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May 2013 Archives

May 31, 2013 6:16 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Loved the shortened work week (four-and-a-half days for me). I'm beginning to understand why workers loved, and capitalists hated, all those medieval feast days. I do kinda wish I'd stop...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 5:44 PM Push Coming to Shove on Immigration

The first big public rift in the coalition supporting the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill is coming to light, per this report from The Hill's Alexander Bolton, and it's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 5:17 PM Two Biggest Ideological Challenges For "Conservative Reformers"

Of all the conservative responses to the discussion about "conservative reform" which progressives, notably our own Ryan Cooper, have conducted, the latest from one of Ryan's subjects, New York Times...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 4:02 PM The New "Death Panels"

I've been pretty consistently discussing the IRS "scandal" as largely a bait-and-switch: the deliberate conflation of a delay in the conferral of a tax subsidy for organizations wanting to engage...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 3:20 PM "Christian Soldiers" or Romans?

From Kansas, that great ideological laboratory, comes the news of conservative state legislative activity aimed at an alleged anti-Christian bias in, of all places, the U.S. Department of Defense. HuffPost's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 1:56 PM Lunch Buffet

Pretty lively day for a late-Spring Friday, I'd say. But barring breaking news, I'm sure it will slow down to a near-snooze by the time Washingtonians clog the Interstates going...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 1:29 PM Party Like It's 1998

Since we are, God help us, already into the midterm election cycle, it's not at all premature to think about what the economic and fiscal situation might be going into...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 12:17 PM Not-So-Charitable Contributions

This week's big CBO report on tax expenditures has spurred some interesting secondary analysis. One that should spur some tertiary discussion came from Wonkblog's Dylan Matthews, who focused on one...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 10:51 AM One Benghazi! Mission Accomplished

Some Republicans are probably privately discouraged that despite Scandalmania '13, and an atmosphere in Washington encouraging mobs to move through the already-sultry spring night with torches, Benghazi! still hasn't caught...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 9:29 AM Fire Time After Next

Earlier this month (it seems so much longer ago), during a period when Second Amendment absolutists were making all sorts of threats against the rest of us if we dared...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 8:58 AM Unequal Recovery

You may have heard some buzz over a report suggesting that Americans are nearly back to where they were before the economic calamity of 2008. Ezra Klein and Evan Soltis...

By Ed Kilgore

May 31, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1977, the BBC banned the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen." So here's a commemorative video of the song and the moment....

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 6:58 PM Day's End and Night Watch

It's been a strange day of stops and starts, and of late-afternoon bloggy emotion, thanks to the provocations of Rich Lowry and Erick Erickson. Here are a few final items:...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 5:34 PM The Misogynist Public Policy Agenda

By now you've probably heard and read about RedState proprietor and Fox gabber Erick Erickson coming out boldly for the patriarchal family model on the air and in his blog....

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 5:02 PM Are Liberals Souring on Politics?

There's a pretty big and alarming fear bouncing around progressive opinion circles that has been forced into the open by reports of a really bad ratings month for MSNBC: maybe...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 4:30 PM Lois Lerner, Totalitarian Menace

One of the big underlying questions in Scandalmania '13 is whether its purveyors would move carefully and strategically to build support for their efforts among Americans who are not strongly...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 3:13 PM Are We On the Road Back to a Two-Tiered Higher Education System?

Regular readers of our College Guide blog are familiar with Daniel Luzer's frequent reports and meditations on two big interconnected trends in American higher education: the tuition cost spiral (bringing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

Just experienced a rare iMac crash, so I'm running a bit behind schedule. Knew I shouldn't have opened that vast pdf from the Congressional Budget Office. In any event, here...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 12:58 PM Byron York Gooses a Ghost

The Washington Examiner's Byron York is an influential conservative reporter who has been regularly drifting over into pure opinion-land in arguing against the GOP Establishment's commitment to a comprehensive immigration...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 12:06 PM Eye of the Beholder

So what should we make of the first quarter GDP numbers released by the Commerce Department today? The economic picture continues to depend on the eye of the beholder. On...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 11:42 AM The Tea Party Immunity Gambit

It's easy to think of this sort of story (courtesy of TPM's Eric Lach) as a sideshow to the IRS "scandal:" Meet Selim “Sam” Zherka. New York City strip club...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 10:43 AM The Politics of Tax Expenditures and Tax Reform

A new CBO report on "tax expenditures"--the cost of the host of preferences, exclusions, deductions and credits that affect federal income taxes on individuals (corporate tax expenditures are another matter)--didn't...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 9:55 AM Mixed Signals--But Public Still Doesn't Care About Benghazi

Trying to figure out if the American public--particularly those outside the Republican Party faithful--are concerned about the "scandals" involving the Obama administration that have been in the news? Well, we...

By Ed Kilgore

May 30, 2013 8:49 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy at Rouen. So here, of course, is Leonard Cohen, performing "Joan of Arc" in San...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 5:30 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Tonight's my final presentation for our History of Christianity class at church, and it's on Church & State, which ought to be a barn-burner. So I'm trying to finish blogging...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 4:58 PM Special Prosecutor Not Reckless Enough?

Now this is interesting: the Wall Street Journal has editorially come out against the appointment of a special prosecutor to explore the "scandal" of IRS scrutiny of applicants for 501(c)(4)...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 4:36 PM The Very Low Threshold For What Conservatives Consider "Reform"

Ryan Cooper's article from the May/June issue of the Monthly about would-be "conservative reformers" continues to help spur discussion, per this long, defensive NRO post by one of that tribe,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 3:30 PM Governors Underwater

At FiveThirtyEight, Micah Cohen updates that site's nifty summary of recent approval rate polling on America's governors. There are eleven who are "underwater," with negative approval/disapproval ratios. Nine of them...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 2:15 PM Already, the Most Unproductive Congress Ever

At the end of 2012, the 112th Congress went down in history as the most unproductive ever. During 2011-2012, Congress passed a mere 283 laws - fewer than a third...

By Anne Kim

May 29, 2013 1:37 PM Lunch Buffet

My preacher dropped for a bit, and that's always an opportunity for fine discussion and fellowship, so my blogging rhythm's been a bit off. For now, here are some mid-day...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 1:10 PM Getting To Know E.W. Jackson

Public Policy Polling has a new survey of Virginia, site of the most competitive off-year political races for 2013, and it shows what pretty much everyone else has found: a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 12:51 PM The Lying Game

A new analysis by George Mason University's Center For Media and Public Affairs of 2013 findings from the fact-checking organization PolitiFact.com notes that it scalds Republicans for mendacity a lot...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 12:29 PM When You Are a Hammer....

Marco Rubio's got a bit of a problem with his old Tea Party friends thanks to his identification with the Gang of Eight immigration proposal. So it's not surprising to...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 10:34 AM High Cotton

James Carville quipped this morning: "God closes one door for Michele Bachmann and opens three to Louie Gohmert." I laughed like everyone else when I read that, and I just...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 9:38 AM Farewell To a Forerunner

In an excrutiating video (yes, I watched the entire eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds) from her campaign, Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she would not, after all, be running for a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 29, 2013 8:45 AM Daylight Video

A hundred years ago today, Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps debuted in Paris, and an audience riot broke out. Here's a snippet of the piece performed by the London...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 5:51 PM Day's End and Night Watch

These post-holiday weekdays can be kinda fun if only because The Meme For the Week hasn't yet been set. Even Politico is all over the place. As I drift towards...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 5:08 PM Two Good Ideas Converge

In the May/June issue of the Washington Monthly, American Interest's Adam Garfinkle took two very big and very good ideas and combined them into an even bigger, even better idea....

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 4:57 PM Can't See the Forest For the Pine Straw

If Peter Baker's reporting is at all accurate, then the vast majority of reporters and observers who covered the president's National Defense University remarks last week as a "drone policy...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 3:44 PM Hint: It Starts With A-L-E......

