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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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  [...]

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 >& [...]

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  [...]

Progressive Caucus Statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Payday Loan Proposal

WASHINGTON— Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva… Go to Source : Progressive Caucus Statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Payday Loan Proposal

The Walker National Security Doctrine: It It Bleeds, It Leads

Believe it or not, there was something in that Hugh Hewitt interview with Scott Walker that’s more disturbing than his claim that service as a county executive is a better qualification for leadership on international affairs than knowledge of and experience in foreign policy or nat [...]

Is 1,000 ‘data geeks, techies and digital gurus’ enough for Clinton to win?

Politicians are superstitious. Once they’ve won a campaign, they often become intractable in their next one, the political equivalent of a pitcher on a hot streak who won’t change his socks. And like Homer Simpson and the tiger-preventing rock, when a politician sees a winning [...]

Scott Walker softens immigration stance, dinner participants say

This story has been updated. Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker told a private gathering of New Hampshire business leaders earlier this month that he supports providing some illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship, according a person familiar with the discussion. The  [...]

Give Up, Evangelicals. The Republican Party Isn’t Going to Help You.

Evangelicals are not thrilled about a third coming of Bush. Concerned that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will receive the GOP nomination thanks to his credit with the party establishment, Evangelical leaders around the country are in talks “to coalesce their support behind a sing [...]

Here’s how Virginia’s governor defends his Homeland Security lobbying: Just ‘raising heck’

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday defended his aggressive actions while pushing for visa approvals on behalf of his electric-car company before he entered office, saying he was merely “raising heck” over delays in processing. During his monthly radio appearance on  [...]

Midday open thread: Piece of TPP pact revealed, ND to challenge fracking rule, Bolton says bomb Iran

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Super-Fun-Pak Comix – Percival Dunwoody and more: Wikileaks releases piece of secret Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership pact expanding corporate power: The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is clas [...]

Indiana is the battle over ‘religious freedom’ that Arizona never was

In 2014, Arizona’s so-called religious freedom bill never stood a chance. The bill sought to give individuals and businesses exemptions from laws that burdened their religious beliefs, but was criticized for being too broadly worded — with all sorts of legal loopholes and the  [...]

Indiana is turning into the battle over religious freedom that Arizona never was

In 2014, Arizona’s so-called religious freedom bill never stood a chance. The bill sought to give individuals and businesses exemptions from laws that burdened their religious beliefs, but was criticized for being too broadly worded — with all sorts of legal loopholes and the  [...]

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday rejected the idea that Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be fired for help [...]

INDIANAPOLIS (TheBlaze/AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law during a private ceremony on Thu [...]

Germanwings Wasn’t the First Mass-Murder Plane Crash. Here’s What Investigators Learned About the Others.

On Tuesday, Germanwings flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps, killing 150 people. Today, French prosec Go to Source : Germanwings Wasn’t the First Mass-Murder Plane Crash. Here’s What Investigators Learned About the Others.

In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numb [...]

Scott Walker flip-flops on immigration, saying privately he now backs a path to citizenship

Fool you once, shame on me. Fool you twice, shame on you. Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and 2016 presidential hopeful, has flipped yet again, only not publicly. At a private dinner in New Hampshire, Walker told a group of Republicans that all that stuff he’s s [...]

The 13 words you can’t write about Hillary Clinton anymore

Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for a very long time, which means much has been written about her — including quite a few adjectives. But some of these adjectives are now off-limits. That’s according to the Clinton “Super Volunteers,” who have promised t [...]

Walker’s "Think Locally, Act Globally" Standard of Foreign Policy Experience

Conservative gabber Hugh Hewitt interviewed Scott Walker on foreign policy issues yesterday, and the ensuing headlines involved Walker’s commitment to nullify any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal “on day one” if he is elected. But a different item caught my attention: the Wiscon [...]

Journalist Who Favors Same-Sex Marriage Delivers Tough Message in Defense of Christian Bakers Who Refused to Make a ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing a legal battle over its refusal to put the words “support gay marriage” on a cake last year, with a columnist who favors same-sex nuptials publicly coming out in support of the company in a recent op-ed that touted free speech and conscie [...]

Making Deserts Bloom

Robert Leonard Reid Editor’s Note: As politicans and CEOs persist in denying the reality of climate change and Californians face a dire water shortage, we found this July 1981 archival piece particularly sobering reading. While Californians have made strid [...]

A video showing an SUV repeatedly ramming a van on a Detroit street is going viral — but it’s apparently who the drivers are and how  [...]

Walter Frick writes in the Atlantic about recent research which suggests that a strong social safety net increases entrepreneurship. For ex [...]

Facebook To Use Metadata From Chats To Alter News Feed

Facebook Messenger is a News Feed signal: http://t.co/m6lYtQ6tW2 pic.twitter.com/Qy23HAXd0g — Todd Olmstead (@toddjolmstead) March 26, 2015 Social media monopoly Facebook recently held its developers conference called F8 where it talked about a series of new products it was int [...]

What Rand Paul’s defense spending proposal tells us about his 2016 strategy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) has devoted much of his political career to pushing for smaller budgets and a scaled-back U.S. military. Not anymore. On Wednesday, Paul proposed increasing defense spending by nearly $190 billion over the next two years. The amendment was first reported by Time Maga [...]

Congress just had a Kumbaya moment. Here’s how rare that is.

Something unexpected and unusual happened in the House on Thursday: The two parties agreed. On two votes, H.Res 173 and H.R. 2 — the so-called “doc fix” — an overwhelming majority of the House voted in support. It’s not uncommon that the House votes unanimously on an iss [...]

Wondering What Happens in the Cockpit of a Crashing Plane? Read This Story.

An international airliner falls out of the sky, seemingly for no reason. A cryptic recording from the cockpit voice recorder. The crash of Germanwings flight 9525 on Tuesday has, at least in the early going, left investigators with a lot of puzzling questions. It’s also drawn obviou [...]