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Obama Punches Back

Not a close call. President Obama won the second presidential debate as clearly and decisively as he lost the first. For anyone who disagrees, three simple words: “Please proceed, Governor.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Task Tuesday Night

First, he has to show up. Then, in his second debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama needs to offer not just history lessons and dire warnings, but also a hopeful vision for the next four years.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE


Romney, the Product

As he tries to engineer a comeback in this week’s presidential debate, President Obama needs to recognize two things. First, when it comes to politics, Mitt Romney treats himself as a product, not a person. Second, Republicans cannot defend their proposals in terms that are acceptable to a majority of voters.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE


Biden Put Ryan-Romney on the Defensive

Some have written that Biden was too hot and overreacted to Obama’s disengagement. But this misreads the net impact of the debate.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE


A GOP Shift on Taxes?

When it comes to tax policy, Mitt Romney is not merely a spinner, an equivocator or a run-of-the-mill dissembler. He’s a liar.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Sherrod Brown’s Lessons for Obama

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s uncompromising advocacy on behalf of workers, toughness on trade, and progressive policies on a broad range of other issues have allowed him to build a formidable organization across Ohio, and a large cadre of small donors.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


America’s Recovery Stands Out in a Shaky World

Unemployment is still too high, income is still too low and the recovery is still much too slow—but the United States is faring considerably better than other developed nations against the threat of a renewed recession.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



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So Romney Lies—So What? Who Cares?

The man is a serial liar in a society that increasingly tolerates lying and cheating.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle

The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE


What Is the Point of Presidential Debates?

In this Web-exclusive segment from Truthdig Radio, FAIR’s Peter Hart argues that the presidential debates are little more than theater and, “in reality, they don’t have much impact on voters.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



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What Is the Point of Presidential Debates?

In this Web-exclusive segment from Truthdig Radio, FAIR’s Peter Hart argues that the presidential debates are about theater and, “in reality, they don’t have much impact on voters.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


Hearing an Echo on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney claims to disagree with President Obama on many aspects of foreign policy. We’re still waiting to hear what those differences might be.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Campaign’s Moral Hole

There are forces working to make the campaign about something more than a suffocating battle to influence tiny slivers of the electorate.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 READ MORE


Debating Social Security: If Not Now, When?

If we can’t have a debate about Social Security before we make a presidential choice, at what point can we ever have such a debate in a way that honors our democratic ideals?

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE


Giving Romney an Opening

I would be careful about declaring the presidential contest “a whole new race” following Wednesday’s debate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Personality Shift

The strangest aspect of Wednesday night’s debate was Mitt Romney’s decision to change his tax policies on the fly.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE


Expand the Debate: This Is What Democracy Sounds Like

A few miles south of the campus arena in the Mile High City where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met in their first debate, “Democracy Now!” news hour broke the sound barrier by expanding their gated debate to include two third-party presidential candidates.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Electoral College Ph.D.

Although the Electoral College usually gives Republicans an advantage, the system is working in President Obama’s favor in 2012.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats, Especially, Struggle to Register New Voters

A Guardian survey of six swing states finds new voter registration markedly down from 2008 levels, particularly among Democrats. A lack of enthusiasm could be to blame, as could the nationwide effort by Republican-controlled state legislatures to make it more difficult to vote.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Major European Aerospace Merger Sends Shockwaves Around the Globe

The West Europeans are contemplating handing their independent arms and aerospace companies over to a conglomerate that would bestow on the United States an effective veto over the greater part of Europe’s rival defense industry.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Which Mitt Will Show Up to Debate?

It promises to be an epic clash: Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney. Oh, and President Obama will be there, too.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE


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The Debate Game: Obama Has a Lot to Lose

In this week’s debate, Mitt Romney has too much to do. President Obama has a great deal to lose. Romney’s is the most difficult position. Obama’s is the most dangerous.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 READ MORE


The Tawdry Tycoon Who Hosted That ‘47 Percent’ Party

Amid the ongoing uproar over Mitt Romney’s snooty remarks at a Florida fundraiser concerning the “47 percent” who pay no federal income taxes, the party’s high-rolling host hasn’t drawn quite as much attention as he deserves.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 READ MORE


Deluded by ‘Skewed’ Polls

Conservative activist circles are abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: Polls showing President Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney are deliberately being skewed by the Liberal Mainstream Media so that Republicans will be disheartened and stay home on Election Day.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


The Choice Between Automatons and Leaders

Ask corporate executives what they really want in a legislator, and they probably won’t use words like “principled” or “well-informed.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Has a Jobs Plan ... for China

You may never have heard of Sensata Technologies, but in this election season, you’ve probably heard the name of its owner, Bain Capital, the company co-founded and formerly run by Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Keeping Latinos Away From the Polls

In many states, the number of eligible Latino citizens that could be affected by barriers to voting exceeds the margin of victory of the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Women Give Obama a Huge Boost in Swing States

Women in Ohio prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney by a margin of 25 points, according to a new poll. In Pennsylvania, it’s 21 points and in Florida, another swing state, women gave the president a 19-point edge.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



A Voting Issue That Isn’t (Video)

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Looking for That ‘47 Percent,’ Mitt? Check Red States and Elderly Republicans

Watching him on video, the Republican nominee sounds not only vulgar and arrogant, but profoundly ignorant about the nation he hopes to govern.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Can This Election Settle Anything?

The most important issue in the 2012 campaign barely gets discussed: How will we govern ourselves after the election is over?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Freeloaders in Mitt Romney’s Orbit

Watching Mitt Romney talk about the 47 percent of Americans he says are freeloaders, I thought of Paul Ryan’s mom, a Medicare recipient.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


Drug Dealers Protecting Their Turf

Colorado is the frontline in the war on marijuana. Will voters trust that their beer-mogul-turned-governor is actually worried about health and children?

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


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Does Romney Dislike America?

The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who emailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Tells Letterman He Represents All Americans

Taking advantage of the recently unearthed footage of rival Mitt Romney dismissing 47 percent of the voting public, President Obama tells talk show host David Letterman, “One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The American Election’s Global Reach

The movement in the presidential race reflects a broader trend visible in many nations.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


The Kind of Man Mitt Romney Is

Romney’s rushed statement Tuesday night calling the Obama administration’s response to the violence in the Middle East “disgraceful” was a new low in a campaign already scraping bottom.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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The Big Idea in This Election

This isn’t just a choice of philosophies, but the long-awaited showdown between post-FDR Democrats and post-Reagan Revolutionaries.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Health Care Dither

I’m trying to figure out just where Mitt Romney stands on health care reform. Obviously, so is Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats Can Win the Argument and Lose the Election

Talking to volunteers, I saw the immensity of Obama’s task, especially as the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican super PACs overwhelm the voters with misleading ads.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

What should be done starting in January to boost a recovery that by anyone’s measure is still anemic? In truth, not even the Jobs Act will be enough.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


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