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July 2014 Archives

July 31, 2014 5:11 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Blogging from a gridlocked I-285 right now. Anyone who's been on that perimeter highway during rush hour can imagine my chagrin. Here are some remains of the day: * WaPo...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 4:45 PM Wall Street as a New York State of Mind

Nestled in a long Prospect interview of Walter Shapiro by Harold Meyerson on All Things Hillary is a nugget that's worth pondering: [T]he worst thing that could have happened to...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 4:18 PM No Laughing Matter

After today's activities in the U.S. House of Representatives, I read for a second time Gail Collins' New York Times column on the bill that did pass today, authorizing a...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 3:34 PM Another Big House GOP Fail

Despite some nativist tweaks aimed at getting conservatives on board, the House GOP leadership (operating for the first time with Kevin McCarthy instead of Eric Cantor holding the whip) had...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 2:19 PM Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the late lunch, but as explained earlier, it was unavoidable. Thanks to Martin for filling in. Here are some just-in-time midday news/views treats. * Rep. Rosa DeLauro introduces...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 1:19 PM Breaking the Fever

At The Week, Damon Linker speaks for a lot of non-Republicans and what's left of the GOP's more conventionally conservative wing in suggesting that the party won't be open to...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 11:46 AM We Are So Far From Owning Our Responsibilities

Although some people dispute this, when the sun comes up in the morning, it is sometimes described as a sunrise. In other news, when you torture someone to death, it...

By Martin Longman

July 31, 2014 11:01 AM Should We Re-Elect a Do-Nothing Congress?

Bill Kristol advises the House Republicans to pass nothing to address the crisis at the border involving a flood of unaccompanied minors arriving from distressed Central American countries. If the...

By Martin Longman

July 31, 2014 9:15 AM Equipose at the Fed

The monthly Open Market Committee meeting of the Federal Reserve Board coincided with yesterday's second-quarter GDP estimates, which means monetary hawks were raising the volume of their harsh cries for...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 8:23 AM Nothing To See Here, Folks, Just Talking To Our Lawyers

So on a virtual party-line vote (no Democrats voted "yea," five Republicans--two of whom actually favor impeachment--voted "nay"), House GOPers formally authorized a lawsuit against the president over his alleged...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 7:58 AM Big Fight Over When To Deport Everybody

Whenever there's talk of a "Republican civil war," the first thing I want to know is whether a given dispute is over values and politics, or instead over strategy and...

By Ed Kilgore

July 31, 2014 7:40 AM Daylight Video

The furor over this season's Bachelorette revived memories of the song of that name by Trip Shakespeare, circa 1991:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 6:16 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Quick notice: tomorrow we're interring my mother's ashes with her late husband Chuck at the V.A. National Cemetery, so Martin will be filling in with a couple of midday posts....

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 5:44 PM The Return of Nick Ayers

Bells may ring in the memories of some political junkies--particularly those familiar with Georgia politics--when the name "Nick Ayers" is mentioned. Ayers was a College Republican activist and student at...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 4:45 PM Lining Up For The New Immigration Reform Bus

As the drive for comprehensive immigration reform legislation has stalled, it's been replaced by the high likelihood of executive action to provide de facto legalization to millions of undocumented immigrants....

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 3:55 PM Can the Big Brains of the GOP Survive the Primaries?

Not a day after I wrote some uncharitable things about the emerging 2016 GOP presidential field, John Dickerson suggested that field is just bursting with brains. No, really: What if...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 12:49 PM Lunch Buffet

Want to know how slow a news day it is here in Georgia? Atlanta Journal-Constitution did write-up of Republican congressional staffer from Augusta who made The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 12:24 PM More Catholic Than the Pope

Want a good indication of how savagely House Republicans hate "liberalism," particularly when it comes to a determination to deal with economic inequality? It looks like an blandly-worded bipartisan resolution...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 11:52 AM Fleeing the Scene of the Crime

This column at WaPo from the Cook Political Report's intrepid analyst David Wasserman kinda speaks for itself: As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I’ve personally interviewed...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 10:31 AM Mideast Fatigue

One of the most common expressions you hear from pundits (and for that matter, regular Americans) about the Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of sheer fatigue. Peace seems a perpetual mirage;...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 9:59 AM The NLRB Lifts the Veil From the Franchise Model

TNR's Alec MacGillis calls it an object-lesson in why it matters who controls the executive branch of the federal government, and it is that. But more basically, the general counsel...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 9:29 AM GDP Back in Black

Some sort of rebound from the terrible first quarter numbers was inevitable, but the actual second-quarter GDP estimates were nothing less than outstanding, per this report from the New York...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 8:44 AM Boomerang

Over at TPM Cafe I did a column that pulls together several themes I've been writing about here: among others, the GOP's consistent choice of short-term over long-term strategies; the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 30, 2014 8:08 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1966, the Troggs' "Wild Thing" reached number one on the U.S. charts. Here it is:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 4:49 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I have some time-sensitive and labor-intensive family business to conduct, so I'm wrapping up a bit early today. Here are some remains of the day: * Three-judge panel of 5th...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 4:33 PM Paul Joins the Presidential Campaign Book Parade

Here's an entirely predictable report from the Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working on a new book that will come out early next year - about the same...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 3:44 PM No, Rich Coastal Liberals Aren't Trying to "Exile" Poor Californians

One of the most revealing and powerfully supported movement-conservative memes going back to the Nixon years is that liberals are mostly upscale parasites who are actually hostile to poor and...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Georgia aflame with Josh (Brother of Aaron) Murray victory on Bachelorette. Here are some less cheesy midday news/views treats: * Pelosi pushing for quick House vote on V.A. "fix" bill...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 12:56 PM Where Could They Have Gotten That Idea?

Get a load of this, from TPM's Sahil Kapur: House Speaker John Boehner torched Democrats on Tuesday over talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, insisting that Republicans have no such...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 12:43 PM The Coming Red State Ghetto of the Uninsured

Via Harold Pollack, the Urban Institute estimates that the percentage of Americans without health insurance living in states that have rejected the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion jumped from just...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 11:54 AM Florida's Toxic Twins

What do Rick Scott and Charlie Crist most notably have in common, other than the fact that they were the Republican gubernatorial nominees in Florida in 2006 and 2010, respectively,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 11:03 AM Is Ernst a Potential Gaffe Machine?

National Republicans are real psyched about the possibility of picking up Tom Harkin's Senate seat, and are generally pleased with their nominee, Joni Ernst, who managed to attract both Establishment...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 9:11 AM Adding Stars to the Flag

Knowing Michael Lind, I am quite sure he was deadly serious in proposing at Salon yesterday that the larger states break themselves up into smaller pieces in order to outgun...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 8:29 AM Obama's Immigration Options

TPM's Erica Werner has a good overview today of the options the president is considering with respect to executive action on immigration--not the short-term problem of current and recent refugees...

By Ed Kilgore

July 29, 2014 7:54 AM Daylight Video

Cream had their live debut in Manchester on this day in 1966. Here they are performing Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" at their farewell concert in 1968....

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 5:25 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Another primary-less Tuesday tomorrow, but things will heat up against next week with six contests. Here are some remains of the day: * Sen. John Walsh's current line of defense...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 5:00 PM Republicans Looking For Plan B With Latinos

Now that it is clear the high tide of Republican interest in comprehensive immigration reform occurred early in 2013 and has receded to a point far beyond the disastrous "self-deportation"...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 4:22 PM The Lie That Won't Die

I didn't bother to read John Boehner's USAToday op-ed on his lawsuit against the president. But Brother Benen did, and via him we learn that in the mixed salted assortment...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 2:54 PM Blue Moon Over V.A.

I'll go with Paul Waldman's announcement of the news we are about to see a "fix" bill for the V.A. health care system fly down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

So I had a tooth extracted this morning (which accounts for the very early pre-appointment posts), and I knew I was in Georgia because the dental assistant sternly admonished me...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 1:09 PM Something About Mary

I wrote earlier today that the bad image of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce among conservative activists might have been a significant factor in the defeat of Georgia Senate candidate...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 12:50 PM A Bead on Lamar!

