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The Jehoshua Novels

In a Shock to No One…

…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change:


Supreme court strikes down cap on overall campaign contributions

Justices rule in favor of Alabama tycoon Shaun McCutcheon, but critics claim ruling allows wealthy individuals to buy influence

The Guardian, By Dan Roberts, April 2

Washington DC – The supreme court has struck down limits on individual campaign contributions, ruling that federal caps on combined donations to candidates, parties and political action committees are [...]

Two States Win Court Approval on Voter Rules

PHOENIX(NYT) — A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ordered federal election authorities to help Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship of registering voters, in a decision that could well set a trend for other Republican-dominated states.

Judge Eric F. Melgren of United States District Court in Wichita ruled that the federal Election Assistance [...]

Republican Party wins Florida congressional seat in special election

Reuters – Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. Jolly defeated Democrat challenger Alex Sink, 65, a former state Chief Financial Officer, by [...]

Bernie Sanders wants to unite Tea Party and progressive voters in 2016 White House run

Raw Story – I don’t want what he is drinking!

Jeb Bush says he’ll decide on 2016 run ‘later this year’

The former Florida governor said he will base the big decision on whether he thinks he’d be able to run ‘joyfully.’

NY Daily News, By Adam Edelman, January 30

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — widely seen as a leading 2016 GOP presidential contender — said Wednesday that he will wait to decide on a [...]

Nice try Republicans, but marriage isn’t the solution to poverty

If conservatives want to help the poor they should improve education, cut inequality, and ensure access to contraception.

The Guardian (Comment is free), By Jill Filipovic, January 30

It’s time for marriage promotion programs to die.

The first problem is that they don’t actually convince people to get married; nor do they get fathers to [...]

Koch World 2014

Politco, By Kenneth P. Vogel, January 14

If the Koch brothers’ political operation seemed ambitious in 2010 or 2012, wait for what’s in store for 2014 and beyond.

The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are convening some of the country’s richest Republican donors on Sunday at a resort near Palm Springs, Calif., to raise [...]

Huge ‘Super PAC’ Is Moving Early to Back Clinton

New York Times, By Nicholas Confessore, January 23

The Obama political operation that once buried Hillary Rodham Clinton’s White House ambitions is now rapidly converging around her possible 2016 presidential bid, conferring on Mrs. Clinton enormous early advantages in money, expertise and voter targeting techniques.

On Thursday, Priorities USA Action, a “super PAC” that played [...]

The Semantics of Weight


I’m not above making weight jokes, to be sure. Like smoking, it’s most often a behavioral problem and therefore generally controllable. I keep in the back of my mind, however, two things: one, it’s important to know the boundaries of taste and harm, and two, there but for the grace of God go [...]

Occupy Gracie Mansion

Bill De Blasio was sworn in as New York’s mayor yesterday.


Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3

So it seems that the historic bi-partisan budget deal in the House last week – historic, in that it’s been years since we didn’t just pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government – is falling on enough deaf ears in the Senate to be a problem:

The prospect that the budget would [...]

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian, By Ed Pilkington and Suzanne Goldenberg, December 3

New York – An influential US lobbying network of Republican politicians and big businesses is seeking to avert a looming funding crisis by appealing to major donors that have abandoned it over the past two years following criticism of its policy on gun laws.

The [...]

Elizabeth Warren as the anti-Clinton

Warren proceeds to calmly recite numbers that could inspire even librarians to storm a few barricades. The Wall Street crash has cost the US economy $14tn, she says, but its top institutions are 30% larger than before, own half the country’s bank assets and are in receipt of an implicit taxpayer subsidy of $83bn [...]

The Orcs Are In Trouble

Gee, you think the shutdown was a good idea for the GOP? I suppose you could if you think a permanent Democratic majority is a good idea:

Washington (CNN) — In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national [...]