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Rubio: Give the Pentagon a Blank Check

This is one reason why the GOP contest for president in 2016 will be so much fun to watch: the opportunity to see competing Senate Republicans trash each other on fiscal austerity and defense spending. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz all agree that we should spend whatever is n [...]

They’re called “thru-hikers” — folks who, for reasons all their own, decide that the next thing to do with their lives is [...]

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill Thursday that he is weighing a run for president in 2016. When asked by the political news websi [...]

NYC Building Collapse Was Probably Gas-Related

An apparent gas explosion caused two New York City buildings to collapse on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, with at least three in critical condition.  #BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue units on scene #SOD #ESU #K9 #Avi [...]

In Pictures: The First Lady’s Trip to Japan and Cambodia

As part of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative to open the doors of education for girls around the world, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Tokyo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; and Siem Reap, Cambodia from March 18 to March 22, 2015. Take a look at her trip in pictures: “Educati [...]

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday to defend himself against accusatio [...]

Ted Cruz raised more than $1 million for his presidential bid in first day, says his campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign had a goal after it officially launched Monday: raise $1 million in a week. Turns out it only took a few hours. The Texas Republican’s campaign says it met its fundraising goal at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday — just a little more than 24 hours  [...]

Should we give fetuses painkillers before we abort them?

If you poke a fetus of a certain gestational age, it might recoil. Its body might release stress hormones. Its neural pathways might sputter. But is it in pain? Antiabortion advocates say yes. For years, they’ve used the pain claim to justify bans on abortions beyond 20 weeks after concep [...]

Should we give fetuses painkillers before they’re aborted?

If you poke a fetus of a certain gestational age, it might recoil. Its body might release stress hormones. Its neural pathways might sputter. But is it in pain? Antiabortion advocates say yes. For years, they’ve used the pain claim to justify bans on abortions beyond 20 weeks after concep [...]

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he w [...]

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that s [...]

If You Are Going To Sabotage U.S. Diplomacy, Do It On Your Own Dime

Check out this pertinent amendment being offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in response to the Cotton Letter to Iran (per TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal): Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the n [...]

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Could a Pilot Be Locked Out of a Cockpit in the Skies Over the United States?

On Tuesday morning, Germanwings flight 9525, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in the remote southern French Alps. All 150 passengers and crew are presumed dead. Thanks to the quick recovery of one of the plane’s flight recorders, some details of the final moments  [...]

Ben Affleck drops obligatory ‘Batman’ reference during Congressional testimony

Ben Affleck was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify in front of the Senate State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee. His wife, Jennifer Garner, pictured in the blurry background of the photo above was also in attendance as was Bill Gates, who also testified. During A [...]

We lose too many of our fellow Americans to drug overdoses. Especially alarming is the high rate of prescription drug overdose and the ris [...]

The editorial board of the Daily Tarheel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina, claimed in an opinion column on Sunday [...]

Exhaustive review of states’ paper trails throws cold water on Obamacare challengers’ case

The Supreme Court might have already held its vote on King v. Burwell, the case challenging federal tax credits to people buying Obamacare health insurance on the federal exchange because they live in states which did not create their own exchanges. The challengers posit that Congress in [...]

Democrats Should Pass the Doc Fix Bill

A bill to permanently reform the ridiculous annual charade over the Medicare “doc fix” passed the House today: The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system on Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that cha [...]

Graphic developed by WikiLeaks for release of “Investment” chapter The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement being negoti [...]

Aaron Schock demonstrates how not to resign from Congress

Note to soon-to-be-former-Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.): You cannot say you resign from Congress with “humility” and then, in the same speech, compare yourself to Abraham Lincoln. And yet, that’s what Schock has done, noting Thursday that the former president who once held  [...]

WATCH: The President Sits Down with the Creator of "The Wire" to Talk About the War on Drugs

"What is it that you saw, you learned, you heard, that made you think about the drug trade and its impact on the inner cities that compelled you to then want to tell these stories?"  A beat reporter in Baltimore and a state senator from Chicago: two men who saw the dispropo [...]

Rand Paul the Omni-Hawk

To the extent that the battle over the FY 2016 budget resolution among Republican Members of Congress is being billed as a fight between defense hawks and fiscal hawks, let it be recorded Sen. Rand Paul has decided to side with both (per a report from Bloomberg Politics‘ Kathleen Mi [...]

Hillary Group Reportedly Warns NY Times Reporter Not to Use Any of These ‘Sexist’ Words in Creepy Message

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick revealed on Thursday that a group of Hillary Clinton volunteers has warned her to avoid using “coded sexism” in her reporting. The group, identified as HRC Super Volunteers, also reportedly gave Chozick a list of words they find to be “sexist” in nature [...]

This Lawmaker Publicly Discussed Her Rape and Abortion. And Some Dude Laughed.

While speaking out against a proposed bill in Ohio that aims to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) revealed on Wednesday she had been raped during her time in the military and chose to have an abortion. “You don’t respect my reason,  [...]

Adjunct Professors Shouldn’t Expect Students to Care About Their Terrible Jobs

There’s a persistent hope that if only college students knew how little their professors were paid, they’d storm the barricades on their instructors’ behalf, or at the very least be so moved by their instructors’ plight as to somehow improve their lot. The latest example comes [...]

A French tech crafter known for creating “Star Wars”-inspired drones introduced his latest innovation to the world in a video t [...]

What else does Rep. Aaron Schock have in common with Lincoln?

In his farewell address in Congress on Thursday, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), whose spending from his campaign accounts and some of his mileage reimbursement claims are under investigation by the Justice Department, cited Abraham Lincoln as a source of inspiration.Read full article >& [...]

Senate Democrat proposes amendment defunding Tom Cotton’s assholery

Getting his just desserts. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is using the budget amendment vote-a-rama to troll Sen. Tom Cotton with an amendment that would: [E]stablish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to probability the purchase of stationary [sic] or electronic devices for the purpo [...]

Why it’s dumb for politicians to say they don’t read the New York Times

“I don’t read the New York Times, to be honest with you,” Jeb Bush told Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade & Friends” on Thursday. Uh huh. Insisting that you don’t read the New York Times has become standard stump fare for Republicans over the past decade  [...]