So if you believe gabbers like Laura Ingraham were significantly responsible for the shocking defeat of Eric Cantor, it's worth noting she's drawn a bead on Sen. Lamar Alexander, generally...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 10:44 AM Five Examples of Bad GOP Strategery

At the Prospect today, Paul Waldman argues that the Republican Party has been locked in the grip of political incompetence since the 2004 elections. I tend to agree, but while...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 9:56 AM Pinstriped Traitors to the Cause

Now that nearly a week's gone by since Georgia's Senate Republican runoff, the belief is beginning to set in that the crucial factor leading to David Perdue's upset win over...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 9:22 AM HRC and the Refugees

This morning at the Plum Line, Greg Sargent draws attention to an interview Hillary Clinton conducted with Fusion's Jorge Ramos over the weekend positioning herself somewhat differently than the president...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 7:22 AM How To Stay Deluded 24-7

I guess it was inevitable: after telling her minions that virtually every source of information this side of Breitbart is controlled by godless elites who mock their beloved True American...

By Ed Kilgore

July 28, 2014 7:00 AM Daylight Video

Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield would have been 70 today (instead he died in 1981). Here's his band Electric Flag performing at Monterey Pop in 1967....

By Ed Kilgore

July 27, 2014 4:25 PM It's a little late to pretend you want to govern

This would be funny if it weren't so pathetic: House Republicans want to use their final week in Washington before the August recess to send a signal that they are...

By David Atkins

July 27, 2014 2:22 PM Selling water for profit during a record drought?

Someone will have to explain why a sane society would still allow this to be legal, because I can't figure it out: mong the windmills and creosote bushes of San...

By David Atkins

July 27, 2014 2:14 PM New York State of Mind

Lord knows I've had my criticisms of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry in the past--her decision to bring on notorious climate disinformer Bjorn Lomborg to discuss the climate crisis in April 2014,...

By D.R. Tucker

July 27, 2014 12:50 PM The Great American Melting Pot

Maybe the fundamentalists who insist that we are in the Last Days are on to something. After all, if George Will is saying something logical, that must mean Armageddon is...

By D.R. Tucker

July 27, 2014 8:45 AM The four basic American reactions to record inequality

Most people still feel that, despite recent small upticks in good economic news, things still aren't going very well. It's obvious why: Economic inequality in the United States has been...

By David Atkins

July 27, 2014 6:07 AM Keep On Pushing

Ten years ago today, at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Illinois State Senator and US Senate candidate Barack Obama delivered the speech heard 'round the world. There was plenty...

By D.R. Tucker

July 26, 2014 8:38 PM Internet issues can provide an object lesson for Democrats

Good things do occasionally come out of Congress, even this one: Consumers will soon be able to free their cell phones from the grip of wireless carriers thanks to legislation...

By David Atkins

July 26, 2014 12:20 PM Tyson's Knock-Out

Tell me, what did Neil DeGrasse Tyson do to be targeted by the wingnuts at National Review? Last night on HBO's Real Time, host Bill Maher discussed the acidic attack...

By D.R. Tucker

July 26, 2014 11:45 AM If corporations are people, shouldn't they have to expatriate like people?

It's a common complaint among American expatriates: no matter how far away you go, you can't escape Uncle Sam's taxes. But that's not the case with American corporations that move...

By David Atkins

July 26, 2014 8:45 AM Basic universal income gets even more traction--from both sides of the aisle

I wrote yesterday morning at Hullabaloo about the growing momentum toward basic universal income as a mainstream policy idea. The idea is attractive for a number of reasons, and appeals...

By David Atkins

July 26, 2014 6:11 AM Garden Party

Speaking of George W. Bush, Al Gore, and political conventions of yore, today is the tenth anniversary of the commencement of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, held at the TD...

By D.R. Tucker

July 26, 2014 5:09 AM American Hustle

Whatever you are selling, Sen. Rand Paul, I'm not buying--and I hope that no one of sound mind, regardless of color, buys it either. It is profoundly irresponsible on the...

By D.R. Tucker

July 25, 2014 5:30 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Soon as I bragged about the temperate weather in Georgia this week, I got caught in a torrential downpour and then the thermometer hit over 90. Figures. Here are some...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 4:51 PM The Changing Nature of What's Usual and Reasonable

My colleague Martin Longman has an elegant and persuasive essay at Ten Miles Square today that's one of the better rejoinders I've ever read to the secular religion of constitutional...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 4:17 PM "The Left" is the New Center-Left

Doug Sosnik, a very smart cookie, has a somewhat meandering piece up at Poltiico Magazine today with the rather lurid title: "Blue Crush: How the left took over the Democratic...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 3:04 PM Work That Doesn't "Work" For Working Families

Regular readers know that headlines like this one over a piece by The Atlantic's Molly Ball make me a bit crazy: "The One Number That Will Decide This Year's Election."...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 2:47 PM A Token Attack on Corporate Welfare

National Review's John Fund trumpets the big approaching moment: It seems like decades since Republicans have been able to permanently zero out a government program of any size. The tea-party...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

For once, I'm actually eating lunch while I write this post: the kind of Tex-Mex food that's abundant in Georgia but not in California. I miss it now and then....

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 11:06 AM Who Decides Congressional Intent?

The whole hep conservative policy world (or at least the portion not burning incense before the image of Paul Ryan) is abuzz today with the discovery of a 2012 video...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 10:51 AM Has Ryan Regained His Pointy-Headedness?

Aside from the policy implications of Paul Ryan's new poverty plan, and its collision with the fiscal priorities he so recently championed, Ross Douthat raises the internal GOP question of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 10:09 AM Impeachment and the Goldilocks Principle

The first polling I've seen comparing public attitudes towards the ideas of impeaching or suing the president is out from CNN/ORC. And it helps explain why the House GOP is...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 9:32 AM The Truth About Devolution

A key feature of Paul Ryan's new "poverty plan" is what he calls an "opportunity grant," which is basically a mega-block grant with the main strings being a universal work...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 8:39 AM Cali Rally

It's not really news any more that all the conservative doomsaying about California has turned out to be wildly off-base. But Paul Krugman decides to rub it in today, particularly...

By Ed Kilgore

July 25, 2014 7:49 AM Daylight Video

Big Mama Thornton died on this day thirty years ago. Here she is in one of her last performances, singing the song she wrote but that Janis Joplin made famous,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 5:58 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Now that I got an especially pointy-headed post out of my system, time to wrap. They did like it at The Episcopal Cafe. Here are some remains of the day:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 5:17 PM Ryan and Cranmer

I wasn't going to write about this, but what the hell, it's late afternoon and this is the 11th post, so.... It seems the emerging argument from Paul Ryan now...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 4:35 PM Sticking to the Big Antichoice Lie

Today's "news" item that's no news at all comes from the New York Times' Jeremy Peters, whose piece has this not terribly factual headline: "Conservatives Write an Assertive New Script...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 3:44 PM The Two Paul Ryans

Ezra Klein has been accused of being of two minds about Paul Ryan, though in truth his once abundant praise for the Wisconsin Randian Thomist ended abruptly upon the appearance...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 1:25 PM Lunch Buffet

The temptation to eat bad-for-me food is really overwhelming here in Georgia. Indulged in the fried green tomato bacon & cheese sandwich at Doug's Place in Emerson on Sunday, but...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 12:47 PM More, Always More, on the "Enthusiasm Gap"

As officials score-keepers of voter "enthusiasm," Pew is back with its latest estimates of the GOP "enthusiasm gap" at this point in the midterm cycle. Here's the relatively good, or...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 12:02 PM Walsh and the Plagiarism Charge

Clearly the Lord decided to toy with Democrats the last week, as a couple of polls came out suggesting that appointed Sen. John Walsh might not quite be the lost...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 11:27 AM Another Ex-Centrist Speaks Out

If you want a good morning morale-booster about the righteousness of the progressive political stance, you should read the apologia penned by military journalist and historian Thomas Ricks at, of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 10:49 AM Will a Lawsuit Energize the Base?