Via Seth Masket, who is reporting from a State Politics and Policy Conference, there's a new paper out on where state policymakers tend to go to "borrow" ideas. As a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 3:14 PM The Wingnut Hole

As noted earlier, we're having to come to grips with the fact that about half the states appear unlikely to participate fully in the Medicaid expansion provided for in the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 1:40 PM Lunch Buffet

Couldn't sleep last night, so I spent about an hour trolling for Daylight Videos. Feeling kind of 70s, I wanted to use Elvin Bishop's "Struttin' My Stuff" and Robert Palmer's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 12:52 PM Are You Ready For the Scott Walker Boom?

In many long years of political observation, I can't recall so much early intrigue in a key presidential nominating state as we are seeing among Iowa Republicans right now. Last...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 11:54 AM The Chilling Effect of Honesty

If you want an indicator of how rapidly conservative-land has internalized the latest talking point that shadowy tax-exempt groups engaged in campaign activities have a God-given right to hide their...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 11:35 AM Judicial Blitz?

Even as we all wonder how serious Harry Reid actually is about engineering a July showdown over the filibustering of presidential nominees, Michael Shear of the New York Times reports...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 10:30 AM Mis-leding

While we are on the subject of the infuriating status of Obamacare implementation, and the refusal of congressional Republicans to allow any legislation "fixing" eminently fixable problems like the limitation...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 9:49 AM Between a Rock and a Stupid Place

As the reality of states refusing the insanely generous terms of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion (viz., the Texas legislature's proactive legislation prohibiting the state from participating), begin to...

By Ed Kilgore

May 28, 2013 8:26 AM Daylight Video

Anticipating another week of talk that Obama's reaching for dictatorial powers, here's Radiohead performing "Paranoid Android" on the BBC in 1997....

By Ed Kilgore

May 27, 2013 4:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

So as usual for federal holidays, we're wrapping up blogging early to give you--and us--the opportunityto spend some quality Memorial Day time in peace and/or with friends and family. Here's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 27, 2013 3:25 PM Lost in the Undertow

The acid test of any book review is whether it makes you want to read the book. Michael O'Donnell passes that test easily in his review of George Packer's The...

By Ed Kilgore

May 27, 2013 1:48 PM Keeping the Wellsprings Refreshed

As Ryan's last post discussed, and as we chronicle each day at PA, the right side of American political discourse these days is a cramped and feverish space conditioned by...

By Ed Kilgore

May 27, 2013 12:58 PM The Conservative Reformist Movement Hasn't Reached the Policy Liftoff Stage Yet

So help me God, today I argue with Paul Krugman Paul Krugman and Mike Konczal team up against me and Jonathan Chait to argue that, despite mine and Chait's assertion of...

By Ryan Cooper

May 27, 2013 11:58 AM The Chimera of Antiseptic War

Whatever you think of the policy on use of drones set out--or to be more accurate, pointed towards--by the president in his National Defense University speech last week, he did...

By Ed Kilgore

May 27, 2013 10:49 AM If War Is Hell, What Is Perpetual War?

I've been staring at Sen. Lindsey's Graham's comments yesterday from Fox News Sunday, when he criticized the president's big counter-terrorism speech, and wondering what it would take to satisfy him...

By Ed Kilgore

May 27, 2013 8:59 AM Daylight Video

For Memorial Day, here's a portion of the "Dies Irae" from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, performed by the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra....

By Ed Kilgore

May 26, 2013 12:48 PM Good News--The War Is Overish

Is the perpetual war really be coming to an end?

By Jamie Malanowski

May 26, 2013 11:41 AM The Use and Abuse of Freedom

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose--and for everything else, too.

By Jamie Malanowski

May 26, 2013 9:19 AM Still Fighting for the Meaning of the Civil War

The US president should not send a wreath under a statue that argues that the United States was wrong to preserve the union, and to force an end to the slaveholders' rebellion.

By Jamie Malanowski

May 26, 2013 9:06 AM Eddie Van Vedder (1967-1990)

Frankly, I was surprised that the normally sharp and astute Monthly readership didn't recognize the name Eddie Van Vedder when it appeared in one of yesterday's posts. As cognoscenti know,...

By Jamie Malanowski

May 25, 2013 12:49 PM Happy Birthday, Levon!

On March 17, 2007, after beating cancer and losing and regaining his voice, Levon Helm and his band played the Beacon Theater. It was a great personal triumph, and...

By Jamie Malanowski

May 25, 2013 12:30 PM I Stand with Rosen

James Rosen of Fox News has been called ``a possible unindicted co-conspirator,'' which is why Eric Holder needs to be called ``unemployed.''

By Jamie Malanowski

May 25, 2013 10:44 AM Apple: Living the Lie

Apple doesn't have to rig the game; the game is rigged for them.

By Jamie Malanowski

May 25, 2013 10:35 AM Andrew Cuomo: Speak, Jest, Lie

Many a truth is spoken in jest. I'm kidding! I'm kidding!

By Jamie Malanowski

May 25, 2013 8:54 AM Why, Weiner, Why?

Why is Anthony Weiner running for Mayor? He is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

By Jamie Malanowski

May 24, 2013 6:07 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

I don't have any particular Memorial Day rituals, other than making a real effort to think about the meaning of the holiday. If you have any, particularly if they are...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 5:26 PM Niche Markets

At Ten Miles Square, there's a piece by Henry Farrell examining the somewhat hazy definitions governing those distinctive Beltway institutions (though they exist all over the place), "think tanks," playing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 4:52 PM Baptist Bishops

Off-year elections being rare beasts, we are going to hear an awful lot between now and November about the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, whether or not party...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 4:20 PM Intention and Accidents

At the Lunch Buffet, I noted that Molly Ball of The Atlantic had done another one of the periodic efforts to contrast Republican "rebranding" or "renewal" discussions with those Democrats...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 2:19 PM Apple and Taxes

Fair enough to criticize Apple for their tax evasion, but it's sometimes forgotten that Congress can actually change laws....

By Ryan Cooper

May 24, 2013 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm letting my blood pressure subside after thinking and writing about Rick Perry. I'm not sure why he bothers me so much--my entire life I've known and gotten along with...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 1:00 PM Faith, Family and Scouting

Texas Gov. Rick Perry somehow felt compelled to put out a formal statement in response to the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to admit openly gay participants: The...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 12:26 PM Sequestration Can Be Bad For Your (Political) Health

Since it's Furlough Friday, a day when by recent tradition conservatives get together to festively celebrate how little across-the-board budget cuts actually affect anyone who matters, some findings from last...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 11:41 AM Tom Cotton and Guilt By Blood

If, like me, you've been watching the meteoric rise of Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who has been lavishly touted as the Next Big Thing (or at an absolute minimum, the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 10:22 AM Obamacare in California: Reverse Sticker Shock

For months now we've been told that the Affordable Care Act would produce a cataclysm of skyrocketing health insurance premiums, particularly in the individual insurance markets that the law most...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 9:30 AM Furlough Friday

Let's hope you weren't planning to do any significant business with the Internal Revenue Service (those scheming secular-socialist SOBs!), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 24, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

49 years ago today, Barry Goldwater shook up the 1964 presidential contest by proposing that the United States use low-yield nuclear weapons in Vietnam. (The reaction led to a Ronald...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 6:25 PM Day's End and Night Watch

A day that started off painfully and scandalogically, then suddenly got substantive. But I'm not optimistic for tomorrow, unless nothing's happening at all. Here are some final items of the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 5:52 PM Need a Counter-Intelligence Op? Maybe Hire Medea Benjamin

You may have heard this by now, but the hyper-secured venue of the president's big counter-terrorism speech today at the National Defense University was penetrated by a very familiar character,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 5:35 PM Trouble In River City

One of the best measurements for assessing any political junkie's addiction is how intently he or she is focused on Early Nominating States like Iowa and New Hampshire, especially the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 4:21 PM A Speech Being Chased By Memes

The president's speech today at the National Defense University on counter-terrorism policy (advance-billed as a "drone policy" speech or a "Gitmo" speech by many) was a much more wide-reaching and...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 2:33 PM Gadflies are Useful for a Political Party

Jonathan Chait has a nice profile of Josh Barro in the newest Atlantic that fits in nicely with my recent piece on conservative reformists. I found that there is basically...

