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Good news for people who don’t understand bad news

Before we cast off  into the great unknown, this is the news on the ground from Planet Earth: Seventy percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of how the Republicans in Congress are handling the budget negotiations, up 7 percentage points from a week ago. Far fewer, 51…

Republicans Trying To Gaslight The Public On The Shutdown

Republicans think you are stupid. If a terrorist group takes a hostage, rest assured that 99% of people will blame the terrorist group if the hostage is hurt or killed, and not the hostage’s allies who were not in a position to give in to the outrageous demands of terrorists.…

The Government Shutdown Demonstrates GOP Hostility Towards Democracy

Ordinary Americans, defying the GOP’s wishes by voting. Rachel Maddow’s segment on why the Republicans are shutting down government is a must-watch tour de force: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy As she explains in the video, House Republicans have not shown a bit…

Rachel Maddow blasts GOP intransigence: ‘Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow outlined the Republican path toward grinding the government to a halt on Monday night, pointing out that on multiple occasions over the past few years, GOP lawmakers and candidates swore they would do just that. “There is nothing about the last few weeks of political back-and-forth…

The Republican ‘defund Obamacare’ disorder shows their denial of political reality

The Republican party is not in a good place right now. They are historically unpopular (particularly House Republicans); they have no discernible governing agenda; they are under assault from their own supporters; they continue to say stupid things that upset key voting groups … and – guess what? – things…

Republicans set stage for government shutdown by blocking transportation bill

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A battle in Congress expected this fall over the budget and a potential government shutdown broke out early on Thursday as Republicans in the U.S. Senate effectively killed a $54 billion spending bill for transportation and housing projects. All but one Republican voted against…

Senate approves Gina McCarthy as EPA chief despite Republicans

The Senate gave grudging approval on Thursday to the key executor of Barack Obama’s sweeping new climate change plan, voting to confirm Gina McCarthy as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The 59-40 vote, after a four-month standoff by Republicans, puts McCarthy in direct charge of implementing Obama’s strategy…

Republicans get three times more ‘false’ ratings from PolitiFact than Democrats

An analysis of PolitiFact ratings suggests Republicans are significantly less credible than Democrats. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found Republican’s had made three times as many false statements as Democrats this year. PolitiFact examines a variety of political statements and assigns a “Truth-O-Meter” rating…

The GOP Worries About Its Reputation, But Should They?

Andrew Breitbar, patron saint of assholes. Back from SXSW, and ready to get back to blogging business. I’ve been following the media coverage over the Republican crisis of faith and the dawning realization that catering to straight white men who believe they’re superior to everyone else may not work as…

Obama continues ‘charm offensive’ against Congress

President Barack Obama Tuesday launched an unusual mission to woo lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but budget clashes with Republicans underscored the difficulty of striking a grand deficit bargain. Obama trekked up Pennsylvania Avenue for the first of three visits, flashing a broad smile as he went into lunch with Democratic…

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