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October 2013 Archives

October 31, 2013 6:34 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Snakes alive, Halloween has become a much bigger deal than it was in my own days of trick-or-treating. Not that it needed a lot of help, but zombie-fever's added another...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 5:35 PM Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue

There is no power on earth that can convince me to read a 816 page book about the relationship of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. But Eleanor Clift's review...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 4:40 PM Red State Dawn

If you really want to understand a political party's actual agenda, it's useful to take a look at jurisdictions where its lawmakers can basically do whatever they want. That's what...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 4:13 PM The Victims of a Ban on Really Bad Insurance Policies

Given the reigning hoopla over the "millions" of Americans suffering from being misled by the president into thinking they could keep their existing insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 3:09 PM Sins of the Father

Back in August, I paid some attention to a fiery speech delivered by the Rev. Rafael Cruz, warming up the crowd at an important Iowa Christian Right confab before the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 2:11 PM Lunch Buffet

I happen to live in an area where there are few children, so preparing for trick-or-treaters is a matter of seeing what's already in the pantry in case one or...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 1:10 PM Now That You See the Problem....

We at WaMo were a bit surprised to hear Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) on the Senate floor quoting abundantly from our November-December cover package on declining opportunity, especially for young...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 12:35 PM Climbing Onto the Monetary Policy Crazy Train to Protest Benghazi!

It's never that surprising when John McCain and Lindsey Graham act in tandem. But still: when the amigos climb on board the Rand Paul Monetary Policy Crazy Train of a...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 11:57 AM Barton For Senate! Let It Be So!

When I first read about this via Warren Throckmorton, I spontaneously uttered a prayer of thanks for the potential writing material that might be in the offing: There is a...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 10:35 AM Not Exactly the Party of the Health Care Status Quo Ante

If the reigning Democratic dilemma on health care reform is how to expand coverage without upsetting people happy with the status quo (a challenge not being handled extremely well at...

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 10:02 AM Halloween Hymns of Hate

While this obviously isn't a great moment in time for the smooth implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the triumphalist over-reaction by some folks on the Right is just bizarre....

By Ed Kilgore

October 31, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

Since it's All Hallows' Eve, guess we should get into the musical spirit of the day. Here's Babe Ruth with "Jack O' Lantern," as good a Halloween wake-up song as...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 6:02 PM Day's End and Night Watch

You think Kathleen Sebelius is having an adult beverage about now? I hope so. Here are some remains of the news day: * TNR's Nora Caplan-Bricker ponders the dude-heavy world...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 5:33 PM The Plot To Enact Single-Payer Advances

Since we're sort of commemorating hoaxes and deceptions and plots today in our music videos, it's worth noting that one very visible conservative observer thinks that Democrats are exploiting the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 5:07 PM Fed: Status Quo Until March?

So in its latest policy statement after a two-day meeting of the Open Market Committee, the Fed signaled a continued status quo approach to its stimulus policies, which surprised no...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 4:45 PM Women and PTSD

In a post last week on two articles from the November-December issue of the Washington Monthly that mainly focused on Stephanie Mencimer's evaluation of the Jamie Leigh Jones case, I...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 4:09 PM Lee's Leap

I'm constantly amazed at how little Republican politicians have to do to get hailed as "wonks" or "reformers" or deep thinkers. Or maybe it's just that conservative intellectuals have too...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 2:22 PM Lunch Buffet

Don't know why I didn't think of a bunch of soft food options during last trip to grocery store, but after yesterday's dental marathon, instant mashed potatoes sounding pretty good....

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 1:34 PM The Opportunity Costs of the Keystone XL Fight

It might be an exaggeration to claim that opposing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a litmus test for contemporary progressives, but only a slight exaggeration. And...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 12:35 PM For the Record, Ryan Opposes Grand Bargain From Get-Go

To anyone paying attention during the last three years, the deficit-hawky idea that congressional Republican might even begin to entertain a "grand bargain" involving higher tax rates was never more...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 12:05 PM Theocratic Libertarianism

There's considerable buzz this week about a new Public Religion Research Institute study that seeks to identify American "libertarians" and differentiate them from other right-leaning affinity groups. The big headline...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 10:52 AM The Contortionist

I'm going to try to go through this latest fiscal policy development with a stern visage, leaving the abuse towards it perpetrators to Charlie Pierce, who is better at it...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 10:04 AM Panic in the Insurance Markets

Demonstrating once again that they are infinitely willing to change course and pick up any available rock to hurl at the Affordable Care Act, Republican pols and their conservative media...

By Ed Kilgore

October 30, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

75 years ago today, Orson Welles broadcast his panic-inducing radio version of War of the Worlds on CBS. Many listeners tuned in late, missing the disclaimer that the broadcast was...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 5:03 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Really wish I weren't wrapping up a tad early today, because the schedule involves an expensive and extensive trip to the tooth dentist. I'll be back tomorrow with a sore...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 4:36 PM Health Care Promises

It's pretty obvious now that President Obama should not have said anyone who liked their pre-Obamacare individual health insurance policy could keep it. It turns out (a) the right to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 3:32 PM Reinvigorating Vo-Tech

As part of the Washington Monthly's November-December cover package on rebuilding paths of opportunity, Georgetown professor Harry Holzer focused on the oft-forgotten stepchild of secondary and post-secondary education, Career and...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 3:13 PM Bloomberg Aims Down-Ballot in Virginia

While it's generally assumed that Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. nominee E. W. Jackson will go down to defeat a week from today in Virginia, the forecast...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 2:15 PM Lunch Buffet

Since I began the day with a Allman Brothers tune in honor of 42d anniversary of Duane's death, I should mention I've actually seen the band perform in person twice,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 1:18 PM There's This Thing Called "Google"

Now that Rachel Maddow has caught Rand Paul in what appears to be semi-plagiarization of a Wikipedia page about an old sci-fi movie in making his dramatic prophecy of pro-choice...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 1:07 PM Why Virginia Might Matter

TNR's Nate Cohn, who seems determined to stamp out any grounds for Democratic optimism about prospects for regaining control of the House in 2014, has penned a piece pouring preemptive...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 11:44 AM No, the Christian Right Isn't "Pulling Back"

As a follow-up to the discussion of the significance of Russell Moore replacing Richard Land as the political face of the Southern Baptist Convention, Moore himself seems concerned the portrait...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 10:40 AM More Racism "In Context"

I look forward to the day when a conservative is caught saying something racially offensive and does not respond by claiming it was taken "out of context." But that day's...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 10:07 AM Last Stop For a Republican Senate

In his National Journal column, Charlie Cook reminds us why it's so important for Republicans to maximize their Senate opportunities in November 2014: The reason next year is so make-or-break...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 9:47 AM False Affection for the Health Care Status Quo Ante

The conservative campaign (and to some extent, the liberal campaign) against the Affordable Care Act depends on a mischaracterization of the health policy status quo ante as some sort of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 29, 2013 8:52 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1971, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia. Here are the Bros playing "Dreams" in Stonybrook, NY, in 1970....

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 6:39 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Back home in time for Day's End! It even rained here a bit while I was gone, for the first time in about five months. Here are some remainders of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 5:23 PM Unraveling the Anti-Choice Bait and Switch

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel has blocked a central provision of a Texas abortion statute due to go into effect tomorrow, creating another path to a very likely Supreme...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 5:06 PM Conservatives Against "Now Or Never"

Two notable subscribers to the theory advanced by Jonathan Chait that the "Defund Obamacare" crusade reflected a panic-stricken reaction to the loss of a "now or never" election are Ramesh...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 4:35 PM A Serviceable Education

Our current top-performing piece from our November/December issue is one by Zach Wenner, Jonny Dorsey, and Fagan Harris looking at which school's graduates go into government and nonprofit careers. (Rankings...

