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August 22, 2013

Karl Rove is feeling a little defensive today. President Obama recently suggested that Republicans have no serious ideas for health care reform.

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It’s official: Texas is America’s least favorite state.

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Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for leaking government files to WikiLeaks, announced Thursday in a statement to NBC's "Today" that he is, as of now, a she:

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When Congress’s recess began, the conventional wisdom was that immigration reform was most likely doomed in the House, and that August, with its throngs of anti-”amnesty” protesters coming out to harass Republican representatives, would offer the final nail in the coffin. But now the month is closing with several positive signs that reform advocates have prevailed in volume over the summer break.

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August 21, 2013

Former New Republic staffer and conservative writer James Kirchick went on RT today to talk about the Bradley Manning verdict. Instead, he popped on a pair of rainbow suspenders and began to troll the RT anchors for two and a half minutes about everything: the anti-gay law, about the fact that RT is a Kremlin propaganda channel, about what happens to journalists in Russia. 

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I have to admit that I haven’t been paying any attention to New Jersey’s uncompetitive gubernatorial contest. And I really mean “any.” I’ve had important things to think about, like North Coloradan secession and the chances that various candidates survive 2016. As I’m writing this, I can’t remember Buono’s first name. Just looked it up: It’s Barbara.

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It’s the most common daydream of whichever consultant is masterminding Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting; for Republicans like Ted Cruz, there could be no greater catastrophe (leaving aside, naturally, the United Nations’ in

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Earlier this month, I noted that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, was, intriguingly, elevating an issue that one doesn't hear Democrats elsewhere talking up nearly as much as they should: raising the minimum wage.

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This morning, Bradley Manning, the Army private who leaked more than 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison.

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Today in competence, we bring you this video of a hovercraft and a beach in Kaliningrad. 

Yes, of course, Vladimir Putin had full control over that, and yes, Russia is a global superpower.

Also, aren't you a little worried these people have nukes?

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