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Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

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Truthdigger of the Week: Glen Ford

The old trope that truth telling requires a great deal of courage is not always right. Those who tell the truth often enjoy a rare freedom from the social pressures that compel others to distort what they know to make room for a belief in the world as they would like it to be.

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Watch: Gabby Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

One of the standout moments of the entire Democratic National Convention was the former Arizona congresswoman leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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The Democratic National Convention Day 3: Recapping President Obama’s Speech

President Obama invoked “hope” and “change” in his DNC speech, but not in the same way he did in 2008. Instead, he presented a more subdued and realistic view of what his second term in office would look like if he is re-elected in November while trying to show Americans they are better off today than they were four years ago.

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Dick Morris Makes Bizarre Claim About Clinton and Obama Administration

The Fox News contributor’s convoluted conspiracy theory claims the Obama administration is holding Hillary Clinton hostage and that she will pay the ultimate price if the president loses his re-election bid.

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Conservatives Rip Fluke’s Speech, Reiterate Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

Conservatives are once again leveling the false claim that Fluke, the women’s rights activist who was thrust into the national spotlight after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” wants the government to pay for her to have sex.

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Dumb and Dumber

President Obama’s version of “smart power” has been anything but smart. It has maintained imperial overstretch at self-destructive expense, infuriated strategic competitors like China, hardened the position of adversaries like Iran and North Korea, and tried the patience of even longtime allies in Europe and Asia.

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U.S. Puts Drones in Yemen in Overdrive

Ten civilians were slain in Yemen over the weekend by the Obama administration’s unmanned drones, weapons that have killed 29 people in a little over a week and nearly 200 this year. But you won’t hear about them or the government’s unofficial war in Yemen at the Democratic National Convention this week.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Dems Cheer Obama’s Whistle-Blower Persecutions

Glenn Greenwald sees through the carnival of establishmentarian pieties on display at the Democratic National Convention this week: “Excuse me if I don’t join in Democrats’ sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties,” he writes at The Guardian.

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Not All Undocumented Immigrants Are on Obama’s Side (Video)

Benita Veliz, a young Hispanic from San Antonio, proclaimed her unauthorized status and her support for President Obama in front of millions of television viewers at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. But her enthusiasm for the incumbent is not universal among the undocumented.

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 2

Highlights of the second day of the Democratic National Convention included speeches by Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, plus a last-minute change for President Obama’s address Thursday night.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



Watch: Democrats Reinsert ‘God,’ ‘Jerusalem’ Into Party Platform

The official Democratic Party Platform should have been approved easily during a vote, but it wasn’t. Instead, it became a moment of opportunity for the Republicans after a commotion erupted among Democrats on the convention floor over removal of the words “God” and “Jerusalem” from the platform.

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Fox News Hates on Michelle Obama’s Speech

Fox News was not impressed with Michelle Obama’s highly praised prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, criticizing the first lady for, of all things, using the speech to focus on government.

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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What the Democrats’ Platform Leaves Out: God and Jerusalem

Here’s something that won’t play well in the states that the Democrats most likely would have lost anyway in the upcoming presidential election: They have removed the word “God” from their platform. What’s more, they’ve also left out a clause from the party’s 2008 platform stating Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Democratic National Convention Live

President Obama accepts his party’s nomination, former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist switches sides and Michelle Obama will not be talking to an empty chair.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Democratic Convention Day 1: Keynote Speaker Julian Castro’s Address (Excerpts)

Sections of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s speech have been released a few hours before he’s scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention as its keynote speaker.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


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.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention?

The social media driven effort to get the 90-years-young actress began after Clint Eastwood’s awkward, rambling and nonsensical introduction of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention that involved, among other things, the actor and filmmaker speaking to an empty chair.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Goodbye Tampa, Hello Charlotte

Mitt Romney chose the final moments of this week’s hurricane-shortened convention for what was arguably his best outing of the 2012 campaign. Too bad convention planners put actor-slash-legend Clint Eastwood up on the same night, to slash and burn his way through a bit of theater that would’ve done Samuel Beckett proud. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the ramifications on this week’s episode.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



Another Republican Makes an Abortion Gaffe, Krugman Takes On Christie, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including first day highlights of the Republican National Convention and Mark Sanford makes wedding plans.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Gaffe Diplomacy, Democrats’ Gay Marriage Platform, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic National Convention speaker announcement and Newsweek calling Mitt a wimp.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE


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Elbow Your Way to Glory in the DNC Press Pool!

Accompanied by a thumping beat and quasi-techno keyboard riffs from somewhere around 1993, DNC Chairman Howard Dean stiffly reads a script off the teleprompter announcing a thrilling contest that’ll give one lucky camera-wielding Democrat the chance to spend a day in the presidential campaign cattle pen press pool.

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