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February 2014 Archives

February 28, 2014 5:53 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

This weekend I plan to follow my tradition of ignoring the many hours of Oscars coverage unless I hear someone's going spectacularly long or crazy in thanking the Academy. Here...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 5:24 PM The Veto That Doomed America

It's gotta be a difficult time for the culture warriors who were deeply invested in the "religious liberty" campaign that hit a land-mine in Arizona this week. The worst part...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 4:46 PM Keeping Up With (and By) Academia

There's little doubt that Ezra Klein has done a lot in his meteoric career to promote interaction between academics and journalists. It was the main premise of the much-misunderstood JournoList....

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 3:22 PM Snared In the Safety Net

Now that a "grand bargain" wherein the president offers "cover" for the kind of Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts conservatives view as a first step towards privatizing and capping...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 3:00 PM Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

In the post this morning on the Romney donor network, I noted that in the underlying article from WaPo's Wesley Lowery on that network's favorite and slightly-less-favorite '16ers, there was...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

The long personal nightmare of my efforts to secure a permanent dental bridge has, I believe, come to an end. Here are some toothsome midday news and views treats: *...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 12:57 PM Deal With Your Gangstas, Obama!

As he often does, Bill O'Reilly gave voice to the conservative id yesterday on a topic most gabbers would avoid: the president's responsibility for gangsta rap. Paul Waldman writes it...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 12:32 PM The Power of Employers to Abuse

Digby talks about one of my favorite topics today--one that to a remarkable extent is under-reported despite its pervasive reality in the lives of many millions of people--the power that...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 11:39 AM Walking and Chewing Gum

At TNR yesterday, Alec MacGinnis used all the high-fiving going on over the demise of Arizona's "religious liberty" bill to fret that progressives are getting into the habit of only...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 10:52 AM Where Will Mitt's Money Go?

In "invisible primary" stories about the preferences and maneuverings of party elites, it's sometimes hard to get a handle on who actually represents, say, the "Republican Establishment." Are the blind...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 10:02 AM Tax Reform: Is Glass Half Full?

Progressive derision aimed at Rep. Dave Camp's DOA tax reform proposal earlier this week is turning into something a bit different: mild appreciation, along with rich enjoyment of the pressure...

By Ed Kilgore

February 28, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

Fifty years ago today, Thelonious Monk graced the cover of TIME, a rather rare accomplishment for a jazz musician. Here he is with his Quartet performing "Round Midnight" in Norway...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 5:44 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Guess what? I'm going back to the dentist's office in a few minutes! Don't ask. Here are some final items of the day: * Lotta talk today about the 5th...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 5:26 PM Austerians' Pound of Flesh

In one of those pieces of news (via WaPo's Lori Montgomery, who's apparently doing an occasional piece at Wonkblog these days) that galvanize something you kinda knew but hadn't quite...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 5:11 PM First-in-the-Nation State of Play

While very early presidential polls are mostly (and often marginally) interesting in terms of how they affect the "invisible primary" of donors, activists and media, it's almost never too early...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 3:25 PM C Words

In another fascinating development from the ever-fascinating Republican Senate primary contest in GA, Rep. Jack Kingston, a candidate mainly known as (a) a long-time congressional appropriator, (b) something less than...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 1:58 PM Lunch Buffet

As you might guess from today's Sneak Preview, the March-April issue of the Washington Monthly will be online very soon. Stay tuned. Here are some midday news/views sneaky treats: *...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 1:15 PM Demanding a Monopoly on the Middle East Narrative

While we're talking about the Middle East and its history, it's useful to understand why historical narratives of the Israel-Palestinian conflict are as much a battleground as anything that happens...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 12:53 PM The Battle Over Middle East Policy, and its Genesis

John Judis' new book Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, is one of those books that is exhibiting the mixed blessings of arriving on a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 11:39 AM Branded With the Numbers

Since it remains in most lines of work a buyer's market for talent, it's not surprising many employers have felt free to indulge tendencies to be irrationally picky (which may...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 11:01 AM The Senate of Yore Retreats Further into the Distance

Emory University's Alan Abramowitz has written up the first 2014 Senate projections for Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, and it's not a very positive picture for Democrats (for reasons we've been...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 9:43 AM Brewer Vetoes SB 1062

So AZ Gov. Jan Brewer did what most people expected (and many in her own party wanted) by vetoing SB 1062 yesterday afternoon, basically calling it a poorly drafted solution...

By Ed Kilgore

February 27, 2014 8:53 AM Daylight Video

Johnny Cash shared a birthday with Fats Domino, so he deserves his own day of PA videos. Here he is on his own TV show performing "Long Black Veil" with...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 5:53 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Got a shoutout on Twitter from a Monterey Herald reporter for mentioning local water woes at Lunch Buffet. Last time my stuff got noticed out here was by a staffer...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 5:21 PM Joining Lost Tribes

My friend Damon Linker, who's been drawing some attention lately for warning liberals to show greater deference to the views of religious conservatives, has now chosen to give us a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 4:00 PM The Hospital Charges Are Too Damn High!

I was reading through the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll on health care issues today, noting the slow but steady growth of the "keep or fix" majority over "repeal"...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 3:37 PM No Questions Asked After Shooting First

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick perfectly articulates a feeling a lot of us have had about the connection between liberalized gun laws and "Stand Your Ground" statutes protecting first use of deadly...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 3:07 PM The Christie Fade Continues

When I see these rather convoluted polls about whether people want this or that politician to run for president, I generally only pay attention to the negative numbers in the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

It's raining again here on the Central Coast, which from my personal POV is well-timed after I heard a hair-raising presentation last night from Carmel-by-the-Sea mayor Jason Burnett on the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 1:16 PM CBO Drops A Boulder on House GOP Employer Mandate Bill

Remember all the way back to last week, when Republicans everywhere were crowing over a CBO report suggesting that a minimum wage hike would "kill" jobs? And before that, remember...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 12:20 PM Ukraine and the Conditions for Brutal Repression

A lot of us are having to catch up on our background reading in order to gain some understanding of what's happening in Ukraine right now. One essential (if somewhat...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 12:02 PM Fork in the Road For the "Religious Liberty" Campaign

The heavy reversal of fortune that has afflicted the once-indomitable "religious liberty" campaign since its wishes were crystallized in Arizona's increasingly toxic S.B. 1062 has been a wonder to behold....

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 11:23 AM Playing the Green Tambourine

It's no secret that the kind of people who are called "party strategists" love to recruit candidates for office who are insanely rich from private business careers or inheritance (or...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 9:52 AM Know When To Hold 'Em & Hold 'Em & Hold 'Em

Man, does Mitch McConnell ever know how to rain on a parade! Yesterday House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, put out the word that he'd finally be putting...

