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It Gets Better ... for Fox News

Fox News has followed up pretty the ‘greatest’ Fox News interview in history with Reza Aslan with perhaps the second best with veteran right-wing …

No Way No How

Liberal Dems going to the mat big time to block a Larry Summers appointment as Fed Chair.

White House unable to confirm if Congress briefed on NSA spy program

The White House declined to say on Wednesday whether the administration ever briefed the US Congress about a top-secret NSA spy program that, according to documents, allows analysts to to search through huge databases of emails, online chats and the browsing histories without prior …

Why the GOP can’t win millennials with GIFs

Hint: It’s the policy, stupid<p>Alex Seitz-Wald<p>July 31, 2013 7:24pm (UTC)<p>The Heritage Foundation's GIF-tastic listicle on BuzzFeed explaining why young people should hate Obamacare is coming in for mocking, thanks to its heavy-handed attempt to appeal to the youths much like, Tommy Christopher quips, …

NSA director Keith Alexander defends surveillance tactics in speech to hackers

The director of the National Security Agency has tried to dampen the current outcry over US government surveillance programmes by insisting such programmes respect Americans' privacy. He also said that he is unable to intercept his own daughters' emails.<p>General Keith Alexander told a conference of …

Weiner: Bring Me Your Tired, Your Smokin', Your Totally Hot

When I first heard about this I was certain it was a joke since it was presented as ‘back in the day Rep. Weiner introduced a bill to bring in more …

Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

President Obama made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>President Obama rarely visits …

House Republicans Work To Keep IRS Scandal In The Spotlight

Congressional Republicans are accusing the IRS of dodging their questions and requests for documents in the inquiry into the flagging of Tea Party groups seeking tax exempt status. One House committee warns the agency it could use its investigative powers to enforce compliance. And a second …

Senate committee to NSA: “If this program is not effective, it has to end”

During a hearing Wednesday, Sen. Patrick Leahy expressed skepticism that surveillance is thwarting terror plots<p>Priyanka Boghani<p>July 31, 2013 9:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to press for details on the National …

A Quick False-Equivalence Update

Does 2006-vintage Obama make a hypocrite of the current version, when it comes to the debt ceiling? No.<p>This morning I mentioned a news story that presented the debt-ceiling showdown as another illustration of no-one's-to-blame partisan gridlock in Washington. Here are samples of the two main kinds …

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We’re actively searching for a new Associate Editor to join our team working from our DC office. Here’s our listing. If it might be you, we’d love to …

Meet the Bush-loving, military women-fearing, likely new senator

Rep. Tom Cotton once argued against women serving in the infantry because their “nature” could “impair” the mission<p>Jillian Rayfield<p>July 31, 2013 9:22pm (UTC)<p>Freshman congressman Tom Cotton will reportedly announce next week that he is running for Senate against Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat who …

Texas wants women seeking abortions to take adoption classes first

<b>State Sen. Eddie Lucio (Flickr)</b><p>A new bill filed by a state Democrat would require women to undergo a mandatory three-hour abortion course<p>Katie McDonough<p>July 31, 2013 9:27pm (UTC)<p>More news out today from the<p>bad ideas club Texas Legislature: a recently filed bill would require women seeking abortions …

GOP's Long-Predicted Comeuppance Has Arrived

Republicans have dealt with some embarrassing moments on the House floor over the past year, but none so revealing or damning as today’s snafu, when …

Fear and Trembling

Not everybody’s happy about Pope Francis. A fascinating look at conservative Catholics who are frightened and upset about the changes Pope Francis is …

House Votes To Cut Student Loan Rate, Sends Bill To Obama

The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill to cut the cost of borrowing for federal student loans, sending the measure to President Obama for his signature.<p>The bill, which had easily passed the Democratic-controlled Senate last week, would retroactively …