Hating the Government Bandwagon

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Charles Hayes: Children who relish autonomy and are drawn to novelty grow up to be politically liberal, and those who are fearful, wary, anxious, and distrustful about change and uncertainty grow up to be conservatives.

The Real Significance of the 2013 Elections

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Larry Wines: In New Jersey, Democrats will conduct a post-mortem. Everywhere else, it’s not too soon to begin opposition research. While he is the bane of the Teapublicans, what accounts for Christie luring the votes of moderates and the traditional Democratic Party base, when he is way to the right of their views?

If Rand Paul Were a Woman

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Tina Dupuy: Randi had no credibility to lose. She was already a national punch line. A meme. A joke. A shiny distraction. And now she’s also a proven plagiarist. She’s referred to as “silly.” A silly airhead.

Idaho’s Wacho Cage

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Jim Hightower: This will be a walled, heavily-fortified, one-square-mile settlement of some 7,000 armed & angry, ideologically-pure, anti-government extremists drawn from cities, towns and gopher holes all across America. Lucky you, Idaho!

Is the Crisis Really Over?

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the billions in damage to our economy that the shutdown caused and the unanimous warnings from economists across the world that a government default would create much worse damage, Republican politicians did not budge.

Fallout Fragments

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Larry Wines: One group was dissuaded from having a mascot wearing an enormous tea bag, for fear the public would boil him.

The Willie Horton Ad 25 Years Later

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David Love: Over the years in American politics, the Southern Strategy has continued in the form of the black boogeyman, the scapegoat, the “other”—a personification of conservative white resentment over the gains African-Americans made in the civil rights movement.

Time to Stop the Insanity

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Jim Rhodes: This unnecessary Republican-induced shutdown has cost the tax payer billions of dollars; but, the Republicans keep reminding us they are the party dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

Ted bin Laden Syndrome

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Brent Budowsky: Ted bin Laden Republicans will escalate their political holy wars until every centrist Republican is politically destroyed — they want them destroyed to move the GOP even further to the right of America, even at the cost of losing control of Congress to Democrats.

Government Shutdown Ends

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Sharon Kyle: The government shutdown of 2013 is over. After more than two weeks the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House voted 285-144 to reopen the federal government.

Aaron Schock, You’re Costing Us Money!

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.

Marco Rubio: The Great Houdini

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: While Rubio was elected in part on the strength of the Tea Party, it is Cruz who has become the leader and the face of the Tea Party movement.

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