Greg Sargent reports today that the DCCC is planning to make the House GOP's sponsorship of a lawsuit against the president a major talking point in campaign communications this August:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 10:28 AM Jeb's Tin Ear

Since some folk probably continue to believe that electoral salvation for the GOP depends on turning once again to the Bush family for help, and because he's one of the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 9:20 AM When Will You Stop Beating Your Ally?

I really thought the peculiar use of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a political weapon against Barack Obama had reached its point of diminishing returns back in the 2012 presidential cycle,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 24, 2014 8:30 AM Daylight Video

Let's have some vintage Chicago blues today. Here's Magic Sam performing "Sam's Boogie" in 1969....

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 5:00 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Fourth day in Georgia and temperature hasn't topped 90 yet! And it's in mid-70s back in Central Cali, which is balmy for there. Here are some remains of the day:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 4:15 PM Another Hand Cannon Found At Cannon

This isn't big news, but does seem to indicate a scary trend (per a report from Roll Call): Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 3:35 PM Don't Expect Captain Ahab To Save Moby Dick

At Lunch Buffet I deployed a mocking tone in linking to Ezra Klein's Vox piece suggesting that the DC Circuit three-judge panel's decision in the Halbig case couldn't possibly stand...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 2:38 PM Glastris Talks About Putin and the Republicans' "Big Lobotomy" on Newsmax TV

Earlier this week I was on Newsmax TV discussing the situation in the Ukraine and our new cover story "The Big Lobotomy: How Republicans Made Congress Stupid." Did the interview...

By Paul Glastris

July 23, 2014 1:38 PM Lunch Buffet

Little groggy from a late night staring at county returns from Georgia. It was nice, though, to do so knowing where most of those counties (GA has 159 of the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 1:05 PM Climbing Out of the Hole in Gaza

Whenever madness and violence breaks out in the Middle East, I generally look to Gershom Gorenberg, the Prospect's correspondent in the area, to make sense of it all. His latest...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 11:56 AM Stepped-On Heroin Not the Problem

Sad to say, the death by drug overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman revived ancient talk about heroin being dangerous because you just never know who's diluted or "stepped on"...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 10:49 AM Downballot Nailbiter

There was one set of contests on the Georgia ballot yesterday of slightly more than symbolic interest: School Superintendent runoffs in both parties that represented real choices of philosophy. On...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 10:22 AM Life Without Mitch

I don't know if the Senate Republican Conference has informal rules like those of Tudor England, in which publicly contemplating the death of the monarch was considered an act of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 10:00 AM Replacing Georgia's House Wingnuts

Yesterday I suggested we might see a "con-con trifecta" in Georgia Republican House runoffs yesterday, with my main doubt being the viability of "Dr. Bob" Johnson in a relatively high...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 9:11 AM Perdue Upsets Kingston

As you know if you were paying attention to political news last night, David Perdue very narrowly defeated Rep. Jack Kingston in GA's Republican Senate runoff after a nasty "who's...

By Ed Kilgore

July 23, 2014 7:51 AM Daylight Video

It's Alison Krauss' 43d birthday. As a bridge from yesterday's Costello commemoration, here's Krauss performing the haunting song Elvis wrote with T.-Bone Burnett, "Scarlet Tide."...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 5:30 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I've got a long (or with luck, not-so-long) night of results watching and a midnight deadline for a TPMCafe column, so I'm happy to sign off. Hope I can avoid...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 5:08 PM The Senate Candidate To Beat

In the comment thread after my overview of the U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia today, there was some talk about an issue I hadn't addressed: which GOP candidate would Democrats...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 4:49 PM Fourth Circuit Contradicts DC Circuit on Obamacare Subsidies

If you need further assurance of the very tentative nature of the gigantic defeat supposedly suffered by the Obama administration via the split decision of a three-judge panel of the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 3:04 PM Christian Identity Politics in Tennessee

Since I've been saying some less-than-laudatory things about politics in my home state of Georgia, let's train our eyes at some hijinks in a different state. The story is interesting...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 12:38 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm ahead of schedule on posting, so I'm doing Lunch Buffet a bit early to accommodate a family business chore that may take a couple of hours. Be back when...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 12:17 PM What Split on the Left About Hobby Lobby?

The minute I read the headline of Molly Ball's much-quoted piece for The Atlantic--"How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights"--I figured Religion Dispatch's Sarah Posner would...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 12:02 PM DC Circuit Panel Agrees To Blow Up Obamacare

It's not the kind of definitive decision that should justify conservative gabbers dancing with joy at the prospect of denying millions of people of health insurance, while panicking many progressives....

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 11:30 AM Con-Con Trifecta in GA House Runoffs?

If you wanted a pretty good laboratory experiment of the "Year of the Republican Establishment" narrative, it might be in today's three Georgia U.S. House GOP runoffs, all occurring in...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 10:28 AM Rick Perry Gets His Swagger Back

No doubt about it: there's something almost biblical about Rick Perry's sudden return to the national limelight in GOP politics (though it's not clear which angelic or demonic role he's...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 9:39 AM Where's the Wave?

I've been saying this for a while, but The Upshot's Nate Cohn says it better: if there's going to be some sort of Republican "wave" election this year, it's going...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 9:01 AM Runoff Day in Georgia

It's a rainy, humid runoff election day in Georgia, being held an unusual nine weeks after the primary, which has confused some voters. The mid-summer Vacation timing, the weather, the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 22, 2014 7:30 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1977, Elvis Costello's first album, My Aim Is True, was released. I first heard it at a party in Athens, GA, soon thereafter, and from the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 5:24 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Spent the whole day being startled by every glance at the clock. Adjusting to EDT not as easy as getting to sleep in. Here are some remains of the day:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 4:49 PM Less Imprisonment Does Not Mean More Crime

There's a very important post from Wonkblog's Emily Badger today about a Sentencing Project report on crime trends in New York and New Jersey, states that have significantly reduced their...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 4:20 PM Anachronism on Deficits and Debt

Today Paul Krugman offers a brief refresher course for the distracted on rapidly declining estimates of U.S. federal government deficits and debt: The budget office predicts that this year’s federal...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 3:37 PM Pursuing the Francophobic Vote

As runoff day draws night in GA, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway has one more example of the atmosphere of more-conservative-than-thou hysteria that has infected the GOP Senate contest like...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 3:17 PM We Want More of Everything!

A Gallup survey out today is getting some buzz for suggesting that Americans overwhelmingly want more bidness people in public office: Four in five Americans (81%) say the U.S. would...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

For the record, I've never been a big Cat Stevens fan. But he was a pretty big deal in the 70s, and his personal story is fascinating. So there. Here...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 1:27 PM Agony and Ecstasy of Georgia Democrats

At the American Prospect, Bob Moser publishes an overview of the promising general election candidacies of Georgia Democrats Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter from the perspective of the progressive faithful...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 12:07 PM Netroots Nation at the Breaking Point?

I didn't seriously consider attending this year's Netroots Nation gathering in Detroit, for the simple reason that WaMo is too lean an operation to pay airline and hotel (plus registration)...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 11:21 AM GOP on Immigration: Chess or Checkers?

Greg Sargent, that intrepid reporter and analyst of the politics and policy of immigration, has a theory about the lurch of the GOP into the dangerous territory of becoming the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 10:40 AM The Left Path Not Taken

I suppose it's a symptom of a moment when people on the Left are resisting (without a lot of hope) the inevitability of HRC '16, or maybe just one of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 9:29 AM One Last Thrust to the Right Flank

I'm back in Georgia for a while, and was very interested in re-immersing myself in the state's political culture before tomorrow's primary runoffs. From afar I had noticed that in...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 8:08 AM Daylight Video

Today's the 66th birthday of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. Here he is back before he (temporarily) stopped performing, singing "On the Road To Find Out."...

