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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

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Religion Challenges Left and Right

Here’s the challenge: Americans who are left-of-center are far more religiously diverse than their opponents on the conservative side. When it comes to matters of faith, liberals and Democrats have a far more complicated task of coalition management—although religion also raises some serious difficulties for the right.

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Texas Republican Wants Wendy Davis to Pay for Her Filibuster

The Democratic state senator has responded to her colleague’s request that she “should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session.”

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Corporate Tax Rate Cut

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The Party of (Nutty) Ideas

It’s not your imagination. The Republican Party really does seem to have taken leave of its senses.

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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

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New Term

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Measuring GOP Extremism: What Carville and Greenberg’s Latest Polling Reveals

It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist factions that currently dominate the GOP.

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Summers Loving

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Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

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No Labels Politicians Would Fix Broken Government

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Term Limits

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Obstruction as the New Normal

The bad news is that approval ratings for both the president and Congress are sinking, with voters increasingly frustrated at the bitter, partisan impasse in Washington. The worse news is that in terms of admiration for our national leaders, these may come to be seen as the good old days.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren’t

When GOP leaders tell rank-and-file Republicans to call Obamacare’s cost controls “death panels,” or to say the rich are “job creators,” or the poor are “takers rather than makers,” they all repeat the same words. Democrats never stick to the same message. They rarely even say the same thing the same way twice. In fact, their messages often conflict.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Wall Street and Corporations Are Pulling the Strings’

In the latest installment of a series of interviews on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself,” the Truthdig columnist says that the Democratic Party once looked out for the interests of labor and the poor. But that changed, he says, when Bill Clinton entered the White House, and it’s getting worse under President Obama.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘The Left Has Been Destroyed’

“In 2008, in a piece you wrote, ‘Why am I a socialist?’ you wrote this: ‘The inability to articulate a viable socialism has been our gravest mistake,” host Paul Jay says to the Truthdig columnist during the latest installment of an interview on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself.” He then asks: “Do you still believe that?”

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Filibuster Fanboy

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The Quiet Gender Revolution

American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed. Take the discussions of the 2016 presidential election which, as a matter of habit, we have begun even before the end of the first year of the current president’s second term.

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NSA Scandal: Why Aren’t Democrats Acting Like Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Republicans shred food stamps and Democrats retreat from principle. Plus: Sexual assault in Egypt, and Bradley Manning.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Scandal: Why Aren’t Democrats Acting Like Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Republicans shred food stamps and Democrats retreat from principle. Plus: Sexual assault in Egypt, and Bradley Manning.

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Party of No

Watching Republicans convince themselves that killing immigration reform actually helps the GOP is excruciating, and I wish somebody would make it stop.

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The ‘B’ Word: Republicans Fan the Flames of Ageism

With millennials up for grabs and Democratic front-runners getting older, boomer bashing is all the rage in politics.

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Partisan Divide Fireworks Display

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America’s Do-Nothing Congress: Now With Even Less Doing

You know what’s worse than the 112th Congress, which passed a historic low of 23 items by this time last year? The 113th Congress, which has managed to eclipse that record for futility and “accomplish” even less.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Getting Back to Netroots

Online activism is just part of the fabric of political communication now, used for recruiting, fundraising and organizing, but there was some tension at last month’s Netroots conference between streets and screens.

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Wendy Davis Mounting 13-Hour Filibuster Against Abortion Bill

The Democratic Texas state senator is single-handedly trying to block an extreme anti-abortion bill being pushed by Republicans that would significantly reduce access to the procedure and ban it outright after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the U.S.’ second most populous state. (UPDATED)

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The Good Germans in Government

Why are we chasing after Edward Snowden and not the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?

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Greenwald Blasts Critics, Dodd-Frank Under Attack, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some major new developments in the IRS targeting scandal and President Obama’s take on whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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Howard Dean, Andrew Cuomo Join Speculative List of 2016 Candidates

Although at least one super PAC has already formed to oppose Hillary Clinton’s unannounced 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic Party is not without other talented politicians, some of whom are also considering a run.

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IRS Conspiracy Theory Debunked, Rand Paul Answers Cheney Criticism, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s hypocrisy on “secret emails” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s revelation about the scary way a GOP-controlled Senate would act.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Mirror

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A New Balance Toward Liberty

The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

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Wisconsin Likely to Force Abortion Seekers to Meet the Fetus

Democrats in Wisconsin do not have the power to defeat a bill favored by the state’s legislature and governor that would require women to have an ultrasound before they can have an abortion.

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One American Who Isn’t for Sale

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden worked for a private company that got 98 percent of its $5.8 billion last year from the taxpayers, who are the same folks being spied upon.

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Heckling the First Lady

Michelle Obama’s confrontation with a lesbian activist signals the beginning of a push to turn up the heat on the president by the LGBT community; Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calling protesters “looters” exemplifies why his country is seeing so much unrest; meanwhile, as Occupy Wall Street participants exerted their First Amendment rights, their cellphones were being logged. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Quiet Closing of Washington

Conservative Republicans in our nation’s capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when tea partyers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They’ve basically shut Congress down.

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ALEC Puts Utah on Top of ‘Rich States’ List

A new report from the corporate lobby would be laughable if it wasn’t being taken seriously by media outlets.

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‘Purse Boys’ Aren’t All the Rave in D.C.

A sexist article in The New York Times tries to make it sound like male aides carrying female politicians’ handbags is wrong and, perhaps worse, newsworthy; members of the LGBT community are being treated like second-class citizens in America; meanwhile, a company relied on the First Amendment to justify its immoral use of private information found on pharmaceutical prescriptions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Meet the ‘Farce,’ Darrell Issa

Given his personal familiarity with investigations—hey, he’s been on the receiving end of them a number of times!—Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is uniquely qualified to chair the House Oversight Committee, according to Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh.

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The Liberal’s Liberal Lautenberg

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Obama Compromising With GOP

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Republican Scandal Cookie Monster

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Washington’s Fairy Tales

Coastal blue states are now typically presented in the national press as one giant Berkeley campus while heartland red states are portrayed as a confederacy of “Dukes of Hazzard” sets.

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Too Juvenile to Govern

With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE


Christie and Obama

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Bachmannism’s Legacy

The Minnesota right winger deserves to be memorialized with an “ism” because she perfected a tactic well suited to the current media environment.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


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