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The GOP’s Ted Nugent Problem

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If conservatives want to be media stars tomorrow, they’ve got to get to work today.

Ted Nugent played my dad’s high school in 1968. As he plowed through what was then a terrifying, alluring setlist, the kids did something unthinkable. In fact, it was unprecedented, and strictly against the rules: They got up out of their seats, and ran down to the foot of the stage.The Nuge paused, approvingly, between songs. But the air was pierced by an even more dangerous and unsettling sound—the sound of counter-revolution. In the rear of the auditorium stood the vice principal, an older woman possessed of commanding authority and not a compunction about using it.

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Hed: Meet the Emperor of America

Meet the Emperor of America

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Justice Anthony Kennedy has more power than any president or justice in history to decree the law of the land. Agree with him or not, there is something wrong with this picture.

Federal district courts around the country have been ordering states at a surprisingly rapid clip to endorse (not merely tolerate) gay marriage in the months since the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to do so last June.This may give the impression that the judges are merely falling in line with the stunning (and, in my view, most welcome) reversal of public opinion on gay rights in recent years.And so they are. When engaging in what can only loosely be called “interpretation,” the Supreme Court, and lower courts, certainly do follow the election returns, and the polls, and elite opinion, and their own political instincts.

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Political Operatives Hit Jackpot

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‘Dark money’ nonprofits are pouring cash into the midterm elections. But it’s become nearly impossible to follow the money—though it appears to be making consultants rich.

This report is cross-posted at the Center for Responsive Politics.More than eight months out from Election Day, voters around the country are already being peppered with political attack ads like this one from a 501(c)(4) social-welfare organization, whose address is a post-office box in Des Moines, Iowa. In this second midterm election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, nonparty groups such as super PACs and politically active nonprofits have already spent nearly $31 million on these kinds of ads, three times more than they had dumped into congressional races at this point in the 2010 cycle.

Dream Team

Clinton/Bachmann 2016!

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The Congresswoman from Loonyville says Americans can’t handle a woman in the Oval Office—never mind her own presidential run.

As the only woman to win a delegate to the Republican convention in almost forty years, Michele Bachmann now says many Americans “aren’t ready” for a female president. “I don’t think there is a pent-up desire,” she told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas last week. I’ve been in Washington a long time, and I’m accustomed to hypocrisy, mendacity, and good old-fashioned flip-flopping. What I don’t understand is a woman who ran for president, who asked people to give her substantial sums of money to advance her campaign, who now says the country isn’t ready.

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Sarah Palin's Back On Reality TV

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Sarah Palin released the promo for her new reality television show Thursday. It features electric guitars and a lot of flags.

Sarah Palin, the former star of the TLC show Sarah Palin's America, released a promo for newest television show Amazing America on Thursday. Palin, who also appears regularly on Fox News, appears in silhouette in front of an American flag while electric guitars play in the background. Quotes about her appear on the screen as the camera focuses on her darkened figure. Then, the lights come on and Palin appears fully lit and declares "America prepare to be amazed.

Comeback Kid

‘Vote for the Crook’

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The 86-year-old Democrat is a Louisiana legend: three-term governor, ex-congressman, and witty acquitted criminal.

Edwin Edwards is an octogenarian ex-con and reality television star who brags that Viagra is made from his blood. He may also enter Congress next year.Edwards served there 40 years ago and spent 16 years as the governor of Louisiana. While the 86-year-old Louisiana political legend has pushed back at a report from Al Hunt on Bloomberg that he definitely would run, he hasn’t ruled it out.The seat that he’s targeting is a central Louisiana district that includes Baton Rouge and stretches down to grab both parts of Acadiana and some New Orleans suburbs.

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NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’

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In the right-wing temple, the high priests of capitalism debated morality with the Dalai Lama, who acknowledged he could see more than ‘exploitation’ in free enterprise.

Welcoming the Dalai Lama to the pinnacle of free enterprise in Washington for a discussion on happiness and human flourishing gave everyone in attendance a warm feeling.“This is an historic day for the AEI,” declared Arthur Brooks, president of the right-leaning think tank, as he outlined the task Thursday morning of examining free enterprise from a moral standpoint—faith, family, community, “not money,” he emphasized, adding with a winning smile that as an economist, it “hurts me to say money is not on the list.

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Justice Thomas Is Right on Race

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It’s become a compulsion to use the label for any political opponents—and it’s destroying our cohesiveness as a society. Is no one proud of the progress we’ve made?

Are we obsessed with race and racism in our society? Before you answer the question, consider how issues of race are brought up in the media and discussed around the proverbial water cooler. Do we discuss the remarkable progress we’ve made as a country since the dark days of segregation and Jim Crow?Do we consider how blacks lived in the South in the not too distant past—like my grandparents, who ran the risk of being lynched for looking at someone white? That’s given way to interracial marriage no longer being a taboo.