By Ryan Cooper

October 28, 2013 3:23 PM Lind's Predecleration of War

Predictably, for those familiar with his work, Michael Lind has gone a step beyond Mike Konczal's argument that Obamacare represents a betrayal of the design of New Deal entitlement programs...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 2:17 PM Lunch Buffet

It's been an interesting morning spent blogging in a car crawling through a snowy/icy stretch of I-80 just west of Reno, which was a bit unexpected insofar as it's still...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 1:21 PM More Iowa GOP Shadow-Boxing

Remember that AP story from Iowa that I tagged last week as decidedly suspect? It involved tough talk from "GOP Establishment" figures in the state (roughly those close to fifth-term...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 12:31 PM Concerning Obamacare "Sticker Shock"

In a comment on resurgent talk of "sticker shock" for premiums on insurance bought through the Obamacare exchanges, Kevin Drum makes two points that are important to keep in mind....

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 11:48 AM Cooch the Libertarian

In an odd sort of forlorn-hope column, the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney looks unhappily at the ten-percent support Libertarian Robert Sarvis in pulling in at least one poll of the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 10:27 AM Back to Benghazi!

Politics 101 holds that when your party has been divided, you look for a sure-fire uniter--particularly if you are on the wrong side of the divide. So the least surprising...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 9:35 AM Rubio's Crawl Back To Right Continues

It says a lot that comprehensive immigration reform opponent Rich Lowry of National Review can barely hide his contempt for Marco Rubio's crawl back to the right on the subject:...

By Ed Kilgore

October 28, 2013 5:30 AM Daylight Video

As Kathleen Geier wrote about eloquently yesterday, Lou Reed died from presumably natural causes at the age of 71. He was one of my favorites, too, and my immediate reaction...

By Ed Kilgore

October 27, 2013 5:41 PM Three cheers for inflation

Before I hang it up and hand the keys back to Ed, I wanted to be sure to say a few words about Binyamin Appelbaum's very interesting New York Times...

By Kathleen Geier

October 27, 2013 3:21 PM Lou Reed, 1942-2013: Tribute to a Rock and Roll Revolutionary

Lou Reed deserves a more complete tribute than the brief post I put up earlier. So here is my attempt to pull some of my thoughts together. Age 71 when...

By Kathleen Geier

October 27, 2013 12:04 PM Lou Reed is dead

Lou Reed has died at the age of 71. I just heard and I am tearing up writing this. More later when I finish writing some other things and have...

By Kathleen Geier

October 27, 2013 11:11 AM Op-ed of the day: Tim Kreider in the New York Times, "Slaves of the Internet, Unite!"

If you write for the internet, sooner or later you're bound to get one these. It's an email that will begin by stroking your ego and saying flattering things about...

By Kathleen Geier

October 27, 2013 10:01 AM Wost. Theme Park. Ever.

Apparently, the ghastly, tragic and entirely preventable deaths of coal miners are some very twisted person's idea of wholesome family entertainment: Alone in the darkness . . . the only...

By Kathleen Geier

October 27, 2013 9:14 AM Morning music: Kim Gordon's new band, Body/Head

Yesterday, I mentioned that two of the iconic women of punk/alternative rock are back, with new bands and strong new albums that follow serious life crises. But while Kathleen Hanna's...

By Kathleen Geier

October 26, 2013 5:23 PM The New Republic: "Maryville, Missouri is a lawless hellhole." Agreed!

Earlier this week, the New Republic's Michael Schaffer published an immensely satisfying smackdown of the frustrating double standard the media tends to invoke when it comes to reporting about small...

By Kathleen Geier

October 26, 2013 3:45 PM The fast food strikes: what is the Fight for 15 campaign really about, anyway?

Jacobin's Trish Kahle has written a fascinating essay about Fight for 15 -- the wave of one-day strikes we've been seeing across the country by fast food and retail workers,...

By Kathleen Geier

October 26, 2013 12:17 PM The antichoice movement believes dead babies are tragic. Then why are they suing to shut down programs which could significantly decrease infant mortality?

One possible benefit of the Affordable Care Act that has been surprisingly little discussed is its potential impact on America's appallingly high infant mortality rate. But as Eduardo Porter reported...

By Kathleen Geier

October 26, 2013 8:24 AM It's (still) the racism, stupid!: political science weighs in on racial resentment and the government shutdown

Last time I blogged here, I wrote about the frankly racist nature of the G.O.P.'s support of the government shutdown and its opposition to the ACA. And, as illustrated by...

By Kathleen Geier

October 26, 2013 7:14 AM Morning music: Kathleen Hanna's new band, The Julie Ruin

In the last couple of months, two of the great divas of punk/alternative rock have each released an excellent, and fascinating, new album. Each of them experienced a life-changing crisis,...

By Kathleen Geier

October 25, 2013 4:20 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

I'm going on a brief road trip this weekend, and so am wrapping up early (though with the usual quota of twelve posts completed as of this one). Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 3:50 PM Racism Out of Context

I had planned on ignoring the furor over North Carolina Republican precinct chairman Don Yelton, who was pushed into resigning after stupidly making racist remarks to a Daily Show camera....

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 3:19 PM Karma and Conservatism

I don't know that I buy his broader analysis of political polarization, but the psychologist Jonathan Haidt, as quoted by MoJo's Chris Mooney, does have one striking insight into conservative...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 2:30 PM The Long Campaign Against Coal

The EPA's new coal rule makes sense—but only if it's the first part of a larger plan.

By Ryan Cooper

October 25, 2013 2:03 PM Lunch Buffet

There's a variety of dumb stories I'm avoiding today. But here are some more substantial midday news/views items you might want to sample: * Grover Norquist gives okay to his...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 1:39 PM Posner on the Culture-War "Retreat"

I've tried a couple of times this week to pour a bit of cold water on the excited progressive meme that the Christian Right is signaling "retreat" in the culture...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 12:49 PM Rand Paul To Take Back the Spotlight?

To those hard-core conservatives enamored of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the last few months have been dispiriting. Not long after a hefty share of Republican Senators were more or less...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 11:57 AM Slim But Significant Pickings Down-Ballot

As we get closer to the off-year general election date of November 5, it's a good time to look down-ballot at state legislative contests in New Jersey and Virginia. Stateline's...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 11:07 AM Reconnecting Young People To Opportunity

We all pretty much understand that the sub-generation of kids coming out of secondary schools right now have an unusually tough row to hoe given a combination of poor job...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 10:31 AM Cruz-in' Back To Iowa

This weekend will include a pretty interesting temperature reading for Republicans in, unsurprisingly, Iowa, where Ted Cruz, fresh from his Texas "victory tour" appearances after the government shutdown ended, will...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 9:39 AM Immigration Shoe Dropping

I don't know how many people actually thought that after manufacturing a fiscal crisis House Republicans would announce: "As our next act, we'll whip immigration reform through to enaction!" But...

By Ed Kilgore

October 25, 2013 8:50 AM Daylight Video

Thirty years ago today, the United States invaded the island nation of Grenada, in what was in part an effort by the Reagan Administration to cure America of its "Vietnam...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 6:00 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I'm now approaching 5,000 followers on Twitter, which ain't no thing compared to a lot of folks but not bad for a relative novice. If you're not a follower and/or...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 5:32 PM One Entitlement "Reform" That's Not Worth the Trouble

Some potentially big news via TPM's Sahil Kapur: Raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67 saves far less than previously projected, a revelation that makes the policy far less attractive...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 5:22 PM The Lost America

Paul Waldman today makes a point about cultural nostalgia that's pretty obvious once you hear it. But clearly, a lot of people haven't, particularly those who think the America they...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 4:07 PM Criticizing Government Dysfunction Is Not a "Conservative Idea"

There's a bit of a kerfuffle going on among liberal writers at the moment that really comes down to a difference of opinion about how upset to get about healthcare.gov's...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 3:30 PM Will Pope Francis Kill the Christian Right?

After earlier huzzahs for the new spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, culture-war optimists are beginning to seize on the different direction the Vatican seems to be taking under Pope...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 2:30 PM Category C Liberalism

Like Ed and Kevin Drum I found Mike Konczal's post about how the problems with healthcare.gov might reflect competing visions of liberalism interesting and wanted to expand on it. To...

