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‘Left, Right & Center’: Debates Old and New, Newsweek and George McGovern

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Bob Scheer reflects on George McGovern’s life on this week’s “Left, Right and Center.” The panelists also consider whether next week’s presidential debate on foreign policy, which comes days after the spirited and contentious second encounter between the candidates, will focus on China, Afghanistan withdrawal and Libya. Or will it center on economics and America’s financial strength around the world?

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Independent Candidate Favored to Win Senate Race

If you’re not a Democrat or a Republican, the widely held belief goes, you have zero chance of winning an election. But there is one state where someone not affiliated with the two major parties has a good shot at winning a seat in the United States: Maine.

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Obama Goes on ‘The Daily Show,’ Ryan Mocks GOP ‘War on Women,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt’s “Romnesia,” Joe Walsh’s science fail and the possibility of a split Electoral College come Election Day.

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Pity Us, We’re Only Billionaires

It’s all Obama’s fault that the public appears at times to be waking up from a stupor generated by 30 years of class warfare, says the confused rich guy in a high-rise in the neighborhood you can’t afford to spit in.

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Mensa Menses

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In Hog Heaven

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Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


How Obama Can Smoke Out Mitt

President Obama should propose that the nation’s biggest banks be broken up and their size capped, and that the Glass-Steagall Act be resurrected.

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Romney Son Wants to ‘Take a Swing’ at Obama, a ‘Fox & Friends’ Tax Shocker, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s advice to corporate CEOs, an update on the Massachusetts Senate race and Chris Christie making sense.

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‘Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Tackles Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Jon Stewart has some other ideas for what Mitt Romney could call his “binder.” For example, “Book of Broads” or “Notebook of Nipples.”

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Mittman and Ryan

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Auto Bailout Was a Bonanza for Romney and Friends

Mitt Romney and his wife made at least $15 million (and as much as $115 million) from the very taxpayer-funded auto bailout of 2009 that he opposed, while donors to Republican candidates made more than $4 billion by holding the auto industry and tens of thousands of American jobs hostage.

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Daniel Ellsberg Urges People in Swing States to Vote for Obama

The famed whistle-blower has been a sharp critic of the president, but he says a Romney/Ryan administration would be “catastrophically worse.”

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Bad Arithmetic: Romney’s ‘Jobs Plan’ Numbers Don’t Compute

When innocent citizens asked about unemployment Tuesday night at the town hall presidential debate on Long Island, would Mitt Romney again tout his plan to create 12 million jobs?

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The Binders Full of Women

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The Race

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Obama Punches Back

Not a close call. President Obama won the second presidential debate as clearly and decisively as he lost the first. For anyone who disagrees, three simple words: “Please proceed, Governor.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Disguise Falls Away

“Lead from behind” may be a sound bite the Obama administration regrets, but debating from behind is clearly something President Obama is very good at. He got the first debate’s wakeup call while Mitt Romney let the encounter in Denver mislead him into confusing petulance with strength.

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AP/ Carolyn Kaster

Obama Is Back

During Tuesday night’s debate, the president was articulate and forceful—in sharp contrast to his performance in the first presidential debate. He stated his beliefs. He defended his record. He told America where he wanted to take the nation in his second term. And he explained where Romney wanted to take us.

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Green Party Candidates Arrested at Hofstra Debate

Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala were arrested upon attempting to enter the presidential debate site at Hofstra University on Tuesday night, an election event from which they were barred by the Democrat- and Republican-controlled corporation that runs the debates.

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Obama Wins Second Debate With His Record, Not His Vision

President Obama may have saved his campaign, but it’s still not clear after Tuesday night’s debate what he would do with a second term.

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The Debate

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Energized Obama Takes Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Advisers to the president had promised that Barack Obama would be more aggressive and passionate in the second debate against Mitt Romney than he had been in the first. And he was. By miles.

