Three big scandals. Two Marine umbrellas. And a non-salute en route to Memorial Day. Plus more visual evidence from 12 days of scandal town.
One important fight in this week's dizzying array of amendments to the bill is simply about extending current laws to gay people. "Guns, gays and immigration — it's too much," one senator reportedly told the White House. "I can be with you on one or two of them, but not all three." What about two in one bill? Does that have a better chance? Or a better chance to kill the whole thing?
People are so mean when Republicans try to highlight there are actual young people who like the GOP.
Rush Limbaugh enied that the advertiser boycott of his show after he called Fluke a slut would cost him anything, but a year later, it's clear that prediction wasn't true. It has, at the very least, cost him his relationship with the radio network giant Cumulus Media.
The NRA just had an amazing victory in defeating a bill to require universal background checks on gun purchases — something it endorsed 15 years ago — and yet the speakers at its 142nd annual convention in Houston sounded awfully bitter. Here's how Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and more defended freedom against those sissies in the White House.
Congressional Republicans have had little luck convincing anyone other than Fox News and its viewers that there's something scandalous about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazie. But to keep the story's momentum going a feedback loop has emerged in which Fox reports something, the House holds hearings on it, and then Fox reports on those hearings.
Rubio's op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal says that while he'll listen to upset voters about immigration reform, there's only so much criticism from professional conservatives he'll put up with. There's plenty to go around.
In a desperate attempt at virality, or perhaps simply to make their boss look cool by comparison, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign team has created a Tumblr in which McConnell fans send in their own photos of themselves drinking alone.
She promised to stay in the business world then, but here's how President Obama's kiss-worthy new Cabinet member-to-be now stacks up against his temporary worst enemy. Just count the dollar signs.
Rove writes today that Republicans have an "outside chance" of winning a majority in the Senate in 2014, as long as they don't nominate awful candidates who "self-destruct" like Akin and Richard Mourdock did last year. Here's an analysis of some of the most promising seats for the GOP to pick up, with an analysis of their Akin potential.
As several politicians and pundits using the Boston bombing as a cautionary tale about immigration, public support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants has dropped 7 percentage points in less than a month, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
The conventional wisdom going into the midterm elections is that Obama fatigue puts Democrats in major trouble, but the historical evidence says otherwise.
One way to understand how hard it is for Republicans to agree amongst themselves on immigration reform is to look at what's controversial in the Senate — and compare all of that to what's controversial in the House. Because they are very, very different things.
The junior Senator from Texas is a man who clearly has tremendous confidence in his own abilities — he's publicly scolded fellow senators, he read Shakespeare during an anti-drone filibuster, and now he's reportedly thinking about a run for president. This has not made him many friends inside the Senate, but it has won him many, many fans outside of it.
The Obama administration is getting ready to send arms to Syrian rebels, The Washington Post's Karen DeYoung reports, by way of very convoluted descriptions from anonymous senior administration officials attempting to describe the Obama administration's thinking. Got that? Didn't think so. Here's a guide to where we're at — almost.
Of the Senator's latest expert suggestions — that the Boston bombings and Benghazi showed a national security weakness — President Obama said, "No, Mr. Graham is not right on this issue, although I'm sure it generated some headlines." Wrong. What it generated was cable news hits for Graham. And the No. 1 thing Lindsey Graham is an expert on... is getting on TV.
Not only is Weiner bragging about cashing in, he's bragging about how easy it was to cash in.
Why hasn't the American public risen up in fury at Republicans over the sequester's annoyances and inconveniences, as President Obama had clearly hoped? Because the annoying things about the sequester perfectly play into the Republican talking point that government is dumb and wasteful and run by people with no common sense.
Six former members of Congress will hold a faux hearing this week on whether the American government has covered up evidence of the existence of aliens. This could have been fantastic, because aliens are cool, and because science says the idea of life on other planets is not crazy. But it should have come from people who actually care about science.
At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama joked: "Some folks still don't think I spend enough time with Congress. 'Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?' they ask… Really? Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?" It got a laugh. Today, McConnell has a snappy comeback.
No one is getting off the island during the Guantanamo hunger strike, where there aren't review boards. And did we mention the latest on drones and financing Afghan warlords? Here are a few core democratic principles the CIA is glossing over these days.
Answers to a Politico story today amount to a polite way of noting that since Obama's election, the national conversation about race hasn't always been enlightening. But while racism among some people, particularly in the South, plays a role, there are other barriers keeping black politicians from winning statewide.
It's generally understood that in the Fox News and Glenn Beck breakup, Fox was the dumper and Beck the dumpee. But, in most breakups where the couple shares a social circle, neither party wants a reputation as the dumpee. Beck says he's the one who wanted to leave — because the network was
so depressing so amazing.