By Ed Kilgore

February 26, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

It's Fats Domino's 86th birthday today, y'all. Here he is performing his very first hit, "The Fat Man."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 5:49 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Ah yes, nothing like watching a Paul Broun ad at the end of a long day; it's like downing half a jar of white lightning in one gulp. Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 5:26 PM Cheering for the Wild Man

Regular readers know I'm closely watching the U.S. Senate race back home in Georgia, and especially the GOP primary, which I've called a "conservative petri dish." And without a doubt,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 4:53 PM The Rush Limbaugh Anti-Bullying Initiative

As we all continue to wait for word from Phoenix as to whether AZ Gov. Jan Brewer will or won't veto S.B. 1062, the sweeping "religious liberty" bill passed by...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 4:20 PM Hardy Perennials

In a post on Texas today, Slate's Dave Weigel talks about the bane of perennial and/or bizarre candidates winning low-turnout primaries, mostly of the Democratic variety, in reporting on a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 2:32 PM Latest Ripple From the Journalistic Splash

I don't know how aware readers are of this, but in the deep depression that has afflicted the political journalism field (or at least those of its members who have...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

Wonder what's going on in Jan Brewer's office about now? Here are some midday news/views items from the pantry: * Corbett, LePage & Scott top National Journal's list of governorships...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 1:12 PM "Sex-Selective Abortion" Bans: An Attempted Three-Cushion Shot

Antichoicers are a crafty bunch, forever coming up with ways to make their fundamentally extremist and unpopular POV seem reasonable, the better to expand their limited base of support. The...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 11:53 AM Big Red Grinnin' Devil in the Details

I was reading through Lori Montgomery's preview for WaPo of the long-awaited House GOP tax reform plan, due to be unveiled tomorrow by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 10:27 AM "Religious Liberty" Campaign: Buyer's Remorse?

We'll probably find out later today if AZ Gov. Jan Brewer is going to sign or veto S.B. 1062, the "religious liberty" bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature in a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 10:05 AM Jindal Acts Out

I've been speculating lately that LA Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to be getting a tad frantic in his efforts to make himself a viable 2016 presidential candidate. In a speech...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 9:37 AM Fundamentals and Ephemera for 2014

In discussions of the upcoming midterm elections, there are serious analyses that weigh multiple factors that might affect the outcome, and then there's just loose talk based more or less...

By Ed Kilgore

February 25, 2014 8:46 AM Daylight Video

Fifty years ago, a 22-year-old boxer named Cassius Clay shocked the sporting world by defeating heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in a seventh-round TKO. The fight partially inspired a great John...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 6:05 PM Day's End and Night Watch

You gotta hand it to Alec Baldwin for getting a huge buzz by announcing he's "leaving public life." Donald Trump should try it. Here are some remains of the day:...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 5:30 PM The Religious Right To Dodge the Law

It's possible the "religious liberty" campaign is about to hit a big speed bump tomorrow if AZ Gov. Jan Brewer listens to business leaders and even some of the Republican...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 4:54 PM An Antichoice Freudian Slip

Some will just dismiss this story (per HuffPost's Laura Bassett) as an example of progressives jumping on a malapropism uttered by a random conservative state legislator, but I'd say it's...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 4:17 PM Morgan Squanders the Brit Bonus

Dave Weigel has a fascinating take today on the cultural politics of the Piers Morgan fiasco at CNN: [W]ho was a Piers Morgan fan? Have you ever met one? No,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 3:20 PM The Defense Budget: Horses and Bayonets Redux

You can already feel the backlash building against the president's FY 2015 defense budget, as illustrated in the headline of a big New York Times piece that appeared over the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

After the House of Cards binge, I made the mistake of watching Walking Dead and staying up late pondering the latest implausibilities. Should have just stuck with Episodes. Matt LeBlanc...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 1:15 PM Is the Jebbie Bandwagon Gearing Up?

On CNN's Inside Politics yesterday, John King allowed as how he's hearing Jeb Bush is letting his money people know he has not ruled out a 2016 presidential campaign, in...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 12:32 PM The Dingell Era

From the snail's-eye view of the cyclically obsessed, John Dingell's announcement that he will retire from the House when his current term expires is just another sign--like the earlier retirement...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 11:44 AM House of Cardboard

My wife and I binge-watched the second season of House of Cards over the weekend (no major spoilers ahead, but if you want to remain entirely innocent of the show...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 10:54 AM Limits on the "Private Option" for Medicaid Expansion

The trouble being experienced by Arkansas in continuing its "private option" for expanding Medicaid has cooled the jets somewhat of those inclined to predict that it reflected an avenue for...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 9:52 AM Snyder on Ukraine

As it happens, I was re-reading Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder's definitive and disturbing account of the serial demolitions of Poland, Belarus and Western Ukraine between the Nazi and Soviet regimes during...

By Ed Kilgore

February 24, 2014 8:30 AM Daylight Video

For absolutely no particular reason other than stumbling on it this weekend, here's Victoria Spivey performing "Black Snake Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 23, 2014 7:02 PM Your bummer read of the day: how Amazon's labor policies are worse than Walmart's

Today, Salon published an excerpt from a new book by writer Simon Head about Amazon's appalling labor practices. Head has reported on workplace policies at both Walmart and Amazon. While...

By Kathleen Geier

February 23, 2014 3:44 PM Five reasons why I'm a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race

The weekend edition of the New York Times includes an interesting profile of drag queen extraordinaire RuPaul Charles. Ru's show RuPaul's Drag Race will be kicking off its sixth season...

By Kathleen Geier

February 23, 2014 10:30 AM The solution to inequality in San Francisco -- and America? It's the taxes, stupid!

The current issue of the London Review of Books contains an excellent Rebecca Solnit piece about how economic inequality created by the tech sector is destroying the social fabric of...

By Kathleen Geier

February 23, 2014 8:23 AM Opinion piece of the day: Rosa Brooks on why workers need to "Lean Out"

Rosa Brooks has a great piece up at Foreign Policy that gets to the heart of one of the most troubling features of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" philosophy. The issue,...

By Kathleen Geier

February 23, 2014 8:05 AM Morning music: Best Coast, "Fear of My Identity"

Best Coast is an LA-based indie rock band fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino. They've released a pair of first-rate albums and their EP from late last year, Fade Away, was...

By Kathleen Geier

February 22, 2014 2:23 PM What a troubling censorship case in India reveals about the world's largest democracy

I'm not sure how much attention anyone pays to newspaper editorials these days -- probably not a lot -- but nevertheless it was good to see the New York Times...

By Kathleen Geier

February 22, 2014 12:40 PM Study: Republican presidents are associated with higher infant mortality rates

Over at the Monkey Cage, political scientist John Sides reports about a new epidemiological study that finds that having a Republican in the White House is linked to increases in...

By Kathleen Geier

February 22, 2014 10:23 AM Ted Nugent apologizes for his disgusting remarks about Obama. But what about his history of hate speech about women?

So, heavy metal has-been Ted Nugent has "apologized" -- kinda -- for his gross and racist characterization of President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee": “I do apologize,...

