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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.

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Confessions of a Former Republican

I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer.

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Ryan Backpedals on GM Plant Closure Remark (Video)

The VP nominee claims he wasn’t blaming President Obama during his Republican National Convention speech for a GM plant closure that happened while George W. Bush was still president.

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Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Goodbye Tampa, Hello Charlotte

Mitt Romney chose the final moments of this week’s hurricane-shortened convention for what was arguably his best outing of the 2012 campaign. Too bad convention planners put actor-slash-legend Clint Eastwood up on the same night, to slash and burn his way through a bit of theater that would’ve done Samuel Beckett proud. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the ramifications on this week’s episode.

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Workers Feel the Pain of Bain

Four hardy souls from rural Illinois joined tens of thousands of people undeterred by threats of Hurricane Isaac during this week’s Republican National Convention.

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Watch the Republican National Convention Live Right Here

Behold as Mitt Romney is nominated, Rick Santorum talks about holding hands and Chris Christie eats a sandwich. Thanks, YouTube.

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How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

The Republican Party has developed three means of bypassing the mainstream media and its fact-checkers.

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GOP Ghosts in Tampa

In 1964, George Romney, then the governor of Michigan, walked out of the Republican National Convention during Barry Goldwater’s acceptance speech. He was protesting his party’s sharp turn rightward and its weak platform plank on civil rights.

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Romney’s Plan for Public Health Care

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Stockman Redux

As he became president in 1981, Ronald Reagan called in a 34-year-old congressman from Michigan named David Stockman, considered by many to be the most articulate and intellectually imposing Republican of the moment.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Hurricane Todd

Missouri congressman and Senate hopeful Todd Akin’s ideas on abortion in rape cases dominated the political conversation this week when the Romney campaign was just hitting its stride on the issues it wants to talk about: the cost of Obamacare and a lagging economy. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators give their take on these matters and more in the show’s latest installment. 

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Plans Ron Paul Tribute, Romney Goes Birther, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher’s advice to Todd Akin on rape and abortion, and Bill Nye’s advice to parents about creationism.

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Palin Counsels Akin, Hurricane Threatens Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Ryan’s extreme anti-abortion record and why the GOP’s “We Built This!” convention theme isn’t exactly correct—at least, not when it comes to the venue it chose. 

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The 13 Percent Solution

Was Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as running mate a smart pick? The candidates’ competing visions for the future of Medicare have eclipsed most of their other scenarios recently, and Romney told his inquisitors that he’d paid at least 13 percent in taxes in the past 10 years. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate these issues and more on this week’s show.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Heart Disease Haunts Ryan Family History

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks before they turned 60, so the sense that his clock ticks faster than the average man’s has factored large in his drive to realize his ambitions.

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Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

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Ryan Meets Adelson, White House Race Gets Nastier, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Romney budget specifics and why the 2012 Congress could be one of the worst ever.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan Not Qualified, Gabby Giffords’ Latest Milestone and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Romney hypocrisy about tax returns and Sarah Palin’s Republican National Convention announcement.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Ambiguous Battle for Jobs

It’s the great unanswered question of the presidential campaign: Just how can America actually create jobs? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are ducking the specifics, tearing each other down and offering little hope to the 15 percent of Americans without enough work.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney’s VP Pick Is ... Paul Ryan (Video)

The Mitt Romney VP Guessing Game is officially over now that the Republican presidential candidate has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Campaign Heating Up ... The Planet Too

Polls show Romney isn’t connecting with voters. Has Obama defined him? An anti-Romney ad features a steelworker’s story of losing his wife to cancer right after a Bain restructuring cost him his job and his company medical insurance. And the month of July set new temperature records, but policymakers aren’t budging on climate change. These issues and more are debated on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan VP Buzz, Romney’s ‘War on Religion’ Charge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new tax defense from Mitt Romney and what is possibly the most ridiculous claim ever about President Obama.

