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If you haven't heard of Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), he's a fascinating study in American democracy. Hurd is the only black Republican serving in Congress. He represents a district that covers the longest stretch of land covering the U.S./Mexico border and his district is 71 percent Latino. Needless to say, he has some complicated feelings about building a wall with our southern neighbors and says President Trump has never reached out to him to discuss border policy.

And now, he's also decided he's decided to get out of Congress.

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Anti-Hillary Clinton Coloring Book Published by Republican PAC

A coloring book war goes outside the lines of traditional partisan conflict

Photo: Handout via Ulysses Press

Republican PAC America Rising has published its very own “response” pages to last year's Hillary Clinton coloring book Hillary: The Coloring Book by Ulysses Press, essentially sparking a partisan coloring book battle. Which is definitely (not at all sarcastically) what America needs right now.

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Bubbly Cocktails to Sip While Rush Limbaugh Fizzles

Raise a glass to Sandra Fluke—or drink our custom cocktails to the demise of Rush's career.


Welcome to Buy You a Drink, where GOOD’s resident mixologist selects the libations to pair with each week’s newsmakers. This week: cocktails perfumed by the sweet smell of schadenfreude.

The past 10 days of media scandal have provided me the rare and exciting opportunity to define the boundaries of my personal moral code. As it turns out, I’m fundamentally opposed to dancing on the graves of the recently deceased—even if the deceased were scum-sucking bottom feeders like Andrew Breitbart and you swear the grave-dancing is an homage to scum-suckery itself. But when it comes to living assholes, I’m all in favor of a little schadenfreude. And if the health of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program really is in jeopardy, then pardon me while I lace up my dancing shoes.

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Herman Cain Isn't an 'Uncle Tom,' He's Rich

If you're calling the black GOP darling an Uncle Tom, you're no better than any other racist.

There's a hot new meme making its way around the internet, but this one is far less innocent and cuddly than Keyboard Cat and Hipster Ariel—much less funny, too. This one's a political meme, and it blends Herman Cain antipathy with old-fashioned racism. Apparently, it's now en vogue to call Cain, the embattled GOP candidate for president, an "Uncle Tom." Get it? He's bad at being black!

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Culture Clash: Why the Perry-Romney Showdown Is Significant

Rick Perry and Mitt Romney's sparring at last night's debate laid out the GOP's identity crisis in no uncertain terms.

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Last night in Las Vegas, all bets were off. The takeaway from the GOP debate was the astonishing showdown between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney over illegal immigration. After appearing tongue-tied in couple of recent debates, Perry tried to redeem himself by calling out Romney for hiring "illegals," then (somewhat awkwardly) bulldozed over his opponent's rebuttal. Romney shed his cool-as-a-cucumber rep and rose to the occasion, making his disdain as clear as glass. He cackled, he smirked, he became visibly peeved, and in a pissing-contest move, he put his hand on Perry's shoulder. Anderson Cooper, CNN's correspondent on duty, even quipped, "I thought Republicans followed the rules." Both liberal and conservative pundits agree that the debate was a shitshow rife with infighting and thin on actual information.

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Think Bush's Millionaire Tax Cuts Are Bad? Tim Pawlenty's Would Quadruple Them

Tim Pawlenty's outrageous plan would give millions more in tax breaks for the very rich.


Suddenly, George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy aren't looking so bad. This chart, from the The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, plainly lays out 2012 GOP hopeful Tim Pawlenty's plan for $7.8 trillion in tax cuts. His tax plan would mean a 41 percent tax cut for millionaires, and a tax cut of $1.8 million for the top .1 percent—more than four times what they got under the Bush tax cuts last year.

It's not likely that Tim Pawlenty will win the nomination (especially after talk of a poor showing at the GOP debates on Monday), and this is clearly election-season posturing. But still, one look at this graph and it becomes crystal clear just how little Pawlenty actually cares about the national debt.

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