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Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

Given his victory this week in the Iowa caucuses, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored as mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombast of the far-less-scary Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos

A reading guide to the Planned Parenthood videos and what has happened since their release last summer.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows

Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Odds of a Kasich Miracle

Two facts stand out about Donald Trump’s constituency: His supporters are angry, and they’re overwhelmingly from the less affluent reaches of the Republican Party. Candidate John Kasich is betting on their aspirations over their anger, and he just may be on to something.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



An Article of Conciliation

At year’s end, I want to offer a word to my conservative and libertarian readers whose patience I try regularly.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



50,000 Hit Streets of Poland to Rally Against ‘Creeping Coup d’Etat’

“My freedom and everybody else’s freedom is in danger,” says a protester.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz, Not Donald Trump, Could Become the GOP’s Nominee

Trump clearly has maintained his stranglehold on the media and certain swaths of the American population since he arrived, all bombast and swagger, on the 2016 election scene back in June. But according to The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, Trump is actually not the one to watch—or beat.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is In as House Speaker

It’s official: We’re now in the Paul Ryan era. The Wisconsin congressman was confirmed as the 54th House speaker on Thursday, succeeding the retiring John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Politicon 2015: Ann Coulter Claims She Fed Donald Trump ‘That Spicy Stuff on Mexican Rapists’

By Kasia Anderson

Is Ann Coulter the mastermind behind Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration rhetoric? The conservative pundit herself apparently thinks so.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE



Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering

Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Pope Francis Is an Honest Conservative, Not a Liberal

The positioning of the pope as a “liberal” or “progressive” in American politics is incorrect and indeed a little bizarre.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Teacher or Spy? Curbing Freedom of Expression in Britain’s Schools

Under new laws, U.K. teachers are expected to act as the “eyes and ears of the state.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE


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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