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Last call

Mike Lillis finds skepticism and cynicism in coal country. Marc Ambinder contemplates madness. David Frum weighs in on Manzi-Levin-mania. Anthony Randazzo gives it to Congress. Calvin Freiburger asks what we learned from Comedy Central's unfunny take on Muham -- oh,...

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Republican civil rights commissioner criticizes handling of New Black Panther case

Before I provide some more details on Friday's U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing on the New Black Panther Party's actions during Election Day 2008, I want to home in again on the comments of Abigail Thernstrom, aa Republican appointee who was extremely critical of the commission's handling of this case.

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Race  
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And Issa gets his investigation

Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Ca.) office gleefully sends out this clip from Fox News -- recorded minutes ago -- of the SEC inspector general announcing his coming probe of the timing of the lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Financial reform  
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Tea parties, backing the Arizona immigration bill

Arizona's SB 1070, the legislation that would allow law enforcement to demand proof of citizenship from anyone they find suspicious, is getting some clutch support from the local tea party movement.

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Immigration  
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The SEC porn story: A song we've heard before

The latest details on the inspector general's probe of on-hours porn-watching inside the SEC are certainly not old news. But ProPublica's Marian Wang points out that we've known about this for some time.

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Financial reform  
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Yes, the birther soldier is doing this for publicity

I'm not so sure of how to write about the case of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, the latest of several soldiers who's refused to serve unless he can see proof of President Obama's citizenship. Yesterday, I dropped the news of...

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fringe  
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FreedomWorks raises funds off of GEICO-gate

The strangest story of the week, about a voice actor losing his contract with GEICO after calling FreedomWorks volunteers "mentally retarded," ends the way you'd expect -- with the free-market group using the story to raise funds. "Help us Fight...

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tea Party  
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Franklin Graham, conservative cause celebre (thanks to Sarah Palin)

Sarah Palin has, in her inimitable way, moved the Army's decision to disinvite Franklin Graham from a Pentagon National Day of Prayer Service into Conservative Outrage of the Day territory.

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Islam  
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More surrealism at the New Black Panther hearing

There is far more heat than light at Friday's U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing on the New Black Panther Party's actions during Election Day 2008.

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fringe , Race  
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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights meets on New Black Panther case

I'm at the USCCR's long-awaited hearing on the infamous 2008 incident in which members of the New Black Panther Party briefly stood outside of a heavily Democratic polling place, brandished nightsticks, and were ushered away by police. Like I said,...

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fringe , Race  
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Could Ken Cuccinelli save health-care reform?

There's a problem on the horizon for the lawsuit against health-care reform filed by 20 attorneys general. One mounting concern about that lawsuit, I'm told, is whether a separate lawsuit filed in Virginia by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will complicate...

By David Weigel  |  April 23, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Last call

Jordan Michael Smith meets George W. Bush's biggest fan. The birther soldier finally gets charged. Dick Cheney reminisces about the F-bomb. Chuck Muth weighs in on... sigh... Chickengate. Some real talk from Jim Manzi on Mark Levin inspires some silly...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The 'permanent bailout' argument evolves

Human Events, watching Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) closely, reports on his new, clear framing of the possible bailout threat posed by the financial regulatory legislation.

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Financial reform , Senate  
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Fox pundit Andrew Napolitano gets a TV show, at last

The libertarian Fox News pundit Andrew Napolitano, who's toiled away with his online-only "Freedom Watch" for more than a year, has snagged a weekend slot for the show on Fox Business -- not the most desirable TV real estate on the planet, but space he'll share with the likes of John Stossel and Dave Ramsey.

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Media  
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Sarah Palin teams up with Americans for Prosperity

In nine days, the former governor of Alaska will speak at a Defending the American Dream Summit held by the Koch-funded free-market group -- her third speech to a "tea party"-related outfit this year.

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  
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Who's behind those embarrassing interviews with tea partyers?

During Sarah Palin's book tour, a group of Ohio college students staked out one of the former governor of Alaska's appearances and asked supporters what they liked about her. On April 15, the group, New Left Media, attended the tea party at the Washington Monument and asked activists why they were protesting. Others of New Left Media's videos include similar material -- open-ended questions, attempts to drill down into activists' thinking, and inclusion of answers that are ... less than eloquent.

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Media , Tea Party  
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Read the RNC's internal finance review

An investigation by Republican National Committee Treasurer Randy Pullen into some minor, but embarrassing, financial scandals has resulted in a "procedures and policy report" that went out Wednesday to the entire committee.

