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Labels Aren’t the Problem

The “No Labels” group that held its inaugural meeting this week in the name of the political center fills me with passionate ambivalence.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / April L.Brown

Every Man His Own Historian

In our post-factual world, history has become another battlefield, with far-flung hostilities over cultural and political differences as well as the imperial adventures abroad.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Speaks Ill of His Allies

What does President Obama think of those who fought and bled to pass his bills in Congress (in some cases losing in this year’s election for their pains) while also defending him against wild charges from the right wing? Are they among the liberals he described as “sanctimonious”?

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Blaming Obama’s America First

We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Iran’s Best Friends on Capitol Hill

By stalling or killing President Obama’s new START treaty, Republicans would provide moral support to Iran, North Korea and any other rogue regime seeking to arm itself with nukes.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Thanksgiving Wars? No Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving. That is not a political sentiment. Yet this year, everything seems partisan and even this most unifying of national holidays has become an occasion for ideological warfare.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE


Calling the Bluff on Deficits

The proposal put forth by the deficit commission’s chairmen is a deeply conservative document, but if Republicans are as concerned as they say, they should debate the plan—and deficit-increasing tax cuts—in Congress.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


Professor Obama’s Teachable Moment

The predictably childish reactions of the left and right to the budget blueprint unveiled by the co-chairs of President Obama’s debt commission offer the president a chance to play a role to which he may be uniquely suited: the grown-up in the room.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE


Republicans Repeal Health Care at Their Peril

Election Day exit polls showed that the health care bill is not nearly so widely despised as right-wing propaganda suggests—and that its demise is certainly not the highest priority of voters.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Do Only Conservative Victories Count?

In 2008, the largest number of voters in American history gave the Democrats their largest share of the presidential vote in 44 years and big majorities in the House and Senate.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Brave New PacMan

Robert Greenwald and the crew over at Brave New Films have come up with a fun way to handle election hangover.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



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David Sirota Tells Conservative Democrats to Go Fuck Themselves

The columnist and radio host, who appears on this site every week, has issued a salty rant over the conservative Democrats and pundits who are already blaming liberals for their party’s losses.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Blue Dogs Get Taken to the Pound

We will inevitably hear that the lesson of Tuesday’s election is that the Democrats need to move to the right. That thinking, in 1994, led to the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats. But the Blue Dogs went down hard Tuesday. Nearly half of the Blue Dogs running lost.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


And Now for the Next Battle

President Obama allowed Republicans to define the terms of the nation’s political argument for the past two years and permitted them to draw battle lines the way they wanted. Neither he nor his party can let that happen again.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Joe Sestak’s Witching Hour

If there is one candidate who truly wishes that Christine O’Donnell had not won the Republican senatorial nomination in Delaware, it is the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



Royal Air Force / Cpl. Paul Saxby

U.K. to Slash Defense Spending

The United States spends more on its military than every other country in the world combined. That’s not likely to change, with British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing plans to cut military spending by 8 percent over four years. (continued)

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


Waiting for Another Watergate

What is the most powerful political operation in the country in this 21st century? It’s the United States Supreme Court. The men and women in black are on their way to deciding their second national election in just the first decade of the century.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Wave and the Reality

It’s easy to imagine how Democrats, facing near-unanimous predictions of a wipeout, could bestir themselves to narrow the enthusiasm gap by just enough to turn a potential “wave” election into a regular midterm setback for the party in power.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Triple Play

The Republican Party is running a three-level campaign this year that gives its candidates a wealth of advantages—in flexibility, deniability, and determination.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Jamean R. Berry

The Imperial Defense of Pentagon Bloat

Beware the sophistry of budget talking points—especially those seeking to deter any criticism of defense spending.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Crazy Carl’ and the Limits of Anger

To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case. The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee for New York governor as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Gorbachev’s ‘New Policy Forum’ Hints at the Future

No one attending the New Policy Forum in Sofia was very interested in Washington’s present military and geostrategic preoccupations.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Tory vs. Voodoo Conservatism

I’m not a witch. But if I were, the first spell I’d cast would be to turn House Minority Leader John Boehner into British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Look Who’s Killing Jobs Now

Republicans like to denounce President Obama and congressional Democrats for what they describe as “job-killing” policies. But in those red-hot rhetorical terms, congressional Republicans are guilty of mass murder when it comes to job creation.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Lies of the Tea Party

The disaffection and demoralization of Democrats have created a dangerous political vacuum that is being filled with misleading data, urban legends and outright lies.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Are Obama’s Hands Tied?

