Write for New Republic. Ex-WaPo & BaltSun reporter. Proud native of Pittsfield, Mass. & resident of Baltimore. Father of two sports maniacs. amacgillis@tnr.com

Ed Gillespie's Hypocritical Attack of Mark Warner over Virginia Bribe

newrepublic.com — This has not been the most enlightening or nourishing of election seasons, to put it mildly. There are few substantive themes or arguments defining the debate; campaigns have instead been consumed by disputes over candidates' residency or over the originality of boilerplate language in campaign platforms nobody reads.

Karl Rove and the Wall Street Journal Fundraise for Republicans

newrepublic.com — Anyone who thinks newspapers have lost all the sway of days past should consider what the Republican Party just pulled off via the nation's largest-circulation paper. Just a few weeks ago, the conservative opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal were full of praise for Harry Reid and the Democrats' 2014 campaign operation.

Voter ID Laws, Republican Voter Suppression Needs to Stop

newrepublic.com — We are now three weeks to Election Day, which means we are deep into another round of the voting wars -the ceaseless legislative, legal and regulatory battle over which Americans can vote, and when and where and with what paperwork they must do so. Here's a modest proposal: How about we finally call off the fight?

Terri Lynn Land Let Meijer Off Hook In Acme, Michigan Coup Attempt

newrepublic.com — Not so long ago, a major retailer tried secretly to overthrow the government of a small town in the cherry-growing reaches of northern Michigan. It was caught in the actbut let off the hook without serious repercussions by a state official who had received large campaign contributions from the company.

The NRA and Gun Control Politics Aren't Dominating the Midterms

newrepublic.com — Midterm politics hung heavy in the air when the Senate last year fell five votes short of blocking a Republican-led filibuster against the bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. Two of the Democrats who voted against the Manchin-Toomey bill were up for reelection in 2014 in red states: Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska.

Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray Is Still Urging Employees to Give to GOP

newrepublic.com — Last month, a West Virginia woman filed a lawsuit against Murray Energy, the largest privately-held coal-mining company in the country, alleging she was fired from her job as a shift foreman because she had declined CEO Bob Murray's urgings to make campaign contributions to Republican candidates he favored.

Barney Frank's Gay Sex Quote Yanked by Washington Post Editors

newrepublic.com — Imagine the jolt I got when I was reading my Washington Post this morning at home in Baltimore and came across this passage in an entertaining profile of Barney Frank, the outspoken former congressman from Massachusetts who crafted the financial reform law named for him and blazed new trails as a gay politician on the Hill.

David Boies' AIG Case Is Costing American Taxpayers Billions

newrepublic.com — David Boies has spent much of this year putting the celebrity in celebrity lawyer. In January, he and Ted Olson, his onetime Republican antagonist from Bush v. Gore days, were at the Sundance Festival for the premiere of "The Case Against 8," a documentary about their crusade against California's anti-gay marriage law.

Democratic Candidates Need To Talk Up Obamacare to Voters

newrepublic.com — The New York Times today carried a provocative front-page dispatch from Kentucky by Abby Goodnough, who's been doing a superb job of covering the impact of the Affordable Care Act in the Bluegrass State as a window into the law's import nationally.

5 Ways Mitch McConnell Explains Our Bleak World

huffingtonpost.com — Posted: 1. There is no position that cannot be reversed or abandoned. 2. Go as negative as you must to win. Most people will forget. Mitch McConnell does not exactly fire the imagination. The Republican leader in the Senate is so much a cardboard cutout of a Beltway suit that his blandness inspired a popular Internet meme earlier this year.
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Oct 23, 2014

Key @jonathanchait point: striking how low a profile anti-Obamacare attacks have taken, even in states Dems may lose. nymag.com/daily/intellig…

Oct 23, 2014

.@NBCFirstRead's wise caution early this week that #Ebola panic could move through news cycle faster than we expected looking prescient.

Oct 22, 2014

"Unlike neighbours to south...our gov't officials are not surrounded by phalanxes of armed guards." May it remain so. theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/e…

Oct 22, 2014

The most comically hypocritical attack line of the '14 midterms: newrepublic.com/article/119924…

Oct 21, 2014

@delong @brianbeutler But circumstances matter. Context of Kasich's ACA comments is different than, say, McConnell's. He expanded Medicaid!

Oct 21, 2014

RT @jayrosen_nyu: For a glimpse into the tensions between the church of savvy in political journalism and journalists of other faiths: twitter.com/AlecMacGillis/…

Oct 21, 2014

@nickconfessore His underlying thinking seems to be: Medicaid expansion is more justified bc it helps neediest of all. But hard to say that.

Oct 21, 2014

How the likable, innocuous Aussies and Canadians became global malignancies. @rebleber: newrepublic.com/article/119896…

Oct 21, 2014

Remarkable @nate_cohn hypothesis: Republicans could lose every single Hispanic vote in midterms and still hold House. nytimes.com/2014/10/21/ups…

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