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The Right’s Political Correctness

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, it’s not “flip-flopping.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE


John Cleese Gives Yanks the Lowdown on the U.K. Elections

Confused about the Tories? And who’s this Miliband guy, anyway?

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE


Britain’s Election 2015

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Brazil’s Ascendant, Hard-Line Right Wants to Imprison 16-Year-Olds

The left wing of Brazil’s Legislature has become weak and demoralized, and the “Bullets, Beef and Bible Caucus” is ready to seize power.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated)

She’s not looking to just be the GOP’s answer to Hillary Clinton for the span of the campaign season—Carly Fiorina would rather beat her in the 2016 election and claim the title of America’s next president.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz Set to Launch Presidential Campaign Monday

This should come as no surprise: The Republican U.S. senator from Texas will throw his hat in the ring as a contender for the White House in the 2016 election. Two of his advisers say he will make the announcement Monday.

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Koch Brothers and Allies Plan to Unleash $889 Million in Funding for 2016 Campaign

It seems that in the coming presidential election season—occurring during an age of Citizens United and super PACs—super-wealthy political instigators such as the Koch brothers will have more sway over American politics than ever before.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



Gov. Scott Walker Suspected in ‘Criminal’ Election Scheme

Court documents unsealed Thursday show that federal prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups in a nationwide “criminal scheme” to break election laws.

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Donald Sterling’s Illiberal Zionism Part of Racism Controversy With Magic Johnson

Since American discourse changed with the civil rights movement, when conservatives slip up and say what they actually privately think, they get into trouble. 

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

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Adolph Reed Jr.: The Left Has Left the Building

Ineffectual liberals and the corporate takeover of the Democratic Party have not only tipped the whole country over to the right but have vanquished any lingering notion of “the left.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE


Sarah Palin Taunts ‘Obamacare Suckas,’ Butchers ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ at CPAC 2014

Sarah Palin was once again the darling of the Conservative Political Action Conference, putting on quite a show for an enthralled crowd with her keynote address Saturday night with a wink and a bang—not to mention several swings at President Obama.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



Bill O’Reilly Faces Off With President Obama in Super Bowl Sideshow, Pundits Pile On

Sunday’s pregame face-off between Bill O’Reilly and President Obama sparked some different takes on the same interview in recaps by Fox News, The New York Times and other outlets, but overall O’Reilly was declared the winner.

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Dinesh D’Souza Slapped With Campaign Fraud Charges

Onetime conservative wunderkind-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who brought “2016: Obama’s America” to the big screen in 2012, is now further entrenched in the world of dirty politics.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE


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Meet the Secret $256 Million Bank for Right Wing Causes

A new IRS filing reveals that a shadowy Koch brothers-led nonprofit, Freedom Partners, spent nearly a quarter-billion dollars trying to influence 2012 elections and policy discussions. Most of the donors remain secret. Can you say, “oligarchy”?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Top Radio Advertisers Said to Be Excluding Limbaugh and Hannity

An advertising boycott enacted in the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s controversial “slut” comment about Sandra Fluke last year appears to be working.

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Morsi’s Choice

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Man Obsessed With Fox News and GOP Jailed Over Threats to Kill ‘Liberal’ Girlfriend

A Florida man whom prosecutors have described as “obsessed with Fox News and the Republican Party” faces charges after he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, all because of her political beliefs.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Family Research Council Guard Wounded in Shooting

It is still unclear whether the suspect targeted the conservative Family Research Council because of its political views, but officials say that will be part of the investigation into the incident Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Pulls In Conservative Santorum Voters

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Spanish Workers Strike to Protest Reforms

Strikers all but halted road, rail and air services in Spain on Thursday as part of a one-day general strike against austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s recently elected conservative government.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Why They Won’t Listen

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, believes intuition—not reason—guides people’s behavior, and with his new book, “The Righteous Mind,” he wants to teach you how to better sell your politics.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE



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What’s Really at Stake in 2012

Observing the liberal Democratic critics of President Barack Obama set me wondering whether they ever listen to the Republican candidates. Haven’t they noticed that the Republicans want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the rest of the economic protections for the poor and the middle class? 

