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Koch Brothers As Thurston and Lovey Howell

I’m happy to report that at Ten Miles Square Seth Masket provides a nice moment of closure–for the moment, at least–to all the talk of what the Kochs are doing in the presidential primaries, complete with a Gilligan’s Island metaphor! His main substantive point i [...]

Live Opening Arguments in James Holmes Case

Watch the latest video at Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler is giving the opening argument for the prosecution in the trial of James Holmes. It's being televised on Channel 7 in Denver (thankfully no… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m [...]

What Happened in Vegas

Since I gave a pretty full account this morning of the Faith and Freedom Coalition cattle call in Waukee, IA, I guess I should give equal time to the other big conclave of the weekend with significant implications for the 2012 cycle, the Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas. It [...]

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that t [...]

Surveillance photo of Tsarnaev brothers which FBI distributed after bombings. The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of thirty [...]

Cecily Strong was wrong about Hillary Clinton’s appearance being off limits

Comedian Cecily Strong asked reporters to raise their right hands and make a pledge during her speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night. “I want all the media to put their hands up and swear something this election season,” she said. “I solemnly  [...]

Good Luck Going After the Pope, Climate Deniers

If you write about climate change for a living, you get used to being on the receiving end of tweets, emails, and comments explaining why manmade global warming is a colossal hoax. But it turns out that if you’re the pope, the trolls take things a bit further. From our partners at t [...]

Midday open thread: Millions call for a nuke-free world, California drought, what the states import

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Droney weighs in: What you may have missed on Sunday Kos … A drone too far, by DarkSyde Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez 1.5 million black men are ‘missing’ from local communities, many because of prison,  [...]

Which would you take? The Correspondents Dinner or . . . Paris?

The talk Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner wasn’t about Bradley Cooper or Jane Fonda or presidential candidate Donald Trump.No, what everyone was asking was: Where were Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Roger Aderholt (R-Ala.)? What was more i [...]

Get Ready for Shock and Awe Tuesday

So Jeb Bush is holding a two-day donor/Super PAC/operative “retreat” on South Beach that began yesterday and concludes today. I think it’s reasonable to assume that once the confab is over, we’ll start seeing massive spin from Team Bush with more specific projecti [...]

Bruce Jenner is a Republican. Here’s the reason that shouldn’t surprise you.

The biggest shock to many during Bruce Jenner’s Friday interview with ABC wasn’t that he was transgender — there have been rumors he would reveal that since February — but that he was also a conservative Republican. That didn’t come as a complete surprise to  [...]

Why this couple still isn’t married six months after winning gay marriage for Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — For a while, it seemed like Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity could have become the face of the nationwide fight for same-sex marriage. Their case against Utah’s marriage ban was the first in a recent wave of federal victories against state bans. And after an appeals c [...]

Why this couple fought for and won gay marriage in Utah, but hasn’t married yet

SALT LAKE CITY — For a while, it seemed like Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity could have become the face of the nationwide fight for same-sex marriage. Their case against Utah’s marriage ban was the first in a recent wave of federal victories against state bans. And after an appeals c [...]

A major liberal contender isn’t ruling out a primary challenge to Andrew Cuomo

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (at left) This would certainly be epic: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who’s used his post to actively litigate on behalf of liberal causes, apparently has not ruled out a primary challenge to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo i [...]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Is Putting Everyone Through Hell

BOSTON, MA.—When a defendant stands trial for a crime that carries a possible penalty of death, what is the extra bar a jury must reach in order to decide that a lifetime of imprisonment is not enough? What damning facts must a prosecutor present, what heinousness of the crime and what pa [...]

Religious ‘leaders’ demand liberal justices recuse themselves from marriage equality case

No. Only Thomas and Scalia may decide gay marriage cases. Thus sayeth the empty cardboard boxes. I see that conservative activists will be satirizing themselves this week. Well, it is more efficient that way. Religious leaders are calling on members of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing t [...]

Obamacare customers happier with plans than other insured people

Here goes another Republican myth about Obamacare up in flames. It turns out, according to a JD Powers and Associates survey, customer satisfaction with Obamacare is higher than with employer-based insurance. A lot higher. Why? Choice, primarily. People who had coverage through Obamacare [...]

A GOP Nomination Southern Strategy

If Taegan Goddard is, in my opinion, a bit overenthusiastic about the potential corrosive impact of Super-PACs on the two-party system, a more plausible role for the new critters is posited in today’s big WaPo piece from Matea Gold and Ed O’Keefe speculating that Super-PACS pl [...]

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As Attorney General As Wall Street Deadline Looms

JUST IN: Loretta Lynch sworn in as attorney general — The Hill (@thehill) April 27, 2015 Loretta Lynch has sworn in today as the first female African-American Attorney General. Lynch has now officially replaced problematic Attor [...]