Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), perhaps best known for apologizing to BP after the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, talked to msnbc's Martin Bashir yesterday, and said something that stood out for me.The two were discussing Republican efforts to avoid cuts to the Pentagon budget, and the host suggested slight taxes increases on the... read more
"As endorsements go, this one was a full octave below low-key. It was like the lowest note you can play on an oud -- it was almost imperceptible to the human ear."-Rachel Maddow on Rick Santorum's weak endorsement of Mitt Romney, 5/8/2012Also, while we're at it...Last night's show should make a lot more sense for you now. read more
Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* The gubernatorial rematch is set for Wisconsin, where Gov. read more
With his Democratic recall challenger in place, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took to the Twitter machine today. You almost wouldn't know he's the same Governor Walker who stripped public workers' union rights and then brought home the nation's worst record for jobs.
At a Tea Party Express rally in Missouri last week, a conservative activist named Scott Boston told an assembled crowd, "e have to get Claire McCaskill out..... We have to kill the Claire Bear, ladies and gentlemen. She walks around like she's some sort of Rainbow Brite Care Bear or something but really she's an evil monster."... read more
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a member of the House Republican leadership and the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, was recently asked about lawmakers' capacity to compromise. As Robert Schlesinger noted, his response was illustrative."Compromising is one thing as long as you're compromising and moving in the direction... read more
When I saw reports bouncing around this morning that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had become a Swiss citizen, I thought it was some kind of joke with an odd punch line. As it turns out, it's legit.The Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate was recently granted dual citizenship, Bachmann's office... read more
President Obama spoke at SUNY Albany yesterday, sketching out an economic to-do list for Congress, and raised an important point that generally goes overlooked: when it comes to the recovery, "one of the biggest drags on our economy" has been public-sector layoffs."fter there was a recession under Ronald Reagan, government... read more
In so many important ways, American politics has made extraordinary strides when it comes to LGBT rights. Just in the Obama era, there have been historic breakthroughs in areas such as military service, health care benefits, and hate crimes.What's more, there are plenty of credible national polls showing that most Americans are finally... read more
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) isn't the first mainstream Republican to be driven from office by a right-wing primary challenger, but his primary defeat last night is arguably the most shocking -- and says the most about the radicalization of today's Republican Party.When Utah Sen. Robert Bennett was rejected by his party, he could at... read more
North Carolina wasn't the only state to hand a setback to gay rights last night.That Texas prison inmate on the Democratic ballot in West Virginia beat Obama in several counties.New Hampshire Senate votes on "fetal homicide" today.The story of the foiled underwear bomb plot in Yemen develops more twists and turns.Michele Bachmann... read more
DJ TechTools held a contest around SXSW-time last month, and the above is the winner.The instrument is, in general terms, a MIDI controller. (MIDI is a collection of data that tells the instrument what sound to make when it is triggered.) More narrowly I think we could call those percussion pads. When the guy describing the contest says they&... read more
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