Demanding Answers

Senate Slams Obama on Putin Nukes

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Before a confirmation hearing for a top Pentagon official, two GOP senators are pressing the Obama administration for answers about Russia’s violations of an arms control treaty.

Two GOP senators wrote to the White House Thursday to demand more information about the administration’s knowledge Russian violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The letter is being sent in advance of Senate hearings on the confirmation of Brian McKeon, the current chief of staff at the National Security Council, to a top position at the Pentagon.The Daily Beast first reported last November that the Obama administration had concluded Russia violated the INF Treaty in 2012 and briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the violations at the time.

The Horror

The Vampire Slayer Election

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Control of the Senate depends on turnout in November. Democrats need to tap what scares their base most: fear of an unrestrained GOP.

We’ve known for a long time now that the Democrats have a lot of Senate seats to defend in red states where Barack Obama’s approval numbers aren’t much higher than George Zimmerman’s—indeed, in these states, surely lower.But I feel like the fear has just set in here in the last couple of weeks; that is, Democrats coming to terms with the possibility-to-likelihood that they might lose the Senate this November, and after that, the utter bleakness of a final Obama two years with both House and Senate in GOP hands, saying no to anything and everything except, of course, any remote whiff of an opportunity to bring impeachment charges over something.

Up to a Point

Two-Man Bobsled and Stray-Dog Stew

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It was a week of surprises: the other secret stash Assad is keeping, a really unlikely place to get help with Obamacare, and the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ winner who’s now running Italy.

Sochi Olympics Sending Mixed Message on Gay Issues…Transgender ex-Italian MP Vladimir “Vladi” Luxuria was detained by security guards for waving a rainbow banner bearing the slogan “It’s OK to be Gay.” And Vladimir “Vladi” Putin was fascinated by the two-man bobsled event.Good News From Sochi…Stray-dog problem under control and plentiful servings of stew available at Olympic hotel restaurants.In Other Foreign Conflicts…Syrian Peace Talk Negotiators Setting Example for Everyone in Syria…Opposing sides refuse to even come near each other.

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No, Texas, Abuse Isn’t Foreplay

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The prospective DA for a Texas county with abysmally high domestic violence rates has issued the woeful opinion that abuse is really just a prelude to sex.

Lloyd Oliver proves that it’s not just Republicans who completely misunderstand any and all things related to sex and women’s rights. The Democratic candidate for district attorney in Texas’ Harris County argued that domestic violence is over-prosecuted because folks just don’t realize it’s part of foreplay.The prospective DA both discounts and fetishizes domestic abuse. In an interview with the Texas Observer, Oliver said “Family violence is so, so overrated.

Fughetting About It

Stronger Than the Scandal?

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The governor re-emerged at a town-hall meeting with anti-FEMA, anti-Washington talk in the heart of Hurricane Sandy’s path. Has New Jersey really moved on?

In line, awaiting entrance to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first town-hall meeting since the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal became, well, a scandal, stood a few middle-aged men. They discussed the debate over Christie’s claims that he knew nothing of the bogus traffic study orchestrated by his puppets at the Port Authority. “He probably knew,” one of them said. “And I don’t give a shit.”Not far away, union-organized protesters held signs reading “Stronger Than the Subpoenas?” and “Bruce Springsteen Hates You!”But inside the VFW hall, it was as though Bridgegate had never happened.

Scott Walker’s 5 Darkest Secrets

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You weren’t supposed to see these 28,000 pages of documents from the GOP star’s campaign. Here’s why.

Secret routers. Thong models. Aides who compare homeless people to dogs. A trove of 28,000 pages of documents from an investigation of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s 2010 campaign could prove more than a little embarrassing for Walker. The Wisconsin governor, who is talked about as a potential presidential candidate in 2016 and is facing re-election in November, is shown to have known more about a secret email system in his office while serving as Milwaukee County Executive than he has admitted.

Are We Ready for a Muslim Pres?

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A new Gallup poll shows that a (slight) majority of Americans would elect a Muslim POTUS. We may only be half-way there, says Dean Obeidallah, but we’ve got history and young people on our side.

Could a Muslim be elected President of the United States? And I’m not talking a person who is “secretly” a Muslim, which is what approximately 50 percent of the Republicans in Mississippi and Alabama believe President Obama is per a 2012 poll. I’m talking a presidential candidate who publicly identifies as a Muslim.Well, a new Gallup poll released this week makes it clear that America think so. This survey posed the question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ___________, would you vote for that person?” Respondents were given a host of possible fill-in-the-blanks, such as a Catholic, Hispanic, Muslim, etc.

'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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