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Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

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The Armageddon Caucus

Congress is supposed to be the venue in which we Americans work our way past divisions that are inevitable in a large and diverse democracy. Yet for some time, Republican congressional leaders have given the most right-wing members of the House and Senate a veto power that impedes compromise, and thus governing itself.

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Christie’s Debate Phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.

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The Creative Destruction of Misguided Ideology

What happens when the insurance industry so touted by the conservative movement starts saying things that wholly contradict that movement’s talking points?

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U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

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Religion Challenges Left and Right

Here’s the challenge: Americans who are left-of-center are far more religiously diverse than their opponents on the conservative side. When it comes to matters of faith, liberals and Democrats have a far more complicated task of coalition management—although religion also raises some serious difficulties for the right.

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Bill Maher on How the Left Should Counter Wealthy Conservatives

“Real Time” host Bill Maher delivered a special message to the likes of Jay Z, Steven Spielberg and Oprah during the latest installment of his HBO program.

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AP/Winslow Townson

If Republicans Love Competition, Why Do They Still Hate Obamacare?

Why do self-styled conservatives continue to hate health care reform? They may not care that it is truly “pro-life” and “pro-family,” but what about free enterprise?

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White House/Pete Souza

The End of Obamacare?

President Obama will veto the House effort to delay the individual mandate, weeks after volunteering to delay the employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation cheers the demise of its own idea.

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England, Wales OK Gay Marriage

Parliament has cleared the way for same-sex unions to begin in half of the United Kingdom.

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Party of No

Watching Republicans convince themselves that killing immigration reform actually helps the GOP is excruciating, and I wish somebody would make it stop.

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The ‘B’ Word: Republicans Fan the Flames of Ageism

With millennials up for grabs and Democratic front-runners getting older, boomer bashing is all the rage in politics.

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Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

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The Most Secretive Court in America May Also Be the Most Conservative

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a unique judicial body, not only in terms of its procedures but in terms of the political leanings of its judges, who comprise a panel so uniformly Republican that the five-justice right-wing majority on the current Supreme Court appears positively liberal in comparison.

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Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

How Boehner Gets a Win-Win

House Speaker John Boehner, pictured, has already ruled out the simplest course of action, which would produce the best outcome for the nation and also boost the prospects of the Republican Party: Bring the Senate bill up for a vote.

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The Original Conservative Reformer

Whenever conservatives are in this sort of pensive mood, they repair to the thought of the philosopher whom Jesse Norman, a Conservative member of the British Parliament, labels “The First Conservative,” the subtitle of his new book on Edmund Burke.

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A Most Political and Activist Court

The week’s judicial work leads to the question of which way the Supreme Court is looking and how the nine justices are using their enormous power, some of it unchecked even by public needs and wishes.

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The Third Political Branch

We prefer to think of the Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power.

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Why Russia Fears the Gay

Although gay Americans have cause for celebration this week, Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a blatantly homophobic law.

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AP/Vahid Salemi

New Iranian President Wants to Heal ‘Old Wound’ With U.S.

During his first news conference since winning Iran’s presidential election, Hasan Rowhani promised to improve relations with the West and be more forthcoming about his country’s nuclear program, although he maintained that it would not give up its nuclear rights.

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Warren Asks White House for Transparency, Christie Slow Jams the News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration reform bill threat and the circumstances in which Ann Coulter thinks the Republican Party “deserves to die.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Season of Challenge

What is President Obama fighting for? What is the point of his second term?

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Waiting for Abigail Fisher

Monday mornings at the Supreme Court in May and June are opinion days, so where is the opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas?

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tears Into Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson Over Sexist Comments

The Fox News anchor ripped into colleagues Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson when both men appeared on her show Friday for sexist remarks they had made on Dobbs’ Fox Business program two days earlier.

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Washington’s Fairy Tales

Coastal blue states are now typically presented in the national press as one giant Berkeley campus while heartland red states are portrayed as a confederacy of “Dukes of Hazzard” sets.

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Too Juvenile to Govern

With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Bachmannism’s Legacy

The Minnesota right winger deserves to be memorialized with an “ism” because she perfected a tactic well suited to the current media environment.

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Edwin L. Wriston

U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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We Are Family

Immigrants, gays and women who choose abortion are our relatives. They are in our families. We love them—even Republican senators with gay children love them—and we don’t like seeing them pushed around by our government.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Krugman Exposes the Hypocrisy of Fiscal Conservatives

In his latest column for The New York Times, the Nobel Prize-winning economists notes that before President Obama took office in 2009, seven of the 10 previous presidents left the Oval Office with debt ratios lower than when they entered it. The three who did not: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

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The Real Obstacle to Halting Climate Change

In case you missed the news, humanity just spent the Earth Day week reaching another sad milestone in the history of catastrophic climate change.

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The Economic Whodunit

The policy mystery of our time is why politicians in the United States and across much of the democratic world are so obsessed with deficits when their primary mission ought to be bringing down high and debilitating rates of unemployment.

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Thatcher and Chavez in Heaven

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The ‘Iron’ Lady

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Danny Birchall (CC-BY)

What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World

Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating Margaret Thatcher in the media, only the British themselves seem able to provide a refreshing hit of brisk reality.

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Two Conservative Lives

Two important conservatives departed this life within days of each other. One was a world-historical figure with extravagant political gifts, the other’s misgivings about politics led him to counsel Christians to undertake a political “fast.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Conservatives Outraged by Cesar Chavez Google Doodle on Easter

Members of the right wing are freaking out online after Internet search giant Google chose to honor Cesar Chavez with a doodle on Easter Sunday instead of something Christian holiday related.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 READ MORE



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The Stakes Before the Court

Don’t take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.

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Tea Party Activists Absurdly Boycott Fox News for Being ‘Too Liberal’

A number of tea partyers are under the delusion that Fox News, the right-wing’s treasured network for all things skewed and biased toward conservatives, is making a hard turn to the left.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Good Intentions, Bad Information at CPAC

Libertarians, whom the Republican National Committee has largely shut out, assumed a more energetic role at CPAC this year, using the failed election as evidence that the GOP should return to their philosophy’s ideals.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


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Calling Out Ryan’s Radicalism

Paul Ryan’s budget could prove to be a perversely useful document.

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Budget Wars: A Case for Hope

There are, believe it or not, grounds for hoping that the sequester, stupid as it is, might open the way to ending our nation’s budget stalemate.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



Neon Tommy

How California Turned Its Own Sequester Into Higher Taxes and Economic Growth

If President Obama follows the example of Gov. Jerry Brown in California, he can use devastating budget cuts to deal conservatives a crushing blow, argues David Sirota.

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Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

Ending the Permanent Crisis

Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Richard Drew

Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

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Staying Stupid: Why the ‘Hip’ Young Republicans Can’t Change Their Party (or Themselves)

Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP —frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as “the stupid party”—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

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