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On theskids inAmerica

miamiherald.com — Former columnist examines what he sees as a country in decline.

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

npr.org — When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate - pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted. "I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Wall Street Journal Article on Latinos, Obamacare Omits Medicaid

newrepublic.com — The Wall Street Journal, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in the country, ran a front-page article on Wednesday pointing out that the Affordable Care Act was falling short in one very specific, politically relevant way. As the headline blared, "Latinos Lag Under Health Law."

2014 Midterms Boosted Gun Control and Hurt the NRA

newrepublic.com — There were precious few silver linings for Democrats in last week's midterms, but a big one has been mostly overlooked. It was a pretty good election, all things considered, for the movement to strengthen gun laws- a part of the liberal coalition that is supposed to be among the most beleaguered .

Republicans Won the Senate Because Democrats Forgot 2012 Message

newrepublic.com — The day of the 2012 presidential election, while reporting on the south side of Columbus, Ohio, I came across a 50-year-old man named Matt Bimberg who was waiting for the bus. He was a middle-aged white man with a Detroit Tigers cap in a mostly black neighborhood, and was returning home from a warehouse job as a forklift operator.

When Mitch McConnell Met Roger Ailes: An Early Lesson in Winning At All Costs

blog.longreads.com — Alec MacGillis | Below is an excerpt from The Cynic , a new book by The New Republic writer Alec MacGillis about Mitch McConnell, who was just elected to a sixth term in the U.S. Senate and-with Republicans now taking control of the Senate-will become the new majority leader.

Anthony Brown Didn't Lose in Maryland Because of Republican Wave

newrepublic.com — I knew Democrat Anthony Brown was in trouble in the race for Maryland governor when every single voter I spoke with Tuesdayincluding several who voted for Barack Obama-at a polling station in a swing district in Baltimore County, just outside the Baltimore city line in the Overlea neighborhood, brought up the rain tax.

Joni Ernst Capitalized on a Broken Media Landscape in Iowa

newrepublic.com — By this time tomorrow, the 2014 midterms will be over, but for one or two runoff elections in Louisiana and/or Georgia and perhaps some final ballot-counting in the Aleutian Islands, and we'll be able to start focusing on what really matters: handicapping the 2016 races for the White House and Congress.

Book review: ‘Losing Our Way,’ an portrait of America, by Bob Herbert

washingtonpost.com — By Bob Herbert Doubleday. 283 pp. $27.95 A few days ago, I had one of my MARC moments. The commuter train from Baltimore to Washington slowed just outside the Beltway, wheezing along as if it were dragging the 1st Armored Division. The German tourists behind me looked bewildered at our sorry pace.

Scott Brown Sullivan County Gaffe Betrays Ignorance of New Hampshire

newrepublic.com — One of the more entertaining subplots in this otherwise dreary campaign season has been watching Scott Brown pass himself off as a New Hampshirite in his run for the Senate from that state, just two years after he ran for reelection to the Senate from Massachusetts.
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Nov 25, 2014

RT @brianbeutler: Chuck Schumer’s consistent, and consistently weird, take on the opportunity cost of Obamacare newrepublic.com/article/120409…

Nov 25, 2014

Merkel "lives in a rent-controlled apt...the name on buzzer is her husband's...a solitary policeman stands outside." newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jbenton: Why is everyone sharing federal grand jury data viz on a night when a non-federal grand jury is in play?

Nov 24, 2014

Not if you're poor, since Missouri rejected the Medicaid expansion. #ferguson RT @Mark_JekyllHyde: Does Obamacare cover tear gas inhalation?

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CitizenCohn: "A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich, the saying goes, but that never applied to police." newrepublic.com/article/120395…

Nov 24, 2014

@mattnworb Exactly. But putting it in terms of streets and blocks may bring it home more for some people. It's a stunning detail.

Nov 24, 2014

Just for context, 150 feet away is well over half of an NYC avenue block between streets. Pretty damn far. #ferguson

Nov 24, 2014

RT @WesleyLowery: On day 2, police said body was 35 feet away from Wilson's vehicle. As @ShaunKing proved and McCulloch now says, was really 150 feet away.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @stateofnova: I haven't heard McCulloch say why the shooting wasn't a crime. Self defense? Imminent threat? Fear for safety of others? Hasn't said.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @JamesFallows: I am glad not to be outside the US now and having to explain this about my country

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