By Paul Glastris

October 24, 2013 1:56 PM Lunch Buffet

If anyone's wondering why I haven't written about the "Republican dissing Obama at White House" story, it's because it bores me to death. We know what these people think of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 1:01 PM Looters and Slaves

I hope you don't mind that I'm not going to pay a lot of attention here to House hearings on Obamacare implementation. Sure, if they add any significant information to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 12:20 PM Tom Watson's Statue and the Tangled History of Southern Politics

At various times between 1979, when I got my first real job with Gov. George Busbee of Georgia, and 1995, when I finally fled from Zell Miller's administration and took...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 10:53 AM More About Obamacare's "Complexity"

In many avenues of life, one person's "complex system" is another's "information-rich menu of choices." In the discussion of healthcare.gov's problems most reasonable people are beginning to understand that the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 9:49 AM Why Everyone's Yelling About Healthcare.Gov

Before another day of reading and writing about this or that expression of outrage over the problems with healthcare.gov, it's worth reminding ourselves why there is this level of hysteria...

By Ed Kilgore

October 24, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1962, James Brown on his own dime recorded what would become his first smash album, Live at the Apollo. Here he is with the Famous Flames...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 6:11 PM Day's End and Night Watch

The news slowed down this afternoon, but the analytical heavy lifting picked up. As always, thanks to those of you who didn't check out early. Here are some remains of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 5:35 PM Are Southern Baptists Calling Off the Culture Wars?

Andew Sullivan thinks the Christian Right may finally be on the ropes, and cites as evidence a Wall Street Journal profile of Russell Moore, the man who has succeeded the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 5:10 PM More From the Coming Single-Payer Counter-Attack

I'm hardly the only progressive writer who's noticed Ross Douthat's warnings to conservatives about the implications of a Obamacare federal exchange failure, or its implications for liberals. Rortybomb's Mike Konczal...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 3:44 PM Short-Sighted Conservative Gloating On Obamacare

Truth be told, some of the more interesting writing on the travails of the Obamacare enrollment system is coming from conservative Ross Douthat of the New York Times. On Sunday,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 2:45 PM The Next Obamacare Legal Challenge Moves Forward

Well, the good news is that U.S. District Court for D.C. Judge Paul Friedman rejected a motion for an immediate injunction against tax subsidies for those purchasing health insurance via...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Good thing about losing a post to the spinning beach ball of doom is you get a chance to improve it on rewrite. Here are some Obamacare-heavy midday nibbles: *...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 1:21 PM Women in the War Zone

The politics of women and warfare are famously treacherous, but the November-December issue of the Washington Monthly takes a few tough questions head on. In the wake of the Department...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 11:58 AM Unclean Hands

Maybe the healthcare.gov website mess will ultimately damage the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Maybe it was an avoidable crisis that those in authority should have anticipated...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 11:06 AM An Honor to Be Nominated--Political Animal an EPPY Award Finalist

Every year the respected Editor & Publisher magazine bestows its prestigious EPPY Awards for the best journalism websites. Today the magazine revealed its list of finalists, and Washington Monthly/Political Animal...

By Paul Glastris

October 23, 2013 10:31 AM Investing in Chaos

WaPo's Tom Hamburger and Jia Lynn Yang did a nifty bit of reporting by looking at the pattern of political contributions made by the business interests (including the financial services...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 9:57 AM Let's Just Ignore the Next Jobs Report

Now that us non-economists are finally getting used to the monthly Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a major political event, it's about to become more impenetrable...

By Ed Kilgore

October 23, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

With the sudden weather change in much of the East and Midwest, it's as good a time as any for some cold front music. Here's Little Feat with "Cold, Cold,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 6:32 PM Day's End and Night Watch

After months of abnormally high (but by other folks' standards, perfect) temperatures, feels like autumn (or in a normal year, July) here on the Central Coast. Confusing to us transplants....

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 5:48 PM Fired Up, Ready To Smoke?

This report from Gallup's Art Swift is only surprising at the margins: For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 5:26 PM Grover the Terrorist-Lover

So we're beginning to see some of the nastiness surrounding Republican differences of opinion over the "Defund Obamacare" crusade leak out in vitriol. I don't and won't watch Glenn Beck,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 4:33 PM Is Freaking Out a Strategy?

Jonathan Chait has found and probed the weakest point of the argument I've embraced about the Tea Folk and other Republicans being divided by "strategy and tactics." In the most...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 3:01 PM The Santorum Invasion

If I can be allowed one more item on the Virginia governor's race, I was much amused to read that Ken Cuccinelli's beleaguered campaign is receiving some last-minute succor from...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

My last post on the Virginia governor's race was a reminder that this is the first such contest I haven't followed intensely since 1997. (Last time around I live-blogged the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 1:11 PM Bottom Falls Out For Cuccinelli

Two weeks from Election Day in Virginia, most observers are getting very comfortable with the idea that Terry McAuliffe will overcome the powerful myth that the party controlling the White...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 12:46 PM Conservatives Agree: Republican Divisions Mainly Not About Ideology

Regular readers know that I'm not a subscriber to idea there's a "struggle for the soul of the Republican Party" underway. I didn't think so back during the short-lived "rebranding"...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 11:27 AM The Damaged

While there's a general understanding that young people just leaving school have been terribly victimized by the Great Recession and its sluggish-economy aftermath, the persistence of the damage may not...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 10:24 AM Who's Answering the Polls?

At TNR, Nate Cohen issues an important quadrennial warning about early polls that are said to tell us something significant about the 2014 elections: polls without likely voter screens are...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 9:05 AM Another Marginally Positive Jobs Report

As you may recall, the September Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics didn't come out on the first Friday of the next month as it usually does thanks...

By Ed Kilgore

October 22, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

79 years ago today, the Oklahoma outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd was killed by the FBI. Woody Guthrie wrote a song comparing him favorably with capitalists and their hireling lawmen, and...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 6:07 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I'm really fascinated by the possible Revolt of the Old Folks against the GOP, given the special importance of this demographic in midterm elections. There's another data point on the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 5:30 PM Divided They Move Right

At TNR today Tod Lindberg (always among the more reasonable conservative pundits) makes an interesting and valid point about the "minority-of-a-minority" take on the Tea Party's involvement in the shutdown/default...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 4:54 PM The Restive Single Payer Tribe

As noted a couple of times earlier today, there are no signs the IT problems with the Obamacare exchange enrollment process are significantly affecting public attitudes towards the Affordable Care...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 3:46 PM The Gift to the GOP That May Keep on Giving

It's easy to write off the continued litigation against the Affordable Care Act as politically-motivated harassment, since that's what's behind it. But there is a new challenge that has a...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 2:56 PM The Real Gut Test for the Obamacare Exchanges

There's no real need to dwell too much on the president's remarks about the Affordable Care Act today. He did what he needed to do in acknowledging (and deploring) the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 2:13 PM Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the posting lapse, but had some administrative stuff come up. We'll play catch-up shortly. Here are some midday news/views snacks that are still a bit warm: * Obama...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 11:51 AM Another View From the Top

As noted in the last post, you get a very strange view of America if it's only from the perspective of the economic aristocracy which presumes the country's interests are...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 11:27 AM Opportunities For Those of Us Who Aren't CEOs

If you've paid any attention to the endless self-promotion of the State of Texas in the Perry Era as a paradise for "job-creators" and thus, very derivatively, a good place...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 10:28 AM Signs of GOP Erosion Where They Can't Afford It

There's a new CNN/ORC poll out today that's getting some justifiable buzz in that it confirms evidence congressional Republicans were significantly more damaged by the government shutdown/debt default crisis than...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 9:20 AM Where's the Opportunity?

America has long prided itself as the "land of opportunity." But since the Great Recession, youth unemployment is at its highest in more than a decade, and young people in...

