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Pope Francis to Conservatives: ‘I Have Met Many Marxists in My Life Who Are Good People’

In an interview published Saturday in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the head of the Catholic Church responded to claims by conservatives like Rush Limbaugh who called him a “pure Marxist” for his recent condemnation of trickle-down economics.

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The Republican Mainstream Strikes Back

The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat—a change in tactics—but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.

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Mandela’s Crucial Lesson for America—and the Republicans Who Never Learn

Beyond the eulogies bestowed this week on the late and truly great Nelson Mandela—a visionary, revolutionary and peacemaker—there is much for Americans to learn from the story of his vexed relationship with our country.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


Believe

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Don't laugh...You still believe in trickle-down economics.
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Pope and Limbaugh

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The pope is a commie. 
Dang straight, BAAA, you tell 'em Rush.
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The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Raise the Minimum Wage

Now that President Obama has outlined the crisis in economic mobility, he should begin by pressing his demand that Congress raise the minimum wage—and not by a little, but a lot.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


Reason for the Season

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The Heart of Francis’ Mission

Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously.

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A Pope’s Pointed Message

The full implementation of Obamacare matters. Raising the minimum wage matters. Reforming a financial system “which rules rather than serves,” Pope Francis noted, matters.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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A Nuclear End to Denial

With their dramatic decision, Senate Democrats have frankly acknowledged that the power struggle over the judiciary has reached a crisis point and that the nature of conservative opposition to President Obama is genuinely without precedent.

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What We Lost

Whenever we reflect on the horror of Nov. 22, 1963, we mourn not only the murder of a graceful and inspiring leader but also a steady ebbing in the years thereafter of our faith in what we could achieve through public life and common endeavor.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


Conservatives Predict ‘The Collapse of American Liberalism’

Obamacare’s “failure to launch” has some Republicans celebrating American liberals’ demise. Thankfully Stephen Colbert has a facetious skit or two to prove them wrong.

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Meet Phillip Steel, the Drone Hunter

In his “Difference Makers” segment, Stephen Colbert introduces us to the man who will keep America safe from surveillance drones—or at the very least, Deer Trail, Colo. As Colbert puts it, Steel’s a man famous for “shooting for the stars,” a phrase that takes on new meaning as the Centennial State vigilante cocks his shotgun and aims at it at the sky.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

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Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’?

When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media practically exploded with indignation.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

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What’s the Matter With Motherhood?

If you’re a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn’t you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world?

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America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

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Chris Hedges on Christian Heretics

After his talk on the myth of human progress, the Truthdig columnist discussed the influence of religion on his work and why he views Christian conservatives as heretics.

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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

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Maybe the Tea Party Won

With a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share the tea party’s hatred of Washington.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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A Case for Hope

“Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” It was the early 20th century socialist Eugene V. Debs who pointed to the utility of this extra Beatitude.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE


The Plot Against Pensions

As state legislatures prepare for their upcoming sessions, you will no doubt hear a lot about public pensions.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE


Boehner in the Catbird’s Seat

Don’t feel sorry for John Boehner. His party and his country may be losers in this absurd crisis, but he clearly intends to come out a winner.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Heartbreak of Extremism

The only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Justice Scalia Gets Most of His News From Talk Radio

The man who was once the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice (now there’s a depressing past tense) tells New York magazine that he gets most of his news listening to talk radio on the way to and from work.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Server Crashes Prove the ACA Is Here to Stay

While Republicans were throwing their silly tantrum, Obamacare became a fact. There is no turning back.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

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Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

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Whom to Blame for the Shutdown? How About Ourselves?

With a political process skewed to ensure the re-election of incumbents, and low voter turnout in midterm congressional primaries and elections, we have a system ripe for exploitation. And so it has been. Yet we do nothing to try to change it.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Ted Cruz Is Done Talking, Senate Moves On

In order to fund Obamacare and, in the process, the government, the Senate has to pass its own version of a House bill.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


Obamacare’s Strange Bedfellows

An unapologetic conservative is fighting the tea party and his own Republican Legislature because he thinks the less privileged people of Ohio deserve health coverage.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE


The Shutdown’s Real Goal

The coming battles over budgets, the debt ceiling, a government shutdown and Obamacare are not elements of a large political game.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


Not the Farmer’s Almanac

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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.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE


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?

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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?

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE


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