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If you think you’re terrified by the Republican Party, imagine being a GOP donor

A Republican new poll finds that women see Republicans as “intolerant,” “out of touch” and “the kind of guys who need a poll to tell them that women find them intolerant and out of touch.”

Women are justifiably scared of a political party that seems to be less attuned to women’s issues now than it was in the 1960s. But there’s a group that should be even more terrified — GOP donors.

Here’s why.

On Friday, a former Republican nominee for vice president posted a scathing diss of a conservative website on her Facebook page. Sarah Palin spent about 300 words calling out The Daily Caller — a double-A ball team in the conservative media farm system — as a bunch of frat dorks because the site pointed out that she demanded a private plane to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.…

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MILESTONE: Republicans cannot take the presidency without winning states that have expanded Medicaid

Pennsylvania became the 27th state to expand Medicaid on Thursday. Though the agreement between the Obama Administration and Republican Governor Tom Corbett is far from perfect, it does mark a milestone worth pointing out.

Call it the “270 Mark” or the “276 Mark,” to be exact.

A Republican candidate for president can not take the White House without winning a state that has expanded Medicaid. Even if nominee Cruz, Bundy or Trump won all the red states that have expanded — Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky and North Dakota — thus far and the hold-out states, that would only give him 262 electoral votes, eight shy of what it takes to win.…

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Koch-supported GOP candidates for Senate thank the Kochs for the chance to help the Kochs get richer

In May of 2008, the Republican nominee for president John McCain broke with George W. Bush to support a cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gases, a position that nearly every major Republican thinking about running for president supported at one time.

In 2014, there isn’t one major Republican who supports doing anything to stop the heating of the atmosphere that will create the sick irony of flooding oceans and unyielding famines across the globe. Not one Republican will even accept the ever-growing scientific consensus that climate change is man-made, thus can be averted by man. There isn’t any conservative willing to say that we ask our richest people to reduce their wealth somewhat in order to avoid a still somewhat avoidable disaster.…

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The cost of GOP’s Obamacare obstruction in Texas? 2 million without health insurance

And higher premiums for everyone else

Last year, about a month before the Affordable Care Act exchanges were set to open and Republicans in Washington D.C. were vowing to shut down the government to defund the law, Bill  Clinton gave a speech at his Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The simple case he made for the law that day could be summed up with one line from his speech: “It’s better than the current system, which is unaffordable and downright unhealthy for millions of Americans.”

Less than a year later, the state that Clinton served as governor for nearly a decade is proving to be the best example that President Obama’s health reforms work — when they aren’t sabotaged.…

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YO! You can win Doris Kearns Goodwin’s ‘The Bully Pulpit’

Progressive – n. someone who believes the future can be better than the past

This giveaway is now closed.

The greatest irony of American life — besides the fact that states from the Old Confederacy are among most likely to be dependent on the federal government — is that the progressive movement was born in the Republican party.

The far right — led by pathological rantings Glenn Beck — has spent most of the Obama administration trying to demonize the P-word in the same way Reagan used the word “liberal” to conjure images of liberals reaching into your pocket to fund welfare queens and patchouli-soaked college dropouts.…

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Democrats can use Obamacare to remind voters that Republicans want to gut Medicare

If Republicans ran on what they actually believed, they’d lose — even in red states.

We know this for sure because a candidate who voted to privatize Medicare and Social Security is attacking his opponent for wanting to reform Medicare and Social Security.

Just as we learned that Obamacare is fading as an issue in the 2014 elections, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton released an ad that targets Democrat Mark Pryor’s support for Social Security and Medicare reforms. The ad rips quotes out of context and ties in Pryor’s votes for cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage in Obamacare.…

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Why Rand Paul is better for the left than right

After what had been the worst night of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in response the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown by a police officer, a flurry of statements from politicians on Thursday condemned the aggressive action of the local police.

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Justin Amash issued nearly identical statements noting that this is America, not a war zone.

President Obama insisted that there is never an excuse for violence against the police along with “no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Notably the president stayed away from any comment upon the issues of race, police brutality or police militarization that have charged the national debate about what’s going on in Ferguson.…

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The Kochs may be helping elect Democrats in Michigan

The Koch brothers’ front group Freedom Partners abruptly canceled $1.1 million in ads in Michigan aimed to help elect Republicans last week, according to Politico.

Did the brothers Koch look at the run of polls that show Mark Schauer running neck-and-neck with scandal-ridden Governor Rick Snyder or a stark assessment from the National Journal that illustrates how Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land is as bad a candidate as Republicans feared she’d be?

Likely not.

More likely, the Kochs realize that in the state preferred by four out of five of the Great Lakes, at least, their involvement may be doing more harm than good.…

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Millions of Americans are protected from premium increases for the first time — but there’s a catch

Next year, an amazing thing will happen. Millions of Americans won’t be paying more for health insurance.

Subsidized middle-class consumers — about 85 percent of the those who purchased a plan — currently pay an average of $264 less a month because of the law. And they will likely be paying just about the same amount in premiums in 2015 — if they take the time to check their policy and pick one that’s right for them in the exchange.

This part is important: ACA plans automatically renew but you should still visit the exchange and shop for a new plan anyway.

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3 reasons there won’t be a GOP wave in 2014

People don’t love Democrats but they hate the alternative

Many the members of the GOP’s House majority have literally have had their districts drawn for them. And if Republicans wanted to draw a map that would give them a chance to take control of the Senate, it would look exactly like what we’re seeing in 2014.

The party of Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert simply needs to win six seats to take the majority of the upper house of Congress and Democrats are defending seven seats in states that Mitt Romney won as he lost in a landslide. They will likely pick up Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia easily.…

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