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Rand Paul tries to limit Virginia voting

In 2013, the Virginia state Republican Party in its infinite wisdom decided to hold a convention, not a primary, to choose its statewide ticket. Predictably, a small group of hard-core Republicans handpicked two far-right candidates, Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson. Both lost, and Jackson’s incendiary rhetoric caused the party no small amount of grief. The […]

After the same-sex marriage decision, Republicans can move on

In a not altogether surprising but certainly historic ruling, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that there is a 14th Amendment right for gays to marry. I say it that way because irate opponents of gay marriage will assert that the court invented a right to gay marriage. It did not, and the distinction is critical. […]

It may be time for ‘Joe!’

Yesterday I asked how high Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) can go in the polls before a bigger name on the Democratic side jumps into the presidential race. Later in the day a WMUR/CNN Granite State poll in New Hampshire was released showing Hillary Clinton leading Sanders by 8 points, 43 to 35 percent. Moreover, “Clinton is […]

Republicans, get over the outrage

This was certainly Conservative Outrage Week. Right-wing pundits fumed that the Confederate flag had to come down. They howled that the left was bullying South Carolina, which oddly was more unified and calm than the chattering class. Never before have so many northern Republicans cried over the Confederate flag. Go figure. (Those objecting to removal […]

Morning Bits

A common view. David Axelrod on the Supreme Court leaving Obamacare as is: “I also think it was a big win for the Republican party to be honest with you because I think it would have been a political disaster for them if the Court had pulled the rug out from under this law and […]

The first GOP debate: Who will duke it out?

Depending on which polls you use, the top 10 for the first GOP presidential debate would feature some serious and not so serious contenders. If you go by the Fox News poll, the lineup would be former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Carson, Sen. Rand […]

Hillary Clinton has to attack Bernie Sanders

Bloomberg reports: “Bernie Sanders is gaining on Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, with an appeal as an issue-oriented protest vehicle potentially capable of slowing any coronation of the popular front-runner. In simultaneous surveys, the U.S. Show More Summary

King v. Burwell winners and losers

  Today’s ruling in King v. Burwell has winners and losers. Let’s take a look. WINNERS President Obama: He will leave office with a “signature” achievement even if, as seems more likely, he cannot get an Iran deal acceptable on a bipartisan basis. Whether that “achievement” turns out to be like LBJ’s Great Society (a […]

Obamacare survives at the Supreme Court, again

For the second time, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court sided with the administration, allowing Obamacare to proceed unscathed. Roberts writing for a six-person majority writes that “we must determine whether a Federal Exchange is ‘established by the State’ for purposes of Section 36B. At the outset, it might […]

Bobby Jindal’s fateful choice

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, barely registering in the polls, announced his presidential run on Wednesday. The once wonky conservative is now clinging to the Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson in hopes of convincing the right-wing base he is one of them. It seems there is not a far-right position or slogan he does not embrace. […]

Can these forces stop a rotten Iran deal?

Between the press leaks revealing serial concessions, the public incoherence of Secretary of State John Kerry and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s public declarations, the forces opposing an imminent Iran deal have plenty of material to work with. And if there is any doubt as to Israel’s position, opposition leader Isaac Herzog — whom President Obama dearly […]

Morning Bits

Another concerned voice. “Gulf Arab powers are likely to respond to President Barack Obama’s pending nuclear deal with Iran by developing their own nuclear programs, former Defense Secretary William Cohen said Wednesday. He said they don’t trust either the Iranians or the United States to protect their interests.” Would you trust either? The House Foreign […]

Talking with Rick Perry about Iran, China, the Confederate flag

I spoke by phone with former Texas governor Rick Perry, who, after announcing his candidacy for president, has moved up a bit in the polls. He looks very likely to make the cut for the first debate on Fox News and is benefiting from his retail political skills and his seriousness on policy, something absent […]

Faith leads South Carolina in the right direction

Kirsten A. Powers writes: When Christians are in the news, it’s usually because they have done something wrong — they’ve gotten on the wrong side of a culture war or cheated on their wife, or worse. What the world rarely gets to see is the powerful grace that flows from a deep faith predicated on […]

Two more Iran alarm bells

Each day brings frightful news about the dynamic in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. Today we learn of “secret annexes” to the deal and also hear from Iran’s supreme leader, whose confidence in capitulation by the West grows as we approach the June 30 deadline for a final deal. The Associated Press reports: The United […]

Aren’t voters tired of ‘yapping’?

The more embarrassing inside-the-Beltway behavior becomes and the more jaw-dropping incompetence we see, the better the chances those with executive experience will prevail in the GOP 2016 presidential primary. Governors are accountable for errors, but they also do things. The Post, for example, reports: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws […]

Walker should emulate Perry, not Huckabee

RealClearPolitics reports: As a candidate for president in 2011, Perry made his religious faith a cornerstone of his campaign, beginning with “The Response,” a prayer rally Perry hosted in Houston in August 2011 for a crowd of roughly 30,000 worshippers. Held just one week before Perry announced his bid for president, the event set the […]

Cruz pulls another boneheaded move

Well, if Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) can go from hiring the “Southern Avenger,” a neo-Confederate, to decrying the Confederate flag as “inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hatred so vicious that you would kill somebody,” we should rank Sen. Ted Cruz’s […]

Morning Bits

What a farce. “Sen. Ted Cruz, a free-trade advocate who had supported legislation to expedite trade agreements, on Tuesday flipped his position and announced on the eve of a crucial Senate vote that he was prepared to vote against a new version of the bill, demanding that GOP leaders assure him that they had made […]

Cyberterror, China and the Clinton competency deficit

Understandably, much of the focus in the 2016 race and in the media more generally, when it comes to foreign policy, concerns the Middle East, jihadist terrorism and, to some extent, Russia. But it may have taken a “cyber 9/11? or “cyber Pearl Harbor,” as the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management is […]

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