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Two GOP Operatives Reveal How to Turn Texas Blue
August 21, 2013 Politics

It’s the most common daydream of whichever consultant i

Raising the Minimum Wage Could Be a Winning Issue for Democrats. Here's Why.
August 21, 2013 Politics

Earlier this month, I noted that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, was, intr

A Stone-Faced Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years
August 21, 2013 Law

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

In Soviet Russia, Hovercraft Beaches You!
August 21, 2013 DUI

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

The 11 Most Unapologetic Culturally Liberal Preferences of Bill de Blasio
August 21, 2013 New York City

One of the fun things about watching a New York City election is that politicians don't feel the same pressure they do in a national race or other parts of the country to come across as regular, red-meat-eatin' Americans.

McAuliffe Overcoming the GOP's Turnout Advantage
August 21, 2013 Politics

If Virginia’s gubernatorial contest was a fight between two equal candidates nominated by two equally evil parties, as it was initially billed, Ken Cuccinelli would have been a modest favorite.

Al Jazeera America Just Launched. Fox and MSNBC Should Worry.
August 21, 2013 Spin Zones

Al Jazeera America’s first day of television programming began with an hour of self-promotion so urgent that it played like an episode of “The Newsroom,” a passionate condemnation of every other media outlet and a paean to its own righteousness.

Why I Miss George W. Bush
August 21, 2013

 Sure, George W. Bush screwed up the economy and started a needless war in Iraq, but there is one thing he deserves credit for.


Google May Be About to Ruin the NFL for You
August 21, 2013 Brave New World

It was inevitable that the behemoth known as Google and the behemoth known as the National Football League would cross paths.

Did Forever 21 Reduce Worker Hours Because of Obamacare?
August 20, 2013 Obamascare

A new Obamacare story is making the rounds, although it’s difficult to know what, exactly, it tells us. It involves Forever 21, the fashion retailer with more than 450 stores worldwide.