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This is what happens to your poll numbers in the GOP primary when you insult immigrants

See that red line? That’s Donald Trump.

His argle-babble about immigrants (who commit crimes at a lower rate than any ethnic group) has led to him being dumped by Univision, NBC, Macy’s and now Serta. Trump’s reputation is now so bad that businesses want nothing to do with him and Republicans do.

It’s important to not read too much into this as it’s largely about name recognition and the complete lack of charm of his fellow GOP competitors. The Washington Post‘s Dan Drezner points out that at the peak of his birtherism, Trump was getting something like 25 percent in the polls, probably because that wasn’t just racial dog whistling.…

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5 reasons billionaires should be glad that millions of workers are about to get a raise

Millions of Americans are about to get a raise and billionaire Nick Hanauer is thrilled.

If you thought last week was a great one for progressives and America then you will be giddy over #overtime.

— Nick Hanauer (@NickHanauer) June 28, 2015

Through his TED talks, articles and artful trolling, Hanauer has become famous as a double agent for the 99 percent embedded in the richest .01 percent of America that has sucked up nearly all the gains of recovery. And in recent months, he’s championed raising the overtime threshold, a little-known protection for salaried workers that he says is as important to the middle class as the minimum wage is to the working poor.…

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The Confederate flag needs to go for the GOP’s new ‘Southern Strategy’

I’m cynical. When a politician is forced to do the right thing, I’m glad and don’t really care why s/he did it.

But when I see Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus standing behind Governor Nikki Haley as she calls for the removal of the Confederate battle flag* from South Carolina’s state capital, I know something is up.

The good news is that Republicans are taking the right stand because reality demands it.

What reality? They need a “miracle” with minority voters — badly.

The party faces a 5.4 percent deficit if the Democratic nominee can replicate the Obama coalition and an even larger gap if the Republicans lose white women voters, for some reason.…

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Obamacare is an extraordinary success — which is why the GOP must do anything to wound it

This week, as the Supreme Court weighs whether or not to yank subsidies that help at least 6 million Americans gain health insurance, we got some extraordinary news.

For the first time, the Urban Institute finds that our uninsured rate may be below 10 percent, Forbes‘ Dan Diamond notes. In states that have accepted Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion it’s 7.5 percent. No survey is perfect but it seems that the number of people without coverage is at a historic low.

But surely there’s been a huge cost to this big government intervention in our health care system!

Well, our deficit is near a 7-year low and we just finished the best year of job creation of this century.…

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How the 1,361 richest American households are warping our economy and politics

Why we all need to start talking about ‘runaway wealth accumulation by the richest’

Whenever there’s a debate about what we should be debating, somebody is usually hiding something.

Everyone seems to agree that this chart is bad news is bad news for our kids:

But the question is how to frame it. Republicans want to talk about “mobility” or “the right to rise. In The Atlantic Jared Bernstein and Ben Speilberg make the case that you can’t deal with mobility without addressing inequality.

“Boosting mobility will require reductions in wage, income, and wealth inequalities,” they write.

“[Politicians] are much more comfortable focusing on the benign-sounding theme of ‘wealth creation’ or insisting that economic growth alone can improve mobility without any redistribution of resources or political power, as if ‘a rising tide can lift all boats’ matters when a few people are in yachts and many are stuck in dinghies.”

But it’s worse than that.…

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One Republican lying is a joke, all Republicans lying is a strategy

We got a preview of the clusterfuganonsense that our politics will descend to if the Supreme Court decides to deny 6.5 million Americans tax credits to buy health insurance on Monday.

After President Obama, in his role as President Obvious, said the Supreme Court shouldn’t have even taken King v. Burwell, Senator John Thune sent out a tweet that was widely mocked but geniunely reflects the GOP’s strategy to place the blame for their intentional gutting of Obamacare on Obama.

Most disingenuous thing ever: Taking Obamacare away from people proves Obamcare is bad for people pic.twitter.com/PcUtxAaexP

— Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) June 8, 2015

When one Republican lies, it’s a joke.…

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If you don’t want to pay for other people’s health insurance, you can’t live in a first world nation

You already pay for my health care. I already pay for yours. We just do it in the most expensive way possible.

For instance, even though the Florida House again rejected Medicaid expansion on Friday, the state will still being paying for program that could have expanded coverage to as many as 1.8 million low-income Floridians. And if these people suffer a precipitous loss of income, the government will end up covering them through basic Medicaid. Or if they get so sick they become disabled, Social Security will cover it. Or if they get a job that offers coverage, taxpayers will subsidize that with the largest tax break in our budget — the employer-provided insurance exclusion.…

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The second most important thing you need to know about 2016 — and my biggest fear

As part of my mission to remind as many people as possible why 2016 is the most important election of our lifetime, I put together a list of five things you need to know now about an election that won’t take place for 16 more months.

Of course, I start with the Supreme Court because it’s always about the Supreme Court, especially when Republicans are on a verge of building a partisan Court majority as large as seven seats.

My second point is more optimistic. It comes from a tweet from former Obama administration senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer drawing attention to this quote from a recent article by Dan Balz in which Marco Rubio’s pollster makes his case for Marco Rubio:

Based on estimates of the composition of the 2016 electorate, if the next GOP nominee wins the same share of the white vote as Mitt Romney won in 2012 (59 percent), he or she would need to win 30 percent of the nonwhite vote.…
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BREAKING: The guys who want to destroy Obamacare will never do anything to fix Obamacare

The Supreme Court will soon decide King v. Burwell and the fate of the health coverage of 8 million or so Americans in states that chose not to build an Affordable Care Act marketplace.

It’s difficult to understate how ridiculous the argument the guys who want to destroy Obamacare are making in this case is. But I suppose it’s no more ridiculous than Mitt Romney running as the guy who’d repeal national Romneycare or Jeb Bush arguing he’s the guy to fix Iraq.

The would-be Obamacare destroyers argue the law contained a secret threat that would allow Republicans to sabotage their states health care exchanges.…

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The cost of debt-free college v. actual crazy ideas

“What voters are looking for in this election is someone who is going to be a champion for everyday people,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager said earlier this month. “For young people, that’s debt-free college, that is finding that job after you graduate.”

The words “debt-free college” are treated like some bizarre fantasy that can only happen in an utopian future or Scandinavia or Germany.

In America, where finding ways to haze the poor is the only purely conservative art form, we’re busy figuring out ways to make college more expensive. College is so expensive and aid so slight that many schools have to run food pantries for students, The Nation‘s Michelle Goldberg reports.…

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