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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Republicans and their base

1 hour, 33 minutes ago by (Greg Dworkin)

WaPo: Democrats say they are happy to see Republicans race to the right, since they believe it will put the eventual GOP nominee out of step with the general electorate. Some Republicans are nervous about that possibility. “You have to be careful when you are doing this — that you don’t so embrace your…
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Open thread for night owls. OECD: Growing global inequality gap 'has reached a tipping point'

10 hours, 33 minutes ago by (Meteor Blades)

Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams, writes Growing Global Inequality Gap 'Has Reached a Tipping Point':  With the gap between the rich and poor growing worldwide, a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published Thursday suggests that the only way to reverse such rampant…
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Cartoon: Crime and injustice

1 day, 15 hours ago by (rebeccahendin)

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States explore teaming up on Obamacare exchanges

21 hours, 5 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

Running health insurance exchanges, states have found, is a complicated and expensive proposition. For a handful of states, that meant opting to use the federal Obamacare exchange, which is now threatened by the Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case, the challenge that says Congress intended to only…
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When is a campaign not a campaign? When it's Jeb Bush's!

12 hours, 3 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

The chair of the Federal Elections Commission has crying "uncle" in the face of a deadlocked commission. Which is really too bad, because 2016 is shaping up to be one long exercise in candidates skirting the edge of campaign finance laws, such as they are. As the 2016 campaign unfolds, Hillary Rodham…
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A good many Republican presidential candidates posed for pictures with a child molester

1 day, 4 hours ago by (Doctor RJ)

Do as I say, not as I do. That particular idiom about hypocrisy is especially true if you're a Republican espousing "family values." A good example of this occurred recently when the media obtained a 2006 police report indicating that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting Duggar family,…
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Obamacare got 12 million insured, now Congress has to fix the system for all the underinsured

13 hours, 3 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

Healthcare reform is not done. Not by a long shot. While Obamacare has gone a very long way toward getting people insured, and in creating some good reforms and regulations on private insurance, private health insurance can still be pretty sucky. And according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund…
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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

13 hours, 33 minutes ago by (Bill in Portland Maine)

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Rhetorical Candles on the Birthday Cake Pearls of wisdom and piles of horse dung from various political types born in May: "Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance." ---President…
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Export-Import Bank issue promises more Republican strife

20 hours, 31 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) Sen. Maria Cantwell's very dubious trade for her "fast track" vote Thursday to allow the Trade Promotion Authority legislation to go forward. She demanded from leadership, and got, votes in both chambers to extend the Export-Import Bank, the federally backed lender that helps…
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A not-indicted Chris Christie says media owes him an apology

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Hunter)

Hang on, we have to savor this for a while: Chris Christie says the media owes him an apology over the Bridgegate scandal. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. “I do believe there's an absolute bias and a rush to judgment. You all know this, you saw the coverage of me 15 months ago. I was guilty, I had done it,”…
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Cartoon: America's rapidly rising faiths

15 hours, 13 minutes ago by (BrianMcFadden)

Click to enlarge. A Pew survey came out last week showing that the ranks of Christians are declining in America, while the unaffiliated and other faiths are growing. Of course Christianity will remain a super-majority in the U.S. for decades to come, but it offers some hope that in the distant future,…
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Obama administration throws Rick Scott a temporary Medicaid bone

22 hours, 19 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

The Obama administration has offered Florida Gov. Rick Scott a partial compromise in Scott's ongoing fight to get federal money for health care that's not Obamacare Medicaid expansion money. Scott has asked the administration to reverse its decision—made and communicated to the state a year ago—to end…
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Federal judge extends her ruling for marriage equality in Alabama statewide

1 day, 14 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

The Alabama showdown between a federal district judge who struck down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban in January and the state's antigay chief justice, Roy Moore, who circumvented her order, isn't over. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade ordered Thursday that state officials stop enforcing the…
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Pew poll: 75 percent of Republicans want their party to challenge Obama 'more often'

