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Williams Takes on Limbaugh, Biden Goes on Letterman, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s case for why President Obama is the favorite in next week’s election, Richard Mourdock’s drop in the latest Indiana Senate poll and Dick Morris’ election prediction backtrack.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Waiting for Obama, Democrats Will Lose the House

Why can’t the Democrats landslide these Republicans as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson would surely have done?

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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The Most Anti-Science Political Candidates of Election 2012

Although many seekers of elected office are mulling over the connection between climate change and the deadly and destructive superstorm Sandy, there are a few candidates in the U.S. who won’t be following suit.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


U.S. Tax Code

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The Democrat Who Could Unseat Michele Bachmann

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann faces a serious challenge in her re-election bid. His name is Jim Graves, and polls show that he is neck and neck with the tea party favorite.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

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Arlen Specter RIP

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No Room for the Poor in This Election

It’s not surprising that in Thursday’s vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn’t mention the millions of working poor who would suffer should he and Mitt Romney win in November, but I expected more from Joe Biden.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Giving Congress the Finger

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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.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

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



AP/Charlie Neibergall

Sigh No More: Obama, Romney Leave No Room to Argue

The presidential debate this week was much ado about nothing, and Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama because he was more energetic in distorting the significance of their miniscule differences.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



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This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama

Four of the sitting justices are 74 or older. Each can be expected to step down over the next four to eight years.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE


First Presidential Debate: Questions That are Unlikely to Be Asked

A sampling of questions you should not expect debate moderator Jim Lehrer to ask during Wednesday’s night highly anticipated showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE


Nader Says ‘War Criminal’ Obama Is Worse Than George W. Bush

Ralph Nader famously argues against choosing between the lesser of two evils, but did you know that between the current president and the last, he might consider the lesser evil to be George W. Bush?

Posted on Sep 28, 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



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Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy

President Obama should send this open letter to his GOP opponent—pronto!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Club: Russia Joins the WTO

For motives that are not entirely clear, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has overcome stiff opposition at home and in the United States to take its place in the World Trade Organization.

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


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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Naomi Wolf on Kate Middleton Topless, Pussy Riot, and the Sexualized Female Body

According to the author of “Vagina: A New Biography,” we are undergoing an “unprecedented struggle” among women, their bodies and sexuality. Citing recent examples including the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, the frenzy over “virginity tests” in Egypt and recent efforts in the U.S. to legislate the female body, Wolf argues that female sexuality is being targeted around the world.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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We Vote, They Rule: The Case for Voter Rebellion

Democratic and Republican politicians keep each other in business.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


Economic Slowdown

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Romney’s Tax Discrepancy, Bachmann’s Election Troubles, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the 21st-century version of prohibition and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comment about women that sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/David Goldman

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



AP/Chuck Burton

Want Hope and Change? Build a Real Left

It’s fine to catalog the sins of Obama, but it’s a largely meaningless parlor game unless we offer a coherent vision that outlines a winning strategy.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Government Tutorial

Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments—the explainer in chief.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: Ryan Goes Running With the Truth

According to Paul Krugman, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is a lot like Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line in the 1980 Boston Marathon. Ruiz was subsequently stripped of that victory when it turned out she hadn’t actually run most of the race.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 READ MORE


Throwing Some Humble Pies

So, dear friends, we gather again to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. We honor our foremothers in our special way by handing out the Equal Rites Awards for those who have done the most to slow down progress.

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The Wrong Kind of Experience: Paul Ryan’s Big Foreign Policy Credential

Defending himself against the perception that he has no significant foreign policy experience, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has drawn fresh attention to one of the most controversial acts of the past decade.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


For GOP, Storm Has Already Gathered

The uninvited participation of a hurricane at next week’s Republican convention would be superfluous. Buffeted by powerful internal winds, the party may be flooded with cash, but it’s already kind of a debris-strewn mess.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


Congress at Play

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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Ex-NPR Reporter: Congress Is ‘Complete Theater’

Andrea Seabrook left NPR this summer to start her own venture, DecodeDC, and she’s letting fly about what it’s like to “collude” with politicians as a daily news reporter.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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The Skinny on GOP Trip to the Holy Land

Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming—at least one of them in the nude (that’s him pictured)—during a “fact-finding” trip to Israel last year.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The War in the Shadows

There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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False Piety and the Medicare Debate

There is a difference between Obama saying that Romney and Ryan want to alter Medicare fundamentally, which is true, and the GOP saying that Obama wants to undercut Medicare, which is not.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


Facts Get in the Way

Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they’re not being equally truthful.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Who Is Paul Ryan?

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party mythology, Ryan is a messianic John Galt who will save America from a secret socialist conspiracy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Voodoo Economics Still Isn’t a Plan

By naming Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has endorsed what used to be known as “voodoo economics”—and restored that special brand of Republican superstition to the center of national debate.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan’s Secret Weapon

Contrary to Democrats’ hopes, Mitt Romney’s choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for his running mate might not be such good news for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan: A Man With a Plan, From the Fiscal to the Physical

The floundering Romney campaign was thrown a life ring of sorts last week, from aboard the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned US Navy vessel based in Norfolk, Virginia.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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


Appreciation

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Romney’s Theorist

In the late 1960s and ’70s, liberals ran into trouble because they were easily mocked as impractical ideologues with excessive confidence in their own moral righteousness.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 READ MORE


Do-Nothing Congress Olympics

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The Congressional Push for Secrecy

The U.S. Congress—one of the branches intended by America’s founders to balance the president’s power—is showing just as much and in some cases more interest in preserving a growing culture of secrecy as its executive counterpart, says Steven Aftergood, secrecy researcher at the Federation of American Scientists.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE


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