Beyond The Pale: “Off Color” Talk Further Dooms The GOP

Unable to change their tone or their policies in order to widen their voter base, Republicans seem bent on undoing the results of two presidential elections. It would all be quite funny, if it wasn't all so crazy. Not to mention dangerous.
Terrance Heath
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Chasing That White Whale Let Loose A Terrible Monster

Negotiating with Republicans the way parents negotiate with tantruming children in the grocery store, by giving them a candy bar, is no longer operative in light of the GOP's absurd "wish list."
Digby
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Wingnut Lovefest

What Cruz is doing is building a grassroots donor base. If he can pick up a few looney tunes billionaires,he could make a good run at it. He can't win, but it's never a good idea to allow anyone this extreme anywhere near real power.
Digby
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Ted Cruz’s Fake Filibuster

On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz took the floor of the Senate to launch a pre-arranged, all-night fake filibuster. There was no way it would stop the Senate from voting on a continuing resolution to fund the government.

The “God of Money”

On Sunday, during a meeting with a group of unemployed workers, Pope Francis abandoned his prepared comments and railed against economic inequality. Hopefully, world leaders were listening.

Dealing With Obamacare Hysteria

I thought I understood the right. But this meltdown over a very tepid health care reform that keeps the system fully in the hands of the private insurance companies just floors me. We are watching behavior so absurdly over-the-top that it's downright
Digby
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What Happens To The GOP When White Is No Longer The Norm?

Republicans have painted themselves into a corner by appealing to racial fears and stoking the racial resentments of their base. Staying in that corner is a one-way ticket to political irrelevance. Getting out of it is going to be messy.
Terrance Heath
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Let’s End The War On The War On Poverty

Conservatives have exchanged the "war on poverty" for a "war on the poor," using false assumptions about the failure of government programs. Three authors explain why they are wrong.
Emily Foster
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Worship The 1%. You Live At Their Pleasure.

Yes, the geniuses who brought us the financial crisis and mortgage fraud should be thanked for their service along with the "mental effort" of failing executives who get paid huge golden parachutes just to get rid of them.
Digby
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House Republicans Take Aim At The Hungry.

House Republicans want to slash the food stamp program by nearly $40 billion dollars. While the drastic cuts proposed by the House would never be approved by Senate, they show just how little some lawmakers care about their fellow Americans.

Stop Playing Games With Food Stamps

Apparently some Republicans now think it's a "moral hazard" to feed the poor. It's bad enough that Republicans are proposing $40 billion in cuts to food stamps, but call it a moral act beggars belief.
Terrance Heath
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Welfare Reform 2.0: Alleviating Hunger Is A Moral Hazard

The Republicans are calling their attack on food stamps "welfare reform 2.0." Because when people become dependent on government assistance for food they lose the ability to work. Or something.
Digby
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This Year’s Budget Fight Isn’t About The Budget

There are many reasons why the next budget fight will be more difficult than any of the close-to-debacles that have occurred in recent years. This year the biggest complication is that the budget fight isn't about the budget. It's about Obamacare.
Stan Collender
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Tea Party vs The Kochs?

Of course the Tea Partiers are a blight on American politics. But the Big Money influence of people like the Kochs and the Adelsons is truly antithetical to American democracy and it's at the root of our biggest problems.
Digby
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Will The GOP Fade To White?

Can the GOP craft an economic message that keeps white working class voters in the fold, and attracts voters of color? It can be done. But can Republicans do it? The future of Republican party may depend upon it.
Terrance Heath
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Mexican Food for Thought

Nearly half of Mexico’s inhabitants live in poverty; 11.5 million live in extreme poverty. Our nation has a long way to fall before we reach Mexico's level of impoverishment, but some of our lawmakers appear willing to get there faster.
Chris Shillig
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#cliffgate Officially Begins Next Tuesday

As I've said before, I'm calling the end of this year's debate two things: budget bedlam and "#cliffgate." No matter which name you use, it will begin when Congress returns to Washington next week.
Stan Collender
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Tea Party – Doubling Down On Stupid

Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint says the uninsured will get better care by "going to the emergency room." It's hard to believe that anybody's out there making the case for using the emergency room, but there you have it.
Tea Party – Doubling Down On Stupid
Digby
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Sequestration Takes The Economy Hostage

In Spanish, "sequester" literally means to kidnap someone, or take someone hostage. This fall, Republicans want to use the sequester to take the economy hostage again.
Terrance Heath
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Newt’s Right Again, But The GOP Won’t Listen

Once again, Newt Gingrich is telling hard truth and offering good advice to Republicans. There is almost no chance the GOP will listen. Just like a stopped clock, every once in a while Newt Gingrich gets something right.
Newt’s Right Again, But The GOP Won’t Listen
Terrance Heath
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Budget Bedlam This Fall

August actually is a pretty good time to be in Washington. Here are the key elements about what's ahead...or not ahead...on the budget when Congress returns to Washington in September.
Stan Collender
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