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Tag: 2016 Election

Donald Trump’s Finances and the Art of Ignoring Conflicts and Contradictions

There are plenty of pieces missing from Trump’s financial story that call into question both his skill as a dealmaker and his business acumen.

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Kochs and Walker

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Your Trump Tonight

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The Smear

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Trump’s Mouth

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Mea Culpa

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Our Problems Have Everything to Do With What Occurs in Boardrooms, Not Bedrooms

At a time many Republican presidential candidates and state legislators are furiously focusing on private morality—what people do in their bedrooms, contraception, abortion, gay marriage—America is experiencing a far more significant crisis in public morality.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

What Happened to the Moral Center of American Capitalism?

An economy depends fundamentally on public morality, some shared standards about what sorts of activities are impermissible because they so fundamentally violate trust that they threaten to undermine the social fabric.

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Hillary’s Server

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When Pigs Fly

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How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

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Reality TV Politics

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Republican Guns 2016

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VIDEO: Lawrence Lessig Wants to Be a ‘Referendum President’ to Fix the Rigged System, Then Resign

The Harvard professor and activist vowed Tuesday to run for president if he can raise $1 million in crowdfunding in order to make citizen equality the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election.

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Israel Has a Jewish Terrorism Problem on Its Hands

For about a decade, radical Jewish settlers have been carrying out terrorist attacks on Palestinians; Donald Trump may have accomplished one good thing with his presidential campaign; and Obama’s been bragging about how many countries he’s bombed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE

Game of Groans: How Focus on Trump’s Taunts Hides GOP War on Middle Class and Workers (Video)

The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Fox News Debate

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VIDEO: How Likely Are the Top 10 GOP Presidential Candidates to Drag Us Into War?

Sending U.S. troops back into the Middle East and going to war there is virtually a plank in the GOP platform.

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Why Hillary Clinton’s Brand of Zionism Should Keep Her From Winning the Election

Hillary Clinton’s “scary credentials” with regards to the Middle East may make it “impossible” for many to vote for her in the upcoming presidential election; the McMansion is back and bigger than ever; meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders gives his take on why the Greek crisis should matter to Americans. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart: Top Republicans Flock to California for a Chance to ‘Gobble Some Koch’

The Koch brothers have pledged to spend “over a billion dollars to buy the next election,” so is anyone surprised to see Republican candidates groveling at the billionaires’ feet? Certainly not the “Daily Show” host.

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The World Balloon

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CBS News

How Obama’s ‘All of the Above’ Politics Led to the Rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

The approach to politics taken by Obama until recently — of promising genuine change but governing as a Republican Lite — did more to spur cynicism than any of Jon Stewart’s cartoony double takes at Washington hypocrisy.

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There’s a Revolt Going On in Washington but Political Insiders Just Can’t See It

In very different ways, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are agents of a revolt against the ruling class that’s unlikely to end with the 2016 presidential election.

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Progressives Need to Be More Radical Than Bernie Sanders—Here’s Why

None of the 2016 presidential candidates’ approaches to politics will fix this country; they won’t even come close, argues Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect. Kuttner then goes on to list all the issues that ail the economy and the “radical reform” that needs to take place.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEOS: Bernie Sanders Launches ‘Political Revolution’ With 100K Virtual House Partiers

Bernie Sanders spoke from a house party Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to supporters gathered in 3,500 homes and other locations around the country, in groups ranging in size from seven to about 90.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Trump 2016

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Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

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Actor America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Inspiring Something Brilliant in the Latino Community

Rather than chastise the presidential hopeful for his repugnant racist comments about Mexicans, America Ferrera chose to use a more powerful tool: gratitude.

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VIDEOS: This ‘Daily Show’ Comparison of British and American Politics Puts U.S. Politicians to Shame

Putting into perspective just how terrible the Citizens United decision truly is, these videos will make you laugh, cry and then some.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Against Hillary

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Candidate Kit!

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Is History Finally on Clinton’s Side?

Barring the political equivalent of an asteroid strike, it’s over. The slick video Hillary Clinton released Sunday was both campaign announcement and acceptance speech.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

Stand With Rand

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary’s Baggage

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Scarlet Letters

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Hillary’s Cloud

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Is Hillary Hiding Something?

The Hillary Clinton email controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Have the Courage to Take On the Moneyed Interests?

Taking on the moneyed interests is risky, but a failure to take them on prevents any real change in the prospects of the bottom 90 percent of Americans.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

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Hillary Stands Alone

And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016—hey, hold on, where’d everybody go?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Political Theater

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE

Ready to Govern

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Party On!

Unbelievably enough, a bankrupt 13-year-old policy of war to the horizon remains ascendant in Washington, and “war fever” seems to be breaking out yet again. In this context, it’s curious that four crucial aspects of war, American-style, were missing from the blitz of Hagel reportage.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

How Obama Punked the GOP on Immigration

President Obama’s freeze on deportations for certain classes of undocumented immigrants throws a pigeon among the cats in several important ways.

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Clinton Dynasty

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Refocused Efforts

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Republicans Will Hold 2016 Convention in Cleveland

Ohio has become a bellwether state in presidential elections and, seeming to recognize that fact, the GOP has decided it’s the best place to anoint its 2016 nominee.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

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