Jamelle Bouie

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I plan to remember this the next time someone says that African American kids are hostile to education.

Republican governors are terrified of a Rick Santorum nomination.

A new viewing order for the Star Wars movies. I plan to try this out sometime.

This profile of Gary Oldman, and the story behind it, is epic.

Up in the Air

Rick Santorum is no longer a favorite for the Michigan primary, but he’s not a goner either. Mitt Romney’s onslaught of attacks—as well as a mediocre debate performance on part of the former Pennsylvania senator—haven’t been enough to dislodge his position with the state’s Republican voters.

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Also at New York Magazine is a great feature by John Hellemann on the apparent implosion of the Republican Party.

At Red State, Republican consultant Soren Dayton calls for the end of caucuses in the presidential nomination process

I understand why people hate jury duty, but like Matthew Yglesias, I wouldn’t try to get out of serving, if asked.

Santorum Disqualifies Himself for the Presidency

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At this point, most people who cover the Republican presidential campaign—or Republican politics in general—are accustomed to Rick Santorum and his right-wing social conservatism. Even still, this deserves way, way more attention than it’s currently receiving.

“Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up,” Santorum told an audience at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen.

In an ABC News interview Sunday, George Stephanopoulos asked Santorum why the speech would make him throw up, to which the candidate replied:

Architects of Their Own Defeat

Jonathan Chait has a great feature in New York Magazine on the frantic fear among Republicans that this is their last chance to stop the leftward drift of the United States as it becomes younger, browner, and more educated. He zeroes in on the apocolyptic rhetoric of GOP lawmakers and presidential candidates, but his most important point, I think, is this:

Where Does Obama Stand?

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If you are a committed Democrat or partisan Republican, then it seems that, for today at least, you have two polls to choose from. Republicans can look with glee at a USA Today and Gallup poll of registered voters in swing states, where former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum holds a 50–45 lead over President Obama, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney takes first place at 48 to 46.

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“I believe I am kindly enough in nature, and can be moved to pity and to pardon the perpetrator of almost the worst crime that the mind of man can conceive or the arm of man can execute; but any man, who, for paltry gain and stimulated only by avarice, can rob Africa of her children to sell into interminable bondage, I never will pardon.”

President Taft rides a water buffalo. And yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.

The first photos from the new Star Trek sequel, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, aka, Sherlock Holmes!

Death Stars Aren't All Fun and Games

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At first glance, building a moon-sized battle station seems incredibly expensive. A few students at Leigh University calculated that, assuming the mass/volume ratio of an aircraft carrier, a Death Star would cost $852 quadrillion, or 13,000 times the world’s GDP.

Chart of the Day

It’s always useful to have the proper context when evaluating the popularity of a presidential candidate. Otherwise, it’s hard to know if you’re looking at a deviation, or the usual pattern. Mitt Romney’s high unfavorables are unusual, for example, but the real question is how unusual? To that end, Talking Points Memo has a chart comparing the favorability of presidential candidates over the last decade:

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When you mix vintage video game systems with Daft Punk, amazing things happen.

Former Prospect editor Mark Schmitt has a great review of Geoffrey Kabaservice’s book on the decline of moderate Republicans at The New Republic.

Kansas GOP: Poor Are Too Rich

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Kansas Republicans, under the leadership of “compassionate conservative” Sam Brownback, are working hard to stick it to the poor:

A Kansas House tax committee passed a bill in which anyone making less than $25,000 a year — roughly half a million of the state’s 2.9 million residents — will pay an average of $72 more in taxes, while those making more than $250,000 — about 21,000 people — will see a $1,500 cut, according to Kansas Department of Revenue estimates cited by the Kansas City Star.

The hike would come from the elimination of tax credits typically benefiting the poor.

A Disaster Waiting to Happen

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Under President Obama, judicial vacancies—and “judicial emergencies”—have become a common feature of the federal bench. Vacant seats have gone unfilled for years, and as a result, district courts around the country have been unable to operate at full capacity. Liberals are quick to blame Republicans, and for good reason; from the moment Obama entered office, GOP senators were committed to an unprecedented campaign of obstruction. Legislation and nominees were held up for the most trivial of complaints, and sometimes, no reason at all.

Republican Women Still Like Rick Santorum

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Yet another poll shows Rick Santorum with a lead among Republican women; according the latest survey from ABC News and The Washington Post, 57 percent of Republican women have a favorable view of the former Pennsylvania senator, compared to the 61 percent who have a favorable view of Mitt Romney. What’s more, as The Post notes, Romney has higher negative ratings among GOP women than Santorum does—28 percent to 18 percent.

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Feministing’s Chloe Angyal makes her Prospect debut.

Alyssa Rosenberg on the “woman politician trend” on television.

Every single iPhone ad ever aired, in one place.

Tumblr has announced new content policies which bans sites that promote self-harm. Good for them.

What Drove the Santorum Surge?

Rick Santorum’s three wins in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri played a large part in raising his profile, but the whole of his surge is hard to explain with those wins alone. At YouGov, Michael Tesler finds that the Santorum surge is both a product of winning and a result of the intense national conversation over contraception:

 

 

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