By Ed Kilgore

July 21, 2014 1:10 AM The Failure of the Middle East Peace Process

I've grown so frustrated with the Middle East and the Israel-Palestine question in particular that I've had to fight the urge to just tune it all out. But I sucked...

By Martin Longman

July 20, 2014 6:26 PM Odds & Ends

Wait a second. California has more people than Canada? I hadn't even thought of that possibility. Republicans like Two and a Half Men. Democrats like Divorce Court. At the Washington...

By Martin Longman

July 20, 2014 3:01 PM Everything is Entertainment

Huffington Post reports on the latest in bad taste from a Rupert Murdoch outfit. Sky News has apologized after a reporter began digging through the luggage of a passenger killed...

By Martin Longman

July 20, 2014 1:01 PM Movement Conservatism is Dead as a National Ideology

I don't know what it is going to take to convince the Republicans that they will lose if a national election takes place that motivates the bases of both parties....

By Martin Longman

July 20, 2014 10:17 AM A Schism on the Online Left

I stopped attending Netroots Nation conferences after 2009 when it became apparent to me that the movement wasn't so much leftist as anti-establishment. But I still enjoy reading pieces on...

By Martin Longman

July 20, 2014 9:41 AM The Democrats are the Least-Lousy Party

Ron Fournier struggles with the issue of false equivalence. For him, it doesn't matter how badly the Republican Party acts as long as he can argue that the Democratic Party...

By Martin Longman

July 20, 2014 9:21 AM Daylight Video

Forty-five years ago, my mother was seven months pregnant with me when the "eagle landed" on the moon. Whether you were born or not when the Apollo 11 mission landed...

By Martin Longman

July 19, 2014 6:00 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Here's another song that references Nero: Greg Sargent and Nate Cohn discuss the increasing importance of Southern black voters to the success of the Democratic Party. Everyone seems to think...

By Martin Longman

July 19, 2014 12:29 PM Lunch Buffet

Here's another song that refers to Nero: "Like Rome under Nero, our future's one big zero." Emma Roller lists Elizabeth Warren's 11 tenets of progressivism, as presented to the Netroots...

By Martin Longman

July 19, 2014 10:00 AM Israel's Warnings Don't Make Their Bombings Right

Whether or not Israel occasionally makes targeting mistakes, they have a policy in Gaza of blowing up homes and apartment buildings where known Hamas operatives or officials live. They take...

By Martin Longman

July 19, 2014 9:41 AM They Will Say Anything

I think all Americans can be a little bit proud that Allen West was able to get himself elected to Congress and to serve there for one term: Former Congressman...

By Martin Longman

July 19, 2014 6:00 AM Daylight Video

Last night was the anniversary of the Great Fire of Rome that occurred on the night of July 18th, 64 CE. This is when Emperor Nero allegedly fiddled while Rome...

By Martin Longman

July 18, 2014 5:26 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Finishing the day at a coffee shop, which brings back fond memories of early blogging experiences before it was my day job. Coffee's good, too. Here are some remains of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 4:45 PM Elizabeth Warren, Role Model

Unsurprisingly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was a boffo hit at Netroots Nation today, giving what is increasingly becoming a standard stump speech expressing progressive determination to fight Wall Street and address...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 2:40 PM Awareness of Lethal Weapons

This is the sort of story we've all heard so many times that it barely draws attention any more (via a report from Roll Call's Hannah Hess: Capitol Police arrested...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 2:15 PM Obama on MH17

To no one's great surprise, in his first extended remarks on the subject today, President Obama treated the MH17 disaster as another reason for a "deescalation" of the regional conflict...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

As noted earlier, I'm headed back to Georgia for two weeks tomorrow, which means EDT blogging and a front-row seat to Tuesday's GOP runoffs. I sure am going to miss...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 1:31 PM Is GOP Foreign Policy Split Real?

My esteemed predecessor Kevin Drum thinks the talk of a foreign policy split in the GOP is mostly "an invention of bored Beltway reporters trying to drum up some conflict."...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 1:07 PM Bad, But No DEFCON 3

There was a certain Chicken Little quality to news coverage and punditry (and even a touch of it here) yesterday, and that's to be expected since it's a bit unusual...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 11:41 AM Lucrative Lightning Strike

Buried in a post at The Iowa Republican's Craig Robinson is an interesting tidbit about 3d District Republican House nominee David Young paying out most of his cash-on-hand in "success...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 10:50 AM What a Difference a Year Can Make

Reading about the Netroots Nation event in Detroit, I was reminded of last year's NN in San Jose, during which I attended a caucus of Georgians who were cautiously optimistic...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 10:22 AM Fears Realized

The possibility of someone bringing down an airliner with a SAM missile has been a long-standing source of concern, as reflected in Soyoung Ho's piece on this subject for the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 9:52 AM Giving Gasoline To Firebugs

We don't know a lot more today about the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but an apparent recordings of separatist officers discussing the disaster as they slowly realize it's...

By Ed Kilgore

July 18, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

100 years ago today, IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill was sentenced to death for a murder he likely did not commit. Here's Harry McClinton performing Hill's "The Preacher and...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 5:49 PM Day's End and Night Watch

A horrendous day all right. Here are some remainders: * Greg Sargent supplies facts & figures on efforts already made to boost border security, and suggests Democrats start talking about...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 5:24 PM Breaking News Updates

Just a quick update on the two big breaking news stories this afternoon, mostly based on liveblogs from The Guardian. It's now clear Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 4:13 PM Israel Launches Ground Assault on Gaza

There's more traumatic breaking news this afternoon, believe it or not: Israel has sent ground troops into Gaza. It's not clear at this point whether the invasion is a limited...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 4:01 PM GOP's "Electable" Presidential Candidates Aren't Very Popular

In the Gallup survey noted at Lunch Buffet, it's worth observing that the potential GOP presidential candidates most often cited as having an "electability" advantage over the rest of the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 3:31 PM Get Back To Me Later On That Reformicon Foreign Policy

In response to criticism from various writers (including yours truly) about the lack of any coherent "Reform Conservative" perspective on foreign policy, Ross Douthat has written a longish blog post...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 1:16 PM Lunch Buffet

The Lunch Buffet's a little early today due to some logistical problems I need to deal with. So there will be a brief hiatus early this afternoon. Here are some...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 12:58 PM Malaysian Airlines Plane Crashes in Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

In breaking news, a Malaysian Airlines flight with 280 passengers and 15 crew on board has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. At least one unofficial report from a...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 12:26 PM Get Back To Me Later On That Obamacare Replacement

You know what's even more fun than mocking Rick Santelli? Mocking Karl Rove! And true to form, Jonathan Chait gives the Boy Genius a working-over as effective as any I've...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 11:26 AM Potential Jewish GOP House Members: And Then There Was One

A while back I noted that there were really only two viable candidates to succeed Eric Cantor as the only non-Christian Republican member of Congress, both Jewish: Lee Zeldin (the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 11:03 AM Cruz' Nightmare For DREAMers

From Politico's Manu Raju and Burgess Everett comes a scenario so plausible that you start believing it will happen even if the specific evidence isn't there: Ted Cruz derailing his...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 10:37 AM 1980 and All That

At Sabato's Crystal Ball, Kyle Kondik runs some numbers about the relative vulnerability of each party's incumbent senators, going back to the end of WW2. And he discovers something interesting:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 9:58 AM "Religious Liberty" Campaign Not Working Out That Well

In the wake of a predictable GOP filibuster of a Senate bill seeking to reverse the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, Republicans are publicly complaining that Democrats are trying to...

By Ed Kilgore

July 17, 2014 8:42 AM Daylight Video

Rock/blues legend Johnny Winter has died in Switzerland at the age of 70. As MuddyLee requested, here Johnny is performing "Mean Town Blues" at Woodstock. RIP. UPDATE: Yes, the Daylight...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 5:26 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Blurry-eyed from staring at Pew tables, but that's why God made Visine and naps. Here are some remains of the day: * Senate Republicans (or at least all but Collins,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 4:54 PM "Temporary" Insanity from Hard Right?

