proposal is to keep people...Show More Summary

Obamacare Isn't Perfect, But That's No Reason to Give Up On It

A few days ago I noted that health insurance companies were starting to price certain drugs at higher rates. Not just certain brands of drugs, but entire classes of drugs. This is being done in an apparent attempt to discourage patients with certain conditions from applying for insurance. Show More Summary

The Great "Out-0f-Network" Scam Is Eating Patients Alive. And It's Supposed To.

Over the weekend, Elizabeth Rosenthal gave us the latest installment in her series of rage-inducing stories about the American health care system. Like all the others in the series, it was all but ignored by the rest of the world. IShow More Summary

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