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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



dbking (CC-BY)

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



Photo illustration based on an image by Flickr user cometstarmoon (CC-BY)

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


Are Low Taxes Exacerbating the Recession?

Though the Reagan zeitgeist created the illusion that taxes stunt economic growth, the numbers prove that higher marginal tax rates generate more resources for the job-creating, public investments that sustain an economy and create incentives for businesses to grow.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


Show Us the Money

We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


Judicial Change to Believe In

Here’s when you know something momentous has happened to our struggle over the Supreme Court’s role: When Republicans largely give up talking about “judicial activism,” when liberals speak of the importance of democracy and deference to elected officials, and when judges are no longer seen as baseball umpires.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


Unhinged on the Right

To hijack the horrors of the Holocaust and slavery in the service of a political campaign demeans the candidate and, worse, dishonors the victims. Decency demands that some comparisons be off-limits.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die

Afghanistan is the place where theories of warfare go to die, and if the COIN theory isn’t dead yet, it’s utterly failed so far to prove itself.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Whose Supreme Court Is It?

This week’s hearings over Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will mark a sea change in the way liberals argue about the judiciary.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano

5 Million Iraqis Killed, Maimed, Tortured, Displaced—Think That Bothers War Boosters?

The immensity of Iraqi civilian suffering is incomprehensible. How can war’s cheerleaders like Christopher Hitchens claim to fight on behalf of the people whose lives they helped destroy?

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


All Shook Up for BP

Joe Barton is not alone. The Texas congressman’s lavish sympathy for BP—which he sees not as perpetrator of a preventable disaster but as victim of a White House “shakedown”—is actually what passes for mainstream opinion among conservative Republicans today.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


How Obama Changed the Right

Barack Obama’s campaign promise of change did not include a pledge to transform American conservatism. But one of his presidency’s major legacies may be a revolution on the American right in which older, more secular forms of politics displace religious activism.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Justice

Justice Dept. to Challenge Arizona Law

The Justice Department, as expected, has decided to file a lawsuit seeking to shut down Arizona’s SB 1070, a move that is likely to launch immigration even further into this year’s election debate as conservatives rally around anti-immigrant sentiment in scrounging for votes.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


A Loss Won’t Silence the Democratic Left

This week’s primaries should have been good news for Democrats. Instead, a stray comment from an Obama aide briefly threatened a civil war in the Democratic Party, which needs all the unity it can get.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Israel From 10,000 Feet

The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state’s toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Mr. T in DC (CC-BY-ND)

Souter’s Challenge to Scalia

It should become the philosophical shot heard ’round the country. In a remarkable speech that received far too little attention, former Supreme Court Justice David Souter took direct aim at the conservatives’ favorite theory of judging.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


Family Values and Glass Houses

Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians on the one side and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists on the other.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Elena Kagan You Won’t See

Brace yourself for several months of occasionally biting but essentially meaningless political theater over the nomination of Solicitor General Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


David Cameron

David Cameron, You’re Britain’s New Prime Minister

Conservative leader David Cameron, come on down. You may not have won an outright majority in the U.K.’s recent election, but her majesty the queen has this consolation prize: a fabulous stay in Number 10 Downing Street and a job administering her government until ... (continued)

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


Clegg
AP / Jon Super

What Britain Taught Us About Hard Times and the Left

Britain produced an electoral earthquake all right, but not the one so many expected. The real lessons have less to do with two-party systems than with how economic change has challenged old strategies on both the right and the left.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Motto of Mad Men

“I Want My Country Back”—this ubiquitous tea party mantra belongs next to Nike’s “Just Do It” on Ad Age’s list of the most transcendent idioms.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


Will We Keep Hating the Government?

Ever heard the one about the guy who hated government until a deregulated Wall Street crashed, an oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, a coal mine collapsed, and some good police work stopped a terrorist attack?

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


What We Learned From Times Square

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


The Unintended Consequences of Good Government

Arizona’s bold election reforms just backfired. Public financing and an attempt to stop gerrymandering may be to blame for the state’s immigration law.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


A Fragile Partnership

The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Tory Lessons for Republicans

Britain’s Conservative Party has found a winning brand by reaching out to the left, while conservatives across the pond alienate voters with angry rhetoric and fringe positions.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


Past Statements Tell Present Truth About Immigration Law’s Goals

The true thinking behind Arizona’s immigration bill could be heard back in 2001, when the emotional aftermath of 9/11 momentarily removed politicians’ rhetorical filters.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Rock Out With Your Schlock Out

Ambassador Tom and the Mortgaged Youth are sick and tired of your black president talking down to little girls and the Supreme Court. They just want their freedom back, America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


Can’t Have a Decent Apocalypse Without a Full Cast

According to a source close to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, they have already drawn up a list of possible candidates for the additional two horsemen, a list which includes Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter and the entire Cheney family.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Have a Real Debate About the Court

A serious debate on “constitutional issues” might reveal our fundamental differences: Republican extremists would use the Supreme Court to prohibit every social and political advance since before the Civil War.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



No Way to Treat a Senator

There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason. There is something dangerous going on in the Republican Party when he is vilified for it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Get Ready for a More Conservative Supreme Court

Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years to have a Democratic president appointing judges: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Rebuilding an American Legacy

The collapse of American infrastructure is a shamefully old story by now, featuring scary statistics that must be updated regularly as the situation worsens.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



Graham Whitehouse / WDM (CC-BY)

British Election Mania

Gordon Brown has announced that the U.K. will hold elections May 6. A few weeks ago it was a near certainty that Conservatives would win the day, but a few polls show Labour surprisingly close to holding on to power. For the first time, the three major party leaders will debate each other live on telly. (continued)

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Karl Rove

Karl Rove Stumps for the Census

A rash of big-government paranoia has Republicans worried that some constituents won’t participate in the census, thereby depressing conservative representation in the House. Enter Karl Rove, James Madison fan and pitchman for the 2010 census.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
AP / Carolyn Kaster

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama, Meet Sisyphus

President Obama’s health care victory marked the beginning of a new phase in the administration’s political struggles, not a final triumph.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Base Problem

No flesh-and-blood president could live up to the imagined heights of candidate Obama, but a broader Democratic Party guarantees disappointment for all, some of the time.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE


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