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Why GOP elites just became even more nervous about a Trump nomination

It’s hard to settle on just one vulnerability from Donald Trump’s performance at Saturday night’s Republican debate in Greenville, S.C. But there’s only one you can buy on Etsy. For $12, you too can own a shirt that reads “Iraq: We Were Winning When I Left!&# [...]

Nothing Constitutional About Blocking a Vote

[The President] shall nominate, and, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, –Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U. S. Constitution Not that the White House needs any advice, bu [...]

Big corporations will always cheat (yep, I said cheat) on their taxes. Here’s how to deal with it

Let me give you a heads up: First, I’m going to tell you some things that will make you ill. Then I’m going to present a cure. It will make you feel better—until, of course, you realize that knowing the cure brings us as close to implementing it as buying an electric guitar does to making [...]

Scalia’s Boring Legacy

I was determined yesterday not to comment on Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy on the Supreme Court, choosing to focus instead on the political implications of the vacancy. I remain committed to that, in large part because the man only barely passed away and I feel that anything I mig [...]

Stephen Prothero has a very odd piece in the LA Times today: Two surprising conclusions emerge when America’s culture wars — f [...]

Sanders, Trump, the Horatio Alger myth, and the lie of American meritocracy

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won overwhelming victories in last week’s New Hampshire primaries.  While their base of support is very different, these “outsider” candidates are both attracting voters who are feeling alienated by a political and economic system which they perceive as unf [...]

What’s behind the giant split between Democrats in South Carolina and New Hampshire?

After a long drought, there’s a new survey in South Carolina from a recognized pollster that takes the temperature of the races in that state. (There have been other polls, like this one, which numbers-thirsty pundits talked up but which had zero explanation of its methodology.) [...]

How Bernie Sanders lost me … and Hillary Clinton won me over

The first presidential election I voted in was in 1996. I voted for a third-party candidate—I don’t remember more than that it was the one with “socialist” in the party name—because after welfare reform, I was not voting for Bill Clinton. The first time I voted for a Democrat in a preside [...]

Scalia died of heart attack, according to Texas TV station

As details of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death trickled in, witnesses said his body was found Saturday by a housekeeper in a room at a remote West Texas hunting resort. It took hours for authorities to find a justice of the peace to pronounce him dead. Go to Source : [...]

What Antonin Scalia Thought About Politicizing The Supreme Court Nomination Process

Scalia himself called the process “absurd political theater.” The post What Antonin Scalia Thought About Politicizing The Supreme Court Nomination Process appeared first on ThinkProgress. Go to Source : What Antonin Scalia Thought About Politicizing The Supreme Court Nomination Process

Elizabeth Warren Rips Into Republicans For Pledging To Block Supreme Court Process

The progressive senator is not happy with her Republican colleagues. The post Elizabeth Warren Rips Into Republicans For Pledging To Block Supreme Court Process appeared first on ThinkProgress. Go to Source : Elizabeth Warren Rips Into Republicans For Pledging To Block Supreme Court Process

Republicans are pretty unanimously refusing to consider confirming a Supreme Court nominee to replace Antonin Scalia before the election. T [...]

If only Lavoy Finicum had not been a white man …

… Then maybe Beyonce would have dedicated the Super Bowl halftime show to him. That seems to be the sentiment and level of understanding on the issue of race relations and the Constitution we’re receiving from certain circles. Nevada State Assembly Member Shelley Shelton even said that Fi [...]

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Scalia was a ‘brilliant man’

Sen. Bernie Sanders had a measure of praise for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Sunday, calling him a “brilliant man,” even though the two disagreed on most issues. “Clearly he was a brilliant man, a very colorful man, a very outspoken man,” Sa [...]

Trump and Cruz battle ahead of South Carolina primary

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz trained their sights on one other ahead of the South Carolina primary, where Trump maintains a strong lead over the rest of the Republican presidential field. In several Sunday show appearances, Trump described Cruz, currently running in second place in South [...]

Trump walks back Bush impeachment comments

Donald Trump seemed to soften his criticism of President George W. Bush over the Iraq War when he declined on Sunday to take his past position that Bush should have been impeached over the conflict. Just 12 hours after telling a debate audience that the Bush administration “lied [...]

President Obama’s three options for his Supreme Court pick

President Obama says he’ll nominate a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead Saturday at a Texas hunting resort. It’s fair to say no matter whom the president picks to replace one of the court’s most conservative justices, he’ll have a fight on  [...]

Only fundamental change, not micromanagement, will prevent more lead poisoning after Flint

What do excessive testing in schools, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, speed cameras, and the recent lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, all have in common? They’re all symptoms of a new America. An America that is no longer a democracy. An America that is under the control of corporat [...]

Cruz vows to filibuster any Obama nominee to replace Scalia

Ted Cruz vowed Sunday to filibuster any nomination made by President Obama to replace the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. “Absolutely,” he said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if he would block any nominee named by Obama this year. “This  [...]

Obama seeks to influence ’16 race

President Obama is using his bully pulpit to shape the 2016 presidential race, seeking to influence the vote to succeed him as the spotlight on his presidency fades.In a trip to Springfield, Ill. — where his own presidential campaign began — Obama… Go to Source : Obama seeks to infl [...]