Dec 3, 2013 5:04PM ET
CNN aired a "knockout game" segment Tuesday afternoon pitting a martial arts expert against Don Lemon. It was the network's quiet attempt to tap into the racial fears driving interest in the so-called "knockout game," undermined when the expert compared black people to animals.
Dec 3, 2013 2:48PM ET
In the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, two moderates made a completely predictable "provocative" argument: the sort of populist, anti-corporate, anti-wealthy policies favored by progressive Democrats will never work.
Dec 3, 2013 12:54PM ET
Republicans haven't yet managed to impeach President Obama in their previous dozen tries, but why give up? A House Judiciary Committee hearing today offered the latest rationale: he isn't faithfully executing the country's laws. Sure, why not.
Dec 3, 2013 11:50AM ET
It's an interesting time to be a member of Congress, asked to weigh in on flying robots and undetectable homemade guns. A generation that didn't grow up with this tech is tasked with determining rules for technology that doesn't yet widely exist.
Dec 3, 2013 10:40AM ET
Republican California State Assemblymembers sent out mailers pointing people to an official-looking Obamacare site aimed at "help you navigate" the health care changes it then disparages.
Dec 3, 2013 9:18AM ET
Two-thirds of Americans still don't really have much of an idea what Obamacare is about — meaning that the administration's just-launched push to enroll people has a very short period of time to climb a very big hill.
Dec 2, 2013 6:44PM ET
An Alabama law firm insists that it had nothing to do with a ridiculously racist ad that appears under its name on YouTube. And we're inclined to believe them, given the deeply weird background of the person is who made the spot.
Dec 2, 2013 5:22PM ET
The National Security Agency gave its employees tips on how to defend the beleaguered secret agency at Thanksgiving dinner. Which cements the public perception that it is nefarious.
Dec 2, 2013 5:08PM ET
The Republican Congressional Committee's "'Happy Holidays' is what liberals say" T-shirt is still for sale. Insulting the opposition works — as long as the insult is intentional.
Dec 2, 2013 2:47PM ET
There are, The Hill reports, 11 Republican doctors running for Senate, candidates "well poised to hammer home" arguments against Obamacare. Its examples to that point? Controversial Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.
Dec 2, 2013 1:19PM ET
By next Friday, Congress is supposed to have reached agreement on a budget package. It almost certainly won't, for two big reasons: Congress is highly polarized, and bipartisan budget committees rarely yield big deals.
Dec 2, 2013 11:54AM ET
The relaunch of Healthcare.gov has largely been good news for the administration. While still far from flawless, the reworked website draws the political contrast between the president and his opponents much more sharply: data versus anecdote.
Dec 2, 2013 10:43AM ET
President Obama's low approval ratings pose a clear bind for Hillary Clinton, demanding she will choose between supporting a president popular with a black voter base she hopes to woo and distancing herself to appeal to the broader electorate.
Nov 27, 2013 4:44PM ET
Perhaps the last thing President Obama wants to talk about during the roll-out of his signature health policy is sex. Too bad. Obamacare and sex are at this point inextricable.
Nov 27, 2013 2:55PM ET
At Wednesday's presidential turkey pardon, Sasha Obama's always-just-beneath-the-surface annoyance with the corny necessities of her dad's job were on full display.
Nov 27, 2013 1:15PM ET
If you are bored at the airport right now or if you want something to look at / laugh at / refer bafflingly to tomorrow night at Thanksgiving dinner, here you go: The best tweets that have been created as of November 27, 2013.
Nov 27, 2013 11:14AM ET
Republican consultant Mike Murphy has the party's future plans all sorted out. Given that "we need to get a lot more creative," he has an idea: Hold the 2016 convention in Detroit, like Reagan did in 1980. Done and done.
Nov 27, 2013 9:53AM ET
By a two-to-one margin, Americans approve of John Kerry's deal with Iran according to a poll released on Wednesday. At least one American may be less pleased with the breakthrough: Hillary Clinton.
Nov 26, 2013 6:02PM ET
If your political party wants to pass legislation, here is a tip. Don't worry about the presidency or the Senate. Take the House.
Nov 26, 2013 4:13PM ET
Since Dinesh D'Souza wrote a book declaring The End of Racism, it was not racist when he on Tuesday referred to the president as the "Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House." See how that works?
Nov 26, 2013 2:39PM ET
In an effort to bring secret political spending to light, the Obama Administration on Tuesday announced new rules limiting how tax-exempt organizations could participate in political activity.
Nov 26, 2013 1:43PM ET
There was a time when the balloons in the Macy's Parade weren't inflated billboards for terrible movies. In the '30s, the balloons were instead weird animals and dead-eyed people.
Nov 26, 2013 11:58AM ET
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman is not shy about sharing his opinions on political issues. When it comes to how he makes his money, however, Stockman is a little more reserved.
Nov 26, 2013 11:22AM ET
The White House wants you to decide which turkey President Obama will "pardon" on Wednesday. Maybe the one whose favorite song is one by Beyonce? Um, what are we doing here?
Nov 26, 2013 10:35AM ET
Did you know that Obamacare gives people STDs? It's completely true, according to a cartoon that's going around, and it is why Obama should be impeached, probably.
Nov 26, 2013 10:01AM ET
We have here the geopolitical corollary to Godwin's Law: the more significant an international agreement, the more likely it is that a participant will be compared to British prime minister Neville Chamberlain.
Nov 25, 2013 5:08PM ET
On Wednesday, MSNBC's Chris Hayes will devote his show to a topic that should ruin a few family dinners: How to argue with your conservative relatives about politics.
Nov 25, 2013 3:55PM ET
In an interview, Sen. Grassley declared that, given Chris Christie's "physique," "wouldn't it be kind of nice to have a guy like him sitting on the pot" when Washington blows up? We have no idea what this means.
Nov 25, 2013 3:36PM ET
During his speech from San Francisco on Monday, President Obama was heckled by someone from an unexpected group: one of the people selected to stand onstage behind him.
Nov 25, 2013 2:17PM ET
Liz Cheney's bid to be Wyoming's next senator has hit two stumbling blocks: her iffy residency status and her touchy relationship with the rest of her family. Her new ad doesn't entirely answer that question, adding only one new vote to her in-family tally.