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    What Makes a Presidential Nominee ‘Presumptive’?

    We’ve reached the beginning of May, and no candidate has won the outright majority of delegates needed to claim their party’s presidential nomination. But whether each party has a “presumptive nominee” is a matter for some debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump certainly seem to think  [...]

    Why So Many Political Journalists Don’t Get Politics

    If there’s a real third way in American politics—a genuinely viable means of mobilizing millions of voters into a new political party, rather than a cynical branding strategy for pro-business policies—we learned a lot about what it would look like over the past year. The successes of th [...]

    “I think he [Russian President Vladimir Putin] said some really nice things. He called me a genius. He said Trump’s a geniu [...]

    There’s not much more to say about the Republican primary. The polls now show Donald Trump with a commanding lead in tomorrow’s [...]

    Why Is It Called Ovaltine?

    Documents obtained by Mother Jones suggest that the reason Ovaltine is called Ovaltine instead of Roundtine despite the fact that “the mug is round; the jar is round” has to do with the Latin word for eggs. Ovaltine was developed in Berne, Switzerland, where it [...]

    Open thread for night owls—UN on climate change: ‘The future is happening now’

    Dahr Jamail writes—As Climate Disruption Advances, UN Warns: “The Future Is Happening Now.” An excerpt: Each month as I write these dispatches, I shake my head in disbelief at the rapidity at which anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is occurring. It’s as though each [...]

    Race and sexual orientation continue to be contentious issues for Hollywood

    This morning GLAAD released its annual report on diversity and LGBT representation, measuring the 126 movie releases by the major Hollywood studios in 2015. As part of its classification of material under a “studio responsibility index,” the advocacy group criticized Hollywood for “a lack [...]

    INDIANAPOLIS — The endorsement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was not quite the boon that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) expected. Repo [...]

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Donald Trump wants the United States to stop negotiating blanket trade deals that include a number of countr [...]

    Game of Thrones 6.2 recap: ‘Home’

    Let’s talk entropy. You know, that Second Law of Thermodynamics stuff. The law that says that chaos increases over time and not only can you not win, you can’t break even. In fiction, entropy generally rules the first part of the story. It certainly does in Game of Thrones. When we open,  [...]

    Earlier today, in the course of linking to a Ryan Cooper post about Bernie Sanders, I mentioned that I thought Cooper was “very, very [...]

    Supreme Court nixes challenge to Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law

    For low-wage franchises fighting Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage? No luck. The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage from franchise owners who say the law discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses. This was the  [...]

    Cruz Distorts Trump’s Position

    Sen. Ted Cruz mischaracterized Donald Trump’s position on Planned Parenthood, claiming that both Trump and Hillary Clinton “support taxpayer funding for it.” In August 2015, Trump suggested he might be open to federally funding portions of Planned Parenthood unrelated to [...]

    Hillary Clinton brought in more campaign cash in April than rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, the first time in months that the Democrat [...]

    Interactive Cartoon: Can you pick the right bathroom?

    x Embedded Content Created by Comigama with Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore!  New interactive cartoons every Monday!  Follow us on Facebook! Play more cartoons! Go to Source : Interactive Cartoon: Can you pick the right bathroom?

    There are two things that Donald Trump’s opponents need to do to keep him from getting the Republican presidential nominati [...]

    There are two things that Donald Trump’s opponents need to do to keep him from getting the nomination. The first is that th [...]

    A taste of what a localized Sanders ‘revolution’ would look like

    Bernie Sanders has gotten knocked by Democratic partisans for his weak embrace of down ballot races. What kind of “revolution” focuses only on the top? A real one would build a groundswell of support for multiple candidates, up and down the ballot, making it less a cult of personality and [...]

    It’s completely ridiculous how many advertisements have already been run for the 2016 campaign. Sure, it’s May, and peopl [...]