You might have watched the first riveting week of the Boston bombing news coverage and thought people needed to calm down a little bit. But now, after a second week with few public answers and a brand-new federal prosecution, it turns out we've been too restrained, apparently.
As president Obama spoke to Planned Parenthood on Friday, Fox News aired footage of the Kermit Gosnell trial. The coverage is a perfect representation of the split in the abortion debate: on one side, a triumphant march of progress for women, and on the other side, a fixation on late-term abortion nationally. Less covered is how some states are working to stop all abortions.
Politico gives the big "Behind the Curtain" splash today to a shameless embrace of shameless DC navel-gazing, and just in time for the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the annual peak of media loathing. So who's really the most incestuous here?
We've gotten so used to the idea that conservative media parrot official Republican Party talking points that even Luntz — king of the on-air focus group, prompter of Fox News teleprompters — is surprised when they fail to do so.
Rush Limbaugh has struggled mightily to come to grips with why Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bombed the Boston marathon. Now he and others are reminding us that the Tsarnaevs were possibly aided by the thing liberals apparently love most of all — the bloated welfare state.
Here's the curious thing about the defenses of Bush during his legacy tour: rather than saying he did a good job as president, his allies are emphasizing that he had a really hard job.
The National Enquirer, which is a tabloid but occasionally very reliable on marital matters, reported Wednesday that the fiancé of Boehner's daughter, Dominic Lakhan, was pulled over in Florida in 2006 and reportedly charged with a misdemeanor having to do with marijuana. But there's so much more than that — including wedding registries!
Have enough Americans forgiven George W. Bush that they'll vote for his brother for president? Jeb Bush is doing several things that indicate he thinks so — speeches, a book, more speeches... oh, and he just got some potentially embarrassing news out of the way.
Jon Stewart is pretty great at skewering Donald Trump, and Donald Trump is pretty good at typing on an electronic device in order to post a short message on Twitter. Trump struggles in this asymmetrical warfare.
The senator said his position on using drones on Americans hasn't changed, clarifying an interview on Fox Business Network Tuesday that gave the impression he thought droning a robber might be OK.
After senators filibustered a gun background checks bill, President Obama gave an angry speech, promising that "we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the American people don't give up on it." But according to a new Washington Post/ Pew Research Center poll, the American people are kind of over it.
"He's not a normal kid," Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday. "There's nothing normal about this, and we don't want it to be normal." Well, yeah, that's the point.
The Tsarnaev brothers don't provide an easy answer for how to stop something like the Boston marathon bombing to ever happen again. That leaves the Tsnarnaevs' religion — and, apparently, all the liberals who think religious profiling is a bad idea.
Since his anti-drone filibuster, the Kentucky senator has been celebrated as the leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. But there are limits to his belief in national security limits.
George W. Bush always claimed that he would be vindicated by history. Even he might be surprised at how quickly history worked its magic.
Mark Sanford placed a full-page ad to explain why he was busted for trespassing on his ex-wife property, following many other explanations in his campaign for a political comeback. But his endless confessions work for Oprah's couch, not for politics.
When the U.S. served Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with federal charges and announced that it would be trying him in civilian court — not as an enemy combatant — it was a moment when rationality beat emotion. What the brothers Tsarnaev allegedly did was really awful. But the Constitution still covers people who committed really awful crimes.
The Kentucky senator won the coveted position of "Republican liberals kind of like" with his drone-related filibuster earlier this year. Paul will surely disappoint them today with his demand that the Senate delay immigration reform until until we figure out how the Boston marathon bombers got into America, and how to prevent that from happening in the future.
The Arizona Republican senator told her, in a handwritten letter, that "strengthening background checks is something we agree on." A few days later, background checks was not something they could agree on, because he voted to filibuster the bill.
Conservative supporters of immigration reform are reportedly coordinating their talking points to marginalize Republicans who say the Boston bombings are reason to rethink proposals for more lax immigration laws.
One of the strangest things about watching heavily-armed tactical teams sweep through Watertown, Massachusetts in search of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the fugitive Boston marathon bomber, was seeing all this war pouring through quaint suburban streets.
Politicians finally have enough material to begin exploiting the Boston marathon bombing. Immigration, plus a little guns.
The suspected Boston marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsaraev, are Muslim.Were their actions motivated by religion? And if it was, were they part of an organized radical Islamist group? We don't know. But that doesn't matter to a segment of anti-Islam bloggers who are latching onto the sparse biographical details as vindication.
Unlike the the 17-year-old track star of Moroccan descent featured on the front page of Thursday's New York Post, the immediate reaction to the FBI's release of photos of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing was how normal these guys looked. Which, after two days of false reports, sounded a lot like code for: they don't look Middle Eastern.
A profane and occasionally ALL-CAPS email to the sorority's listserv offers a compelling (and funny) portrait of a woman driven into social anxiety and paranoia by her club's middling social success, no matter which way success has been measured at UM and beyond since the letter went public.
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