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September 2014 Archives

September 23, 2014 5:59 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Haven't mentioned my experience at the Georgia/Troy game on Saturday. The score was 66-0, and the Dawgs' reserves played very well when they took over in the second half. Managed...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 4:18 PM Back From the Brink in Spain

Big news from Europe today: the ruling conservative People's Party in Spain abruptly backed off efforts to implement a ban on abortions (with exceptions for rape, incest and the mother's...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 3:31 PM Dynamic Scoring, How May I Mock Thee?

Among those paying close attention to Paul Ryan's maneuvering of late, it's sort of predictable if laughable that he's returned to the ancient conservative chestnut of "dynamic scoring" to square...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 3:00 PM Pat Roberts Sees the Awful Specter of "National Socialism"

You know, back in 2009, when the Republican National Committee seriously discussed a resolution that labeled the opposition the "Democrat Socialist Party," it seemed a very good example of how...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

Back on the Central Coast of California today, and it's exactly as I left it two weeks ago: blue skies, blue water, light winds, temperatures topping out around 70. There's...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 1:19 PM Cruz Channels The Base on IS

To the casual reader of headlines, what most distinctively characterizes Sen. Ted Cruz's typically loud rhetoric on the IS challenge and what to do about it is his bizarre focus--which...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 12:17 PM People's Climate March Really Was About the People

At the New Yorker, Hendrick Hertbzberg has the must-read reflection on the People's Climate March on Sunday: At Sunday’s vast and beautiful climate march, on Central Park West somewhere in...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 11:48 AM Jeb '16--The Excitement Builds!

It's no secret the GOP Donor Class loves Jeb Bush and would like to see him run for president. But if you have any doubts, read this unintentionally hilarious spin...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 11:18 AM National Voter Registration Day

Today has been designated National Voter Registration Day by a variety of organizations that are holding cooperative registration events around the country today. But it's also a good time to...

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 9:39 AM Streaming Video for WaMo/NAF Event

Here's the streaming video for this morning's WaMo/NAF event on America's Worst Colleges....

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 9:16 AM Talking America's Worst Colleges

As noted here earlier, WaMo is cosponsoring a live event today with the New America Foundation on the themes and questions raised by our first-ever listings of America's Worst Colleges....

By Ed Kilgore

September 23, 2014 8:44 AM Daylight Video

Yesterday was the first day of autumn, though thanks to global warming, it never much feels like it for a good while in most parts of America. I intensely identify...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 5:03 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Wish my flight was on the fancy new Councourse E, with all the power outlets. Here on Concourse D, you have to fight with surly gamers for power. There is...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 4:43 PM No Longer Quivering

I probably don't do this often enough, so today I'm drawing attention to a blog I just discovered via Amanda Marcotte. It's a site for survivors of the conservative Christian...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 3:21 PM Hil and Saul: Here We Go!

Anyone who thinks it's too early to talk about the 2016 presidential campaign should be aware that the Right has just chosen its Big Narrative for the cycle, via the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 2:59 PM October Surprise?

I suppose Juan Williams is being provocative in wondering aloud if the president's decision to intensify efforts to "degrade and destroy" IS as a politically motivated "October Surprise." But though...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 2:12 PM Lunch Buffet

Heading back to California this afternoon, and hoping the allergy attack I'm experiencing goes away somewhere over the Rockies. Here are some hypo-allergenic midday news/views treats: * A participant in...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 12:57 PM Work in Progress

While tomorrow's UN Summit on climate change will draw more attention than yesterday's People's March, if only because the president will be there, the event is little more than a...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 12:29 PM The Climate Change Happening That Didn't Happen on the Sunday Shows

D.R. Tucker posted here at PA yesterday from the People's Climate March in New York. But as karoi noted today at Crooks & Liars, the event that drew 300-400 thousand...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 12:05 PM Does Ruining a State Reflect Moral Turpitude?

Kansas' embattled right-wing Republicans probably think they got a divine assist from the revelation that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul David received a lap dance sixteen years ago. But I dunno....

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 10:39 AM Obama to the UN

So two of this week's big moments are likely to feature Barack Obama at the United Nations. Tomorrow he's speaking at a UN session on climate change. And on Wednesday...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 9:07 AM Defensive Voting Rarely a Solution For Red State Democrats

If you want a quick lesson in the futility of defensive voting by red state Democrats--you know, voting with Republicans on hot button issues like guns--check out this attack ad...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 8:44 AM The Abandoned and Scorned

Spurred on by another speech by another leading Republican politician (in this case Speaker John Boehner) suggesting that historically high and persistent unemployment rates are the fault of the unemployed...

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 7:53 AM Daylight Video

Yesterday was the great Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday. Here he is performing "The Story of Isaac" in Warsaw in 1985....

By Ed Kilgore

September 22, 2014 12:23 AM Had I been a gun "enthusiast," last night might have ended in tragedy

Last night at around 9pm as my wife, my brother and I were in our apartment watching a movie, a large man was prowling around our patio in the dark....

By David Atkins

September 21, 2014 7:15 PM ...And Climate Justice For All

It was an honor and a privilege to join 400,000 concerned citizens of the world at the People's Climate March in New York City this afternoon. If the fossil fuel...

By D.R. Tucker

September 21, 2014 5:11 PM The trouble with Republican reinvention

The political landscape is replete with hope that the GOP will find a way to reinvent itself as a more inclusive and more reality-based organization in the future. The Washington...

By David Atkins

September 21, 2014 2:45 PM Tort reform doesn't actually save much money

Remember how the conservative "answer" to rising healthcare costs was supposed to focus on tort reform? About that: Tortt reform," which is usually billed as the answer to "frivolous malpractice...

By David Atkins

September 21, 2014 8:49 AM We Get Results...

