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The early primary states can afford to wait longer.

slate.com — Have pity on the Democratic poo-bahs of the early primary-season states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, who are suffering the greatest case of political denial this side of Chris Christie's zombie presidential aspirations. According to a remarkable, almost surreal front-page story in Wednesday's Washington Post, the Democratic chieftains...

Oregon’s new governor has gone on the offensive in the voting wars.

slate.com — For more than a decade, voting rights advocates have on been on the defensive. They've resisted one effort after another to restrict access to the polls, efforts that got new life following the Florida election fiasco of 2000, when a large black turnout almost (or maybe did) put Al Gore...

The new law had bipartisan support, but its reforms appear to be failing.

slate.com — In a Washington that fetishizes bipartisanship as an emblem of a lost golden age, the farm bill that passed last year with 68 votes in the Senate was a true marvel. Imagine, in these polarized times, a bill that won the support of Democratic senators like Barbara Boxer, Al Franken,...

Veterans should pay state taxes on pensions:

slate.com — There are the constant standing ovations at sports stadiums. There is the jump-to-the-front-of-the-line privileges at Amtrak and airline ticket counters. There is federal legislation to incentivize employers to hire veterans and White House pressure on federal agencies to do so. And now comes another, increasingly prevalent way to show appreciation...

The Maryland governor’s accomplishments are disappearing fast.

slate.com — Martin O'Malley is having himself a bit of a moment-not really through any of his own doing, but because the swirl of anxiety about Hillary Clinton's readiness for a presidential campaign has Democrats looking around for alternatives, and the only person standing there right now is, well, Martin O'Malley. The...

The New Jersey senator’s case isn’t a part of the state’s political culture.

slate.com — No sooner had news surfaced on Friday that federal prosecutors were on the verge of bringing criminal charges against New Jersey's Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez than the jokes about the Soprano State's culture of corruption began. Heck, even I couldn't resist. On further reflection, though, we're being unfair to ascribe...

The National Rifle Association’s new low.

slate.com — Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting near Tucson that killed six people, returned to Capitol Hill this week to renew her push for legislation that would expand background checks for gun purchases to include gun shows and Internet sales. The legislation, a similar version...

Will the logic that gutted Obamacare in 2012 save it this time?

slate.com — To the topsy-turvy annals of the Affordable Care Act, we might soon add this: that the law was saved on its second visit to the Supreme Court by the same line of thinking that partially gutted it on its first trip to the court. That is the distinct possibility that...

Jeb Bush turns on the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

slate.com — Jeb Bush has been adamant that he will not switch his positions on two issues, immigration and Common Core standards, that will generate conservative opposition in the Republican primaries. But he just made a major concession to conservatives on another issue of great importance to many of them-he came out...

The Wisconsin governor thinks fighting his state’s protesters would prepare him for the Islamic State.

slate.com — Scott Walker checks a lot of boxes as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, which is a big reason why he's leading the early polls in Iowa. Pro-business conservatives like him for taking on the unions and cutting taxes; religious conservatives like that he's a minister's son and born-again...
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Mar 30, 2015

RT @PhilipRucker: This is terrible: A min wage @daysinn worker was fired for talking to WaPo's @chicoharlan, even after manager OK'd it washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…

Mar 30, 2015

@dan_munz You're not alone. Someone wrote a piece last yr w/ the admittedly provocative title: "The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker."

Mar 30, 2015

IN boycotts another e.g. of social-issue liberalism outpacing economic. Imagine same reax for states going RTW or nixing Medicaid expansion?

Mar 30, 2015

.@jmartNYT nails Walker's appeal to GOP: not as the "blue state guv" but as guy who can win w/o diversifying party. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/us/…

Mar 30, 2015

On inequality, 2016'ers--Hillary included--are saying nothing that would upset the very wealthy. @noamscheiber: mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/bus…

Mar 29, 2015

Director of Baltimore agency that is O'Malley's claim to fame is getting as much as $1M from city for his law firm: baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…

Mar 29, 2015

Something worth nothing re Jeb's rebuke of James Baker on Israel: it was Baker's family's bank, Texas Commerce, that gave Jeb his first job.

Mar 22, 2015

Remarkably ambitious and wide-ranging WaPo this weekend: Clintons and Haiti, Columba's dad, shaken baby cases, Gitmo releasees in Uruguay...

Mar 22, 2015

RT @RachelMorris: Marvin Bush strikes again, in this great WP profile of Columba. pic.twitter.com/udmJeqDTW6

Mar 20, 2015

Forget social media kerfuffles. Walker's bigger problem: that WI's job #s have gone from bad to worse. @woodruffbets: slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

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