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KKK issues “call to arms” over Alabama same-sex marriage ruling

<b>(Arete13/Flickr)</b><p>The hate group melts down after a federal court rules an amendment banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional<p>Keegan Hankes<p>February 14, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>In a latest attempt to capitalize on political and racial controversy, a Ku Klux Klan faction from Mississippi has initiated a …

Pollution rule tricky for coal country Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to curb power plant pollution put Democrats running for office in coal country in a tough spot on …

Congress to bar enforcement of light-bulb phaseout

The mammoth budget bill has controversial measures on light bulbs and coal-fired power plants. How much will they matter?<p>Congress' budget deal tries to thwart the federal phaseout of inefficient light bulbs and to expand financing of coal-fired power plants abroad.<p>The $1.1 trillion spending bill, …

Budget deal puts squeeze on financial regulators

The budget deal released this week provides woefully inadequate funding to implement financial reform policies, some watchdog groups say.<p>Watchdog groups say the budget compromise unveiled by Congress this week drastically underfunds financial regulatory agencies and undermines the sweeping reform …

Energy Secretary: Fracking Won’t Cook the Planet

En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz is end­ing the year with a re­mind­er: Car­bon di­ox­ide is the biggest en­emy in the fight against cli­mate …

Natural Gas

Great Discussion of 'Third Way'

Very interesting discussion here at The Hive of what TPM Readers think of the group ‘Third Way’ (sub req). I think I’ll jump in myself. But just …

WTO closes $1T trade deal in Bali

<i>Pro Trade in Asia: This story is part of “Pro Trade in Asia,” POLITICO Pro’s on-the-ground series covering the WTO ministerial meeting and the TPP negotiations.</i><p><i>BALI, Indonesia —</i> The World Trade Organization on Saturday reached a deal on customs issues that officials say could boost global economic …

President Obama: deporter-in-chief

America is not just a nation of immigrants, it is a nation of illegal immigrants. After all, no one – whether having come over willingly or forcibly – bothered to ask permission from those who lived here first. A byproduct of the massive and bloody land grab that birthed this country is our …

Obama 0 for 3 as GOP blocks another D.C. Circuit nomination

WASHINGTON — For the third time in as many weeks, Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on one of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, spurring Democrats to renew their threat to change long-standing filibuster rules.<p>As expected, the Senate voted …

On Colorado’s Front Range, Fracking Questions Loom Large

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Can frack­ing be done safely?<p>Kelly Gid­dens, a Fort Collins res­id­ent who earli­er this month led a suc­cess­ful cam­paign to …

Did the Shutdown Even Matter?

When budget ne­go­ti­ations began last month, Demo­crats felt con­fid­ent that pub­lic opin­ion sur­round­ing the gov­ern­ment shut­down would force …

Affordable Care Act

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles

Des­pite sharp di­vi­sions over the long-term im­pact of Pres­id­ent Obama’s health-re­form law, few­er than two in five Amer­ic­ans say it should be …

Health Care

Las Vegas Never Wanted To Host A Republican Convention — Until Now

A humbled city makes its pitch to the GOP.<p>At the mention of hosting a national political convention, Las Vegas leaders used to scoff.<p>They were way too busy making cash off business-driven mega-conferences to accommodate a bunch of eggheads who probably didn't gamble much, they confided in …

Obama, admitting problems, asks backers to rally for healthcare law

WASHINGTON -- President Obama told supporters to tune out the “noise” and the “setbacks” to his floundering healthcare law on Monday as he tried to motivate his network of activists to join a campaign to boost enrollment.<p>During an online call hosted by Organizing for Action, Obama acknowledged …

Jeb Bush: Immigration Reform Bills Will Pass House Next Year

"I've talked to Speaker Boehner and he's totally committed to this but he needs to find a way to get enough support."<p>Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday night he thinks the House will pass immigration reform next year, calling Speaker John Boehner "totally committed" to the effort.<p>"I think …

Fisa court order that allowed NSA surveillance is revealed for first time

A secret court order that authorised a massive trawl by the National Security Agency of Americans' email and internet data was published for the first time on Monday night, among a trove of documents that also revealed a judge's concern that the NSA "continuously" and "systematically" violated the …

Single Mom Touted By Obama As Health Care Success Story Gets "Screwed Over"

The Washington State woman President Obama cited as an Affordable Care Act success can't afford the coverage after all and plans to pay the penalty.<p>"I am a single mom, no child support, self-employed, and I haven't had insurance for 15 years because it's too expensive," President Obama said, …

Mike Lee Just Ticked Off Utah on His Crusade With Ted Cruz

The Utah senator has suffered from following his Texas colleague—and so has his state.<p>Poor Utah.<p>Nine counties declared states of emergency since the federal government shutdown began 11 days ago. "We definitely need to get [the national parks] reopened. It's been a huge financial impact on us …

Paul Ryan's Chance to Reinvent Himself—and Save the Nation

His proposal to the shutdown impasse isn't perfect, but it could provide a way out and deal the Tea Party a body blow in the process.<p>This week, Representative Paul Ryan may have made himself a leading Republican presidential contender in 2016. By proposing an end to the budget impasse that did not …

At the Values Voter Summit, It’s YOLO Conservatism

At the Values Voter Summit, the train wreck’s drivers were celebrated—and unchallenged. By Jamelle Bouie.<p>It didn’t take long at the Values Voter …