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After Cuccinelli Loss, Conservatives Suddenly Realize Campaign Spending Is a Problem

Tuesday, as he conceded defeat in the Virginia governor’s race, Ken Cuccinelli II (R) told supporters that he had come closer than polls had …

Billionaire Koch Brother Says Carbon Tax Supporters Are On Acid

Billionaire fossil fuel magnate Bill Koch, once thought to be more politically moderate than his brothers, is coming out of the woodwork.<p>According to …

Perry cites GOP govs but not Christie

In an Iowa speech, Texas Gov. Rick Perry echoed a Republican Party message of praising state governors but the former presidential candidate and possible 2016 hopeful left out some of his potential challengers, including newly reelected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.<p>In a nearly 15-minute speech at …

GOP super PACs vs. the tea party

Republican operatives want to help establishment candidates fend off tea party challenges with a new weapon: unlimited cash.<p>Consultants and attorneys — including the co-founder of the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC — are laying the groundwork or have already filed paperwork for dozens of super PACs …

North Carolina State Legislator Tells 2009's Funniest Birther Joke

Last week we had the North Carolina county GOP guy who was forced to resign after telling the <i>Daily Show</i> that, sure, the state's voter-suppression …

Too much crisis, too little defense

The recent paralysis in Washington underscores the profound risk of managing from crisis to crisis. But even though the shutdown and the debt-ceiling battle are barely behind us, there’s another crisis in the offing: The next round of automatic budget cuts mandated under sequestration, and the …

Democratic Congressman Blows Up At GOP During Obamacare Hearing: ‘Are You Really Serious?’

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) slammed Republicans for failing to support the Affordable Care Act once it became law, challenging them to go back to their …

At Stand Your Ground Hearing, Ted Cruz Argues Florida Law Helps African-Americans

With Trayvon Martin’s mother sitting just across from him, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed that Stand Your Ground is beneficial for African-Americans. …

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The Highlander Theory of the GOP

The Republican Party has seen a procession of new leaders leaping to the fore—only to be cut off at their knees by a new conservative darling.<p>What's a GOP presidential hopeful to do? In the past year, the party has cycled through one favorite aspirant after another before running into a problem: …

Unapologetically Racist Voter-ID Comments on The Daily Show Fell Republican Official

What not to say when purporting not to be racist<p>"Matter of fact, one of my best friends is black," Don Yelton told <i>The Daily Show</i>'s Aasif Mandvi, in a segment about North Carolina's new voter-identification law that aired Wednesday night.<p>Yelton was precinct chair of North Carolina's Buncombe County …

What a Small Moment in the Obamacare Debate Says About Ideological Media

Does the legislation put the privacy of Americans at risk? More than progressives acknowledge—in part because of ham-handed conservative critiques.<p>Congress conducted hearings yesterday on the much maligned Obamacare website. The most contentious moment involved Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. …

Herman Cain speculates the Devil was behind all those sexual harassment allegations

Could have been president, if not for that maddening serpent of evil 'n stuff.<p>Former actual Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, like most …

Congratulations, Republicans. Your Obamacare sabotage has screwed over millions

Here's the dirty secret behind the Republicans' big loss on defunding Obamacare in the shutdown: they lost that battle, but they have done pretty …

Week in one-liners: Durbin, Cruz, Gore

The top quotes in politics...<p>"One GOP House Leader told the president: 'I cannot even stand to look at you.'" —Sen. <b>Dick Durbin</b> sharing a disputed anecdote on Facebook.<p>"I was that person.”— <b>Karmel Allison</b> on nearly fainting in front of the president.<p>“It is terrific to be back in America.” — Sen. <b>Ted</b> …

Starr: Court not reading 'Green Eggs'

Former Solicitor General Judge Ken Starr apparently took a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday, drawing a contrast to his long Senate speech last month and the work of the Supreme Court.<p>“The court works brilliantly,” Starr said Friday at a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press event at the …

FLOTUS defends Obamacare

First lady Michelle Obama on Friday joined in the battle over Obamacare, talking up her husband’s health-care program after a rough rollout and taking on those behind the government shutdown.<p>“When a small group of folks in Congress shuts down our government to try to shut down Obamacare, and we …

Palin skips Morgan 'shambolic show'

Sarah Palin has a message for CNN host Piers Morgan: Thanks, but no thanks for the invite.<p>On Friday, a social media spat erupted between Morgan and the former vice presidential candidate, who called Morgan’s show “shambolic.”<p>“Oh dear Piers, thank you so much for all your invitations to appear on …

Limbaugh: How to dodge ACA tax

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh says he’s discovered a sure-fire way to skirt Obamacare’s penalties for failing to obtain health coverage next year – but you’d have to give up a fat tax refund.<p>The fine for failing to obtain insurance under the so-called “individual mandate,” which starts at …

House GOP leaders hit from within

A House Republican lawmaker ripped his own leadership Friday, venting his frustrations about chamber’s lack of plans so far to bring immigration reform bills to the floor this year.<p>Republican Rep. Joe Heck, who represents a swing district in southern Nevada that is about 15 percent Latino, said in …

Obama: Shutdown was about 'contrast in visions'

President Obama saw the government shutdown as just the latest evidence of the "contrast in visions" between Democrats and Republicans, he said Friday at a fundraiser for Democratic House candidates.<p>"The shutdown was about more than just health care. It was about sort of a contrast in visions, what …

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Cruz delivers stemwinder in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sen. Ted Cruz exhorted the party faithful at Iowa’s Reagan Dinner Friday to join a grassroots insurgency against the Washington establishment, in a speech at an event that was part fundraiser and part tea party rally.<p>Cruz (R-Texas), who has achieved newfound fame since the …

Shutdown takeaway: the US wants a fair society, not 'defund Obamacare' crazy | Mark Weisbrot

As Obama looks for a budget deal to forestall another shutdown, he should know a majority of Americans back economic justice<p>The rest of the world must have been fascinated at the spectacle that was the US government shutdown and threat of default on our public debt. Here is a country that not only …