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Obamacare finally clears the tower

The Obamacare rollout is changing in front of our eyes — turning from a running joke into one big shoulder shrug.<p>And that’s good news for the White House, because at this point, even basic competence is good news.<p>That’s the lesson of the new enrollment numbers the administration released Monday, …

Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places

On a party-line vote, a Florida county’s Republican majority Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to eliminate almost one-third of Manatee …

North Carolina voting law hits black voters: Study

North Carolina’s recent voting law changes will disproportionately affect black voters in the state, according to a study posted on Dartmouth …

The uninsured rate is at a five-year low. Is Obamacare the reason?

Gallup's newest poll shows another decline in the uninsured rate, in a survey taken in late January and early February. It found that 16 percent of American adults reported lacking insurance coverage, the lowest number Gallup has recorded since 2009.<p>This follows on a very similar Gallup poll from …

Fox News Doubles Down On Their Obamacare CBO Lies

Fox's Megyn Kelly and former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen decided to double-down on the latest set of debunked talking points on the CBO report …

Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights

Attorney General Eric Holder called on 11 states to repeal "counterproductive" laws that bar convicted felons from "the single most basic right of American citizenship-the right to vote."<p>In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University law school, Holder used his bully pulpit to note that 5.8 million …

Virginia Senate Votes To Repeal Ultrasound Mandate

The Virginia State Senate narrowly passed a bill on Tuesday that would repeal a state law requiring pregnant women to have ultrasounds before getting abortions.<p>The Senate, which recently flipped to Democratic control, split exactly down the middle on the ultrasound repeal, with 20 votes for and …

The right’s bogus sex work stance: Taking power away from women

Republicans claim they’re fighting trafficking, but they’re really exposing women to arrest and discrimination<p>I don't know the names of those arrested on prostitution charges by the New York Police Department this past week. Some of those women appeared in a Manhattan court last Wednesday morning. …

The Koch brothers accidentally left a confidential document at their last donor conference—read it here

One County Spent Over $5 Million Jailing Homeless People Instead Of Giving Them Homes

Laws that make it a crime to live as a homeless person make little sense from a moral vantage point. New data shows they make even less sense from a …

House GOP weighs debt plans

House Republican leaders will spend this week gauging whether there’s enough support in their conference to pass legislation raising the debt ceiling without Democratic support.<p>Top Republicans are skeptical they will be able to pull it off.<p>To maximize GOP support for a debt limit hike, Republicans …

The Sniveling Apologizers at MSNBC Don't Represent Progressives

First, let me be clear that this is not intended for the hosts on MSNBC. It's management that's the issue. The way Phil Griffin has his hosts trot out for one apology after another is revolting. At least, he included himself in the genuflecting to the right-wing last time around. The whole display …

China Is Playing Chicken With US Warships In The South China Sea

But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that's just another level of crazy.<p>Unfortunately, vessels from the US military and from other countries increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of …

Obama targets long-term unemployed

President Barack Obama on Friday will call on companies to help the long-term unemployed find jobs and issue a presidential memorandum pledging the federal government to do the same.<p>Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with the chief executives of large businesses in the morning to discuss …

The Pension Heist: How politicians raid retirement funds to enrich their corporate masters

Let's say that as a condition of your employment, your company agreed to pay you a set retirement benefit from its retirement fund, with the implied …

Congressman Complains That Religious Freedom Law Allowed Mosque To Build A Cemetery

A Tennessee congressman recently called it “unfortunate” that state laws allowed a local mosque — a victim of arson that gained national attention …

GOP Receives Shock To The System As Democrat Michelle Nunn Leads In Georgia Senate Race

PPP released a poll on Wednesday that shows Democrat Michelle Nunn ahead of all four GOP candidates in Georgia’s open Senate race. Republican Saxby …