The Downside To The GOP’s 2014 Optimism

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As the 2014 election cycle proceeds, it remains likely that Republicans will have a good — possibly even very good — November. But there’s a downside to that optimism: it seems to be eroding healthy fears about the party’s long-term standing, beginning with the 2016 presidential election.

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Farewell, Skype

After eight years, this afternoon TPM officially signed off of Skype.

That's not something particularly visible from the outside. And to be clear, we only used the service as an instant messaging platform. We never used it for telephony or conference calls or video chats or anything like that. But as numerous current and former TPMers can attest, for almost the entire history of TPM as something beyond a single person blog (which ended in 2005), Skype has been deeply embedded in the organization's DNA, functioning as the hive brain synapses stitching together reporters and editors and programmers and publishing staff, between two offices and - a bit more weirdly - within the same offices.

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Here's Why Obama Gets Impeached

Democrats and Republicans are locked in an election aimed rhetorical war over whether the GOP House will impeach Obama. But when I saw the news last night about the sweeping move on immigration President Obama is considering, it immediately occurred to me: this is like waving a red cape in front of the Impeachment Caucus in the House. So could it happen? Absolutely. Sahil Kapur explains the dynamics and why, yes, it could definitely happen.

Not Sure They've Thought This Through

Some of us think bringing AR-15s to the airport to pick up your spouse is probably a bad idea. But if you're going to make it legal, this might be something to think through. Peter Steinmetz was arrested at Sky Harbor International Airport not because - as far as we know - he was threatening to shoot anyone but because "the way he was carrying it" scared a mother and teenage daughter who thought he was pointing it at them.