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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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Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


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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.

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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.

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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


Appreciation

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Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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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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Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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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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Anti-Obama Animus on the Left Reaches Hysterical Proportions

While going through my weekly ration of hate comments from my ultra-left readers, I wondered what they expect to achieve by their actions—or inaction.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Congressman to Step Down, Romney Gaffe Trip Continues, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how you can be the first to find out Romney’s VP pick and Liz Cheney comes to Sarah Palin’s defense.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE


In Guns We Trust

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Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


Gun Addiction

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U.S. Gun Laws: Guilty by Reason of Insanity

James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the massacre in Aurora, Colo., reportedly amassed his huge arsenal with relative ease. Some of these weapons were illegal as recently as eight years ago.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Gun Sales Are Through the Roof

In reaction to the deadly shooting spree in Aurora, Colo., Americans are stockpiling their own arsenals. Sales are up across the land, from Georgia to California.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Ron Paul’s Effort to Audit the Fed Passes House

It’s not quite ending the U.S. central bank, as Ron Paul is fond of saying he would like to do, but the Texas GOP congressman did get a bill passed through the House on Wednesday to audit the Federal Reserve.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



More Romney Bain Woes, ‘Fox & Friends’ Hits New Low, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the controversy over an alleged Romney campaign remark and Herman Cain comes to Mitt’s defense on tax returns.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE


If Batman Acted Like Congress

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Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The Next One Out There

When that next atrocity comes, we’ll tell each other we’re shocked and stunned, knowing full well we should be neither.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


Washington Hates Washington, Too

The Capitol has become a cold, angry place where members not only don’t know each other, but will not make eye contact when they pass through those hallowed marble corridors.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 READ MORE


How the FDA Monitored Whistle-Blowing Scientists

Revelations that the FDA monitored its own scientists in the acts of disclosing alleged wrongdoing marks “the first time [that] we … have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistle-blowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments,” says attorney Stephen Kohn.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound

The FAA has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Hearts Condi, H.W. Bush Disses Norquist Tax Pledge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney sitting down for five TV interviews and Geraldo Rivera’s latest controversial remark about Trayvon Martin’s hoodie.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


NPR: Crony Capitalism and America’s ‘Berlusconi Spiral’

Is the United States on a course toward crony capitalism? Italian-American economist Luigi Zingales and NPR examine similarities between the politics and economics of Italy under Silvio Berlusconi and of the U.S.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Booed at NAACP Speech, Lower Taxes and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republicans’ 33rd(!) attempt to repeal Obamacare and gay marriage getting put to a vote in Maryland.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Calls for Bush Tax Extension for Middle Class

President Obama on Monday urged Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000 a year. The president also called for the tax cuts on Americans making more than $250,000 a year to once and for all expire, setting up what will surely be an election year showdown between himself and Republicans on a crucial economic issue.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Congressman Quits, Romney VP Guessing Game and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Herman Cain’s alleged former mistress speaking out and Rep. Joe Walsh facing off with a CNN anchor over his disparaging remarks about military veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Money Manager

You can conduct byzantine transactions through opaque investment accounts and private corporations in offshore tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Or you can credibly run for president at a time of great economic distress. I don’t think you can do both.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



Postal Service Closures, O’Reilly’s Non-Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including congressional action on student loan rates and Glenn Beck trying to profit off of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE


A New Standard for Oxymoronic Newspeak

As Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reports, “Surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency [because] it would violate your privacy to say so.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


The Bigger Picture

The political impact of Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court decision on health care reform is clear. Much more important is what the ruling means in the long term for the physical and moral health of the nation.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



Obamacare Ruling Roundup and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Supreme Court decisions, the U.S. attorney general being held in contempt and why Bill O’Reilly should apologize.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Leaves Romney in the Cold

Mitt Romney and his advisers have not yet grasped that the health care decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts has changed the terms of the debate.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Automatic Pentagon Spending Cuts

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Will We Love the Health Care Law If It Dies?

“Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. However the court rules, we need to remember why this whole fight started in the first place.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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John Roberts’ View From the Liberals’ End of the Bench

By throwing out most of the anti-Latino Arizona immigration law and neutering the rest, the Supreme Court struck a rare blow for fairness and justice.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE


Fast and Furious—the Witch Hunt

The facts do not remotely justify the partisan witch hunt by House Republicans who threaten, without legitimate cause, to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


How Soon Republicans Forget Ken Starr

Having demanded a federal investigation of intelligence leaks, Republicans on Capitol Hill now claim to be outraged because Attorney General Eric Holder has asked two United States attorneys to conduct that probe—and one of the two happens to be a Democrat.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


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