By Ryan Cooper

May 23, 2013 1:43 PM Lunch Buffet

I guess we are in the runup to the Memorial Day weekend, and for all I know readers may soon start checking out to clean their BBQ grills and/or make...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 1:10 PM The "Charlie Project" Needs Your Help One More Time

Regular readers of this site probably recall that film director Norman Kelley has been working on a short but important flick entitled: How Washington Works: Charlie Peters and the Washington...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 12:41 PM The War on Poverty We’re Not Waging

Since 2000, the nation’s poverty rate has been creeping inexorably upward, from a near-historic low of11.3 percent in 2000 to 15 percent in 2011. But in the suburbs, poverty has...

By Anne Kim

May 23, 2013 11:58 AM Fresh Hell From the Rockies

If May has been a rough month for Barack Obama, you could say the same for those intrepid voices calling for a "rebranding" of the Republican Party to make the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 10:51 AM Those Two Dreaded Words: "Special Prosecutor"

Mitch McConnell's whiny little op-ed on the alleged persecution of campaign donors by evil bureaucrats and "union thugs" is, believe it or not, only the second worst thing I've read...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 9:57 AM Return of the Poor Little Rich Boys

You have to hand it to Mitch McConnell. While other scandal-mad Republicans are off on a wild goose chase that could well end in 1998, McConnell's focused on exploiting scandals...

By Ed Kilgore

May 23, 2013 8:42 AM Daylight Video

A video by a wonderful old band with two songs that nicely reflects two aspects of the mood surrounding Scandalmania '13: "To Cry You a Song" and "A New Day...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 6:29 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Kinda get the feeling that a lot of readers are sort of checking out of political media today. Don't blame them a bit given the kind of "news" we're all...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 5:53 PM On the Road To War Over the Filibuster?

Our good friend Greg Sargent of WaPo, who matches my own enthusiasm for filibuster reform, is also a lot more optimistic than I am about Harry Reid's willingness and ability...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 5:15 PM A Vote of Confidence for "The Narrative"

We will probably never again see anyone in the ranks of "expert" political prognosticators quite like what Dick Morris became last year, blithely basing predictions on what he wanted to...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 4:22 PM Please Listen Up, Political Reporters: What Ted Cruz Means When He Says He Mistrusts Both Parties

Okay, class, here's what should be an easy assignment: What does it mean when Sen. Ted Cruz says the following on budget negotiations (per TPM's Sahil Kapur)? Sen. Ted Cruz...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 3:05 PM Bernanke To Congress: Cut It Out Already

When Fed chairman Ben Bernanke testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress today (his first trip to the Hill in a while), he exhibited an exceptionally clear purpose: telling...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

On this day 157 years ago, Preston "Bully" Brooks of SC beat MA Sen. Charles Sumner into unconsciousness on Senate floor for insulting southern "honor." And you thought polarization was...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 12:53 PM Losing the Thread on the IRS Mess

As of this morning, the IRS "scandal" has shifted so thoroughly and quickly that it's easy to lose the thread of what we are supposed to be upset about. As...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 11:51 AM Red-Meat Offering

In more widely-discussed signs of the conservative zeitgeist, the dubious results of last weekend's Virginia State Republican Convention, which in the deliberate absence of primaries nominated candidates for three statewide...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 10:58 AM Experience Where It Counts

If you want a sign of the genuine grassroots conservative zeitgeist at the moment, don't listen to blind-quote assurances in the MSM that Republicans have Scandalmania '13 "under control" and...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 10:40 AM The Race Time Forgot

So with virtually no national attention (and I plead guilty to ignoring it myself), America's second-largest city held a competitive mayor's election (actually, a runoff election) yesterday, and a booming...

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 9:38 AM Now For the Hard Part

We might as well get the relatively good news of the morning out of the way: the Senate Judiciary approved comprehensive immigration reform legislation late yesterday by a 13-5 margin....

By Ed Kilgore

May 22, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

Looking ahead to what appears to be another day of Scandalmania, all I can think of to post is Ozzy Osbourne performing "Crazy Train" in 1982....

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 5:42 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I've been thinking about Ray Manzarek off and on today, amidst continuing news from the Oklahoma disaster. I guess this is as good a time as any to sneak in...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 5:07 PM The Full Oregon

Anyone who paid attention to that Oregon Medicaid Study that created such a brouhaha a few weeks back should read Ezra Klein's column at Ten Miles Square about the rest...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 4:21 PM Damned If You Don't

In progressive discussions of the possibility of radical filibuster reform, we are invariably warned that before denying this weapon to Republicans, we should remember that Democrats might need it in...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 3:41 PM O'Malley Moseys Up Towards the Starting Line

This AP story from Ken Thomas and Brian Witte about Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will come as no great surprise to Political Animals: On a trip to Israel last month...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 2:37 PM Cartoonists Give Thanks to South Carolina Voters

Most news consumers have already all but forgotten the political resurrection of Mark Sanford, but it will be remembered for a long time by cartoonists. Somebody's got to keep those...

By Ryan Cooper

May 21, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

I've gotten away from my original intention to show a video or two in honor of the late Ray Mazarek, but our friend Kathleen Geier notes on Twitter that aside...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 12:59 PM Cosmetics Deserve Greater Scrutiny

Lead in lipstick. Formaldehyde in suntan oil. The cosmetics you use every day are likely to include any number of ingredients that haven’t been tested for their safety. Why hasn’t...

By Paul Glastris

May 21, 2013 12:38 PM Hitting the Hornet's Nest

Even as "investigators" seek without much success so far to find evidence that the IRS scrutiny of applications for 501(c)(4) status represents a vast political conspiracy--one that might have changed...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 11:51 AM Violent Weather: Less Remote Every Day

At Wonkblog this morning, Brad Plumer has an informative and sobering post on the difficulty of predicting tornadoes, and of preparing those in their path to take the right precautions....

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 11:14 AM Benghazi and Abbottabad

In case you don't really want to spend a lot of time following the Benghazi! investigation by House Republicans, but want to get an idea where it is headed, here's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 9:58 AM More Evidence "The Narrative" Hasn't Quite Sunk In

With the release of a new WaPo/ABC poll taken late last week, it's reasonably clear yesterday's CNN-ORC survey didn't represent any sort of outlier: so far the cries of scandal...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 9:10 AM They're Called "Emergencies" and "Disasters" For a Reason

Here's hoping the congressional response to the tornado disaster in Oklahoma shows a little greater sense of urgency and compassion than that exhibited by the state's two United States Senators...

By Ed Kilgore

May 21, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Politics can wait just a bit: in honor of the victims of the killer tornado yesterday, here's The Call performing "Oklahoma."...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 6:39 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Lotta interruptions to blogging today. Maybe tomorrow I'll cut off the phone and ignore the doorbell. Here are some final items of the day: * Supreme Court accepts first case...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 6:22 PM When A Threat Is No Worse Than the Status Quo

At Ten Miles Square today, Sarah Binder evaluates the chess game going on between Harry Reid and Senate Republicans over the filibustering of executive and judicial-branch nominees. Like Jonathan Bernstein,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 5:57 PM The Growing Conservative Revolt Against Educational Standards

This is a subject that anyone who cares about public education policy should pay some attention to: on the very brink of the implementation phase of the Common Core Standards...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 5:26 PM Hating Hillary--And All the Other Donkeys

Since we're talking about HRC, it's interesting that TAP's Paul Waldman (who greets the news that Mark Penn isn't going to be the Public Face of any future Hillary Clinton...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 3:46 PM Hillary Clinton Will Pass the Mark Penn Test

Last month Salon's Alex Pareene spoke for a lot of progressive insiders in resisting being carried along in the tide for Hillary 2016 until a key question was answered: The...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 2:12 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm running a little late because I just had a new refrigerator delivered, and have been squeezing perishables into it. Speaking of perishables, here are some mid-day items news items...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 1:45 PM Bordering On a Big Lie

Well, looks like I spoke too soon in suggesting that Republican Members of Congress weren't interested in a legislative response to the botched IRS scrutiny of organizations applying for 501(c)(4)...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 12:23 PM Do We Actually Care About Fixing the 501(c)(4) Mess?