A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens

By their actions, alcohol companies are admitting that more sensible drug policies could cut into their government-created monopoly on mind-altering substances.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Twisting Obama’s Words

The right’s atwitter—literally, in some cases—about President Obama’s comment to Bob Woodward that America “can absorb a terrorist attack.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE


A Chance for Supreme Court Damage Control

With Congress coming back this week, there’s a chance to limit the damage the Supreme Court has caused our democracy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

President Obama decided this week to raise the stakes in this fall’s election by making the choice about something instead of nothing but anger.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


Church Picnic With a Buzz

It has not been clear whether, or how, the tea party would seek to accommodate the religious aspect of the conservative movement. Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally illustrated one potential route.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Is Not Martin Luther King Jr.

Glenn Beck is holding a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s dream speech. Our friends at Brave New Films send this video lowlight reel to remind us why Beck shouldn’t dare stand anywhere near King’s legacy.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Inching Away From Bullfighting and Its Macho B.S.

Catalonia has imposed a 2012 ban on the tradition, which is losing support throughout Spain. Could this toxic mix of blood lust and male preening finally be on its way out?

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Primary Differences

Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection. Democrats are not. This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties explains the year’s primary results.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


Right-Wing Wusses

The faction that likes to portray itself as a bunch of John Waynes and “mama grizzlies,” it turns out, spends an awful lot of time cowering in the corner and complaining about how beastly everyone else is being.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Ron Paul Condemns ‘Hate and Islamaphobia’

The former presidential candidate says opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero “is all about hate and Islamaphobia” and that the “justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.” (Full statement after the jump).

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Forget the ‘Party of No,’ Dems Need to Run Against Extremism

In an election, a solid “no” usually beats an uneasy “yes, but.” That’s the heart of the problem Democrats and President Obama face this fall.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Courage and Lower Manhattan

Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Howard Dean Sounds Like a Conservative Blogger (Update: Dean Responds)

First Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went all coward on us, now liberal darling Gov. Howard Dean wants the two-blocks-from-Ground-Zero Muslim community center moved. The worst part is, he seems to be getting his facts from Sarah Palin. (continued)

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Racists Return

Expressions of racial hatred on the right are troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich Need a History Lesson

No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. It is a senseless attack on one of America’s most sacred traditions.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


‘Dropping Babies,’ Abandoning Principles

Rather than shout, I’ll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party’s greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



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The Politics of Stupidity Strike Again

Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid? While we’re at it, does any other democracy have a powerful legislative branch as undemocratic as the U.S. Senate?

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


An Electoral Dry Run Down Under

It’s rare to see a dry run for an election campaign. But over the next month, Australia will provide a testing ground for some of the core themes in this November’s American elections.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Using Race to Smear Obama

After the Shirley Sherrod episode, there’s no longer any need to mince words: A cynical right-wing propaganda machine is peddling the poisonous fiction that when African-Americans or other minorities reach positions of power, they seek some kind of revenge against whites.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

White House Apologizes for Firing ‘Injustice’

After it became painfully obvious that the White House had been played by conservatives, press secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the administration. Sherrod was forced to resign because of a video edited by conservative bloggers to distort her remarks on race.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Socialist Who Coddles Business?

The titans of the private sector say President Obama is anti-business. Many progressives say he coddles business. How does the administration manage to pull that off?

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE


The NAACP and the Tea Party’s Flag-Burners

Good for the NAACP. We need an honest conversation about the role of race and racism in the tea party. Thanks to a resolution passed this week at the venerable organization’s national convention, we’ll get it.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

There’s Just No Pleasing Some Robber Barons

The flight from reason that now marks American public discourse came home for me last Friday when I found myself on public radio debating whether Barack Obama is anti-business.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


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