16 hours, 33 minutes ago by (Hunter)

Not satisfied. According to a new Pew poll, the Republican base isn't too happy with their leaders. Today, just 41% of Republicans approve of the job their party’s leaders in Congress are doing. [...] And just 37% of Republicans say their party’s leaders are keeping their campaign promises, while 53%…
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Politico takes a whack at Warren in a lengthy, trade-related hit piece

18 hours, 35 minutes ago by (Meteor Blades)

Politico's nothingburger story on Warren's ISDS is an undisguised hit piece. Politico seems to be confused about the meaning of hypocrisy. Thursday, it offered up a 31-paragraph hit piece on Sen. Elizabeth Warren founded on her participation in a trade arbitration process 15 years ago that she has now…
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What did, or didn't, the Duggar family learn from son Josh's sexual offenses?

19 hours, 55 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Josh Duggar speaks at the Family Leadership Summit By now, the story is everywhere. Reality TV son Josh Duggar has had to step down as executive director of Family Research Council Action and apologize for having molested several underage girls, including his own sisters, when he himself was 14 years…
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Midday open thread: Huckabee backs Ten Commandments BS; DNI keeps bin Laden porn to itself

18 hours, 3 minutes ago by (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love: What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... Do not call me girl: Women in the workforce, by Susan Grigsby Memorial Day and Flanders Fields, by Mark E Andersen How did you begin to unlearn racism, by Denise Oliver Velez The promise of NewSpace, by…
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Yup, Clinton can tell the Beltway media to go to hell

19 hours, 16 minutes ago by (kos)

Heavens! Is that Hillary with some "everyday Americans"? BLASPHEMY! The same day I lauded Hillary Clinton for (mostly) ignoring the Beltway Media, we get this tweet, from the supposedly "liberal" New York Times: In Iowa, Queen Hillary and the Everyday Americans of the Round Table distribute alms to…
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Bernie Sanders will make his presidential run official Tuesday

1 day, 14 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

Bernie poses for a selfie with a supporter in Manchester, NH, May 2. Sen. Bernie Sanders will make his presidential primary campaign official Tuesday, May 26, with a public kick-off on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont's Waterfront Park. Attendees will be treated to free ice cream…
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Rick Santorum blasts Fox News for limiting GOP debate to top ten candidates

20 hours, 8 minutes ago by (Hunter)

The announcement that Fox News will be limiting the first Republican primary debates to the ten candidates with the highest polling average at the time is not sitting well with candidates who are pretty sure they won't be making even that generous cut. Likely presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized…
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Despite Republican attacks, Obama is 'very clear on the lessons of Iraq'

22 hours, 56 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

The official Republican talking point on Iraq and the extremist group known as ISIS is that everything would be peachy if only President Obama had continued the policies of George W. Bush. Except not the policy where Bush negotiated a withdrawal timeline and Obama stuck with it. The policy where Bush…
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The Republican replacement plan for Obamacare in one graphic

23 hours, 21 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

That's Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on the Senate floor Thursday, summing up the Republican plan for the millions of Americans who could lose health insurance with the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision. Nailed it.
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New York Times does its best to be a 'real opponent' to Hillary Clinton

23 hours, 20 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Anyway, this is the polite version of the face I made when reading this article. New York Times reporters really aren't bothering to hide their loathing of Hillary Clinton anymore, to the point where the next logical step is for the newspaper to adopt the mottoes "fair and balanced" or "we report, you…
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Cartoon: Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

23 hours, 13 minutes ago by (Mark Fiore)

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries. I’m not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers. Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from…
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What does defense spending have to do with endangered species? Everything, for Republicans

1 day, 16 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) was not impressed. The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act this week, and while much of the attention was on the anti-immigration aspects of the legislation, Republican lawmakers also hit the administration on the Endangered Species Act and the endangered sage…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

1 day ago by (David Waldman)