By Kathleen Geier

February 22, 2014 9:09 AM Morning music: Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow"

I've written about my adoration for Kacey Musgraves previously in this space. As I said then, though I love country music, I'm not thrilled with most of the product Nashville...

By Kathleen Geier

February 21, 2014 5:12 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Ah, this week seemed to crawl by on itty-bitty uncoordinated centipede legs. Good vicious 2014 party primaries can't get here fast enough. Here are some remains of this day: *...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 4:44 PM Conservative Celebrity Unbound

Commenting on the angst regularly endured by conservatives over the outrageous remarks periodically made by their celebrity pals (most recently Ted Nugent with his description of the President of the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 4:17 PM Best of My G-g-g-g-eneration!

As you probably know, recent years have not been kind to the journalism trade. There's some optimism in the air right now thanks to the momentary infusion of tech money...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 3:12 PM Limits of Wingnuttery In Kansas?

A new PPP survey of Kansas shows that pace Tom Frank, there are limits to the appetite of Sunflower State voters for the aggressive wingnuttery of the currently ascendant conservative...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Looking forward to a weekend of TV binge-watching and less moonlighting work than I've been doing. Hurry EST sundown! But for now, here are some midday news/views treats: * So...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 1:39 PM Late Nite Lite

When you are horribly late if you sleep in until 6:00 AM, you don't tend to watch a lot of late-night television during the week. So I've watched all the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 1:05 PM Which Way the Wind Blows

As Greg Sargent points out today, it hasn't been so long since the last time Democrats decided to make a minimum wage increase the focal point of a midterm congressional...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 12:35 PM HRC's Favorability Ratings: Down Only If You Have Forgotten the Past

So Gallup has checked in on Hillary Clinton's favorability ratings now that attention is beginning to shift to the 2016 presidential election cycle. Her ratio is currently 59/37, which is...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 11:56 AM Waffle House America

It's Friday and all, so if you want a break from conventional political subjects, take a look at Colin Woodward's original piece for Ten Miles Square today, which adds some...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 11:06 AM Young Republicans Don't Wanna Be Field Hands

If Democrats face a host of disadvantages in 2014, and they most definitely do, there's one area in which everyone seems to concede they maintain a big edge over the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 9:49 AM Fear Factor

There's already been a lot of attention paid this year to the claims of Democrats that they will focus midterm campaigns on a turnout operation the likes of which no...

By Ed Kilgore

February 21, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

For no particular reason, here's Blind Willie Johnson performing his powerful "The Soul of a Man."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 5:53 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Gearing down for a long evening of church committee meetings. Guess I won't get around to watching Season 2 of House of Cards--just to annoy Politico--until the weekend. Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 5:10 PM What Makes Rick Run?

Well, this has to be the most underwhelming story of the week, from National Journal's Alex Roarty: "Rick Santorum Gathers Advisers To Plot 2016 Run." Now I don't pretend to...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 4:35 PM The "Grand Bargain" Is Officially Off the Table

Anyone surprised by this news (via WaPo's Zachary Goldfarb) either hasn't been paying attention or is one of those progressives who think the Obama administration is part of a bipartisan...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 4:21 PM Bakers of Conscience

At the end of a solid piece by MoJo's Dana Liebelson on the coordinated nature of the sudden effusion of "religious liberty" legislation being introduced in Republican-controlled states, there is...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 1:38 PM Lunch Buffet

Guess it's a good sign I'm now beginning to attract trolls on Twitter, including one dude whose MO is to post a bunch of tendentious questions on immigration policy and...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 1:16 PM Polarization and Climate Change Denial

Having written a post earlier today suggesting (along with The Monkey Cage's Rob Ford) that a relative lack of ideological polarization hasn't been particularly good for British politics, I'd offer...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 12:52 PM Fallback Position of "Religious Liberty" Advocates: That Was Fast!

I noted earlier this week that the Kansas Senate's decision to put a hold on the Kansas House's draconian "religious liberty" bill reflected less a red light than a strategic...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 12:32 PM Speed of Video

Julia Ioffe is right: whatever Pussy Riot lacks in a coherent agenda or leadership, it sure excels in the use of social media. Just yesterday, Pussy Riot was being whipped...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 11:42 AM Crocodile Tears Over "Victims of Obamacare"

Greg Sargent has an excellent post today about the increasingly obvious intention of conservatives--especially the Koch-affiliated Americans for Prosperity, which is in the lead on this tactic--to make the 2014...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 10:51 AM The Price of British Moderation

In view of the prevailing assumption that "polarization" is a bad thing for American politics, and not at least partially a reflection of a country divided over what its challenges...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 10:10 AM The Thumbs on the Scale for the GOP in '14

If you don't have the time to slog through a lot of material about the landscape for the 2014 elections, and don't understand why the clownish buffoons of a party...

By Ed Kilgore

February 20, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

RIP Bob Casale, Devo guitarist, who died on Monday at the age of 61. Here's the pride of NE Ohio performing "Uncontrollable Urge" on Fridays in 1980....

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 6:25 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Well, the hard news didn't get much more abundant as the day went on, but it got more amusing. I do hope you read the post on the Hobby Lobby...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 5:44 PM Our Terrible First Gay President

Well, you learn something new every day: I accidentally hit on a link at Salon, and found myself reading a May 2012 piece by sociologist and historian Jim Loewen and...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 4:45 PM The Central Flaw in Hobby Lobby's Suit

To hear many conservatives and even some liberals, the suit brought by the for-profit company Hobby Lobby seeking relief from the contraception coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act represents...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 3:55 PM Vote For the Crook. It's the Only Hope You Have.

Today's news of the absurd is that former congressman and governor Edwin Edwards of Louisiana, more recently a long-term guest at federal correctional facilities and a reality-show star, is talking...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 3:22 PM The Endless Third-Party Fantasy

Since third-party fantasies reemerge every time there is evidence Americans hold their elected officials in minimum high regard, Brendan Nyhan provides a public service with a compendium of "here comes...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

I notice tomorrow's high temperature in Atlanta will hit 75 degrees. It must be a relief, but don't think they're having that spectacular brief stretch of February spring weather I...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 1:21 PM Intimidating VW Workers Could Come Back to Haunt Republican Pols

This news (via Reuters) falls with the predictable weight of another shoe dropping, but it's interesting that it's happening so fast, even as conservatives everywhere are still celebrating the successful...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 12:50 PM The CBO, the GOP and Unemployment

As I predicted yesterday, Republicans have seized on the portion of the new CBO report on the impact of a minimum wage boost to $10.10 that suggests the risk of...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 12:05 PM Scott Walker and Campaigning on the Public's Dime

The esteemed Charles Pierce of Esquire seems quite sure that corruption investigations will eventually bring down WI Gov. Scott Walker, particularly if he has the temerity to run for president....

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 10:34 AM Early-Term Abortions and the Anti-Choicers

In a New Yorker column on the lack of enthusiasm of the anti-choice movement about statistics showing signficantly reduced abortion rates in 2008-2011, Margaret Talbot focuses on RTL unhappiness with...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 9:43 AM Cochran May Be Last of His Kind

Since we focused a lot here yesterday on 2014 primaries, thought I should draw attention to Alexander Burns' piece at Politico today looking more closely at the Mississippi GOP Senate...