By Ed Kilgore

October 21, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Sixty-six years ago yesterday, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings on alleged Communist influence in Hollywood. Here's "The Old HUAC" by The Raunch Hands....

By Ed Kilgore

October 20, 2013 5:00 PM Readings for Sunday

The Army, the scientific method, and Alan Greenspan.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 20, 2013 3:52 PM Carbon Taxes as a Tool of Monetary Policy

Environmental and economic goals are entirely compatible.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 20, 2013 1:50 PM Texas On My Mind

Two views on Texas and the future.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 20, 2013 12:26 PM Malfunctioning Exchanges Show Why Liberals Were Right

Once upon a time, the individual mandate was considered a conservative idea.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 20, 2013 11:05 AM Alexander the All-Seeing

After building an unprecedented surveillance apparatus, Gen. Keith Alexander will retire.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 20, 2013 9:07 AM Good Morning, Jamie Dimon

A $13 billion settlement would be colossal, but criminal prosecutions would mean more.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 19, 2013 3:08 PM We Are All Berliners Now

An apology for the separation of powers.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 19, 2013 1:38 PM Riding the Tiger

It seems like almost every major news organization in the country is running an article about how the business community is frustrated with the Tea Party and contemplating how they...

By Martin Longman

October 19, 2013 11:43 AM McConnell Totally Said No Before Saying No Was Cool

The senator deserves some of the blame his party's lack of good ideas.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 19, 2013 10:35 AM What Was John Boehner Thinking?

The speaker's strategy hurt him and the rest of us, too.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 19, 2013 9:14 AM Good Morning

The Tea Party is everything bad.

By Max Ehrenfreund

October 18, 2013 5:33 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Ah, just can't get enough of that "Dare to Be Stupid" video send-up, and I actually like Devo! Anyway, here are some final items for the day: * An important...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 4:54 PM Self-Delusion or the Will To Power?

Charlie Cook's National Journal column today compares conservative faith in the effectiveness of a government shutdown strategy for "defunding Obamacare" to the period late in the 2012 presidential campaign when...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 3:55 PM Hate the Government, Love the Bureaucrats

Most of you are probably familiar with the perpetual disconnect between abstract dislike of "government spending" or "government programs" and the concrete affection, and even fierce loyalty, Americans express if...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 3:17 PM Call For An Internal GOP Counter-Revolution

In a web-exclusive at Ten Miles Square today, Curtis Gans, Director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate and a legendary figure in the 1968 Gene McCarthy...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 2:38 PM Invincible Arrogance

Since we are for the time being required to think of Sen. Ted Cruz as a significant force in American politics, it's helpful now and then to consider how the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Welcome back, furloughed federal workers! Note our fifth item below. Here are some midday news/views treats for the final day of this curious week of dodged bullets: * It's no...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 12:39 PM Why Resolving the Obamacare Enrollment Snafus Is Critical

In my last post I echoed most pro-health-reform observers in counseling patience with the initial enrollment (and data transmittal) problems associated with the federally-run Obamacare exchanges. But there is one...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 12:07 PM Where Obamacare Is Working and Why It Matters

In his latest take on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the much-publicized issues with the system for enrolling people in health insurance exchanges, TNR's Jonathan Cohn draws...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 11:29 AM The Power of Bad Ideas

In sorting through the economic damage associated with the government shutdown and debt default threat, Paul Krugman rightly argues it's part of a broader path of destruction wrought since the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 10:51 AM The 2012 "Mistrial"

Well, you gotta hand it to the wordsmiths at Heritage who came up with this line for Jim DeMint responding to the argument that the 2012 presidential election sealed the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 10:11 AM Virginia Governor's Race A Really Big Deal

If it hadn't been for the late fiscal crisis, you can bet that political junkies everywhere would have been paying closer attention to the Virginia governor's race. And many in...

By Ed Kilgore

October 18, 2013 8:49 AM Daylight Video

The United States acquired Alaska on this day in 1867. Here's Johnny Horton performing "North to Alaska"--the title track for the John Wayne movie playing off Alaska's statehood--not long before...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 6:29 PM Day's End and Night Watch

An interesting day, but I'm a bit distracted by this aspect of it: Here are some remainders of the day: * Good news: Obama reminds Republicans again that they need...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 5:57 PM The Apotheosis of Politico

Having joked a bit last night about Politico treating the final, predictable phases of the Great Fiscal Crisis of 2013 as a breathtaking drama requiring hourly (if not momentary) updates,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 5:26 PM Constitutional Conservatism As a Religion

In the debate over the durability of the Tea Folk (or as I more precisely prefer to call them, "constitutional conservatives" to acknowledge the fusion of free-market libertarians and the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 3:17 PM McConnell Says "No More Shutdowns"--At Least Over Obamacare

In a statement that is a bit surprising given his vulnerable position in Kentucky GOP circles, Mitch McConnell told The Hill today that there would not be a future government...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 3:01 PM Moving the Needle on Senate '14

While evidence that Republican responsibility for the fiscal crisis could endanger the party's hold on the House remains limited given the GOP's many built-in advantages in that chamber, PPP does...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

Today feels kind of like the day after a really big storm has hit town. There's a lot to clean up, as reflected in these mid-day news/views offerings: * Federal...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 1:43 PM The Fringe Beyond the Fringe

If you need a reminder that there are people out there harboring beliefs that make even the Tea Folk seem rational, consider last night's brief spectacle when a House stenographer...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 12:47 PM Two Dissenters from the Democratic Joy Division

Yesterday I labeled myself as semi-enthusiastic about the outcome of the manufactured fiscal crisis, offering "two cheers" for the Democratic SWAT Team that freed the twin hostages of appropriations and...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 11:03 AM What Lesson Was Learned?

So if the end of the fiscal crisis represents, as Ross Douthat calls it, a "Teachable Moment" for the GOP, what would that lesson, exactly, be? It mostly appears to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 9:49 AM Is It Possible To Win By An Underwhelming Landslide?

In a development that was widely ignored (by me, too) amidst yesterday's drama, New Jersey held a special Senate election that was won by Democrat Corey Booker. Booker's apparent final...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 9:25 AM The Vote to Free the Hostages

It was a foregone conclusion that the bill to end the manufactured fiscal crisis would sail through Congress once Ted Cruz foreswore a filibuster and John Boehner abandoned the "Hastert...

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 8:47 AM Special Second Daylight Video

Happy anniversary, Dawn....

By Ed Kilgore

October 17, 2013 8:20 AM Daylight Video

Forty years ago today, OPEC announced its oil embargo, launching America's first energy crisis. Here's NRBQ with "Get That Gasoline Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 6:20 PM Day's End and Night Watch

If you are excited about the end-game of the Debt Deal, you can follow it on Politico, which is chronicling developments breathlessly, bless their little hearts. Here are some final...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 4:52 PM Two Cheers For the SWAT Team

Jonathan Chait is right: as the current fiscal crisis abates, we should be discussing not just Republican brinkmanship and haplessness, but a refreshing united Democratic resolution in not giving in...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 3:46 PM Boehner's "Timid Sheep" Moment

Not since Rick Tyler's epic 2011 press release for Newt Gingrich's then-floundering campaign has Washington seen anything like John Boehner's statement today announcing he would not invoke the so-called Hastert...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 2:59 PM The Party Line Gets Twisted

I swear, making sense of the "constitutional conservative" party line on the fiscal crisis it did so much to manufacture is becoming like one of those exercises in Kremlinology back...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

We'll now get to have some fun with assessment of the fallout from the Great Manufactured Fiscal Crisis of 2013, before moving on to the next one. Here are some...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 1:10 PM Not With a Bang But a Whimper

So it appears the Great Government Shutdown and Debt Default Saga of 2013 is over. Senate leaders Reid and McConnell have announced an agreement that includes small reciprocal "concessions" to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 12:14 PM Demobilizing Working Americans

Throughout U.S. and world history, economic calamities have often spurred major relocations of people seeking land, jobs and a higher standard of living. So you'd think the Great Recession of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 11:39 AM America's Projected Deficit Is Entirely About Health Care Costs

My colleague Paul Glastris was on the McLaughlin Group the other day, and made a good point regarding the doom-and-gloom debt projections that everyone always talks about. By 2072...

