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I've been a little surprised at how relatively little thought GOP politicians and policy wonks seem to have given to living in a world in which Obamacare is successful and not going anywhere. 'Successful' of course is a very relative term. I don't expect Republicans to be cheering its awesomeness any time soon. But for the purposes of this discussion - functioning and creating a substantial constituency of people who have health care or have reduced cost and improved coverage because of Obamacare. We quickly seem to be moving in that direction, as evidenced by Republicans now insisting that repeal is no longer credible without an alternative that provides some version of the benefits and expanded care provided by Obamacare. Sahil Kapur looks at how conservative policy wonks are struggling to acclimate to the fact that the ACA appears to be here to stay.

The last 18 months plus has been a period of transition for TPM, on many levels. One thing we've tried to work on is improving the work experience of our employees - what it's like to work out of one of our two offices day in and day out. TPM is by design an intense place to work. Some of that is based on our being a small operation always trying to punch above our weight, compete against bigger operations. On a deeper level, though, it's simply in our institutional DNA. But intense work requires down time, a workplace environment that sustains that sort of commitment and intensity. We've made certain changes with that in mind and one of them is converting our former New York video studio into a nap room.

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I wanted to update my update on comments. Technical builds and how long they'll take are inherently unpredictable. However, we are tentatively planning to move into a short beta testing phase of the new system with a subset of readers starting tomorrow evening. That will allow us to make any final changes based on code behavior/reactions out in the wild, rather than in the lab. Then we'll push them live to the whole community.

Yesterday afternoon, I asked Louisiana native David Kurtz if I was right that the upstate 5th District, in terms of progressive values and good governance, was basically the Louisiana of Louisiana. He acceded to this characterization. And now we get some taste of why.

Clearly, freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was snogging with a member of his staff. And no one forced him to do that. (Not to worry, the woman in question has now been fired - so I guess that settles that.) But from the start yesterday, given where the video surfaced, it looked a lot like the local Republican establishment taking the opportunity to take McAllister out.

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There have to be 500 jokes possible about this deal. About 350 of them really bad. About 75 wildly Anti-Semitic. But let's just put it out there. Bain Capital is buying up all the Matzo. WTF, right?

Okay, not all the matzoh. But pretty much all the matzo. If you're a member of the Hebrew tribe living in America you know that Manischewitz (nice Polish name) pretty much makes all the matzo. And most of the gefilte fish (rare treat) and even manages to make some seriously unfortunate wine. And now it's all owned by the private equity spawn of Mitt Romney. (Unhelpful disclaimer: Mitt no longer runs Bain.)

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Vance McAllister (R-LA) is the freshman Rep caught in that grainy surveillance camera video smooching a member of his staff. According to an interview in the local paper, McAllister says he plans to run for reelection this November “unless there is an outcry for me not to serve, and so far there has been an outpouring of support, not for my actions, but for me to continue to represent the people."

But this part caught my attention ...

The video, which came from a surveillance camera at the congressman’s Monroe district office, shows McAllister in an embrace and passionate kiss with one of his staff.

The former staffer who McAllister is with in the video is Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, 33, of Sterlington.

Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff, said Peacock was taken off of the payroll during the past 24 hours.


Ted Cruz: Thanks, Obama

Ted Cruz's career in Washington has been defined thus far by his efforts to dismantle President Obama's signature legislation. On… Read More →