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Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

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Bordering on Heartless

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

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Swapping Ignorance

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Tea Party Heroes

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Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto, Glenn Beck’s Bizarre Interview, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Republican insults against women and why the GOP is upset (again) with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE



Lawmaker Gives Atheist ‘Prayer,’ Glenn Beck’s Latest Controversial Comment, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Rep. Darrell Issa decides to withdraw a subpoena related to the Benghazi hearings and a top IRS official pleads the Fifth.

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Fighting Tyranny

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Harry Reid Renounces Ted Cruz, Jon Stewart Mocks the NRA Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another state legalizes gay marriage and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reveals how he’s trying to slim down.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Conservatives Outraged by Cesar Chavez Google Doodle on Easter

Members of the right wing are freaking out online after Internet search giant Google chose to honor Cesar Chavez with a doodle on Easter Sunday instead of something Christian holiday related.

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Rove Takes on the Tea Party, Maher Rips ‘Con Men’ Limbaugh and Beck, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Krugman calls out “insane” NRA and Rick Perry weighs in on the news that the Boy Scouts may be ending its policy of banning gay members.

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The Death of the Republican Party, Schwarzenegger’s Sex Picture, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the country’s new secretary of state, President Obama’s immigration reform plan and some bad news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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Glenn Beck Plans to Build Libertarian Commune Inspired by Ayn Rand

Glenn Beck and his delusions of grandeur were on full display last week, as the conservative media figure completed his wholehearted embrace of Ayn Rand’s philosophy by announcing he would build a $2 billion utopian community somewhere in Texas.

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Pity the Bamboozled and Confused

“Every problem that the editorialists fret about today will get worse,” Harper’s Magazine columnist and author Thomas Frank told an audience in November. “Inequality, global warming, financial bubbles, one after another. But it won’t matter. On America will go, chasing the only ideology that our country has left, down into the seething Arcadia of all against all.”

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Glenn Beck to Sell ‘Obama in Pee Pee’ Art

The conservative rabble-rouser is defending, as only he can, the First Amendment rights of an artist who painted President Obama being crucified on a cross.

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Postal Service Closures, O’Reilly’s Non-Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including congressional action on student loan rates and Glenn Beck trying to profit off of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.

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Sandra Fluke: Rush Limbaugh’s Apology Changes Nothing

She became a household name over the last week, thanks to the vitriolic attentions of one Rush Limbaugh, and on Monday, Georgetown University law-student-turned-culture-war-front-liner Sandra Fluke went on “The View” to tell Barbara Walters and her cohorts about the controversy and Limbaugh’s attempt at an apology. Updated

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Right-Wing Press Ignores Terrorist Attack on Clinic

Did you hear that a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, was firebombed last Tuesday? If you read only the conservative press, then chances are you didn’t. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Glenn Beck Wants to ‘Restore Courage’ in Israel

A day after Israel clashed with protesters along four borders, professional fearmonger Glenn Beck announced his attempt to bring thousands of supporters to his “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem this August, urging his conservative base to get more involved in the region’s politics. (more)

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Common Performs at White House, Earth Continues Rotating on Its Axis

Despite the collective outrage and alarm of noted hip-hop scholars Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, the artist known as Common turned up on Wednesday to perform a spoken word piece at a celebration of poetry at the White House. And lo, it was good.

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What Does Glenn Beck’s Departure Have to Do With George Soros?

Because you know if there’s a left-wing conspiracy, George Soros is in on it somehow—at least in the wacky, weird, blackboard-enabled world (population: 1) inhabited by soon-to-be-former Fox News show host Glenn Beck.

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Bye-Bye Beck

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Fox News to Drop Glenn Beck’s Show

Although Glenn Beck himself is characterizing the change as a “new phase” of his “partnership” with Roger Ailes’ conservative-magnet cable channel, the bottom line of this story is that Beck’s show will be phased out of the Fox News programming lineup later this year.

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Empathy for the Devil

I first saw the massive spread of twinkling lights that is Los Angeles at night from the San Gabriel Mountains in the early 1990s while visiting from Philadelphia. It was stunningly beautiful and made me think of a phone interview that I’d heard on CNN a year earlier just after New Year’s during the Gulf War.

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Is Glenn Beck Not Long for Fox News?

While we are generally loath to give Fox News’ chalkboard jockey Glenn Beck our attention, the rumor that he could be taking his act off Fox News and on to other right-wing media outlets of undetermined nature—and as early as the politically conspicuous ...

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Cable News Takes a Hit in 2010

Apparently, neither the twilight days of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” nor the dependable histrionics of Glenn Beck—not to mention a certain Silver Fox—could save cable news from taking a dip in terms of viewership over the course of 2010 ...

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Real March Madness

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Ending Prostitution?

Harry Reid calls for an end to prostitution, why Obama changed his mind on DOMA and Google tweaks its algorithm. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Lopsided Law of Wall Street

The lopsided law of immigration vs. Wall Street, humans actually do make it rain, and Glenn Beck goes after Google. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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FBI Is Breaking the Law

The FBI breaks the law a thousand times a year, the Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator, and potential jail time for calling someone an “ass.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Glenn Beck Has a Point

Excuse us while we hold back the dry heave and acknowledge that buried in this obnoxious, childish rant of Glenn Beck’s, there’s a valid point lurking.

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Obama’s Tax-Cut Plan for Dummies

From the “White House White Board” to Glenn Beck’s blackboard, it seems like everyone’s trying to spell out fundamental political concepts using methods usually reserved for elementary school teachers. Does this say something about their opinions of American voters?

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Glenn Beck and His Blackboard Call Assange a ‘Player’

Where would Glenn Beck be without his blackboard? Will he ever graduate to dry erase? So many questions! In this clip, Beck delivers some much-needed answers about WikiLeaks’ beleaguered founder Julian Assange—more specifically, about Assange’s sex life.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Give Us This Day Our ‘Daily Show’

Political comedy, without practical application within a political strategy, will merely satiate our hunger for real change with a punch line and rob us of our sensitivity to any number of social and political injustices.

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Poison at the Tea Party

The tea partyers issue dire warnings of the threat posed by government, but their movement ignores the threat from corporate America: pollution, dangerous products and banking practices that brought us the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.

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Jon Stewart’s Rally, as Seen From Taiwan

As Jon Stewart prepares for his “Rally to Restore Sanity” this Saturday in Washington, D.C., and Fox Newsers spin stories of Democratic conspiracies, the politically attuned animators over at NMA World Edition in Taiwan have clearly been paying attention ... (continued)

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‘Colbert Report’: The Tea Party in Four Minutes

It’s hard to believe that the tea party movement is less than 2 years old. Just think of the cast of colorful characters we’ve gotten to know in such a short time—from old favorites repurposed for the job like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann to newcomers like Christine O’Donnell. Stephen Colbert relives the magic in this special “Colbert Report” mash-up.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Is No Match for William Shatner

Back in his CNN days, the cable crier was baffled by a conversation with the always fascinating William Shatner. Even a chatterbox like Beck didn’t know what to do with a statement like, “They’re pressed together, defecating into the ocean and it’s all ... it’s just too much.”

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Coming This Fall

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Stewart, Colbert Announce Rallies

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have taken parody to the next level. The comedians announced two parallel rallies to happen on the mall in Washington, D.C., just days before the midterm elections.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Do Not Pity the Democrats

Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


Rabid Dog Briefly Mistaken for Tea Party Candidate

A rabid Doberman pinscher jumped on stage at a tea party rally in Missouri on Labor Day and barked at the crowd for nearly 20 minutes before people realized he was not a candidate.

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AP / Alex Brandon

Beck and Palin, Together Again on 9/11

Fox News mainstays and tea-party superstars Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are joining forces for a big-ticket event in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 11. Ostensibly, it’s just a “coincidence” that this right-wing pep rally is happening on such an auspicious date.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



A Handbook for Killing Non-Jews

Today on the list: The guide to killing goyim, more evidence of Glenn Beck’s self-obsession, and proof that bears do not make the safest pets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE


Church Picnic With a Buzz

It has not been clear whether, or how, the tea party would seek to accommodate the religious aspect of the conservative movement. Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally illustrated one potential route.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Fanaticism Infringement

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The Beck-Palin Show Is No Joke

It’s easy to laugh off the weekend’s Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin show at the Lincoln Memorial. But don’t laugh just yet. The rally was a major event in the right wing’s effort to take over Congress and the presidency.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



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The Speech Glenn Beck Meant to Give

I have a dream that the Yalie son of a Houston oil magnate can walk hand in hand with the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund operator on the white sands of Southampton while evading inheritance taxes.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


Sights and Sounds From Glenn Beck’s Ego Festival

Our morbid curiosity got the better of us and we went looking for video documentation of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally.” Hop past the jump for Sarah Palin speechifying, Beck describing himself as savior of America (sigh) and the inevitable music video.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Glenn Beck MLKs It

Before holding his Hubrisfest 2010 celebration on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck says he’s no Martin Luther King Jr., but would also like to point out that “African-Americans don’t own Martin Luther King.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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