By Ryan Cooper

October 16, 2013 10:58 AM No Rest for the Wicked

You'd think that having yielded entirely to the Senate in resolving the fiscal crisis, the Republicans controlling the House would have a day or so to lick their wounds, explain...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 9:52 AM The Great Purge of 2014 Announced

So what do the people who are responsible for the House Republican Fiscal Fiasco, the "defund Obamacare!" crowd, saying today? You guessed it: Time for a Purge! Here's Erick Erickson:...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 9:22 AM Boehner Gives Up

So the legislative chamber that launched this whole fortnight (or more) of madness by trying to "defund Obamacare" now officially can't do anything on the key fiscal issues. It can't...

By Ed Kilgore

October 16, 2013 8:43 AM Daylight Video

A lot happened on this day in history. Let's start with John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry n 1859. Here's Paul Robeson performing "John Brown's Body."...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 6:52 PM Day's End and Night Watch

There I go again, doing my meatiest post late in the (EDT) afternoon. Thanks to those of you who hung in there and read it. Here some final items of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 5:59 PM Three Theories of House GOP Brinkmanship--And One More

As we await the next development in the fiscal saga, it's worthwhile to look at three theories kicking around today for exactly why House Republicans are continuing to engage in...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 4:21 PM Some Dare Call It Treason

I realize events have outstripped Sunday's bizarre "protests" by Tea Folk trying to blame the president for complying with their demands to shut down the government by shutting down the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 3:44 PM Boehner's Moment of Truth Approaches

This report from Salon's Brian Beutler, which echoes others, indicates that any idea John Boehner had of supplanting a nearly-done Senate deal with his own is falling apart: It didn’t...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

One of those mornings of alternation between everything happening and nothing at all. Here are some midday news and views items, piping hot: * Ponnuru reports House may pass its...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 1:06 PM Two Ways House Proposal Won't Fly

As an update to my last post, here are two separate ways the House GOP proposal with its minimization of policy concessions could crash and burn: (1) Senate Democrats and...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 12:11 PM A Matter of Precedents

Here's a up-to-the-minute description of the House GOP's fiscal proposal and its significance from National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru: The House GOP’s proposal this morning changes the Senate plan in several...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 11:52 AM Gerrymandering With a Capital "G"

As the internal demons of the Republican Party continue to bust out into the open and cavort across the national stage, arguments over the relative significance of gerrymandering in creating...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 10:49 AM House Wants More Obamacare Concessions

Early reports on what House Republicans might offer as a "new volley" of demands as the debt limit breach approaches centered on a reiteration of the very short-term debt limit...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 9:38 AM Headed to the Brink

It's becoming reasonably clear that any debt limit/appropriations deal struck by Senate negotiators and the White House today will rejected upon announcement by House Republicans as the clock continues to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 15, 2013 8:43 AM Daylight Video

Eighty-three years ago today, Duke Ellington recorded "Mood Indigo." Here he is with his orchestra performing an upbeat version of the tune....

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 5:39 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Because it's a holiday I omitted the Lunch Buffet but have managed to do a decent number of substantive posts on this confusing day of starts and stops in fiscal...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 4:49 PM "Shut It Down and Bring It Back Up When It Works"

Ezra Klein has a rather startling post today that calls the Obamacare enrollment rollout a "disaster," and suggests Republicans massively miscalculated by distracting attention from the mess and instead creating...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 3:23 PM 2 Keys To a Deal

So the word from Politico is that Senate and White House negotiators are again close to a debt limit/CR deal. The Collins proposal that had people all shook up on...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 1:32 PM Lind's Southern Liberation Movement

It is very important to Michael Lind that everyone accept the "southern coup" hypothesis he has been offering as an explanation for American conservative excesses for going on twenty years...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 11:33 AM Template For Dem Aid to Republican Leaders

So if current appearances are correct, and John Boehner and Mitch McConnell need some discreet help from Democrats to execute a strategic retreat from their aggressive hostage-taking posture, where's the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 9:34 AM Cynics' Parade

Yesterday's "protests" of the "Obama administration" "closing down" veterans' memorials is not only causing a bull market in air quotes, but reflects a level of conservative cynicism that is truly...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 9:25 AM "There Must Be Some Kind of Way Out of Here, Said the Joker to the Thief"

In the middle of this last night, the intrepid inside chronicler of the Republican Party's hostage crisis, National Review's Robert Costa, allowed as how GOPers are "divided and uneasy:" Late...

By Ed Kilgore

October 14, 2013 8:17 AM Daylight Video

This is Columbus Day, a federal holiday, so we'll be blogging a bit Lite today unless news developments dictate otherwise. If it's just another day of Republican efforts to obtain...

By Ed Kilgore

October 13, 2013 8:08 PM Was It Worth It?

Remember back when this government shutdown started and the Republicans had so many ambitions? They were going to defund ObamaCare, or at least delay the individual mandate for a year....

By Martin Longman

October 13, 2013 6:28 PM Have Some Sanity

Things are little crazy and tense in the political world this weekend. Let's have a musical interlude, shall we? Feel better?...

By Martin Longman

October 13, 2013 3:53 PM The New Party of Lincoln

There was a protest today in Washington: Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World...

By Martin Longman

October 13, 2013 12:21 PM Peter Wehner is Part of the Problem

To see why there is such an alternative reality on the right in this country, it helps to pay attention to the bizarre stories they tell each other. Peter Wehner...

By Martin Longman

October 13, 2013 11:10 AM Democrats Feeling Their Oats

Sam Stein reports in the Huffington Post that the Democrats are now moving on to the offensive as the Republicans' leverage has all but vaporized. Under the Budget Control Act,...

By Martin Longman

October 13, 2013 8:55 AM A General Disarray

For a brief period, Rep. Paul Ryan emerged as a potential deal-maker who could solve the impasse in Congress before a catastrophic default on our country's debts. But any hope...

By Martin Longman

October 12, 2013 4:46 PM They Filibuster Everything

When Harry Reid made a motion to proceed to the Default Prevention Act of 2013 this afternoon, he got the support of 54 senators out of the 98 who voted....

By Martin Longman

October 12, 2013 4:11 PM My Thoughts Are With India

Cyclone Phailin has made landfall on the Indian coast near Gopalpur with sustained winds of 125 mph. They've prepared as best as they can, but this storm has the potential...

By Martin Longman

October 12, 2013 2:08 PM Boehner's Fate

The National Review's Washington correspondent, Robert Costa, tweets out something interesting. I anticipated this moment a long time ago and recommended repeatedly that the Democrats be ready and willing to...

By Martin Longman

October 12, 2013 12:49 PM Who Holds All the Cards?

In this morning's weekly address, the president was to the point: It’s not supposed to be this way. Manufacturing crises to extract massive concessions isn’t how our democracy works, and...

By Martin Longman

October 12, 2013 11:16 AM This Reminds Me of the Clinton Impeachment

Back in September 2000, David Schippers, who had prosecuted the impeachment case against Bill Clinton during the Senate trial, went on CNN and complained that he had not been allowed...

By Martin Longman

October 12, 2013 7:55 AM They Waddled Into the Threshing Blades

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was among dozens of Republican senators who attended a meeting yesterday with the president at the White House. Apparently, he decided to "confront" the...