Today, I'm just going to say, "Josh Duggar" over and over for one hour and fifty-two minutes. Then, Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update will fill the rest. Oh, wait. Greg. OK, Greg will interrupt me by saying "Josh Duggar" before I do for half an hour, then I'll go, then Rosalyn. Listen LIVE at 9:00…
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Military equipment order, minimum wage and more

1 day, 1 hour ago by (Georgia Logothetis)

We begin today's roundup with The Des Moines Register's take on the military equipment use by American police forces: Documents obtained by CNN in April found the Missouri National Guard referred to Ferguson protestors as "enemy forces" during demonstrations last summer. Many Americans don't trust an…
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Open thread for night owls. Democracy Now interviews Matt Taibbi on confessed bank crooks

1 day, 10 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

Matt Taibbi Amy Goodman interviewed Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi on the news that the five banks—Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS—which pleaded guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates were fined more than $5 billion. Here's an excerpt: AMY…
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Jeb Bush declares 'ISIS didn't exist when my brother was president,' gets mugged by reality

2 days, 13 hours ago by (Jon Perr)

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul. Just one week after a 19 year-old college student rightly informed Jeb Bush that "your brother created ISIS," the 2016 GOP White House hopeful apparently decided one historical…
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This Texas senator blamed Baltimore uprising on absentee dads but goes silent on Waco bloodbath

2 days, 16 hours ago by (Shaun King)

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, right, with Sen. Ted Cruz In his home state, nine people were just slaughtered in a bloodbath. Over 1,000 weapons were recovered. Families were endangered, and it was the biggest single incident of murder in Waco since the Branch Davidian compound burned down. Texas' own U.S.…
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President of Boy Scouts calls for an end to the ban on gay Scout leaders

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Jen Hayden)

The Boy Scouts may well earn that equality badge yet. Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates says the time has come: The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world…
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High-ranking Georgia prison guard supervisor arrested for raping nine women inmates

1 day, 22 hours ago by (Shaun King)

Captain Daniel Johnson has been arrested after being formally charged with sexually assaulting at least nine different women while he was chief of security for the Emanuel State Prison for Women in Georgia. Most of the women were from the metro Atlanta area. Speaking to Daily Kos, attorney Walter Madison…
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McDonald's can't ignore worker protests before shareholder meeting

2 days, 17 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

McDonald's workers are once again rallying ahead of the company's shareholder meeting, boosting their call for $15 an hour pay and the right to join a union. There was no ignoring the protest Wednesday: McDonald's shut down a restaurant near its headquarters Wednesday after the area was swamped by hundreds…
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Mystery money didn't stop Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina from backing Frank Guinta

2 days, 22 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) Rep. Frank Guinta's trouble with the Federal Election Commission shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone. The $355,000 the New Hampshire Republican loaned his own campaign in 2010 was clearly shady from the beginning, since there was no way he had $355,000 to lend himself.…
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Republican 2016 candidates almost uniformly give undocumented immigrants the heave ho

1 day, 20 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

GOP 2016 hopefuls have decided it's all about the base on immigration. Alan Rappeport reviews their stances and finds most of them are saying, border security first, report to deport, and no path to citizenship. Which is not at all what they were saying before. On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey…
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Will Boehner team up with Dems to save the Export-Import Bank from the GOP crazies?

2 days, 16 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

The little-known Export-Import Bank is in peril as the GOP crazy caucus sharpens the knives to cut its funding entirely (or not reauthorize it, to be more precise). The government bank loans money to American companies like Boeing and General Motors that export products overseas. Its supporters say the…
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Trade Promotion Authority vote secured on Export-Import Bank promise

1 day, 18 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

Thursday morning, the Senate voted to advance Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but getting to cloture was a challenge. Ultimately, the price for some Democratic lawmakers to give their support was a promise from Republican leadership that they would forward an extension of…
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Washington State poll shows Clinton dominant among both Republican and Democratic rivals