In all the furor over who did what when in the botched IRS scrutiny of applications for 501(c)(4) status, which confers very limited benefits on political activity absolutely no one...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 11:45 AM Approaching the Gates of Delirium

While folk in the Beltway debate whether the eroding case for a "triple-play" of scandals adds up to a "narrative" that threatens Barack Obama's presidency, there's not much evidence so...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 10:25 AM It's Clearly All About the Economy

Once the Massachusetts special election to fill John Kerry's Senate seat is over, the main focus of true political junkies will be on Virginia's highly competitive off-year elections. So this...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 9:11 AM Exploding Cigar

Looking back on last week's scandal-frenzy, it's remarkable how it began with Republicans convinced they'd found the evidence to prove they had not been wasting everyone's time over Benghazi!for months...

By Ed Kilgore

May 20, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

For a catchy tune to start the week, it's hard to beat this one: Manfred Mann with Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" on Top of the Pops in 1968....

By Ed Kilgore

May 19, 2013 9:19 PM QOTD: If austerity was a clinical trial . . .

"If austerity were tested like a medication in a clinical trial, it would have been stopped long ago, given its deadly side effects." -- academics David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu,...

By Kathleen Geier

May 19, 2013 7:14 PM Aaron Swartz lives

The legacy of the late internet activist Aaron Swartz lives on. Just this past week, Aaron received the ultimate pop culture tribute: he was the answer to a question on...

By Kathleen Geier

May 19, 2013 3:50 PM The consequences of a Senate filibuster of Obama's NLRB appointees? Labor rights won't be worth the paper they're printed on

This week, an important committee vote will take place in the U.S. Senate. Senate Republicans have long been filibustering President Obama's appointees to the National Labor Relations Board. As you...

By Kathleen Geier

May 19, 2013 12:59 PM Pity the poor homophobe; or, the curse of homophobia denialism

Michael Kinsley has written some unfortunate columns lately. The austerity one drew more attention, but a second column, on gay marriage politics, was also fairly cringe-inducing. In that column, Kinsley...

By Kathleen Geier

May 19, 2013 12:45 PM Your assigned reading for today: Paul Krugman in the New York Review of Books

Readers, my next couple of posts will be delayed. I was just working on a long one which, sadly, got eaten when my computer suddenly shut down. Normally when that...

By Kathleen Geier

May 19, 2013 8:38 AM Joey Ramone would have turned 62 today

Today would have been Joey Ramone's 62nd birthday. Joey and the rest of the Ramones were one of the most influential bands in rock history. It's sometimes forgotten, but punk...

By Kathleen Geier

May 18, 2013 4:38 PM Good news: the United States may be experiencing the lowest murder rate in over a century

Now for some good news: according to economic consultant Rick Nevin, this year, the U.S. is on track to experience the lowest murder rate in over 100 years. Nevin reports...

By Kathleen Geier

May 18, 2013 2:40 PM "Horseplay," New York Times? Really?

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on the disturbing case of a Catholic priest who, following his 2003 conviction of the sexual abuse of a young boy, continued...

By Kathleen Geier

May 18, 2013 11:55 AM The unmasking of a troll, and Wikipedia's Achilles' heel

The "unmasking-of-the-troll" narrative is burgeoning genre in internet journalism, and it's one that is frequent fascinating, and occasionally riveting (see these two classic examples, for instance). Yesterday, Salon published a...

By Kathleen Geier

May 18, 2013 8:33 AM Right-wing talk radio sinks to a new low; host calls for shooting Hillary Clinton "right in the vagina," executing Obama

I bet you thought that right-wing talk radio couldn't get any more vile and hateful. Well, if you believe that, then you better sit down and read this disturbing profile...

By Kathleen Geier

May 18, 2013 8:00 AM Morning music: Janelle Monae

Here is the fabulous Janelle Monae. This is her latest music video, which co-stars Erykah Badu. Music video is a medium where Monae really shines, due to her bold, arresting...

By Kathleen Geier

May 17, 2013 6:16 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Used to be a time when ending work on Friday night meant something more exciting than a nap. But I'm trying to "live in the present," so I'll be snoozing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 5:44 PM Your Hard-Working Congress

Just can't resist putting up this video (via Dave Weigel) of what was apparently the Big Moment in today's House Ways & Means Committee hearing on the IRS, when Rep....

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 4:45 PM When Grown-Ups Act Out

If you want a good assessment of the distance the Republican Party has traveled in the starboard direction recently, don't just look at what the overtly crazy people are saying....

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 3:55 PM Let's Hope Harry Isn't Bluffing This Time

At WaPo's Plum Line today, Greg Sargent reports what he's hearing from Harry Reid's folks on the Senate leader's strategy for dealing with Republican filibusters of nominees, and Jonathan Bernstein...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 2:35 PM Under-Rehearsed Flash Mob

So a day after reports that it was stalemated, the House "Gang of Eight" working on immigration reform legislation announced an agreement today--or rather announced an agreement had been reached,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Lotta strolls down memory lane for me this week, what with yesterday's revisiting of the Confederate Flag issue in the unlikely context of the MA Senate race, and today's reminiscence...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 12:58 PM With All Deliberate Speed

Today marks the 59th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared public school segregation by race to be unconstitutional. The Court's unanimous...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 11:57 AM Are We Having Fun Yet?

At the end of a piece for Slate examining the genesis of Scandalmania 2013, Jacob Weisberg makes an observation that may prove to be the key to the duration of...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 11:03 AM The Marine Umbrella Scandal

Perhaps aware of the need for new fuel for the scandal bonfire they've been trying to turn into an Inquisition-style auto-da-fé for Barack Obama, conservative news-and-views outlets seem to be,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 10:31 AM Gallup: Garbage In, Garbage Out

It's amusing to read in Politico today, after a week of exceptional hyper-ventilation at that site over the Benghazi!, IRS and AP "scandals," the headline: "Poll: Scandal Interest Below Average."...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 9:58 AM The Mark Sanford Conference

Mark Sanford was sworn in as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday (with his famous fiancee Maria Belen Chapur by his side), just in time to join...

By Ed Kilgore

May 17, 2013 8:43 AM Daylight Video

To get this Friday going on a nice smooth vibe, here's Curtis Mayfield performing "Move On Up" in Germany in 1990....

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 6:11 PM Day's End and Night Watch

So: ready for something completely different? Check out Louis Barbash's piece from the May/June issue of the Monthly examining the endless fascination with The Great Gatsby that has produced five...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 5:14 PM Maybe Obama Will "Go Bulworth" Just a Little

Don't know how I missed this story earlier, but according to the New York Times' Peter Baker, the President of the United States is at least fantasizing about going very...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 5:00 PM The Ultimate Comeback Kid

Well, from one southern white "populist" to another: here's today's most unexpected news, from The Hill's Jonathan Easley: Embattled former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will hit the speaking circuit beginning...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 4:24 PM Cracker To Cracker

As longtime readers of my stuff know, I've got a real ax to grind whenever someone tries to justify display of Confederate regalia, particularly the Confederate Battle Flag (a.k.a., the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

Well, hope you're enjoying the absence of Captcha in these here parts as much as I am. Our tech team is working on a FAQ for DISQUS issues that we...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 1:01 PM Is Darrell Issa Suddenly Afraid of Cameras?

In an interesting new twist in the very twisted world of Grand Inquisitor Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the two co-authors of the official (but independent) audit of the Benghazi! attacks,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 12:58 PM The Tired, Tired Complaints Against "Political Correctness"

[Warning: offensive material ahead, but then that's kind of the whole point of the post!] Via Charles Pierce (linking to a ThinkProgress piece by Josh Israel), we learn that a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 12:16 PM Worst and Best of Politico

With a very quick glance at Politico this morning, I was able to see what makes me often crazy about that organization, and what still makes it invaluable. In the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 11:35 AM Can Rand Paul's "Constitutional Conservative" Coalition Hang Together?