...and we haven't even started marching yet! From the New York Times: In a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency...

By D.R. Tucker

September 21, 2014 7:29 AM Damn Right, This Changes Everything

It's no surprise that the deacons of disinformation are denouncing Naomi Klein and her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. This book is so threatening to the...

By D.R. Tucker

September 21, 2014 7:20 AM Daylight Video

On September 21, 2011, Media Matters released a video ("What Happened To The Republican Consensus On Climate Change?") pointing out that prior to the rise of the Tea Party, a...

By D.R. Tucker

September 20, 2014 3:45 PM Peace of mind is an important part of freedom

The right has long tried to appropriate the concepts of "freedom" and "liberty" into their proprietary lexicon. And why not? The right is home to libertarians who want the freedom...

By David Atkins

September 20, 2014 2:43 PM Unsettling science

Steve Koonin has an obfuscatory piece in the Wall Street Journal today claiming that the science of climate change isn't settled. But it's not the usual radically ignorant posturing. As...

By David Atkins

September 20, 2014 2:03 PM Federal Crime

For the past few weeks, the indispensable investigative journalist Brad Friedman has covered the case of George W. Bush-appointed US District Court Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama, who's notorious for...

By D.R. Tucker

September 20, 2014 8:45 AM The not-so-soft racism of Tom Cotton

Reagan adviser Lee Atwater: Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "N-----, n-----, n-----." By 1968 you can't say "n-----" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff...

By David Atkins

September 20, 2014 5:31 AM Broadcast Standards

No, Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller isn't my idea of credible media either, but I certainly hope this report is true. Is CNN new Crossfire leaving us so soon? “My sources...

By D.R. Tucker

September 20, 2014 5:11 AM Roots

Evidently the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution is still not recognized in certain parts of the United States. How else could Chris Christie remain David Koch's slave? As Gov. Chris...

By D.R. Tucker

September 20, 2014 5:00 AM Daylight Video

This is the moment. This Sunday. In New York City. The People's Climate March. This, you do not want to miss. Please be sure to follow Brad Johnson at PeoplesClimate.tv...

By D.R. Tucker

September 19, 2014 5:42 PM Day's End and Weekend Watch

Off for more birthday festivities, and then tomorrow to Athens for a rare opportunity to see my Georgia Bulldogs live. Here are some remains of the day: * Scottish National...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 5:08 PM Georgia's Number One--In Unemployment

I haven't actually looked at state-by-state unemployment data in a while, but was still shocked when the latest report (for August) came out showing my home state of Georgia a...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 4:52 PM The Budget Reconciliation Act of 2015

There's plenty of on-again, off-again talk about what Republicans will do over the next two years if they gain control of the Senate. At Slate (presumably among his final columns...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 4:22 PM Can Republicans Get Through November Having It Both Ways on IS?

As noted yesterday, the Republicans opposing the authorization to aid Syrian rebels in the fight against IS were, unlike Democrats, all over the place. Some oppose the intervention. Some want...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

I have a new accomplishment to boast of today: "Blogging while interviewing real estate agents." Here are some less confusing midday news/views snacks: * Russians carping about conduct of Scottish...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 12:17 PM Opposing Reproductive Rights Really Matters in Colorado

If you wonder why Republican Senate nominee Cory Gardner blatantly flip-flopped on his past support a "personhood" initiative (even though he still is listed as a cosponsor on a similar...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 11:25 AM Big Names Among "No" Votes on IS Authorization

Yesterday the Senate joined the House in quickly approving the authorization for the administration to aid Syrian rebels in pursuit of a strategy to crush IS. The margin of approval...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 10:49 AM HRC's "Fair Shot"

Eleanor Clift thinks it could be a "brand" like FDR's New Deal and Harry Truman's Square Deal. I dunno about that, but in using "fair shot" for what she wants...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 9:13 AM False Choices on Climate Change

The politics of climate change has forever been translated by opponents and even some supporters of national and international action as a choice between carbon emissions reductions and economic growth,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 7:53 AM One GOP Gambit Down in Kansas, Two More To Go

To no one's great surprising, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach was required to strike Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor's name from the November...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 7:34 AM Scotland Says "No" To Independence

After last week's alarums that the "yes" vote was spiking, in the end Scotland voted against independence by what Americans would call a landslide, 55/45. Turnout was over 86%. Now...

By Ed Kilgore

September 19, 2014 7:13 AM Daylight Video

It's my birthday, and also David Bromberg's, who is 69 today. Here he is singing a song about how most of us would prefer to live, but can't: "Sleep Late...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 4:15 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Finishing up a bit early today in order to get feted a bit for my birthday tomorrow. It could involve barbecue. Here are some remains of the day: * House...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 3:30 PM A Benghazi! Unicorn

It's probably premature to project one moment of comity even a moment into the future. But the first public hearing of the House select committee investigating the incidents in Benghazi,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 3:18 PM Twin Impulses of Beseiged Zionism

Consuming any issue of the Washington Monthly involves tucking in to tasty book reviews, and the current issue is no exception. Anyone interested in the complex background to the Israeli-Palestinian...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 2:28 PM Eximbank Happy About IS

Wanna know who was happiest when it was decided to attach an authorization for military action and assistance in Syria to a short-term continuing appropriations resolution? Officials and supporters of...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 1:25 PM Lunch Buffet

Get-well thoughts for Martin Longman, who's feeling poorly today. Here are some healthy midday news/views snacks: * At Salon Digby wonders if Mike Huckabee might be the front-runner the 2016...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 1:03 PM Speaking of Dark Money....