By Ed Kilgore

February 19, 2014 8:38 AM Daylight Video

The song that happened to be buzzing through my brain when I woke up this morning: The Who performing "Sally Simpson" from Tommy:...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 6:16 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Want to know how slow a news day it was? Newt Gingrich's tweeted demand that John Kerry (or "Kerrey" as he initially spelled it) resign as Secretary of State for...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 5:49 PM CBO Estimates of a Minimum Wage Increase

So CBO's official projections of the likely impact of the minimum wage increase the president is calling for are out, and of course you'll hear Republicans talking almost exclusively about...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 4:42 PM "Fix It" A Different Message Than "Hate It" on Obamacare

It's no secret that an awful lot of Democrats are running on a "mend don't end Obamacare" message, as well they might given consistent public opinion research showing that a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 4:03 PM One Pol Who Is Definitely Out of Touch

When I wrote my column on Bobby Jindal's serial efforts to make himself a viable national pol (and presumably a presidential candidate) for TPMCafe, I had not seen a new...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 3:28 PM Stay In Touch, Y'Hear?

One of the more tedious political cliches involves the necessity of Members of Congress "staying in touch" with their states or districts. Sometimes the charge of losing touch is a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

I know readers are tired of hearing about my dental issues (though not half as tired as I am of experiencing them), but I need to mention yet another appointment...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 1:29 PM The 2014 Primary Calendar

Since congressional Republicans seem to have decided they're going to be out doing errands between now and the time they hunker down for the 2014 general elections, us news-watchers and...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 11:44 AM Education As a Divisive Issue for Democrats

Yesterday Matt Yglesias managed to write a relatively short post that presented not one but two controversial proposition with respect to the ever-popular issue of divisions among Democrats. The first...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 9:58 AM Last Relaunch For Jindal?

I make fun of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pretty often here, but in all seriousness, the man's latest national gambit as the champion of "religious liberty" as defined by Duck...

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 9:24 AM Wake Me Up In November

We can all agree, or agree to disagree, about the Great Debt Limit Non-Confrontation of 2014, which either showed the mendacious genius of GOP congressional leaders or their mendacious fecklessness....

By Ed Kilgore

February 18, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

Spent some time in my sleep fretting over some imaginary creative project, so here's one of the great songs about artistic procrastination, and for that matter, travel: The Band performing...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 4:49 PM Day's End and Night Watch

So how did you spend your Presidents Day? Let me know if you wish in the comment thread. I gather a lot of cars and furniture were for sale. Here...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 4:22 PM Two Steps Forward One Step Back For "Religious Liberty" Extension

If you heard about last week's passage by the Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives of "religious liberty" legislation that seeks to exempt half the world from compliance with future LGBT...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 3:37 PM Public Officials Stepping On Labor Rights: A Clarification

Having read more about the UAW/Volkswagen saga in Tennessee, I'd like to make it clear that what bugs me about it isn't the vote not against unionizing as a thing...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Our Lite Blogging regime is sure being reflected in Lite News. I hope this means more Americans have the day off than I would have imagined. Here are some midday...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 12:39 PM Avoiding the "Mistakes" Made By Hitler

Via Warren Throckmorton, here are the full remarks made by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in defense of his decision to sign legislation imposing long prison sentences for homosexual behavior: 1....

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 11:44 AM They Shall Take Up Serpents

I don't get the National Geographic channel on my cable package. So even though I may well be a distant cousin of some of the characters on its reality show...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 10:30 AM Travesty in Chattanooga

I wish I could say I've never seen the likes of the campaign of intimidation that led to the vote against UAW representation at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee...

By Ed Kilgore

February 17, 2014 8:30 AM Daylight Video

There's not a lot of President's Day music out there, so let's go with some Looney Tunes:...

By Ed Kilgore

February 16, 2014 6:03 PM Today in Stupid

If you are a scientist, what are you supposed to make of the fact that one of the two major political parties in the United States has grown stone-cold stupid?...

By Martin Longman

February 16, 2014 1:54 PM Does Anyone Still Listen to Karl Rove?

I wonder if the cohort that watches Fox New Sunday still thinks that Karl Rove has any credibility. The producers of the show must think so, since they keep inviting...

By Martin Longman

February 16, 2014 10:58 AM Using a Discharge Petition to Overcome Gridlock

According to reporting by the Associated Press, there have been only two successful efforts in history to use a discharge petition to force legislation onto the floor of the House...

By Martin Longman

February 16, 2014 8:32 AM How Obstruction Works

From time to time, I find it necessary to write a new iteration of an old article about Senate procedure in order to explain why the Senate either cannot (or...

By Martin Longman

February 15, 2014 5:33 PM Something is the Matter With Kansas

Kansas State Representative Keith Esau has introduced a bill that would eliminate no-fault divorce in the Sunflower State. He has some interesting ideas on matrimony: “No-fault divorce gives people an...

By Martin Longman

February 15, 2014 2:35 PM Roger Stone Doth Protest Too Much

You probably have to be a certain age to know who Roger Stone is, but he's a Forrest Gump/Leonard Zelig figure who pops up everywhere in our political past. He...

By Martin Longman

February 15, 2014 11:49 AM Naming Seas and Oceans

I was already aware that Arabs don't like to refer to the Persian Gulf as the Persian Gulf. They prefer to call it the Arabian Gulf, although the rest of...

By Martin Longman

February 15, 2014 9:26 AM Senator Cruz Exposed His Colleagues

Chris Cillizza doesn't think that Ted Cruz plans on being in the Senate for very long, and he predicts that he will never rise to any leadership level in the...

By Martin Longman

February 14, 2014 6:07 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

After yet another dental emergency this afternoon, I think I'm going to take a dental assistant's course so that I can moonlight there and cut down on the driving time....

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 5:21 PM The Donald in Decline

For some light Friday afternoon entertainment, you could do worse than to give a gander to McKay Coppins' account of accompanying Donald Trump to a political event in New Hampshire...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 5:03 PM El Cid of Louisiana

It may seem like I'm getting caught up this week in too much stuff about the intersection of religion and politics. But Lord have mercy, the proponents of faith-based conservative...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 3:30 PM Republicans Really Need To Win in 2016

I was reading a column at Bloomberg today by Kathleen Hunter discussing Mitch McConnell's impotence in dealing with Ted Cruz, and a pretty obvious point finally hit me: party discipline...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

I hope some of you are stuffing your faces with Valentine's Day candy by now, or whatever loving edibles you've been given. Here are a few lite but loving treats...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 1:34 PM Writers as Procrastinators

I missed Megan McArdle's post the other day at The Atlantic on why so many writers procrastinate, but it's certainly a topic close to my own heart. I am a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 12:50 PM A Godly Ghetto Backed by the State

In a couple of posts this week responding to Damon Linker's fears that "secular liberals" were in danger of making life intolerable for people with religious objections to contraceptives (or...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 11:53 AM The Dignity of Work

One of the more interesting phenomena in conservative rhetoric these days is the uneasy coexistence of complaints about the erosion of the work ethic, and demands that work be less...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 10:09 AM More on Hypocrite's Corner

In our continuing coverage of the act of hypocrisy by which most congressional Republicans voted against a debt limit measure they were (we are told) insanely favoring as crucial to...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 9:52 AM Republicans Getting the Wrong Market Signals

In his weekly National Journal column, Ron Brownstein uses Chevrolet's "The New Us" ad campaign in the Olympics rotation to show that Republicans just aren't keeping up with the country:...

