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US Won’t Give War Intel to Ukraine

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American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border?

U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned.President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there will be consequences if he takes over any more Ukrainian territory.

Red State Voters: Give Us Medicaid

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A core part of Obamacare is popular in states from Kansas to Georgia where Republicans are blocking it. They’ll pay come November.

Republicans desperately hoping to focus the nation on Obamacare’s failures are being stymied by facts. The Affordable Care Act hit its March 31 goal of 7 million enrolled in private insurance plans and 3 million more have signed up for coverage under Medicaid. Now, Republicans face stiff opposition from voters in states where they blocked Medicaid expansion. According to new polling by Public Policy Poling conducted for MoveOn, in voters support Medicaid expansion in key states by wide margins: 52 to 35 percent in Kansas, 58 to 33 percent in Florida, 59 to 30 percent in Pennsylvania, 54 to 38 percent in Georgia.

No Favors

Why Women Don’t Vote for Women

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Despite generations of women striving for better representation in politics, female candidates do not necessarily get a bump from women voters.

Some of the toughest and tightest Senate races in the 2014 midterm elections will feature female candidates in top-tier primary and general elections but if history is any guide, those women won’t be able to automatically count on their fellow females to get them across the finish line.Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia, Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Joni Ernst in Iowa are among those locked in fierce electoral battles.

BUDGET BLUES

Ryan Targets Republicans

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With his 2015 proposal, the Wisconsin congressman has gone and bitten the hands that feed him, making it unlikely he’ll be satisfied with his vote count come 2016.

Looking at Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget you might think that the Republican party base was simply a richer and younger America—and you’d be mistaken. But how else could you explain a budget that aims for balance by chivying the middle aged and the middle class, brands Medicare as “an open-ended, blank-check entitlement” (PDF)—as though Medicare was in the same league as league as welfare—and aims to cut Medicare spending by $129 billion? From the vantage of demographics and exit polls, Ryan’s budget pokes a stick at the eye of the GOP’s older, working and middle class base.

Ex-Firebrand

Rand Paul’s Michael Moore Moment

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Dick Cheney may be sniping at the 2016 hopeful now, but Paul once hit even harder—accusing the ex-veep of going into Iraq to help Halliburton. And there’s more where that came from.

I think we can all agree that, in the current struggle for the soul of the Republican Party, few skirmishes offer better drama than the ongoing clash of the Cheney and Paul clans. Pick your permutation—Dick firing on Rand, Ron firing on Dick, Rand on Liz, Dick on Ron, Rand on Dick—this display of isolationist Hatfields vs. neocon McCoys consistently packs more sizzle than Anthony Weiner’s Twitter feed. Plus, with Rand gearing up for a run at the big chair in 2016, the feud promises to get even hotter as the ex-veep, prodded by fellow hawks, stews over the mere possibility of a Republican POTUS so intervention-averse that he’d make Barack Obama look like, well, Dick Cheney.

No Mas!

Tea Party: We’ve Had Enough Bush

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The former Florida governor’s ‘act of love’ immigration comments and support for Obama’s Common Core haven’t endeared him to the grass roots. But it’s his name they really can’t stand.

If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he will have several advantages: access to deep-pocketed donors; a national network of political operatives who helped his brother George get elected twice; and a popularity among the Morning Joe media elite set who see him as a possible savior of the Republican Party.But he also will face a deep skepticism among the conservative grass roots and the Tea Partiers who fuel the Republican primary process.

Sexist Horror

Breitbart Twerks Pelosi

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How can the site claim to be a trusted news source after it rolled an ad campaign featuring Nancy Pelosi’s head superimposed on Miley Cyrus’s latex-clad body?

Monday’s most controversial Miley Cyrus image didn’t come from her weekend shows in Brooklyn. It wasn’t even really of her, exactly.For a new web campaign, the conservative news website Breitbart superimposed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s head on a photo of Cyrus’s latex bikini-clad body from last year’s infamous MTV Video Music Awards twerk extravaganza. Pelosi’s tongue hangs out at an angle that screams “money shot.” It’s the ultimate proof that Breitbart doesn’t deserve to be considered a legitimate political news site, regardless of its political leanings.

After MLK

Love Versus the ‘Liberal Gulag’

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On the night Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, 46 years ago, Kennedy didn’t resort to partisan rhetoric. Instead he spoke of love and acceptance—in a way liberals today never do.

