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The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


The Lamont Lesson

Though he lost in the general election, Ned Lamont showed that representing the public’s anti-war sentiment and ignoring Washington’s self-appointed gurus wins national elections. And as the current campaign unfolds, the Lamont Lesson is resurfacing.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Blame to Share in Primary Farce

When the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine the status of the votes cast in the Michigan and Florida primaries, its members should try to look past self-serving campaign arguments and bumbling party leaders’ silly attempts to save face.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Close but No Health Care

More than halfway through a political season in which public concern about America’s porous, confusing and costly health insurance system has consistently emerged as one of the chief worries of a squeezed electorate, this is what we can expect when the new president takes office next year: not so much.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Assassin

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‘Recount’ Gets It Right, Even if America Didn’t

Leading election integrity journalist Brad Friedman reviews HBO’s portrayal of the 2000 Florida recount and wonders whether we’re not headed for another stolen election.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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This Is Mike Gravel, Signing Off

The former senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record in 1971 tells a small group after his failed bids for the 2008 Democratic and Libertarian nominations: “This is the end of my political career.” But don’t worry about Mike Gravel. He certainly doesn’t: “What’s the worst thing that’s happened to me? I go back to a normal life? At my age? This is terrible?”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Disintegration of Hillary Clinton

If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Vermont Leads the Way for Progressives

The rise of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has six members in the 150-member Vermont House, is another indication that Vermont, which has battled back everything from Wal-Mart to urban sprawl to billboards, may be one of the few sane states left in the nation.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Blind, Endless Movement

Clinton wants only one thing—the presidency—and she wants it now, not later. If success means using the Florida and Michigan “issue” to tie the party in knots until the convention, so be it.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton’s Last Stand

Hillary Clinton is talking as if the battle over seating disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention is the greatest crisis for democracy since the 2000 Florida recount.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Ready to Cheer

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Al Gore to the Rescue

The former vice president’s “we” campaign has made a point of building bridges across the political spectrum, but it looks as though Al Gore is prepared to return to his partisan roots in order to get a Democrat back in the White House. Gore will preside over a major fundraiser that will unite Clinton and Obama donors in an effort to bring the DNC up to speed with the GOP.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help

The Reagan era in American politics is about to end, and we have George W. Bush to thank for its demise.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain Flaunts Her Privilege

Double standards are endemic in American journalism. But Cindy McCain, wife of the Republican presidential candidate, displayed poor taste in flaunting her family’s special immunity from press scrutiny.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Edwards Shares the Love

Although John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, he had plenty of nice things to say about “my friend and your friend, Sen. Hillary Clinton.” In fact, he began his endorsement speech with a plea for unity: “When this nomination battle is over—and it will be over soon—brothers and sisters, we must come together as Democrats.”

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Choosy West Virginians Choose Clinton

What’s that? The Democratic primary race is over? Not if West Virginians can help it. Almost immediately after polls closed, the West Virginia primary was called for Hillary Clinton. But will she win by a big enough margin to turn heads? Update: Clinton won by a whopping 41 points.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Has a Choice

The senator still has a lot to win this year, but not the presidency and not the vice presidency.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


A Farewell to the ‘Hillary Nutcracker’ and Other Obscenities

What is more frustrating? The sexism Hillary Clinton had to endure, or that so many were oblivious to it?

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


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On the Wrong Track

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 82 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The same survey recorded a record-low approval rating for President Bush. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, a group that still favors the president, take a negative view of the country’s direction.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


A Slap in the Face

Hillary Clinton has campaigned as if the Democratic nomination were hers by divine right. That’s why she is falling short—and that’s why she should be persuaded to quit now, before her majestic sense of entitlement splits the party along racial lines.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Weather Balloon

The first important election result for the senator in May—coming before his North Carolina victory—was the outcome of a little-noticed U.S. House contest in Louisiana.

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Acknowledging the Race Chasm

American politics is as polarized as a red and blue election map. On one side are those who try to distract from the issue; on the other side are those who work to sensationalize it. What unifies both is bigotry.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE



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The Super Problem

Throughout the primary campaign, Democrats have been explaining, equivocating and ultimately fretting over the role of superdelegates, but those unelected power brokers are themselves the result of previous party contortions. Perhaps the time has come for a new model.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE



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Showing Hillary the Door

Everyone from Tim Russert to Time magazine seems to have decided that there’s absolutely no way Hillary Clinton can get the nomination. What happened? Sure, her chances of winning enough pledged delegates are nearly impossible, but wasn’t that true after Pennsylvania? Wasn’t it true before Pennsylvania?

