Barack Obama warns against a “circular firing squad” over ideological purity in politics

Former president Barack Obama touched on growing divisions within his own party, warning against pushes for ideological purity that can result in a “circular firing squad” in a town hall organized by The Obama Foundation in Berlin on Saturday.

While taking audience questions about the frustration that comes with lack of change, Obama expressed concern about a lack of compromise in Washington, and said he specifically worries progressive politicians could be alienating potential allies.

“One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States — maybe it’s true here as well — is a certain …

A pro-gun activist lobbied for “constitutional carry” by showing up at Texas lawmakers’ homes. Now the bill is DOA.

A Texas bill allowing gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit is now indefinitely stalled after a pro-gun activist advocated for the legislation by stalking state lawmakers — even appearing at their homes.

On Friday, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced plans to abandon the “constitutional carry” bill after the activist, Chris McNutt, showed up at his doorstep and at the homes of two other lawmakers.

McNutt, executive director of the nonprofit Texas Gun Rights, was reportedly outraged the bill failed to advance quickly through the legislature. He posted a series of rants to his group’s Facebook page …

Why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s series finale was so, so satisfying

Four years ago, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sang and danced its way to West Covina and into our hearts. As played by series co-creator Rachel Bloom, heroine Rebecca Bunch was a mess, a toxic wreck of a human being who was actively stalking someone but the show surrounding her was so sparkling, so simultaneously joyous and acerbic, that it was nearly impossible not to love it, and to love Rebecca too.

(Actually, it was apparently not impossible for most viewers, because Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was consistently one of the lowest-rated shows on television. But I couldn’t help but love …