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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.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Stephen Masker (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ivan Sekretarev

Why Russia Fears the Gay

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

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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?

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


Dark Money









Posted on Jun 4, 2013 ENLARGE



AP/Susan Walsh

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?

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 31, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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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.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



Nick Castle (CC-BY)

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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


Cover-Up









Posted on May 16, 2013 ENLARGE



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.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


Thatcher and Chavez in Heaven









Posted on Apr 11, 2013 ENLARGE


The ‘Iron’ Lady









Posted on Apr 11, 2013 ENLARGE



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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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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



Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND)

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.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



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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



Rand Paul (CC-BY-SA)

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


Pig Shadow









Posted on Mar 20, 2013 ENLARGE    


Calling Out Ryan’s Radicalism

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

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



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?

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE


Portrait









Posted on Jan 29, 2013 ENLARGE



Reagan Library

Reagan Is Obama’s Touchstone

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

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


Pro-Life









Posted on Jan 23, 2013 ENLARGE


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



Flickr/TomaBw

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



DoD/D. Myles Cullen

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


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