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Dismantling Empires Through Devolution

Democracy is not the most potent political force of the 21st century.<p>Last week, the world’s most globe-spanning empire until the mid-20th century let its fate be decided by 3.6 million voters in Scotland. While Great Britain narrowly salvaged its nominal unity, the episode offered an important …

Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right

Since his inauguration, Republicans have criticized President Obama for everything. For launching military strikes. For not launching military …

Kamala Harris Says She's Not Interested In Eric Holder's Job

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she's not interested in taking Eric Holder's job.<p>Shortly after Holder announced that he would leave his post as U.S. Attorney General, Harris was floated as a "serious contender" for the role. Harris, however, was quick to throw cold water on the …

Rich Republicans’ impossible decision: Which terrible candidate do we rally behind, Mitt or Jeb?

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Manuel Balce Ceneta/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Rich donors are hoping either Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush runs in 2016. Why do they like either of them?<p>Jim Newell<p>September 26, 2014 12:55pm (UTC)<p>There is a pulse, barely registrable but a pulse nevertheless, to the political career of …

Morning midterms update: Nate Silver sees a “troubling trend” for Senate Democrats

<b>Nate Silver (Nam Y. Huh)</b><p>Plus: Republicans’ fundraising angst, the GOP’s post-midterm agenda, the Kansas Senate race, and Chris Christie<p>Luke Brinker<p>September 26, 2014 1:08pm (UTC)<p>Forecasting that Republicans are still slightly favored to retake the Senate this year, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate …

Republicans Need a Direction

They could win by default, but that's not good enough.<p>By<p>Peggy Noonan<p>Peggy Noonan<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@Peggynoonannyc<p>peggynoonanny/<p>Peggy.Noonan@wsj.com<p>In a year when Republicans are operating in such an enviable political environment, why aren't their U.S. Senate candidates holding big …

Right-wing xenophobes, cowardly Dems and the misunderstood Latino vote

<b>Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Latino-rights advocates and voters are in a real bind — and the problem is both parties know it. Here’s the result<p>Gabriel Arana<p>September 26, 2014 2:50pm (UTC)<p>Given how hostile the Republican Party is to them, whenever …

This will kill the GOP in ’16: Romney buzz and GOP’s immigration meltdown

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>Talk of (another) Romney presidential run highlights how badly the GOP will struggle with immigration in 2016<p>Simon Maloy<p>September 26, 2014 3:30pm (UTC)<p>The piping hot news out coming out of the mercifully still distant 2016 presidential campaign is that a third stab at the White …

U.K. Approves Joining Anti-ISIS Airstrikes In Iraq

<b>Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET</b><p>The British Parliament has voted to approve the U.K.'s participation in U.S.-led airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq after Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that the extremists pose a "clear and proven" threat to British lives.<p>The 524-to-43 vote in …

Rove: 'Good riddance' to Holder

Karl Rove had some choice words to say about Eric Holder leaving the administration, calling the Attorney General a “partisan hack” and wishing him “good riddance.”<p>“I think [Holder’s resignation is] good for the country, good for the Justice Department. Attorney General Holder has been a partisan …