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Jeb Bush’s misleading claim that ‘I cut taxes’ by $19 billion over eight years (Fact Checker biography)

“People are supporting me because I have a proven record of conservative leadership where I cut taxes $19 billion over eight years.” — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), GOP debate on CNN, Sept. 16, 2015 “I know that enacting these policies works because I’ve done it before. As gov [...]

Sammies bring good news to feds hit with so much bad news

Recent federal employee items in the news: The federal workplace charitable campaign is suffering because donations and participation are down. Months after a massive cybertheft, federal workers finally are being notified and getting services. Government staffers and taxpayers escape  [...]

Open thread for night owls: Hospital massacre in Kunduz shows bankruptcy of U.S. Afghanistan policy

Sunrise near Forward Operating Base Bayough, Zabul, Afghanistan in 2009. Bob Dreyfuss at The Nation writes—Air power inflicts horrific human-rights violations and has been thoroughly discredited as a means of fighting insurgencies: The aerial destruction that rained down on a hospital c [...]

Jeb Bush opens Iowa swing running hard against Washington — and with a twist on Trump

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Jeb Bush kicked off a campaign swing through Iowa Tuesday evening by taking sharp and sustained aim at Washington, and he ended his speech with a variation of Donald Trump’s signature campaign theme. Bush’s remarks highlighted his intensifying effo [...]

Ben Carson Is Confident He’d Confront a Mass Shooter, But He Has No Clue

Ben Carson is under fire for his callous comment on Fox News on Tuesday that, if he were in a situation like the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, “I would Go to Source : Ben Carson Is Confident He’d Confront a Mass Shooter, But He Has No Clue

In a world where being a jerk on Twitter is genius, Donald Trump is king

I find This New York Times’ take on Donald Trump’s “mastery” of Twitter a bit odd, especially where it seems to suppose Donald Trump’s use of Twitter is an intentional strategy, as opposed to the compulsive ravings of a megalomaniac with many hours of spare  [...]

Carly Fiorina says her degree in medieval history has prepared her to fight ISIS

Republican presidential ex-candidate Scott Walker famously opined that he would make a good commander-in-chief because of his experience battling Wisconsin unions. Carly Fiorina declares that she’s prepared to fight ISIS because she has a bachelor’s degree in medieval history [...]

"Don’t Shoot! I’ll Put the Animals Back! Please!"

Late in the evening on Saturday, June 13, a heavy rain fell on Tbilisi, Georgia, for several hours. Zurab Gurielidze, director of the Tbilisi Zoo, was at the movies with his wife for most of it. The zoo, the largest in Georgia, sat on 22 acres in the middle of downtown. It was founded in  [...]

Donald Trump defends his vocal support for eminent domain: ‘I think it’s a wonderful thing’

Donald Trump: “Eminent domain, when it comes to jobs, roads, the public good, I think it’s a wonderful thing.” Go to Source : Donald Trump defends his vocal support for eminent domain: ‘I think it’s a wonderful thing’

Clinton’s GOP rivals questioned her accomplishments — so she sent them a copy of her book

MUSCATINE, Iowa – In case her Republican rivals forgot what Hillary Rodham Clinton did in four years as secretary of state, the Democratic presidential candidate sent along a little primer recently, she told an audience here on Tuesday. Well, not that little. Clinton’s 201 [...]

Bobby Jindal Lashes Out at Father of Oregon Shooter: "He’s the Problem Here"

If, after last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, you held the gunman responsible, Bobby Jindal thinks you’ve missed the mark. On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jindal published a self-described “sermon” on his campaign website [...]

Sanders, given a bigger spotlight, points it back to union workers

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Workplace Democracy Act in same place where he launched his bid for president — just a short stroll away from the Capitol. Early this afternoon, dozens of organizers and would-be organizers waved red-white-and-blue signs, donned red-whi [...]

Rubio’s Fast Talk on Immigration

Maybe it’s because Marco Rubio is on my mind today, but have to say, Brother Benen raises one of those obvious but forgettable points about the nature of the Floridian’s massive flip-flop on immigration reform, as expressed in an interview with John Harwood: This week, the GOP [...]


It’s not a real good sign when your name is turned into a synonym for political backstabbling. That seems to have happened beyond retrieval to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who wants to be the next Speaker of the House. Here’s a Tweet from the guy who first lifted Chaffetz fro [...]

Back in August, Maureen Dowd wrote several hundred words about what a horrible person Hillary Clinton is. No surprise there. She could pret [...]

The Shockingly Effective, Surprisingly Cheap Way to End Homelessness For years, the Las Vegas Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, Nevada&# [...]

The funders behind Silicon Valley’s hottest companies tend to look a lot like the people they invest in: white and male. Of the 546 s [...]

Watch the Government Shoot Thousands of Moths Out of a Drone

Pink bollworms are a species of pest (they’re baby moths) that love to feast on cotton. They’ve been largely eliminated from the United States, but flare-ups do occur now and then, causing an expensive headache for farmers. So the US Department of Agriculture is experimenting [...]

Why are Carson, Jindal and Huckabee citing cultural decline for gun killing sprees?

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who’s fought his way to co-frontrunner status in the Republican presidential primary, told USA Today’s Susan Page Tuesday that he’d “feel much more comfortable” with more guns on campus in the hands of administrators or author [...]