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Sorry I was a little late with my last post, but I don’t wade into nineteenth-century waters with quite the self-confidence of my esteemed distant colleague Mr. Chait. Here are some contemporary news/views treats before I start frantically trying to assemble this week’s TPMCa [...]

Is the Jacksonian Democratic Tradition Republican Now?

In an essay that’s getting a lot of attention, Jonathan Chait has consolidated many decades of arguments against a tottering mythology of the Democratic Party as an uninterrupted tradition that stretches back to Andrew Jackson (and though he’s not the subject of Chait’s  [...]

Greg Sargent draws our attention today to a new report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress on, among other things, ballot ac [...]

Scott Walker and His Allies May Not Be Done Trying to Block Access to His Records

Late on Thursday night, before the start of the holiday weekend, Republican state legislators in Wisconsin slipped wording into a bill authorizing Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget that would have blocked access to many public records. This includes records the Walker administrati [...]

Obama pledges to visit Vietnam during meeting with Communist Party chief

  President Obama met with Vietnam’s Communist Party leader at the White House on Tuesday and pledged to make his first visit that nation “sometime in the future.” It was not immediately clear when Obama would make that visit, although some foreign policy analysts h [...]

If Only Chicago Police Treated All Marijuana Smokers As If They Were Deadheads

Parking lot hang at the Grateful Dead show up north. Let the games begin……#deadhead pic.twitter.com/gJtwKttKiv — The Tulips (@tulipsmusic) June 28, 2015 Tens of thousands of fans of the Grateful Dead traveled to Chicago for the final three reunion concerts, which the ba [...]

These GOP Candidates Are Standing Behind Donald Trump

Following Donald Trump’s controversial comments suggesting that Mexican immigrants are “rapists” who bring drugs and crime to America, his fellow 2016 contenders have largely condemned his inflammatory remarks. But a handful of Republican hopefuls have either defended th [...]

A list of the well-known politicians who have defended Edward Snowden

Now that he’s left office, former attorney general Eric Holder appears to have softened a bit on how he’d handle Edward Snowden. Holder told Yahoo News on Monday that he thinks his former Justice Department should strike a deal with Snowden, whose revelations of government spy [...]

Marco Rubio’s Economic Plan Calls For Students To Sell Themselves To Private Investors

Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio described his economic platform in a speech Tuesday in Chicago, touching on well-worn GOP priorities including slashing corporate taxes from 35 to 25 percent, further deregulating the private sector, restricting family immi [...]

Is the GOP the Party of Jackson Now?

In an essay that’s getting a lot of attention, Jonathan Chait has consolidated many decades of arguments against a tottering mythology of the Democratic Party as an uninterrupted tradition that stretches back to Andrew Jackson (and though he’s not the subject of Chait’s  [...]

Solar Power Is Mostly for the Affluent. Here’s Obama’s Plan to Spread the Wealth Around.

Rooftop solar power systems cost a lot less these days than they did five or 10 years ago, and with many solar companies now offering leases and loans, it’s safe to say that going solar is more affordable than even before. That trend goes a long way to explaining why solar, while st [...]

Summary Since Barack Obama first took office: The economy has added nearly 7.9 million jobs, and the unemployment rate is now lower than t [...]

Correct the Record calls for Blumenthal deposition to be released

The leaders of a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC on Tuesday called on the House Select Committee on Benghazi to release a transcript of its deposition of sometime-Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal, whose questioning they say was politically motivated and fell far outside the scope of the pa [...]

No Deal the Only Iran Deal Republicans Allowed to Accept

As we await word on a possible Iran nuclear deal–which has already missed two tentative deadlines–Greg Sargent makes this salient point about the certain domestic reaction: The Wall Street Journal has a useful rundown of the remaining outstanding issues. The two key ones appea [...]

Bernie Sanders’ momentum is Hillary Clinton’s fault

The chart on the right is Iowa (click here to see full-size), where Bernie Sanders has consolidated the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party plus assorted stragglers, and now is approaching 30 percent. In fact, the latest Quinnipiac poll has it a 52-33 Hillary Clinton lead, whi [...]

Bill Cosby and his fellow scolds just took a legal beating

It’s a long-established legal principle: Public figures have fewer privacy protections under the law than ordinary citizens. So when a federal judge ordered Monday that documents in a civil suit brought against Bill Cosby be made public on the grounds that Cosby is not a private cit [...]

Bill Cosby and his fellow public scolds just took a legal beating

It’s a long-established legal principle: Public figures have fewer privacy protections under the law than ordinary citizens. So when a federal judge ordered Monday that documents in a civil suit brought against Bill Cosby be made public on the grounds that Cosby is not a private cit [...]

Why it’s surprising more pols don’t get caught hiring illegal immigrants

On the heels of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments that many illegal immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug dealers and that the U.S. should build a wall on its southern border paid for by Mexico, workers at a Trump hotel that is under construction in Was [...]

Marco Rubio is wrong: Time travel can win the future — just not ours

During a speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio derided the Democratic front-runner by suggesting that her policy ideas were outdated. “The race for the future will never be won by going backward,” he said. “It will never be won by hopping in Hillary Clinton’s ti [...]

Medicaid Refusals Create New Mason-Dixon Line

Glenn Harris and LeeAnn Hall Photo by US Army Corps of Engineering Historically, the Mason-Dixon Line divided states that embraced slavery and those that rejected it. Today, there is a new Mason-Dixon Line in America. This time, it’s a dividing line for Medicaid [...]