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Alison Lundergan Grimes taps famous friends; rakes in out-of-state cash

Former President Bill Clinton joins U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for a campaign event in Louisville, Kentucky February 25, 2014.  Grimes, currently the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes is running against current Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.  REUTERS/John Sommers II  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3FPT4

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes outraised her incumbent opponent again, reportedly hauling in 2.7 million (compared to Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2.4 million).

U.S. President Barack Obama (R), Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell and outgoing U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (C) walk after Obama announced Burwell as his nominee to replace Sebelius, at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTR3KWJU

The Fall Gal? (If only anyone got the reference)

9:44 AM 04/15/2014

It happened again.

Singer Miley Cyrus performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, October 7, 2013.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX142R4

Markos and Miley: What liberalism has wrought

9:01 AM 04/15/2014

They're a year behind me in noticing, but some prominent liberals are starting to raise the "mission accomplished" banner, declaring the culture war over -- even as they concede it isn't "WON won" (because nothing's ever really over, is it?).

Claire Shipman’s flexibility

12:42 PM 04/14/2014

Over at the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway flags this excerpt from a recent Washingtonian profile of of ABC News contributor Claire Shipman (wife of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney): "Shipman," the Washingtonian notes, "works part-time now for ABC News, something she’s done for five years, which has given her more flexibility to write and hang out with her children. Flexibility, she says, is what most working mothers really want."

Catholic children hold palm fronds during a Palm Sunday mass outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Caacupe April 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3L3K5

Palm Sunday — and the search for a political savior

9:03 AM 04/14/2014

The other day, I penned a semi-controversial column for The Week, titled For Christians, a silver lining to losing the culture war?

Republican Scott Brown announces his bid for the United States Senate primary election in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 10, 2014. Former U.S. Senator Brown of Massachusetts launched a Republican campaign on Thursday to represent neighboring New Hampshire in the Senate, with an attack on incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen's vote for Obamacare. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR3KSP2

5 reasons the ‘carpetbagger’ tag won’t stick to Scott Brown

11:42 AM 04/11/2014

You can't beat a man at his own game, which is why I always respect the analysis of local political reporters. It was a 2007 lunch with a former New Hampshire reporter, for example, that convinced me John McCain could win The Granite State, and reinvigorate his struggling campaign -- a tip that informed my reporting (and helped me avoid writing the premature political obituaries that many of my contemporaries did).

How to burnout at writing (hint: do it for the wrong reasons)

1:05 PM 04/10/2014

Over the years, I've read more than a few Rolling Stone profiles. And, like every genre, there are the standard tropes that gets recycled precisely because they are true. Here's one that could be assigned to almost any male musician of the last fifty years: "Why did I first learn to play guitar? Girls, of course!" 

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) listens to a phone message as he sits at a desk in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 23, 2012. Paul was stopped at an airport on Monday for setting off an alarm and refusing a patdown, prompting his father, U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul, to accuse security officials of being part of an

Rand Paul sweats the details

4:00 PM 04/09/2014

There's a fine line between being a detail-oriented legislator and a pain-in-the-ass obstructionist. Rand Paul has been known to walk that line.

Susana Martinez, Republican gubernatorial candidate for New Mexico, speaks with telephone bank workers at the Las Cruces, N.M. Republican headquarters. (AP Photo/William Faulkner)

N.M. Gov candidate campaigned with rancher accused of torturing kids

12:33 PM 04/09/2014

It's a good practice to avoid putting much stock in anything a political party disseminates. But this from the New Mexico GOP caught my attention:

Charles Murray’s sincere advice about work and life

4:57 PM 04/08/2014

In a world where too many young people no longer respect their elders, Charles Murray is offering a generous gift to the next generation. If only they'll take his advice.

