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The horror of this event …

We watch these events unfold through a veil of tears. And over time, it only gets worse as we learn the identities of some of the victims, and learn of the horrors of this particular kind of bomb attack. We wonder if the bomber knew that few would die but many would lose their legs,…

Taking Bachmann Out of Congress

Minnesota’s 6th congressional district is represented by Michele Bachmann, who moved from the Minnesota Senate where she was one of the first legislators in the US to introduce academic freedom legislation to silence professors at the University of Minnesota who were lecturing on climate change and evolution, to the United States Congress a few terms…

Or, maybe just waiting for a pin to drop, to break the silence? Bill Prendergast at Minnesota Progressive Project has floated an interesting, if somewhat complicated, hypothesis. He notes that Michel Bachmann has been very silent, out of the news, since the election which is now (though it seems like yesterday) nearly a month in…

Live Blogging Election 2012

I’ll be jotting notes here. Feel free to jot notes in the comments. Bernie Sanders re-elected 6:22 PM Central: Virginia reporting good numbers for Obama. Larger turnouts than 2008 in VA. 6:54 PM Central: Senate: 30 DEM seats called, 37 GOP seats. Leaving the polling place today, there was a couple behind me. She said,…

Romney did “win” the debate

Romney did three things at the debate: 1) He totally randomized his policies, thus putting into effect an excellent version of the Chewbaca Defense; 2) He made up his own rules, forcing Obama to follow them and embarrassing PBS and Jim Lehrer; and 3) He made a bunch of independents giddy, so when the post-debate…

Don’t worry, it’s totally work safe. Turn up the volume. Trust me.

There are a number of US HOuse of Representative races that are too close to call at this point. Although the house is currently predicted to go Republican, which would be a shame, there are not a lot of current data to predict this. Given the potential strength of Mitt Romney’s coattails going in one…

A GOP PAC has produced a ridiculous ad supporting Michele Bachmann for re-election to Congress representing Minnesota’s 6th District. You’ll remember that Bachmann made national news when she declared that a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Minnesota 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison were plants inserted into high places in the United…

In March, 2012, I attended a conference called Moving Secularism Forward run by the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry. I spoke as part of a panel called Does Secular Humanism Have A Political Agenda? along with Ronald Bailey of Reason.com, Razib Khan of Secular Right, and former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder. This…

A Political Sea Change

Yeah, I’m bringing back the term “Sea Change” which was briefly popular a few years ago, in reference to the perception of party difference, the difference between Democrats and Republicans, in handling foreign policy. Let me say first that it has never been true that the Republicans were better at handling foreign policy than the…