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Romney’s Growth

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‘Democracy Now!’ Expands the Debate

Join “Democracy Now!” and guests for live round-table discussions before and after the Obama-Romney debate at Long Island’s Hofstra University, beginning Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE


Memo to the President: Your Next Debate

President Obama can rebound in Tuesday night’s second presidential debate again Republican challenger Mitt Romney by emphasizing five points.

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Debate Help

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Obama’s Task Tuesday Night

First, he has to show up. Then, in his second debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama needs to offer not just history lessons and dire warnings, but also a hopeful vision for the next four years.

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The Right to Choose

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‘SNL’ Spoofs VP Debate, Fox News Questions Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Koch brothers’ attempt to get their employees to vote for Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate candidate’s son going birther at a fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE


Why Is Mitt Romney Trying to Kill Me?

I’m critical of Obama’s presidency, but my medical emergency convinced me that for Obamacare alone we must re-elect him.

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Why Obama Deserves a Second Term

My family survived the Great Recession because of the policies of the Obama administration. I suspect we were not alone in benefiting from one or another of the various relief programs.

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Krugman: ‘Ugly Reality’ of the Romney-Ryan Health Care Plan

In his latest Op-Ed, the New York Times columnist rips the Republican presidential ticket for a health care plan that would deny potentially millions of Americans coverage in order to save money—all while proposing a trillion-dollar tax cut that would help the wealthiest Americans.

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Medicare Makeover

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Romney, the Product

As he tries to engineer a comeback in this week’s presidential debate, President Obama needs to recognize two things. First, when it comes to politics, Mitt Romney treats himself as a product, not a person. Second, Republicans cannot defend their proposals in terms that are acceptable to a majority of voters.

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Biden Put Ryan-Romney on the Defensive

Some have written that Biden was too hot and overreacted to Obama’s disengagement. But this misreads the net impact of the debate.

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Is It Time to Revisit Compulsory Voting?

Tea partyers would kick and scream over it, but the idea of compulsory voting is not foreign to American soil. In other countries, it’s been shown to increase democratic participation into the 90-percent-plus range. Such a law in the U.S. would likely empower Democrats, who’ve traditionally won the votes of the poor and minorities.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 READ MORE


Bazooka Joe

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Rorschach Debate

How did the vice presidential candidates do in their only debate of the campaign? Some saw Biden as overly aggressive. Others thought he pointed out the Romney/Ryan weaknesses where they needed exposing. Most agree the lively event did not change any minds, but the candidates pleased their bases. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators break down the debate and other issues on this week’s program.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



VP Debate Wrap-Up, Romney Plagiarism Accusation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Wisconsin Republican who says “some girls rape easy,” why Todd Akin should never be allowed to weigh in on scientific matters again and two congressional candidates nearly come to blows at a debate.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/ David Goldman

Biden to the Rescue

If the question is who did more to help his ticket, Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate by a mile.

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‘Democracy Now!’ Expands the Vice Presidential Debate

Vice presidential candidates Cheri Honkala of the Green Party and Luis Rodriguez of the Justice Party, who were excluded from the official debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan last night, got the opportunity to weigh in on foreign and domestic policy issues on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Ron Paul Doesn’t Endorse Romney

Mitt Romney shares none of the libertarian Republican congressman’s misgivings about escalating war in the Middle East, and on the marijuana question, the “famously puritanical Romney would likely bring us back to the era of ‘Just Say No.’ ”

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charlie Neibergall

No Room for the Poor in This Election

It’s not surprising that in Thursday’s vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn’t mention the millions of working poor who would suffer should he and Mitt Romney win in November, but I expected more from Joe Biden.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charlie Neibergall

Biden Laughs His Way to Victory in Vice Presidential Debate

The look on Joe Biden’s face said it all during his commanding performance in Thursday’s vice presidential debate against Paul Ryan.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


A GOP Shift on Taxes?

When it comes to tax policy, Mitt Romney is not merely a spinner, an equivocator or a run-of-the-mill dissembler. He’s a liar.

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