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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the latest edition of the Harper’s Index

The March edition of Harper’s Index has been published. Here are some excerpts: Number of refugees arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges since 2001: 10 Number of natural-born U.S. citizens: 320 Number of people killed by political or religious extremists on U.S. soil [...]

Bernie Sanders fields questions on reparations, socialism, and felon voter rights

MINNEAPOLIS — “I know you’re scared to say black, and I know you’re scared to say reparations,” said Felicia Perry to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). There was a murmur in the gymnasium of Patrick Henry High School — a murmur, and some applause. Sander [...]

‘Build that wall’ has taken on a life of its own at Donald Trump’s rallies — but he’s still serious

TAMPA, Fla. — As soon as Donald Trump mentioned the southern border during a Friday-night rally in a packed sports arena, someone in the audience shouted: “Build that wall!” Trump stopped talking, smirked, leaned into the microphone and joined: “Build that wall [...]

President Obama’s budget provides last-ditch reform to save the ‘Cadillac tax’

The 2017 budget released by the White House puts forward a reform to Obamacare’s so-called “Cadillac tax,” a surcharge on high-value insurance plans that has been postponed until 2020 under widespread, bipartisan opposition. Given that by 2020 it’s possible the provision [...]

Ted Cruz leads a prayer with 14,000 cheering evangelicals in S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Many of the Republican presidential candidates descended Friday on Greenville ahead of Saturday’s CBS debate. But only one was savvy enough to get himself enlisted as the opening act of a throbbing, trembling Christian rock concert that packed 14,000 eva [...]

Looking Closer

I’m not asking people to support me because I’m a woman. I’m asking people to support me because I think I’m the most qualified, experienced, and ready person to be the president and the commander in chief. –Hillary last night, undoing some of the damage done by her surrogates Last [...]

Sanders and Clinton Disagree on Climate. Why Won’t Debate Moderators Ask Them About It?

This story originally appeared in Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If human civilization were facing a potentially existential threat, you’d probably want to know about what our leading candidates to run our country thought about it, right? The [...]

Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger: It’s Personal. Very Personal.

At Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, one of the most heated exchanges concerned an unlikely topic: Henry Kissinger. During a stretch focused on foreign policy, Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, jabbed at former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for having cit [...]

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Ted Cruz’s ads this week: A Trump doll, ‘Office Space’ spoof and a soft-core porn actress

Ads released by Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign this week have made a splash — for substance, humor and a tiny bit of scandal, if it can be called that. Cruz’s campaign released for ads this week and, for the most part, they have tried to use humor against the candid [...]

Cartoon: Campaign swag bag

The primaries have just begun, and the party in-fighting will get even more heated for another month or so, making social media a veritable wasteland of outrage and insufferability. When the dust settles and the nominee is known, they’ll have to kiss and make up with the supporters of the [...]

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Ad Attacks Cruz as ‘Weak’ on Defense

An ad from a conservative advocacy group attacks Sen. Ted Cruz as “weak” on defense, but makes several misleading claims to back up that assessment. The ad claims “Cruz voted with Bernie Sanders against defense spending.” That’s misleading. Cruz and Sanders  [...]

A little round up of Donald Trump’s ongoing stream of threats

No one knows diplomacy like Donald Trump. He’s the best! He threatens to sue everyone! No one escapes his clutches. Ted Cruz: His latest threat—a little Friday pre-Valentine. x If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for  [...]

In South Carolina, Clinton goes on the attack against Sanders for disloyalty to Obama

DENMARK, S.C. — Speaking to a predominantly African American audience in a rural town here, Hillary Clinton sharply criticized rival Sen. Bernie Sanders for disloyalty to President Obama. “This is one of the big differences in my campaign with Senator Sanders,” the Democratic presiden [...]

Remembering the greatest 45 minutes of Jim Gilmore’s political life

Update: On Feb. 12, Jim Gilmore announced that he was suspending his campaign for the presidency. He wasn’t even including in the majority of polling, and when he was included, he usually garnered zero support. Real Clear Politics didn’t even both calculating his polling a [...]

Obama dines with Hollywood donors

President Obama on Thursday night dined with three Hollywood VIPs and political donors — Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Horn and Will Smith — after a set of fundraisers in Los Angeles, according to Deadline Hollywood.  The publication reported… Go to Source : Obama dines with Hollywood donors

Jim Gilmore ends 2016 presidential bid

Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore has suspended his long-shot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Gilmore got 12 votes in the Iowa caucuses and 133 in New Hampshire’s primaries on Tuesday. Gilmore, 66, officially entered the presidential race on July 30. He w [...]

Rick Perry to bring veterans to new pro-Cruz super PAC

A constellation of super PACs supporting the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)  has created a new entity that will highlight issues surrounding veterans. Former Texas governor Rick Perry will lead the effort to recruit veterans to the group, Keep the Promise to Veterans [...]

There’s Finally an Agreement to Stop the Fighting in Syria—and It’s Probably Doomed

Less than two weeks after peace talks over the Syrian civil war abruptly ended, the International Syria Support Group—a body of about 20 countries and international organizations involved in the war, including the European Union and the United Nations—announced on Thursday tha [...]