1. Republicans are realizing that Jeb Bush is their only option in 2016

    Facing a Hillary Clinton juggernaut, the GOP has no choice but to go back to the Bushes

     

  2. (MIKE LUCKOVICH Copyright 2014 Creators Syndicate)

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  4. CHRIS BRITT | Copyright 2014 Creators Syndicate 

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  5. When it comes to gay marriage, the dissonance between the two Republican camps further underscores the GOP’s broader ideological divide. And it calls attention to the vocal influence of its more regressive, unflattering corners, further hindering the party’s attempt to broaden its appeal to younger voters, many of whom are gravitating en masse to the Democrats because of social issues like gay marriage.
     

  6. States enacted more restrictions on abortions in the last three years than in the previous 10 combined.

    How abortion emerged as the GOP’s favorite wedge issue

     

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  8. Though free markets, profit motives, and unrestrained accumulation of wealth have no immediate relationship with Christianity, the cross and the coin are nonetheless powerful, paired symbols of the American right wing. Catholic conservatives thus must carve a way around Francis’ difficult insistence that governments be harnessed toward the relief of poverty, not the creation of it.
     


  9. Is John Boehner happy with outside conservative groups interfering with  the House GOP agenda?

    Um, no.

    How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party

     


  10. The Cheneys’ biggest problem right now?  A family feud.

    The GOP’s biggest problem with the Cheneys?  This chart:

    Why the Cheneys’ gay marriage feud could burn the GOP

     

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  12. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) led his party into a fight it could not win, and then, with the GOP’s poll numbers imploding, cut a last-minute deal that won Republicans none of what they wanted.

    His reward for presiding over the mess? He may get to keep his job after all.

     

  13. Lesson for today: Paying too much attention to your base is deadly. Also, avoid duels at all costs.

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