Since we're talking about dark money, we should note the confusion and controversy over the political spending of Las Vegas' Dark Lord, Sheldon Adelson. There's a fresh rumor, reported by...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 11:52 AM Dark Money '14: We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Anyone conducting a comparison of fundraising for the 2014 cycle, as I did a couple days ago (quoting Charlie Cook as suggesting Democrats had an advantage in Senate races) should...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 10:58 AM Return of the Flypaper Theory

To an amazing extent, the current mini-debate over what we are doing in Iraq and Syria has revived one of the more disreputable ideas behind the Iraq War: the "flypaper...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 10:30 AM The Next Jim DeMint

At The Atlantic, Molly Ball has penned a long profile of Arkansas Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, and it confirms pretty much all my negative instincts about the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 9:52 AM The House Vote Authorizing Attack on IS

It happened fast enough that there was relatively little public discussion beyond that which followed the president's speech last week, but yesterday the House authorized the administration to provide training...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 8:16 AM Decision Day in Scotland

So the big news internationally is the independence referendum in Scotland. Final polls show 95% of Scots saying they are "certain" to vote today. In an unusual provision, the voting...

By Ed Kilgore

September 18, 2014 7:53 AM Daylight Video

Jimi Hendrix died on this day in 1970 at the age of 27. I've featured his music here on several occasions, so I'll try to pick some different videos. Here's...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 5:16 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Another rush-hour blogging adventure on I-285 heading to another family appointment. For the thousandth time, wish metro Atlanta had a lot more of the socialist curse of land-use planning. C'mon...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 4:15 PM Slavery and Theocracy Day

I might be forgiven for not remembering earlier that this is Constitution Day, insofar as it was invented in 2004 by Sen. Robert Byrd as a mandate on instruction in...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 3:25 PM What Are We Fighting For?

I know it's perilous in progressive blog-land to quote Thomas Friedman, but I have to say he raises some pretty important questions about what the United States seems poised to...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 3:13 PM Cruz's Litmus Test For Middle-Eastern Christians

You may have given passing notice, as I did, to an incident last week where Ted Cruz stalked off the stage of an event to honor persecuted Middle Eastern Christians...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

Discovered today that the Tag and Title Office is a lot easier to deal with when you take your mother-in-law who knows everybody there. Here are some mid-day news/views treats...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 1:18 PM Is Rand Paul a Realist Islamophobe?

So one of this month's enduring topics of conversation is how to describe Rand Paul's foreign policy orientation, since "weasel of an opportunist" apparently won't do. Jason Zingerle has an...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 11:44 AM Plagiarizing Pet Rocks

Somebody, presumably at BuzzFeed, noticed that a health care "plan" that was once featured (but has since been deleted) from Oregon GOP Monica Wehby's web site bore a remarkable similarity...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 11:26 AM America's Worst Colleges: A Discussion at NAF

Last week I did a post on a new category in WaMo's annual College Rankings: a listing of America's worst colleges--or to be precise, four different listings based on slightly...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 9:43 AM Quiet Counter-Revolution on Abortion Rights

If you've only casually followed the law and politics of the abortion issue in recent years, you may wonder why there's so much activity and controversy when the basic constitutional...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 9:25 AM What Could Go Wrong Here?

Before the change in direction of the polls and polling analysis became apparent yesterday, I knocked out a TPMCafe column discussing the various things that could go wrong for the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 8:53 AM November Gets Iffier

Just when much of the punditocracy was settling in for a few happy weeks of arguing over the extent of the Republican "wave" in November, while Mitch McConnell figuratively measured...

By Ed Kilgore

September 17, 2014 7:49 AM Daylight Video

Hank Williams (Sr.) was born on this day 91 years ago. Here's one of his greatest songs, "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 6:01 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Yes, Tuesday nights without primaries feel kinda strange. But just seven weeks before the Main Event. Here are some remains of the day: * The Scottish independence movement sure hasn't...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 5:25 PM Ukraine Approves EU Deal; Putin, Where's Thy Sting?

As Brother Benen points out today, the unanimous approval by the Ukrainian Parliament of a deal that will lead to EU membership--the original cause, one might remember, of the revolt...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 5:08 PM Guess Who's Got the Money Advantage?

With all the dark money sloshing around these days, it's hard to figure out which side in any given cycle has a money advantage, or has the most resources in...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 3:32 PM A Real Shot Against Scottish Independence

I'm hardly an expert on Scottish public opinion, but haven't heard much from British Prime Minister David Cameron that sounds likely to make a big difference. Ah, but this consideration...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 3:05 PM Kansas Kaleidoscope

It's becoming a cliche, but who'd a thunk Kansas would become one of the most interesting, and potentially even pivotal, midterm states? I noted at Lunch Buffet that Democrat Chad...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 2:15 PM Lunch Buffet

Had an appointment that ran long (yes, that happens even to news-cycle bloggers), so sorry if your stomachs are growling for Lunch. * Brother Benen examines Rand Paul's "I'll repeal...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 11:45 AM 1,098 Segments Is a Lot of Manufactured Hysteria

I would not have figured myself as someone likely to be shocked by evidence of the extent of the Right's Benghazi! madness. Indeed, I'm pretty sure I was the originator...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 11:30 AM "Let the Scientists Decide That"

Ah, Bobby Jindal: always pushing the envelope of the outrageous. Check out this comment he made in releasing a "Drill Baby Drill" energy plan (per TPM's Sahil Kapur): At a...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 11:17 AM Here We Go With "The Big Dog Goes Rogue" Meme

One of the prefab "narratives" of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, assuming there is one, will be a leftover from 2008: Bill Clinton "going rogue" and saying things that will...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 10:20 AM Handicapping Huck Again

If you think the will-they-or-won't-they speculation over possible Democratic presidential rivals to Hillary Clinton is a bit ludicrous, steel yourself for many, many months of such noodling over the 2016...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 9:07 AM Georgia On Their Minds For the Holidays?

