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What’s Next for Mitt Romney?

The twice-beaten presidential contender will return to the national stage with a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, the National Review reports.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


Winning the Argument

In his bid to be remembered as a transformational leader, President Obama is following the playbook of an ideological opposite, Margaret Thatcher. First you win the argument, she used to say, then you win the vote.

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Sanders Wants to End Corporate Tax Handouts, O’Reilly Makes Big Error, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including GOP infighting involving Karl Rove and the latest Republican-led assault on women’s rights.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


Success of Family and Medical Leave Act Should Humble the Far Right

When Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act on Feb. 5, 1993, almost exactly 20 years ago as the first legislative act of his presidency, its establishment as law marked a progressive victory after nearly a decade of ferocious opposition by corporate lobbyists, Republican legislators, conservative media and right-wing pundits.

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Conservatives Upset Over Jim Carrey’s ‘Assault Rifle’ Tweet

The actor, who is mostly known for comedic roles, took on a serious tone when he used Twitter to focus on the gun debate that has emerged in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

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Reagan Is Obama’s Touchstone

To understand how Barack Obama sees himself and his presidency, don’t look to Franklin Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln.

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The Real Deficit Argument

Should our politicians dedicate themselves to solving the problems we face now? Or should they spend their time constructing largely theoretical deficit solutions for years far in the future to satisfy certain ideological and aesthetic urges?

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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5 Dark Money Groups Misled the IRS About Political Activities

Five conservative dark money groups active in 2012 elections previously told tax regulators that they would not engage in politics, filings obtained from the IRS show.  The best known and most controversial of the groups is Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona-based organization.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Hannity, O’Reilly Fox News Ratings Take Dive

Two of the top conservative commentators on Fox News saw their ratings plummet after Barack Obama’s re-election victory in November.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Veterans Denounce Neoconservative ‘Swiftboating’ of Chuck Hagel

If Chuck Hagel is nominated by President Obama to serve as secretary of defense, there will be at least three compelling arguments in his favor.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE


Unreason on Health Care

The human capacity to put passion and intense feeling over cool rationality does not surprise us when it comes to love, sex, family, friendship, certain kinds of religious commitment and even devotion to sports teams.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


Which Path for the Right?

The potential of a renaissance in conservative thought is enormous, if the right can overcome a certain intellectual laziness and inflexibility that, in fairness, have at other times afflicted the progressive side of politics.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


Ignore Grover (and Learn From Him)

Pretending that Norquist is more powerful than he is allows Republicans to win acclaim they haven’t earned yet.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Who Is Grover Norquist?

Although Norquist’s name seems to be everywhere these days, many know little about the man whose tax pledge is virtually holding the “fiscal cliff” budget negotiations hostage.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama and the End of Decline

If Obama is looking for a single, unifying objective, it should be to make sure that by the time he leaves office, the vast majority of Americans will have abandoned their declinist fears.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Listening Problem

I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they’re in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of their post-2012 position.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Shouldn’t Back Down

It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country. If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE



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America’s Increasingly Diverse Electorate Is Heard

Abroad, the widely noted aspect of Barack Obama’s re-election victory was its social and class character. The president was re-elected by a majority of American minorities.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE


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Romney Flip-Floppulence

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The Gilded Age vs. the 21st Century

The 2012 campaign began on Aug. 2, 2011, when President Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco. At that moment, the president relinquished his last illusions that the current, radical version of the Republican Party could be dealt with as a governing partner. From then on, Obama was determined to fight—and to win.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 READ MORE


Hurricane Sandy Blows Away Political Pretense and Ideological Nonsense

When the superstorm destroyed swaths of the Northeast, darkened our largest city and plunged a huge section of the nation into crisis, the anti-government ideology of the tea party Republicans—and its panderers like Mitt Romney—was exposed for what it is.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

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The War on Nate Silver

Nate Silver is seen by conservatives as a threat to Republicans this election. It’s not simply because Silver, the statistician behind the New York Times-hosted FiveThirtyEight blog, predicts that President Obama will win the election. Rather, it’s also because Silver is one of the most accurate forecasters out there.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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How to Save Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court might force defenders of affirmative action to adopt less conventional but equally effective means of promoting diversity on college campuses.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



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If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE


Biden Put Ryan-Romney on the Defensive

Some have written that Biden was too hot and overreacted to Obama’s disengagement. But this misreads the net impact of the debate.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE


Sherrod Brown’s Lessons for Obama

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s uncompromising advocacy on behalf of workers, toughness on trade, and progressive policies on a broad range of other issues have allowed him to build a formidable organization across Ohio, and a large cadre of small donors.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE


The Campaign’s Moral Hole

There are forces working to make the campaign about something more than a suffocating battle to influence tiny slivers of the electorate.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Major European Aerospace Merger Sends Shockwaves Around the Globe

The West Europeans are contemplating handing their independent arms and aerospace companies over to a conglomerate that would bestow on the United States an effective veto over the greater part of Europe’s rival defense industry.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE


Deluded by ‘Skewed’ Polls

Conservative activist circles are abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: Polls showing President Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney are deliberately being skewed by the Liberal Mainstream Media so that Republicans will be disheartened and stay home on Election Day.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


Can This Election Settle Anything?

The most important issue in the 2012 campaign barely gets discussed: How will we govern ourselves after the election is over?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Turns on Mitt, Fox News Backs Romney, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Romney dissing his wife Ann and why Jon Stewart says Mitt’s own father wouldn’t vote for him.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



Conservatives Blame Obama for Sending Allegedly Gay Ambassador to Libya

Conservative blogs are saying U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was gay and shouldn’t have been sent to the Middle East; Google’s censorship of the controversial anti-Muslim video proves Web companies have more power than governments; meanwhile, a Stanford University study claiming organic foods are useless is being called fraudulent. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Conservatives ‘Will Never Have’ Smart People on Their Side, Santorum Says

Apparently being smart and having conservative values do not go hand in hand. At least, that’s what former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said during a weekend speech at the Values Voter Summit in which he also criticized the media and libertarians.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The New Politics of Nostalgia

A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for a return to the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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The Big Idea in This Election

This isn’t just a choice of philosophies, but the long-awaited showdown between post-FDR Democrats and post-Reagan Revolutionaries.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Conservatives Rip Fluke’s Speech, Reiterate Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

Conservatives are once again leveling the false claim that Fluke, the women’s rights activist who was thrust into the national spotlight after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” wants the government to pay for her to have sex.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


Tampa Defines the Charlotte Imperative

The Obama Democrats who gather in Charlotte this week have a big advantage over Tampa’s Romney Republicans.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Ghosts in Tampa

In 1964, George Romney, then the governor of Michigan, walked out of the Republican National Convention during Barry Goldwater’s acceptance speech. He was protesting his party’s sharp turn rightward and its weak platform plank on civil rights.

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