In the wake of Rand Paul's trip last week to Iowa, which seemed design to launch (or at least aggressively explore) a 2016 presidential candidacy, certain elements of his potential...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 10:40 AM Weaponizing the IRS: Conservatives Threw the First Stone

Conservatives are gleefully crying foul in the mounting scandal over the IRS’s recent admission that it may have improperly singled out for extra scrutiny non-profits linked to the Tea Party...

By Anne Kim

May 16, 2013 10:05 AM Damage Control

So in the last 24 hours, the White House has called for reporter shield legislation, released tons of internal emails relating to the Benghazi! "talking points," and run off the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 9:05 AM New Commenting System!

So as some of you may have noticed who looked at the Daylight Video post, we are inaugurating a new commenting system today that eliminates the use of Captcha (which...

By Ed Kilgore

May 16, 2013 8:30 AM Daylight Video

For reasons that will be apparent in just a few minutes (or immediately to anyone who goes to post a comment), today's Daylight Video is upbeat: the Beatles performing "Getting...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 5:59 PM Day's End and Night Watch

If anyone's interesting in listening to the segment of KCRW's "To the Point" today where I briefly appeared today, it's here. According to the producer, I had the studio folk...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 5:26 PM Two Quick Reminders About Early Poll-Watching

Two 2016 polls came out today; one, by WMUR, tested New Hampshire voters; the other by Public Policy Polling, was national. The results were quite similar: In NH, Hillary Clinton...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 5:09 PM A Narrative and The Narrative

There's been an awful lot of talk today in political circles, much of it promoted at Politico, about the IRS/AP/Benghazi! firestorms creating a "dangerous new narrative" that could spoil Obama's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 4:30 PM Obama's Bad Timing

In the course of a fine review of yet another book seeking to locate the wellsprings of Obamaism in odd places (in this case, the works of Gilles Deleuze and...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 3:46 PM Camel's Nose Under the Tent

In news that didn't get much attention in Washington (other than as one of the thirty-six articles on "scandals" that I counted on Politico's front page earlier today), but which...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 1:42 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm going to appear on KCRW's fine syndicated radio show "To The Point" today, so there may be a short break in blogging after this post. I'll try not to...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 1:13 PM If We're Talking "Scandals," Here's Another One

If we're all just going to go into full scandal mode for the next few weeks or months, I'd nominate another one that's a lot more tangible and affects a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 12:25 PM The Coming Flat Tax Resurgence

Whatever else comes out of the "scandal" over IRS scrutiny of 501(c)(4) applicants (and it's already clear it will be harnessed to the GOP's Great White Whale obsession with repealing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 11:49 AM Dirty Hands

Count me among those who are troubled by the Justice Department's seizure of AP phone records. Yes, there are circumstances where "leaks" can compromise legitimate security interests (e.g., an ongoing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 10:55 AM Two Rather Important Details About the IRS "Scandal"

I know we're already getting into the post-factual stage of what Roll Call's Stu Rothenberg is gleefully calling the "triple play" of Obama "scandals," where the focus is on alleged...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 9:32 AM D.C. To Obama: Don't Mess With "This Town"

Well, it doesn't get much more official than this: an VandeHei/Allen "Behind the Curtain" column announcing that D.C. ("the town") is "turning on" Barack Obama, and there will be nothing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 15, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Continuing this week's somber themes, here's a song for the unemployed who have lost more than a paycheck. It's The Roches, performing "Losing Our Job" in Princeton, New Jersey, in...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 5:26 PM Day's End and Night Watch

As I've said before at PA, I've never liked scandal politics, even when it's the "bad guys" being implicated. At best, it reinforces the imprecise and often dead-wrong "they're all...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 4:49 PM Bad Times For Deficit Hawks

So back in the real world, Matt Yglesias sums up the recent good news about budget deficits: The Congressional Budget Office just did a new series of baseline budget deficit...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 4:01 PM Orange Man Blues

Nancy Pelosi's recent mockery of John Boehner's weakness gathers more credibility every day. As The Hill's Molly Hooper reports, he can't even maintain control of his own chamber's boffo production,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 3:22 PM Everything's Always a "Game-Changer"

So Roll Call's Stu Rothenberg gets himself very excited today and opines: Forget background checks and gun control, divisions within the GOP on immigration, and Republican intransigence on negotiating a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Can't shake feeling that I've entered a time machine and plunged back into Clinton's second term. That makes me frightened about the next presidential election. Here are some mid-day news/views...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 1:29 PM Sins of the Father

While looking for reports of Rand Paul's speech at the Iowa GOP "Lincoln Dinner" fundraiser late last week, I ran across this observation from The Iowa Republican's Kevin Hall: It’s...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 12:10 PM Glimmer of Hope For Filibuster Reform?

Underneath the current "scandal"-frenzy is the continuing scandal of Senate Republican obstruction of the basic functioning of government via routine filibustering of executive-branch appointments. And according to The Hill's Alexander...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 11:00 AM The Favorite Toy

While most conservatives are happy as clams about the emergence of the IRS "scandal" and its convergence with a Benghazi! "scandal" that had been huffing and puffing along for nearly...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 10:27 AM Don't Believe the Banks on Dodd-Frank

In his latest column, the Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson, who’s generally not big on big government, comes out pretty much in favor of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, but expresses...

By Haley Sweetland Edwards

May 14, 2013 10:00 AM Time's Ripe For a Scandal "Co-Production"

If you want a good understanding of why the Obama administration now seems mired in scandal politics after avoiding that common fate for so very long, check out Brendan Nyhan's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 9:25 AM Brighter Lines and Brighter Lights

As congressional Republicans (and some Democrats) settle down to the prospect of months or even years of investigating the IRS' selective scrutiny of political groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 14, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

For no particular reason other than a waking mood (though the news isn't much helping), here's the great Ry Cooder performing "Feelin' Bad Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 5:57 PM Day's End and Night Watch

What a fine day of noise and hysteria! Watching Republicans deal with today's "stories" was like watching a python try to devour two alligators at once. Here are the final...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 5:17 PM A Reminder

At the end of a column in which she discusses the parallels between the Scandal Politics of the Clinton Era with what is rapidly becoming the Scandal Politics of the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 4:54 PM Hipster Beer

In a welcome change of pace from the borderline unserious "news," we learn from Public Policy Polling today that "Americans [Are] So Over Hipsters." Man, what a shame: it's nearly...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 4:36 PM Wanted: A GOP Benghazi Czar

Brother Benen made a good catch this morning in noting that Darrell Issa seems to have uttered a conscious untruth on Meet the Press yesterday about the alleged unwillingness of...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 3:17 PM Where Are the "Reformish" Pols?

If you haven't read Ryan Cooper's piece from the May-June issue of the Washington Monthly, give it a gander when you get exhausted from reading about Benghazi! and the "IRS...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

Egads, what a morning. I'll try to find something other than Ben-IRS! to write about. Here are some more diverse mid-day morsels: * At TNR, Jonathan Cohn reminds us that...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 1:10 PM Already Jumping the Shark

Snakes alive, are conservatives already in the process of jumping the shark on the "IRS scandal," even before Democrats can finish duly registering their dismay at the improper nature of...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 12:49 PM Death Rattle of the Rebranding Project

I predicted on Friday that we would soon hear Republicans complaining that had Benghazi! Benghazi! been fully "vetted" before last November, Mitt Romney would be president today and we'd be...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 12:02 PM Keep Up, Rand

So Rand Paul had his Big Day in Iowa Friday, capped by an informal but red-meaty speech at the state GOP's annual fundraising dinner that had the folks on their...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 11:17 AM 527, 501(c)(4), Whatever

One of the issues the IRS "scandal" over 501(c)(4) scrutiny is already running into head-on is massive confusion about the relationship between these entities, which to an extent unimaginable just...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 10:11 AM The IRS and the Ongoing (C)4 Fiasco

Republicans are going to have a hard time this week deciding whether to spend all their time shrieking about Benghazi! or getting the troops stirred up about the "IRS scandal."...

