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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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A Movement Built by Dreamers

Undocumented immigrants in the United States number around 12 million people, a group larger than the populations of most countries on the planet.

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Bill Moyers: How to Start Your Own Super PAC

Bill Moyers shames super PAC donors and beneficiaries, including some lesser-known personalities.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Leadership on Immigration Leaves Romney at a Loss for Words

If taking action on the immigration issue is good politics for Obama and the Democrats, then Republicans have only themselves to blame.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: Keep the Change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic.

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Congress Vacation Again

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California Tries a New Way

As it has many times over more than a century, the Golden State again tried to reform its politics.

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AP/Barry Thumma

See You at the Club: Fed Fat Cats Dip Into the Till

American families have lost 20 years of growth while at least 18 bankers and tycoons sat on Fed boards that coincidentally bailed out their institutions.

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Across That Bridge, Again

As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Giffords Aide Wins, Jamie Dimon Testifies and More

A look at the day’s political events, including the Arizona special election winner, JPMogran Chase CEO Jamie Dimon heckled and Sheldon Adelson’s latest multimillion-dollar donation.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

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OECD: Governments Must Raise Retirement Age

A new report issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has advised governments to increase the retirement age in their countries. In the face of longer life expectancies, a higher retirement age is the only way to keep pension programs solvent, it says.

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Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Government Is the Solution

Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE


The War on Whistle-Blowers

You would think that even the most flaccid, rubber-stamp Congress might ask a few questions about the president’s “kill list,” but Congress is instead focused on making sure those who blew the whistle on it are punished.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

Wisconsin Exit Poll Surprise, Romney Email Hack and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Wisconsin exit polls, President Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the slap heard ’round the Badger State.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


Do-Nothing Congress

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Pants on Fire Romney

There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there’s Mitt Romney.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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As Deadline Nears, Dueling Student Loan Bills Stall in Senate

Despite agreeing that low federal student loan interest rates should be extended, Democrats and Republicans have not been able to come together to do so. On Thursday, the Senate rejected two competing plans that would have kept student loan rates from doubling to 6.8 percent on July 1.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE


Senate Aims to Advance Government Surveillance Rules

The Senate is moving to renew the soon-to-expire 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to monitor American citizens’ emails and telephone calls without a warrant. Former National Security Agency Director William Binney has warned that its vast data mining program, which operates under the amendments, could “create an Orwellian state.”

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Analysis: Congress Talks Like a Bunch of Teens

The ongoing bickering between congressional Democrats and Republicans can be described as sophomoric, no surprise perhaps given a recent analysis that found the average elected representative in Washington, D.C., speaks at a 10th-grade level.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

Obama Can’t Knock the Hustle

How did we end up with such smart scoundrels? Even after it was known that Jamie Dimon’s bank blew more than $2 billion, Barack Obama still had praise for the intellect of his political backer.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


The Only True Way to Save Marriage From Obama

Across America—and particularly in the red states that have rejected gay marriage—divorce rates are continually rising, along with teen pregnancies, out-of-wedlock births and single motherhood (which somehow afflict gay-friendly blue states far less).

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


The Tea Is Getting Weaker

Uh-oh! Some people are looking over the right shoulders of the Republicans who rode into the House of Representatives on the tea party wave of 2010. And they don’t like what they’re seeing.

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Pete Souza/The White House

Report: Under Obama, Taxes, Deficit and Spending All Down

Despite what Republicans and the tea party would like to have Americans believe, taxes, spending and the deficit are all lower than when President Obama took office.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Gay Marriage: State or Civil Right?

President Obama says he thinks gay marriage should be legal, but isn’t looking to legislate. JPMorgan Chase, the “best of the banks,” loses a $2 billion bet and reignites the debate over bank regulation. The French election has austerity hawks worrying about a resocialized euro, and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s primary loss could usher in a new era of ideological warfare.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Rep. Owens Will Reimburse Cost of Taiwan Trip

The congressman who last year took a $22,000 four-day trip to Taiwan organized by lobbyists said Friday that he will personally reimburse the university that paid for the trip.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Republican Civil War

After Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Richard Lugar by 20 points in Tuesday’s Indiana Republican Senate primary, he called, more or less, for one-party government.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Student Loan Bill Stalls in Senate

Democratic legislation that would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling was blocked in the Senate by Republicans on Tuesday.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Dengrier Baez

The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks

The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the showplace of the Marine Corps. It is also the home of officers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps who have been accused of sexually harassing, assaulting and raping female Marine officers and enlisted and civilian women who work there.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


What Immigration ‘Crisis’?

Now that the immigration “crisis” has solved itself, this is the perfect time for Congress and the president to agree on a package of sensible, real-world reforms.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE


The Right-Wing Bully Machine

Not all overheated political rhetoric is alike. Delusional right-wing crazy talk—the kind of ranting we’ve heard recently from washed-up rock star Ted Nugent and tea party-backed Rep. Allen West—is a special kind of poison that cannot be safely ignored.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Dima Gavrysh

For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Ending Fecklessness on Guns

Mayors have filled the void left in state legislatures, Congress and the White House by moderates, liberals and many conservatives who ought to know better but are too petrified by the NRA to confront it.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. David Ake

The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


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