The Plank

The Military Coup in Thailand Is Putting the U.S. in an Awkward Position
May 23, 2014 Asia

U.S. law says we must suspend aid to Thailand, but strategic military interests may inspire a more nuanced approach.

Liberals Should Take Reform Conservatives Seriously
May 23, 2014 Politics

These may become actual policies one day. Why not debate them now?

Mitch McConnell's First Attempt to Soften His Obamacare Repeal Stance Is Highly Deceptive
May 23, 2014 Obamacare

Now that Mitch McConnell's past his primary, he'll need to square his view that Obamacare should be wiped off the books with the 400,000 Kentuckians who obtained insurance over the past several months. His first effort is incredibly deceptive.

The GOP Isn't Listening to "Reform Conservatives." It's Just Using Them.
May 23, 2014 Politics

Republican leaders think of conservative reformers as helpful messaging agents at key political moments, rather than as movement torchbearers.

It's Never Been More Clear that Republicans Are Killing Immigration Reform

Questioning John Boehner, a reporter broke down the immigration reform fight with ruthless efficiency. Watch.

I Went on a Conservative Radio Show to Talk About Slavery Reparations. This Absurd, Hilarious Debate Ensued.
May 22, 2014 Racism

The conversation ended when I accused him of being less interested in racial problems than in stirring up trouble.

Does a "Shampooer" Really Need 70 Days of Training?
May 22, 2014 Regulations

Eric Cantor wants to reform occupational licensing regulations. Democrats should join him.

Did Darrell Issa Just Sabotage the New Benghazi Committee?
May 22, 2014 Benghazi

Enclosed: a brief, fictitious dialogue between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the night of September 11, 2012.