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Lots of prayer but not many specifics at GOP summit in Iowa

WAUKEE, IOWA — Religious liberty came up again and again as potential Republican presidential candidates gave stump speeches in a packed suburban mega-church on Saturday night. Many in the crowded field have struggled to find just the right way to discuss controversial social issues ̵ [...]

Sunday Talk: Gaming the system

Last weekend, 19 prospective Republican candidates for president descended on New Hampshire for the latest in a never-ending series of cattle calls. Technically speaking, the “Live Free or Die” state holds the first-in-the-nation primary; but, in reality, nothing could be [...]

It’s Time For a Very British Revolution

The main purpose of this article is to make me want to vote by the time I’ve written it. Sorry to have to pare this down to personal basics, but I love politics, I believe passionately that everyone should vote, and I still desperately cling by the fingertips to the ideal that a national democrati

Obama Just Burned GOP Climate Deniers In "Anger Translator" Rant

Towards the end of his annual speech to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in the nation’s capital Saturday night, President Obama got “angry.” Aided by Luther, his “anger translator” (a character played by Comedy Central’s Keegan [...]

The Top 3 Moments of the White House Correspondents Dinner: "Welcome to the Fourth Quarter"

The White House Correspondents Dinner — the night when Washington decides to celebrate itself. As the President said, "Somebody's got to do it." Ever since the first one kicked off in 1920, the political press corps, members of the Administration, the President, and  [...]

This Was Pretty Good/Sad/Awful

I haven’t liked Cecily Strong’s speech tonight very much but this was pretty good/sad/awful. “Let’s give it up for the Secret Service, the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot” — Wesley Lowery (@ [...]

Late Night FDL: Never On Sunday

Miss Piggy — Never on Sunday, from Season 3, episode 9 of The Muppet Show. What’s on your mind?

Open thread: Abortion, drones and high speed trains

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … A drone too far, by DarkSyde Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez Japan laps the U.S. with new high speed train, by Mark E Andersen How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America, by Jon Perr Five ways the DEA is re [...]

Here is Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

Obummer’s speech starts at 3:08. What did you think?

Democratic member of budget conference vows to protect the safety net

Rep. Gwen Moore House and Senate conferees are meeting to reconcile the two chambers’ budgets, and one Democratic member, Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04) has one mission. “Not to cut anymore out of SNAP,” the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stam [...]

One Tweet Shows How Far We As Americans Still Have To Go

Tonight is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s a really dumb event where journalists play grab ass with the subjects they cover. I think it’s a venial sin at worse, because every industry has its stupid, embarrassing events, but even I, an apologist for it, foun [...]

This week at progressive state blogs: Has the NRA won? Fake Iowan? Term limits in MS? Fracking in TX

This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a diary doe [...]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown, have responded to recent White House statements on TPP with a sharply-worded letter  [...]

Jeb Bush to dine with Zeus (Rodriguez)

If we told you that the winner of a contest to have lunch with Jeb Bush was a Latino school choice advocate from Wisconsin, would you believe it? Well, believe it. Out of an apparently 12,331 entries, Bush’s aides have selected Zeus Rodriguez to meet Sunday with him at a burger and  [...]

This week in the war on workers: The scary GOP plan for transportation funding

There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States, and this is what congressional Republicans want to do to transportation funding: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Robert Greenstein has more: The House and Senate budgets cut highway and mass transit f [...]

Allen West: Football players are getting injured because you don’t pray enough

Allen West was at one point a genuine congressman from the unfortunate state of Florida, aka Future Atlantis, but he lost his seat after he proved too embarrassing to be even a Republican member of House, which is saying something. Undaunted, however, West has since moved on into a new s [...]

Jeffrey Sterling (Photo from the Institute for Public Accuracy) The defense for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of [...]