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Santorum Rising

There’s horse-race politics, but then there are also bona fide plot twists in the presidential campaign season, and we’re looking at one of them with the boost conservatives are giving Rick Santorum—yes, he of the sweater vest—as he and the formerly more confident Mitt Romney get ready for Arizona and Michigan primaries late this month.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE


A Culturally Sensitive Teach-In With Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson, “SNL” throwback and low-rent Lady Gaga, took another big misstep in her troubling transition from comedy to punditry with this Shariah-themed episode of “PolitiChicks,” which would play like self-parody if Jackson had the capacity for critical self-reflection.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE


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Rush Limbaugh Plays to the 99 Percent

Could it be that right-wing radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh understands what the Occupy Wall Street movement is really about? Even weirder, could he actually sympathize with the struggle? Maybe, considering a mini-tirade Limbaugh unleashed on his listeners, set off by the occasion of NBC hiring Chelsea Clinton as a “special correspondent.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Frank Rich Blasts Bipartisanship

With an eye on the ruthlessly partisan strategies, tactics and proposed policies of the Republican contenders for the White House, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich assigns a poor grade to Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Indignados’ Protest in Mexico City

After Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s fifth state of the nation speech last week, more than 50,000 people gathered in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square, to decry policies that have destroyed unions, privatized essential public industries, enriched a small elite and killed more than 50,000 people in the nation’s drug war. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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The Koch Brothers’ Gallery of Million-Dollar Buddies

Twice yearly, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch assemble a crowd of wealthy economic libertarian sympathizers to raise funds for their efforts to influence government and the American public. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Bachmann Makes Hay in Iowa

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann beat out other Republicans to win the Iowa straw poll in Ames on Saturday, receiving 4,823 of the nearly 17,000 votes cast. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Criminal Justice: ‘Normalizing’ Exploitation

After Georgia’s new immigration law chased away many of its farm laborers, the state launched a dubious plan to fill the void with probationers, who lack the experience needed to do harvesting work, especially in the current heat wave. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Study: To Win Votes, Motivate Your Base

Numbers from a recent Pew Research Center study contradict the conventional thinking on independent voters. Independents are not moderates who can be swayed to the right or left with appeals to moderation and centrism, but “disaffected political partisans” ... (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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EU Rejects Aggressive Cut in Carbon Emissions

On Tuesday, conservative British representatives led the European Parliament to reject a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 in a preliminary vote stirred by claims that such a sharp decrease taken out of step with other nations would drive businesses out of EU countries. (more)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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The Doctors Are Turning Left

While medical doctors are a historically conservative bunch, many physicians are beginning to lean left as they abandon the high costs and responsibilities associated with running private practices to take salaried jobs in hospitals, doctors’ advocates say. (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


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Coming of Rage in Neverland

Knowing what Hitler had done to the complete eradication of the square mustache, I could only guess what bin Laden was doing to U.S. introspection.

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Harvard Cheers N.J. Governor’s Tough Talk on Education

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew enthusiastic cheers from a Harvard audience on Friday when he spoke aggressively against university tenure and teachers’ unions, and promised to build a more conservative state Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Gingrich Shilling for Ethanol Industry?

Turns out that free-market evangelist—and former House speaker—Newt Gingrich is also a paid booster of the heavily government-subsidized ethanol industry.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Fox News to Drop Glenn Beck’s Show

Although Glenn Beck himself is characterizing the change as a “new phase” of his “partnership” with Roger Ailes’ conservative-magnet cable channel, the bottom line of this story is that Beck’s show will be phased out of the Fox News programming lineup later this year.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Making a Case for NPR

Granted, the person making the points about NPR’s virtues in this Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece is Steve Inskeep, who is himself a host of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” But he brings in some data about who’s actually tuning in that might surprise longtime listeners as well as detractors.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Patriotic Teen Fails Spanish

This video details the makings of a conservative hero: a high school sophomore who purposefully fails Spanish to save his country, pledging to “speak American” instead. The Onion News Network’s “Beyond the Facts” has more on this heartwarming (faux) story.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Is Glenn Beck Not Long for Fox News?

While we are generally loath to give Fox News’ chalkboard jockey Glenn Beck our attention, the rumor that he could be taking his act off Fox News and on to other right-wing media outlets of undetermined nature—and as early as the politically conspicuous ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


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Krugman: Kids Will Pay the Price for Spending Cuts

According to New York Times econo-whiz Paul Krugman, all this emphasis on austerity will not be good for posterity. In his latest column, Krugman slams the GOP for claiming to be all about the kids while stacking the deck against them with “draconian” budget cuts.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Fla. Governor Catches Anti-Union Fever

The Wisconsin syndrome? Just days after declaring that he favored collective bargaining for public employees, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, changed his tune and said he now wishes it were not allowed in the Sunshine State.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

House Votes to Slash Spending

The Republican-controlled House, taking aim at everything from health care to the environment, has voted to cut more than $60 billion from the federal budget.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Right Pushes Back About Rhetoric’s Role in Arizona Shooting

Is it wrong to make connections between the charged political climate in the U.S., stoked by divisive rhetoric, and the deadly shooting last weekend in Arizona? Some right-leaning politicians and pundits are saying so.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


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