By Ed Kilgore

February 14, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

Happy Valentine's Day. Since it's also the 37th anniversary of the first public performance by the B-52s, let's start a day of lovely music with "Love Shack."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 4:30 PM Day's End and Night Watch

As noted in the last post, I'm off to assist at a wedding ceremony momentarily, so here are some remains of the day: * More on Bob Corker's efforts to...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 4:14 PM Taking Offense At Same-Sex Marriage

I'm going to be wrapping up blogging today--though with the full quota of twelve posts!--because my pastor has asked me to assist at a wedding this afternoon. As it happens,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 3:41 PM WSJ Attacks Cruz For Spoiling the Game

Those hailing what happened with the debt limit increase yesterday as some sort of Revolt of the Grownups that will put the Tea Party back in its place and herald...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 3:05 PM Kuttner & Galston Continue the Entitlement Debate

As regular readers know, I've been drawing attention regularly to an online forum called "Progressive Perspectives on the New Deal/Great Society Entitlement Programs" over at The American Prospect which is...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 2:12 PM Lunch Buffet

Maybe this is an old-guy thing, but it still felt weird watching one Russian ice-skating pair in Sochi performing to the theme from The Addams Family and then another (the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 1:40 PM The Likely No-Wave House Election

None of this should come as a particular surprise to people who have been looking at the November landscape objectively, but at Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, Emory's Alan Abramowitz argues...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 1:19 PM Obamacare Working? La La La Can't Hear You!

As MoJo's Erica Eikelberger noted yesterday, Wednesday was a day full of positive developments for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act: More Americans enrolled in Obamacare plans in January...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 12:20 PM The Search for 2016 Sugar Daddies

At National Journal Shane Goldmacher has written up a key element of the "invisible primary" leading up to the 2016 presidential election, at least on the Republican side. That would...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 11:51 AM Christie the Double-Dealer

TNR's Alec MacGillis has trained his gimlet eye on the full record of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and its relationship to his current problems, and demonstrated pretty clearly that...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 11:12 AM The "No Lines" Solution to Long Election Lines

As we wonder whether the sensible bipartisan recommendations of the president's "Lines Commission" will gain any real traction, WaMo Contributing Editor (and former Oregen Secretary of State) Phil Keisling reminds...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 10:04 AM Hypocrite's Corner

As you will be shocked to learn, all twelve Senate Republicans who supported cloture on the debt limit bill yesterday voted against the actual bill. That was appropriate given the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 13, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

For no particular reason, here's Mississippi John Hurt performing "Lonesome Valley" in 1965....

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 6:16 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I knew Shaun White didn't win a medal yesterday, but I still stayed up past my bedtime to watch the USA get skunked in the men's halfpipe. It was a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 5:44 PM Did Wendy Davis "Flip-Flop" On Late-Term Abortions?

It was one of those political news stories that can be highly misleading if you don't look at it carefully: Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is being widely quoted...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 4:58 PM I Know Where You Live, RINO

Check out this strange little tale from BuzzFeed's John Stanton: A group of House Republicans has received a mysterious threat in recent weeks: an anonymous email that promises political retribution...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 4:45 PM The Secularist Menace

Maybe I just travel in different circles from my old buddy Damon Linker. But as a Man of the Left who is also a Christian, I just don't see the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 3:45 PM Cruz Forces McConnell's Hand

There's obviously no love lost between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and one of his ostensible underlings, Ted Cruz. But Cruz may have earned a special place on McConnell's enemies...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 2:46 PM Krystal Ball To HRC: Please Save Us From You!

Not being a frequent consumer of television political talk, I'm not familiar much at all with MSNBC contributor Krystal Ball; I've never once watched the show she co-hosts, The Cycle....

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 2:12 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm praying for all my friends and family in the Atlanta area, where 200,000 people are already without power even as the snow and ice gain momentum. Having lived through...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 1:10 PM See You In Court, Legalists

To an ever-increasing extent, the Republican case against Barack Obama's presidency is focused on the idea that he's a scofflaw. He's ignoring the plain meaning (sic!) of the Affordable Care...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 12:37 PM No Sure Formula For Winning Elections

Yesterday RealClearPolitics' Sean Trende sought to administer a comprehensive smackdown to the "demographic/geographic destiny" scenario of worried Republicans and optimistic Democrats (he was specifically addressing one of the former, Commentary's...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 11:27 AM Closing the Door on Debt Default Threats

However you interpret the partisan dynamics of the latest debt limit ballet, it is incontrovertible that congressional Republicans have decided (or will conclude after yesterday's vote) that debt limit measures...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 10:20 AM Has the Radical Conservative Fever Broken?

Yesterday House Republicans voted against a debt limit increase by a margin of 199-28. It was widely interpreted in the MSM and among progressive writers (examples: Molly Ball and Noam...

By Ed Kilgore

February 12, 2014 8:51 AM Daylight Video

Somehow waking up before dawn yet again today made me think of this song: Ella Fitzgerald performing "Midnight Sun."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 6:49 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I don't know what percentage of PA readers are in the path of Winter Storm Pax, but I'm sure it's pretty high. Be safe and if you are getting an...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 6:23 PM End of an Era

So moving even more rapidly than expected (with an assist from Winter Storm Pax), the House passed a "clean" debt limit bill by a margin of 221-201. Democrats favored it...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 5:53 PM "Explosive" New Revelations About HRC: No There There

If you frequent conservative websites, you are probably aware there's been a big brouhaha over some "explosive new revelations" about Hillary Clinton based on the publication of papers belonging to...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 4:51 PM The Pols Better Catch Up in North Carolina

You've probably heard of the Moral Mondays phenomenon in North Carolina, a remarkably broad-based protest movement aimed at dramatizing and resisting the sharp rightward turn taken by the Tar Heel...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 3:50 PM Bevin vs. McConnell: Vote for the Hypocrite. It's Important

There's something iconic about the latest exchange of fire in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary contest between Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and "true conservative" challenger Matt Bevin. The challenger is...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

The rain's gone in central California; the ice and snow are back in the Southeast; and it's getting dangerously warm in Sochi. Crazy weather is definitely the New Normal. *...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 1:43 PM Hanson on Putin: Ecce Homo!

