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Going Grunge on Government

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Twenty-five years after smashing the music business, Krist Novoselic would like to do the same to special interests.

After Nirvana broke up in the aftermath of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, the two remaining band members went in entirely different directions. Drummer Dave Grohl started The Foo Fighters and became a rock star in his own right. But bassist Krist Novoselic’s ambitions run closer to the Founding Fathers than the Foo Fighters.Last Thursday, Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, 25 years after the release of their first studio album, Bleach.

Retail Politics

Lone Wolf Winning in Pennsylvania


Self-funding Democrat Tom Wolf is running a singular battle for the governorship of Pennsylvania.

Tom Wolf is a pro.The self-funding millionaire businessman who is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to be Governor of Pennsylvania is not shying away from voters like one would expect a first-time candidate to do. On a tour Saturday of Lancaster’s Central Market, a roofed century-old farmer’s market where Amish men in Abe Lincoln beards sell mason jars of jelly next to a stand hawking African bread and samosas, Wolf avoided the expected awkwardness while being hustled around by the city’s mayor, who loudly proclaimed “come meet Pennsylvania’s next governor.

Desperate Ploy

Dems Are the Race-Baiters!

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Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, is guilty of encouraging her members to wage an ugly race war, but it won’t work.

Sadly, it has come down to this. When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised that a trillion-dollar stimulus package would invigorate the economy and create millions of jobs. It did not happen—all while trillions of dollars were added to the national debt which will become due when these current lawmakers are safely in retirement.The president of the United States and congressional Democrats promised that if they passed Obamacare, you could keep your doctor and your health plan while your premiums would decrease by an average of $2,500 a year.


Poor People Aren’t Real Americans

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It’s not about the budget, and it has nothing to do with concern about drugs—it’s about harassing a particular class of Americans who need help.

Looks like its time for another season of America’s favorite political sport: demonizing folks on welfare. Last month, the RNC announced that welfare would be one of the top issues they want to hammer home in the 2014 midterms. And on the local level, this isn’t just bumper-sticker campaign slogans, its being put into place as policy.Here’s the deal: Beginning July 1 in Mississippi, anyone applying for welfare will be subjected to a questionnaire asking whether they use drugs.


Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist

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Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.

Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co.

Election Savior

Send In General Bubba

The Daily Beast

Months away from Election Day, the Democrats are already cutting and running away from Obamacare. Clinton is the man to help them embrace it, attack obsessed Republicans—and win.

Let Bill do it.With Democrats facing a daunting midterm season, it’s time to bring in the Big Dawg, not just as a campaigner but as a strategic driving force with the resources to deploy and dominate the message wars from coast to coast. Put him in charge of one of the existing super PACs—which would instantly multiply its fundraising—or form a new one that can operate on a genuinely super scale, with a pervasive reach. Let the Republicans have Karl Rove and Sheldon Adelson, the gambling mogul who in 2012 seemed to have all the electoral magic of a muggle.

Quiet Success

Obama’s Closing His Wage Gap

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Do women really make 77 cents for every man’s dollar? Republicans have pounced on Obama’s fondness for the statistic—but they miss his success at narrowing the White House wage gap.

The first skirmish in the renewed battle for gender wage equality seemed to be won by Republicans. The White House was forced to defend itself against its use of questionable data while a gaggle of conservatives—armed with equally misleading statistics and fingers pointed—pounced on the president. But a closer look at the data proves President Obama is closing his inherited White House wage gap, and experts say his policies might be able to influence a national disparity that hasn’t budged in a decade.

No Choice

America’s Abortion-Free Zone Grows

The Daily Beast

Montana was the only hope for women living 600 miles in any direction to obtain an abortion. Now there’s two clinics left thanks to vandalism. How long can they stay open?

MINNEAPOLIS—There is a nearly 1,200-mile-wide desert of abortion providers stretching from the western border of Idaho to the eastern borders of North and South Dakota. Across this five-state expanse, the total number of cities that offer any form of abortion access can be counted on just two hands. Montana used to be an oasis in that abortion desert, with four clinics in four different cities offering both surgical and medication abortion options, but not anymore.


Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

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Obamacare was Topic A on this week's Sunday talk shows, and not everyone had their facts straight. PunditFact rates their claims.

By Aaron SharockmanAnother Sunday, another set of misrepresentations about the Affordable Care Act.On ABC’s This Week, a gaggle of pundits discussed the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That evolved into a debate about the law’s effectiveness and the implications for the midterm elections.Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham argued that the health care law is resulting in higher health care costs and fewer health care choices, claims that got a rise out of liberal pundit James Carville.

Say What?

This Pol Hates Neanderthals

One House candidate’s reason for running is personal. Steve King thinks DREAMers who want to join the military should be deported. And a Missouri Rep.says getting an abortion is a huge decision—like buying a car, or getting new carpeting.

House Candidate Running So His Daughter Won’t Have to Learn Evolution Aaron Miller is running to represent Minnesota in Congress to make a difference in someone’s life. One life, in particular, actually. The Iraq War vet explained at a district convention this weekend—as he has on several occasions since he started his campaign—that he his running for office to keep his daughter from learning evolution at her public school. The Mankato Free Press reported that Miller “repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school in tears because evolution was being taught in her class,” an anecdote that he apparently manages to fit into most of his stump speeches.

Empty Hole

Can We Divorce Our Elites?

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The nasty public divorce of the D.C. power couple Tony and Heather Podesta reveals a power vacuum we can fill, if only we get our personal lives together.

They say Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. And the biggest story splashed across the political tabloids is the now very ugly divorce of Tony and Heather Podesta, lobbyists extraordinaire.It’s not ugly in the way we’re used to. This is a decoupling carried out with a conscious air of respect and admiration, tarnished only by the soulless machinations of lawyers that we have come to expect wherever nontrivial sums are involved.No, it’s ugly because of the lifestyle being revealed around these rich and famous power-brokers.

Presidential Rewind

Why You Should Want Hillary vs. Jeb


They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016?

When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens.First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don't need more dynastic politics in this country."But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country.Let's review.QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM.Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little that he was inexperienced.

In Theory

UN Conspiracy That Just Won’t Die

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In a new report, the Southern Poverty Law Center deconstructs the mythology that has surrounded the sustainability planning program since it was adopted at the U.N. Earth Summit more than 20 years ago.

It’s been called “the most dangerous threat to American sovereignty”; “An anti-human document, which takes aim at Western culture, and the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions,” that will bring “new Dark Ages of pain and misery yet unknown to mankind,” and “abolish golf courses, grazing pastures and paved roads,” in the name of creating a “one-world order.”It’s been the subject of several forewarning books and DVDs; there are organizations dedicated to stopping it and politicians have been unseated for supporting it.


The GOP’s Mystery Candidate

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If Ohio’s Republican governor John Kasich wins reelection in November, expect the chatter about a possible White House run to increase. But could his support of Medicaid expansion sink him?

Unless you live in Ohio, or are a political junkie, chances are you have never heard of its Republican governor, John Kasich. But that will likely change after November’s mid-term election if Governor Kasich wins his reelection bid by a respectable margin—setting the chattering class off yapping about his increased 2016 presidential prospects.Last month, Kasich received a national profile boost when he was invited to the widely reported, “Sheldon Primary,” the goal of which was to impress Las Vegas billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson.

Up to a Point

Put the Bill of Rights to a Vote

The Daily Beast

If the first 10 amendments to the Constitution went before today’s voters, how would they fare?

Change of Heart About the Bill of Rights?…Is it possible that some of our constitutional rights aren’t the dreamboats we think they are? Maybe they’re even cheating on us.For example, the Supreme Court has ruled that rich knuckleheads have the constitutional right to make unlimited political contributions.We’re Having a Steamy Affair With Rights…President Obama, sworn defender of our constitutional rights, has said, “In the United States, health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few; it is a right.

'Clinton Vs. Bush? Count Me In'

A Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush presidential faceoff would be great for America. So says Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon, who joined 'Morning Joe' to explain why the U.S. needs this.

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