Yes, the conservative ‘wonk gap’ is real

2:09 PM 04/08/2014

Over at Mediaite, Noah Rothman pokes holes in the notion that there is a "wonk gap" on the right. After all, Rothman writes,

Breitbart’s Californication (and the liberal pearl clutching)

2:43 PM 04/07/2014

My initial response to the punk iconography surrounding the launch of Breitbart California was to dismiss it as weird, silly, and a transparent attempt to ape the left and appear "edgy."

The new Bush-Cheney regime?

9:32 AM 04/07/2014

Between the near coronation of Jeb Bush at an event honoring his dad's presidency, and Liz Cheney's defense of her dad's policies, it was a good weekend for Republican royalty.

Former President Bill Clinton joins Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for a campaign event in Louisville, Kent., Feb. 25, 2014. Grimes, currently the Kentucky secretary of state, is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (REUTERS/John Sommers II)

Alison Lundergan Grimes, paper tiger?

11:03 AM 04/04/2014

On paper, Alison Lundergan Grimes was the perfect recruit to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell's negatives are high, and Grimes is seen as an attractive (just me, or does she resemble Molly Parker?) young Secretary of State -- with potential cultural crossover appeal in the "Bluegrass State." And it also doesn't hurt that she happens to be the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman (and Bill Clinton pal) Jerry Lundergan, either.

Bullet holes are seen in the car in which Associated Press (AP) photographer Anja Niedringhaus and reporter Kathy Gannon were travelling when they were shot at, in Khost province April 4, 2014. A man dressed as a policeman shot the two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police, a doctor and a local official said. The AP news agency said on Friday in a dispatch that Niedringhaus had been killed and Gannon wounded in Afghanistan on the eve of a presidential election.     REUTERS/Stringer (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MEDIA) - RTR3JWN6

Reminder: Journalism can be noble — and dangerous

9:14 AM 04/04/2014

There have (thankfully) been few things I've written and then later regretted. But here's one: Last year, I criticized the "effete" liberal media for bias against what might be described as America's "gun culture." It was a short blog post calling for ideological and cultural diversity in the newsroom -- worthwhile goals, I still contend -- but the criticism was harsh, and much too broad -- inadvertently encompassing everyone from cable news commentators, to local crime reporters, to war correspondents.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrives to speak to local residents of Belmar, New Jersey, and other shore towns in Monmouth County during a town hall meeting to discuss federal funds for recovery from hurricane Sandy, in Belmar, March 25, 2014. A review commissioned by Christie into a traffic scandal apparently orchestrated by top staffers in his administration has found the possible Republican presidential contender had nothing to do with the scheme, the New York Times reported Monday. REUTERS/Mike Segar  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3IKHA

On drug addiction issue, Chris Christie stresses compassion

3:28 PM 04/03/2014

"The war on drugs has failed," Chris Christie declared yesterday. “There will always be jail cells for violent sociopaths who may have drugs as part of their problem as well," he continued, "but for those who do not and whose crimes are non-violent and motivated by drug addiction, we need to try to save them.”

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to the media after a welcome home rally hosted by members of the King Street Patriots group in Houston Oct. 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Donna Carson)

Why Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty University should concern Rand Paul

11:28 AM 04/02/2014

Ted Cruz didn't so much give a speech at Liberty University today as a sermon -- and a darn good one, I might add. Plenty of others, I suspect, will dissect his words, but I think the political potential also serves some exploring.

An election worker sets up a voting booth in the library of Spring Hill Elementary School, which is being used as a polling station in McLean, Virginia November 5, 2013. 

A response to Dave Weigel

12:17 PM 04/01/2014

A post I penned yesterday about how Democrats are preemptively laying the groundwork to explain potential 2014 losses wasn't terribly well received by Dave Weigel. The often-astute Slate reporter and blogger took umbrage at my suggestion the media was carrying liberal water, sniping: "If there was a meeting where the AP and NYT coordinated their coverage, I was not invited."

Cast member Russell Crowe attends the U.S. premiere of

‘Noah’: Why Christians should see it

9:05 AM 03/31/2014

* * * (Spoiler alert: I'm not sure if it's possible to spoil the story of Noah's ark, but be forewarned...)