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Public Policy Polling has some new numbers from Washington State that suggest two things: 1) the Republican field is a total wild card; 2) Hillary Clinton is a far more competitive candidate than any of her Democratic rivals, at least at this stage of race. Here's a glimpse of the first phenomenon: Clinton…
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Six Baltimore officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

1 day, 15 hours ago by (Hunter)

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced that a grand jury has returned indictments for six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. The officers are Lt. Brian W. Rice, Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E. Miller, Sgt. Alicia D. White, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.,…
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Ex-CIA briefer: Bush administration presented false 'intelligence' to the nation

1 day, 16 hours ago by (Hunter)

No kidding. In the much-needed pile-on lambasting the most recent round of Iraq War whitewashing, Ex-CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell appeared on the TV to say that yes, the Bush administration lied to the public about the intelligence presented to them. He was the one briefing the White House on…
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Jeb Bush is partly right. Somebody is definitely 'intellectually arrogant' about climate change

1 day, 17 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

That arrogance does not, however, come from the scientists behind the 97 percent of peer-reviewed papers that say civilization's emissions of greenhouse gases are driving climate change. Nor from the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who are 95 percent certain the human activities…
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NSA fight in Senate bleeds into weekend

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

The administration has sent dire warnings about NSA having to shut down its dragnet surveillance system of phone metadata which will expire in 10 days unless Congress acts. "After May 22, 2015, the National Security Agency will need to begin taking steps to wind down the bulk-telephone-metadata program…
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Primary season flip-flops won't hurt Republicans, former Romney adviser says

1 day, 17 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) As the Republican presidential primary gets into gear, the candidates are having to get themselves in line with what Republican primary voters want to hear—even if it means saying things that will hurt them in a general election. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's problems have been…
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Midday open thread: Foxagandists say Obama wrong to call climate change nat'l security threat

1 day, 18 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is On Iraq: W.W.J.H.D.? (What Would Jeb Have Done?): Initial unemployment compensation claims rise, but still historically low: For the week ending May 16, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation were 274,000, up 10,000 from the previous week,…
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Jeb Bush touts failed Florida Medicaid experiment

1 day, 20 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

Jeb Bush apparently thinks the "compassionate conservative" idea that his brother so cynically ran on will work for him, too. He's using his Medicaid experience in Florida as evidence that he really cared about the poors, that he was reforming Medicaid to give them "more power to choose from more choices."…
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Republicans hope ISIS will help them fearmonger their way to the White House

1 day, 21 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Republicans think they can get voters to forget who's really responsible. Republicans, led by George W. Bush, made a giant mess of Iraq, destabilizing the country in ways leading directly to the formation of the extremist group known as the Islamic State, ISIS, or ISIL. But Republican presidential candidates…
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Surprise! Company whose pipeline burst in Santa Barbara has extensive record of safety violations

1 day, 20 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

A section of Refugio State Beach tainted by oil from burst pipe. Since 2006, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has logged more than 175 maintenance and safety violations by the company whose pipeline burst in Santa Barbara County, California, Tuesday night. That makes its…
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Fox News has set the rules. Which GOP candidates will make it onto the debate stage?

1 day, 22 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Eight looked like a lot in 2012 debates, but 2016 will feature 10 or more Republican candidates. The rules are set for how many Republican presidential candidates will be allowed to crawl out of the clown car and go on stage for the first primary debate of the cycle. Now, the question is which candidates…
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Senate advances Trade Promotion Authority bill

1 day, 21 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

The Senate voted 62-38 Thursday morning to advance the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, cutting off a Democratic filibuster. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) were among the holdouts, voting to filibuster the…
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If Hillary wants to avoid the beltway political media, well then, that's very smart

1 day, 22 hours ago by (kos)

Hillary Clinton, at a small-business roundtable in Iowa, loses nothing by bypassing the traditional political press corps. Chris Cillizza, the poster-child of everything that is wrong about political journalism, whines about lack of access to the Clinton campaign: Do you not think it is of value to…
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