This is old news for those paying really close attention, but as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway remind us in the wake of three new statewide polls,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 16, 2014 8:04 AM Daylight Video

The first U.S. peacetime draft was inaugurated on this day in 1940. I suppose controversies over draft resistance are at most a fading memory now, but it sure was a...

By Ed Kilgore

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

Signing off briskly as some post-estate-sale duties scream for attention. Here are some remains of the day: * Entire Right is doing handstands over "bombshell" revelations of some State Department...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 5:16 PM Cameron Begs Scotland To Stay

Today British Prime Minister David Cameron began his personal barnstorming of Scotland to beg for a "no" vote on Scottish independence Thursday. Here's an assessment of his performance by The...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 4:54 PM Ralph Nader is Upbeat

In the September/October issue of the Washington Monthly, Timothy Noah sits down with Ralph Nader to discuss Nader's new book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State....

By Martin Longman

September 15, 2014 3:19 PM Rand Paul: No Longer a Still Point of the Turning World

Tom Frank's not the only person in the news today who's prone to fixed and counter-factual views of how the world works. The closest thing we've ever had to a...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 3:03 PM No, Tom Frank, NAFTA Did Not Create the Christian Right

At his recently established perch of Salon, the ever-entertaining Tom Frank leaped into an argument between data-oriented journalists (and political scientists) and the Game-Changey sort to accuse the former--and indeed,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 2:11 PM Lunch Buffet

Grrrr. Just lost a long, long post on Tom Frank's latest cri de couer, due to internet instability where I'm writing, compounded by my own carelessness. I'll reconstruct it, but...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 12:06 PM A Slight Problem in Syria

Maybe I missed it in a weekend devoted to an estate sale rather than politics, but did you see this little news item from Agence France-Press dominating world media coverage?...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 11:34 AM Politics of a Hasidic Baby Boom

Had I seen the headline--"Are Liberal Jewish Voters a Thing of the Past?"---connected to a piece at the New York Post or Commentary, I might have ignored it as another...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 10:16 AM Austerity Loses More Ground in Europe

Some observers are focusing on the return to power of a center-left coalition after eight years in opposition, while others are freaking out over far-right gains. But the one thing...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 9:34 AM The Christ-like Mark Sanford

I'm reasonably good by virtue of my heritage and many years of observation at untangling the peculiarly southern habit of politicians (and others) caught in dubious behavior retreating into religious...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 8:26 AM Iowa Gets Ready For Hillary

Eight years ago this Wednesday, Barack Obama's first presidential campaign informally began (though he denied it at the time) at that year's Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa. This last...

By Ed Kilgore

September 15, 2014 7:30 AM Daylight Video

For no particular reason, here's Hot Tuna performing "I Know You Rider" at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch in 2011. Good song by which to gradually awaken....

By Ed Kilgore

September 14, 2014 4:51 PM John McCain is a Dangerous Radical

It should be obvious by now that John McCain wants to attack everyone, everywhere. In September 2013, Mother Jones made a map of the world showing that McCain has advocated...

By Martin Longman

September 14, 2014 1:06 PM Goodbye, iPod

I never owned an iPod. I do not like to wear head phones. I think it's less the discomfort of shoving something in my ears than it is a dislike...

By Martin Longman

September 14, 2014 11:45 AM Mark Sanford Announces Break-Up on Facebook

It used to be that it was bad form to break up with someone over the phone. Then it evolved to be bad form to break up with someone with...

By Martin Longman

September 14, 2014 11:02 AM Senator Lindsey Graham is a Bedwetter

Senator Lindsey Graham is a grown man who still wets his bed every night when he goes to sleep. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted President Barack Obama’s plan to defeat...

By Martin Longman

September 14, 2014 5:54 AM Daylight Video

By Martin Longman

September 13, 2014 2:16 PM The Very Serious Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is a very serious person. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that if he became president he would repeal all previous executive orders. “I...

By Martin Longman

September 13, 2014 1:18 PM I'm Glad Bill Maher is Targeting John Kline

Aaron Blake thinks that Bill Maher's audience made a mistake in targeting Rep. John Kline of Minnesota for defeat. Comedian Bill Maher announced Friday night that he will personally target...

By Martin Longman

September 13, 2014 10:51 AM One of These Things is Not Like the Other

I just want to note that every member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who is complaining about stonewalling from CIA director John Brennan has a 'D' after their...

By Martin Longman

September 13, 2014 9:47 AM Daylight Video

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Lam Van Phat and Duong Van Duc coup attempt in Vietnam. let's have some music about Saigon. Remember Saigon?...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 6:39 PM Another Giant Headache for the NFL

Minnesota Viking, and star NFL running back, Adrian Peterson has been arrested in Texas for whooping his then 4 year old son with a switch. When questioned about it, Peterson...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 3:25 PM Occupation More Controversial in Israel Than Here

It has often struck me as odd and fascinating that there seems to be more tolerance of dissent and debate over Israel's policies in Israel than there is in the...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 2:02 PM Rob Ford Out, Doug Ford In

Here's a Q & A from the Toronto Star that was written after it was known that Mayor Rob Ford has some kind of abdominal tumor and before it was...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 12:27 PM Lunch Buffet

At Bloomberg View, Kavitha Davidson has little faith in the NFL's plan to investigate their own incompetence. At Breitbart Unmasked, Matt Osborne wonders if the Kansas GOP is headed for...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 11:19 AM Polls Show Conflicting Trend Lines

Steve Singiser of Daily Kos points out something interesting. While the Democrats have been doing worse lately on generic preference polls (e.g., "Do you prefer a Republican or Democratic House/Senate?"),...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 8:18 AM When Did the Myth of AQI Become the Reality of ISIS?