It's no secret that many conservatives (and some liberals, for that matter) have a Napoleonic impulse: the desire for a Strong Man to emerge who scoffs at the niceties of...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 12:26 PM Bringing Back Monica Lewinsky

Sen. Rand Paul, echoed by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, think they've got a real game-changer in response to claims that the GOP is waging a "war on women:" bring back...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 11:30 AM Fiasco: House GOP Counting on Dems To Pass Debt Limit Bill

I assume we'll find out sooner or later what on earth John Boehner and Eric Cantor were thinking in publicly casting about for some debt limit conditions--even if it involved...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 10:58 AM Arkansas' Medicaid Expansion: Will Ideology Trump Objective Reality?

Amidst a revival of progressive hopes that the logic of the Medicaid expansion would eventually sway Republican officeholders in the 25 states that have not yet approved it, the state...

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 9:56 AM Bad Poker Players

Watching congressional Republicans stumble their way around the land mines of a debt limit increase and an immigration reform dilemma, it's hard not to lose respect for their political skills....

By Ed Kilgore

February 11, 2014 8:53 AM Daylight Video

No historical hooks are grabbing me today, so let's have some early blues. Here's Skip James with "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 6:47 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I nearly fell asleep at the keyboard this afternoon, but the ever-reliable Erick Erickson woke me up with a post that burned the cholesterol out of my cerebral arteries. Thanks,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 6:23 PM Basso Profundo

I obviously have no way of knowing if Sen. Ted Cruz is preparing to run for president or simply wants to earn lifetime access to conservative media outlets. But at...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 5:44 PM Excommunicated Again By Pope Erick I

Guess I should let you know, since I "pose" as a Christian, that people like me have again been excommunicated by Pope Erick I, who is persistently brazen in asserting...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 5:03 PM The Unsavory Case Against Early Voting

The campaign to restrict early voting opportunities around the country that broke out after the 2010 elections gave Republicans control of many states where they did not enjoy a stable...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 3:59 PM A Third Approach to Woody Allen

I'm not about to wade into the back-and-forth controversy involving Woody Allen, his ex-partner Mia Farrow, and his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Kathleen Geier has covered the story extensively here,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

I had big problems sleeping last night, which I will try not to attribute to the decision to watch last night's highly bathetic episode of The Walking Dead, which followed...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 1:25 PM The Vast Shredding of America's Moral Fiber

The only silver lining for the extended debate over extended unemployment insurance is that we are getting a good clear look at the standard conservative mindset about wealth and poverty,...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 12:50 PM Finally: A "Voter Fraud" Confession!

It appears Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has stepped in it a bit in a recent boast that his conservative bona fides dated back to a vote he cast for Ronald...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 12:05 PM Next Cookie on the "Repeal and Replace" Platter

I've been very interested to see whether the Coburn-Burr-Hatch PCARE proposal, which has been getting high hosannas from conservative think-tankers and gabbers, would gain enough purchase among Republican pols to...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 10:59 AM Schumer Says "Check"

In case you missed it yesterday, Senate Gang of Eight member Chuck Schumer went on Meet the Press and responded to the almost universal complaints of congressional Republicans that the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 10:28 AM One-Car Funeral

We've been led to believe congressional Republicans have figured out threatening a debt limit default is bad for business--literally and figuratively--right? And they understand Democrats are united around a "no...

By Ed Kilgore

February 10, 2014 8:30 AM Daylight Video

42 years ago today, David Bowie made his first appearance in the Ziggy Stardust persona that would make him a mega-star. Here he is a bit later performing the eponymous...

By Ed Kilgore

February 09, 2014 11:44 PM Evening headlines round-up

Here are some headlines making the news this evening: -- Michael Sam, a University of Missouri defensive lineman, has come out as gay. He will likely become the first openly...

By Kathleen Geier

February 09, 2014 5:49 PM Long read of the day: after a scientist makes some inconvenient discoveries, an agribusiness giant plots to destroy him

I wanted to be sure to call your attention to a really fabulous piece of journalism in the current issue of The New Yorker. It's by Rachel Aviv, and it...

By Kathleen Geier

February 09, 2014 3:17 PM The ACA makes it possible for workers to quit jobs they hate. This is awesome.

There's a very interesting story in today's Washington Post about workers who are now able to quit their jobs because of Obamacare. For example, here's the story of a woman...

By Kathleen Geier

February 09, 2014 9:39 AM The Dylan Farrow case and the power of internet

Fatigued by the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow saga? That's understandable. When the Onion starts satirizing a media obsession you know it's at or approaching jump-the-shark status. But I wanted to approach...

By Kathleen Geier

February 09, 2014 8:05 AM Morning music: The Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back"

Yesterday, I posted a link to a video from the new Dum Dum Girls album. I mentioned that the album, like their previous recordings, is produced by Richard Gottehrer. Gottehrer...

By Kathleen Geier

February 08, 2014 11:28 PM Opinion piece of the day: Paul Campos on the whining one percenters

Over at Salon.com, Paul Campos has published a nice piece about our increasingly whiny, out-of-touch plutocrats. Among other recent episodes, he mentions the case of the Texas rich kid who...

By Kathleen Geier

February 08, 2014 8:21 PM Could the ACA help the millions of Americans drowning in debt? A new study of Massachusetts health care reform offers some clues.

Everyone knows that expanding health care coverage will have a positive impact on health and well-being. But what about its effect on household debt? Medical debt is a terrible problem...

By Kathleen Geier

February 08, 2014 12:28 PM My response to Roxane Gay about public intellectuals and Dylan Farrow -- Woody Allen week continues!

Woody Allen week has culminated in the man himself writing this response to Dylan Farrow's charges that he sexually abused her. Dylan, of course, made those charges in the powerful...

By Kathleen Geier

February 08, 2014 9:27 AM On the Raiders' cheerleaders wage theft suit: no pay for practices, unreimbursed expenses, and $125 per 10-hour work day

Earlier this week, Josh Eidelson published a eye-opening interview with two cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders -- or "Raiderettes," as they are called -- about why they are suing the...

By Kathleen Geier

February 08, 2014 8:53 AM Morning music: Dum Dum Girls, "Lost Boys and Girls Club"

I realize that many of you were expecting to see Martin here this morning, as Ed announced. But there's been a bit of a mix-up and I'm on duty instead....

By Kathleen Geier

February 07, 2014 5:53 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

There are a lot of weird viruses going around in these parts, and I seem to have one or two of them, so it's going to be a serious LOB...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 5:07 PM The House GOP's Balanced Empty Gesture

Having struck out on devising some sort of big budget-cutting measure, or some highly symbolic victory (e.g., approval of the Keystone XL pipeline or cancellation of Obamacare "risk corridor" subsidies),...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 4:52 PM Biden: Why Not Me?