By Martin Longman

October 11, 2013 5:49 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

So it now appears the government shutdown and debt default threat will continue at least through the weekend and probably into next week (though there may be a bipartisan impetus...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 5:23 PM Echoes of the English Civil War

Maybe the current fiscal crisis is slowly winding down. But it's entirely possible it's just the first eruption of a periodic conflict between elements of a divided government that will...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 5:08 PM Isolationism For Jesus

I mentioned Ted Cruz's strutting speech to the Value Voters Summit earlier today. But another star speaker was Rand Paul, Cruz' potential 2016 rival for the "constitutional conservative" vote in...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 3:55 PM Disharmony in the Ranks

So we've already discussed in this space various ways to look at the divisions and confusion afflicting congressional Republicans in figuring out how to end the fiscal crises they've manufactured:...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 3:09 PM Center of Attention

I complained in the Lunch Buffet post that I was getting weary with having to pay so much attention to John Boehner's feelings this week. But as this graph nestled...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 2:15 PM Lunch Buffet

You know, this fiscal crisis is among the most boring high-stakes roller coaster rides I can remember. I'm getting really tired of wondering about John Boehner's feelings. In any event,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 1:14 PM The Destabilizer Is Destabilized

There's been so much going on in Washington this last week that it was easy to forget that one of the city's perennial spectacles was being held: that Christian Right...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 11:54 AM Entitlement Reform: Cui Bono?

On a theoretical level, the dispute between "Establishment" and "Tea Party" conservatives over the policy objective of fiscal hostage-taking is mostly strategic: the former want to open up a broad...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 11:02 AM Whatever Works

In recent weeks--not for the first time--I've been periodically pondering the contradiction between movement conservatives' pretensions to a "populism" that represents a majority of Americans, and their regular adoption of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 10:22 AM One Hostage To Be Set Loose

Formally speaking, nothing much has changed on the fiscal front since yesterday afternoon: House Republicans have offered a six-week extension of the debt limit while making a CR contingent on...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 9:20 AM Public Opinion Interrupts the Fiscal Crisis

As you watch today's fiscal gymnastics, you should be aware that a poll hit Washington last night like a large meteorite: a new NBC/WSJ poll showing very unambiguously that the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 11, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Since this seems to be a day of many decisions--or at least decisions about decisions--let's start it with the ultimate song about fateful choices, Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues." It's...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 5:53 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Having written all day about the latest twists and turns in the fiscal battle, I close having very little idea of how it's all going to turn out. So it...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 4:04 PM Senate GOPers Add To the Crazy Mix

Even before we can be sure the House GOP is offering (and will actually themselves vote for) a "clean" short-term debt-limit increase, and also before we figure out how this...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 3:43 PM Lonegan Designates Himself the Next Scott Brown

An amusing sideshow to the fiscal circus in Washington is developing in New Jersey, where Republican Senate candidate Steven Lonegan is trying to bootstrap himself into a national celebrity by...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 3:17 PM Maybe They Think They're Gonna Win

As we await further developments on Boehner's debt-limit extension gambit, the question you have to wonder about if it works is whether and why Republicans are happy about deciding to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 2:28 PM The Boss Signs Off

We still don't know if John Boehner's temporary debt limit increase is "clean" or dirty as hell, which will determine whether Democrats can go along with it. But in terms...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

It's been one of those mornings in DC where a frenzy of activity may produce big developments or absolutely nothing at all. Here are some midday update: * Carney says...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 1:31 PM The "Grand" Perspective

As we all go down our various rabbit-holes in trying to understand the fiscal crisis situation, much of which seems to be playing out in John Boehner's nicotine-soaked brain, it's...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 12:25 PM Boehner's Bizarre Gambit

So it's semi-official: John Boehner has announced a new proposal for an apparently unconditional six-week increase in the debt limit, but without any action to re-open the federal government via...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 11:49 AM Antichoice Dishonesty On Parade

I really, really like the headline at MSNBC for Irin Carmon's report on the new California law allowing non-physicians to perform certain low-risk first-trimester abortions: "California moves to prevent more...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 10:40 AM Another Bait and Switch?

This morning's reports on the House GOP's serially revised fiscal strategies are a bit confused. Most of the MSM reporting has suggested abandonment of the whole government-shutdown-to-defund-or-delay-Obamacare gambit accompanied by...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 9:34 AM Constructing An Illusory Compromise

So flares are going up all over Washington that this could be a Deal Day, when a debt default is at least temporarily averted, and perhaps the federal government is...

By Ed Kilgore

October 10, 2013 8:26 AM Daylight Video

Forty years ago today, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned after getting caught in one of more sordid acts of corruption (brown paper bags stuffed with cash being delivered to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 5:59 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Don't know about you, but I have a headache from reading about the debt limit issue. Occupational hazard, I guess. Here are some final items of the day: * It's...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 5:35 PM Dysfunction Without End

TAP's Paul Waldman takes a cautious peek ahead and figures Republicans will have little trouble holding onto the House in 2014 despite their current risk-taking, but may be in the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 5:02 PM Race and Anti-Government Fanaticism

There's a useful piece available at ThinkProgress today from Zack Beauchamp about the recent racial history of the Republican Party and its contribution to conservative radicalism. You should keep it...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 4:04 PM Unfavorable To Whom and Why?

The latest from Gallup sure reinforces the impression that the GOP is "losing" the fiscal battle: With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 3:46 PM The Obamacare Tipping Point

If you want to understand why Obamacare became the initial target of the conservative movement's radical effort to demand major policy concessions as the price of keeping the government operating...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

Since I mentioned the anniversary of Che Guevara's death and the strangely pervasive pop culture that's grown up around his image (don't see anyone wearing Nikolai Bukharin or Rosa Luxemburg...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 1:07 PM The Economic Cost of Debt Limit Brinkmanship

Amidst the debate over exactly what constitutes a "debt default" and exactly when that might occur, there are growing signs that debt limit brinkmanship is already damaging the economy. Yesterday...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 11:53 AM More Support For Speaker Cruz

Maybe Erick Erickson thinks he's lost control of the troops he helped marshal in the "Defund Obamacare" campaign. But the Grand Marshal, Ted Cruz, is doing quite well, at least...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 11:09 AM The Frustrated Commissar

I know I mentioned this briefly in the last post, but sorry, I do feel a rather uncharitable need to rub it in a bit: Erick Erickson is one very...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 10:17 AM The Republican Arcade Claw Machine

It is fascinating, in a stomach-churning kind of way, to watch the Republican Party's largely public effort to figure out what they think they can get in non-existing negotiations with...

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 9:07 AM Yellen, Finally

Ending the longest non-cabinet, non-Supreme Court appointment saga I can recall, it's being reported the president has decided to appoint Federal Reserve Board vice-chairman Janet Yellen to chair the Fed....

By Ed Kilgore

October 09, 2013 8:30 AM Daylight Video

Argentinian-born Ernesto "Che" Guevara, one-time chief political associate of Fidel Castro and a theoretician of revolutionary guerrilla warfare, was executed by the Bolivian military on this day in 1967. I...

By Ed Kilgore

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

I'm trying to maintain a sense of detachment about the impending debt limit disaster, but am struggling. I didn't think I could get much angrier at today's extremist GOP than...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 5:24 PM Once Again: Heads You Lose, Tails I Win

At The Guardian, Harry Enten raises a point about the politics of the shutdown and debt limit that Democrats really must keep in mind: if Republicans succeed in taking actions...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 5:08 PM Debt Limit Damage Already Happening

Anyone who doubts that a debt default would be an economic catastrophe for the U.S.--particularly given the economy's current fragility--should give a gander to Neil Irwin's report at Wonkblog on...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 4:18 PM A Skewed Supercommittee

An area of the president's comments at his presser that I missed when (partially) watching the event live was his response to a question about the latest House GOP idea...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 4:04 PM Obama's Presser

In his 2:00 EDT press conference, the president did a good job of forcefully reiterating his position on the government shutdown and the debt limit and fighting the "false equivalence"...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 2:17 PM Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the slight delay in blogging; had some automotive errands to run. The Central Coast "heat wave" of 80-degree weather seems to have broken. Here are some midday snacks:...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 12:57 PM Premiere of "How Washington Really Works: Charlie Peters and the Washington Monthly"

Regular readers know that filmmaker Norman Kelley has been working on a documentary about this magazine, the starry cast of journalists whose careers it launched, the progressive renewal efforts which...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 12:17 PM A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come Round Again

When writing the last post on how John Boehner is grappling with his conference on a debt limit increase, I hadn't yet run across the latest brilliant idea from House...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 11:53 AM Bring In the Anthropologists

I just had to chuckle in appreciation of the editor at RealClearPolitics who accompanied Caitlin Huey-Burns' piece on John Boehner's problems in obtaining a debt limit increase from his atavistic...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 10:27 AM Cooch Reaps the Whirlwind

While Politico may be exaggerating "Democratic disarray" over the debt limit today, the site has some very good news for Democrats in the Virginia governor's race: the government shutdown over...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 9:58 AM Comparative Disarray

Today's big MSM meme could well be "disarray in both parties" over fiscal issues. But let's take a look at where they actually are on the biggest challenge, the impending...

