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How a Republican Senate Could Help Hillary Clinton, and Other Counterintuitive Midterm Conclusions

Those ardent Democratic supporters who spent Wednesday morning weeping into their corn flakes might be heartened to hear The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan read the midterm tea leaves in a manner that makes it all seem slightly less catastrophic.

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Midterms 2014: GOP Gains Control of the Senate

And so it happened: Thanks to a heady combination of freed-up cash, amped-up campaigning, publicity-stoked fear and Obama fatigue, among other potent ingredients, Republicans took over the Senate on Tuesday evening. 

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Midterms 2014: Control of the Senate Hangs in the Balance

The 2014 midterm election season will go down in history as the time when unprecedented amounts of money were spent in the tussle over control of the U.S. Senate—and, by extension, over the potential outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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Hillary Clinton Talks Income Inequality, Critics Don’t Buy It

Every presidential election cycle heats up quicker than the last, with the dismaying inevitability of Christmas marketing in May.

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Harry Reid: Koch Bros. Are ‘Un-American’

Invoking a term that carries some serious baggage in the annals of U.S. political history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled conservative corporate power siblings David and Charles Koch “un-American” on Wednesday.

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Dems Offer Family-Friendly Take on Obamacare-Work Link

So, we’ve heard the GOP’s spin on the possible dip in work hours that could result, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, from the Affordable Care Act and the options it offers Americans in the health insurance marketplace.

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Democratic Congressman Schools ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts

Perhaps the bookers over at Fox News decided to get Rep. Adam Smith, one of 16 Democrats who voted against the fiscal cliff deal, on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday because they thought the congressman would agree with the program’s hosts. If that was the case, they were sorely mistaken.

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California Democrat Apologizes for GOP Nazi Comparison

State party Chairman John Burton, who said Republicans are embracing Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels by “telling the big lie,” also called VP nominee Paul Ryan a “horse’s ass.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Gay Marriage: State or Civil Right?

President Obama says he thinks gay marriage should be legal, but isn’t looking to legislate. JPMorgan Chase, the “best of the banks,” loses a $2 billion bet and reignites the debate over bank regulation. The French election has austerity hawks worrying about a resocialized euro, and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s primary loss could usher in a new era of ideological warfare.

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Violence, USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life

Warlike values and the social mind-set they legitimize have become the primary currency of our market-driven culture, which takes as its model a Darwinian shark tank in which only the strong survive.

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IRS Form 1040 Buffett

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Why They Won’t Listen

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, believes intuition—not reason—guides people’s behavior, and with his new book, “The Righteous Mind,” he wants to teach you how to better sell your politics.

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Hollywood Democrats Wary of Super PACs

With less than eight months until Election Day, President Obama is getting trounced in the super PAC department—partly by design, as Obama only recently capitulated to this democratically challenged trend, but also because certain members of a particular class of Democratic donor aren’t too keen on giving money this way if it contributes to a larger problem.

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Campaigning Dems Register Higher on the Obamameter

Whatever President Obama is doing to reinstate closer ties with some high-profile members of his party is working, at least when it comes to congressional Democrats looking to extend their stays on Capitol Hill. So what’s his winning strategy?

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WikiLeaks, Anonymous Join Forces

Their missions are aligned in many ways, but WikiLeaks and the group of international cyberpunks known collectively as Anonymous made it official in a joint effort, posted by WikiLeaks late on Sunday, consisting of quite a few internal emails from an intelligence company Anonymous targeted over the holidays last year.

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Citizen Suspect: We’re All Under Attack in the WikiLeaks Case

Our civil liberties and First Amendment rights are threatened by the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Julian Assange case; if Mitt Romney’s father was still around, he’d probably endorse Obama; meanwhile, Fox News is ruining the GOP. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Obama Avoids Alignment With Israel Against Iran

Obama dodges Netanyahu’s attempts to suck the U.S. into a war against Iran; Stephen Colbert’s many fictional faces are interfering with real world politics; meanwhile, the Argentine LGBT community is combatting the country’s deep-rooted stereotypes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Occupy Targets Obama

Occupy Des Moines protesters decide it’s high time to occupy the Democratic headquarters, and they won’t be the last; Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” gets more viewers than Fox News; and one of America’s most visible poets fell out of grace thanks to a racist poem. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Third Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney (the “anyone but Romney” vote has gone from Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Gingrich) would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge.

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Lobbying Firm Proposes ‘Hit Job’ on OWS

MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes brings us a memo written by a Washington lobbying firm staffed with former aides of Republican Speaker John Boehner offering American bankers a near $1 million publicity blitz against Occupy Wall Street and its congressional supporters. (more)

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OWS: The Start of Something Big

The Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t just some lefty rejoinder to the tea party, even though the two political phenomena have been subject to comparison over the last two months, but at least one prominent tea partyer joins a host of scholars and analysts in suggesting that OWS is about far more than ... (more)

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Gov’t Shutdown Crisis Averted (Again)

All right, members of the 112th United States Congress, if you keep saying you’re about to have a total political meltdown and then nothing happens, we’re going to stop believing you. Once again, the fearsome government shutdown was avoided Thursday when squabbling factions on Capitol Hill ... (more)

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Schumer Sees Democrats Hanging On to Senate

Is Sen. Charles Schumer still a member of the reality-based community? The top Democrat confidently predicted on Wednesday that his party would retain control of the Senate in the 2012 election, despite having to defend way more seats than the Republicans. (more)

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Feingold: ‘This Is Not a Time for Cautious Politics’

Here we see former Sen. Russ Feingold taking stock of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon on Monday’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” declaring that the “unholy alliance” between big business and certain political operatives on the right (although not exclusively from that side of the aisle) is being challenged. (more)

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Obama’s 2012 Re-Election

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Frank Rich Blasts Bipartisanship

With an eye on the ruthlessly partisan strategies, tactics and proposed policies of the Republican contenders for the White House, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich assigns a poor grade to Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle. (more)

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Pennsylvania Monkeys With the Electoral Vote

Pennsylvania Republicans may have found a new way to gerrymander the 2012 presidential election in the GOP’s favor with a plan involving a shift in the rules that govern how votes are awarded in the electoral college. (more)

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Democrats Lose Weiner’s Seat to GOP

Voters in New York City’s 9th Congressional District elected Republican Bob Turner, a retired cable television executive from Queens, to the House seat vacated by disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in June. (more)

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Nurses vs. Wall Street

Nurses in San Francisco make a statement about Wall Street; Hispanic media are faring better than their mainstream counterparts; and Steve Jobs leaves the world with a pricey legacy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Problem With the Republicans

Mike Lofgren retired this summer after 28 years as a congressional staffer, 16 of which he spent on the Republican side working with the House and Senate budget committees, and he wants to tell you something about the nature of the current Republican Party. (more)

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Obamacare Pain

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Wedgie Issues

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Blame THEM for the Crash

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The Long Arc of Obama’s Presidency

There are plenty of reasons to shout about Barack Obama’s performance as president, and sharp, strident indictments of his White House failures are in abundant supply. But for those whose ears are ringing, Emory University psychology professor Drew Westen’s gentle dismantling ... (more)

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American Economy

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America’s Debt Problem

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U.S. Debt Crisis Explained

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Divided Government

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The Adult in the Room

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Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren.

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The Great Communicator Redux

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Study: To Win Votes, Motivate Your Base

Numbers from a recent Pew Research Center study contradict the conventional thinking on independent voters. Independents are not moderates who can be swayed to the right or left with appeals to moderation and centrism, but “disaffected political partisans” ... (more)

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