As the federal shutdown drags on, Democrats and Republicans alike who are thinking about running for the presidency in 2016 would do well to hit the books and study up on the political fallout from the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
Ever since last week when Barack Obama said, “If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” his far-left backers have gone to great lengths to minimize the damage. One of the most frequent refrains is a call for “context.”
Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled. Why does the "non-issue" of Harvard Law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry "require so much attention?" he asked last week.