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain

The Democrats have been worried about unifying their party, so it’s odd that John McCain would pick this moment to give them another reason to band together. If elected, McCain said Tuesday, he would think of conservative Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “as the model for my own nominees” to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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The Tea Leaves Say It’s a Split

A day before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, most polls agree that Barack Obama will win North Carolina and Hillary Clinton will win Indiana. A week later, the candidates face off in West Virginia, where Clinton holds a sizable lead. It remains nearly impossible, however, for her to catch up in the pledged delegate count.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Dems Spar as Primaries Loom Large

Monday found Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama working furiously to draw distinctions between their stances on key issues like rising gas prices and America’s strained relations with Iran—and, of course, to take shots at their opponent’s positions in the remaining hours before Tuesday’s Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Jeff Madrick on ‘High Wire,’ Peter Gosselin’s Look at the Economic Meltdown

A star reporter for the Los Angeles Times has written a clear, even elegant anatomy of an economy that is much worse than you probably think.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Mythmaking and Democracy

Republicans have had great success in convincing Americans that “voter fraud” is a grave and growing threat to the republic, but the exact crime that they speak of is almost nonexistent.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Attention Deficit

While the spotlight is starting to singe the Democrats, it’s true that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have gotten heaping doses of attention compared with the supposed media darling, John McCain. Here’s one indication: The covers of Time and Newsweek have featured the face of an Obama or a Clinton eight times since Super Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Passes the Buck

Why is it that the U.S. economy is on a serious downswing? Could it be that we’re in the midst of a super-expensive war with little sign of scaling down in the near future that has jacked up oil prices to new heights and strained the federal budget? According to Bush, he’d have worked out our economic woes if it weren’t for those meddling congressional Democrats.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


Inauguration Preview

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Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Make It Stop

Who picked this movie? A few months ago, the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination looked as if it would be the feel-good political campaign of the decade, if not the century. Instead, we’re having to endure an endless loop of “Alien vs. Predator.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Is Pennsylvania Ready for a Black President?

Perhaps it was inevitable: The Democrats’ battle for the presidential nomination has now led us into the thicket of race and religion.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Dream Ticket

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Chuck Todd

MSNBC ‘Calls’ the Race for Obama

NBC political director Chuck Todd, basking in hypotheticals, repeatedly explains that, while it simply isn’t done, “if we called things like this ... you would say, ‘OK, the pledged delegate count is over.’ ” Guess which of the candidates featured this video on his YouTube channel?

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Not Done Yet

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was a highway to nowhere for Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


How We Make Change

Whether Democrats view Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as the ideal change agent comes down to how they think change is made.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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The Pa. Payoff

Hillary Clinton ended her Pennsylvania victory speech with a plea for donations in order to compete with Barack Obama’s campaign war chest. Her supporters have responded to the tune of as much as $10 million (in one day), according to the Clinton campaign.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Go Mama

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For the GOP, a Tough Sell

How on earth is the Republican Party going to sell John McCain? Once the Democrats stop doing the job, I mean.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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The Left Has Lost Its Way

The failure of the American left is a failure of nerve. It has been neutralized and rendered ineffectual as a political force because of its refusal to hold fast on core issues.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Maher Defends Elitism

The “Real Time” host offers his own unique take on the bitterness fiasco: “If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you’re an idiot. If you think they’re going to take away your gun, you’re an armed idiot. And if you think they’re going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your god, you’re Bill O’Reilly.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Substance for Those Who Were Patient

Once the meaningless inquisition about loose semantics and questionable acquaintances was done, Wednesday night’s debate between Obama and Clinton got interesting.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Camp Denies ‘Screw ‘Em’ Comment

Still railing against Barack Obama’s “elitist” comments, Hillary Clinton has found some of her own alleged words about the working class coming back to haunt her. The candidate’s campaign has denied that she said the following about blue-collar voters, as reported by the Huffington Post: “Screw ‘em. ... You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE



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ABC’s ‘Despicable’ Debate

The Democrats met in Philadelphia Wednesday night for their 21st and probably finally debate. The Washington Post’s Tom Shales was horrified by what he saw, but not because of the candidates: “For the first 52 minutes ... Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Democratic Voters Agree: Bail Us Out

According to a new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll, the vast majority of Democratic voters in the next three primary battlegrounds want the government to bail out struggling homeowners. Most don’t seem to care that the Fed rescued Bear Stearns; they just want the same treatment.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


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