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Obamacare Architect Says Law Passed Because You’re All Stupid

By on 11.10.14 | 12:02PM

We learned on Friday that the Supreme Court will take up an appeal from the Fourth Circuit in the case of King v. Burwell, even though there's no split between the circuits on how to handle Obamacare's subsidies, when they're handed out to people in a state that doesn't set up their own Obamacare insurance exchange. The crux of that problem? Apparently, Democrats were in such a hurry to pass the legislation before anyone read it, that they failed to read it themselves, resulting in some unclear language that might not pass Constitutional muster: they limited the subsidies, allowing them to only apply to participants in state exchanges. According to Obamacare's architect Jonathan Gruber, that was totally just a typo.

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The #WaronWomen is over—and we won

By 11.7.14

Republicans are jubilant after their electoral victories Tuesday night — but it might be that Democratic losses tell a more complete story than GOP gains.

While voters almost uniformly backed conservative candidates, they also supported ballot measures out of sync with the traditional Republican party platform. Sure, marijuana legalization — which passed in the nation’s capital and in Oregon — can be chalked up to a rise in libertarians (me included), lurking at the margins of the GOP like the outsiders we’ve been since high school. But voters also approved non-binding hikes in the minimum wage in four states and three major cities. That’s hardly a hardline conservative position. So what gives? 

The easy answer is that Americans are, on the whole, idiots, who tune into elections at the last possible moment, when they simply can’t avoid it any longer. Hence the increase in television commercials the last two weeks, as the parties compete to see who can more effectively convince voters that the other guys are more likely to murder their grandmother, child, puppy, or cable television package — whichever they might find more important.

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And The First Republican Contender for 2016 Is…Ben Carson

By on 11.6.14 | 3:55PM

It starts, not with a bang, but with a forty minute documentary about Dr. Ben Carson.

Yes, the 2016 race for the White House has already gotten started -- and it looks like Dr. Ben Carson is first in the ring.

Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative political star, will air a nearly 40 minute-long ad introducing himself to the American people this weekend, an aide to Carson confirms to ABC News.

The documentary titled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” will air in 22 states and Washington, DC. The paid video will detail some of his biography and family life, including his rise from being born to a single mother with a poor childhood in Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for almost 40 years, known for his work separating conjoined twins, to potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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The DSCC Might be Abandoning Mary Landrieu

By on 11.6.14 | 2:40PM

Mary Landrieu is having a rough week. First, those racist, sexist voters in Louisiana, who voted her into office at least twice before, refused to supporter in a large enough quantity to help her avoid a runoff. And now, in the face of major Republican pickups across the coutnry, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has decided that she's just not worth the time it takes to write out the check to fund her campaign.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is canceling at least some of its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana.

The committee canceled buys planned from Monday through December 6 in the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets, three sources tracking the air war told POLITICO.

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Conservative Leaders Challenge GOP Congress

By 11.6.14

The American people spoke loud and clear: stop Obama. Period. What they delivered Tuesday night was an unmitigated defeat for liberalism. They want Obamacare repealed, the economy unchained, and amnesty opposed. Among other things.

Yet with planted news stories from GOP establishment operatives in both the Washington Post and the New York Times the idea was being spread that this overwhelming rejection of liberals was in fact a victory for the very ruling class mindset that was explicitly campaigned against by all those Republican winners.

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President Obama Does Not Feel Repudiated

By on 11.5.14 | 12:23PM

Last night may have been a bloodbath for Democrats, but just so you know, Barack Obama is totally fine. This wasn't a shellacking at all. Not even a bare repudiation. Nope, this was just a case of a guy who was facing uphill odds and had to sit on the bench while the rest of his team did the work, and now feels like they did a pretty solid job and, well, he's got a tee time in a couple of hours and he's going to just take the rest of this week off.

Two things were clear long before the votes were counted on Tuesday night: President Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his final two years in office, and the results would be seen as a repudiation of his leadership.

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About Last Night: Five Things You Need to Know

By on 11.5.14 | 11:03AM

Did that really happen

Obviously, we shouldn't be as hasty in our celebration as, say, Wendy Davis's campaign director was in her complete and utter social media meltdown: the Republicans still have to govern effectively to earn 2016. And while Sally Kohn might believe that Republicans are about to undertake the most egregious systematic oppression of women since cavemen first clubbed us over the head and dragged us to their caves, not all of us are as confident in their effectiveness as a political party.

But here are five things you need to know about last night.

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Eric Holder Has His Eye on You Today, America

By on 11.4.14 | 3:34PM

Just in case you were considering suppressing someone's vote today, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder would like to make sure that you know that he's watching you. Closely. But in the most fair and non-partisan way, of course. So don't try any funny business.

“One of the Justice Department’s most sacred responsibilities is ensuring access to the ballot box for every eligible American,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message on the department’s website.

“I want the American people to know that the Justice Department will stand vigilant — working in a fair and nonpartisan manner to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination or obstruction,” he said.

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Wendy Davis Is Losing Because of Redistricting Or Something

By on 11.4.14 | 11:35AM

As I'm not attached to a campaign this year, I feel secure in noting that I'll be watching the returns in my pajamas, while drinking wine straight out of the bottle. Not that I wouldn't do that if I were attached to a campaign, but this year, it will at least be easier to switch the channel away from Wolf Blitzer and instead watch people compete to give other, more courages people, tattoos on a reality television show, if things don't go my way. 

But if there's anything I'm really looking forward to, it's Wendy Davis's concession speech. I don't want to jinx anything, but I feel like it could be one of those rare, sweet moments, when you know that not only has a truly awful candidate been defeated, but that people who spent loads of money trying to accomplish an obviously impossible task, instead of, say, throwing cash at a really winnable election (Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan come to mind), will spend their last few pennies on pints of Ben & Jerry's New York Triple Fudge Chunk. 

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The New Yorker’s Anti-Reagan Reflex

By 11.4.14

Ronald Reagan has displeased the New Yorker. Twenty-five years gone from the presidency and ten years gone from this life, it seems the nation’s fortieth president still has a capacity to stir angst among the ruling class.

In a piece titled “The Reagan Reflex,” former Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol is but the latest to target Reagan’s legacy and pronounce that — don’t you know — it’s time to move on. The article summons all at once exactly what so infuriated liberals of the day about Ronald Reagan and exasperated GOP establishment at the same time. Indeed, one can almost hear the Reagan response: There they go again.

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