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Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. David Ake

The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


Partisan Supreme Court

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Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



Kaptain Kobold (CC-BY)

Conservatives Really Do Hate Science

Trust in science as a means of discovering and understanding reality has declined among self-identified conservatives since the mid-1970s, sociologists at the University of North Carolina found, and even more so in recent years if they held high level university degrees.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


Santorum Needs Gingrich in the Race

If Rick Santorum wants to keep Mitt Romney from wrapping up the Republican nomination before the convention, he should encourage Newt Gingrich to stay in the race, not drop out.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


A Welcome Return to Basic Standards

Rush Limbaugh’s mea culpa—however insincere—is significant because it is evidence that America may be setting some basic standards for political discourse.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


Can Obama Muzzle the Dogs of War?

Unlike his irresponsible critics on the right, Obama cannot ignore the potential costs of another Mideast war, which could wreck fragile economies both here and abroad, increase the peril to U.S. troops in Afghanistan as well as throughout the region, and perhaps escalate into a global conflict of unpredictable scope.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



James Vaughan (CC-BY-SA)

It’s About Sex and the ’60s

Mitt Romney clearly has no idea what his party stands for and is running against. To put it in Rick Santorum’s words, “It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney: Winning Votes, Not Love

Mitt Romney is grinding his way to the Republican presidential nomination not by winning hearts but by imposing his will on a party that keeps resisting him.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt Romney (CC-BY)

Romney’s Budget-Balancing for Dummies

Mitt Romney must think “conservatives” very stupid if he’s promising to balance the federal budget by eliminating nominal amounts spent on the nation’s cultural programs.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



Jason Hargrove (CC-BY)

Mitt Romney: An Extremist for the Privileged

There is a terrible bias in the mainstream media, which judge “moderation” almost entirely in relation to positions on social issues such as abortion or gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Santorum in the Extreme

Beneath that sweater vest beats the heart of a calculating and increasingly desperate politician who has gone beyond pandering all the way to shameless demagoguery.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ideological Hypocrites

Conservatives in power have never been—and can never be—as anti-government as they are in a campaign.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE


Comes the Revolution

Andrew Breitbart, the publisher of Breitbart.com and a couple of other popular websites, set the tone for a program at the University of Southern California last Wednesday by calling George Stephanopoulus of ABC News a little rat with a runny nose.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney’s Big Problem

Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



Christopher Macsurak (CC-BY)

A Religious War Out of Thin Air

At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no “war on religion,” no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Sheldon Adelson: An Anti-Semite’s Dream

Eric Alterman writes in The Nation that the casino magnate who has propped up Newt Gingrich’s campaign is the ultimate caricature of “the anti-Semitic clichés that have dogged the Jewish people throughout history.” And yet no one seems to have noticed. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

White Nationalists Share Spotlight With GOP at CPAC

The annual Washington showcase of the far right is plunging toward new depths of disgrace by featuring “white nationalists” among its speakers.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE



The Huffington Post

Clint, Rick and the Limits of Pessimism

What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers Makes Newt Gingrich Look Like an Idiot

The PBS headliner rises to the defense of Saul Alinsky, “a patriot, in a long line of patriots, who scorned the malignant narcissism of duplicitous politicians and taught everyday Americans to think for themselves and to fight together for a better life.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Hasn’t Won Yet

Now that Mitt Romney has about wrapped up the Republican nomination for president. ... What? He hasn’t? They changed the rules?

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Politics as Entertainment

Reality show? What I see is an aquarium. The debates look like a tank full of exotic fish flashing their stuff for an instant at a time. You never see the whole thing, just flashes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

So Much for a Populist GOP

In the end, the corporate and economically conservative wing of the Republican Party always seems to win.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Moving Obama to Europe

This is what progress looks like for a president named Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE


What Kind of Capitalist Was Romney?

Thanks to Mitt Romney and such well-known socialist intellectuals as Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, the United States is about to have the big debate on the nature of modern capitalism that should have started back in 2008.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


America’s 5 Political Parties

It would seem that the United States has a five-party system right now. What was done in Iowa last Tuesday could unravel in New Hampshire, but whatever happens next, the United States is more politically fractured than it has been in decades.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP photos by Chis Carlson and Charlie Riedel

Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Santorum, Huntsman and the Future of Conservatism

If the Republicans want to have a genuinely searching debate about the future of their party, they’d send Santorum and Huntsman off for the long fight.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


A ‘Fuck You’ From Iowa

The caucuses have a lot of us fizzy-water-drinking cognoscenti chortling about those backward Iowans with their reactionary conservatives and simpleton farmers. This guy would like to set the record straight.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



Joe Crimmings (CC-BY-ND)

Extravagant Hopes of 2008 Haunt Obama in 2012

Four years ago this week, a young and inspirational senator who promised to turn history’s page swept the Iowa caucuses and began his irresistible rise to the White House.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration from a photo byLudovic Bertron (CC-BY)

A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and the Revenge of the Base

It is one of the true delights of a bizarrely entertaining Republican presidential contest to watch the apoplectic fear and loathing of so many GOP establishmentarians toward Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The New Newt

Despite living most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich does not have many friends among his neighbors.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

A Huntsman Moment?

Jon Huntsman could pull off a Granite State miracle if Republicans see him as a winner (and a real conservative), and independents view him as the sane guy in a preposterous crowd (and a moderate).

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


The 2012 Presidential Dejection

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


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