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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Tenuous Lead

If the election were held right now, President Obama would likely win by about the same margin that propelled him into office in 2008. But how fragile are his current advantages?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


Hee-Haw

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Mitt in Michigan

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DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Desperate Fantasy: Can Jeb Bush Save the GOP?

What Florida voters once accepted (or ignored) might well horrify the national electorate today.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Santorum’s Satan Complex

Putting aside any of the possible reasons why Rick Santorum invoked the mighty evil that is Satan while spiritually assessing America during a speech at Ave Maria University in 2008, as that would constitute unhelpful speculation at this time, we think Forbes’ Josh Barro has some good points about the telling blind spots in Santorum’s diagnosis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE


Trump (Again) Considers Running for President

This election is so important, Donald Trump told the home crowd on CNBC, he would “seriously, seriously consider” running for president if Rick Santorum won the nomination.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Obama Dials Down the Campaign Rhetoric

The whole “hope” thing is a little much, and the “change” bit is played out, so however will Barack Obama spin his slogans for this presidential campaign as the embattled incumbent? Let’s call it American Dream Lite, if you will.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE


Whose Slime Is it Anyway?

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Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE


The Rickhead

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On the Up and Up

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Mr. Fish

Déjà Pooh

Is there no more convincing proof that there is nothing like a presidential campaign to demonstrate just how profoundly detached we are as a nation from recognizing why ours is a functioning democracy in reputation alone?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Cars, Contraception and China

What is it about this particular election cycle that’s causing Republican candidates’ fortunes to rise and fall so rapidly the pundits are practically getting whiplash? And does our nation’s debt problem have more to do with defense spending or so-called entitlement programs?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

What’s Really at Stake in 2012

Observing the liberal Democratic critics of President Barack Obama set me wondering whether they ever listen to the Republican candidates. Haven’t they noticed that the Republicans want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the rest of the economic protections for the poor and the middle class? 

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney’s Big Problem

Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Herman Cain Will Not Dance With the Stars

The former GOP front-runner seemed to enjoy the spotlight, so it comes as some surprise that he rebuffed ABC when it offered to let him cha-cha among other B-list (and below) celebrities on “Dancing With the Stars.” Apparently he does not have moves like Jagger and/or Tom DeLay.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Santorum Rising

There’s horse-race politics, but then there are also bona fide plot twists in the presidential campaign season, and we’re looking at one of them with the boost conservatives are giving Rick Santorum—yes, he of the sweater vest—as he and the formerly more confident Mitt Romney get ready for Arizona and Michigan primaries late this month.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Independent Voters Swing to Obama

The prolonged Republican primary campaign appears to be taking a toll on independent voters’ faith in Mitt Romney. According to the latest Pew poll, only a minority of independents now describe Romney as “honest and trustworthy” and slightly more than half of independent voters now favor Barack Obama in a race against Romney, who led the president in that category only a month ago. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama Begs Voters Not to Make His Daughters Switch Schools

Let’s see which gullible politician might pick up this little satirical number from The Onion News Network and think it’s for real. Meanwhile, the rest of us can enjoy a good spoof on campaign ads at President Obama’s expense.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Sheldon Adelson: An Anti-Semite’s Dream

Eric Alterman writes in The Nation that the casino magnate who has propped up Newt Gingrich’s campaign is the ultimate caricature of “the anti-Semitic clichés that have dogged the Jewish people throughout history.” And yet no one seems to have noticed. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

White Nationalists Share Spotlight With GOP at CPAC

The annual Washington showcase of the far right is plunging toward new depths of disgrace by featuring “white nationalists” among its speakers.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Overriding Ambition

Criticism of Mitt Romney for lacking a coherent message is grossly unfair. He has been forthright, consistent and even eloquent in pressing home his campaign’s central theme: Mitt Romney desperately wants to be president.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE


On the Upside ...

