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Rand Paul stokes ‘dystopian’ fears at Berkeley of intelligence agencies ‘drunk with power’

Anger over a covert U.S. surveillance program has united in common cause a libertarian Republican weighing a White House bid with students at a Californian university famed for its left-wing politics. Sen. Rand Paul, a favorite of the fiscally conservative Tea Party, told a largely welcoming, younger crowd of several…

Chicago Republican who blamed autism and tornadoes on LGBT rights wins her primary

Primary voters handed a narrow victory to an Illinois Republican candidate who blamed autism, dementia, and tornadoes on abortion and same-sex marriage. The state’s Republican Party severed ties with Susanne Atanus in January after she made the controversial remarks in a newspaper interview, but Atanus ignored party leaders’ call for…

Right-wing columnist urges GOP to abandon outreach: ‘Colorblind conservatism’ is futile

Disgraced conservative columnist John Derbyshire is urging the Republican Party to abandon its meager efforts to court voters who aren’t racist white men. Derbyshire, who lost his job with the National Review after publishing a “nasty and indefensible” 2012 column about his racial prejudices, told Communities Digital News on Friday…

Maddow befuddled that GOP continues to ‘shoot themselves in the foot’ on abortion

On Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow devoted a segment of her show to examining the Republican Party’s decision to double down on its anti-choice stance, in spite of the fact that it appears to be driving women away from the party and worsening Republicans’ gender gap. She began by explaining what…

Republicans tutored how not to offend women but sabotage gay GOP candidates

The Republican Party is pursuing women voters in its plans for the next election cycle, while one prominent social conservative is working behind-the-scenes to sabotage LGBT Republican candidates before they gain too much political traction. According to two articles in Politico, anonymous Republican staffers say that the party is trying…

Study suggests Occupy Wall Street movement undone by liberals’ need to feel unique

Liberals tend to underestimate their similarity to other liberals, according to a recent study, while conservatives overestimate their similarities — and those differences may account for the relative political success of the tea party in comparison to Occupy Wall Street. While the tea party has grown steadily more unpopular over…

Now is the time to lance the boil of Republican extremism once and for all

Now is the time to lance the boil of Republican extremism once and for all. Since Barack Obama became president, the extremists who have taken over the Republican Party have escalated their demands every time he’s caved, using the entire government…  …

The radicalization of the Republican Party is the most important political story today

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) once claimed that “80 to 85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists” and called those who worship in them “an enemy living amongst us.” He held McCarthyesque hearings into the supposed…  …

Maher and Grayson: GOP is just ‘corporate shills, Jesus freaks and gun nuts’

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and panel discussed the chaotic state of the Republican Party. The division that is most immediately apparent is the line between the tea party, far-right caucus and the old guard establishment Republicans. Maher and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) said…

Progressive Caucus slams GOP over potential government shutdown

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Sunday blasted House Republicans for attaching anti-Obamacare measures to an emergency spending bill, a move that could lead to a government shutdown. “We are extremely disappointed that the Republican Party put the ideological demands of a few ahead of the needs of millions of working…

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