New Republican Plan: Defund Border Security

In other words, if Obama won't bend to Republicans demands, then funding for immigration enforcement will expire. And Republicans will be responsible for ending overnight all America does on a daily basis to secure the border.
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Obama Forces Republicans To Choose: Latinos Or Haters

Tonight's presidential announcement will be a historic moment, especially for immigrant families who will no longer live in fear. On the other hand, watching Republicans go apoplectic is just going to be fun to watch.
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Yes, Mitch McConnell Is Killing Coal

Neither the natural gas boom that is crowding out coal, nor the worldwide push for lower emissions is going away. The world is moving and Kentucky is standing still, because McConnell is keeping Kentucky stagnant.
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How Republicans Co-Opted Populism

In the debate between populist progressives and self-described "centrists" over why Democrats lost the midterms and how they should recalibrate, it's worth recalling that Republicans won in part by co-opting populism.
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Give Up, GOP: Climate Change Is The New Gay Marriage

They got burned on gay marriage. Now Republicans risk getting burned on climate. Just as there were signs in 2004 that Republicans were on the wrong side of history, so are there today.
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One House Republican Tried To Pull a “Willie Horton.” He Lost.

As Nebraska's second congressional district is 82% white and only 10% black, Rep. Lee Terry may have thought the "Nikko" ad would rally the white majority to his side. Instead, Terry sparked a backlash that contributed to his demise.
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The Ads That Worked For Democrats

Two Democrats in competitive Senate races bucked the Republican tide. What did they do that the other campaigns didn’t? And how should that inform progressive strategy going forward?
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Midterm Ad Watch Recap: How The Republicans Really Ran

Republicans may have control of the Senate in their grasp, largely thanks to a skewed 2014 electoral map. But Republican ads showed they couldn't get there by running as conservative ideologues.
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Midterm Ad Watch: Republicans Learn To Love Class Warfare

Two years ago, the Republican Party was whining about makers and takers and class warfare. Now, in many close races, Republicans are exploiting the populist mood, criticizing links to corporations and attacking wealth.
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Why Republicans May Still Lose The Senate

It's true that Republicans have inched ahead in many of the contested states. It's also true that Republicans have lost ground in the three states that nearly everyone assumed Republicans had in the bag.
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Midterm Ad Watch: The Republican Outsourcers

In 2012, Republicans nominated for president a private equity firm CEO with a record of outsourcing jobs. It did not go well. In several states for the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have done it again.
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Midterm Ad Watch: Where Dems Are On Offense

Republicans in swing House districts are having difficulty, because of the shutdown, support for millionaire tax breaks and alleged scandals. Here's where Democrats are on the offense, complicating GOP hopes to fortify its House majority.
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Is This The Worst Gaffe of 2014?

Georgia's David Perdue bluntly defends outsourcing. Before that, he was only up 3 or 4 points over Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. We'll soon see how much points embracing outsourcing counts for.
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Midterm Ad Watch: Republicans Literally Running On Nothing

You will find extremely little about issue positions on the websites of North Carolina's Thom Tillis, Iowa's Joni Ernst, Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, Alaska's Dan Sullivan, Arkansas' Tom Cotton and Colorado's Cory Gardner.
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Midterm Ad Watch: Republicans Love Social Security!

If these Republicans win on Election Day, it'll be important to remember why. Not because they were running as unadulterated conservatives, but because they were telling voters they would uphold a pillar of the New Deal.
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How Capping Carbon Can Create Millions Of Jobs

It's important to know we can save the planet without much, if any, net cost. It's also important to know we can save the planet and create millions of jobs, if we are willing to pay for it.
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No, Zephyr, Democrats Don’t Need to Have a Civil War

Is Zephur Teachout strategically correct when she says an army of primary challengers is the wisest way to maximize liberal influence within the Democratic Party? Recent history suggests not.
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Start Climate Summit Week Right: March.

The People's Climate March appears on track to be largest climate march in history, and possibly the most consequential, if it can pressure the U.N. to forge a real agreement to collectively cut our greenhouse gas emissions.
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Capping Carbon Costs Nothing

The big climate news in advance of next week's U.N. climate summit is a new global commission report that finds the investments needed to avert a climate crisis would likely not result in any net cost.
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Bush vs. Obama on the Economy. In 3 Simple Charts.

In the most recent CBS News poll, the public was split on which party will do a "better job" on the economy, with Democrats at 42% and Republicans at 41%. This should help break the tie.
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All Pro-Immigration GOP Senators Have Won Their Primaries

Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
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Why Did Rand Paul Run Away?

Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
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Warren 2014 Is More Important Than Warren 2016

People should pay attention to what Sen. Elizabeth Warren is saying on the 2014 campaign trail regarding policy matters, how she is saying it, which candidates are following her lead, and gauging how well her message works.
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The Republican Immigration Position Just Got More Ridiculous

Boehner's attempts to blame Obama's lack of trustworthiness for the failure of passing immigration reform were completely phony. He trusts Obama just fine. It's the anti-immigrant bigots in his party whom he doesn't trust.
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Republicans Should Fear An Obama Executive Order On Immigration

On immigration reform, President Barack Obama retains the upper hand. House Republicans have five weeks to accept reality and pass legislation, or ignore it and give Obama another chance to lead, like with climate and minimum wage.
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