By Ed Kilgore

October 08, 2013 8:26 AM Daylight Video

Let's continue with more songs of the season today. Here's The Band performing "King Harvest Has Surely Come" in 1970, featuring Richard Manuel's vocals....

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 6:05 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Figured this would be a difficult blogging day, given the lack of actual news. But at this point there's enough confusion over the fiscal positioning of, well, everybody, that it...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 5:39 PM Don't Read Too Much Into the "Blame" Polls Just Yet

A lot of progressives may well be high-fiving each other over some polling evidence--particularly in the new WaPo-ABC survey--showing Republicans "losing" the public opinion battle over blame for the government...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 4:40 PM Fournier's Descent

Having taken issue, however mildly, with a post by Jonathan Bernstein just now, I feel honor-bound to note that at Ten Miles Square he has another piece that just absolutely...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 3:46 PM Between Fundamentals and Spin

At TAP today, our friend Jonathan Bernstein does a good job of applying the political science community's predilection for valuing "fundamentals" over "events" or "messages" during campaigns to the current...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 2:51 PM Check

With pretty good timing, the White House today followed up on John Boehner's saber-rattling over the debt limit by signaling the president could accept a short-term debt limit extension. And...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 2:15 PM Lunch Buffet

I tend to watch college football to relax, but my Georgia Bulldogs aren't making it easy, viz. Saturday's overtime win over Tennessee in which at least two players had season-ending...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 1:19 PM Defining Default Down

An important detail to keep in mind when one is trying to reconcile Republicans claims that they won't allow a debt default but also won't allow a vote on increasing...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 12:58 PM Don't Know Your Players Without a Program

One of the odd features of the current Republican-manufactured fiscal crisis is that it has consistently been the "reasonable" GOPers like John Boehner who have wanted to make the debt...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 11:38 AM Hagel's Coup

You've probably heard by now that the government shutdown lost a significant part of its sting via a decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order several hundred thousand civilian...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 11:10 AM Boehner's Delusion

If you want a good big-picture take on the fiscal crisis from a GOP point-of-view, check out Byron York's latest column, which channels an unnamed House Republican's argument that the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 10:02 AM Battle Stations

With ten days to go until the October 17 date on which the Treasury Department has indicated the federal government's debt limit will be breached, the president and Speaker John...

By Ed Kilgore

October 07, 2013 8:15 AM Daylight Video

As we enter harvest season, the playlist in my brain invariably comes around to Fairport Convention music. Given the political situation this week, it's easy to find a starting point:...

By Ed Kilgore

October 06, 2013 6:35 PM Inequality, the empathy gap, and why you should read Chekhov

Psychologist Daniel Goleman has written a fascinating piece for today's New York Times about social status and empathy. It seems that the richer and more powerful a person is, the...

By Kathleen Geier

October 06, 2013 4:00 PM News round-up on the shutdown, debt ceiling, & sundry

A few links: -- As Paul Krugman has pointed out, the new GOP talking point is that "the shutdown/debt ceiling confrontation isn’t just about Obamacare; it’s about curbing runaway spending...

By Kathleen Geier

October 06, 2013 3:09 PM The New York Times on the scary growth in extreme poverty among the elderly: A for effort, F for policy prescription

Today's New York Times features an important, and frightening, editorial about the alarming growth in extreme poverty among the elderly. According to the Times: In analyzing the recent Census Bureau...

By Kathleen Geier

October 06, 2013 11:12 AM Temp jobs offer low wages, worse benefits -- and are increasing ten times faster than regular jobs. Why aren't labor unions trying to organize them?

As our nonrecovery recovery sputters along, record numbers of people, particularly in areas of the country that are still at or near double digit unemployment territory, are doing temp work....

By Kathleen Geier

October 06, 2013 10:36 AM Must-read op-ed of the day: Colbert King on "The Rise of the New Confederacy"

The Washington Post's Colbert King is speaking some inconvenient truths: Today there is a New Confederacy, an insurgent political force that has captured the Republican Party and is taking up...

By Kathleen Geier

October 06, 2013 8:56 AM Morning music: Kacey Musgraves

Yesterday I posted a classic country song, so today I thought I'd post something contemporary in the country genre. I'm not a fan of most mainstream country music these days...

By Kathleen Geier

October 05, 2013 9:10 PM Why have the Republicans gone into meltdown mode over the ACA? Yet another theory

Gail Collins has an interesting column about why it is that the Republicans have lost it over Obamacare. There are many reasons for the hysteria, of course -- it's one...

By Kathleen Geier

October 05, 2013 4:56 PM Underwriting inequality: how taxpayer-funded government contracts create poverty-wage workers at the bottom -- and executive excess at the top

Over at In These Times, Michelle Chen reports about an engine of economic inequality you may not have considered before: taxpayer-funded government contracts. She writes: The progressive think tank Demos...

By Kathleen Geier

October 05, 2013 11:30 AM Social democracy offers many outstanding benefits. Shutting down sexist, predatory jerks is one of them.

We've heard about all the political madness this week, and all the needless pain and suffering that's being inflicted on the nation by the lemmings in suicide vests. But one...

By Kathleen Geier

October 05, 2013 9:27 AM The government shutdown and the Republican war on Obamacare: it's the racism, stupid

I am hardly the first person to point this out, but in the context of this week's political madness, it bears repeating: it would be difficult to exaggerate the role...

By Kathleen Geier

October 05, 2013 8:13 AM Morning music: the slowed down version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene"

"Jolene" is a classic Dolly Parton song that's been covered by everyone from Patti Smith to Miley Cyrus. And no wonder: it's one of her most powerful recordings. But then...

By Kathleen Geier

October 04, 2013 5:30 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

So the week drags to a close. Somebody let me know if there's a breakthrough in Washington this weekend. I don't plan to watch CSPAN. Go Dawgs and Go Braves!...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 4:58 PM If the Shutdown Drags On....

I've been wondering when it might sink into the DC consciousness that at some point the federal government shutdown will start affecting grants-in-aid to states and localities, and the essential...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 4:12 PM Devil's Xmas Tree Lite

So long as House Republicans maintain the initiative in the current fiscal fight, we're all living in Robert Costa's world. His latest missive from Boehnerland (entitled "The Emerging Offer") suggests...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 3:27 PM Destroying the Destroyer

In another fine item at Wonkblog today, Ezra Klein interviews University of Washington political scientist Christopher Parker, who's done considerable research on the Tea Party, and particularly its attitudes towards...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 1:58 PM Lunch Buffet

Maybe it's the shutdown news tedium, or the first travel-free weekend in a while, but I've got a really bad case of Friday Fever today. Can't wait to get moving...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 1:29 PM Confusion Over "Partisan Gerrymandering"

After days and days of MSM analysts blaming the government shutdown on "partisan gerrymandering" by Republicans that insulated their House members from public opinion, somebody had to point out the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 12:44 PM Haggling Over the Price

There may be deeper dynamics of the current fiscal fight that are eluding me or that only Politico-style digging in the dirt can expose. But Jonathan Chait sure seems to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 11:47 AM Another Fine Product of the 2010 Elections

It's unusual that a sitting governor's comments are so inappropriate that they fluster an interviewer, but clearly, PA Gov. Tom Corbett is himself unusual. I'm beginning to understand why this...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 11:24 AM Representing the Enemy

As a follow-on to the discussion of the disproportionate number of people needing health insurance living in states governed by Obamacare- and Medicaid-hating Republicans, National Journal's Ron Brownstein offers a...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 10:25 AM Obamacare and Inequality

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been asking some troubled and troubling questions in the wake of a New York Times analysis of Obamacare showing that the new program could actually increase the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 9:07 AM Bad Timing All Around

So Republicans made an attack on Obamacare the central justification for a government-wide shutdown on the very day open enrollment for the new exchanges proved what an incredible demand there...

