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Fifty Shades of Yellow Ribbon

As political junkies may remember, when Mike Huckabee announced on his Fox News show that he was not running for president in 2012, he immediately preceded the big news by interviewing, then playing bass guitar with, the atavistic rocker Ted Nugent. Well, as Sarah Posner reports, this ti [...]

Why Are Americans Less Confident in the Economy Lately? Look at Gas Prices.

On Tuesday, Gallup reported that American confidence in the economy had plunged from -3 to -9 last week. It’s the lowest value sin Go to Source : Why Are Americans Less Confident in the Economy Lately? Look at Gas Prices.

Why will Republicans win New York’s special election? Because Staten Island is New Jersey.

If you were going to divvy up the counties in and around New York City, separating them out into New York state or New Jersey, a rational person would divvy them up like this: But they were not divvied up rationally. And so the actual map looks more like this: That little chunk that hugs  [...]

The Woman Behind Texas’ Muhammad Cartoon Contest Compares Herself to Rosa Parks

After two gunmen opened fire at a Muhammad drawing contest in Texas over the weekend, the head of the group that organized the controversial event has appeared on several television programs explaining the legitimacy of the contest.  Today, Pamela Geller’s defense reached a new [...]

Huckabee Repeats Discredited Claims

Mike Huckabee, an unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidate, announced he is running for president once again and, in doing so, repeated some old, discredited lines on the economy, health care and tax cuts. The former Republican governor of Arkansas spoke for about a half hour on May 5 in  [...]

This story originally appeared on Wired and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Later this week, a single-seat,  [...]

The ‘Late Show’s’ top 10 political Top Ten lists

David Letterman is retiring from the “Late Show” this month, and he had President Obama on for the last time Monday. And obviously, it wouldn’t have been a proper political “Late Show” without a political Top Ten category. [Obama assures Letterman he has no p [...]

California discovers it’s really expensive to confiscate people’s guns

In most states, you cannot have guns if you’re a felon, or if you have been committed for mental illness. Many also prohibit gun ownership by domestic violence offenders or drug abusers. You’re supposed to get rid of your guns if you fall into any of these categories. If the p [...]

Tuesday Open Thread

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Banner Year for Afghan Poppies

It will be a banner year for poppy growers in Afghanistan, largely due to a new kind of seed. The new poppy seeds allow farmers to almost double the output from each plant, said Helmand's provincial police chief Nabi Jan Malakhail. At… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m [...]

Now Rick Perry’s weighing in on Jade Helm

Dallas — Former Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday citizens should trust the military amid concerns about a training exercise scheduled to begin this summer in Texas that has riled conspiracy theorists. “I think it’s OK to question your government — I do it on a pretty regular basis,” Per [...]

Rand Paul really ‘gets’ the problems faced by minority groups

Of all the Republican presidential candidates, Rand Paul really gets where black Americans are coming from. That’s what Rand Paul says, anyway. He understands what black American men are facing vis-a-vis this whole business of being killed by police officers for curious or unexplai [...]

The Democratic presidential debates are great news for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton got some much-needed good news on Tuesday when the Democratic National Committee announced that it would hold six presidential primary debates starting this fall. What?!, you say. How can it be a good thing for Clinton to be in a bunch (ok, six) debates with candidates who [...]

Midday open thread: Top hedge fund managers earn paltry $11bn, Edison’s talking dolls still creepy

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Texas takeover: Soooooo sad. Top 25 hedge fund managers earned more than $11 billion last year, but it was one of their worst years ever: Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine, which conducts the annual hedge fund pay survey, described the earni [...]

Everything You Need To Know About Mike Huckabee In 45 Seconds

Mike Huckabee has a penchant for saying some interesting things. The post Everything You Need To Know About Mike Huckabee In 45 Seconds appeared first on ThinkProgress. Go to Source : Everything You Need To Know About Mike Huckabee In 45 Seconds

Clinton camp pushes back on book, Benghazi with new Web site

LAS VEGAS – The Clinton campaign is expanding its defense of the candidate against allegations of alleged influence-peddling and questionable financial dealings at her family foundation, unveiling an online tutorial Tuesday to counter what the campaign calls Republican smears. Polls sugge [...]

Obama just said we need to ‘strengthen forces in Syria.’ He misspoke.

Did President Obama just announce a significant change in foreign policy during a ceremony to nominate a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?Listing the challenges Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford would face in the role, Obama said, “We have to push back against ISIL and strengthen forces [...]

Your online guide to Mike Huckabee

Part eight (!) in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we’ll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate. (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary Clinton. Part 4: Marco Rubio [...]

Secrecy Around TPP Causing Problems For Obama In Congress

Read & share this important letter: why 5 top experts believe the President's #TPP trade deal must exclude ISDS. http://t.co/CF6matD2a3 — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 2, 2015 The Most Transparent Administration In History™ is running into problems in Congress prom [...]

Joking Across the One Line Left

I haven’t found a full transcript of Mike Huckabee’s announcement of candidacy today just yet, and may have more to say about it when it’s available. But WaPo’s Philip Bump makes good use of a typical Huck jokey jokey to illustrate the wonderful new world of virtua [...]