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Can the Democrats really win back the House in the 2014 midterms?

The word "spin" can mean many things. One definition is to present information in such a fashion that it makes people see something that isn't really …

What a Washington-hater can learn from “This Town”

A well-written guide to the worst people in America, even if it never quite calls them that<p>Mark Leibovich will not find himself ostracized in Washington, D.C., now that his book on that city's toxic culture has finally been published. (And while we're on the subject of popular misconceptions about …

House GOP in no rush to pass immigration reform

Republicans are reluctant to pass a comprehensive bill, and have no timetable for the House version<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are embracing a step-by-step approach to immigration, in contrast to the sweeping plan passed by the Senate and backed by the White House. But they're offering …

There's No Republican Party—There Are 5 of Them

America's partisan battle isn't between Democrats and the GOP -- it's among different elements of the conservative movement.<p>Jonathan Ernst/Reuters<p>Across the nation, not just in Washington, there are ever more signs of a Republican Party veering to the right edge of the right wing of the political …

Republicans try to ban abortion and unsafe motorcycle driving in a single sentence

This is what good governance looks like in the North Carolina Legislature<p>On Wednesday, Republicans in North Carolina inserted sweeping abortion restrictions into a bill about motorcycle safety -- without public notice and only three minutes before the measure was meant to go up for debate.<p>After …

House GOPer: Trusting Obama on border security is like trusting Clinton with your daughter

“We just don’t trust him,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp<p>Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., doesn't think House Republicans should trust Obama on border security, because doing that would be like "trusting Bill Clinton with your daughter."<p>He tweeted:<p>[embedtweet id="355078041585721344"]<p>[embedtweet …

Rubio: Defund ACA for spending deal

Sen. Marco Rubio pledged Thursday that he won’t vote for a short-term spending bill to keep the government open unless it defunds the Affordable Care Act.<p>“I will not vote for a continuing resolution unless it defunds Obamacare,” the Florida Republican said at a breakfast hosted by The Weekly …

The Washington Post Has Issued An Exhaustive Correction On A Column About Glenn Greenwald And Edward Snowden

Pincus' column, entitled "Questions for Snowden," now appears with an exhaustive, three-paragraph correction at its top to set straight original errors and assumptions by Pincus. It originally suggested that NSA leak source Edward Snowden had taken a job with Booz Allen Hamilton to collaborate with …

Texas activist Sarah Slamen: “It’s this police state that keeps us quiet”

The newly minted feminist icon tells Salon about getting thrown out of the Texas abortion hearings, and what’s next<p>To say that Sarah Slamen "became a viral sensation" on Wednesday with her testimony against Texas' sweeping abortion ban would diminish the power of what she actually did. The activist …

US Tech Firms Are Using A Sneaky Provision In The Immigration Bill To Screw Their Indian Competitors

That's because a coalition of domestic high-tech companies and pro-labor Democrats has twisted the worthy goal of knocking down America's barriers to technical foreign talent into blatant protectionism.<p>Companies like IBM and Accenture have managed to rewrite the H-1B visa program so as to allow …

Reid slams McConnell on nominees

Majority Leader Harry Reid charged on Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has “broken” his promises to consider President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominations, as the Nevada Democrat prepared to move forward with the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules.<p>Reid filed cloture …

Why I participated in and got arrested at the Moral Monday protests

I was arrested for the first time in my life at age 55. There are photos of me in handcuffs in my local newspaper and on local TV websites. My crime? …

'Their Usual Amateur Hour'

Pelosi calls Boehner’s struggle to get immigration reform through the House “their usual amateur hour.”

US immigration reform under threat from Republicans as Obama wades in

Barack Obama will meet the architects of a Senate bill that promises sweeping immigration reform on Thursday, amid signs that their ambitious …

Keeping It Realer on 'neo-Confederate Libertarians'

Fellow historian and TPM Reader <i>BA</i> thinks I’m cutting conventional libertarians a bit too much slack on how deeply the ‘neo-Confederate’ stain goes in …

Paul: I've got Enzi's back vs. Cheney

If Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi ends up facing a primary challenge from Liz Cheney, he might be able to count on some help from one of his highest-profile conservative colleagues.<p>Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told POLITICO Thursday that he considers Enzi “a good conservative,” and said he wasn’t familiar with …

House to vote on ACA mandates

House Speaker John Boehner said his chamber will hold back-to-back votes next week to delay two key pieces of Obamacare — the individual and employer mandates.<p>“The president delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate, but he hasn’t delayed the mandate on individuals and families,” Boehner said Thursday. …

How Republicans Fail Upwards

<b>The folks at Josh's place</b> got Nancy Pelosi to sit down and talk about the tantrum thrown by the members of the House Republican caucus that may have doomed comprehensive immigration reform for the foreseeable future. The Minority Leader seems to despair of the GOP rebranding as much as I do.<p>"The …

“Everyone is corrupt, I’ve come to learn”

Imprisoned CIA whistle-blower John Kiriakou has advice for Snowden — and a warning for the rest of us (UPDATED)<p>John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who blew the whistle on Bush’s torture program and is now in prison, sent an open letter to Edward Snowden last week warning him not to trust the …

We're In For A Long Fight Over The Debt Ceiling Before There's A Resolution On Immigration

A House GOP aide said that while it could move on its piece-by-piece approach to immigration legislation, a final resolution — an "end game" to the immigration debate — probably won't come before the end of the year.<p>The delay raises new questions about the likelihood of an immigration reform bill …

Lawmakers Who Really Oppose Immigration Reform Come From Really White Districts

The members of congress who are most outspoken against immigration reform all have something in common: They have overwhelmingly white congressional districts. [Note: Stats are from the 2010 Census and include people who identify with multiple races so numbers may not add up to 100%.]

High School Teacher Turned Democratic Congressman Trolls Republicans With Red Pen

California freshman Mark Takano whips out the correction pen to give GOP immigration hardliners "an F." Update: Republican calls Takano's edits "everything Americans hate about Washington."<p>WASHINGTON — When Democratic Rep. Mark Takano got his hands on a draft letter to Speaker John Boehner from …