GOP enters the abyss: The entire party has fallen prey to bigotry and paranoid fantasy

(Credit: AP/Dennis Van Tine) SALON For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union. They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard of… More GOP enters the abyss: The entire party has fallen prey to bigotry and paranoid fantasy

President Obama to Deliver Address on Terrorism Sunday

Olivier Douliery—AP TIME President Obama will deliver a primetime address to the nation Sunday night on the threat of terrorism, the White House said, following last week’s killing of 14 Americans in San Bernardino and the recent attacks in Paris. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama will speak at 8 p.m. Eastern… More President Obama to Deliver Address on Terrorism Sunday

14 Groups Getting Koch Brothers Dark Money To Turn America Into A Right-Wing Playground

ADDICTING INFO The billionaire Koch brothers – industrialists Charles and David from Koch Industries – like to say they aren’t involved in “politics” much. But like everything surrounding the right-wing brothers, that’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. While the Kochs don’t necessarily directly involve themselves in the nitty gritty of electoral politics all the… More 14 Groups Getting Koch Brothers Dark Money To Turn America Into A Right-Wing Playground

FYI: Presidential debate schedule, 2015-2016

VOX The first Democratic presidential debate of this campaign season is on Tuesday, October 13 — just days away. So far, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee are expected to appear. The next Republican debate, though, isn’t until Wednesday, October 28. Bookmark this page, which we’ll keep updating, to keep… More FYI: Presidential debate schedule, 2015-2016

Paul Ryan doesn’t want to be speaker of the House. Republicans should elect him anyway.

VOX House Republicans need someone capable of leading them out of the carnage of the bloody civil war between the Tea Party–fueled revolutionaries and an establishment seen as too willing to compromise on conservative principles in the name of governing. The answer is clear: Paul Ryan should be the next speaker of the House. This… More Paul Ryan doesn’t want to be speaker of the House. Republicans should elect him anyway.

The GOP’s Birthright Citizenship Flip-Flop

POLITICO MAGAZINE Republicans are divided on birthright citizenship, one of their party’s greatest achievements. Birthright citizenship has split the GOP presidential field. Following Donald Trump’s call for an end to birthright citizenship for the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, fellow Republican presidential hopefuls Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson and even longtime immigration… More The GOP’s Birthright Citizenship Flip-Flop

A Morning with Joe Scarborough in Hypocrisy Hell

QUIET MIKE POLITICS Nothing more signals the heating up of another election cycle than the bleary-eyed, half-dressed, faux-cool Joe Scarborough actually showing up – on set or at all – for work on the MSNBC show that touts his first name if not his regular presence: “Morning Joe.” Another clear signal is that his hypocrisy about and hyperbolic characterizations… More A Morning with Joe Scarborough in Hypocrisy Hell

The Republican prison experiment: How the right-wing conquest of the GOP altered political reality

SALON How a stodgy, mainstream party was reinvented as a den of lunatics and monsters — and why it was no accident Every so often I conceive the bizarre desire to help save the Republican Party from itself. This is futile even by the standards of futile campaigns launched by columnists, given the obvious fact… More The Republican prison experiment: How the right-wing conquest of the GOP altered political reality