The Plank

Another Problem With Republican Obstructionism: You Can't Fire Incompetents

Ever since the disastrous launch of the federal Obamacare website, conservatives have been calling for the head of Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services.  Representative Bill Johnson, Republican of Ohio, answered

Marijuana is America's Next Political Wedge Issue
October 24, 2013 Marijuana

Public opinion about legal pot has changed dramatically. Politicians are about to start catching up—and picking fights about it.

Seven Reasons To Stop Being Fatalistic About Immigration Reform
October 24, 2013 Politics

The path to actually passing immigration reform is actually pretty simple

The Latest GOP Attack on Obamacare: It's a Scam
October 24, 2013 Obamacare

One issue that came up in Thursday’s House hearings on is the government’s decision, in the middle of September, to require that people create new accounts before browsing insurance plans.

Senator Outraged that National Endowment for the Humanities Funds Study of Humanities

Usually, Republicans direct their bitter hatred for all things intellectual at individual people—like, for example, our “professorial” president.

John Cusack and Maggie Gyllenhaal Get Angry in a Political Ad About NSA Surveillance
October 24, 2013 Celebrity

Privacy and celebrity aren't particularly well-acquainted concepts. But actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack appear in a new PSA video calling for an end to NSA surveillance practices.

Liberals Have Won a Lot. Here's One Reason Why.
October 23, 2013 Happy Birthday

You could make a good case that the last ten years have been relatively good for liberals. Democrats won two out of three presidential elections and controlled Congress for four years, two of them overlapping with the Obama presidency.

Maryville, Missouri Is a Lawless Hellhole
October 23, 2013 Real America

Small-towners are allowed to dis big cities, but not vice versa. The Maryville rape case should change that.