HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?
CARTER: It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. . . . [read on]
Carter's right, you know
The hundreds of wealthy conservatives gathered Saturday afternoon on the grand lawn of the St. Regis Monarch Beach had already poured millions into helping build a network of nonprofits that is now one of the most potent forces in American politics. But Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist who leads their effort, wanted them to do more. “Will you stand with us to help save our country?” Koch implored, standing on a riser as he addressed the attentive crowd. “It can’t be done without you and many, many others. So I pray that you will help us in this, I think, long-term, life or death struggle for our country.” . . . [read on]
Joe Biden might run?
The Chamber of Commerce (THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!) is not happy with the Republicans
This is how the clowns took over: The sad history leading to the spectacle of a Fox News debate starring front-runner Donald Trump
Sure, let's let Scott Walker do to the nation what he has done to the state of Wisconsin
Hmmm . . . will the Trump campaign fire a staffer for racially insensitive, birther-tinged Facebook posts? Will they fire EVERYONE with such views?
Trump: I'm still a birther
The amount of racial-, gender- and class-based insults Trump has hurled throughout his time in the public spotlight is simply staggering. . . [read on]
Trump’s ideas seem to defy both parties’ orthodoxies. And sometimes, to defy logic. . . [read on]
Trump's interview on Howard Stern; about as awful as you'd expect
On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats
The fake right-wing outrage over fetal tissue research
5 Points On That Controversial Undercover Planned Parenthood Video
Did Planned Parenthood’s president really need to apologize for the tissue donation video?
Fetal tissue research has been with us a long time—and it's saved lives
Fetal Tissue Gives Hope for One of the Worst Diseases
McConnell and Hatch voted for fetal tissue research
How Planned Parenthood became Republican’s public enemy no. 1
Our lousy press
Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential nomination contests. The personality-driven trivia. The hokey generalizations. The bogs of conventional wisdom. The day-by-day scorekeeping that ends up worse than uninformative; it is anti-informative. . . . [read on]
The Sunday talk show line-ups
NBC Meet the Press: Raging Narcissist Donald Trump (R); RNC Chair Reince Priebus; DNC Chair/Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); "Brain Surgeon" Dr. Ben Carson (R); Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; Roundtable: Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal), Kathleen Parker (Washington Post), Helene Cooper (New York Times) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).
CBS Face the Nation: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); "Miracle on the Hudson" Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger; Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie; Money Roundtable: Former FEC Commissioner Trevor Potter, Matea Gold (Washington Post), Steven Law (American Crossroads) and Julianna Goldman (CBS News); Political Roundtable: Molly Ball (The Atlantic), Ron Fournier (National Journal), Dan Balz (Washington Post) and Reihan Salam (National Review).
ABC This Week: Raging Narcissist Donald Trump (R); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); RNC Chair Reince Priebus; Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona, Republican Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).
CNN State of the Union: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); RNC Chair Reince Priebus.
Bonus item: Top ten news fails
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