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Media People: Polls Say It's Throwback Thursday To That Time Romney Ran For President

(49) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:37 PM

A few days ago, former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential aspirant Mitt Romney told Hugh Hewitt that he was not going to run for president in 2016. What everyone seems to have heard, however, is that he might run for president in 2016. And so, Mitt Romney 2016...

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Worrying About Ebola Coming Over The Border Is The Hot New Thing In Paranoid U.S. Politics

(50) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:02 PM

What's hot for August 2014? Basically, August has been terrible, so I'll say that for me, it's been "sheltering in place with a bottle of Xanax and an HBO Go account while hugging loved ones tightly." But elsewhere in these United States, the hot new thing has been "worrying that...

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The Future Of Attack Ads Is An Endless Loop Of Loony Billionaires Yelling At Each Other

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Terrible political attack ads used to be so simple. Time was you could forget to press forward on your TiVo and accidentally catch some dire-sounding voice-over narrator telling you that "Candidate X says he's for improving education for everyone in Wilkes-Barre, but what he won't tell you is that he...

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Finally, A Senator In A Tough Re-Election Fight Bets On Obamacare

(458) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:52 PM

The Affordable Care Act, in its brief time on this earth, has endured its share of storm and stress. The bungled rollout of the federal online interface cost proponents lots of political capital. There have been high-wire legal challenges to surmount. While public approval of the law's ends remains steadily...

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White House And Congressional Democrats Spin Through Another Cycle Of Psychodrama

(10) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:12 PM

How to solve a problem like the White House relationship with Congress? And why should I be involved -- aren't these people supposedly adults? These are two questions I am asking myself today, because despite the fact that a few months ago, congressional Democrats were loudly...

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Paul Ryan Took A Long Time To Get Grossed Out By 'House Of Cards' Frank Underwood

(20) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:19 PM

In an interview with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the former vice presidential candidate, Andy Abrahams of Parade magazine inquires about Ryan's teevee viewing habits, asking, "Do you watch political shows like House of Cards?" Ryan responds like so:

I watched the first couple of episodes until he cheated...
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Mike Allen Has Some Fact-Free Smarm-Thoughts For Wesley Lowery

(51) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:01 PM

In today's Politico Playbook -- presented by Chevron, Chevron is awesome, please let us know, Chevron, if there's any pending legislation we can help you with, we are always here to help -- Mike Allen takes a gratuitous pot-shot at Wesley Lowery. Lowery is a reporter...

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Oklahoma Governor Gives Free Publicity To Area Satanists For Some Reason

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 2:28 PM

It's not every day that an American politician has to do battle with Minions Of Darkness, but this week, that responsibility seems to have fallen to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R). There apparently is some sort of Satanic "Black Mass" planned in Oklahoma City this September, and Fallin -- despite...

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Human Charlie Crist Attacked By Robo-Charlie Crist In Clever Bit Of Political Chicanery

(13) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist -- now running for governor again, because time is a flat circle -- was, for a long time, a Republican. Then, for a brief period of time, during his 2010 Senate run, he was something else. An independent, I guess? Now he is...

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A New Host On 'Meet The Press' Isn't Going To Solve Its Problems

(252) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:38 PM

As noted earlier this morning, the David Gregory rumor mill has spun round to the news, courtesy of Politico's Playbook, that Chuck Todd is reportedly now the "likely successor to David Gregory" as the show's master of ceremonies.

"Meet The Press" has been a somewhat troubled...

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The Inexplicable Resilience Of Scott DesJarlais, Explained

(156) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Anyone who's opened an article about Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the past two years has read the same thing in the opening paragraph: DesJarlais, a physician and outspoken opponent of reproductive rights, is a serial philanderer who has slept with some of his patients, and pressured one...

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Let's Do It! Let's Bring Back Earmarks!

(16) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 7:03 PM

For the past several years, Congress has been operating under a formal ban of earmarks -- tiny bits of spending that members previously enjoyed inserting into legislation to benefit projects and constituents in their home states. Earmarks have always had a checkered history. On their best days, they get referred...

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This Is What Happens When A Politician Really Doesn't Want To Answer A Reporter's Question

(206) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 7:36 AM

What's a politician to do when he or she takes a tough question from a reporter? Well, in general, they do this thing called "dodging the question," dispensing a publicist-massaged talking point, or changing the subject, or spinning like a dervish, or just lying. (I suppose in some instances, there...

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Mo Brooks Looking Ready To Ascend As America's Next Top Nativist Crank

(16) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is set to retire from Congress in January of next year, so you've probably been wondering: Who is going to replace her in the House of Representatives' Nativist Crank Caucus, alongside Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Louis Gohmert (R-Texas). Well, after this week, it...

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Dick Morris Still Making Typically Dumb Dick Morris Pronouncements

(81) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:06 PM

On Thursday, Dick Morris -- Hurricane Sandy victim and wrongest man in America (even when he's attempting to admit that he's wrong) -- brought forth to America new prognostication, courtesy of Newsmax:

"If I open the newspaper tomorrow and I learn that Obama resigned, I wouldn't...
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How The Internet Beat Lobbyists At Their Own Game

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 9:48 AM

When advocates of the open Internet rose up to thwart Congress' efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act (known more colloquially as "SOPA/PIPA"), author and academic Jeff Jarvis took to these pages to proclaim, "We Are The Lobbyists Now." Well, according to...

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Neel Kashkari Goes On Brief Poverty Tour In California Gubernatorial Race Stunt

(51) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Back when former "TARP czar" Neel Kashkari was gripped with disillusionment over politics, he schlepped off to Nevada County, California, to build a shed in the woods so that he could sit alone, stewing in his own anomie. Now that Kashkari wants to jump back into politics, running...

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Bob McDonnell's Legal Team Unfurls Genius 'It's-All-The-Woman's-Fault' Defense Strategy

(112) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Remember former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell? He was once thought of as a possible Republican presidential candidate by the people who evaluate such matters in their free time. Now, however, he is spending the majority of his time defending himself in a federal corruption trial, accused of trading...

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Veteran Political Analyst Has Terrifying Encounter With House Candidate

(291) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Would it be fair to argue that the Cook Political Report is the Zagat of politics, subjecting candidates to thorough reviews and evaluating national political races accordingly? If so, here is the Zagat version of veteran Cook analyst David Wasserman's review of Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, one...

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No Labels: Hollow As Ever, Whining About 'Cynics'

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Yahoo! News' Meredith Shiner's recent piece on the goofy little group No Labels -- currently leading all comers in the race to be my Summer 2014 Spirit Animal -- has clearly gotten under the organization's skin like it was Lyme Disease.

It's not hard to see why,...

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