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  RNC  | Tags: Congressional Committees, Doug Heye, Economic, Michael Steele, National Budget, RNC, Republican, Republican National Committee  
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Steele's 'biggest gaffe so far'

Greg Sargent grabs this from a transcript of a wide-ranging Michael Steele speech. For the last 40-plus years we had a "Southern Strategy" that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Michael Steele , Race  | Tags: African American, Bill Clinton, Democratic Party, Ken Mehlman, Michael Steele, Republican, Rush Limbaugh, Southern strategy  
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Why did Mitt Romney endorse S.C.'s Nikki Haley?

That's one of several questions raised by Karen Tumulty's great story Thursday on the politics of down-ballot endorsements by potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates. Some Republicans were mystified by Romney's decision in March to back Nikki Haley, a South Carolina...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2012 Election , Mitt Romney  | Tags: Karen Tumulty, Kathleen Parker, Nikki Haley, Politics, Republican, Romney, South Carolina, United States  
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RNC employees forged finance director's signature on Voyeur reimbursement

A good rule to follow: When Ralph Z. Hallow files a story on the RNC, drop what you're doing and read it. In today's piece Hallow thumbs through an internal investigation of RNC finance problems and uncovers why, exactly, the...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  RNC  | Tags: California, Counties, Los Angeles, Nightclub, RNC Finance Department, Republican, Republican National Committee, United States  
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Yes, the media should cover the tea parties

You've got to love articles about whether or not a subject gets too much media coverage that are splashed in "AMERICA DECLARES WAR" type across the home page of Politico. And this story by Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith mentions,...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Media , Tea Party  | Tags: Conservatism, Fox News, Fox News Channel, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Politics, United States, Washington Post  
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George Pataki's midnight ride

If this first ad is any indication, George Pataki's "Revere America" is one of the less polished set-ups for a possible presidential campaign I've seen in a while. I saw the ad during the final hour of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2012 Election , Health Care  
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Mike Pence jokes about 2012

At last night's Washington Press Club Foundation dinner, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) used his lighthearted, deadpan speaking slot to indulge the speculation that he's looking at a 2012 presidential bid. "I'm trying to get over that all-important 3 percent mark...

By David Weigel  |  April 22, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2012 Election  | Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Mike Pence, Politician, President, President of the United States, Straw poll, United States  
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Last call

Dede Scozzafava spends more time with her family. The White House (gleefully) swats some Arizona birthers. Jacob Sullum gets crushed. Justin Elliott uncovers a shady anti-financial-reform group -- which, if you Google around, had been trying to get liberal netroots...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: Dede Scozzafava, Fox News, Fox News Channel, Mike Huckabee, Republican, Sue Lowden, United States, White House  
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J.D. Hayworth disavows ALIPAC -- sort of

Like Politico's Ben Smith, I've decided not to indulge the immigration restrictionist group ALIPAC's smear campaign against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- apart from calling it out as a smear campaign. But Sen. John McCain's campaign is trying to use the group's endorsement of J.D. Hayworth against him.

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election , Fringe  
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Rep. Lamar Smith wants Newsweek to do less reporting

If you want a glance at how slim the "media bias" pickings have become for conservatives in the age of Fox News, check out the attack launched by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and the Media Fairness Caucus against Newsweek's cover story.

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media  | Tags: Barack Obama, Conservatism, Daniel Gross, Fox News Channel, Media bias, Newsweek, Unemployment, United States  
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Rep. Issa demands a special prosecutor on Joe Sestak story, again

The ranking member of the House Oversight & Government Reform is demanding that a special prosecutor investigate Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-Pa.) claim that someone at the White House dangled a job in front of him to encourage him not to run against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congress  | Tags: Arlen Specter, Bill Clinton, Darrell Issa, Heritage Foundation, Joe Sestak, President, Republican, White House  
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Rep. Joseph Cao's fund-raising sputters after health care vote

Remember the woman in New Orleans who told me that Rep. Joseph Cao's (R-La.) votes had convinced her that the freshman had betrayed his donors? She was not alone. A quick scan of FEC records finds that Cao's fundraising machine...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Federal Election Commission, Health care, Joseph Cao, New Orleans, Political action committee, Politics, Republican, United States  
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Issa's office says Google buy is one of 'factors at work' on Goldman

I just checked in with Kurt Bardella, the press secretary for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), on whether the easily-explicable Google AdWords story cited in Issa's letter to the SEC discredits the idea that last week's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs could...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial reform  | Tags: Darrell Issa, Goldman Sachs, Google, Google News, Lawsuit, Politics, SEC, Searching  
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More birtherism at the Tancredo tea party

I've been checking now and again for video of Tom Tancredo's speech at the Greenville, S.C. tea party where he questioned President Obama's citizenship. Nothing's turned up, even after Tancredo defended his remarks to Ed Schultz. But I did find...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Barack Obama, Government, Indonesia, Jerome Corsi, President, Tea Party protests 2009, Tom Tancredo, United States  
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Will the Goldman/Google story burn Rep. Issa?