So late yesterday the House passed by a comfortable margin a temporary funding measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund alive until next May. Though it falls far short of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 4:34 PM Careful With the Generational Stereotypes!

I'm probably going to be staring at Tom Edsall's "Coming Democratic Schism" piece for a while, based at it is on complex data collected from several difference sources. He basically...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 3:19 PM IRS "Scandalette"

Kudos to Paul Waldman for composing the most succinct description yet of the "IRS Scandal" in a column at the Prospect: [L]et's not forget what the IRS scandalette actually involved....

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

To readers who are concerned (there's been some grumbling in the comment threads) I've strayed a bit from the usual musical diet of blues and quirky 60s rock, we'll get...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 1:34 PM Being (Republican) and Nothingness

I've never much been enamored of the label "nihilists" (probably most associated with Jonathan Chait's analysis) for today's radicalized conservatives, because it suggests they quite literally don't believe in anything...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 12:34 PM Honest Gil

You may have already seen this "campaign ad" by now, but if not, enjoy: Yes, it's a fake ad for a fake candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky named...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 11:58 AM Jill Docking, the Kochs, and the Opportunity for Sweet Revenge

To tell you the truth, until I was reading up this morning for the previous post on the Kansas governor's race, I wasn't aware (or maybe had forgotten) that Democrat...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 11:08 AM How To Purge Your Way To a Backlash, the Kansas Way

What does it take for an incumbent governor--usually a figure no one on her or his partisan "team" would dare annoy much less defy--to spur a large number of distinguished...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 10:13 AM First Big GOP Foreign Policy Rift In Sixty Years

On Monday I wrote about the battle of foreign policy op-eds between Rick Perry and Rand Paul and why it might be a sign of things to come. For my...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 9:43 AM Two More House Scalps For the Con-Cons

Yesterday's "mini-Tuesday" runoffs in Alabama and North Carolina included one GOP House contest in each state, to choose a replacement for retiring veteran congressmen (Spencer Bachus in AL, Howard Coble...

By Ed Kilgore

July 16, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

Yesterday's French music inevitably made me think of this wonderful tribute, or parody, or whatever it is: Roxy Music's "Song for Europe," as performed in London in 2001....

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 5:53 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I'm being told by the techies that four You Tube videos a day are the max I should post to avoid the risk of slowing down site loading, and Lord...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 5:26 PM Yellen Not Rising to Inflation Bait

In testimony to Congress today, Fed Chairman Janet Yellen, in the flat tone and terms her gig demands lest investors freak out, indicated she wasn't buying the idea that the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 5:00 PM Nathan Deal's New Ethics Problem(s)

My political mentor down in Georgia used to say: "Republicans in this state could screw up a one-car funeral." Now that was back in the days when the Georgia GOP...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 3:20 PM Senate Outlook: Still Cloudy, Despite GOP Triumphalism

Since I've spent some time here recently discussing the possible consequences of a Republican takeover of the Senate, it's a good time to mention that current polling of the key...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

Have to say I'm enjoying a brief romp through French rock 'n' roll history. Maybe I'll have some freedom fries with lunch. Here are some midday amuses bouche: * It's...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 1:23 PM Summer Blockbuster

In the category of "I'm too out of touch with popular culture to understand if this looks as stupid to other people as it does to me," I note that...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 12:58 PM Mansplaining Public Policy (With a Little Help From Renee Elmers)

This report from Slate's Dave Weigel on a Republican Study Committee (the conservative majority of the House Republican Conference) panel on how to talk to womenfolk is just too rich:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 12:29 PM Oldsterism

Speaking of people like Todd Akin.... Matt Yglesias riffs a bit today on a theme he's developed in the past: the price Republicans are paying for the old-white-folks "base" that...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 11:30 AM Just Like Poor Joe McCarthy

Think it's another mid-summer slow news day? Think again, because today marks the release of (here come four words I never thought I'd write) Todd Akin's new book, Firing Back....

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 10:36 AM Getting Awkward With the Cheneys

At yesterday's Day's End post, I linked to a "queasy-making" Politico interview with Dick, Lynne and Liz Cheney, but didn't get into the details or backstory. I wanted to leave...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 9:56 AM The Courts As a Tiebreaker

At Salon yesterday, Heather Digby Parton (still feels strange using her full name in public!) had an interesting and novel theory about the Boehner lawsuit against the president: it's aimed...

By Ed Kilgore

July 15, 2014 8:20 AM Daylight Video

Determined as I was to honor the Ramones yesterday, I didn't remember it was Bastille Day. So a day late, let's honor French rock 'n' roll, such as it is....

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 6:23 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Nothing like a Rant Against Santelli to end the day just right. Here are some remains of the day: * A very queasy-making Politico interview with the Cheney Bunch: Dick,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 5:51 PM Who's the "Loser" Now?

I try real hard not to hate anybody, but CNBC "analyst" Rick Santelli has always represented a trial for me. It not just that his infamous 2009 "rant" is often...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 4:49 PM More Post-November Scenarios

There are two very different prophecies on the Innertubes today about what will happen if Republicans win the Senate, both of which challenge the CW that it would simply replace...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 3:20 PM No, I Won't Admit I Might Have a Problem

Now and then, it's necessary to take notice of some bad media habit exemplified by Politico, just so they know we're watching. Maybe I'm in an irritable mood or something,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 2:11 PM Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the intensity of the last post on a topic many readers may find either unimportant or obvious. But I was burying part of my past. Here are some...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 1:38 PM RIP Bipartisan Governors

In reading an understated New York Times piece by Jonathan Martin on the growing partisanship of governors on the occasion of the National Governors Association's annual meeting in Nashville, it...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 12:48 PM The 2014 GOP Primary Cycle in a Nutshell

This brief exchange (reported by Politico) from the first (and last) debate of the GA GOP SEN runoff tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the dynamics...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 12:14 PM Taking on the For-Profits: A Tale of Successful Journalism

You may have seen the recent news about the large for-profit educational chain Corinthian Colleges going belly-up as part of a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, which...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 11:10 AM Join a Gang Yourself or Leave

Quite naturally discussion of the border refugee problem focuses on what the United States should do about it now, and to what extent U.S. policies (ranging from anti-trafficking laws to...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 10:55 AM Tancredo Territory

While the emergency dispersal--often handled poorly--of border refugees has aroused the predictable NIMBYist opposition, and provided footage for multiple local news shows, the big picture hasn't changed: the Obama administration...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 10:04 AM Rick and Rand Slug It Out

What may have been the first real clash of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest has just occurred, as Rick Perry and Rand Paul targeted each other in less than...

By Ed Kilgore

July 14, 2014 8:35 AM Daylight Video

Just have to do a day of Ramones music after the death of Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi), the last of the four founding members, on Friday. Here's their first and...

By Ed Kilgore

July 13, 2014 7:45 PM Chris Christie is once again the last to know

Chris Christie is in the news again, this time for calling the ACA a "failure": In what could be the latest move toward a 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey Gov....

By David Atkins

July 13, 2014 3:12 PM Fight the Power

Last summer, Professor Anthony R. Ingraffea of Cornell University warned about the false promise of natural gas in an outstanding op-ed for the New York Times. Ingraffea noted that the...

By D.R. Tucker

July 13, 2014 3:00 PM The statehouse "laboratories of democracy" are more important than ever

Calling the statehouses "laboratories of democracy" per Justice Brandeis' famous adage is often seen as trite and outdated considering the size and power of the federal government. But rarely in...

By David Atkins

July 13, 2014 1:02 PM Eat A 'Peach, Part II

You know how Republicans always hide the Christian right during their presidential conventions? After Pat Buchanan's repugnant culture war speech at the 1992 convention, the GOP made sure to keep...

By D.R. Tucker

July 13, 2014 9:00 AM Climate change isn't a future problem. It's a now problem.