By Ed Kilgore

October 04, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

It's the 56th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik, so unavoidably we're going to have us another day of music about outer space. Fortunately, there's a lot of material to...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 6:02 PM Day's End and Night Watch

WaPo is confirming that the unidentified woman at the center of today's bizarre and scary incident at the Capitol was indeed killed by police gunfire. No news about motive just...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 5:32 PM Will His Buddies In Congress Beat Cooch?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli really, really didn't need a federal government shutdown. He was already trailing Terry McAuliffe in every recent poll. He already had a questionable ticket and...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 4:36 PM What Would It Take For "Moderate" Republicans To Walk?

The ever-insightful John Judis of TNR has a sweeping analysis of the origins and significance of our particular moment of political history that you don't have to agree with entirely...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 3:37 PM An End To Calvinball

It's not clear whether the reference to "Calvinball"--that fabulous game in the cartoon strip Calvin & Hobbs where the rules are made up by the players on the fly--in this...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 2:56 PM Capitol Locked Down After Shooting

This is breaking news that's not very clear at the moment, but here's the latest from WaPo: The U.S. Capitol Police sent out this message a short time ago: "SHELTER...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 2:11 PM Lunch Buffet

It's good to be home, albeit after a five-hour flight and two-hour car drive in the wee hours. Here are some midday treats baked up right here in California: *...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 1:28 PM What Does a Republican Want?

So U.S. Rep. Martin Stutzman (R-IN) has become not only a poster boy for alleged Republican "nihilism," but a punching bag for the president: President Barack Obama didn’t mention the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 12:39 PM A Little Something For the Low-Information Voter

The dishonesty and cynicism underlying the House GOP's new tactic of passing "piecemeal" appropriations for very popular programs and then acting like it's Democrats who thought of this whole shutdown...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 11:30 AM Fifty Years of Frustration

As part of my "No, They're Not Nihilists" morning, I'd point to Ross Douthat's latest column, which squarely identifies another source of conservative frustration and disagreement on how to achieve...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 10:25 AM Replaying 2011

If the abnormal-psychology analysis of "nihilists" or blundering terrorists is the wrong way to look at what House Republicans are up to right now, what's the right way? I'd say...

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 9:51 AM Extremists, Not "Nihilists"

The rapidly spreading progressive CW about what House Republicans are doing is that they are "nihilists" who have blundered into an impasse and have no clue how to get out....

By Ed Kilgore

October 03, 2013 8:44 AM Daylight Video

I'll be featuring some of the music of Elmore James today, as recorded by various folk. Reflecting the likely trajectory of the day's news, here are the Allman Brothers performing...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 7:06 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Here at the most distant gate available at ATL, preparing for a five-hour flight, I'm rarin' to go home. But here are some final items of this maddening day: *...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 5:02 PM Mobilizing Bankers For Sanity

I guess the good thing about having a Democratic president who is occasionally too friendly to bankers is that he can talk to them about keepiing their Republican friends from...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 4:49 PM The Struggle For Accountable Government

Today's deep dive article is by Wonkblog's Dylan Matthews, wherein he makes the case that the government shutdown is James Madison's fault. No kidding. But I'm less interested in Matthews'...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 3:55 PM The Irishmen's Agenda

As I've indicated earlier, my experience of the government shutdown saga has been affected by the fact that I'm with family members who pretty much keep MSNBC on in the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 3:28 PM Partisanship and Ideology

There's a lot of confusing talk surrounding the current fiscal fight in Washington about "partisanship" and "hyperpartisanship" being the culprit, with or without the false equivalence premise that people in...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

Delta Airlines willing, I'm headed back to California tonight, and returning to my regular blogging schedule and machinery. Wish I could make a similar return to normality in the news....

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 1:25 PM What Will Conservatives Do If They Don't Kill Obamacare?

Marvellng like all of us at the obsession of conservatives with the destruction or disabling of the Affordable Care Act, TAP's Paul Waldman looks and thinks ahead: The question is,...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 11:35 AM Viva Ole!

The heavy hand of a freshman senator named Ted Cruz on the tiller of the U..S. House of Representatives has justifiably drawn a lot of attention the last couple of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 10:22 AM See You In Hell, Orange Man

So at the risk of getting ahead of myself here just a bit, the appropriations crisis is merging with the debt limit crisis. And as everybody's favorite source for GOP...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 9:11 AM Hell on Earth For Conservatives

The juxtaposition of manufactured crises over appropriations and the debt limit wasn't the only story yesterday, of course: there's the juxtaposition of both manufactured crises with the real-life beginning of...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 8:44 AM The Big Blink

So with just sixteen days left before the Treasury Department's October 17 deadline for raising the debt limit, the possibility of separate dispositions of two separate Republican hostage-taking incidents has...

By Ed Kilgore

October 02, 2013 8:00 AM Daylight Video

Another ominous day of Shutdown Week, perhaps turning into Default Month. Thanks, GOP. Here's Peter Gabriel with an appropriate musical theme: "Digging In the Dirt."...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 9:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Sorry, folks: I thought I had published a Day's End four hours ago before rushing out for a family dinner, but it seems to have disappeared. Ugh. Well, I do...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 4:39 PM A Centrist Coup?

Since I've indulged in some less-than-cheery speculation much of the day about how the shutdown crisis might unfold over time, I'll close today's substantive blogging with a happy fantasy presented...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 4:22 PM What If Voters Don't Punish Extremism?

Totally aside from what happens in the government shutdown and debt limit battle in terms of winners and losers (like most rational observers, I figure the GOP will eventually have...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 3:55 PM Democratic Plan B

After worrying about the impact of false equivalence reporting of the government shutdown saga this morning (which I more succinctly described in a tweet as "false equivalence promoted by high-exposure...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

I've been sitting around watching MSNBC this morning (in the company of my brother, an IRS employee who can't go to work today), and it's obvious the shutdown will last...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 12:35 PM Boehner's Shameful Retreat on Employee Health Care

Well, you'd figure this would be Politico's kind of day, and sure enough, there's plenty of fun stuff to read in the Insider's Daily this day. The latest is actually...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 12:15 PM Weapons Dealers

If you accept my premise that false equivalence is the main weapon Republicans have in their government shutdown ambivalence, then the morning headlines fingered by Think Progress' Rebecca Leber represent...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 11:36 AM Christie's Phony Triangulation

My very favorite piece of unintentional comedy today (among many nominees) is a Tal Kopan piece at Politico channeling Chris Christie's macho posturing about how he'd solve the government shutdown...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 11:11 AM Let's Have a Conference!

One of the fascinating little wrinkles of the government shutdown saga is the sudden decision late last night by House Republicans to request a House-Senate conference over the CR--something the...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 9:51 AM Surfing False Equivalence

If you follow the back-and-forth on the tube today, the thing to watch is the GOP effort to surf false equivalence about the government shutdown Republicans have provoked in order...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 8:59 AM The Insanity Is Not Temporary

A lot of the talk from progressives (and I plead guilty to doing this myself on occasion) about the government shutdown and/or the impending possibility of a debt default suggests...

By Ed Kilgore

October 01, 2013 8:00 AM Daylight Video

As we enter a period when a government shutdown could morph right into a debt default, it's probably a good day for some Apocalyptica music. Here's "Harvester of Sorrow:"...

By Ed Kilgore

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