Last night I stumbled upon an old piece I wrote in July of 2007 called When Psy-Ops Go Bad. The key Los Angeles Times source in that piece is now...

By Martin Longman

September 12, 2014 5:51 AM Daylight Video

On this date in 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was deposed amidst a brutal famine. I still remember the Unicef boxes we all took on Halloween to raise...

By Martin Longman

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

I'm going to be dealing with the estate sale for my late mother's possessions tomorrow, so Martin Longman will be in the house through the weekend. Here are some remains...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 5:44 PM Telling Midterm Voters What's At Stake

Every time we hear that Democratic-leaning voters are less "enthusiastic" about voting this year than Republicans, various possible explanations immediately come to mind. Maybe they unhappy with Obama on one...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 4:24 PM Greedy Hands in Empty Pockets

If you'd like a break from the IS-talk today, but have some anger you'd like to transfer, check out Danny Vinik's piece at TNR on wage theft: the massive income...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 4:13 PM Comparative Risk

It's hardly a novel observation to suggest that it's often difficult to separate the bad people from the worse people in the Middle East, and part of the complexity of...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 1:54 PM Lunch Buffet

You know, I really don't miss suburban sprawl or blogging in traffic. Probably good to endure both now and then as a reminder. Here are some less hectic midday news/views...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 1:15 PM The New/Old Evidence From Ferguson

It would have been easy to miss in all the IS-o-mania of the last 48 hours, but CNN's turned up some new--though actually original and eyewitness--evidence of what happened between...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 12:43 PM It's Still About Benghazi!

You might think the preoccupation with events in Iraq and Syria, and with the Islamic State organization, would make the long-in-the-tooth conspiracy investigation of events two years ago in Libya...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 12:11 PM Reforming Institutional Reviews

The 2014 College Rankings aren't the only higher education brain-food in the new issue of the Washington Monthly. There's also an analysis by George Mason University's Zachary Schrag on academic...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 10:53 AM Saving Common Core From Obama-Hatred

In what could be a trial balloon for the strategy Jeb Bush could deploy if he runs for president, conservative warhorse and former Education Secretary Bill Bennett penned a Wall...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 9:52 AM "It Is Hard To Put the Case For War Back In the Box"

I'm frankly a bit surprised at the lack of real analysis of Obama's IS speech this morning (I don't count John McCain's "I was right. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT!" war-mongering...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 9:05 AM The Needle Obama Chose To Thread

Having read the initial reactions to the president's speech on IS/ISIS/ISIL (we really do need to reach a consensus on what to call these birds) last night, I generally stand...

By Ed Kilgore

September 11, 2014 7:59 AM Daylight Video

Influential songwriter and guitarist John Martyn would have been 66 today; he died in 2009. Here he is performing "Solid Air."...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 9:42 PM Presidential Speech Reaction

Well, figure I might as well learn the worst by sticking with CNN and hearing David Gergen, Newt Gingrich and Jake Tapper, along with Donna Brazile and Anderson Cooper. Everybody's...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 9:16 PM Presidential Speech Liveblog

POTUS gets down to it with few preliminaries....unsurprisingly, he's comparing the IS challenge to the al Qaeda challenge rather than to the Iraq War. Very interesting that Obama calls IS...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 4:59 PM Presidential Speech Hiatus

Tonight's Obama address on the IS challenge is assuming such major significance that I've decided to take a hiatus now and resume blogging during and after the speech, as I...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 3:26 PM Such a Bargain!

Anybody who paid even casual attention to yesterday's New York gubernatorial primary is likely aware that Andrew Cuomo outspent Zephyr Teachout by a massive, epic, biblical margin. There was even...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 3:01 PM The Nunn-Rubio-Graham Amnesty Axis

Perhaps because David Perdue won the Republican Senate nomination here in Georgia after heavily running an ad accusing runoff opponent Jack Kingston of taking money from the godless amnesty-lovers of...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 1:43 PM Lunch Buffet

Having to deal with two services today that I had all but forgotten about on the Central Coast: air conditioning repair and exterminators. Here are some cheaper midday news/views treats:...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 1:16 PM The "Cheney Was Right" Lobby

As the president prepares for his big national speech on dealing with Islamic State tonight, he's obviously struggling with not only a complex situation in Iraq and Syria but with...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 12:58 PM Colleges: Four Kinds of Bad

As noted in an earlier post on Ferrum College in Virginia, Washington Monthly's College Rankings this year have entered the perilous but essential territory of highlighting the worst as well...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 11:30 AM About Those GOP Disapproval Rates

At WaPo today, Aaron Blake makes a point about the GOP's abysmal approval/disapproval ratings that I'm reasonably sure I've made here before, but it's bears repeating at a time when...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 11:00 AM Perlstein's Hindsight

If you've read Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge--or one of his two earlier books, for that matter--or are thinking about hefting the tome onto your bedside table, you should read...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 10:22 AM The Jesus/Woodrow Wilson Conspiracy

Before we bury the "libertarian moment" meme for the time being, I want to acknowledge one proponent who appears to be in personal agony at Republican resistance to the Revolution:...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 9:34 AM Mixed Bag on the Last Primary Night

There were no huge shockers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island on the final primary night of 2014, but a lot of interesting stuff happened. If you...

By Ed Kilgore

September 10, 2014 7:54 AM Daylight Video

On this day 40 years ago, the New York Dolls broke up after a couple of tempestuous but influential years. Here they are in 1973 performing "Chatterbox," featuring guitarist Johnny...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 4:51 PM Day's End and Night Watch

I've got some unavoidable family business at 5:00 EDT, so let's wrap up with post #12: * Steve Singiser of Daily Kos Elections' roundup of the avalanche of recent polls,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 4:33 PM Immigration Apocalypse Now

In discussions of the president's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the elections, one variable has been the extent to which Republicans allow him to do so....

