FBI: Woman Received Death Threats After Being Name-Checked by Glenn Beck

When Kathy Tate-Bradish volunteered to moderate a Congressional debate organized by the League of Women Voters Illinois, you can be sure she didn't know what she was in for.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 06:48

She Said What? GOP Rep's Hysterical, Hypocritical Claims About the Estate Tax's Return

Representative Cynthia Lumis of Wyoming claims that her wealthy, ranch-owning constituents are so devastated by the potential reinstatement of the Federal Estate Tax that they might just kill themselves before it is due to come back next year (or if they're that freaked out they could, you know, give their property to their kids before they die--but that would be too rational.) After all, what's a few months or years of life compared to saving a percentage of your money?

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 06:14

Right-Wingers Using Voter Fraud to Justify Voter Suppression on Election Day

Once again throughout this election cycle, we've heard unfounded, alarmist cries from the right about voter fraud. But in several cases, it's clear that right-wingers are again using the idea of fraudulent elections to drum up fear and intimidation within their base and smear opposition parties with unfounded accusations.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 06:05

Johnny Cash's Daughter Calls John Boehner an "Asshat" for Exploiting Dad's Name

John Boehner has been stumping around the country burnishing his cred as a normal, everyday, millionaire patrician overlord with the following hilarious joke:

Remember when Ronald Reagan was president. We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 06:00

Updated: ABC Drops Breitbart

This story is getting more bizarre by the minute. Yesterday I reported that known liar and race-baiter Andrew Breitbart -- the inventor of the Shirley Sherrod controversy, among other dubious distinctions -- had been hired by ABC News to cover the election tonight from Arizona.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 05:55

Rep. Bachus Already Deflecting Blame for Potential GOP-Led Gov't Shutdown

Talk about drawing your battle lines way too early. Before the election results are even in, pessimistic Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus--likely to become chair of the House Financial Services Committee if the GOP wrests back control tonight-- is warning the world that Republicans won't stand for Obama vetoing their budgetary requirements.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 05:24

GOP Pledges to Punish Businesses That Worked With Democrats

The notorious K Street Project became synonymous with Republican excesses of the Gingrich/DeLay/Bush era, and for good reason. As part of the effort, GOP leaders told business leaders that those who supported the Republican agenda across the board would be rewarded with access and influence; those whose loyalties were questioned would be locked out of the policymaking process.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 04:55

5 Scenarios That Could Help Democrats at the Polls Today

Unless you've been living under a political rock, you know the GOP is widely expected to take control of Congress in today's midterm elections. But as FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver points out, significantly larger or smaller gains by Republicans are both totally possible.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 04:46

LGBT Military Silenced Until 2011: Federal Appeals Court Extends Don't Ask, Don't Tell

It was a noble effort by US District Judge Virginia Phillips, who first declared the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy unconstitutional. In September, Phillips ruled the policy violated First Amendment and equal protection rights of LGBT service members and ordered its cessation.

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 04:30

Maddow: Despite Our Gripes, 111th Congress (Plus Senate and Obama) Was Most Effective in Decades

We may have attacked the Democrats in power from the left, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said last night, but let's take a look at what they've done. She showed a long reel of clips in which she and her fellow anchors reported on bill after bill getting signed.

With a Democratic majority in both houses of congress and a Democrat in the White House, the legislation (watered-down though some may find it) has been coming fast and furious--and although it may have spent a lot of political capital, it's made a difference. She said:

Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 04:18