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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.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE


‘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.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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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)

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ 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)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ 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)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama’s 2012 Re-Election









Posted on Oct 2, 2011 ENLARGE


Supercommittee









Posted on Oct 1, 2011 ENLARGE



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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)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

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)

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ 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)

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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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)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE


Obamacare Pain









Posted on Aug 13, 2011 ENLARGE


Wedgie Issues









Posted on Aug 10, 2011 ENLARGE


Blame THEM for the Crash









Posted on Aug 7, 2011 ENLARGE



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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)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


American Economy









Posted on Aug 3, 2011 ENLARGE


America’s Debt Problem









Posted on Aug 1, 2011 ENLARGE


U.S. Debt Crisis Explained









Posted on Jul 31, 2011 ENLARGE


Divided Government









Posted on Jul 31, 2011 ENLARGE


Barf









Posted on Jul 29, 2011 ENLARGE


Pea Party









Posted on Jul 27, 2011 ENLARGE


War of Words









Posted on Jul 27, 2011 ENLARGE


The Adult in the Room









Posted on Jul 23, 2011 ENLARGE


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE


The Great Communicator Redux









Posted on Jul 19, 2011 ENLARGE



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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)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Peas Talks









Posted on Jul 15, 2011 ENLARGE



Dr. Bachmann’s ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

Michele Bachmann’s husband tries to “cure” gay people; President Obama wants to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare; meanwhile, the archivist of the U.S. defends Wikipedia from professors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Dueling Fireworks Shows









Posted on Jul 4, 2011 ENLARGE


Independence From Obama









Posted on Jul 4, 2011 ENLARGE


Full of Debt









Posted on Jul 1, 2011 ENLARGE


War and Peace









Posted on Jun 26, 2011 ENLARGE


Loose Lips









Posted on Jun 26, 2011 ENLARGE


Democrats and Business









Posted on Jun 26, 2011 ENLARGE



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N.Y. Religious Groups Exempt From Gay Rights Legislation

Language protecting New York churches, synagogues and other religious institutions from lawsuit and penalty upon refusal to perform same-sex marriages was one of the key amendments that won Republican support for Friday’s historic gay rights legislation. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE


War Powers Act









Posted on Jun 18, 2011 ENLARGE


Unsold Hot Dogs









Posted on Jun 14, 2011 ENLARGE


Raising the Debt Ceiling









Posted on Jun 13, 2011 ENLARGE


Wrong Track









Posted on Jun 12, 2011 ENLARGE


‘The Daily Show’: Chest in Show

Well, this is awkward. Jon Stewart had the unenviable task of responding with humor to the bizarre spectacle that was his friend Rep. Anthony Weiner’s big reveal—both in sexting form and in the congressman’s eventual admission of guilt—on Monday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Weiner Gets No Pity From His Party

Following U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tearful televised admission Monday that he sent lewd photographs to several women over the Internet, top Democrats in Congress are seeking to put as much daylight as possible between themselves and their colleague from New York. (more)

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


Weiner Apologizes









Posted on Jun 7, 2011 ENLARGE


The Answer









Posted on May 30, 2011 ENLARGE



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The Doctors Are Turning Left

While medical doctors are a historically conservative bunch, many physicians are beginning to lean left as they abandon the high costs and responsibilities associated with running private practices to take salaried jobs in hospitals, doctors’ advocates say. (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


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