We're at that silly stage of the 2016 presidential cycle where media folk are challenging potential candidates to rule themselves in or out. It's interesting that it's considered news today...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 4:03 PM Early Returns

As Greg Sargent points out at Plum Line today, the special election campaign to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) is increasingly revolving around Obamacare, particularly now that...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 3:14 PM Wanting a Fight More Than a Win

Republican Senators have managed to get sideways with AIPAC on the Iran sanctions bill, as the powerful pro-Israel group conspicuously sided with Democratic cosponsor Robert Menendez as against 42 Republicans...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the hiatus, but I'm decidedly under the weather today, and also had an unexpectedly long work call. Here are some midday doses of sunshine and rain: * Turkish...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 1:18 PM Data Dogs, Over and Under

I noted yesterday (with approval) that the DSCC seems to be making a serious effort to change the shape of the midterm electorate in 2014. If it works, it will...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 12:49 PM Pol Fatigue

At Ten Miles Square, In response to a suggestion from Kevin Drum that voters might just get tired of Hillary Clinton, Seth Masket says: Nah. There's no real evidence of...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 11:05 AM JournoList: The Legend Lives On

I hadn't really noticed it until now, but Real Clear Politics has this regular feature called "Morning Commute" in which one or two of their editors interview some journalistic figure...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 10:22 AM Just the Kind of Advice She Needs

One of the most difficult things about being Hillary Clinton right now is the abundance of gratuitous advice she is receiving about how to conduct a presidential campaign she may...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 8:48 AM Another Murky Jobs Report

The jobs report for January continued last month's inscrutability, probably for some of the same weather-related reasons. With consensus expectations running around 190,000, the economy added only 113,000 net new...

By Ed Kilgore

February 07, 2014 8:17 AM Daylight Video

50 years ago today, the Beatles arrived in New York for their first visit to the U.S. Here's one of the songs they performed two days later on the Ed...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 5:53 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Probably like a lot of you, I'm ambivalent about watching the Sochi Olympics, particular if it's served up by NBC with a lot of sycophantic media hype and those excessively...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 4:53 PM Third Strike on UI

Not that anyone is particularly surprised, but it should be noted that the Senate failed a third time today to overcome a Republican filibuster against an extension of unemployment benefits....

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 4:18 PM Sorry, No Legislation Because We Don't Like Obama

The latest excuse for Republican inaction on immigration reform that all GOP factions seem to be promoting is that you can't trust Barack Obama to implement it properly or, for...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 3:22 PM Arms Length

Amidst all the talk of vulnerable Democratic candidates "keeping their distance" from Barack Obama, it's good to see (via Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press) there's a Republican encountering...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 3:07 PM Time for Mutually Assured Dessert?

As federal budget deficits continue to decline, and austerian debt-and-deficit hawkery continues to lose its death grip on the punditocracy, and "grand bargain" budget negotiations fade from view, it's as...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 1:37 PM Lunch Buffet

More blessed rain today on the Central Coast, with sporadic rain likely the next few days. Looks like the Bay Area could get a soaking right on through until Tuesday....

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 1:09 PM Baker on Generational Equity, Health Care Providers, and Keneysian Economics

The roundtable on progressive perspectives on entitlements cosponsored by The American Prospect and The Democratic Strategist formally came to an end last week, but today Dean Baker of the Center...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 12:47 PM Another GOP Retreat

After the rather ambivalent (some would say counterproductive) results of last week's House GOP retreat, Senate Republicans had their own yesterday, choosing the nearby Library of Congress rather than some...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 11:44 AM A Frontal Assault on the Midterm Falloff

If Ashley Parker's report in the New York Times today on the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee's midterm strategy is accurate, Democrats are for the first time really concentrating on addressing...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 11:03 AM Behind the Koch Veil

A big part of the veil surrounding David and Charles Koch and the manner in which they use politics to serve their corporate interests is the fairy-tale narrative they've written...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 9:52 AM This Should Be Good

As House Republicans stumbled away from their retreat last week, there was apparently a division of labor within the leadership, with the Speaker focused on immigration reform strategy and Majority...

By Ed Kilgore

February 06, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

On this day 16 years ago, Austrian superstar Falco (Johann Holzel) was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Here's his 1982 international hit "Der Kommissar."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 6:11 PM Day's End an Night Watch

National Signing Day over in East; Georgia's class of 21 signees ranked 8th by Rivals and 247 Sports, 12th by Scout, 9th by ESPN. Here are some remains of the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 5:39 PM More Pressure on Cohn

This is purely insider news from HuffPost's Michael Calderone, but still interesting to some of us: Wonkblog's Sarah Kliff and Brad Plumer, and WaPo foreign policy blogger Max Fisher are...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 5:17 PM What? GOPers Want More Spending for Debt Limit Vote?

I've been following the rather meandering course of the House GOP on the impending debt limit increase, mainly focusing on the contradiction between the leadership's constant assurances there will be...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 4:22 PM Epistemic Closure in Action

The kerfuffle over CBO's estimates for the Affordable Care Act's "risk corridors" program--which undermined a fast-moving Republican campaign to make repealing "insurance companies subsidies" a central demand (and perhaps even...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 3:27 PM Don't Run, Chris!

The Prospect's Paul Waldman offers a very simple way out of Scandal City for Chris Christie: If he announced tomorrow that he won't run in 2016, the national media's interest...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

Okay, so it's lunchtime, and I've given a gander to National Signing Day action. In Rivals rankings so far, SEC teams have 5 of top 8 classes, 6 of top...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 1:43 PM Another "Hastert Rule" Violation to Pass Debt Limit Bill?

There's been a lot of talk for months now about John Boehner needing a "Hastert Rule" (an informal but critical-to-conservatives guideline against bringing major legislation to the House floor without...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 1:16 PM Wingnutapalooza Update

There's a new poll out (by Kellyanne Conway for Citizens United) of the Senate GOP Republican primary field in Georgia, which I've described as a "right-wing petri dish" and that...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 11:54 AM A Choice of Conservative Narratives About Obamacare and Work

There's an interesting split already developing in ConservativeWorld about the implications of yesterday's CBO report suggesting that Obamacare will reduce employment levels (there's less interest, for obvious reasons, in the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 11:18 AM Smoker's Ghetto Gets a Little Smaller

The announcement by the CVS pharmacy chain that by October 1 it will no longer sell cigarettes or other tobacco products had an air of inevitability about it, like the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 10:02 AM Scott Walker's Opening

If you are a national political pundit, all of Chris Christie's problems create a problem in how you write about the 2016 presidential field, which has to be mentioned in...