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 4:22 PM Second Thoughts About a Use of Force Resolution

To hear most Republicans and some Democrats in recent weeks, you'd figure that with public support for stronger military action against IS increasing each time a fresh atrocity emerges, there...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 3:53 PM Imagine! Having a Sense of Entitlement About Voting!

One of the things about being back in Georgia is that I'm more prone to notice the constant shenanigans of the GOP down here, from its eager embrace of psychotic...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

It's sort of a Georgia tradition for me to blog from hospital rooms, so here I am visiting an in-law who is, fortunately, about to be released. Here are some...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 11:52 AM Obama's Next Big Speech

So the president has announced that he will address "the nation" on Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM about steps he plans to take to deal with the Islamic State challenge...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 11:20 AM Cuomo's Challenge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to be renominated today in NY, and will almost certainly win a second term in November. But a lot of people who will vote for...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 10:16 AM Retroactive Mandates

Last week TNR's Brian Beutler strongly encouraged the White House to move ahead with executive action on immigration rather than delaying it until after the elections. So naturally Brian's not...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 9:48 AM Ben Carson Gets Politically Incorrect About Ray Rice

As Americans react with horror to the newly released video of Ray Rice assaulting his fiancee in a Las Vegas elevator, there's one prominent voice defending the former running back,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 9:30 AM Game On in Kansas

Republicans should probably pause in their triumphalist celebrations over positive polling data from Alaska and Arkansas long enough to note that their Kansas nightmare is taking actual form, per a...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 9:15 AM Big Day in the College Rankings Biz

At WaMo we feel pretty good about our contributions to the art and science of evaluating U.S. colleges and universities on the basis of metrics that are more meaningful than...

By Ed Kilgore

September 09, 2014 7:45 AM Daylight Video

Today, incredibly, would have only been Otis Redding's 73d birthday. Here he is at the Monterey Pop Festival performing "I've Been Loving You Too Long."...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 4:52 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Flights look to be on time for a change, so I'll be off to ATL via SFO directly. One of these days I'll be on one of those new-fangled planes...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 3:50 PM Is There Still a Border Refugee Crisis?

I noted earlier today that the president's decision to delay a major executive action on immigration for a month or two may in part be attributable to the belief that...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 3:14 PM Why Jeb Bush Would Struggle in '16

At the Prospect Paul Waldman had a sensible reaction to renewed talk of a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy in 2016: I get that Bushes look upon national office as a...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 2:40 PM Redistricting and the "Natural" Republican Bias of the House

As I noted in the Lunch Buffet, there's been a simmering argument going on for a good while about the relative contribution of redistricting to the advantage Republicans appear to...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

On the way back to Georgia later this afternoon for a couple of weeks, again on family business, so I'll probably be blogging a bit earlier for a while, though...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 1:25 PM RV/LV Gaps & the Myth of a "Wave"

As most people familiar with the literature of the subject will agree, one actual reason for abiding faith in a last-minute Republican "wave" this year is that early polls tend...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 12:39 PM The OTC Pill Gambit

It was first suggested in 2012 by the ever-devious Bobby Jindal. Now it's become central to Cory Gardner's Senate campaign in Colorado, and North Carolina's Thom Tillis has picked up...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 11:59 AM Obama Created the Pathway Programs For Applicants Without Prior Work Experience

On December 17, 2010, President Obama issued which created the Pathways Program. It was done to help the federal government better compete with the private sector for employees who lack...

By Martin Longman

September 08, 2014 11:35 AM Scottish Independence

It's naturally a huge deal in the currently United Kingdom, but even among the U.S. chattering classes, the possibility of a "yes" victory in Scotland's September 18 referendum on independence...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 10:20 AM Reversing the Citizens United Disaster

It will obviously not receive the two-thirds vote in the Senate necessary to advance a constitutional amendment, and obviously won't see the light of day in the House. But still,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 9:34 AM Obama's Immigration Gamble

It had already been made semi-official via extensive informal statements from the White House, but any doubt that the long-awaited executive action on immigration would be postponed until after the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 08, 2014 8:15 AM Daylight Video

On this day in 1956, Eddie Cochran signed his first record contract, beginning a prolific three-and-a-half year public career before his death in a car accident at the age of...

By Ed Kilgore

September 07, 2014 6:52 PM Scalia yells at cloud, doesn't care about the judgment of history

Justice Antonin Scalia did a lengthy interview recently, and it's a doozy. It's more than a little disconcerting that the fate of the world's most powerful democracy is in the...

By David Atkins

September 07, 2014 2:35 PM Toddlers

President Barack Obama looked like he couldn't wait for his interview with new Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to be over with...and I don't blame him. If I had...

By D.R. Tucker

September 07, 2014 2:11 PM The robots are coming for the Chinese jobs, too

Talk about jobs and wages to most sectors of the American left, and you're likely to hear that the problems in the modern economy are mostly political rather than structural:...

By David Atkins

September 07, 2014 1:45 PM Standards

Let's be honest: is anyone surprised by National Review's decision to hire a plagiarist? Well, that didn't take long. Just a little over a month after being fired for at...

By D.R. Tucker

September 07, 2014 8:45 AM Low wages are still the economy's biggest problem

You won't hear most political elites talk about these numbers, but they matter more than almost any other: Despite fears from some inflation hawks, the fact is that the weak...

By David Atkins

September 07, 2014 5:24 AM Welcome Back

I almost had a panic attack the day David Roberts of Grist.org announced his hiatus from writing about climate change. On August 19, 2013, Roberts announced: So as not to...

