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The former Kentucky senator who defied Mitch McConnell is responsible for the motor voter law.

slate.com — Wendell Ford, a Kentucky Democrat who served 24 years in the Senate after three years as governor, died on Thursday at the age of 90 after a battle with lung cancer. On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who served opposite Ford as Kentucky's other senator for 14 years and...

The Affordable Care Act is proving difficult to undermine.

slate.com — Now that Republicans are in control of both chambers of Congress, the push to slay Obamacare by a thousand cuts is officially underway. But if the first stab is any indication, Republicans are going to need some sharper knives. On Thursday, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, the new chairman of the...

The president’s program will expose Republicans’ unwillingness to fight inequality.

slate.com — The most notable Republican reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night did not come from official respondent Joni Ernst, the rookie senator from Red Oak, Iowa, with the camouflage high heels. It came from Mitt Romney, newly back in the fray as a possible presidential candidate...

The Education of Jeb Bush

newyorker.com — In December, Jeb Bush posted an update on his Facebook page which began by reporting that, over Thanksgiving, he and his family had "shared good food and watched a whole lot of football." He added, "We also talked about the future of our nation.

Cheap high culture in Baltimore, Buffalo, Detroit, and other midsize cities.

slate.com — One Friday evening this past summer, my friend and I arrived at Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for an all-Beethoven program. But we didn't go straight in. First, we stopped at a stand outside for some Duckpin Ale, an excellent pale ale made by Baltimore's Union...

The Political Education of Mitch McConnell: Alec MacGillis: 9781501112034: Amazon.com: Books

amazon.com — The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell [Alec MacGillis] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From a dogged political reporter, an investigation into the political education of Mitch McConnell and an argument that this powerful Senator embodies much of this country's political dysfunction.

South Baltimore's thief who listens

articles.baltimoresun.com — IF ANYONE doubts that Baltimore is headed in the right direction, consider the following: Not long ago, I discovered someone had broken into my car on the South Baltimore street where it was parked, smashing a rear window in the process. I took a quick inventory. The car radio was still there.

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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."
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Jan 28, 2015

RT @baltimoresun: If all goes according to plan, Sparrows Point's will be imploded today. bsun.md/1zxJuf5 http://t.co/FCaPAP4Eq5

Jan 27, 2015

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska) at Ways & Means hearing: "There's a lot of cheese that would not exist without corn." #deepthoughts #zen

Jan 27, 2015

@mg81992 Yeah, was set up as a joke, followed by a "nonetheless." But of course, many others in his own party don't see it as a joke.

Jan 27, 2015

Paul Ryan: "I no sooner trust this administration w/ (trade promotion authority) than I trust the Patriots w/ footballs at Lambeau Field."

Jan 26, 2015

@davidaxelrod For "The Cynic," I spoke to a big KY backer of his who profusely thanks him for keeping estate tax low: amazon.com/The-Cynic-Poli…

Jan 26, 2015

Koch Bros are budgeting $900 million for 2016--far more than the entire GOP apparatus spent in 2012. @nickconfessore: nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/…

Jan 26, 2015

@TomBevanRCP And @AlecMacGillis will be responding in due course, when he has a free moment.

Jan 26, 2015

“It seems possible, if incredible, that the U.S. government may have here redacted the word ‘tears.’" @ScottShaneNYT: nytimes.com/2015/01/26/art…

Jan 26, 2015

Why Walker's strong showing in Iowa shouldn't surprise: he's been tapping into a deep-red base in WI for a while now: newrepublic.com/article/118145…

Jan 26, 2015

"Of blacks earning more $200K, more than 1 in 3 were sold subprime loans, 2X the average of the overall population." washingtonpost.com/sf/investigati…

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