Salon's Mike Madden does yeoman work on unraveling a too-strange-to-be true allegation lobbed at Democrats -- that the DNC might have been tipped off on the SEC's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs because it bought Google AdWords that would direct googlers to DNC web pages.

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Financial reform  | Tags: Darrell Issa, Goldman Sachs, Google, New York Times, Ranking member, United States, Wall Street, White House  
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Arizona birthers: No clue, but plenty of company

I mentioned it briefly in Last Call Tuesday, but the Arizona bill that would require 2012 presidential candidates to offer proof of citizenship in order to make the state's ballot has really sparked another mini-boomlet of "birther" chatter. This after...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Barack Obama, Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories, John McCain, New Hampshire, President, President of the United States, South Carolina, United States  
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Geico voice actor fired after insulting tea parties

Sometimes you have a headline that makes the rest of the story superfluous, but here's the background. Actor Lance Baxter, otherwise known as "D.C. Douglas," currently known as the man who informs you how much Geico can save you on...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (291)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Barney Frank, FreedomWorks, GEICO, Gay, List of ethnic slurs, Tea Party, United States, Vehicle insurance  
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FreedomWorks will endorse Tim Burns in Pennsylvania

The GOP candidate in Pennsylvania's 12th district -- the seat vacated by the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.) -- will be endorsed by Dick Armey's FreedomWorks PAC later Wednesday, I'm told. Tim Burns is running neck and neck with...

By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Candidates and Campaigns, Dick Armey, FreedomWorks, John Murtha, Pennsylvania, Politics, Republican Party, United States  
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Last call

Rand Paul wants to thank Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) -- who actually hasn't made an endorsement in Kentucky yet. Byron York is about to get himself classified a "hate group." Ron Bailey salutes the earth. Arizona's secretary of state worries...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: Byron York, Jim DeMint, Kentucky, Liberal Democrat, Medea Benjamin, Nick Clegg, Rand Paul, Rick Perry  
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Doug Hoffman, the $13,550.20 man

That's how much money the defeated candidate in last year's epic NY-23 special election raised in the first quarter of 2010. No one can spin that as a good total for a national conservative icon who raised close to $2 million for his 2009 run.

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Bill Owen, Conservative Party, Dede Scozzafava, Doug Hoffman, New York's 23rd congressional district, Politics, Republican, United States  
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More momentum than money for the NRSC and NRCC

Fund-raising numbers for the GOP's House and Senate campaign committees reveal an excited donor base that hasn't yet made up the deficit with Democrats. The National Republican Senatorial Committee took in $6 million in March and had $15 million in...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Democratic, GOP, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Politics, Republican, United States, United States Senate  
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Who's distancing himself from Gov. Charlie Crist today?

Cantor, Pawlenty and McCain distance themselves from Crist after a fortuitously leaked e-mail from the National Republican Senatorial Committee made it clear to donors that the group -- battered by grassroots activists for a year over its early endorsement of Crist -- would dump him like a toxic asset if he jumped parties.

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Democratic, Eric Cantor, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Marco Rubio, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican, Tim Pawlenty  
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Poll: Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) in deep trouble with GOP voters

So, why is Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff so confident that Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) is on track to lose at the state GOP convention on May 8? I got an early look at a survey of state GOP delegates...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 Election , Polls  | Tags: Bob Bennett, Chris Cannon, Mark Shurtleff, Primary election, Republican, United States, United States Senate, Utah  
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The tea party endorsement that wasn't

The Tea Party Express's endorsement of Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) has had little real political impact so far. After the endorsement, TPE's Sal Russo couldn't tell when we might see, say, a TV ad or mailer for Minnick -- although...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election , Tea Party  | Tags: Bart Stupak, Health care, Idaho, Mark Williams, Tea Party Express, United States, United States Congress, Walt Minnick  
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FairTaxers: VAT debate helps our cause

FairTaxers say the VAT debate would be a boon to their movement. "It's going to bring the FairTax into better focus," said Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.), who has introduced FairTax legislation in the past few Congresses.