By Ed Kilgore

May 13, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

This looks likely to be a dark, brutal week in Americans politics, and since I spent a good part of my weekend watching old episodes of Damages, here's The VLA...

By Ed Kilgore

May 12, 2013 6:02 PM Euro mess and other Sunday evening reads

*Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble said in today's Financial Times that an E.U. wide bailout agency and emergency fund isn't workable under current European law because the supranational organization lacks...

By Samuel Knight

May 12, 2013 5:39 PM Will shooting in New Orleans have consequences in DC?

Another day, another shooting; this one in New Orleans. Here's part of the report from the AP: Gunmen opened fire as dozens of people marched in a Mother's Day second-line...

By Samuel Knight

May 12, 2013 4:23 PM In praise of Basharat Peer's sense of context

The New Yorker published what seems like a very solid piece on Pakistan's election yesterday. I choose my words carefully here, because I am no Pakistan expert. But journalist Basharat...

By Samuel Knight

May 12, 2013 12:57 PM Dishonest GOP engages in Benghazi fetishism (again) on Sunday talk shows, non-partisans lose (again)

What's particularly irritating about Republicans' recent rage parade is not that the Obama administration is necessarily without fault in both the Benghazi affair and the recent revelations about IRS investigations...

By Samuel Knight

May 12, 2013 9:49 AM Morning round up: U.S. one of the worst industrialized countries for mothers and other uplifting Mothers' Day news

*Happy Mothers' Day, maybe -- the U.S. is one of the worst places in the industrialized world to be a mother. That is, at least, according to a report published...

By Samuel Knight

May 11, 2013 3:50 PM Saturday Afternoon Links

Well folks, today's posting got strange in a hurry. Sometimes you have to go where the muse takes you. So here are some nice reads until Sam Knight takes over...

By Ryan Cooper

May 11, 2013 2:05 PM Post-Keynesian Eschatology

Contrary to Niall Ferguson's glib assertions, John Maynard Keynes in fact cared a great deal about the future, and in fact was one of the deepest thinkers on the implications...

By Ryan Cooper

May 11, 2013 1:14 PM Will Conservatives Come to Grips with Climate Change?

With the grim news that the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration registered over 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, a level not seen for millions of...

By Ryan Cooper

May 11, 2013 11:16 AM Jihad and the Conditions for Islamic Reform

This was an interesting exchange between Glenn Greenwald and Bill Maher: Though I wouldn't agree with him totally, Greenwald gets at something that frustrates me about attitudes like Maher's (and...

By Ryan Cooper

May 11, 2013 9:32 AM Reformish Conservatives, Ctd

Like any personality-based listicle, my piece on reformist conservatives generated a bit of buzz, and a bit of scorn. Here are a couple followups. Jacob Heilbrunn comments favorably, and wonders...

By Ryan Cooper

May 11, 2013 9:19 AM Morning Video

Here's something from Ze Frank:...

By Ryan Cooper

May 10, 2013 6:32 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

A much longer day than the clock indicated. I won't get to travel to Atlanta to see my mother on Sunday, but hope you see yours, or at least think...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 5:44 PM Meanwhile, Down in Georgia....

The latest twist in the early-developing and ever-fascinating 2014 Georgia Senate race is that U.S. Rep. Tom Price has taken himself out of the running. Price had been the smart-money...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 4:54 PM From Poor Regulation to Terrorism

You might think the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that leveled the town and killed 14 people would have given pause to those conservative policymakers and boosters in the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 4:13 PM Just Another Sleepy Friday Afternoon

It's a sad sign of how we consume news these days that this item from Justin Gillis of the New York Times will probably get buried on a sleepy Friday...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 2:47 PM Our Cruel, Divisive Intolerance of Bigotry

This is hardly the first time we've witnessed scenes like this one in the Minnesota House of Representatives, but it's still amazing: opponents of marriage equality in tears at their...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the slow posting this morning, but had a bit of a crisis when I learned my Twitter account had been hacked, sending out DMs with links to a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 12:39 PM Could Benghazi! Have Been Big 2012 Campaign Issue? Nope.

With the news that the RNC actually put together a nasty 2012 ad on Benghazi! that the Romney campaign vetoed, you can see the next conservative revisionist theory approaching fast...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 11:39 AM Rand Paul Opens the '16 Cycle

Today's a big day for Rand Paul: he's in Iowa, where he will address a sold-out crowd at the Iowa Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner. A bit earlier in the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 10:59 AM Coming Soon: the Death Panel Filibuster

By loudly refusing to make nominations (as they are entitled to do under the terms of the Affordable Care Act) to the Independent Payment Advisory Board charged with identifying Medicare...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 10:20 AM The Political Prisoner

I didn't see this coming, but should have: now that they've "proved" the Obama administration deliberately avoided stopping, and then covered up, a Jihadi terrorist attack in Benghazi!, now it's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 10, 2013 8:40 AM Daylight Video

Heard this tune on an episode of Rectify, and couldn't quite get it out of my head. Here are The Drones performing "Shark Fin Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 6:07 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Hope you didn't mind my brief excursion into Church of Scotland theology. It's the religious heritage of most of my people, before the rigors of the American frontier gave the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 5:30 PM Purge Against Pro-Medicaid Republicans?

I think we all assumed that the enormous attention conservative gabbers devoted to the mixed and empirically limited results of the Oregon Medicaid Study was aimed at those states which...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 5:11 PM The Supercessionist Case Against Zionism

Buried in a long, angry Jerusalem Post column about a proposed Church of Scotland policy statement on Israel and Palestine is this fascinating argument from the document in question: “Promises...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 4:17 PM More From Political Scientists About Effects of Campaigns

At Ten Miles Square today, we feature the latest in the ongoing debate (if you can call it that, since the two sides don't actually talk to each other that...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 3:04 PM Busting the Green Lantern Myth Once and For All

If there was any doubt left that the spasm of punditry about Obama's inability to "work his will" on Congress like his predecessors was fundamentally lazy, the American Enterprise Institute's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Checked my bank account, and no, I won't be traveling to Australia or South Pacific to watch solar eclipse. Actually didn't have to check, but fun to pretend there was...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 1:00 PM More Women Are in Elected Office—But They Should Start Donating Too

In recent weeks, we’ve seen increasing proof that as candidates and as elected officials, women are finally coming into their own. Women currently hold a record 98 seats in Congress,...

By Anne Kim

May 09, 2013 12:02 PM Fish or Cut Bait Time

I've been struggling all morning to figure out what if anything to say about yesterday's House GOP hearings on Benghazi!. Conservatives are for the most part very excited because the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 11:12 AM Still Sifting Through the 2012 Election Data

There's a natural tendency to get a "take" on any given election from what we hear immediately afterwards, which sometimes makes us miss important later findings. And while there's nothing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 10:52 AM Leveraging a Big Speech

Remember Barack Obama's trip to Israel in March, which began with very low expectations but produced a speech that many Israelis were immediately praising as a potentially game-changing moment for...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 9:52 AM Wonder Where They Could Have Gotten That Idea?

This morning's knee-slapper is in a report from The Hill's Jonathan Easley: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) ripped the media in a speech Tuesday to the Ripon Society, arguing...

By Ed Kilgore

May 09, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

It's the 53th anniversary of the FDA's approval of the first commercially-produced birth control pill. So here's Loretta Lynn performing "One's On the Way/The Pill;" not sure the exact date,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 5:53 PM Day's End and Night Watch

So if you've breezed through today's Lite News offerings, maybe you have the time and energy left for some real brain-food--like the May-June issue of the Washington Monthly. We've haven't...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 4:59 PM RINO Attack!

What can a conservative do about the pestiferous, eternal squishiness of RINOs who not only don't "get it," but don't know when to keep their mouths shut? Even as House...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 4:49 PM Plan B As Plan A

Having mocked a Ruth Marcus column recently, I feel constrained to note that she's written another that makes abundant good sense, arguing that anyone worried about teen pregnancy should be...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 3:53 PM Two Obsessions Collide, Then Converge

As you may recall, Rep. Eric Cantor's obsessive-compulsive desire to get the House to enact his "making life work" agenda of apples from various conservative think-tank barrels got off track...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 3:02 PM Wolf-Crying Over Debt Limit At An End?