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Wikimedia Commons / Angela George (CC-BY-SA)

And Now, This Presidential Appraisal From Scarlett Johansson

There may be untold millions of onetime Obama boosters whose feelings of hope have significantly diminished since, say, November 2008—and with good reason. But on Tuesday night, one of the president’s celebrity supporters, Scarlett Johansson, showed she’s still willing to stump for Obama at a gathering in New York that brought fashionistas and politicos together.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Rick Santorum’s Big Night

The former senator from Pennsylvania swept ahead of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who have been hogging the campaign airtime, Tuesday night to claim victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



Jimmy (CC-BY-SA)

The Uninspired GOP Electorate

Judging by the polls, the better Republican voters come to know these candidates, including Romney, the less they like them.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers Makes Newt Gingrich Look Like an Idiot

The PBS headliner rises to the defense of Saul Alinsky, “a patriot, in a long line of patriots, who scorned the malignant narcissism of duplicitous politicians and taught everyday Americans to think for themselves and to fight together for a better life.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


The Candidate

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Hasn’t Won Yet

Now that Mitt Romney has about wrapped up the Republican nomination for president. ... What? He hasn’t? They changed the rules?

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


What Happened in Florida Won’t Stay in Florida

Triumph in Florida could cost Romney much more than the million dollars or so that bought each point of his 46-32 margin over Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s 1 Percent Nation Under God

After he and the pro-Romney super PACs flooded the airwaves with millions of dollars’ worth of ads in a state where nearly half of the homeowners are underwater, Mitt Romney talked about whom he wants to represent.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



Still from a CNN video

Mitt Romney Says He Is ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

Taken out of context, it doesn’t come as a total surprise, and that’s the problem for Romney. It’s not the kind of sound bite the trust fund candidate wants on the record.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Romney Rights the Ship in Florida

After Mitt Romney took a beating in South Carolina and his Iowa victory was annulled, his candidacy was beginning to look precarious. But a big win in Florida on Tuesday night put Romney back on course, and now he’s speaking as though the race is nearly over. (more)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Anti-Gingrich Campaign

When the empire strikes back, it hits hard. The Republican establishment is deploying every weapon and every soldier—even Bob Dole—in an increasingly desperate attempt to pulverize the Newt Gingrich rebellion.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Campaigning vs. Governing

Up for consideration on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” are such considerable topics as President Obama’s State of the Union address and the state of play in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. On board for the discussion are regulars Matt Miller and Robert Scheer, as well as guest panelists David Frum and Chrystia Freeland. You know you want to listen.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Newt Gingrich, Shameless Demagogue

As Newt Gingrich chugs along on his improbable political comeback track, many have tried to slow his roll, but here comes The New York Times’ Timothy Egan with a scathing Op-Ed, calling the relentless GOP contender a demagogue par excellence while allowing that Gingrich has practiced his uniquely unctuous brand of politics to greasy perfection.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


The Numbers Show

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Cay Johnston reveals the hidden scandal lurking in Romney’s tax returns; Robert Scheer and Kathy Kiely shine sunlight on super PACs, and Doug Henwood deflates China’s real estate bubble.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

The Numbers Show

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Cay Johnston reveals the hidden scandal lurking in Romney’s tax returns; Robert Scheer and Kathy Kiely shine sunlight on super PACs, and Doug Henwood deflates China’s real estate bubble.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


How the Mammoth Went Extinct

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Running Mate

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An Argument Obama Can Win

If you heard a loud “gulp” Tuesday night after President Obama’s State of the Union address, it probably came from Republican political strategists as they realized their party’s odds of capturing the White House this fall are getting longer.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Obama’s Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton

I get angry because betrayal by the “good guys” for whom I have ended up voting has become the norm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



Carol Crisosto Cadiz (CC-BY-SA)

Everyone’s a Critic, Including Fidel Castro

“The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is—and I mean this seriously—the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” writes Fidel Castro, who echoes the sentiments expressed by many columnists and commentators spanning the middle to left of our politics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: No Retreat, No Surrender

Obama’s community-minded worldview contrasts sharply with the highly individualistic and anti-government message that has been heard over and over from the Republicans seeking to replace him.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY-SA)

America Does Not Share South Carolina’s Fondness for Gingrich

Amid all the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that America has known Newt Gingrich for three decades—and really doesn’t like him.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE


Gazillions

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



Plan B / Teva Women's Health

Forget Roe, Try Griswold

Sunday marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but the big news this year is the debate over the 1965 decision of Griswold v. Connecticut that made contraception legal.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Newt Stomps Romney to Win South Carolina

What a week for Mitt Romney. He’s gone from obvious nominee to the man who just can’t catch a break. First a recount snatched his win in Iowa, then Newt Gingrich debated his way to an upset in South Carolina (this despite a sex scandal that might have condemned a more conventional candidacy).

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 READ MORE


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