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AP / Louis Lanzano

Gay Marriage: From Stonewall to Albany

New York’s action last week signifies more than just one more state added to the list of those permitting same-sex marriage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE


Loose Lips

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Scared of a Little Compromise

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Press Swoons Over Huntsman

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Deficit Talks Break Down on Capitol Hill

So much for another attempt at bipartisan negotiations. Vice President Joe Biden saw his bid to get both sides talking about ways to deal with the deficit come to a halt on Thursday after all two of the GOP participants cited talk of tax increases as their reason for bowing out.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE


Huntsman: Yes, He Might

Here are the key questions about Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy: Is he the American version of David Cameron? And is the Republican Party ready for a Cameron moment?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Gym

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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks

Obama Is Wrong on War Powers

Let’s be honest: President Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

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Snow White and the Other Seven Dwarfs

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AP / Jim Cole

Watch Your Back, Barack

Viewing the Republican presidential debate was two hours of sheer misery, mixed with a foreboding that one of these people could defeat President Barack Obama.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jim Cole

Seven Republican Dwarfs

Not one of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination who debated Monday night rose to a point of seriousness in addressing the nation’s grievous problems. Instead, they ever so playfully thumbed their collective noses at any possible meaningful government reaction to the mess that we are in.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


Dead Campaign Walking

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Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE


Front and (Too) Center

Like Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and quite a few others who never got to be president, Mitt Romney has the misfortune of being an early front-runner.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Gov. Walker Targets Wisconsin’s Craft Breweries

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget includes yet another (previously overlooked) way in which he’s willing to serve big business at the expense of the little guy: He’s taking aim at craft breweries by making it more difficult for them to distribute their products. (more)

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 READ MORE


The Revisionist Ride of Paul Revere

Sarah Palin is a fraud with charisma—and enough political support to effectively hold the Republican Party hostage. She is ridiculous and dangerous in equal measure.

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP’s Self-Destruction Derby

My advice to Sarah Palin, not that she would take it, is that she’d better be careful. If she keeps pretending to run for the presidential nomination, people might take her seriously.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


A Medicare Moment for the GOP

What concentrates the minds of GOP strategists and candidates—or ought to—is the spectacle unfolding in New York’s 26th Congressional District near Buffalo.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Here Comes Tim Pawlenty

As expected, erstwhile Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has come rumbling into the ring to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012. In launching his bid, T-Paw ran through the GOP’s list of top gripes with the current administration: the bailout, the stimulus and, of course, “Obamacare.” And he’s going to tell the truth!

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE


Boehner’s Catholic Lessons

When the headline is “Catholic Progressives Challenge Conservative Politician on Social Justice,” this is something new and complicated. It’s far easier to write the 10th story of the week about Newt Gingrich.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Newt’s Warts

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The Gingrich Style

It is hard to see why anyone was surprised by Newt Gingrich’s self-ignited implosion in the earliest hours of his presidential candidacy.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


Meltdown on the Launch Pad

A grateful nation thanks you, Newt Gingrich. The presidential campaign is just starting, and already you’ve given us a passage that will live in infamy—forever—in the annals of American political speech.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


Will Symbols Trump Logic?

Republicans holding the increase of the debt ceiling hostage to their efforts to eviscerate programs know perfectly well that Congress will not risk a financial crisis.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


When the Levee Breaks

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Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE


Profile in Absurdity

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Trump Spares Us the Possibility of His Becoming President (Video)

After a few months of fuss, from anointing himself King Birther to calling the Chinese “motherfuckers,” Donald Trump has decided that “Celebrity Apprentice” needs him more than America does, even though “... If I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE


Groovy Thoughts of Newt

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Jesus Doesn’t Want Mike Huckabee to Be President ... Yet

Fox News rocker Mike Huckabee says of his decision not to run for the presidency in 2012, “I don’t fully understand it myself,” but it has something to do with being “a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ” and not having the confidence of “God’s full blessing.” Or it could be that Obama killed Osama and this one’s in the bag.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Lincoln Would Weep

Republicans are unhappy with their field of presidential candidates and yearn for someone who will come along to save them. But here’s what the GOP doesn’t want to confront: Its problem lies not in its candidates, but in itself.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Witch Cauldron

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I Thought I Saw a Republican

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Timber

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Limit Debate; Galleon Guilty; GOP in 2012

The debt limit debate continues on Capitol Hill, with many senior lawmakers saying it’s unlikely the GOP-controlled House can reach a budget agreement with Democrats in the Senate and the White House.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE


Campaign 2012: Where’s the GOP?

According to this AP report on the still-slim Republican pickings for the 2012 election, there are some politico types out there who actually believe that Campaign 2008 got started too early. We thought it was like Christmas: creeping back on the calendar with every rotation.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Chump

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AP / Charles Dharapak

What’s the GOP Without bin Laden?

Pity Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the Republican right wing led by the forlorn slate of candidates gearing up to challenge Barack Obama in the next presidential election.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


New Republican Front-Runner: Herman Cain

Asked about his plans for Afghanistan, Herman Cain said he had none. He also said President Obama’s position on gay marriage “borders on treason.” And according to Fox pollster Frank Luntz’s focus group, he won the first Republican debate.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Luke Skywalker Moment

The first GOP presidential debate transpired last week with relatively little notice. For Republicans, that’s the good news.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE


The New Safety Net

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Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jim Cole

Michele Bachmann and the GOP’s Anti-Medicare Bluff

On Friday, ultraconservative free-market booster Michele Bachmann suddenly came out as a supporter of government-run Medicare. But this potential presidential candidate’s break with the official Republican Party line was not surprising. The GOP has been under attack by its own base for the past few weeks ... (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley

A Generation of Termites?

Indeed, in the guise of saving future generations from excessive federal debt, themes of national decay, egotistical greed and irresponsibility pervade the Ryan plan.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



Cinematic Racism

Major American movies primarily star white actors; poor white students fall behind black peers in the U.K.; and a Chinese college nixes its plan to prohibit PDA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann, Miss GOP

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Trump Reveals Own Birth Certificate

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Florida Goes ‘Jim Crow’ on Minorities Who Want to Vote

The growing participation of minority voters, and especially their tendency to vote Democratic, has sent Republicans in the Florida Legislature scrambling to come up with a way to shut them out of the democratic process.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


Kissing GOP Frogs

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The Money Pit

When it comes to matters of money and politics, there is a big gulf between Democrats and Republicans—in theory.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


Cracking the 2012 Code

Handicapping an election 19 months away seems relevant only to political junkies except for this: Expectations, as shrewd investors know, affect actions.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


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