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Supremes Uphold Voter Affirmative Action Ban, New Median Income Data, and a Cascade of Dollars in FL-19

Happy Earth Day 2014.  Here are some items from “behind the headlines.” 1. Good brief history of Earth Day. 2. Supreme Court upholds Michigan voter…

Dem Strategy for November, Jeb’s “Obamacore” Problem, and a New GOP Robopollster

Nearly all the political news today is “behind the headlines.” 1. Dan Balz pens useful analysis of Democratic strategy for 2014. 2. TNR’s Jonathan Cohn…

Final Obamacare Open Enrollment Numbers, Polls Versus Approval Ratings, and the Anti-democratic Sentiments of “Constitutional Conservatism”

A cats-and-dogs sort of day for political news, mostly “behind the headlines.” 1. Final figures for first “open enrollment” period for Obamacare exchanges: over 8…

Health Care Cost Spiral Worries Return, Mitt Romney Back in Idaho, and the Real and Phony GOP “Civil Wars”

A quiet day so far with some occasional political goodies “behind the headlines.” 1. Very good and somewhat alarming Sarah Kliff backgrounder on possible resumption…

Pay Equity Day, UI Extension Clears Senate, Salam Proclaims Neoconservatism

A reasonably quiet day with plenty “behind the headlines.” 1. Democrats from Obama to Senate initiate big Pay Equity for Women push. 2. Senate passes…

Uninsured Ranks Continue To Fall, Ryan Budget Due to Pass House, Rand Paul’s Halliburton Hypothesis

Not a newsy day, but an interesting one “behind the headlines.” 1. Gallup shows percentage of Americans without health insurance dropping for fourth straight month…

No Surprises in Jobs Report, Adelson Makes More Money, Ryan Scraps Medicare Cap

As we drift towards the weekend, here’s what is in and “behind the headlines.” 1. March jobs report comes in about as expected: 192k net…

Next Step for SCOTUS, the Charles Koch Pity Party, and Another Benghazi! Hearing

As attention again focuses on a shooting at Ft. Hood, here is what’s “behind the headlines.” 1. Debate over SCOTUS’ McCutcheon decision continues to rage;…

Another Blow to Campaign Finance Regulation, Bowser Beats Gray, and Demythologizing “Base Enthusiasm”

A very newsy political news morning, with more “behind the headlines.” 1. Supreme Court conservatives on 5/4 vote strike down aggregate limits on contributions to…