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  1. the kavanaugh confirmation
    McConnell Goes For Broke on KavanaughThe wily Senate leader has probably decided that risking a defeat on Kavanaugh is preferable to a withdrawal.
  2. the kavanaugh hearings
    The Right Closes Ranks Behind KavanaughConservative passion for the Supreme Court nominee isn’t rational any more. It’s holy war.
  3. Oklahoma Teachers Just Purged the Statehouse of Their EnemiesNineteen House Republicans voted against raising taxes to increase teacher pay. After Tuesday’s primaries, only four remain.
  4. Ben Shapiro Proudly Declares Conservatism Nearly Kook-FreeRight-wing columnist proud that racists are marginalized on the right, apparently has not read any news in more than three years.
  5. The GOP Can’t Decide if Nordic Socialism Is Totalitarian or Actually CapitalistAs social democracy gains popularity, the right can’t seem to find an honest, consistent argument for why Americans can’t have nice (Danish) things.
  6. Trump Plans Farm Bailout to Deal With Backlash to His Trade WarSince Trump’s trade war hasn’t been “easy,” and foreign retaliation is hitting farm states, he’s resorting to some democratic socialism.
  7. How Social Science Might Be Misunderstanding ConservativesA well-established model to explain right-wing beliefs is looking like it might be wrong.
  8. Trump Has Not Transformed the Republican Party — YetAnti-Trump Republicans are going extinct. But on policy matters, the congressional GOP has changed Trump far more than he has changed it.
  9. Koch Brothers to Spend Millions Fighting Against Trump’s Trade War AgendaIn an unusual step, one of the GOP’s major allies is putting actual money into an attack on Trump’s trade policies.
  10. George Will Calls ‘Repulsive’ Pence Worse Than TrumpThe vice-president has lost the independent reputation that made him a potential survivor of a Trump meltdown.
  11. The Liberal Media Can Have Ideological Diversity Without ConservativesThe debates that divide liberals from the left are more interesting — and at present, they can’t be found in The Atlantic or New York Times.
  12. Conservatives Plan One More Obamacare Repeal Effort Before the Midterm WaveGOP congressional leaders have mostly packed it in for 2018. But conservatives, with White House support, may try one last time to repeal Obamacare.
  13. Why Conservatives Care More About Keeping the Senate Than the HouseThe power to confirm federal judges is the GOP’s most valuable resource.
  14. Trump Is Pardoning Scooter LibbyNobody quite knows why, but Dick Cheney’s chief of staff is finally getting the pardon his boss unsuccessfully begged George W. Bush to supply.
  15. Cynical Balanced Budget Amendment Defeated, Just As GOP PlannedAfter slashing revenues with a tax cut bill, and then increasing spending through an omnibus bill, Republicans claim to favor a balanced budget.
  16. hot water
    TV Host Resigns After Vulgar Comment About Sexually Assaulting Parkland SurvivorHe threatened to penetrate David Hogg with a “hot poker.”
  17. Moby Has a Take on Food Stamps — and It’s JunkThe vegan electronic musician’s liberal paternalism doesn’t have me SNAPping my fingers.
  18. Senate Republicans Push Back on Trump Plan to Cancel Spending“It’s going nowhere,” said Lindsey Graham.
  19. Progressive Judge Wins Big in Wisconsin Special ElectionIt was a sweet and auspicious victory for Wisconsin progressives, who have recently taken a beating.
  20. ‘Liberal Internet Companies’ Are the New Liberal MediaBecause of free speech.
  21. dating woes
    Young Conservatives in Washington Are Sad No One Wants to Date ThemHow unfortunate.
  22. CPAC Audience Lets Trump Know It Cares More About Guns Than Tax CutsIn a strange but revealing direct poll of his adoring audience, Trump finds confirmation that the culture war matters most.
  23. Team Trump Fighting Immigration CompromiseEven as a bipartisan bill emerges that might get 60 Senate votes, the administration is opposing it stridently.
  24. GOP Tinkering With Medicaid Could Tempt Red States to Expand CoverageAn apparently unintended consequence.
  25. How Trump’s Immigration Proposal Could Be Trouble for DemocratsTurns out Americans are much more open to restrictions on legal immigration than they are to deporting Dreamers.
  26. Get Ready for More Pelosi and San Francisco–Bashing by House GOP CandidatesTying her opponent to culture-war boogeymen helped Karen Handel turn out conservatives in Georgia. There will be copycats.
