Kobach And Kansas Dems Face Off In New Senate Drama

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Kris Kobach isn’t backing down after the state Supreme Court blocked him from keeping Democratic nominee Chad Taylor on the November ballot. He is now demanding that the Democrats select a new candidate.

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"Homeland" And Other Un-American Words and Ideas

A week ago I saw this piece in The Nation which picked up on a Chris Matthews rant about how defense and security of the "homeland" has become a commonplace phrase in the year's since 9/11. I was heartened by this because this has been a pet issue of mine going back to the months just after 9/11. As I wrote more than a dozen years ago, the phrase "does have a deep blood and soil tinge to it which is distinctly Germanic, more than a touch un-American, and a little creepy."

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Great Lakes Border Wall Proposed

You kind of have to see this video. If nothing else it shows the fine line separating right-wing propaganda and SNL skits. It's James O'Keefe's report proposing we create a border wall across the Great Lakes to keep out ISIS terrorists bringing in Ebola, ricin or other biological threats. As I said, you just have to watch it. But the central element is O'Keefe's friend dressed up in an ISIS uniform as the two grown men role play the incursion onto American soil.

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Boom

Remember how one of the biggest GOP attack memes on Obamacare was enrollees not actually paying their premiums? Sure, they might be "signing up," but were they actually writing that check when it counts?

Well, today the government announced that more than 7 million people have enrolled and paid their premiums. To put that number in perspective, 7 million was the target for signups during the open enrollment period, without regard to whether they had paid yet.

Did people pay in significant numbers? Yes. Is a death spiral looming? For this and myriad other reasons, no.