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GOP Rakes in Wall Street Cash, ‘Muppets’ Done With Chick-fil-A, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why strip clubs (yes, strip clubs!) in Tampa, Fla., are preparing for the RNC next month, plus Stephen Colbert’s campaign advice to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Sununu Channels Limbaugh, Stewart Mocks Romney on Taxes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Ron Paul is asking of Mitt Romney and a list of the top super PAC donors.

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Krugman: The Politics of Personal Attacks

The past week demonstrates how Campaign 2012 has devolved into a series of calculated personal attacks devoid of the substantive issues and policies that should be dominating the national political conversation.

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Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

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Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

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Major Endorsement for Romney, Florida Voter Purge Over and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an endorsement from Rand Paul (above), Obama’s “gift” to Republicans and Jon Stewart’s take on efforts in New York to criminalize soda and decriminalize pot.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Highlights Romney’s Failure to Repudiate Trump

President Obama’s campaign is taking advantage of the fact that Mitt Romney seems unwilling to condemn Donald Trump for his take on the controversial birther conspiracy, releasing a new video highlighting the differences between how Romney and 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain handled personal attacks against Obama.

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Lugar Loses Indiana Senate Primary

In an election result that was hardly surprising to political experts and Washington insiders, longtime Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar has been defeated in the state’s Republican Senate primary by tea party-backed conservative Richard Mourdock.

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Ron Paul’s Delegate Strategy Pays Off With Nevada, Maine Wins

He may have lost to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in both caucuses, but Ron Paul won a majority of the delegates in each state.

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Romney’s ‘Loony View About the Economy’

Frugality? Check. Family values? Check. Sound reasoning? Nope. Mitt Romney’s campaign managed to stay true to the concerns of his base while totally botching the logic behind an infographic claiming that President Obama’s management of the U.S. economy is akin to that of a family accountant gone mad.

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10 States Get a Pass on ‘No Child Left Behind’

It’s one of the most maligned domestic relics of the George W. Bush era, and now President Obama has stepped in to let 10 states off the hook, at least for the time being, from the experiment in educational standardization known as “No Child Left Behind.”

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What Santorum’s Surge Means for Romney

Although an easy answer to the question posed by the headline would appear to be something along the lines of nothing good, there are more subtleties to the issue that merit exploration, and Rick Santorum’s triple win Tuesday doesn’t necessarily add up to an ultimate victory against GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

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The Thinking Person’s Guide to Campaign 2012

Pity the poor mainstream news media, confronted with many debates, demands for instantaneous coverage, competition for website traffic and the specter of ever-multiplying super PACs.

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Gingrich a Tough Sell Among Florida Women

Here’s an algorithm from the Annals of the Obvious: Conservative women commonly identify as values voters, responding to like-minded candidates and campaigns and bringing what are referred to in certain circles as traditional morals into the booths. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, while purporting to run on a family-friendly platform, has some blots on his personal record that would appear to contradict these ideals.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Gingrich Gets Ready to Rumble With Romney

Although there’s already been some infighting among the ranks of this election cycle’s Republican presidential hopefuls, it’s going to get only crazier from here on out. And with candidates’ fates shifting as quickly as they have this time around (Herman who?), you can bet that rival GOP camps are going to do their darndest to stir up the drama.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: ‘Welcome to Post-Truth Politics’

To refashion an old phrase: “There are lies, damned lies, then yarns spun by Mitt Romney.” This is the gist of a recent post by Paul Krugman, who points to falsehoods recently uttered by the Republican presidential hopeful to predict new lows in a new era of fact distortion wrought by those seeking the helm of the highest level of federal government.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Extreme Makeover: U.S. Economy Edition

Do Americans really want a tectonic shift in our economic system? Or are we happier “muddling through”? And most important, what would Jesus do in this seemingly relentless recession? Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer has some thoughts on all of the above this week, as do show regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE


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