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: FairTax, FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics, Income tax, John Linder, Neal Boortz, Sales tax, United States, Value added tax  
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Is a Romney endorsement 'probably the only way Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) survives'?

That's the take of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) in an article by Thomas Burr and Matt Canham (flagged by Matt Lewis). Read the whole thing and catch up on one of the sleeper elections of 2010, the challenge...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Conservatism, Jason Chaffetz, Matt Lewis, Primary election, Republican, Rob Bishop, United States, Utah  
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Drudge's war

Want to know whether conservatives are fretting about the effect the Goldman Sachs story could have on the financial reform debate? Check out Drudge. The link goes not to a news story, but to OpenSecrets.org, which is benefiting nicely from...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Financial reform  | Tags: Barack Obama, Center for Responsive Politics, Goldman Sachs, John Cornyn, Mark Kirk, Mitch McConnell, United States, Wall Street  
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Pushing back on the Luntz story

The response to this post Monday, on the Republicans' "permanent bailout" talking point, was loud and defiant. Republican sources were quick to remind me that Democrats, too, had sought polling advice on financial reform. One forwarded me an e-mail sent...

By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial reform  | Tags: Democratic, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Opinion poll, Politics, Republican, Talking point, United States, White House  
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Last call

Crist almighty. John Gizzi memorializes an anti-D.C.-voting-rights hero. Conservative lawyers go after Eric Massa. Black tea partiers take on Keith Olbermann. Adam Serwer has thoughts on the same topic. Jim Antle calls out Bill Clinton. So does Radley Balko. The...

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Jim Bunning, Kentucky, Lord Monckton, Rand Paul, Republican, Trey Grayson, United States, United States Senate  
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Taking the oath, and other Second Amendment March scenes

Here are some of my photos of Monday's big Second Amendment events, as well as a video of a mass taking of the organization's oath.

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Second Amendment  | Tags: Bill of Rights, Constitution, Government, Law, NRA, National Rifle Association, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States  
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Pro-Second Amendment marchers fear much more than gun laws

During the lengthy, sparsely attended Second Amendment March on the Mall, I sought out specific gripes about the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress. In what ways had the governing party restricted the Second Amendment rights of protesters? The answer: It hasn't. Not yet.

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Second Amendment  | Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Presidency of Barack Obama, Right to keep and bear arms, Second Amendment, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States, United States Congress  
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The brief history of a gun rally crasher

"Treason! Treason!" The attendees of the Second Amendment March who'd gathered near a fence where media had set up cameras spun their heads around to look at the woman shouting those words, threatening to interrupt a speech by Arizona...

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Second Amendment  | Tags: Bill Clinton, China, Gun Control, Maryland, Right to keep and bear arms, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States, Video camera  
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Talking tea parties on C-Span

I'm headed out for a bit to check on one of today's two pro-Second Amendment rallies -- the Second Amendment March on the mall. In the meantime, here's my appearance from Saturday morning's episode of Washington Journal. Fun facts include...

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Second Amendment  | Tags: 2nd Amendment, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Government, Law, Second Amendment March, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States  
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Luntz triumphant

Just how tightly are Republicans clinging to Frank Luntz's argument that they should portray the $50 billion fund in the current version of financial reform as a permanent bailout? On his Sunday appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen....

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Bill Clinton, Democratic Party, Frank Luntz, Mitch McConnell, Politics, Republican, Robert Reich, United States  
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Politico's poll samples a libertarian crowd

Politico has published the full results of the TargetPoint-run poll taken at last week's tea party rally at the Washington Monument. As revealing as it is, it reveals some of the distorting effect of the rally. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.)...

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Polls , Tea Party  | Tags: Maryland, Politico, Republican, Ron Paul, Tea Party protests 2009, United States, Virginia, Washington Monument  
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Tancredo: Send Obama 'back' to Kenya

Former congressman Tom Tancredo's speech at the National Tea Party was a misstep that gave organizers their only lasting, negative coverage. At a Sunday afternoon tea party rally in Greenville, S.C., where he was the keynote speaker, Tancredo stepped in...

By David Weigel  |  April 19, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Colorado, Government, Kenya, Michelle Obama, Tea, Tom Tancredo, US House of Representatives, United States  
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