We will be updating results from the vote for Scottish independence over the course of the night, including maps showing results, turnout, and population.
Update, 12:30 a.m.: Most news outlets have understandably called it for the "no" vote. We'll update the maps with final results in the morning.
|Council seat||Yes vote||No vote||Turnout (%)||Population|
|No is winning (+10.3%).||1,627,007||2,001,926|
|Argyll and Bute||26,324||37,143||88.2||89,200|
|Dumfries and Galloway||36,614||70,039||87.5||148,200|
|Perth and Kinross||41,475||62,714||86.9||147,800|
1. As our friends over at Reliable Source shared earlier today, there is now photographic proof that New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton were roommates. We can only hope that they will live together again for a reality show tie-in for Gillibrand's new book, "Off the Sidelines." They can even go over to a potluck at Rep. George Miller, Sen.Dick Durbin and Sen. Chuck Schumer's group house. Anthony Weiner and Jon Stewart, or Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones can come too.
There has always been an open secret about Politico: They've had a woman problem, or maybe even more specifically, they have had the perception of a woman problem. (Full disclosure: I worked at Politico for almost two years from 2008 to 2010).
Often, in polite Beltway conversation where everyone knows everyone, the topic would turn to the lack of diversity, both in terms of race and gender at the Arlington media outlet. And the top editors, in memos and in stories about the operation, would point to women (and a small smattering of minorities) at the upper echelons as proof that Politico was indeed diverse.
During a conversation at the Center for American Progress on Thursday, presidential candidate* Hillary Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) started debating one of the most contentious issues in contemporary liberal politics: Which is the more progressive state, California or New York?
Matt Bai has a fascinating piece in the New York Times magazine based on this simple but profound idea: Ever since the unmasking of Colorado Sen. Gary Hart as an adulter in 1987, political journalists have become obsessed in extremis with proving the men and women running for president are not-so-good people. (That's a slight oversimplification but not much of one.)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was just on the Senate floor, speaking at length in opposition to arming the Syrian rebels against the Islamic State -- even as he supports airstrikes against that same foe.
It was pretty apparently a losing battle for Paul, as there won't be a separate vote on the matter. And on its surface, it would appear to be poor politics; after all, the American people are pretty gung-ho about going after the extremists in Syria and Iraq.
On Wednesday night, news dropped that George R.R. Martin, author of the "Game of Thrones" series, was going to host a fundraiser for his home state senator, Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Martin has talked publicly about politics before; earlier this month he said that we could theoretically wipe out ISIS with our dragons (nuclear weapons) and has written about voting rights on his blog.
Since Tom Udall isn't even close to being a Republican target, this is basically like holding a fundraiser for Daenerys Targaryen, who already owns several dragons and an army. Regardless, the event offers up a perfect excuse to make a Game of Thrones-related political content. So, we did.
Can you tell whether the below sentences are dialogue from the TV show Game of Thrones, or dialogue from a campaign ad or politician talking on TV?
If you don't see the quiz below, here's a link.
When it comes to child-rearing, American parents are largely on the same page -- regardless of their political beliefs.
Except when it comes to two things: religion and tolerance.
As the below chart from the Pew Research Center shows, conservative parents are much less interested than liberal parents in teaching their children about tolerance, while liberal parents are far less interested in instilling religious faith. No other values tested by Pew come close to those gaps.
But lest you believe our children are all being reared in vastly different ways as the country has become more polarized, a bit of solace: The core values of American parents are largely universal.
Here's Pew's breakdown:
Virtually every sector of the political continuum values responsibility and hard work highly -- though "consistent liberals" are a fair amount less apt to emphasize both -- and being well-mannered and helping others are also top priorities.
So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.
As a kid growing up in the 1990s -- I graduated from high school in 1994 -- I loved VH1's "Pop Up Videos" show. (This Lisa Loeb video is a classic of the genre.) And, ever since I got the chance to cover and comment about politics, I've wanted to bring the "Pop Up Video"-vibe to campaign ads. Today, I did -- along with my friend and co-
conspirator collaborator Alyssa Rosenberg, who writes about the world of entertainment and culture over at Act Four.
That's really the only way to describe Politico's piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.