Two stories today, both climate related, both about the direct impact climate change is having right now in our communities. First, Lake Mead is at an all time low level:...

By David Atkins

July 13, 2014 5:59 AM "People have got to know whether or not their candidate is a wingnut. Well, I'm not a wingnut.”

One of the most high-profile House races this year is taking place in California's 52nd Congressional district. Granted, it's only high-profile because Carl DiMaio, the Republican challenger to Democratic Representative...

By D.R. Tucker

July 12, 2014 2:45 PM Privatizing public (parking) space

Should you be able to sell your spot in a public parking space? Believe it or not, that is a question currently plaguing San Francisco: An Italian company whose mobile...

By David Atkins

July 12, 2014 12:29 PM Florida Sleaze

This morning, MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart marked the one-year anniversary of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin: Sadly, Capehart and guests Joy Reid and Michael Skolnik failed...

By D.R. Tucker

July 12, 2014 11:45 AM Which side represents fiscal restraint again? And why?

Two budget stories are intersecting in a fascinating way that once again puts the lie to Republican claims of fiscal restraint. First off, this year represents the smallest budget deficit...

By David Atkins

July 12, 2014 8:45 AM The kids really will be all right--politically speaking.

There's a new trend among political analysts questioning the progressivism of the younger cohort of Millennials. David Leonhardt at the New York Times is the most prominent example of the...

By David Atkins

July 12, 2014 7:03 AM Sign O' the Times

I'm not quite sure why The New York Times even bothered to do a story on the demise of Jewish Republicans on Capitol Hill; that's a problem the GOP obviously...

By D.R. Tucker

July 12, 2014 5:11 AM Eat A 'Peach

In the little-seen 1997 film 187, Samuel L. Jackson played a Los Angeles high school teacher in a one-man war against the school's gang members. The film is only memorable...

By D.R. Tucker

July 11, 2014 5:17 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

This is my 13th post on a slow Friday news day. Stuff just kept coming up in the afternoon, what can I say? Here are some remains of the day:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 4:40 PM The Incorrigible Cheneys

If you need something psychedelic to start your weekend, you could do worse than to read Dick and Liz Cheney's "new" op-ed on Iraq in the Weekly Standard, which dropped...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 4:17 PM 40 Years of the Congressional Budget Act: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's signing of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, which created the "budget process" as we've known it since. It's gone through a...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 3:54 PM Et Tu, AFT?

Soon after the National Educational Association called for the resignation of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, another blow to the alliance between the Obama administration and teachers unions is slowly but...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 3:16 PM Chalabi's Back

If you want to understand how tangled Iraqi politics have become now that Americans are paying attention once again, the must-read is a piece in Foreign Policy by Jane Arraf...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 1:43 PM Lunch Buffet

Week just flew by, which is nice in the short term, not so much in the long run. Here are some less forbidding midday news/views treats: * WaPo's Philip Bump...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 1:10 PM A Very Targeted Attack on Voting Rights

After sitting through a week of testimony in a federal court hearing of a petition for a preliminary injunction against implementation of North Carolina's new state-of-the-art voter suppression law, The...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 11:59 AM Do You Still Persist In Your Quaint Superstition?

Just had to pass along and endorse this criticism by The Atlantic's Emma Green of really dumb poll questions about really big issues: In one of the most ambiguous poll...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 11:10 AM One Thing Jews and Muslims Can Agree On....

As we watch the horrendous violence in and near Gaza (the highly lethal Israeli airstrikes and the heavy but not very competent rocket attacks from Hamas), along comes research from...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 10:25 AM The Deflation Lobby

Paul Krugman makes an important point that would have been understood in the late nineteenth century, but not so much today: there's a distinct group of wealthy and influential people...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 10:07 AM So Much For the Anti-Incumbent Wave of 2014

One theory about how the 2014 cycle was going to turn out focused on the very high indices of unhappiness with Washington and with Congress, and predicted high casualty rates...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 9:41 AM A Limit to Partisan Gerrymandering the Sunshine State

It probably won't matter until 2016, but Florida Republicans got a shock yesterday when a state judge declared the pro-Republican congressional districting plan put in place by the legislature prior...

By Ed Kilgore

July 11, 2014 8:39 AM Daylight Video

Today is the centennial of Babe Ruth's first major league baseball appearance. The 19-year-old pitched seven strong innings in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Indians. The obvious musical...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 5:00 PM Day's End and Night Watch

At Lunch Buffet I was too outraged about the Emmys to mention this morning's spectacular sunrise over the Monterey Bay. Sometimes the early-morning PDT blogging beat is worth the pain....

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 4:40 PM Different Contexts, Same Script

At TPM Seth Michaels offers a useful roundup of the mixed-at-best record of Republicans in selective state governments (KS, LA, NC, TX and WI) they currently control It's also useful...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 3:37 PM Sometimes Being There Is More Important Than Being Right

I have mixed feelings about the whole question of whether the President making a showy demonstration of his presence in the border region is a good idea. He might be...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 3:05 PM A New, Low Threshold of Success for the Reformicons

If there are some bruised feelings among "Reform Conservatives" from the various critiques of them that have been published in recent weeks, David Frum (who is sometimes counted in their...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

Really annoyed that Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black didn't get nominated for an Emmy. What on earth does it take if playing eight roles almost flawlessly doesn't qualify? Can't a...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 1:01 PM Is Ryan Half-Pregnant With Objectivism?

As part of a long-running argument with Ross Douthat and others, Jonathan Chait offers a definitive list of reasons it's fair to accuse Paul Ryan of being in some real...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 12:29 PM Religious Groups Want To Take the Money and Run

At MSNBC today, Tim Noah provides an excellent brief summary of the history of religious exemptions from non-discrimination laws and notes how rarely and narrowly they've been provided, particularly with...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 11:20 AM Numbers Adding Up For Obamacare

It's taking a while, but putting together data from different sources, it's increasingly obvious that the Affordable Care Act is beginning to achieve its principal goal of expanding health coverage...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 10:53 AM Governing the States With Nobody Watching

WaPo's Reid Wilson draws attention today to a fretful phenomenon long in the works: the steady decline in media coverage of state governments: Since 2003, the number of full-time reporters...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 10:17 AM A Reminder of Where Rand Stands

If you are one of those progressives with a soft spot for the junior senator from Kentucky (and we all probably have at least one issue on which we agree...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 9:52 AM Perry's Ironic Comeback

So as The Hill's Amie Parnes puts it, Rick Perry has become "the national face of opposition to President Obama’s immigration policies." That's ironic enough, given the central role of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 10, 2014 8:39 AM Daylight Video

It's the 89th anniversary of the beginning of the Dayton, Tennessee, Scopes "Monkey Trial." We haven't come as far since then as you might imagine, eh? Here are the Rolling...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 5:17 PM Day's End and Night Watch

A "get well" shout-out to my favorite college football blogger, Senator Blutarsky of Get the Picture, who's suffering from a pinched nerve and feeling old. I hear you, brother! Here...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 4:49 PM You Still Have To Campaign

Back in May, I wrote a post entitled "Tom Cotton Ain't All That" suggesting the Man With the Golden Resume wasn't looking to be the slam-dunk winner for an Arkansas...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 3:28 PM Mississippi "Crossover" Vote: Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Buick

So pouring salt on the wounds of Team McDaniel (and conservatives everywhere outraged that those people got to decide a Republican primary), The Upshot's Nate Cohn and Derek Willis have...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 3:05 PM Deporting 'Em All Would Be Expensive

About a year ago, when Republicans were still brooding over the damage wrought by Mitt Romney's "self-deportation" position on immigration, you would have guessed that political considerations alone would have...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 2:03 PM Lunch Buffet

Ah yes, watching MC5 videos brought back some memories. As some oldsters may recall, the band was the unofficial musical voice of the White Panther Party via their manager John...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 1:07 PM Meanwhile, Back in Ukraine....

