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The Makeover

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Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE    


Phony Piety on the Far Right

One of the most durable myths of American public life is that conservatives are more authentic in their religious faith than liberals and progressives.  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is just the most recent in a long line of fallen conservative Christian moralists to explode the myth.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


Broken Promises From the Divider in Chief

Cooling the flames of his campaign, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has turned toward “fraternité” in his style of governance, striking a sharp contrast with the divisive politics of George W. Bush (aka The Uniter).

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Pennybags
theonion.com

Buffett Questions Tax Gaps

The vast economic rift between the top and bottom tax brackets is a major cause for concern,  and it’s not just those at the lower end of the income spectrum who are paying attention. 

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg Talk Compromises and Surprises

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured above with USC Annenberg’s Dean Geoffrey Cowan) convened at Creative Artists Agency’s swank new Beverly Hills HQ Tuesday for a conference on bipartisan politics, and this perhaps scripted meeting of high-wattage minds (and personalities) produced some thought-provoking—and surprising—conversations and announcements.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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simpler-solutions.net

Spielberg Backs Hillary

In the latest round of “Divvying Up (Democratic) Hollywood,” presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton emerges triumphant, having landed a very big fish indeed: überdirector Steven Spielberg.  A campaign information source for Clinton, HillaryHub.com, confirmed Spielberg’s choice on the website on Wednesday.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic

Iraq Is the New Korea

Somehow, the Bush administration’s assertion that U.S. troops may remain in Iraq for decades to come went relatively unnoticed by Democratic hopefuls during the June 4 debate.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Seth Wenig

Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil.  That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be delivering themselves into the hands of rich and powerful opponents of progressive policies.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson

Airing Gonzales’ Dirty Laundry

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (above, right) is feeling the heat to come up with some answers to dozens of questions he evaded on April 19 as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain his role in the firings of eight federal attorneys.  Bill Boyarsky has an idea what Gonzales doesn’t want the committee—or the nation—to find out. 

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Scott Applewhite

Truthdigger of the Week:  Mike Gravel

Truthdig tips its hat this week to former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who commanded the stage at Thursday’s presidential debate with a fiery and candid performance, taking other Democratic candidates to task for their positions and policies and maintaining a fiercely antiwar stance throughout.  Loud and clear, Mr. Gravel.

Posted on Apr 28, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Saving Their Seats, and Maybe the Country

Congressional Republicans have an opportunity to be both pragmatic and idealistic by abandoning the president on the war.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Hoyer Elected House Majority Leader

The vote is in, and the results are disappointing. Steny Hoyer beat John Murtha by a vote of 149 to 86 in the election for House majority leader.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Democrats Are Set to Subpoena

With control of every committee in Congress starting in January, the Democrats are set to use their new powers to hold hearings on military spending and the Iraq war—and that’s just for starters. The L.A. Times gives you a guided tour.

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


Nov. 7 architects

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Architects of Nov. 7

Truthdig salutes the individuals and organizations that swept the Democrats to victory: the members of the Democratic leadership, and the progressive netroots. Kudos all around.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - Elephant Crash

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Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE    


Independent Surge Troubles Politicians

The number of independent voters has grown steadily in recent years, particularly in the Southwest.  Politicians have had a difficult time appealing to the less predictable group, which includes everyone from ex-libertarians to young people who think of political parties as irrelevant. 
Update: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows independents favor Democrats by 2 to 1.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Don’t Count the Republicans Out

I’m sorry to say it, but even with the Iraq war, Katrina, the disgust over Foleygate and Abramoff, the Democrats could still end up the minority party after Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


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From the N.Y. Times

A Historical Surge Among Young Democrats

Under Bush II, the percentage of Americans 18 to 24 years old who describe themselves as Democrats has risen to its highest point in generations, according to Pew poll data.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Texas GOP Plays Atheist Card in Judge Race

The Republican Party of Texas has sent out a newsletter calling a Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals a “professed atheist.” A local poli sci professor says he’s never seen the religion card pushed that hard. (via Andrew Sullivan)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Dems Leaving GOP Bloodied at Polls

Four national surveys on Oct. 9 confirmed that Democrats enjoy huge 20-point leads over GOP’ers in the upcoming elections. Also:

  • NYT: Dems pull even to GOP’ers for first time in terrorism-handling ratings
  • USA Today: 54% say GOP’ers acted for “political reasons” in Foleygate
  • Wash Po: Bush is at 39%
  • CNN: 52% think Hastert should resign

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Revise Election Estimates

    A top GOP strategist has said Republicans may lose as many as 30 House seats in the coming election.  Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: the Fallout From Foleygate

    A Newsweek poll has the Democrats favored over Republicans 53% to 35% in the congressional elections while Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 33% in the wake of Foleygate. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Torture Bill: Worse Than You Think

    The interrogation bill headed for Bush’s desk would allow him to detain anyone indefinitely and decide (privately) what constitutes torture; it eliminates habeas corpus and judicial review, and it permits coerced evidence. The N.Y. Times calls it “our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    California's Governor
    sciam.com

    GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

    Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Ann Richards
    tsl.state.tx.us

    The World Just Got a Little Boring

    Ann Richards, the sharp-tongued trailblazer from Texas, died on Wednesday at the age of 73.  Though she served only one term as governor, Richards left her mark on Texas and the nation.  Known for a keen wit, Richards also accomplished an unprecedented promotion of minorities and women to positions of influence.

