Ben Dreyfuss

Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio Films, Ranked

| Thu Aug. 28, 2014 1:03 AM EDT

1. The Aviator

2. The Departed

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

4. Gangs of New York

5. Shutter Island

Sarah Palin's Ice Bucket Challenge Video Is Actually Kind Of Funny

| Sat Aug. 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT

Here is Sarah Palin's ice bucket challenge video. I don't get the Diet Dr. Pepper bit, but the ending made me laugh.

This Is Rick Perry's Mugshot

| Tue Aug. 19, 2014 7:02 PM EDT

Rick Perry was booked today on abuse of power charges that look pretty flimsy.

Say what you will about his awful retrograde conservative politics, but Rick Perry is a handsome devil.

Senator Jim Jeffords Died Today. Watch the Moving Speech He Gave Defecting From the GOP.

| Mon Aug. 18, 2014 8:55 PM EDT

Former Senator James Jeffords, who represented Vermont in Washington for 32 years, died Monday at the age of 80. He made history when, five months after George W. Bush was inaugurated with a deadlocked Senate in 2001, he left the GOP to become an independent and caucus with the Democrats, thereby handing Dems control of the upper chamber. He did it because "more and more" he found he could not "support the president's agenda." The GOP was no longer the party he grew up in. "Given the changing nature of the national party, it has become a struggle for our leaders to deal with me and for me to deal with them."

This was before the tea party, before Guantanamo, before Abu Ghraib, before so much of what we now think of when we think of Republican extremism.

Here is the speech he gave announcing his defection, on May 24, 2001. It's a reminder that the GOP didn't just up and start losing its marbles after Obama's election. It had been dropping them one by one for years.

 

 

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