Just a few months ago, the Russia/Ukraine crisis was blotting out the sky and some observers were warning of (or cheerleading for) a new Cold War, and/or blaming Obama for...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 12:41 PM Over the Hill

Some of you may have seen a rather ungrateful item by The Hill's Cameron Joseph, who was awarded a walk-and-talk with Thad Cochran after his return to Washington from a...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 11:42 AM "A Bomb in the Middle of the Midterms"

Nobody watches developments on immigration policy more carefully than Greg Sargent, and he's now reporting that the White House is in the final stages of figuring out a strategy for...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 11:09 AM Hobby Lobby's Polarizing Effect

I don't know if any of the five Justices who formed the majority in the Hobby Lobby case had reason to anticipate this, but they've managed to unravel decades of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 9:51 AM The GOP's African-American Problem

The more I think about it, the more I think the GOP's going to pay a real and potentially long-lasting price for the discussion underway in Mississippi about race and...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 9:25 AM Enough With the Katrina Analogies

It's more obvious every day that a certain element of the conservative movement is focused on achieving revenge for the humiliation suffered by George W. Bush during his second term,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 09, 2014 8:33 AM Daylight Video

As promised, here's the MC5 with "Kick Out the Jams," performed at Wayne State. And to think, this was just a few years after the sweet sing-about-my-girlfriend music of the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 5:59 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Lost this post about nine seconds before publishing it. Hope I didn't forget anything important. And yes, it may be time to invest in another Chromebook: Here are some remains...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 5:21 PM I-Word Competition in the Wings?

I don't suppose there's any reason to be surprised that the first big-time national GOP figure to directly call for the president's impeachment is a certain short-time governor of Alaska...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 5:03 PM Big Convention Hiatus in 2016?

Now that the GOP has decided to hold its convention in Cleveland (the "city of light, city of magic," according to the iconic sardonic Randy Newman song), we'll soon find...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 4:20 PM The Paul-Booker Bill

When he's not demagoguing about the Middle East or offering revisionist theories of the civil rights movement, Rand Paul can occasionally be a useful member of the Senate. That's true...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 3:31 PM Moderation in the Pursuit of Policies Is No Virtue

At Vox Ezra Klein's posted a summary of some new research by UC-Berekley political scientists David Broockman and Douglas Ahler that's going to be cited (and probably attacked; I suspect...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 2:00 PM Lunch Buffet

Fell asleep last night re-reading Diarmaid MacCulloch's great biography of Thomas Cranmer, dreamed of endless intrigue, woke up tired. Here are some decidedly non-Tudor midday news/views snacks: * Republicans choose...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 1:07 PM Kiddie Vote Cross-Currents

One of the most remarkable aspects of contemporary politics is the extent to which support for the two major political parties has become highly correlated with age. In both 2008...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 12:02 PM The Q-Pac Pack

Yeah, yeah, I know, presidential preference polls this far in advance of the presidential cycle have limited meaning, at this point in earlier cycles blah blah led and wound up...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 11:30 AM Competitive Races and Polarization

At FiveThirtyEight today Harry Enton has a piece bearing the title: "The Senate Races With the Biggest Ideological Stakes." He uses a defensible if not completely compelling methodology to attach...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 10:39 AM The Buses of Doom

It's obvious that the sudden upsurge in border crossings by Central Americans--many of them children--has caused legal, logistical and political problems for the Obama administration. But it's also creating a...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 9:52 AM GOP Civil War Declared Over

Coming from two authoritative voices (Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru) at an organ that retains some prestige in movement conservative circles (National Review), yesterday's declaration that the "civil war" in...

By Ed Kilgore

July 08, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

49 years ago today, the Dave Clark Five released its movie, "Catch Us If You Can" (renamed "Having a Wild Weekend") in the US. Here's the title track. These guys...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 5:48 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Tomorrow is another mid-summer Tuesday with no primaries. Sad. Here are some remains of the day: * NEA calls for Arne Duncan's resignation as Education Sectetary; his positive remarks about...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 5:12 PM Ryan the Wonk Losing His Street Cred

In all the recent attention being paid to "Reform Conservatives" (some galvanized by Sam Tanenhaus' lengthy profile in this weekend's New York Times Magazine), a glaring absence has been noted...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 4:45 PM The Illusory Conservative Campaign for the "Right" Minority Voters

I've been pretty harsh about the racial aspects of Team Chris McDaniel's argument that the MS GOP SEN runoff was "stolen" from him. But let's bend over backwards to be...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 2:47 PM Real-Life Groundedness

They say you can't be too aggressive in pursuing a new gig, and that appears to be the motto of this aspirant for a spot on The View: Any interest...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

Wow, did I need and appreciate the semi-long weekend! Stored up enough sleep to make it at least until Tuesday without a nap. Here are some wide-awake news/views treats: *...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 1:23 PM Defund or Impeach

Insofar as it's CW that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is suing the President of the United States to placate a furious conservative "base" that doesn't think its...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 12:55 PM The Texas GOP Platform Challenge

Speaking of Iowa Republicans, I suppose I owe them an apology for mocking their recently adopted state party platform as a wingnut cornocopia. Compared to the latest statement of principles...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 12:08 PM Transition Sabotage

Today's news from Iowa (per Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register) brings back all sorts of memories of tales heard over the years about transition sabotage: Apparently one of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 11:06 AM A Future Heresy in the Making

In a generally useful take on the "Reform Conservatives" and their claim to represent something equivalent to the center-left's party reform movements of the 1980s and 1990s, the Prospect's Paul...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 10:40 AM HRC and Paid Family Leave

Two of my favorite writers, Democracy's Mike Tomasky and TNR's Jonathan Cohn, have now both urged Hillary Clinton to make advocacy of paid family leave a touchstone of her putative...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 10:03 AM Progressives and Constitutionalism

Over the weekend E.J. Dionne took on the politically inevitable task of defending "constitutionalism" from conservatism, mainly by reminding us of the rich literature of research and opinion on the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 07, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

Seems like a good day for some psychobilly music. Here are The Meteors covering the theme from Rawhide....

By Ed Kilgore

July 06, 2014 8:17 PM Why So Down, Maureen Dowd?

Maureen Dowd is getting weirder as she ages, and she's not exactly filled with optimism about the direction of the country. WASHINGTON — AMERICA’S infatuation with the World Cup came...

By Martin Longman

July 06, 2014 6:14 PM Good Luck With That

This is kind of a mind-blowing fundraising effort on the Republican National Committee's part: President George W. Bush led our nation through some of the most challenging moments of our...

By Martin Longman

July 06, 2014 1:58 PM Inhaling Their Own Disinformation

Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio has penned an editorial for CNN explaining why he feels compelled to sue the president in an effort to get him to...

By Martin Longman

July 06, 2014 11:00 AM Should the Government Promote Commerce?

Megan McArdle is cheering on the demise of the Export-Import Bank on the premise that it will be a blow against "corporate welfare." There seems to be a bipartisan consensus...

By Martin Longman

July 06, 2014 9:47 AM Running Ethically in Mississippi

Travis Childers, who served as a Democrat in Congress from May 13, 2008 to January 3, 2011, was never my kind of Democrat, but I am okay with that. I...

By Martin Longman

July 06, 2014 9:36 AM Daylight Video

Brussels with muscles....

By Martin Longman

July 05, 2014 5:06 PM Where to Build Obama's Presidential Library?

I haven't been paying a whole lot of attention to the bidding war to host President Obama's post-tenure presidential library. I have wondered whether he would really consider forcing people...

By Martin Longman

July 05, 2014 1:22 PM Lunch Buffet

Wikipedia informs me that Ross Perot's 1992 campaign song was Crazy by Patsy Cline, which is almost too good to be true. Here are some good World Cup-related links: The...

By Martin Longman

July 05, 2014 11:19 AM Opie and Anthony Are No More

The radio in my car doesn't work and I'm more inclined to listen to music than talk radio, so I don't listen to The Opie and Anthony Show. I have...

