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Jeb Bush to meet with Mitt Romney in Kennebunkport

HANOVER, N.H. — Chris Christie and Marco Rubio are not the only presidential candidates catching up with Mitt Romney in New England. Romney and his wife, Ann, plan to meet this coming week with former Florida governor Jeb Bush for lunch at Walker’s Point, the Bush family compo [...]

Clinton warns that a Republican president would repeal Obamacare

HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened her partisan rhetoric to appeal to Democratic primary voters here Friday by issuing a dire warning: President Obama’s health care law would disappear if a Republican wins the White House in 2016. Celebrating last month’s S [...]

Democrats and Republicans are headed in opposite directions

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are improving in the polls while everyone else appears to be treading water. Sanders has been drawing large crowds with his common sense populist message and he has raised $15 million in the past two months. The Huffington Post is reporting that he is risin [...]

Trump’s Miss USA pageant gets thrown a lifeline by conservative media owner

Friends in low places. Don’t you worry, ya losers, Donald Trump and the world’s most prominent platform for job-related swimsuit competitions will land on their feet. With a little help from their friends. On Thursday, the relatively obscure independent cable channel Reelz s [...]

Holiday Roundup

We sorta get two Independence Day holidays this year, though here in California state and local government workers do not get today off, and obviously a lot of private sector folk everywhere are working today. It’s good to take a slight break from political junkie frenzy between las [...]

Midday open thread: Don’t endorse candidates Trumka tells state labor leaders; carbon capture mirage

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Scalia’s poetry slam: What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore, by Susan Grigsby The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington, by Steve Singiser The p [...]

Almost 200 years ago, Michigan and Ohio fought a war—and Wisconsin lost

(click to enlarge) In the 1750s, an American physician-cum-botanist named John Mitchell, despite living in Britain at the time and possessing no training as a geographer, nevertheless produced one of the most important maps of the colonial era, on that would ultimately bear his name, the [...]

Romney to host the Christies, Rubios at his New Hampshire home

This post has been updated BEDFORD, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comeback journey begins here in New Hampshire, so the Republican presidential candidate is paying a visit to the last winner of the state’s first-in-the-nation primary and one of its most famous summer [...]

Leave Joe Biden Alone, Please

Yesterday I made the case that Bernie Sanders’ maximum role–by no means probable, just possible–in the 2016 presidential nominating process is to become a sort of Gene McCarthy figure who could if he keeps making strides open the field to additional, more electable figur [...]

Friday Open Thread

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Mike Huckabee has sure had a lot of opinions over the years

David Fahrenthold has compiled a list of all the things Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has denounced over the years. Let’s take a look, shall we? 1.) Dancing, in general. “Christian teens stay away.” (1973) 2.) Twerking, by Miley Cyrus. “Shameless and tasteless dis [...]

A Rare Republican Shout-Out to the 14th Amendment

In what was billed as a speech on the economy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered remarks to the National Press Club yesterday with some startling observations about the Republican Party and race. These observations were highlighted in Evan McMorris-Santoro’s account of the [...]

Activists give schools named after prominent Confederates a look-see

This map shows a few of the nearly 200 schools named for prominent leaders of the Confederacy. An interactive version is available here. More public schools are named after Confederates than after the former slaves and abolition activists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. In fact,  [...]

Henry Chu of the LA Times reports on how the Greek media is presenting Sunday’s upcoming vote on the bailout: Strong emotions are in [...]

From The Advocate: After three courts told him he had to, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will finally allow his administration to issue m [...]

Americans believe false things about the Civil War because even our textbooks bow to the apologists

An invented ‘heritage’ At the Washington Post, Prof. James Loewen writes that the reason so many people believe false things about the Civil War and the Confederacy is because many of our textbooks teach those wrong things to this day. Teaching or implying that the Confedera [...]

Why Do Republicans Love the Grateful Dead?

Ed kind of summoned me to talk about the Grateful Dead, and particularly about the strange finding that independent-leaning Republicans are their most intense fans. I don’t agree with William Leitch that this is best explained by the band’s lyrics, although I recently wrote  [...]

What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input on its plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has taken the government up on its offer by rede Go to Source : What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet

When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they’ll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal. And that doesn’t even in Go to Source : This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet