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Tax the Rich









Posted on Apr 25, 2011 ENLARGE


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Barack OJimmy









Posted on Apr 25, 2011 ENLARGE


Obama Re-Election Roadblock









Posted on Apr 24, 2011 ENLARGE


The Money Pit

When it comes to matters of money and politics, there is a big gulf between Democrats and Republicans—in theory.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Write-Off









Posted on Apr 17, 2011 ENLARGE


Birther in Chief









Posted on Apr 16, 2011 ENLARGE


Education Bully









Posted on Apr 16, 2011 ENLARGE


This Just In: Obama Running for President

Is he in? That would be a yes. Barack Obama has made official his run for his second term as president, launching his first 2012 campaign advertisement with a focus on everyday Americans who apparently still believe his ’08 slogans.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Morry Gash

GOP Senators Find a Workaround, Win Wis. Bill Battle

On Wednesday, the standoff between Republican and Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate came to an abrupt end, due to some GOP ingenuity that made the absence of 14 senators moot for the purpose of passing Gov. Scott Walkers’ infamous union-busting bill.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



cnn.com

Walker Won’t Meet Dems at the Border

The posse of Wisconsin state senators who left the building—not to mention Wisconsin—last month to thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to quash state employees’ collective bargaining powers proposed a meeting with the governor somewhere ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


State Crises Mean New Language of Deceit

For most of history, we had undebatable definitions of words such as bailout and bankruptcy. Sadly, that’s not the case during a deficit crisis that is seeing language redefined in ideological terms.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



mn.gov

Minnesota Moves to Make the Rich Pay More

Like most states, Minnesota has a big budget problem. But unlike most states, it’s looking to the well-heeled to help fill the gap. Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attack the state’s $6.2 billion deficit by raising taxes on the rich.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: I Like Big Cuts

Could it be a coincidence that the same kinds of programs that, say, certain prominent Republicans are calling to be cut out of the budget are also those that tend to be supported by Democratic voters? Hmmm.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Photo from Rep. Giffords' Facebook page

Arizona Congresswoman Shot (Update 3)

A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday. ... (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE


Boehner’s Tears









Posted on Dec 20, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Matt Sayles

Elizabeth Edwards Dies at 61

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Edwards, who fought a very public battle with her husband John Edwards over his private life even as she fought cancer, died of the disease in North Carolina.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: What a Wiki-Week It Was

What WikiLeaks revealed might have embarrassed some bigwigs around the world, but will the released information really hurt U.S. interests? America’s jobs outlook is still heading downward as the unemployment benefits of thousands expire. Does the deficit matter more than people do?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann, Unsuspended

After an eventful and controversial, albeit very short, suspension for making campaign contributions to Democratic candidates before the midterm elections, MSNBC’s top blustermonger Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves Tuesday night. What did he have to say?

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



amctv.com

Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Pay 2 Play









Posted on Nov 8, 2010 ENLARGE    


Obama Finds the Lesson in His Midterm ‘Shellacking’

President Obama got philosophical at a Wednesday news conference as he reflected on the message Americans sent at Tuesday’s polls, as well as on the meaning of the “shellacking” he took when the results came in. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Grayson, O’Donnell Out, Rubio In

The tea party movement took a hit and made a big score, respectively, in the defeat of Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Marco Rubio’s Senate victory in Florida over Gov. Charlie Crist.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Scott Sady

Apocalypse Again: The Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Bipartisan Politics

Career politicians depend upon the biggest protection racket in this country, which is often called “our two-party system.” Ours? Really? Certainly that system has no foundation whatsoever in the Constitution of the United States.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party and Obama









Posted on Oct 29, 2010 ENLARGE


Hedges Discusses, Debates ‘Death of the Liberal Class’

Author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges recently made an appearance on Canadian television’s “The Agenda With Steve Paikin” to make his case about how the American liberal class and its institutions have spectacularly failed those whom they supposedly aimed to serve ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Election Year Blahs









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE


In the Arena









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Ralph Wilson

The Bipartisan Politics of Fear

Mercifully, the midterm election cycle is nearing its end. Both parties, we learn, are planning their “postmortem assessments.” The Daily Beast’s recent headline is a sign of the times: “Why Obama Can’t Lose in 2012.” Plan ahead.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Toxic Ad Spill









Posted on Oct 11, 2010 ENLARGE


Audacity of Hope









Posted on Oct 8, 2010 ENLARGE


‘Colbert Report’: Left Behind

According to several media pundits and their talking points, President Obama is “on the ropes,” and there is a marked “enthusiasm gap” on the Democratic side of things as “apathy” strikes the left heading into the midterm elections.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



christine2010.com

Tea Party Mobilizes for Primary Battles

In the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, there have been signs in some states that moderate Republican candidates might face considerable challenges from tea party contenders.  (continued)

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Midterm Inferno

Hey wow, President Obama has a new plan to give America “the best infrastructure in the world”—just in time for the 2010 midterm elections! Is this at all exciting or effective? And do the Democrats have a snowball’s chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks this fall?

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



carlyforcalifornia.com

Democrats on the Edge of a Midterm Disaster

The nation’s problems—war and unemployment—are badly damaging the Democrats, even on the Pacific Coast, which President Barack Obama won easily in 2008. And Obama himself, reacting slowly and indecisively, is contributing to the challenges his party faces in November.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?

Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / lisaw1

Are the Democrats Losing the Young?

It turns out that maybe being young and liberal isn’t necessarily in our blood after all. Despite historical trends that peg young people as Democrats, a new Pew Research survey suggests that recent economic woes have led fewer 18- to 29-year-olds to identify themselves as Democrats.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE



grayson.house.gov

Rep. Grayson vs. the Tea Party

Florida’s Rep. Alan Grayson, the freshman congressman from the substantially conservative Orlando area, has already managed to make a name for himself over the course of his first two years in office by ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Streisand
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

Obama and the Stars: On the Outs?

What are we to make of the news that President Barack Obama swanned into Hollywood for a Democratic fundraiser this week and was not met by so-called event co-hosts Barbra Streisand and Jeffrey Katzenberg, although they ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Our Sick System Still Needs Triage

When the health care law is fully implemented in 2014, it will cure many of the ills that plague those needing medical care. That, however, may be too long a wait for a troubled country, especially one faced with intractable unemployment and a fruitless, unpopular Afghanistan war.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Sen Dems Delay Climate Bill

Both hippies and people who enjoy clean air alike will be dismayed at the news from Senate Democrats that they will wait until September to pursue the broad climate change legislation that has been on the Democrats’ “to-do” list since the 2008 election.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


Goodwin
goodwingoodwin.com

Young Democrat Nabs Byrd’s Senate Seat ... for Now

West Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin III has picked a successor to the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, and the new recruit is a young whippersnapper at that. He’s 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, and he’s also a Democrat, but his party can’t get too excited ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Getting It Right









Posted on Jul 12, 2010 ENLARGE    


Obama
AP / Orlin Wagner

Obama Brings Magical Economic Thinking to Nation’s Heartland

President Barack Obama didn’t exactly have the numbers on his side Thursday when he told voters in Kansas City, Mo., that, economically speaking, “we’re headed in the right direction.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Civil Beat

Republican Wins House Seat in Obama’s Hometown

For the first time in 20 years, a Republican has been elected to Congress to represent the Honolulu district where President Barack Obama grew up. The GOP midterm win speaks more to the fact that two candidates split the vote on the Democratic side than any surge in Hawaiian Republican pride.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


Free to Date









Posted on May 6, 2010 ENLARGE    


Obey retires
obey.house.gov

‘Bone Tired’ Rep. Obey to Hang It Up

Can you blame Wisconsin Congressman David Obey for being “bone tired,” as he claims to be? Even if you can, this will not impact Rep. Obey’s newly announced decision not to run for re-election this November.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE


Schumer
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Dems Zero In on Corporate Campaign Funding

Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to put a check on corporate campaign financing, contesting the notion—promoted by the Supreme Court earlier this year—that big corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of cash on political campaigns.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


NYSE
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

GOP Drafting Rival Financial Reform Bill

Senate Republicans are hoping that, when it comes to their Democratic opponents, if they can’t beat ’em, they can at least make up their own financial reform bill to thwart ’em. One pesky problem with the GOP’s approach is ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Andy Stern
Wikimedia Commons / Joi

SEIU President to Step Down

After 14 years of leading the Service Employees International Union through some major changes and growth spurts, and after months of courting unfriendly fire from right-wing ranks by paying frequent visits to the White House, SEIU President Andy Stern is preparing to step down from his powerful post.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Weiner
Wikimedia Commons / Thomas Good

Democratic Congressman Gets Threatening Letter, White Powder

The health care reform debate has brought a fair share of nutty individuals out of the woodwork, and unfortunately, members of Congress who voted in favor of the recently instated bill might be seen by some who’ve taken leave of their reason as moving targets. Take New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, for example. Updated.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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