There's a fascinating dynamic going on in fiscal politics right now, all of it within the Republican Party. On the one hand, congressional Republicans are "backloading" all their demands onto...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Once one has masticated the SC-1 results as thoroughly as possible, not a lot of hard political news to serve up today, unless you're willing to turn on CSPAN and...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 1:10 PM The Anti-Immigration-Reform Argument Without a Constituency

As we enter another tedious if quite important debate over the merits and structure of comprehensive immigration reform, it's interesting that amongst the nativists and Tea Partiers opposing reform we...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 12:14 PM The New HillaryGate

Today is another big Benghazi! day in the House, and Republicans are lucky to have picked a day when actual political news--other than Mark Sanford's victory in South Carolina--is very...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 11:21 AM Dodged Bullet

TPM's Brian Beutler takes a casual comment from Paul Ryan ("Do I want my budget to become the law? Yeah. If Mitt and I won, we were planning on putting...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 10:39 AM Marriage Equality Deluge

Remarkably enough, it's becoming difficult to keep up with the states legalizing same-sex marriage. Rhode Island, the tenth state to embrace marriage equality, got some attention because of impressive Republican...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 9:16 AM Low Country Boils Over

So Mark Sanford is returning to Congress after a very convincing (54/45) win over Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election to fill a vacancy in the first district of...

By Ed Kilgore

May 08, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

It's the 68th anniversary of V-E Day, so here's Spike Jones & His City Slickers performing "Right in Der Fuhrer's Face," which I remember my father singing back in the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 5:32 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Trying to decide if I'll take a nap and then watch the latest Borgias episode On Demand, or instead dive right into an online Gamecast of the Braves vs. the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 4:35 PM Health Cost Bottom Lines

Matt Yglesias makes a simple but very important point today about "health care costs" as understood by policy wonks and "health care costs" as understood by regular folk: It's easy...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 3:46 PM People of the Book

We already knew that Ken Cuccinelli's recent book, The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight For American Liberty, was going to be a problem for his gubernatorial campaign in...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 3:09 PM Jindal's Voucher Scheme Goes Down

I mentioned this briefly in the Lunch Buffet, but wanted to discuss it some more since it's a big development in educational policy and politics: Bobby Jindal's big and dangerous...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm declaring it "Satisfaction Day" at PA in honor of the 48th anniversary of the composition of that tune, and will post a few alternative versions during the rest of...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 1:25 PM Is Martin O'Malley the Ticket?

Yesterday I talked a bit about Haley Sweetland Edwards' account of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's dogged pursuit of data-driven accountability for government at the local and state levels, and its...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 1:00 PM Reality Check on Border Security

There are many reasons you should read John Carlos Frey's piece on border security in our latest issue, not least of which is that it's a great piece of reporting....

By Ryan Cooper

May 07, 2013 11:35 AM Special Elections Are, Well, Special

TNR's Nate Cohn has the essential preview for today's special congressional election in the first district of SC, and appropriately enough, he's not making a prediction. Aside from all the...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 10:49 AM Rand Paul as Joshua

The implicit calculation behind the buzz for a 2016 Rand Paul presidential bid is that he begins with his father's intense base of support (most everywhere) and fundraising network, and...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 10:07 AM Will Power

If I were a Republican politician, particularly one complicit in any way in support for George W. Bush or the War In Iraq, I'd probably be a little careful about...

By Ed Kilgore

May 07, 2013 8:55 AM Why Are U.S. Border Guards Shooting Into Mexico?

With the debate over immigration reform heating up and with all sides in agreement that any deal must include tougher security on the Mexican border, a new investigation by the...

By Paul Glastris

May 07, 2013 8:33 AM Daylight Video

This is the 48th anniversary of the day the guitar riff from "Satisfaction" occurred to Keith Richard in a dream or fugue state. Here's the Stones performing it (along with...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 6:02 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Managed a big four hours of sleep last night; guess that Mad Men episode chased off the sandman. Before I nap, here are some final items of the day: *...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 5:25 PM Smiley-Face Wingnuttery

At Slate, Dave Weigel's reporting from Mark Sanford's campaign consistently reveals an anomaly: Sanford's on a charm offensive to convince voters he's this really nice, contrite, sensitive man who shares...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 5:03 PM The Non-Violent March To Threaten Violence

As readers have probably noticed, I'm on something of a campaign the last few days to train a spotlight on the revolutionary rhetoric and gun-brandishing of many Second Amendment activists...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 4:36 PM Measuring Martin O'Malley

Inevitably, Haley Sweetland Edwards' featured article on Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in the May-June issue of the Washington Monthly is keyed off interest in him (reflecting his own longtime interest)...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 3:35 PM Feeding False Equivalency

Retiring South Carolina Democratic chairman Dick Harpootlian, who has a history of dubious comments about the opposition, gave Nikki Haley and Palmetto State Republicans the going-away gift of a speech...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

I've been watching Martin O'Malley from a reasonably close vantage point for a long time. But I learned a lot about him in Haley Sweetland Edwards' profile of the Maryland...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 1:10 PM Steve King Spoils Our Fun

So everybody's favorite nativist, animal-rights opponent, and general all-around firebreather, U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), is officially taking a pass on trying to win the open seat of retiring U.S....

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 11:50 AM A Real Medicaid Study

After a week of listening to conservatives demand the deepest respect for the social science findings of researchers looking at Medicaid in Oregon, Matt Yglesias has a very good idea:...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 11:00 AM How Both Sides Might Spin a Sanford Win

A new PPP survey appears to confirm the buzz from SC-1: after being down nine points to Elizabeth Colbert Busch two weeks ago, Mark Sanford has pulled even or perhaps...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 10:04 AM None Dare Call It Treason

As Brother Benen notes this morning, the National Rifle Association's new president, James Porter of Birmingham, Alabama, likes to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment as a way...

By Ed Kilgore

May 06, 2013 8:41 AM President Martin O'Malley?

Every pundit in America has predicted that Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will run for president in 2016, and O'Malley has done everything he can to encourage that speculation, short of...

By Paul Glastris

May 06, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Some intense wakeup music: Ian Hunter (with Mick Ronson) performing "The Truth, the Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth" in 1975. Funny: Hunter and Ronson forming a (short-lived) band together...

By Ed Kilgore

May 05, 2013 5:08 PM Does immigration undermine support for public spending? The answer might surprise you.

Does immigration hurt the welfare state? Today at Wonkblog, Georgetown poli sci professor Dan Hopkins explores this complicated question. The traditional belief of many historians and social scientists was that...

By Kathleen Geier

May 05, 2013 3:44 PM Today in what's wrong with the economy: full-time writers at a hit TV show who make $500 a week and enjoy no benefits

Over at Jacobin.com, Kurt Newman has written a really fascinating piece about the wage slaves of the E! reality television show, Fashion Police. The program, which stars Joan Rivers, is...

By Kathleen Geier

May 05, 2013 1:10 PM The latest on Pete Peterson's austerity front group, Fix the Debt: more shenanigans revealed!

You may have heard about a relatively recent player in the national debate over austerity-nomics. Fix the Debt portrays itself as a public interest group that is earnestly committed to...

By Kathleen Geier

May 05, 2013 8:33 AM How wrong is Kathleen Parker about Plan B birth control? Let me count the ways!

Kathleen Parker's column in today's Washington Post, which is about over-the-counter sales of Plan B birth control, is a small masterpiece of sophistry. It's a virtual greatest hits collection of...

By Kathleen Geier

May 05, 2013 7:34 AM Morning music: the Raveonettes

The Raveonettes are an excellent band, and last year's Observator was a fine album. This is one of that album's best songs. In their live performance here, I'm impressed by...