Forty-six years ago this month, Robert F. Kennedy surprised a campaign crowd with the news that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.Reaching for words capable of bearing the weight of the murder, Kennedy did not turn to contemporary platitudes. He did not try to evade the reality of America’s political misery.Nor did he launch into partisan rhetoric. He did not even give the impression that, however upsetting King’s murder might be, leadership would live on; justice would live on.

Informer

New Witness In Bridgegate Scandal?

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Is a key figure in Bridgegate about to become a government witness against Chris Christie?

Jon Bon Jovi sang at Obama’s inauguration. Bruce Springsteen sang behind the Berlin Wall. Is David Wildstein joining this list of great New Jersey troubadours by singing to the U.S. Attorney?The website Main Justice reported late Sunday night that Wildstein, the Christie administration’s hatchet man at the New York Port Authority, “'was camped at the U.S. Attorney’s office’ in Newark last week meeting with federal prosecutors investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings, according to one of several people close to the case.

NO WAY, JOSE

No Immigration Reform for Military

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Perhaps the most sympathetic group of the 11 million people who qualify for the DREAM Act isn’t good enough for immigration hardliners.

As the debate over immigration rages in Washington DC, a new controversy has broken out over a specific group of undocumented immigrants who broadly considered to be the most sympathetic subset of the over 11 million people who are in the United States illegally: those who qualify for the DREAM Act (which means they came to the United States illegally as children, graduated from high school and lived in the United States continuously for years) who volunteer to serve in the military.

Beak To Beak

Duck Dynasty Rep In Sex Scandal

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Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), a first-term conservative congressman elected in a November special election, was shown in a romantic embrace with a staff member on a video tape released Monday.

The Duck Dynasty congressman got caught sticking his beak in the wrong place.Rep. Vance McAllister, a freshman Republican elected in a November special election with the support of the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty, is already in a political scandal and asking forgiveness from his constituents. McAllister, a family values social conservative, was caught on camera apparently making out with his scheduler, Melissa Peacock, in the hallway of his Monroe, Louisiana, district office.

Godwin's Law

Major GOP Donor Sends Out Obamacare Hitler Parody

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Foster Friess, a major Republican donor, sent out a "humorous parody" video on Monday of Hitler complaining about Obamacare.

What could go wrong sending out a "humorous parody" of Adolf Hitler complaining about his Obamacare?The idea certainly didn't raise any red flags for Foster Friess, the conservative billionaire and Rick Santorum backer in 2012 who sent a "Humorous Parody of Hitler Realizing He Can’t Keep His Doctor Under ObamaCare" to his email list on Monday afternoon. The video, features a clip from the 2004 German movie "Downfall" of Hitler realizing that all was lost while his Berlin bunker.

Jimmy in the Middle

Fallon's Surprising Centrist Style

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From slow jamming the news with Obama to playing musical instruments with Palin, Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ has become the late night destination for red and blue alike.

When Jay Leno left The Tonight Show (again) in February, conservative media was not exactly pleased.The thought process—masked in an argument for NBC not to remove its top-rated host in total audience and the key demo—was that late night had lost the only destination where Republicans could humanize themselves, show off their sense of humor and help shatter the portrayal of being stuffy, insensitive white guys who only exist to help the rich get richer.

Cave?

The House GOP’s Obamacare Wink

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Even as they publicly decry the president’s health care law, the moves they’re making behind closed doors reveal they may be resigned to its existence.

It’s not all that often that the lead piece on the Drudge Report attacks Republicans, so it’s worth a little savoring when it happens, and this one is especially delectable. The link was to an AP story reporting that two weeks ago, House Republicans stealthily voted for a measure that changed an aspect of the Affordable Care Act.What? I know. In other words, Congress amends bill it passed a few years ago. In a normal moral universe, this would scarcely qualify as news.

GROUNDHOG DAYS

Our Exhausted Politics

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For partisan and media elites, ‘the past is never dead. It’s not even past,’ which means with these two candidates likely to lead the race in 2016, the future doesn’t look so different.

As if we need it, here’s extra proof that contemporary politics is more thoroughly exhausted than adult actress Lisa Sparkxxx must have been at the end of her record-setting roll in the hay at the 2004 “Eroticon” in Warsaw, Poland.The Washington Post reports, “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

'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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