Michele Bachmann

Why the Tea Party Is Folding on the Debt Limit

They were never irrational, just delusional

The shutdown didn't break the Tea Party's fever. But it did stamp out some of its most dangerous delusions. 

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Is anyone else bummed out by the shutdown? I'm not referring to the 800,000 government employees watching "The Price is Right" from their couches, or even to the 30 kids shut out of NIH clinical trials so that Republicans can prove that Harry Reid's not the boss of them. It's the anti-climax that's getting me down.

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Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and the Politics of Google Glass

The optics of Orwellian optics aren't optimal.

Newt Gingrich is a man of futurist, science-fictional proclivities. Remember his campaign dreams of a moon colony, for instance?

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Michele Bachmann’s recent announcement that she will not seek reelection to the U.S. House has already enticed half a dozen Minnesota Republicans to consider running—or officially declare—for her open seat in Minnesota's very conservative 6th Congressional District.

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Why we should celebrate her retirement from Congress.

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Romney is not going to pick Chris Christie to be his running-mate. How do I know? He told me.  Ha! Just kidding. Got you for a second there, didn’t I, Andrea Mitchell?

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Defending McCain

I’m not usually in the habit of defending Republicans. But when Sen.

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Defending McCain

I’m not usually in the habit of defending Republicans. But when Sen.

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Much has been written about the role of the internet and social media in the Arab Spring last year, particularly in Egypt, where protestors organized and communicated on Facebook and Twitter. But while global connectivity can help protestors overthrow dictators and tell the world their story, it also gives everyone access to the less-inspiring corners of the web. That was on display this past week during Hillary Clinton’s visit to meet with leaders in Egypt. You may have read about the protests that greeted the Secretary of State in Alexandria.

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Now that Mitt Romney is officially the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and we have some distance from the primaries that decided it all, it’s time to consider the lessons. Otherwise, poor memories, shaky analysis and self-serving spin will combine to congeal a conventional “wisdom” that is anything but. As someone who obsessively chronicled every twist and turn of this very odd nomination contest for TNR, here are my five top takeaways: 1.      Mitt Romney is a very lucky man.

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