  27. Trump Nostalgic for the Swamp’s Favorite Fuel, EarmarksWhy not bring back the little political trophies pols love so much? It’s not like Trump was serious about “draining the swamp.”
  28. No, the Media Has Not Been Unfair to the GOP Tax BillNobody forced Republicans to write a tax bill that gives a giant, permanent cut to corporations — and a small, temporary one to the middle class.
  29. Doug Jones’s Victory Shows the Way Forward for Democrats in the SouthDoug Jones assembled the same kind of biracial coalition that always worked for southern Democrats, but without being conservative. Get used to it.
  30. Congress Nearing Deal to Stave Off Shutdown Showdown Until JanuaryAnything could still happen, but it looks like the government will stay open through Christmas, with a real battle on tap for January.
  31. How the Roy Moore Allegations Were Covered on the RightSome outlets ignored the story, others saw a left-wing conspiracy, and a Fox News guest claimed many accusers are just out to make money.
  32. No, Removing Monuments to Traitors Doesn’t Mean Removing Monuments to FoundersConfederate monuments don’t embody American history; they were built on lies about American history.
  33. GOP Deficit Hawkery Dies in the Dark of NightHouse GOP ends its tough talk about spending and deficits in a rush to cut taxes.
  34. House Budget Vote Necessary, But Not Enough, in the GOP’s Tax Cut PlansThe GOP dissenters in the House’s vote on a budget resolution setting up tax cuts indicate some potential problems ahead for the GOP.
  35. Voters, Not Just Politicians, Are Polarized by Party and IdeologyWhile some observers think of polarization as a Washington phenomenon that doesn’t reflect the citizenry, fresh evidence shows otherwise.
  36. The Psychology of TribalismOur polarized, group-oriented politics is thousands of years in the making.
  37. Does the GOP Base Love Trump More Than It Hates ‘Amnesty’?As Trump pursues a DREAM Act, we’re about to learn whether Trumpism is more of a personality cult than nativist movement.
  38. Why Trump Supporters Might Not Care That He’s Not Getting Anything DoneIt’s widely assumed conservatives will punish the GOP in 2018 for a poor record in Congress. Don’t count on it.
  39. Hurricane Harvey and the Stunted Moral Imagination of American ConservatismWhy does the government have a responsibility to aid hurricane victims, but not the blameless victims of poverty, racism, or other social calamities?
  40. House Conservatives Demand That Tax Reform Add to the DeficitThe House Freedom Caucus believes that the debt is a threat to our grandchildren — and in their upcoming tax plan, they insist on growing it.
  41. Disaster-Funding Package Could Make Debt Default Fears Go Away for a Long TimeThe popular idea of packaging must-pass fiscal legislation with disaster relief has a new wrinkle: increasing the debt limit until after the midterms.
  42. White House Wonders If It’s Safe to Fire Steve BannonMany of Trump’s closest allies want the Breitbart mastermind gone, while others reportedly worry about the “mischief” he could make in exile.
  43. Is Kasich Preparing a Primary Challenge to Trump in 2020?Kasich has never bent the knee to Trump. But viable primary challengers to sitting presidents come from the fever swamps, not the sensible center.
  44. Here Is Where Things Stand With the Senate Health-Care BillMcConnell doesn’t have the votes to pass any version of it. But, in theory, he does have an incredibly narrow path to success.
  45. Senate GOP to Try Doomed Vote on ‘Straight Repeal’ of ObamacareNow that Trumpcare is all but dead, McConnell will give conservatives their “straight repeal” vote, and then move on to tax and budget legislation.
  46. McConnell’s Two-Faced Approach to Health-Care ReformBy giving conservatives long-term Medicaid cuts and then telling moderates they won’t be implemented, McConnell may be too clever for his own good.
  47. It’s Looking Bad for Trumpcare, But Expect One More Big PushSo long as CBO gives the revised bill a better “score,” one last chance to repeal Obamacare could be appealing to all of the GOP’s factions.
  48. Cruz Amendment to Senate Health-Care Bill Now Dividing GOPInitially praised as brilliant, Cruz’s idea of letting insurers offer cheap, skimpy health plans is now looking like a deadly threat to sick people.
  49. Trumpcare Proves That the GOP Would Rather Increase Inequality Than Create JobsEnding the Medicaid expansion will eliminate an estimated 1.2 million jobs. But the “greatest jobs president God ever created” doesn’t seem to care.
  50. CBO: Medicaid Cuts Will Snowball Down the Road Under Senate Health-Care BillThe design of the Senate health-care bill is to slowly introduce Medicaid cuts that will grow much larger as time goes by.
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