By Kathleen Geier

May 04, 2013 5:22 PM The suicide rate continues to soar; or, how our dysfunctional economy is literally killing us

Holy crap! The New York Times is reporting that the suicide rate is way up, particularly for people ages 35 to 64. From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among...

By Kathleen Geier

May 04, 2013 2:00 PM Would a vote for gun control be political suicide for red state Dems?

The New York Times' Thomas Edsall has written a fascinating piece that looks at a question I've been wondering about: is it really true that Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp of...

By Kathleen Geier

May 04, 2013 9:56 AM "There's wrong, there's very wrong and then there's Niall Ferguson."

"There's wrong, there's very wrong and then there's Niall Ferguson." - economist John Aziz on Twitter Aziz tweeted that earlier this week, before Ferguson made yesterday's instantly infamous homophobic attack...

By Kathleen Geier

May 04, 2013 8:29 AM This will end well

Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald reports that a libertarian activist is organizing a march on Washington consisting of gun nuts illegally carrying loaded rifles: Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is...

By Kathleen Geier

May 04, 2013 7:56 AM Morning music: Lefty Frizzell

Today's morning music clip features the great country singer Lefty Frizzell. Lefty was a huge influence on many, especially Willie Nelson (who turned 80 this week) and the late George...

By Kathleen Geier

May 03, 2013 5:59 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Another day, another long impassioned penultimate post that probably won't be read by too many people. So it goes; even for bloggers, the muse goes whither it wants. Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 5:01 PM America-Haters

In response to my earlier post today calling on conservatives to repudiate the distressingly common revolutionary rhetoric coming from the Right, I had some commenters and Twitter correspondents ask if...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 4:26 PM The Substitute Teacher

Well, I thought I had pretty much plumbed the depths of the current round of punditocratic carping about Obama's leadership deficiencies--you know, he's not LBJ, he's not Ronald Reagan, he's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 3:55 PM Good Timing For the Paywall

Speaking of WaPo, here's some news that is nicely timed to coincide with its introduction of a paywall (or more likely, a meter) for its online content this summer, from...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 3:37 PM Don't Let Obama Stop Immigration Reform!

Marco Rubio has a big op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today explaining to conservatives why they should support immigration reform, and WaPo's Greg Sargent has a persuasive take on...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 1:33 PM Lunch Buffet

Something about today's chatter has me anticipating Happy Hour rather than thinking about food. As you munch these hors d'oeurvres, help me figure it out: * Politico dives deep into...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 1:01 PM Strategy and Ideology

There's a pretty big and continuing gap between those outside the GOP who think its intramural problems are attributable to a deeply ideological struggle and those who think it's mostly...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 12:39 PM Following the Law of War

I don't want to make too big a deal about Ari Fleischer's lamentable use of a Nazi analogy to justify how we run Gitmo. But having just re-read Timothy Snyder's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 11:36 AM MSM's Stockholm Syndrome

In a follow-up to my last post on a poll indicating that nearly a half of self-identified Republicans think it may soon be time to take up the shootin' irons...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 10:45 AM Closing Off the Revolutionary Road

By now you may have seen some buzz about a poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University reporting that 29% of Americans, and 44% of Republicans, think "in the next few years,...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 8:53 AM If Not for the Sequester....

So the April Jobs Report is out, and net job growth for the month was 165,000 as opposed to the consensus expectation of 144,000. The number that most Americans focus...

By Ed Kilgore

May 03, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Let's start the end of the week with some energy and self-doubt: Here's The Who performing "Who Are You?"...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 5:39 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Don't know why I tend to do big ponderous think-posts like the last one late in the day; let's blame it on the time zone issue. In any event, before...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 5:21 PM Let's Get Prayer Out of the Churches and Back in the Schools and Public Meetings Where It Belongs!

You might think that by stint of being a Christian believer and a Political Animal I'd be all charged up about this being the National Day of Prayer. Here's why...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 4:35 PM Health Care Is Probably Good For Your Health

Kevin Drum, bless him, won't let go of the Oregon Medicaid study, which, the more you stare at it, doesn't much "prove" what conservatives say it proves: [I]t turns out...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 4:10 PM Climate Change and the Second Coming

So we learn today from RawStory's Eric Dolan that an upcoming political science study will show that believe in a biblical "End of Days" is a tangible factor in resistance...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 3:05 PM The Broun Effect, Continued

I've been treating the upcoming Senate Republican primary in my home state of Georgia as something of a controlled experiment measuring the rightward pressure on Republicans generally. So it interests...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 1:19 PM Plan B Confusion

The brouhaha over the current legal standard for non-prescription access to the Plan B "emergency contraception" pill involves a blizzard of cross-talk and hyperbole, and likely a futile or even...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 12:58 PM Lunch Buffet

I've been working on a fairly elaborate post about the whole Plan B emergency contraception issue, and have gotten a bit behind the curve in posting, but I should catch...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 12:11 PM Disappointing the Cicadas

Sometimes a little perspective is helpful, and David Frum supplied some this morning with a tweet playing off the imminent reappearance of the Brood II Cicadas (which happens every 17...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 11:44 AM More Problems For Those Bold, Reforming Governors

One of the most durable themes of U.S. political media coverage is that of the "bold, reforming Governors," as contrasted with the bloviators in Washington. David Broder used to work...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 10:40 AM Data Points and Dogma

By now, if you read MSM or conservative web sites, you've probably heard that a new randomized study of Medicaid in Oregon (published yesterday in the New England Journal of...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 9:34 AM Supply and Demand

I'm sorting through all the material--and there's a lot of agitprop along with the data--on the Oregon Medicaid study, which is being touted by conservatives as showing we should just...

By Ed Kilgore

May 02, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

Woke up dreaming of this song, which has been performed by many musicians, but none better than Doc Watson: "Shady Grove."...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 5:17 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I'm leading another History of Christianity class tonight, and the topic is Creeds & Doctrines. That should be non-controversial. Anyway, here are some remainders of the news/views day: * WaPo's...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 4:52 PM Sizing Up Hostages

There was a long piece at Politico today by Jake Sherman with a catchy title--"House In Chaos"--which was mainly a vehicle for getting conservative advocacy types to make threatening noises...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 4:22 PM Francis' May Day Homily

Privately and publicly, Pope Francis went out of his way today to express solidarity with disempowered workers. At a private mass to commemorate May Day (or more specifically, the parallel...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 3:50 PM The Bus Whose Passengers Don't Mind Running Off the Road

At TAP, Abby Rapoport reports on a new study of the Tea Party Movement and its relationship with the Republican Party by political scientists at William & Mary, based on...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 1:42 PM Lunch Buffet

Had a debilitating stomach bug last night which destroyed my leisure time, but the devil that planted it clearly wants me to work. Here are some mid-day news/views treats that...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 1:22 PM Paul Ryan's "Evolution"

Paul Ryan is getting a lot of attention for reversing his past opposition to same-sex adoptions, though he still opposes same-sex marriage. This leads to a rather obvious follow-up question...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 12:58 PM Who's a "Real Opinion Journalist?"

Jonathan Chait makes rather short work of a peculiar column by David Brooks (which Chait interprets as part of his intra-Times war with Paul Krugman) dividing the world of political...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 11:20 AM Rubio Hiding His Gang Colors

It didn't get much attention, but yesterday Sen. Marco Rubio started publicly edging away from the handiwork of the Senate Gang of Eight on immigration reform, per this report from...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 10:30 AM Low Country

Since it's South Carolina we are talking about, it was just a matter of time until some serious skullduggery emerged in the 1st congressional district special election, particularly among those...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 10:22 AM Last Best Hope For the Neocons?

A while back I did a post focusing on U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who had in turn been profiled by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen of Politico as an...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 9:11 AM Not Another Coakley Campaign

After yesterday's micro-turnout special primary election, Massachusetts voters will now choose between long-time Democratic congressman Ed Markey and unknown Republican former SEAL and private equity investor Gabriel Gomez in a...

By Ed Kilgore

May 01, 2013 8:31 AM Daylight Video

Since it's International Workers' Day, here are the Dropkick Murphys performing "Workers Song."...

By Ed Kilgore

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