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    Was Ross Douthat Aggressively Wrong Enough to Get Fired?

    The Athenians ostracized their greatest military commander, Themistocles, for nothing much whatsoever, perhaps for simple arrogance. Those who failed in battle often suffered the same fate. I don’t think this was a wise policy. You can lose a battle and still be an accomplished mili [...]

    Trump super PAC strategist found guilty of 2012 campaign-finance violations

    Jesse Benton, a political strategist for former congressman Ron Paul who went on to run the pro-Trump Great America PAC, has been found guilty on four charges relating to the 2012 Paul presidential campaign. Benton, alongside two other former aides to the Paul campaign, was found guilty o [...]

    Republicans didn’t just start embracing Donald Trump as their presidential nominee this week: In their continued refusal to take a [...]

    Club Flub in PA Senate Race

    An ad attacking the Democrats’ nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania claims she “gave millions in grants to her husband’s company” while working for the state, and that the couple “pocketed thousands.” That twists the facts. The grants went to a publi [...]

    FDA Issues New Rules for E-Cigarettes

    On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration unveiled broad new rules governing e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs—products that in recent years have exploded in popularity among young people and until now have been largely unregulated. Under the new rules, it will be illegal to sel [...]

    Ken Shupe responded to a woman who was stranded on an interstate in North Carolina on Monday. Shupe is a tow truck driver; the wo [...]

    Of all the vulnerable Senate Republicans clinging to the fantasy that they can run away from Donald Trump, the clingiest has to be Sen.  [...]

    Donald Trump Will Soon Get Classified Briefings. How Worried Should We Be?

    Donald Trump may not have the keys to the nuclear arsenal quite yet, but his all-but-guaranteed nomination, sealed with a landslide victory in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, means the intelligence community must soon start briefing the presumptive GOP nominee and giving him ac [...]

    The CFPB has proposed a new rule that would prevent big companies from forcing their customers to accept mandatory arbitration in place of  [...]

    Political Analysis is Hard

    In 2008, I blogged as a forceful advocate of Barack Obama’s candidacy during the primaries, and I retain a lot of the readership I built up over that campaign, which means that there are a lot of Clinton-bashing commenters in the threads of pretty much anything I write. I come at po [...]

    The decision of the two living Republican presidents to snub the party’s 2016 White House nominee is extraordinary, yet com [...]

    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announced Thursday that it had hired a national finance chairman with deep ties to Wal [...]

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to skip this summer’s Republican National Convention in Clevel [...]

    Living with the noisy jerk upstairs—the GOP under Trump

    Seventeen Republican candidates started the run. So many that it was inevitable that a few would have to bow out early. Rick Perry, finding that he was no longer the darling of those who had funded his fumbles in 2012, picked September 11th to sneak out of the game, but he left a parting  [...]

    The prevailing wisdom in political circles following Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive Republican presidential no [...]

    Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 82: What are GOP Senators doing for their summer vacations?

    Since the Senate’s not in session and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s chamber is right on target to work the fewest number of days in 60 years, the only thing left for GOP senators to do is plan their summer vacations. The main question: To convention or not to convention in July? (Tran [...]

    Three Big Reasons You Should be Fired Up About Today's Announcement to Protect Consumers

    Mandatory arbitration. Just seeing those words can make your eyes glaze over, but what you might not realize is – that’s kind of the point. This tiny phrase, buried in the fine print of hundreds of millions of contracts, is having real consequences on millions of Americans. But the comp [...]

    Trump Prepares to Tap His "Expansive Personal Rolodex"

    This comes as no surprise, but… Facing a prospective tab of more than $1 billion to finance a general-election run for the White House, Donald Trump reversed course Wednesday and said he would actively raise money to ensure his campaign has the resources to compete with Hillary Cli [...]

    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) came to Washington as a political outsider, and he’s clearly committed to maintaining that status. On W [...]

    Vulnerable Senate Republicans grapple with running on the same ticket as ‘he who must not be named’

    There are a whole lot of Republicans waking up to a very ugly reality this week—they’re running on a ballot that’s got Donald Trump’s name right there at the top. For all those Senate Republicans up this cycle, it’s a nightmare that they somehow think they can stav [...]