Writer for The Washington Post's politics blog, The Fix. philip.bump@washpost.com

Why would two same-sex marriage proponents even host an event for Ted Cruz?

washingtonpost.com — You've likely heard about what happened already. Two New York City entrepreneurs, leaders in the city's gay business community, hosted a small event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in their Central Park South penthouse. The story got to the Times, and the gay community flipped out, given Cruz's aggressive and consistent hostility to the idea of same-sex marriage.

Rand Paul backs Obama’s botched drone strike. This is not as hypocritical as you might think.

washingtonpost.com — Appearing on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came to the defense of an unexpected person on an unexpected issue. Discussing last week's announcement from President Obama that hostages had been accidentally killed in a drone strike on their captors in Pakistan, Paul didn't criticize the attack.

Hillary Clinton’s op-ed mentions five everyday Iowans. All five were hand-picked to attend her events.

washingtonpost.com — For the average Iowan flipping open Monday's Des Moines Register, the opinion piece from Hillary Clinton that it contains might suggest that the candidate's brief listening tour was something of a success. It mentions five Iowans -- just like them! -- whose stories seem to have energized Clinton.

‘We made mistakes': Clinton Foundation jumps on the grenade

washingtonpost.com — There are two reasons that Maura Pelly, the acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation, wrote a blog post on Sunday clarifying questions about the organization's contributions and tax returns. First, she needed to respond in order to clear any clouds hanging over the foundation itself.

Obama still has one year to fulfill his promise to call it the Armenian ‘genocide’

washingtonpost.com — One hundred years ago Friday, a campaign to deport and murder millions of Armenians began in present-day Turkey. Given the close relationship between the United States and that country -- and Turkey's geographic importance -- past presidents have almost uniformly declined to label the estimate 1.5 million deaths that resulted as a genocide.

A report says immigrants will account for 82 percent of U.S. growth by 2060. That’s misleading.

washingtonpost.com — A report in the Washington Examiner this week offered a startling bit of data: In a few years, Census Bureau figures suggest, immigrants will account for 82 percent of U.S. growth.

It doesn’t matter that Ted Cruz skipped the Loretta Lynch vote. It matters that he skipped so many others.

washingtonpost.com — There was a weird flurry of scolding articles on Thursday in the wake of the Senate's long-expected confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator not to cast a vote, which earned him some unflattering headlines.

The Democrats’ white-voter problem - in 2 maps

washingtonpost.com — Red and blue America are no more constant than our use of "blue" and "red" to describe the major political parties. Different parts of the country shift slowly over time -- particularly in the longer scale of presidential politics. To illustrate that point, you need only look back to the 2000 election, the year the "red-blue" divide was born.

Comparing the Bush, Clinton and Kennedy dynasties, in 3 family trees

washingtonpost.com — A bit of otherwise unnoticed news this week brought some context to the in-vogue discussion of the Clintons and Bushes as political dynasties. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (R) is considering running to fill the Maryland Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) in 2017.

Of the Benghazi committee’s 136 questions to Clinton, 8 are directly about Benghazi

washingtonpost.com — In a 10-page letter, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, posed more than 130 new questions that he would like former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to answer. Of that number, eight relate directly to or mention Benghazi. These eight: 42.
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @abesauer: North Dakota legislative pro tip: Don't vote against gay rights bills if you've sent explicit dick pics on Grindr grandforksherald.com/news/politics/…

Apr 27, 2015

@misterjt We have it at the Post. It's attributed to Algerina Perna of the Baltimore Sun.

Apr 27, 2015

RT @_cingraham: Jaw-dropping stats on Freddie Gray's Baltimore neighborhood: half of residents not working, 33% of homes vacant pic.twitter.com/lUHoVD0a4V

Apr 27, 2015

"When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time-out, it exposes itself as a ruse." j.mp/1DF0tJo

Apr 27, 2015

If there is ever unrest like this in New York again, I don't need to hear from the cast of Law & Order, thanks.

Apr 27, 2015

It is all just people, doing what they think they should. j.mp/1DvpfdC via @margarita

Apr 27, 2015

@ysaw Oh, I’m sure these dudes were mortified by the typo, given their relentless commitment to accuracy.

Apr 27, 2015

A younger person discovers Russell Baker and a wonderful interview ensues. j.mp/1EgkTuB via @j_fuller

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