By Ed Kilgore

February 05, 2014 8:50 AM Daylight Video

None of the historical hooks are grabbing me, so let's do some blues: here's Freddie King with "Same Old Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 6:02 PM Day's End and Night Watch

So tomorrow's National Signing Day for college football recruits, but looks like relatively little drama involved, so I'll try not to peek at the standings until lunch time. Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 5:24 PM Coming To a Right-Wing Talking Point Near You

Buried in today's CBO budget update (along with a downward revision of budget deficits and a debunking of the "risk corridors bailout" meme) is an item that is already echoing...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 4:54 PM Limits on the Power To Stop Deporting

For anyone who wonders why the president doesn't just take Rich Trumka's advice and force Congress into action on immigration reform by halting deportations, Wonkblog's Brad Plumer has a very...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 4:26 PM Profiles in Leadership

To anyone who thought my take on the House GOP Retreat was too harsh, check out these developments today. First, here's Mitch McConnell on immigration (via TPM's Sahil Kapur): Senate...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 3:36 PM Hillary and the Inevitability Factor

Ben Smith and Ruby Cramer of Buzzfeed got several former and present members of the Obama political team to trash Hillary Clinton's aborning 2016 campaign as representing a reprise of...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 2:50 PM Big Farm-a Wins Again

The final 5-year Farm Bill steaming towards the president's desk after extended delays killed direct cash payments to farmer, and the SNAP (food stamp) cuts in the bill were limited...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

It's not right that the post-Superbowl news gulch is persisting into Tuesday. Get over it, America. Here are some midday shreds and shards, lightly toasted: * New CBO estimates show...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 1:19 PM If You Don't Love the Rich....

In its efforts to defend--or at least marginally legitimize--Tom Perkins' claims via a letter to the editor of a direct parallel between "class wafare" against the very rich and eliminationist...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 12:05 PM Socialized Law

I don't know if this is The New Republic's idea of reconciling wonkiness with click-baiting, or if it's the product of a writer-researcher project gone wild, but Noam Scheiber's big...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 11:07 AM Excitement Mounts As Debt Limit Hostage List Narrows

No degree of mockery, it appears, will interfere with the excitement conservatives are undergoing as their congressional representatives debate which demand they will briefly make in connection with a debt...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 9:42 AM Sounding the Retreat

Watching all the intra-Republican turmoil going on this week over immigration policy, Obamacare alternatives and the debt limit got me to wondering: isn't this the sort of disarray that party...

By Ed Kilgore

February 04, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

Patty Hearst was kidnapped on this day forty years ago. Here's The Misfits' tribute to her: "She."...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 5:42 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I didn't write about Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death today because Kathleen Geier covered it well yesterday. But he was one of the very few actors whose presence alone would...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 5:00 PM Obamacare Ruined the Super Bowl

No one actually (so far as I know) actually said Obamacare ruined the Super Bowl, but it's about as credible a claim as Marc Thiessen made in his WaPo column...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 4:43 PM Meritocracy

Speaking of inequality: I'm glad to see that my own profession of political journalism remains a pure meritocracy at its most rarefied levels, with the announcement that ABC has hired...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 4:18 PM Stuck in the Middle With You

For anyone spending time in the actual country, it's been obvious for a while that the renewed interest in economic inequality hasn't flowed from government reports or anybody's statistics, but...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 3:50 PM Medicaid Waiver Door Closing?

As anyone closely watching the battle over Medicaid expansion is aware, HHS has been holding out the lure of granting waivers to states who are willing to expand eligibility in...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Dreadful post-Super Bowl slough in news today. Heard somewhere that 60% of Americans are taking the day off, but can't quite view this is a holiday. So we'll do the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 1:23 PM What? They Didn't Built That?

One of the most amusing subtexts of what is appearing to be a disastrous House GOP retreat last week is that Eric Cantor spent time trying to tutor his troops...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 12:14 PM Some Very Unsurprising Senate Democratic "Splits" With Obama

As part of the "narrative" that Barack Obama has lost his mojo of late, and reflecting also the ever-popular "Democrats-in-disarray" meme, we're hearing that Senate Democrats are "rebelling" against the...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 10:57 AM Why Compromise on Abortion Policy Is So Very Difficult

You'd think, wouldn't you, that people who say they are deeply concerned about the incidence of abortions--particularly those brutal Kermit Gosnell late-term abortions--would be delighted at the news of a...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 9:43 AM Immigration Rope-a-Dope

Want to know how bad the mistrust has gotten within the ranks of the GOP on immigration policy? When House GOP (sorta kinda) proponents of comprehensive immigration reform downplay their...

By Ed Kilgore

February 03, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

Buddy Holly, J.P (Big Bopper) Richardson, Ritchie Valens and a 21-year-old pilot died early on this day in 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa, as the small plane they were traveling...

By Ed Kilgore

February 02, 2014 10:37 PM G.O.P. lies about Obamacare, part the infinite

Krugman makes a good catch. Remember "Bette in Spokane," the woman who was mentioned in the Republican response to the State of the Union address, who supposedly has to pay...

By Kathleen Geier

February 02, 2014 5:52 PM New research reveals that unemployment is especially hellish in the U.S. -- because unemployed Americans blame themselves for their plight

Via Mark Thoma's indispensable Economist's View I stumbled across this fascinating article about a new book that examines how Americans experience unemployment. Ofer Sharone, a sociologist at MIT, compared unemployment...

By Kathleen Geier

February 02, 2014 3:50 PM Outrageous abuse of due process on death row: an execution takes place minutes before the appeals process is exhausted

This is ghastly: last week, the state of Missouri executed a man before his federal appeals were exhausted. The man was -- but of course -- African-American, and -- oh...

By Kathleen Geier

February 02, 2014 2:05 PM Tragic news: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead

This is truly horrific news. Sources are reporting that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46. According to the New York Daily...

By Kathleen Geier

February 02, 2014 7:59 AM Superbowl morning music: Grimes, "Oblivion"

Today is Superbowl Sunday. I am not football fan and never have been, so I don't have much to say about that -- Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl is more my...

By Kathleen Geier

February 01, 2014 6:30 PM The New York Times publishes an open letter from Dylan Farrow, accusing her adoptive father Woody Allen of sexual assault

Tonight, the New York Times has published an explosive open letter from Dylan Farrow, the adoptive daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. In the letter, Dylan, a 28-year old...

By Kathleen Geier

February 01, 2014 3:39 PM Conference that promises to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace" invites CEOs and Hollywood types aplenty -- but snubs labor unions

In a little over a week, along a "breathtaking" stretch of Pacific coastline, the MAKERS, a TV and digitial initiative, will host its inaugural conference. MAKERS boasts that it will...

By Kathleen Geier

February 01, 2014 1:39 PM Walmart's holiday profits are way down. Food stamp cuts are a big part of the reason.

The Financial Times reports that, according to estimates, fourth quarter sales and profits were down for Walmart, the nation's largest retailer. Previously, Walmart had announced that sales were expected to...

By Kathleen Geier

February 01, 2014 10:11 AM Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" Organization Honors Anti-Choice, Anti-Feminist G.O.P. Lawmaker

Well, well -- who saw this coming? It seems that Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit organization, Lean In, is honoring, as one of its “Trailblazing Women You May Not Know (But Should),”...

By Kathleen Geier

February 01, 2014 8:41 AM Morning music: Neko Case, "Man"

Here's Neko Case performing one of the best and most provocative songs from her excellent album of last year. The album is titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I...

By Kathleen Geier

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