Polls Might Have Mitch Gobbling More Tums for His Tummy

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Berry Craig: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s new campaign ad suggests he’s no longer vexed by Matt Bevin, his tea party-tilting challenger in the May 20 GOP primary. McConnell apparently figures Bevin is toast and is focusing instead on Allison Lundergan Grimes.

Mitch’s Tough Out

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Berry Craig: The other day, Grimes swatted another one into the cheap seats after McConnell got the expected NRA endorsement. She promptly tweeted a renewal of her months-old challenge to the senate minority leader to meet her on a gun range.

Mitch McConnell’s Mike Dukakis Misfire?

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Mitch McConnell Misfire: McConnell figured the CPAC rifle-toting would earn him precious bona fides with skeptical tea partiers.

Some Kentucky Politicians Make Sense

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Berry Craig: If nothing else, Gov. Steve Beshear has shown the country that not all Kentucky politicians are “wacko birds” and partisan obstructionists who think the Affordable Care Act is the spawn of Satan.

Harry Reid Slugs Far-Right Bully

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Brent Budowsky: Reid, the former boxer who knows how to take a punch and throw a punch, is fighting back and standing tall and doing the business of the nation and speaking for a majority of our people.

Ralph Nader Redux in the Bluegrass State?

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Berry Craig: I suspect Team Mitch hopes Marksberry might be to Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes what Ralph Nader was to Al Gore in Florida in 2000.

Poor Little Mitch

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Berry Craig: Character assassination has been McConnell’s stock in trade since he got elected to the senate in 1986.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can’t We?

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Joseph Palermo: Today, once again, it feels like we’re being herded into supporting a military action in Syria that will end up, like the Iraq War, making the world an even more dangerous place than it is now. Then, as now, we see influential journalists tripping over themselves to fall into line.

March on Washington Anniversary Summons Painful History

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Joseph Palermo: Today, the ideological kinfolk of the white segregationists of 1963 are doing everything in their power to disfranchise African Americans and re-segregate or destroy public schools under the guise of school “reform.”

Obama Scores at Correspondents Dinner

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Julie Driscoll: If you missed the Correspondents Dinner 2013, here is a video along with a list of one liners delivered by President Obama — the president with great timing.

Kentucky Students: Ditch Mitch as Graduation Speaker

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Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell headlining Murray State’s graduation might be less egregious if he hadn’t made his entire political career flipping students the bird.

NRA Liars and Congressional Cowards

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Walter Brasch: Until the members of Congress develop that one iota of courage that President Obama asked for, the United States will continue to have the highest number of guns per population of 178 countries—and also rank among the world’s top 10 countries in the rate of deaths per population from guns.

Mitch McConnell’s ‘Whack-a-Mole’ Dirty Politics Campaign

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Walter Brasch: Bound in a political black hole from which truth never escapes, McConnell and his staff launched a “scorch-earth” attack to divert the public from the facts on the leaked tape was the far greater sin than what was said.

Ashley Judd: Kentucky’s Joan of Arc?

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Berry Craig: If movie star Ashley Judd runs for the senate in Kentucky she’ll likely find friends among Bluegrass State voters who pack union cards.

‘There Is No Alternative to Ashley Judd Right Now’

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Berry Craig: It’s hard to tell who is more worried that Ashley Judd will run against Mitch McConnell next year – Kentucky ’s senior senator himself or some Democratic Party bigwigs.

Obama Must Lead

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Brent Budowsky: There was no excuse for the president to shout from the rooftops about the dangers of sequester while not doing a thing to prevent it. Americans need jobs, not spin, and leaders, not photo ops.

GOP Too Nuts for Obama’s Debt Ceiling Gambit

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Robert Reich: So it must be that he’s counting on public pressure — especially from the GOP’s patrons on Wall Street and big business — to force Republicans into submission.

No Fiscal Cliff – Obama and Senate Republicans Strike a Deal

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Sharon Kyle: Up until this breaking news, President Obama maintained that a deal was “within sight” but most thought Congress would be unsuccessful.

The Republican Party and the Holy Grail

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Robert Illes: Now, the day after their mighty and sweeping fail, these once fearsome and forever disgusting sociopaths elicited no fear. The junk yard dog has lost his teeth.

Lincoln, Spielberg, Sandburg, Kennedy, and Compromise

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Walter Moss: With House Speaker John Boehner unable to convince uncompromising Republicans to give just a little to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the lessons that Lincoln, Spielberg, Sandburg, and Kennedy have to offer seem more important than ever.

Filibuster Reform: Harry and Mitch Duke It Out

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Bremt Budowsky: Mitch McConnell should offer a bipartisan proposal to reform the filibuster rules by mutual agreement, in line with the historical precedents of the Senate, without forcing Democrats to resort to the “nuclear option.”

Mitch McConnell and the Art of Dysfunction

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Stanley Kutler: McConnell wanted the president not to propose his own agenda and policies, but to offer “solutions” that would satisfy Republicans — and undoubtedly on their own terms.

“The Great Pacificator” and “Darth Vader”

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Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell’s critics nicknamed him “Darth Vader,” a handle he evidently likes, for his hard-edged, uber-conservative, compromise-equals-surrender politics.

Time to Bench Mitch McConnell and His Cronies?

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Joseph Palermo: Ending the filibuster is within the realm of possibility if only the Democrats had the guts to do it.

Finally Over

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STeve Hochstadt: Republican policy will mean relief for profit, outside of public control, in a new age of deadly storms. Democratic policy will mean strong public control of relief, combined with an effort to slow down global warming.

Presidential Debate Wednesday, Jobs Report Friday

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Robert Reich: The biggest election news this week won’t be who wins the presidential debate Wednesday night. It will be how many new jobs were created in September, announced Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Romneyomics Trickles Down

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Karen Finney: Between now and Election Day, every Democratic candidate up and down the ballot should call on his or her Republican opponents to defend the GOP plan to increase taxes on middle-class Americans,

Welcome to the New Normal America

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Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

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Berry Craig: If the GOP justices gang up to turn thumbs down on the Affordable Care Act, it might even boost the president by firing up the Democratic faithful and convincing more than a few independents that the Supreme Court really is a lapdog for Congressional Republicans and not a watchdog for the Constitution.

Trim the Fringe and There’s No GOP Left

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Berry Craig: The Republican food fight for the presidential nomination has proved “moderate” is as dirty a word as “liberal” in the tea party-tilting GOP.

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