Chris Deaton

Chris Deaton




Fun Fact

Once wiped out on a freshly waxed floor right in front of Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

Chris is the Editor at Red Alert Politics. Formerly Managing Editor, he has worked as a legislative and communications aide to three members of Congress. He also has written for the editorial board of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and for the web arm of SLAM Magazine.

He began his college education as a mechanical engineering major with the misunderstanding that his years of expert Lego-building qualified him to fashion a real-life U.S.S. Enterprise. (Whoops.) He went on to study economics and history at Butler University -- the one of adorable bulldog mascot fame -- and journalism at Northwestern University's Medill Graduate School of Journalism.

Articles From Chris

Ben Carson: Neurosurgery is a heckuva lot harder than ‘becoming a political figure’

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Carson challenges the notion that his novice venture into politics is all the crazier if you consider what it’d be like for President Obama to take up neurosurgery.

March Madness may cost $1.9 billion of productive work. But how much does that really matter?

Workers add team names to a 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship bracket that is displayed on the side of the JW Marriott, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Indianapolis. The championship game will be played Monday, April 6, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Is it really that big of a deal to pay attention to the once-a-year hoops spectacle at work?

There is no most trusted name in news

FILE - In this March 1, 2013, file photo President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House press briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

There’s no one network that really stands ahead of its competitors, much less head and shoulders above.

Hillary 1.0 would’ve answered the phone at 3 am. Hillary 2.0 tweets about scandal at midnight.

Hillary, scheming. (Via "Charlie Rose")

Remember when it was 3 a.m. and your kids were asleep and there was a phone in the White House and it was ringing?

An abbreviated history of Joe Biden and pancakes, in honor of #NationalPancakeDay

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I’m convinced you can Google “Joe Biden [random noun]” and have at least a 50-50 shot of finding a humorous mix of news and satire: anecdotes, gems from The Onion, memes, and perhaps the occasional quote. In honor of IHOP’s National Pancake Day this Tuesday, March 3, 2015, I present to you An Abbreviated History of Joe Biden and Pancakes.

Christie: No parent’s dream for their children is a minimum wage increase

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with Laura Ingraham during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gov. Chris Christie wants his party to spend its time promoting the middle class, not defending the wealthy.

Jay Carney is going to work for Amazon. Please don’t let it be in customer service.

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Imagining an Amazon customer service call with Jay Carney on the line.

It’s Warren 2015, not ’16: Senator relaunches student loan campaign under a different name

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There seems to be a lot of talk about political “branding” lately. Allow Elizabeth Warren to take a crack at it.

Kim Jong-un facing new sanctions for weapons of mass seduction

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The world isn’t letting North Korea get away with its new spiked warhead.

What is the #BostonBlizzardChallenge, and why does Boston’s irate mayor want it to stop?

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hot about the way some residents are using the snow-covered ground.

‘The honor of my professional life:’ Jon Stewart announces ‘Daily Show’ departure

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2011 file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. Comedy Central announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, that Stewart will will leave "The Daily Show" later this year. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, File)

The man who brought the anchor desk to a comedy set formally announced Tuesday night that he will sign off in the coming months.

Obama administration won’t release IRS scandal documents to press — and the reasons are insulting

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The Obama administration is withholding hundreds of documents related to the IRS targeting scandal from a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper, and multiple aspects of the story are total head-scratchers.

Obama: Because companies aren’t treating workers well, we need to change tax laws

President Obama sits for an interview with Vox. (Screengrab)

He’s clearly empowered to toy with the tax structure to offset what he sees as negative changes to the corporate economy over time.

Obama didn’t consult community colleges for his community college plan — or anyone, for that matter

President Barack Obama pauses during his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The gist of a New York Times story published Friday about President Obama’s community college proposal is that he didn’t consult anyone about it.

The two most Democratic states in America have a couple of surprising governors

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It’s hard to find a story of “when opposites attract” in politics these days, but here you go. Gallup has ranked Massachusetts and Maryland the most Democratic states in the country, based on statistics that take into account political party ID and the leanings of state residents in 2014. Both states have a Democratic edge […]

Today, the deficit has backed off. Tomorrow, it’s going to wind up and deck millennials in the face.

The federal budget deficit greets millennials after tricking them into thinking it's NBD.

There’s an elephant in the room about this deficit and debt stuff alright — it’s just not a Republican.

In which Will Ferrell gets tackled by ‘security’ at a basketball game

Actor Will Ferrell is tackled to the ground by actors as part of a scene for the motion picture "Daddy's Home" that was filmed during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Will Ferrell has come full circle from being a fictional basketball superstar to being a fictional belligerent basketball fan.

Hillary: Americans and Canadians are bonded by hockey and chambers of commerce

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Prospective 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave an absolute dud of an introduction to her speech in Winnipeg Wednesday afternoon.

Your yearly reminder that the State of the Union address is monarchical blather and must be stopped


In January 2015, the United States’ gross exports will be the sum of about $200 billion and 60 minutes of presidential bloviating.

Reince Priebus reelected Republican chairman

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was reelected to a third term Friday, becoming the office’s longest tenured occupant in modern history.