By D.R. Tucker

September 07, 2014 4:55 AM Daylight Video

On September 7, 2011, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman declared that the GOP cannot continue to be an anti-science, climate-denying party, in a debate held in Simi Valley, California. Two...

By D.R. Tucker

September 06, 2014 5:37 PM The problem with the growing freelance economy

Reason Magazine is highlighting a report from the Freelancer's Union indicating that a full third of Americans are currently engaged in freelance work, and most of those are doing it...

By David Atkins

September 06, 2014 12:00 PM Does anyone have answers for a lost generation in the making?

In the long series of bad news items about increasing income inequality, the plight of younger households often gets overlooked. This bit from Fivethirtyeight deserves special attention: Young people were...

By David Atkins

September 06, 2014 8:45 AM With courage, Democrats can still win with seniors

It's old hat by now that Republicans have the market on the senior vote cornered. Between a steady leftward wind on most social issues and trumped up fears over the...

By David Atkins

September 06, 2014 7:20 AM Scarborough Country

Joe Scarborough on Meet the Press? Do they just want to make all their viewers depressed? Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough will become a permanent fixture on NBC’s Meet the...

By D.R. Tucker

September 06, 2014 6:28 AM Ladies First

The woman who should have succeeded Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy could be on her way to succeeding Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and becoming the first female elected governor in the...

By D.R. Tucker

September 06, 2014 5:11 AM Bush Meat

"Stay out of the Bushes!" Jesse Jackson repeatedly intoned at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. His advice still has merit fourteen years later, especially in light of a controversy over...

By D.R. Tucker

September 06, 2014 4:55 AM Daylight Video

On September 6, 2011, in an exclusive piece for Mother Jones, investigative journalist Brad Friedman posted audio from a secretive June 2011 conference in Colorado hosted by climate-change-denying libertarian billionaires...

By D.R. Tucker

September 05, 2014 5:44 PM Alan Keyes Is Not Making Sense, Again

The Crazification Factor has been authoritatively set at 27%, which means that 27% of the public is "head-trauma crazy" just like Alan Keyes. In light of their declared hostility toward...

By Martin Longman

September 05, 2014 3:54 PM McDonnell vs. Deeds- Who Had the Family Values?

Tim Noah is so funny: Last year, prosecutors offered [ex-Virginia governor] Bob [McDonnell] a deal in which he alone would plead guilty to a single felony fraud charge, according to...

By Martin Longman

September 05, 2014 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

Aviva Shen at Think Progress points out that, overall, women will only benefit when the pill is made an over the counter drug if it continues to be fully covered...

By Martin Longman

September 05, 2014 10:29 AM Standardized Tests Can't Capture Merit

Harvard psychology Professor Steven Pinker makes a number of highly contentious assertions in his big The New Republic piece on Ivy League admissions, and I am not going to try...

By Martin Longman

September 05, 2014 8:50 AM Managing the Jacksonian Instinct for Revenge

Peter Beinart echoes my analysis of the tough rhetoric coming out of the administration, particularly from Vice-President Joe Biden. I'm constitutionally opposed to the Hegelian fascination with building systems, so...

By Martin Longman

September 05, 2014 8:39 AM Daylight Video

By Martin Longman

September 04, 2014 5:42 PM Day's End and Night Watch

As earlier indicated, I'll be out tomorrow for a time-consuming but not scary medical procedure. Martin Longman will fill in with his usual panache, and then David Atkins and D.R....

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 4:54 PM When Revenge Rules Foreign Policy

In my earlier post on the IS "crisis" I suggested it's irrational for American foreign policy to turn itself inside out over the barbaric murder of two (or in the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 3:28 PM McDonnells Convicted

In breaking news, a federal jury has convicted former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell of 11 counts of public corruption, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice. His wife, Maureen, was convicted...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 3:04 PM Battle Over Early Voting Continues

You certainly have to credit Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for persistance. He keeps trying to curtail early voting in Ohio, and keeps getting rebuffed by U.S. District Court...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

Well, it's been interesting to have an intra-Political Animal debate with Martin over the current War Fever with respect to Iraq, and it feels a bit strange to be cast...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 12:36 PM Obama's Wise Strategy: Talk Tough, Do Very Little, Buy Time to Assess and Plan

Ed is correct to note that the current war fever is reminiscent of 2002, although there are some big differences. For one, the clamor for war against the Islamic State...

By Martin Longman

September 04, 2014 12:20 PM The Second Annual Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Rankings

As you may recall, last year WaMo introduced a new college ranking aimed at getting at the kind of information students, parents and tax-payers need: a "bang-for-the-buck" ranking that--as Robert...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 11:59 AM D.C. Circuit Panel's Halbig Decision Goes "Poof!"

In breaking news this morning, the full D.C. Court of Appeals vacated a three-judge panel's earlier decision in the Halbig case challenging the statutory authorization for health insurance subsidies for...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 10:54 AM Nasty Tricks Some Colleges Play

There's an enormous amount of useful information on U.S. colleges--individually and collectively--in the new issue of the Washington Monthly. If you are somehow unconvinced of the need for more accountability...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 10:20 AM The Soft Kansas Underbelly of the GOP Senate Drive

Well, kudos to my colleague Martin Longman for being all over this--and to Princeton's Sam Wang, who was the first national political observer to write about it. "It" is the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 9:32 AM So Very 2002

Anyone who for some reason checked out of U.S. politics a month ago and then checked back in this week might well be startled to realize that the "problem" of...

