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Weiner’s Campaign Sinks, Limbaugh and Hannity Reportedly Dropped, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney denies his infamous “47 percent” remark and Eliot Spitzer weighs in on Anthony Weiner’s latest round of illicit messages.

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Bush Defends NSA Surveillance, Romney Was Against Presidential Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly renewing their gun control push and why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s catchy new campaign video against his Democratic Senate opponent is a big fail.

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Why the GOP Can’t Learn

It’s as if they didn’t learn a thing from the 2012 elections. Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before—trying to block immigration reform, roll back the clock on abortion rights and stop gay marriage wherever possible. Why can’t Republicans learn?

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Nate Silver vs. Politico: It’s on Again

The war of words between the site and the statistician appears to be escalating yet again after Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei accused Silver of getting “up on his high horse quite a lot” in an interview in New Republic.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


Bye-Bye Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the tea party favorite from Minnesota who was recently dubbed the winner of “Real Time’s” 2013 Craziest Congressman contest by host Bill Maher, announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election in 2014.

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Biden Weighs In on Torture Report, Senators Face Backlash Over Vote, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s hilarious White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech and top U.S. political figures give their take on NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out.

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Limbaugh Disses RNC’s ‘Autopsy Report,’ Bachmann Tells Big Lie at CPAC, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why the assault weapons ban has already failed and Vice President Joe Biden meets Pope Francis.

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Republican Learns the Hard Way It’s Not Easy to Commit Voter Fraud

As Nevada’s GOP Secretary of State Ross Miller said of the woman who was arrested, “If [Roxanne] Rubin was trying to demonstrate how easy it is to commit voter fraud, she clearly failed and proved just the opposite.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



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5 Dark Money Groups Misled the IRS About Political Activities

Five conservative dark money groups active in 2012 elections previously told tax regulators that they would not engage in politics, filings obtained from the IRS show.  The best known and most controversial of the groups is Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona-based organization.

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Hannity, O’Reilly Fox News Ratings Take Dive

Two of the top conservative commentators on Fox News saw their ratings plummet after Barack Obama’s re-election victory in November.

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Comparing the 1912 Elections With the 2012 Elections

Before the electoral year of 2012 slinks into history, it is worth a comparative glance back to the electoral year of 1912 to give us some jolting perspective on how degraded our contemporary elections, voter performance and election expectations have become.

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Ron Paul Denounces NRA Gun Plan, the Top 10 Media Stories of 2012, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s last political wish and the worst pundit predictions of this year.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE



Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



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How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House

In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


What Americans Should Learn From the ‘Republican Apocalypse’

What may finally consume the House Republicans is their boundless contempt for the American public—a contempt bluntly demonstrated in their refusal to consider any reasonable compromise with President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” Dec. 31.

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A Word Against Nate Silver

Technically minded people have always been primed to become unwitting accessories to corruption, especially when speaking on subjects beyond their expertise.

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Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

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Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

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Which Path for the Right?

The potential of a renaissance in conservative thought is enormous, if the right can overcome a certain intellectual laziness and inflexibility that, in fairness, have at other times afflicted the progressive side of politics.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



Scalia’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant, Nate Silver on Hillary’s 2016 Prospects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s response to a poll that shows South Carolina voters want him in the Senate and why the Koch brothers postponed a major meeting.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


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Pot Is Officially Legal in Colorado, Allen West Is a Sore Loser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s take on the Michigan “right to work” battle and the Republican National Committee’s attempt to figure out what went wrong in the 2012 election.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


Obama, Romney Raised More Than $2 Billion in 2012 Race

The two major candidates took in the equivalent of the GDP of Sierra Leone in their quest for the White House—and that doesn’t count super PAC fundraising.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



Worst 2012 Election Predictions, Michelle Obama’s Political Future, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major backer of Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign lashing out at voters and what a new poll on gay marriage shows.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Karl Rove, Dick Morris Sidelined by Fox News

The two have vanished from the airwaves after they predicted for months and months that Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Why?

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Another Victory for Warren, a Hollywood Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s response to the GOP’s latest “fiscal cliff” offer, Sarah Palin’s apology on Fox News and a “Simpsons” character explains the fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



Geithner Says GOP Will Cave, Allen West Compares Himself to Lincoln, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what a new analysis says about your tax rates today, the Kennedy Center Honors for 2012 will be awarded and Nate Silver responds to Politico’s criticism.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE



The New Century of Women

We are going from “The Year of the Woman”—that was 1992—to decades of the woman. And it is not only politics anymore.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Some people claim immigration reform is political posturing; others say it’s a humanitarian issue. The reality: It’s in the country’s self-interest.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



Obama and Romney to Meet Again, Ricks Calls Fox News Statement ‘Horseshit,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Rick Perry’s announcement about a major announcement and Gennifer Flowers’ latest allegation about Bill Clinton.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Rushed Rules for Drone Assassinations in Case Romney Won

The New York Times reports that there is internal strife within the administration about the willy-nilly use of drones to kill people abroad (2,500 since President Obama took office) and, fearing defeat at the polls, the Obama administration was working overtime to lay down a set of rules governing robotic assassination.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Change? Learn? Compromise? Grow? Not These Republicans

Hearing so much chatter about “change” in the Republican Party, the innocent voter might believe that the Republicans had learned important lessons from their stinging electoral defeat.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Gender Gap in Congress

Women will make up 19 percent of Congress when new members are sworn in in January. But given that females make up more than half of the population in this country, why isn’t that number higher?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Michael Moore Makes Requests of the President

There seems to be little reason to believe that Barack Obama listens to any of the advice his left-wing critics offer him, but Michael Moore’s suggested list of priorities for the president’s second term might be useful in measuring Obama’s performance in the months and years to come.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Finally: Allen West Concedes Florida Congressional Race

The tea party favorite will definitely not be back in Congress at the start of the next term.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



Allen West Recount Results, Ron Paul Talks Secession, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest governor to put a foot down on Obamacare and Chris Christie appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama and the End of Decline

If Obama is looking for a single, unifying objective, it should be to make sure that by the time he leaves office, the vast majority of Americans will have abandoned their declinist fears.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Inside Obama’s Army

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A veteran of both Obama campaigns tells us how organizing worked, twice, plus a preview of the Supreme Court’s next four years.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


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Inside Obama’s Army

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A veteran of both Obama campaigns tells us how organizing worked, twice, plus a preview of the Supreme Court’s next four years.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Most Independents Elected to Statehouses Since 1942

The 25 alternative candidates elected to state legislatures in the 2012 election might not seem like a huge groundswell, but it represents the highest level of independent representation in statehouses since 1942.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Romney’s Sneering Farewell to the ‘47 Percent’

Trying to explain away his decisive, sweeping and very expensive rout to his disappointed supporters—those one-percent Republicans—Mitt Romney offered a new version of the discredited “47 percent” argument that was so ruinous in its original form.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Listening Problem

I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


The Secessionist

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Thanks for Nothing

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‘Pro-Life’ Lawmaker Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions, New Karl Rove Election Theories, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest conspiracy theory involving President Obama and a BP oil settlement.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


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