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Angry viewers wanted FCC to cancel the Duggars’ ’19 Kids and Counting’

Before the Duggar family’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting” was cancelled in mid-August, many irate viewers asked the federal government to intervene. It’s fairly common for people to turn to the Federal Communications Commission when they see things on TV t [...]

Chilling Trump video attacks Bush for calling illegal immigration ‘act of love’

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a chilling video Monday attacking opponent Jeb Bush for once suggesting that undocumented immigrants entered the United States as “an act of love.” The 15-second video, which Trump posted to Instagram and Twitter,  [...]

A 24-year-old black Republican has launched a ‘Ready for Kanye’ PAC

On Sunday night, Kanye West got a five-year jump on the next presidential election. “I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” he said, after accepting a lifetime achievement prize at the MTV Video Music Awards. “It ain’t about me, it’s about new ideas, bro, new  [...]

The New York Times reports that Republican leaders are alarmed at one particular aspect of Donald Trump’s popularity: In recent week [...]

Rep. Pete Sessions: America’s rampant gun violence due to American promotion of ‘diversity’

And now for your daily reminder that Texas’s House Republicans are some of the most horrible people in the entire country, which is apparently how they get the job. On the Chris Salcedo Show last week, the radio host asked Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) to weigh in on the horrific shoot [...]

Scott Walker floats a U.S.-Canada border wall. In 2013, 822 illegal Canadian immigrants were arrested.

Scott Walker says he would consider building a wall along the U.S.-Canada border. “That is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” the Wisconsin GOP governor  and presidential candidate told Chuck Todd in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.& [...]

Scott Walker’s U.S.-Canada border wall would stop literally hundreds of illegal immigrants

Scott Walker says he would consider building a wall along the U.S.-Canada border. “That is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” the Wisconsin GOP governor  and presidential candidate told Chuck Todd in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.& [...]

Reorganizing Government Around Talent

In the 2015 Washington Monthly College Guide, Jamie Merisotis, the president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education, has a feature article on the urgent need for a new cabinet-level department of the federal government that he calls the “Department of Talent.” But this wo [...]

Monday Open Thread

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Today, the President is traveling to Alaska to meet with some of the Alaskans who are on the frontlines of climate change, one of th [...]

Iran deal gathers support from two more in Senate, five more in House. Republicans focus on optics

Jeff Merkley’s support for Iran agreement is no surprise. But it takes the backers one step closer to being able to sustain a presidential veto of any Republican-led move to squelch the agreement that curtails Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for removing U.N. and U.S. sanc [...]

Mount McKinley and Deference to the States

Forty years ago the State of Alaska’s Board of Geographic Names changed the name of its (and the country’s) tallest mountain from the federally-imposed Mt. McKinley to its traditional name of Mt. Denali. Forty years later, the feds (or more specifically, the Department of the  [...]

Scott Walker was on ‘Meet the Press’ talking about his campaign’s problems. I annotated it.

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS HOST: Well, the one candidate we didn’t mention, because he wasn’t in the top tier of the polls, is my next guest here. We’re going to now turn to Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. He was supposed to be the conservative alternative favorite in  [...]

Is Obama’s Alaska Trip His "Mission Accomplished" Moment on Climate Change?

President Barack Obama’s historic Alaska trip this week, part of his ongoing efforts to highlight the devastating effects of climate change, will take him further north than any sitting president has traveled before. While there, he will speak at a <a href="http://www.state. [...]

Scott Walker Forgot To Mention There’s Already Strict Security On The Canadian Border

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) was widely criticized and mocked when he suggested Sunday that the U.S. should explore building a wall on its more than 4,000-mile long northern border with Canada, calling it a “legitimate issue.” “There’s no idea too ridiculous for  [...]

So the big news this weekend was President Obama’s decision to change the name of Mt. McKinley back to Denali. As near as I can tell, [...]

Two-thirds of Iowa Republicans want a president from outside of government

The big takeaway from this new poll of the Iowa GOP caucuses — from Monmouth University — is that Ben Carson has  drawn even with Donald Trump, at 23 percent. And it comes a couple days after another poll showed Carson closing to within five. That in and of itself is remar [...]

It’s official: Voters don’t really care about policy specifics

There’s a persistent idea in politics — it’s particularly rampant in political journalism and academia — that voters are deeply interested in the specifics of each candidate’s policies. That the way people make up their minds in an election is through a t [...]