By Ed Kilgore

September 04, 2014 8:26 AM Daylight Video

Need some diversions as the war fever spreads. Let's have some early 80s cult-band music. Here's Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns, an Austin-based band with an intense following in...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 5:48 PM Day's End and Night Watch

Preparing to go back to Georgia for more family business next week. Don't suppose autumn could arrive by then, could it? That was a joke. Here are some remains of...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 5:05 PM Political Science Less Unreliable Than Game-Change-y Journalism

Ezra Klein has an amusing and instructive piece up at Vox today about the increasing acceptance of political scientists among journalists and practitioners alike in Washington. He does not, however,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 4:09 PM Oh, OK: Rand Paul Endorses a Debate Over Destroying ISIS

Yesterday's rather shocking statement by Rand Paul that if he were president he'd "seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily" is finally producing some aftershocks. WaPo neocon Jennifer Rubin is...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 2:36 PM Things Falling Apart For the Health Wonk Jindal

As you may know, Louisiana governor and would-be 45th President of the United States Bobby Jindal got his precocious start in government as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

Ah, yes, spent some fine time in the wayback machine before that last post. Here are some less marinated midday news/views treats: * At The Week, Pascal-Emanuel Gobry makes case...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 1:34 PM Gubernatorial Blasts From the Past

There's an interesting post by Eric Ostermeier up at the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics site, leading to another post at WaPo, about Charlie Crist's status as the only ex-governor...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 12:26 PM O'Malley's Early Move

Even as Hillary Clinton prepares for the unofficial opening of her 2016 presidential bid as co-headliner, with her husband, at the final Harkin Steak Fry on September 14, another campaign...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 11:36 AM The Jiveass Jamboree

When Amy Sullivan wrote her renowned "Fire the Consultants!" piece for WaMo back in 2005, she thought the problem of a consultant class with zero accountability was mainly a Democratic...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 10:34 AM The Duopoly Get the Last Laugh--Again

It's difficult to know for sure what came first: the Iowa-New Hampshire duopoly over the early stages of the presidential nominating process, or the first attacks on the Iowa-New Hampshire...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 9:52 AM When Will Ted Cruz Tell His Old Man to Get a Grip?

One of the things that makes U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fascinating is the lift his career has given to the religio-political stylings of his father, the Rev. Rafael Cruz,...

By Ed Kilgore

September 03, 2014 8:08 AM Daylight Video

Here's a performance of a good wake-up song from three years ago today, in Redwood City, CA: Ronnie Montrose performing "Rock Candy," less than a year before his death....

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 6:34 PM Day's End and Night Watch

It's going to be a short blogging week for me, since the medical procedure I was too sick to undergo week before last is now on for Friday. Here are...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 5:17 PM Fresh Out of Humanitarians

With Pennsylvania having given a boost to Medicaid Expansion Optimism, people are on the lookout for the next Republican-governed state that might go over the line. TPM's Dylan Scott writes...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 3:55 PM So Much for "Non-Interventionism"

Want to know how badly Rand Paul wants to be president? This bad (per a report from the Weekly Standard): Kentucky senator Rand Paul tells the AP that he would...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 3:28 PM Is ISIS Deterrable?

I do not claim any expertise whatsoever in Middle Eastern affairs, much less the intricacies of Salafi Islam. But given the hysterical talk about ISIS as sort of the ultimate...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

Nothing like the day after a holiday weekend to find yourself in Slow News Land. So there will be some midday tidbits that ordinarily would stay in the pantry: *...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 1:31 PM Homicide Victim Fails To Stay Alive

This happens too often to mention it every time, but hats off to James Fallow for a quick tweet on a Wall Street Journal post that mentions in passing the...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 1:15 PM Bad Colleges

For all the attention paid to schools that do well on this or that college ranking system, it's the flip side of the coin--colleges deemed "bad"--that drives paranoia and resistance...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 12:05 PM Making Waves

While you can find plenty of arguments about whether or not there's some sort of Republican "wave" that will add three or four points to the vote percentage of most...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 11:12 AM Losing Touch

The Prospect's Paul Waldman is waging quite a war this year on dumb political memes. Earlier it was the idiotic media obsession with presidential vacations. And now it's the hardy...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 9:52 AM Candor From the Bench

Anyone paying attention to the law and politics of abortion is aware that the recent wave of "health regulations" on abortion providers that has swept Republican-controlled states has little or...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 9:24 AM House Keeping

There's no longer any organic connection between Labor Day and election cycles, but since it's generally assumed voters check into (briefly) politics during the period just before balloting, we'll be...

By Ed Kilgore

September 02, 2014 8:06 AM Daylight Video

Today would be Billy Preston' 68th birthday, had he not died in 2006. Here he is back in 1973 performing "In Outa Space."...

By Ed Kilgore

September 01, 2014 3:23 PM Day's End and Sunset Watch

Since it's a major federal holiday, I'm wrapping up early and then going out to clean the grill. Labor Day is traditionally the end of the tourism season here on...

By Ed Kilgore

September 01, 2014 2:42 PM British Tremors

If you get bored with the U.S. midterm election cycle that according to some ancient traditions really begins today, there's always British politics, where a mandatory parliamentary general election to...

By Ed Kilgore

September 01, 2014 11:36 AM Unions Today

If you want some stimulating reading for Labor Day, I strongly recommend the interview of labor strategist and all-around fabulous political writer and thinker Rich Yeselson, conducted by TNR's Jonathan...

By Ed Kilgore

September 01, 2014 10:25 AM Rubio's Novel Immigration Reform Strategy

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio, who not that long ago was going to be the "savior" of the Republican Party by leading it to play a role in the enactment...

By Ed Kilgore

September 01, 2014 9:39 AM Anti-Labor Day

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned here before the profound effect of spending my most formative childhood years in a place that was sort of a monument to capital's war on...

By Ed Kilgore

September 01, 2014 8:00 AM Daylight Video

Happy Labor Day. Believe I've put this up in the past, but don't think it can be improved upon: Leonard Cohen performing "Solidarity Forever."...

By Ed Kilgore

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