Be careful what you wish for, Republicans!
Oct28

Be careful what you wish for, Republicans!

Be careful what you wish for, Republicans! A slim majority in the Senate may turn out to be just the punishment the left would love Republicans to suffer. Paul Waldman writes: There will be tremendous built-up pressure from conservatives that Sen. Mitch McConnell (assuming he wins his own race and becomes majority leader) will have to satisfy. That means votes on things such as repealing the Affordable Care Act, building border...

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Is Ebola the New Jaws?
Oct28

Is Ebola the New Jaws?

In 1975, Steven Spielberg directed a movie derived from a Peter Benchley novel called “Jaws.It was the story of a gigantic white shark terrorizing a resort town, killing a number of swimmers and the shark hunters who went after it. This realistic film was a major hit, the highest grossing film up until that time, frightening and intimidating moviegoers all over the country and eventually the world. People were talking about it for...

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Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell
Oct28

Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell

This will be my shortest post on TMV in many years. I really can’t put it better than THIS. And for more details THIS. Self-destruction by mouth and impulsive action. Turning off two separate sides of voters. You can’t just blame “Bridgegate” now: the dude is an impulsive political klutz, which has nothing to do with ideology. As sure-footed as a drunk octopus. graphic via...

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Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?
Oct28

Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?

The sound of the spin machines are so loud I can hear them here in my hotel room in Toronto. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a political error — a big one. And like the toothpaste that can’t be put in to the tube, she gave her Republican and Democratic foes a line they can run in ads and repeat, no matter how many times she and her supporters try to soft-pedal it or walk it back. The You Tube with this...

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In Kansas, it’s Sen. Pat Roberts’ race to lose and he might
Oct28

In Kansas, it’s Sen. Pat Roberts’ race to lose and he might

TOPEKA, Kan. — For more than three decades, Pat Roberts had an easy time winning elections to Congress from Kansas, always winning in landslides. Now the Republican senator is in very real danger of losing and he may have only himself to blame. First, after years avoiding potentially damaging fights within the Kansas GOP, he...

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Who’s the least worst for governor? (Guest Voice)
Oct28

Who’s the least worst for governor? (Guest Voice)

Rick Scott. Charlie Crist. Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who’d be more inspiring. Watching Scott’s cringe-worthy performance in the TV debates made it all the… Carl Hiaasen: Who’s the least worst for...

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Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation
Oct27

Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation

Conservatives and liberals really are wired differently. Scientists can accurately predict whether a subject is left-wing tree-hugger or a right-wing gun-toter based on how their brains respond to certain images, a new study in Current Biology has found. P. Read Montague, a scientist at Virginia Tech, said his experiment was inspired by data that shows...

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The secrets behind 2014
Oct27

The secrets behind 2014

WASHINGTON — There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are (BEG ITAL)not(END ITAL) in play this year. In planning its effort to take control of the Senate, Republicans shrewdly launched challenges to Democrats in...

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Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. (Guest Voice)
Oct27

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. (Guest Voice)

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Our country’s oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives – to vote — is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. So it’s unbelievable and frankly...

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Not Hearing Anything Lately From Republicans About Their Frivolous Suit Against Obama
Oct26

Not Hearing Anything Lately From Republicans About Their Frivolous Suit Against Obama

Remember a few months ago when John Bohner was talking about filing a ridiculous law suit against Barack Obama? Politico points out that, despite the Republican hype, we haven’t heard anything about this suit recently: House Speaker John Boehner came out swinging hard last June when he announced that his chamber would take President Barack Obama to court. The suit, charging that the president grossly exceeded his constitutional...

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The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?
Oct26

The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?

There’s a report at The Hill exposing the media’s manipulation of events leading up to election day. The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. The theme of the 2014 midterms — to whatever extent one is discernable — has been an explosion of one crisis after another, each of which demands an enormous amount of media attention before fading for the next one. From the Secret Service to ISIS,...

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Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives
Oct26

Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

by Walter Brasch The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Usually, the award goes to someone who managed, sometimes against great odds, to ramrod legislation that advances gun rights. However, for 2014...

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Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them
Oct25

Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them

Ten days to the election.  Poor, poor Eric O’Keefe. It’s sad enough that he and his family live in fear of me. But, at least the Koch-connected architect of Term Limits, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, founder of the casually-discarded Sam Adams Alliance (formed when Americans for Limited Government was busted slushing dark money into state initiatives coast to coast in 2006 and O’Keefe was President of...

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Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)
Oct25

Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but...

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The Politics of Efficiency
Oct25

The Politics of Efficiency

The Politics of Efficacy by Slamfu There seem to be a lot of names out there for everyone’s political position. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, libertarian and oh so many more. It would seem these days that most people lump me into the Liberal category, some even name me a Democrat. It’s true that I have views that tend to line up with those groups more often than not, and maybe that’s all it takes. But when people go out...

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Mitch McConnell gets big new donor to help him: Mitch McConnell
Oct25

Mitch McConnell gets big new donor to help him: Mitch McConnell

Democrats have started injecting big bucks into TV ads to nudge the dead-lead race Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is waging against Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the edge. So now McConnell has found a donor to help him match the big bucks: Mitch McConnell: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is giving his reelection campaign a $1.8 million personal loan to stave off a new round of attack...

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Cartoon: Republican Strategy
Oct25

Cartoon: Republican Strategy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women
Oct25

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Hajiya Inno Attahiru In Nigeria,...

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Too soon to know if Republicans will take control of the Senate
Oct24

Too soon to know if Republicans will take control of the Senate

by John Zogby The pundits seem to be on board with the prediction that the Republicans will take control of the Senate this election. GOP candidates hold commanding leads in two states where the incumbent U.S. Senator is a Democrat (Montana and West Virginia). Up until last week South Dakota made it three on that list,… graphic via...

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Election may not end in a “rout”
Oct24

Election may not end in a “rout”

Senate seats turn over every six years, and six years ago a Democratic wave election helped the party capture lots of normally red territory, making this election especially challenging. Governorships, on the other hand, turn over every four years. And four years ago, Republicans carried off a rout. So in the governor’s races, it is Republicans now fighting in neutral or hostile territory. …JonathanChait,DailyIntel Sam Wang, the...

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