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Even in This Giant Field, No "Different Kind of Republicans"

Before leaving the topic of the Great Big Republican Presidential Field for the day, I would observe something interesting about it: despite having somewhere between 15 to 18 candidates, and no clear front-runners, which means the smallest niches could vault someone into the top tier or n [...]

The Winnowing

I’ve been writing off and on here about the significance of the vast GOP presidential field and the various ways it might be “winnowed,” with special attention lately to the potentially critical role of the Fox News “top ten in the polls” screen for participa [...]

Runner-up Rick Santorum is running for president again

This story has been updated. Rick Santorum is running for president again. Though he never really stopped. The former Pennsylvania senator confirmed to ABC News Wednesday morning that he will announce a 2016 presidential bid at an event in his hometown later in the day. Now, if the last s [...]

Rand Paul previews GOP 2016 strategy, takes Hillary Clinton out of context on Benghazi

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Will “What difference, at this point, does it make” be the “You didn’t build that” of 2016—an out-of-context sentence from a Democrat that Republicans think they can leverage into something electorally huge, despite all evidence to the [...]

Cartoon: Reasonable measures

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Bernie’s Very Clear Agenda

In his campaign “launch” yesterday, Sen. Bernie Sanders presented one of the most succinct, easy-to-summarize policy agendas we’ve seen from a presidential candidate in a long time. More progressive taxes. Breaking up the big banks. A constitutional amendment to overtu [...]

Capitalism Could Kill All Life on Earth

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Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #6: End Corporate Welfare Now

Go to Source : Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #6: End Corporate Welfare Now

Campaign finance watchdogs push Justice Dept. to investigate Jeb Bush’s PAC

Two watchdog groups are pushing the Justice Department to step up enforcement of current campaign finance laws by investigating whether Jeb Bush is improperly coordinating political activities with a super PAC he launched. Bush, the former Florida governor, is preparing to formally launch [...]

As Texas floods, now is the time to examine its teaparty Republicans

Drone video of flooding in Central Texas over Memorial Day weekend. The drought in Texas ended with a wet, thundering bang last weekend, but the political hypocrisy may just be getting started. The Lone Star State is currently ruled by the worst sort of Tea Party Republicans. We brought  [...]

In Dick We Trust

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Why our system is broken, A case study

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The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Postracial Violence

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The Secret Group That Wants to Take Over Your School

Sarah Lahm This article appears in the current issue of our magazine. Subscribe to read the full issue online.   Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system. Sure, it’s connected—through all [...]

Friend of the blog Jay Jaroch recently spent some time in Cuba. Here’s the first of three posts about what he observed while he was t [...]

If Fast Track Passes, Anything Attached to a "Trade" Treaty Will Pass

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Rand Paul: Jeb Bush going to have ‘trouble’ with Republicans

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Jeb Bush, who is seen as an early front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is going to have problems securing the backing of his party. “I think he’s going to have trouble,” Paul, himself a Republican presidentia [...]

Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement — It Isn’t

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Rand Paul: GOP hawks to blame for the Islamic State

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Islamic State flourished because of hawks in the Republican Party. “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS,” Paul, using an acronym  [...]