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Keith Ellison
    From KeithEllison.org

    Democrat Could be 1st Muslim in Congress

    From the AP: “A state lawmaker could become the first Muslim elected to Congress after edging out three rivals Tuesday for his district’s Democratic nomination.” He fended off accusations about past associations with the Nation of Islam, which he has previously denounced.

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Truthdigger of the Week: Mayor Ross ‘Rocky’ Anderson

    Truthdig salutes Rocky Anderson, the Salt Lake City mayor who spoke out against the war and reminded the world that “blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.” Anderson welcomed Bush to his city with a fiery protest speech and these searing lines: “A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.”

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Warring Over the Heart of the Party

    Democrats must transcend all their intraparty squabbles over the war in Iraq and focus on the obligation of politicians to be honest with the public.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Americans Favor Dems on Iraq War, Says Poll

    In a reversal of the national sentiment of 2003, Americans now favor Democrats over Republicans on the Iraq war by 47% to 41%, according to a CNN poll. On the issue of terrorism, however, Republicans come out on top, 48 to 38.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Kos: Why Lieberman Website Crashed

    Aides to Sen. Joe Lieberman accused Ned Lamont’s campaign Tuesday morning—with no evidence—of attacking and bringing down Lieberman’s website. But Markos (of Daily Kos) seems to have found the real culprit: Lieberman’s $15-a-month web hosting company went down, along with all its clients. (Thanks to reader “publius” for the link.)
    Check out Lieberman’s unfounded accusations
    What an oddly petty conclusion to a race that has hinged on the most consequential of all topics.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Ned Lamont

    Colbert to Lamont: ‘You’re Rich ... Why Aren’t You a Republican?’

    Connecticut Senate challenger Ned Lamont told Stephen Colbert that he became a Democrat to fight Richard Nixon at age 18, and he’s still fighting a Democratic battle against Nixon’s heir in the White House today. Lamont: “I think George Bush is driving this country into a ditch, and if Joe Lieberman won’t challenge him, I will.”

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Key Democrats Call for Iraq Pullout

    Every top Democrat on Senate and House committees on military, intelligence and international affairs signed a letter addressed to President Bush calling for a phased pullout of troops from Iraq.

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: The Lieberman-Lamont Litmus Test

    Is Ned Lamont running a one-issue campaign against Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman? Perhaps. But can you think of any one issue more important than the one in question?

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    From Thehill.com

    Truthdig: Don’t Believe Obama’s Hype on Evangelicals

    The Illinois senator chastised his colleagues for leaving the evangelicals to the Republicans.
    Electorally, he may be correct, but no self-respecting progressive should be fooled. On the whole, evangelicals are the most regressive people in the country. Just look at the hatred and intolerance they’ve made central to the Republican Party.

     

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: An Epic Week of Cutting and Running

    The top U.S. commander in Iraq proposed an Iraq cut-and-run plan during the very week that Republicans were lambasting Democrats for making the same suggestion. But Karl Rove knows that because Americans’ memories are so short, that won’t matter.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Young Guns Launch Journal of Ideas

    Two young Democratic intellectuals have founded Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a quarterly publication modeled after conservative publications like Commentary and The National Interest. Sen. Barack Obama is already lined up to write.

  • This comes on the heels of Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s new publication.

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


  • Pollster Greenberg Launches Political Journal

    Democratic powerhouse pollster Stan Greenberg has launched The Democratic Strategist, a publication that “brings together the latest solid research on public attitudes and social trends with extended, ongoing discussion of long-range Democratic political strategy.”

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Corporate Donations Shift Left

    Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems Closing Fundraising Gap with GOP

    Even RNC chairman Ken Mehlman says that the Internet has proved much more lucrative for Democratic candidates than it has for Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Netroots Seen as Threat to Two-Party System

    Democratic strategist Joe Trippi writes that the rise of the Netroots-based organization Unite08 may be the harbinger of the end of the traditional two-party system in American politics.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    American Prospect
    From AmericanProspect.org

    Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

    That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats Wooing Evangelical Christians

    Just as the GOP tried to pull African Americans away from the Democratic Party, so too are Democrats going after the Republicans’ base: evangelical Christians. But a Washington Post columninst asks: “What does it profit a party to gain a demographic but lose its soul?”
    Earlier: The Religious Left Rises Again

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    The House Is in Play for Democrats

    Throw conventional wisdom out the window, says the New York Times: Many seats in the House of Representatives that were once thought safe for Republicans have now become competitive races.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Catalino - Political Animals

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    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Domestic Spying
    From wcsh6.com

    Bipartisan Furor Over NSA Program

    Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers are furious over the alleged NSA phone record collection program.

  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?”
  • Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy: “It is our government, it’s not one party’s government.”

  • Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Losses Are Democrats’ Gains

    Although Republicans have been losing ground in polls for some time, poll numbers for Democrats haven’t been rising much at all—until now.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore at a DNC fundraiser
    AP / John Marshall Mantel

    Gore Revs Up Global Warming Campaign

    The former vice president is going high profile with his climate-change film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Speculation is rife that he is using the issue as a stalking horse for the White House in 2008.
    Check out an early review of the movie.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


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