By Martin Longman

July 05, 2014 8:31 AM The GOP is Not Trying to Change

John Harwood has an article in today's New York Times with the headline: Shut Out of White House, G.O.P. Looks to Democrats of 1992. What's not clear is whom the...

By Martin Longman

July 05, 2014 8:25 AM Daylight Video

Remember the Clinton/Gore campaign theme song? What's on your mind?...

By Martin Longman

July 04, 2014 4:45 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Hope you've all had a festive, restful and reflective Fourth. Props as always to those who have to work today (aside from us Lite Bloggers). Here are some remains of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 04, 2014 2:30 PM Who If Not Tea Folk Control GOP Agenda?

We're now in the less fertile summer plain of primary elections, with no contests this month other than the unfinished business of runoffs in Alabama and North Carolina on July...

By Ed Kilgore

July 04, 2014 12:32 PM Different Kind of Patriotism

Today's Independence Day must-read is from political scientist Lynn Vavreck at The Upshot, about generational change in how Americans express affection for their country. Measures of American patriotism over the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 04, 2014 9:02 AM Daylight Video

Happy Independence Day! Here's the Comsat Angels performing, appropriately enough, their 80s classic "Independence Day."...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 5:44 PM Day's End and Holiday Watch

It's good to be home. Tomorrow we'll be on a Major Holiday Ultra-Lite Blogging schedule, unless big news happens. Here are some remains of the day: * At the Daily...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 5:26 PM For Senate, Everything Changes After November

Does the headline above mean I'm predicting a Republican takeover of the Senate this cycle? No, though I'd say there's a very good chance of that happening. But in fact,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 4:34 PM No, the Christian Right Still Not Dying

At Lunch Buffet, I accidentally linked to a Damon Linker column arguing that liberals should accept the Hobby Lobby decision instead of a Damon Linker column a day later that...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 4:01 PM Missing An Election By a Mile

One lingering issue left over from the Eric Cantor defeat is how, exactly, Cantor pollster John McLaughlin would up being so catastrophically wrong in his pre-election survey showing the House...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 3:38 PM About That "Worst President" Poll

I've thought a couple of times about writing something on that annoying Quinnipiac poll conservative gabbers are gabbing about that shows Barack Obama eclipsing past bad presidents as the "worst"...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 12:52 PM Lunch Buffet

I'm on a plane about to take off for the Central Coast, so there will be a brief blogging hiatus. Here are some midday news/views snacks from the meal cart:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 11:33 AM Hobby Lobby Very Very Wedgy

At the Prospect, Paul Waldman draws attention to some April polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation about the pros and cons of what turned out to be the minority position...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 11:08 AM Who's Drafting Mitt?

One of the strange little mysteries afflicting Washington right now is the source of the occasional agitation for a Mitt Romney return engagement with the American electorate in 2016. TPM's...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 10:40 AM Fair and Family Time

In the least surprising summer political news imaginable, Rand Paul has announced he'll be in--wait for it!--Iowa from August 6-9. The Iowa State Fair begins on August 7. The Iowa...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 9:50 AM Another Hard-To-Dispute Positive Jobs Report

It was a day early, thanks to the July 3 holiday, and you can't exactly say the June jobs report involved any fireworks. But it was certainly quite positive: 288,000...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 9:14 AM Why There Will Be More "47 Percent Videos"

Colorado Democrats can hardly believe their good luck: a video has emerged of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez doing a passable Mitt Romney impression in a Rotary Club speech back...

By Ed Kilgore

July 03, 2014 8:30 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1968, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash met and performed spontaneously at Joni Mitchell's house and decided they sounded pretty good together. Here they are...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 5:30 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I'll be traveling again tomorrow morning, and will finally return to the Central Coast and a cool 4th (high temperature 66 degrees). Here are some remains of the day: *...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 4:49 PM Rand Paul's Opportunism Knows No Bounds

As you probably know, a whole new round of dangerous tension is gripping the Middle East after the savage killing of three Israeli teenagers, reportedly by agents of Hamas, followed...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 3:46 PM Floodgates

A lot of us gabbers suggested yesterday that the Hobby Lobby decision might open the "floodgates" to new legal claims of "religious liberty" exemptions from various federal laws by "closely-held"...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 2:47 PM More on the Hostility of Latter-Day Conservatives to Monetary Stimulus

Building on Danny Vinik's timely point that the interest of "Reform Conservatives" in the use of monetary policy to stimulate the economy has no actual constituency among pols on the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

Hard to say if the antibiotics are kicking in just yet, but I look a bit less like a squirrel today. Here are some midday news/views treats I've squirreled away:...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 12:56 PM Better Not Gloat Too Much Over Hobby Lobby, Republicans

At TNR John Judis reminds us that the last time Republicans embraced a Supreme Court decision restricting reproductive rights, it bit 'em in the butt: In July 1989, the court...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 12:23 PM A New Day For Packing Heat

I noted yesterday that July 1, the first day of the fiscal year in 46 states, is often a day when new laws take effect. So it's not surprising that...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 11:50 AM Lobbying For More Than Hobbies

If you are inclined to view the plaintiffs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby as nice, gentle Christian business folk who just don't want to be complicit in the slaughter of...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 10:37 AM "Ugly American Eyes"

Whoever first called David Perdue the "Mitt Romney of Georgia" sure got it right. The self-funding former CEO who's running for the U.S. Senate (he actually ran first in the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 9:43 AM Fifty Years Later

Today is the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's signature on the Civil Rights Act of 2014. This year, of course, is also the 50th anniversary of the Goldwater presidential campaign,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 9:20 AM The Ghost of Francis Schaeffer

As the shock waves from the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby spread yesterday, I couldn't help but think how proud the founding fathers of the Christian Right,...

By Ed Kilgore

July 02, 2014 8:30 AM Daylight Video

The number one pop song on this day in 1969: Thunderclap Newman with "Something in the Air," a tribute to love and revolution....

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 6:05 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Just got the distressing news that the beloved pet of our minister (we often puppy-sat her) has died, and the whole world's watching soccer right now, so I'm going to...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 5:44 PM Tim Howard for Speaker

The particular agony of trying to blog this afternoon is that so many potential newsmakers and nearly all the chattering classes are watching the U.S.-Belgium World Cup game. Leave it...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 5:20 PM Line in the Sand on Medicaid "Experimentation?"

Since the original decisions by states to accept or reject the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, there's been a twilight struggle in which states (all but Arkansas being states under...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 4:40 PM Where's the Monetary Stimulus in the Reformicon Game Plan?

In my own recent friendly open letter to "Reform Conservatives," I suggested these would-be renovators of the conservative policy tradition were a mite too reluctant to make enemies among the...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 2:18 PM Lunch Buffet

We wanted to give Phil Longman's latest post on the VA some breathing space, so we're running a bit later than usual on our midday news/views treats: * TPM is...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 1:52 PM Two Mistakes in Iraq?

Since Americans are in the process of relitigating the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the 2009-2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Jonathan Bernstein has a pertinent question: should we...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 12:38 PM Clueless or Craven? The White House Gets the VA Story Exactly Backwards

Sad to say, the Obama administration seems clueless about what might be broken at the VA and how to fix it. Either that, or it is just cravenly saying and...

By Phillip Longman

July 01, 2014 11:57 AM French Ban on Veils Upheld

Even as Americans are absorbed with a major judicial ruling involving claims of religious liberty, the world's most famous and longstanding civil/religious conflict--the battle over the French ban on veils--reached...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 11:03 AM Strikingly Robotic For a Human

The whole idea of "corporate rights" has been a contentious issue in American politics since at least the Jacksonian Era. But rarely has it been so vivid a controversy as...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 9:47 AM Happy State Fiscal New Year

Thanks to a decade or so working in state government, when the calendar rolls around to July 1, I think: "Happy Fiscal New Year!" And indeed, 46 of the 50...

By Ed Kilgore

July 01, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

It's Canada Day! Here's The Guess Who performing "Runnin' Back To Saskatoon."...

By Ed Kilgore

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