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February 21, 2014
10:42 // 2 months ago
December 27, 2013
16:46 // 3 months ago
Electoral college reform: If you redrew U.S. state lines so that every one had the same population, this is what the country would look like. In addition to being an awesome visualization, this map proposes some truly great names for the new territories. How cool would it be to say “I’m moving to Big Thicket,” or “let’s take a trip to Shiprock this summer?” Neil Freeman, the creator of the map, argues that this plan would not only eliminate the well-documented issues with the electoral college, but also create House districts that are perfectly equal in size. It sure sounds a lot more reasonable than the GOP’s proposals for electoral college reform. source

Electoral college reform: If you redrew U.S. state lines so that every one had the same population, this is what the country would look like. In addition to being an awesome visualization, this map proposes some truly great names for the new territories. How cool would it be to say “I’m moving to Big Thicket,” or “let’s take a trip to Shiprock this summer?” Neil Freeman, the creator of the map, argues that this plan would not only eliminate the well-documented issues with the electoral college, but also create House districts that are perfectly equal in size. It sure sounds a lot more reasonable than the GOP’s proposals for electoral college reformsource

14:39 // 3 months ago
December 6, 2013

Unemployment at five-year low

  • 7.0 percent unemployment in November, per the latest jobs numbers. That’s the lowest unemployment rate since November 2008. Some of the positive aspects in the report owed in part to the re-opening of the government after the shutdown in October, but others — a healthy hiring rate, higher wages and more hours for workers — imply that the economy is, at the very least, not getting worse. source
19:23 // 4 months ago
November 22, 2013

These are real snowflakes, photographed by Alexey Kljatov with a macro lens. Truly beautiful stuff in this collection. As a bonus, he’s posted high-res versions too, and they’re all free to download. source

15:16 // 5 months ago
November 8, 2013
Want to be a Republican talking head? Now you can, thanks to this helpful internal House GOP memo acquired by the folks at Roll Call. It outlines in depth how good anti-Obama foot soldiers should go about demonizing the plan, and even contains a sample op-ed, presumably for Senators too lazy to write their own. The document also has a “fact sheet” with a lot of numbers in it; one number that’s missing is the percentage of Americans who actually support the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare (that would be 30 percent). source

Want to be a Republican talking head? Now you can, thanks to this helpful internal House GOP memo acquired by the folks at Roll Call. It outlines in depth how good anti-Obama foot soldiers should go about demonizing the plan, and even contains a sample op-ed, presumably for Senators too lazy to write their own. The document also has a “fact sheet” with a lot of numbers in it; one number that’s missing is the percentage of Americans who actually support the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare (that would be 30 percent). source

18:43 // 5 months ago
18:26 // 5 months ago
October 29, 2013
I don’t know a lot about McAuliffe, but I do know a lot about Cuccinelli, and I don’t want him to win.
Mickey, a Virginian voter not affiliated with any party. This pretty much sums up the Virginian gubernatorial race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe is on track to crush Republican Ken Cuccinelli, despite the fact that McAuliffe isn’t particularly well-liked himself. Cuccinelli rose to prominence along with the Tea Party in 2009 and was considered an early favorite for this race, but his hard-right positions on social issues—particularly abortion—have resulted in a collapse in support, with women voters in particular going for McAuliffe by 24 (!) points. This article also says that Cuccinelli, at a recent rally, “used playful voices to encourage supporters," which is something we’d really like to know more about. source
13:58 // 5 months ago
October 18, 2013

Shutdown badly damaged GOP’s 2014 standing

  • 14 House races moved in Democrats’ favor since the government shutdown, according to elections forecaster Charlie Cook. source
18:07 // 6 months ago
Getting immigration done, most everyone agrees, would be good for the Republican Party. It’s possibly necessary for its very survival. What’s standing in the way isn’t Obama’s determination to destroy the GOP. It’s the GOP’s determination to destroy itself.
Ezra Klein, on the GOP’s reflexive and counter-productive opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, which President Obama is planning to push hard in coming months. “In 2012, 71 percent of Hispanic voters, and 73 percent of Asian voters, marked their ballot for Obama. Those aren’t survivable numbers for the Republican Party,” Klein says. And yet many House Republicans, notably Congressman Raul Labrador, not only oppose immigration reform but believe that Obama is only pushing for it in an attempt to “destroy the Republican Party.” Recall, by the way, that the Senate already passed immigration reform, but John Boehner has refused to put it up for a vote in the House. source
18:00 // 6 months ago