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AP / Sue Ogrocki

Jeb Bush Throws In for Romney

It’s not exactly a bold or risky move at this point—more like he knows which way the wind blows—but former Florida governor and current Bush clan member Jeb Bush has pledged his support to Mitt Romney’s campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



Karger Campaign

The Gay, Jewish, Pro-Pot Republican Candidate Has Something to Say

Fred Karger is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination—one of five remaining, if you count him.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nam Y. Huh

Romney Wins Illinois, Rivals Aren’t Going Anywhere

The fact that Newt Gingrich, who has done little to impress in this Republican primary, can afford to stay in the race tells you why Mitt Romney’s huge win in Illinois on Tuesday night actually means very little.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by League of Women Voters of California

Stuck in a Campaign Rut

Thus far, the 2012 presidential campaign has been unfocused, dispiriting and largely irrelevant. By the time Election Day comes, a weary nation will be at the point of pulling the covers over its head and screaming, “Somebody, please, make it stop.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE


Going Nowhere Fast

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Tough Crowd

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The Fracking of American Politics

The "values" voters are going to be disappointed, perhaps enraged, if President Obama is re-elected or if he is replaced by Mitt Romney. Their next move then will be to try to change the electoral system.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Santorum Needs Gingrich in the Race

If Rick Santorum wants to keep Mitt Romney from wrapping up the Republican nomination before the convention, he should encourage Newt Gingrich to stay in the race, not drop out.

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Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Ladies Night

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AP / Eric Gay

Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE


Surprise

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Romney: Rick Santorum Isn’t Conservative Enough to Be My VP

Still running to his right, Mitt Romney tells Fox News that rival Rick Santorum isn’t sufficiently fiscally conservative to be his vice president.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE


Ron Paul’s Campaign Voyage

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Flickr / 401K (CC-BY-SA)

Hollywood Democrats Wary of Super PACs

With less than eight months until Election Day, President Obama is getting trounced in the super PAC department—partly by design, as Obama only recently capitulated to this democratically challenged trend, but also because certain members of a particular class of Democratic donor aren’t too keen on giving money this way if it contributes to a larger problem.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Where Are the Good New Jobs?

Good jobs news is one thing, but where are the good new jobs? The answer to that question may well be worth at least the amount of our nation’s deficit.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Delegate Math

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Candidates on Iran

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A Field of Hawks

Unless Ron Paul somehow wins the nomination, it looks as if a vote for the Republican presidential candidate this fall will be a vote for war with Iran.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Campaigning Dems Register Higher on the Obamameter

Whatever President Obama is doing to reinstate closer ties with some high-profile members of his party is working, at least when it comes to congressional Democrats looking to extend their stays on Capitol Hill. So what’s his winning strategy?

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



James Vaughan (CC-BY-SA)

It’s About Sex and the ’60s

Mitt Romney clearly has no idea what his party stands for and is running against. To put it in Rick Santorum’s words, “It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Tortoise and the Tortoises

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Thierry Ehrmann (CC-BY)

The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: They’re going to force nuclear power on the public, despite the astronomically high risks, both financial and environmental.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Happens

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney: Winning Votes, Not Love

Mitt Romney is grinding his way to the Republican presidential nomination not by winning hearts but by imposing his will on a party that keeps resisting him.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Super Tuesday Results

After the jump are the primary and caucus results from Super Tuesday, with 416 delegates in 10 states at stake. Updated

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


And the Winner Is ...

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GOP Candidates Rush From Judgment

So let’s get this straight: These guys want us to believe they’re ready to face down Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Un, the Taliban and what’s left of al-Qaida. Yet they’re scared of a talk-radio buffoon.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE


Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment (Audio Fixed)

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



America's Power (CC-BY)

Super Tuesday: Missing the Primary Issue

What happens in Ohio politics never stays in Ohio, and there are two story lines there on the eve of Super Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



Vox Efx (CC-BY)

The GOP in 2012: Strange Party, Strange Year

Now comes Super Tuesday, with 10 states in play—that really means Ohio.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE


A Caustic Brew

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Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Governor Makes Gay Marriage Legal in Maryland

Good show, governor. On Thursday, Maryland joined the growing list of states to make same-sex marriage legal, and Gov. Martin O’Malley made it a memorable occasion, complete with an after-party at his place.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE


Gasbag

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The Danger of Mitt Being Mitt

Political consultants tell candidates to be authentic—to “be yourself.” In Mitt Romney’s case, that might not be such good advice.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


The Opposite of Snobbery

Say what you will about this era’s Republican presidential candidates; they at least have chutzpah.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Where President Romney Would Take Us

The Republicans want to make the presidential race about values, which they define as returning the nation to Victorian morality, laissez faire economics and a heavy dose of conservative Christian theology.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


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Mitt Romney (CC-BY)

Romney’s Budget-Balancing for Dummies

Mitt Romney must think “conservatives” very stupid if he’s promising to balance the federal budget by eliminating nominal amounts spent on the nation’s cultural programs.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



Jason Hargrove (CC-BY)

Mitt Romney: An Extremist for the Privileged

There is a terrible bias in the mainstream media, which judge “moderation” almost entirely in relation to positions on social issues such as abortion or gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Romney Survives Santorum to Win Michigan, Arizona

Polls suggested it might be an embarrassing night for Mitt Romney, whose campaign of inevitability depended on wins in home state Michigan and Mormon-friendly Arizona, but he proved resilient in both states.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


Exit Pulse

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Sean (CC-BY-ND)

Michigan’s GOP Primary: Now With More Democrats

According to exit polls and Nate Silver, 41 percent of the people voting in Michigan’s Republican primary identify as Democrat or independent.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



Lillian Thurston

Make Your Vote Count for Socialism

Stewart Alexander believes fair elections are worth a fair fight and he’s asking for your vote. The Occupy Wall Street movement encouraged a more honest discussion of class and capitalism in this country, but Alexander is not simply a critic of big banks and high finance.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama’s Celebrity Corps Smaller, Less Enthusiastic This Season

Matt Damon has spoken of his disappointment with Barack Obama, his favorite candidate from 2008, and other famous Obama boosters from the last election cycle are also less willing to lend their names to the president’s cause this time around.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


Mr. Clean

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Winning Strategy

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Recession Economics According to Rick Santorum

Did you know that it was actually jumping gas costs, and not deceptive lending practices on the part of mortgage financiers and deregulation madness on Wall Street, that got us into the recessionary quandary in which the majority of Americans still find themselves?

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Santorum in the Extreme

Beneath that sweater vest beats the heart of a calculating and increasingly desperate politician who has gone beyond pandering all the way to shameless demagoguery.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE


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