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Murdoch Admonishes Christie in a Tweet

If Mitt Romney loses Tuesday’s election—a very real possibility given that Nate Silver’s latest forecast gives President Obama an 83.7 percent shot at winning—we now know who to blame it on: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 READ MORE



Williams Takes on Limbaugh, Biden Goes on Letterman, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s case for why President Obama is the favorite in next week’s election, Richard Mourdock’s drop in the latest Indiana Senate poll and Dick Morris’ election prediction backtrack.

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Non-Kenyan White Men for Romney

Won’t it be great to have someone in the mold of George W. Bush back in the White House?

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Hurricane Sandy Blows Away Political Pretense and Ideological Nonsense

When the superstorm destroyed swaths of the Northeast, darkened our largest city and plunged a huge section of the nation into crisis, the anti-government ideology of the tea party Republicans—and its panderers like Mitt Romney—was exposed for what it is.

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Michael Moore Wants You and Your Friends to Vote for Obama

Did you know that 90 million Americans are planning to not vote on Election Day? While that fact may have eluded you, filmmaker Moore is painfully aware of it.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


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More Jobs, Lousy Wages, and the Desertion of Non-College White Men From the Democratic Party

The two most important trends, confirmed in Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are that (1) jobs slowly continue to return, and (2) those jobs are paying less and less.

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171,000 Jobs Added in October but Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

The nation’s jobless rate ticked up in October, even as employers added 171,000 workers to their payrolls, according to the latest jobs report—the last one before Election Day.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Even in Writing, Obama and Romney Ignore Climate Change

Even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney discussed the pressing issue of climate change in a pair of CNN op-eds the presidential candidates wrote, making one of their final pleas to voters before next week’s election.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson Have Their Say

This week on Truthdig Radio: There’s an election Tuesday, and we invite the two main alternative candidates to make a case for why we should take a chance on them in an election that is already too close to call. Also: Mo Rocca and Robert Scheer.

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Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson Have Their Say

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: There’s an election Tuesday, and we invite the two main alternative candidates to make a case for why we should take a chance on them in an election that is already too close to call. Also: Mo Rocca and Robert Scheer.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


How Do You Vote for Compromise?

Here’s where we have arrived as a country: We are so polarized that even compromise has become a partisan issue.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


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Romney’s Plan for FEMA

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Memo to Mitt Romney: Lesbians Make Great Parents

It should come as no surprise to the non-bigoted crowd that the results of a new study show that lesbians make wonderful parents. But it bears repeating because the Republican presidential nominee seems to think otherwise.

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The War on Nate Silver

Nate Silver is seen by conservatives as a threat to Republicans this election. It’s not simply because Silver, the statistician behind the New York Times-hosted FiveThirtyEight blog, predicts that President Obama will win the election. Rather, it’s also because Silver is one of the most accurate forecasters out there.

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More Michele Bachmann Hypocrisy, the Latest Political Sex Scandal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces his endorsement and another GOP political candidate says something dumb about rape.

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Why Friday’s Unemployment Report Should Be Taken With a Grain of Salt

In truth, no one should vote based on this batch of jobs numbers because a single month’s report isn’t a reliable gauge of which way the economy is heading.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Waiting for Obama, Democrats Will Lose the House

Why can’t the Democrats landslide these Republicans as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson would surely have done?

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE


The Debates: That Empty Feeling

What did we not learn about the condition of our country over the course of four presidential debates? Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at USC, assess the debates with Bill Moyers.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Jill Stein Arrested During Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

The Green Party candidate was detained by authorities and charged with criminal trespassing Wednesday after she tried to deliver supplies to demonstrators in Texas.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Campaign Manager Resigns After Fake Hurricane Sandy Tweets

Shashank Tripathi, the Twitter troll who went by the handle @ComfortablySmug and deliberately spread false information when the massive storm hit the East Coast on Monday, has apologized.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s FEMA Flip-Flop, Brad Pitt’s Big Political Donation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mike Huckabee’s scary new political ad and Chris Christie’s Halloween announcement.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Americans Think Obama Will Win, Polls Be Damned

It’s going down to the wire as an extremely close election, but a majority of Americans (54 percent) believes Barack Obama will beat Mitt Romney, according to Gallup, even though the same polling outfit shows Romney in the lead.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Chris Matthews Rips Climate Change Deniers as ‘Pigs’

The MSNBC host had some harsh words for those who do not believe in global warming after the devastation and destruction caused by superstorm Sandy.

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Obama Visits New Jersey as Storm’s Death Toll Rises

A massive recovery and cleanup effort is under way on the East Coast as residents try to get their lives back to normal after the historic and devastating megastorm. Making things more difficult is the fact that nearly 6 million people in 15 states and Washington, D.C., remain without power.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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A Failed Argument for Barack Obama

If Barack Obama is to be held accountable by the aggravated left for his first term in office, it’s for “the damage that his capitulation to Republican extremism has caused.” That’s the central assumption of “The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective,” an early 2012 apologetic by Gary Dorrien.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Who Lost the World?

Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” But the question we should really ask is: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S. consulate, in a place few Americans had ever heard of, get blown up into a pivotal issue in a too-close-to-call presidential contest?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney Knows Where You Live—And So Much More

The Democratic and Republican campaigns have accumulated a tremendous amount of political and personal data on millions of Americans.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


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The Most Anti-Science Political Candidates of Election 2012

Although many seekers of elected office are mulling over the connection between climate change and the deadly and destructive superstorm Sandy, there are a few candidates in the U.S. who won’t be following suit.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Latest Lie, His Former Lies and Why We Must Not Put Liars in the White House

Over the weekend, Romney debuted an ad in Ohio showing cars being crushed as a narrator says Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.” This is only the most recent in a stream of lies from Romney.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


Drone Warfare: An Illegal Tactic Sure to Perpetuate U.S.-Muslim War Indefinitely

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end the American war with the Muslim world that began on September 11 in 2001.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



Clinton Mocks Romney, ‘Heckuva Job Brownie’ Knocks Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s latest campaign deception and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offering praise for President Obama.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Our Words Are Our Weapons

We often speak as though the source of so many of our problems is complex and even mysterious. I’m not sure it is. You can blame it all on greed: the refusal to do anything about climate change, the attempts by the .01% to destroy our democracy, the constant robbing of the poor, the resultant starving children, the war against most of what is beautiful on this Earth.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


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Sandy Teaches a Lesson

Back when he was being “severely conservative,” Mitt Romney suggested that responsibility for disaster relief should be taken from the big, bad federal government and given to the states, or perhaps even privatized. Hurricane Sandy would like to know if he’d care to reconsider.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt’s Anti-Gay Remarks, Romney’s Misleading Jeep Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Hurricane Sandy could impact the presidential election and an endorsement from the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Real Election 2012 October Surprise: Hurricane Sandy

With eight days to go until voters head to the polls to elect the next president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are being forced to alter their campaign schedules because of Hurricane Sandy. The impact may be felt, however, beyond that.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Final Days, the Biggest Issue, and the Clearest Choice

As we go into the final days of a dismal presidential campaign where too many issues have been fudged or eluded, the biggest issue on which the candidates have given us the clearest choice is whether the rich should pay more in taxes.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Women, war and support for alternative candidates could all decide the election, which remains extremely close.

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Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Women, war and support for alternative candidates could all decide the election, which remains extremely close.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Republican Rips Own Party for Being ‘Full of Racists’

A former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell charged the Republican Party with racism after remarks in which John Sununu, a surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, suggested race was a factor in Powell’s endorsement of President Obama.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE


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