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The most memorable ads of 2014: Eric Cantor's stupid spot had serious consequences

13 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Almost everyone was caught by surprise when then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was unseated in the Republican primary by little-known professor Dave Brat, but Cantor's team actually did see Brat as a threat months before the primary. Show More Summary

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When Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback passed enormous tax cuts, he said it would cause an explosion of growth. Instead, the state’s revenue tanked, and all manner of services had to be cut. And as Rachael Bade reports, now other Republicans are taking notice: Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect […]

Jeb Bush Has an Obamacare Problem

From Politico: Jeb Bush is stepping down from the board of a health care company that has reportedly profited from Obamacare, a move that comes as the Republican explores a run for the presidency. According to various media reports, Tenet backed President Barack Obama’s health reform act and has seen its revenues rise from it. Show More Summary

First Order Of Business For New GOP-Led Congress: Cook The Books

Republicans are readying their plans for their new majority, but first they have some tweaks to make in order to cook the books a bit with the CBO. They call it "dynamic scoring", but it's really a way to make tax cuts look awesome while...Show More Summary

Obama's Approval Ratings Rose, So Michele Bachmann Stepped In With Some Hate

Here's a little tidbit that dropped earlier this week: President Obama's approval ratings are at their highest point since May, 2013, leaping up after his actions on immigration, Cuba, and climate change. Republicans cannot have this, but they're occupied with their plots for the next Congress, so they sent Michele Bachmann out to spew. The way Rep. Show More Summary

Democrats Can’t Be Dad

Democrats have done very well politically by convincing voters that they are, in a very broad sense, on the side of the little guy. “Republicans,” they say, “take care of

Republican Congressman-Elect Continues War On Christmas

Congressman-elect Barry Laudermilk of Georgia told the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” that the left is trying to ruin Christmas. It’s always been an honored time but just recently it seems like it has gotten to the point where we have to even defend our rights that are given to us to celebrate the birth [...]

GOP May Force CBO to Use Magic Accounting

When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Show More Summary

How To Talk To Your Republican Uncle At Christmas Dinner

The Democratic National Committee has a website devoted to dealing with that Republican uncle that tries to stick a metaphorical finger in your eye during the holidays. (h/t Political Wire) Here are a few tips: Myth Voters rejected Democratic policies in November. Fact Midterm elections are historically very difficult for the party that holds the [...]

Santa Claus: Republican Or Democrat?

[guest post by Dana] Between shopping, wrapping gifts and baking goodies, a few politicians and consultants took time to answer the most pressing question of the season: Is Santa Claus a Republican or a Democrat? Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker: Santa Claus is clearly a Republican. He actually delivers what he promises. He and the […]

The most memorable ads of 2014: Terri Lynn Land drinks coffee as her campaign burns

This has gone down as one of the most memorable ads of the cycle, and not in a good way. Michigan Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land decided to counter Democratic attacks that she favors policies that hurt women by... drinking coffee. Show More Summary

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Jonathan Martin and Ashley Parker examine the changing politics of crime within the GOP: Since the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965, generations of Republicans from Richard M. Nixon to the first George Bush have deftly capitalized on the anxiety of white voters over crime and urban unrest, winning elections with appeals for […]

IRS Scandal Joins Other Republican-Created Scandals In Being Debunked When Investigated

As I noted at the start of the year, the Obama administration has been remarkably free of scandals–or at least real scandals as opposed to scandals manufactured by Republicans. Investigations of faux scandals ranging from Benghazi to Grubergate all failed to show any truth to right wing accusations and conspiracy theories. Now we find that [...]Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Michael Grimm pleads guilty but won't leave the House

Republican Rep. and convicted felon Michael Grimm Leading Off: • NY-11: On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to tax fraud, months before his trial was to start. Grimm was accused of falsifying tax returns for his restaurant before he was elected to Congress in 2010, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in June. Show More Summary


REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHOULD OFFER A BILL ON POLICE VIOLENCE NEXT MONTH, AND THE CENTERPIECE SHOULD BE OUTLAWING POLICE UNIONS: Affidavit Shows Cop Union Targeting Foes. There’s a window of opportunity here if the GOP is smart enough to take it.

Today in Politics

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said recently that though the party was overhauling its primary process, it was not solely responsible for Mitt Romney's 2012 general election loss.

Jeb Bush Vs. Ted Cruz

Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his intention to “actively explore” a run for president. That announcement spurred spasms of joy in some segments of the Republican Party

Christmas Eve Open

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