Study shows that U.S. economy does better under Democratic presidents

Don’t share THIS with your Republican friends. It will only confuse them: For the past half-century, the US economy has consistently grown faster under Democratic presidents than under Republican ones. And in a new study, two economists ask whether there’s a reason for that — or if it’s all just a coincidence. The numbers are pretty clear on this. Between 1947 and 2012, the US economy grew at an average real annual rate of 4.35 percent during Democratic administrations and just 2.54 percent during Republican ones. The gap...

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Some Republicans suddenly are wary of wingnut push for impeachment of Obama

Some of the crazier elements on the far right of the Republican Party began calling for the impeachment of President Obama at the very moment he first took the oath of office in 2009. Of course, the GOP establishment was more than happy to harness this passionate streak of disdain for the new president, even if the roots were grounded in racism. But now party leaders suddenly have become a little nervous about all the impeachment rhetoric among the kooks. Perhaps they’ve seen a recent poll showing that Americans overwhelmingly oppose...

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Will today’s court ruling against Obamacare backfire on Republicans?

At this writing, the big political story of the day is a federal appeals court ruling that says insurance subsidies granted to certain states under terms of the Affordable Care Act are invalid. The decision is widely viewed as potentially fatal to Obamacare, depending on what the Supreme Court says about the matter. But a question arises: Is this all of this good news for Republicans? Brian Beutler has his doubts, as we see HERE: An adverse Supreme Court ruling would throw the ACA into chaos in three dozen states, including huge states like...

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Just last year, Republican leaders warned that an anti-immigration stance is suicidal

It’s becoming increasingly clear to anyone who’s paying attention that the far-right wing of the Republican Party — the tail that wags the dog, as it were — is the biggest threat to the GOP’s prospects for electoral success in the long term. Exhibit A is the extent to which the party’s establishment is cravenly cowering in the face of wingnut opposition to immigration reform. So much for the short-lived hopes that the GOP had learned an important lesson from its loss in the presidential election of 2012....

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Poll: Most Republicans think Jesus would have opposed universal healthcare

A new poll commissioned by YouGov SHOWS that people of a certain political persuasion are highly delusional: According to the results of the poll, a majority of Democrats and independents have read the same version of Christianity’s Holy Book as I. For Republicans, however, it appears that, once again, they’ve conflated Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with the Bible. Eighty percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents said Jesus would support universal healthcare. Indeed it’s hard to imagine Jesus would deny care to those who lack the...

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