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After 'The Daily Show' targets NC's voting law, precinct chair resigns

An appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has cost Don Yelton, a member of the N.C. Republican Party, his position as Buncombe County …

Listen to Arcade Fire's new album 'Reflektor' on YouTube right now

Arcade Fire debuted the first single off its new album <i>Reflektor</i> with an innovative short film that users could interact with using their smartphones. Now it's time to listen to the full album, and the band has released it streaming on YouTube. Given the source, you might be wondering if the band …

Koch brothers' Arizona allies fined $1 million over hiding California campaign funding

Two dark money groups linked to conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have paid a record $1 million in fines to California to …

GOP hardliners reach out to K Street

Conservative House Republicans met privately Thursday with close to 300 downtowners, but didn’t address their role in the recent government shutdown and near default on the country’s debt.<p>“This crowd and amount of interest answers the question if the RSC is relevant,” said Republican Study …

Facebook: An Important News Source For People Who Don't Care About News

Imagine if Facebook were your only source of news. What would the world look like to you?<p>You would probably think the most important events in any given month were celebrity deaths, sports tournaments and awards shows. You would know an awful lot about a handful of political outrages, but very …

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Koch Industries Lobbied for Heritage Action Debt-Reduction Plan

Earlier this month, Koch Industries circulated a letter saying it “has not taken a position” on the strategy of keeping the government shut down …

How Common Are Child Gun Accidents?

<i>The New York Times</i> has a big new investigation on the topic, and some left-leaning bloggers have been going out of their way to highlight horrifying …

‘Shame on us’: How businesses brought the debt limit mess onto themselves

On Friday, we noted that CEOs of major American companies are not a little exasperated at what's going on in Washington. Some of them, though, recognize that they were part of the problem to begin with. World Fuel Services chairman Paul Stebbins -- a Georgetown government major who now runs a …

The House’s food stamps cuts aren’t just cruel. They’re dumb.

One of the key ways House Republicans want to impose harsh cuts on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, often referred to as food stamps) is by bringing back, in force, a policy item that had slowly been removed by the states: asset tests. Rather than minor, technocratic fixes, this …

Ted Cruz filled Republican leadership vacuum, then burned his bridges

Can anyone lead this Republican Party? The official party leadership hasn’t figured out how to lead in the current political environment. And Sen. …

Liberal group to fight dark money…by raising $40 million of it

Lessons from the last government shutdown

President Clinton meets with Republican congressional leaders at the White House Friday Dec. 29, 1995 to discuss the federal budget impasse. From …

Jimmy Kimmel Tricks Fashion Week Attendees With Fake Designer Names

Fresh off his viral video that fooled the internet, Jimmy Kimmel's latest prank involves duping some "fashion insiders" at New York Fashion Week.<p>The late night host sent his "Lie Witness News" camera crew to Lincoln Center, where an interviewer asked people coming out of fashion shows what they …

Fashion Week

How Popeyes went upscale

Over the past few years, on the once-dingy midtown strip of 14th Street in Washington D.C., corner stores and carry-outs have yielded to upscale bars and boutiques. You can walk for blocks and blocks without finding so much as a sandwich for less than the price of a movie ticket. Until, that is, …

16 Hardworking Cats Who Ended Up Getting Actual Jobs, Many Of Whom Also Wear Tiny Uniforms

Look at this post if you ever forget that the world is a completely magical place.<p>In 2007, Tama and his assistants took over the day-to-day operations of the Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama, Japan. They don't really run the place, to be completely honest — they more just lie around the station …

Women Donors Helped Fuel Obama Campaign

President Obama was more dependent on female campaign contributors in 2012 than any presidential candidate in recent history.<p>According to a new report from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, female donors accounted for more than 44 percent of Obama's campaign contributions, the most …

Students Take On Teach for America—and Its Political Allies

<i>Students march through Milwaukee. (Credit: Michael Macloone,</i> Journal Sentinel<i>)</i><p><i>E-mail questions, tips or proposals to studentmovement@thenation.com.</i> …

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Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead

A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years<p>The details are complicated, but please don't lose sight of these three essential points:<p>As a matter of <b>substance</b>, constant-shutdown, permanent-emergency governance is so destructive that <i>no other serious country</i> engages in or could tolerate …

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It’s really ‘Democratic Care,’ not ‘Obamacare’

As we enter the implementation phase of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”, some are reviewing how we got here.<p>Politico recently examined how Barack Obama, whose rise to political stardom owed nothing to the issue, nevertheless made the cause of universal health care his own. It’s a …

Referencing a Tweet in an Academic Paper? Here's a Citation Generator

Say you're writing a paper on Twitter during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. How do you cite all those tweets you'll be referencing?<p>The Modern …

The $200K lesson I learned from getting shot

<b>A photo of the author.</b><p>How a health insurance check sent 6 hours before being shot saved my life. And what it means for you (and America)<p>Brian Beutler<p>September 23, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>A few weeks ago, I wrote an essay for this website about the time two young black men shot me in Washington, D.C. The …

The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers

{{ BIZOBJ (slideshow: 688) }}<p>Two years ago, Gayne C. Young, a Texas-based writer and blog­ger for <i>Out­door Life</i>, scored the in­ter­view of a …

Getting to a clean CR: A tour of the Senate's parliamentary weeds

By onSeptember 20, 2013<p>The House has passed a “CR” that temporarily funds the government, but “defunds” implementation of ObamaCare. Even Republican …