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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



Chuck Kennedy / White House

Obama, GOP Trade Punches Over Business Bill

So, President Obama was miffed on Monday at the GOP side of the Senate for thwarting his move to push a bill through Congress designed to help small businesses, but those senators weren’t having it and fired back at Obama and his party with a pointed statement.

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


The Primary Differences

Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection. Democrats are not. This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties explains the year’s primary results.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner’s Bumper-Sticker Politics

The man who would be speaker outlined his agenda Tuesday in a speech to the City Club of Cleveland: economic policy reduced to, literally, five easy tweets.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Forget the ‘Party of No,’ Dems Need to Run Against Extremism

In an election, a solid “no” usually beats an uneasy “yes, but.” That’s the heart of the problem Democrats and President Obama face this fall.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Richard Drew

News Corp. Gives GOP Governors a $1M Boost

As if any doubt remained as to News Corp. titan Rupert Murdoch’s political proclivities, we have hard monetary evidence in the form of the media megacorp’s newly committed $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Mark Lennihan

Ground Zero for Tolerance

The irrational attack on Muslims everywhere by the GOP’s leadership is not only deeply subversive with regard to the American ideal of religious tolerance but also poses a profound threat to our national security.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

GOP Is All Over the Mosque Controversy

By the time the midterm elections roll around this fall, it will have been more than nine years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a point that’s not likely to be lost on candidates looking for a slogan or a cause. Meanwhile, the GOP is making sure to capitalize upon ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


You Can’t Make Up Republican Candidates Like These

The Republican Party’s candidate for governor of Colorado believes that bicycle paths are “part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.”

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Grievous

Poll Hints at Darker Days for Dems

The tide of public good will toward the Democratic end of the American political spectrum, which helped propel Obama into the White House, may be going out, according to a new WSJ/NBC poll, but the GOP ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Michael Dwyer

Brewer Riding High After SB 1070

In the months leading up to SB 1070’s passing, Jan Brewer was seen as just a fill-in as Arizona governor and a laggard in the coming election for the post. Now after signing the anti-immigrant legislation, she is enjoying success within the party and is considered a certainty to win the state’s GOP primary in two weeks.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


Immigration as Partisanship

Christmas came early for demagogues. The court decision putting a hold on the worst provisions of Arizona’s new anti-Latino immigration law is a gift-wrapped present to those who delight in turning truth, justice and the American way into political liabilities.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE



One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Grinches Who Stole Summer

Thanks to the defection of the two relatively enlightened Republican senators from Maine and the quick replacement of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, unemployment checks that had been stalled for millions of American families since early June will soon resume. But for Republicans, it has been a defining issue that will haunt the party.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


Purging the Tea Party’s Racist Poison

When the nation’s leading civil rights organization passed a resolution condemning displays of racism by tea party activists, leaders of the movement reacted with umbrage so thick you could cut it with a knife—then demonstrated that the NAACP’s allegation was entirely justified.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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More Tough Talk From Obama on America’s Unemployment Crisis

In a Monday press conference, President Barack Obama threw down once again in his ongoing battle to extend unemployment benefits, making his displeasure with his opponents in Congress eminently clear ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Slams GOP for Obstructing Economic Progress

President Obama came out swinging in his weekly address on Saturday, claiming that his administration has been pushing to help small businesses grow and strengthen the economy and blaming Republican leaders for thwarting his efforts.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 READ MORE


Needing a Playbook, Not a Funk

The Democrats have shifted from sour lassitude into something resembling a sour frenzy, but that’s an improvement. They may still have time to stave off electoral disaster.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


Political Math and Political Passion

If the midterm elections were held now, Republicans would likely take control of the House of the Representatives. Democrats have to figure out a way to appeal to independent voters while simultaneously winning back their disenchanted base.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Therealbs2002

Sarah Palin 2012: ‘Unstoppable’?

Like her or not, Sarah Palin isn’t leaving the national stage anytime soon if she and her devoted supporters can help it. But can they? Well, for his part, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan sees signs that Palin may ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


Let Steele Speak

The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials. But it’s the Democrats reciting Dick Cheney talking points who should be embarrassed.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Partying for Fun and Profit

If you thought tea party politics were just for rabid wingnuts and certain Twitter-prone politicians, think again or else you may miss out on some hot stock market action before the November elections.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Fiddling While the Economy Burns

Let me put it in terms that Washington understands: The party that begins to treat the unemployment crisis with the hair-on-fire urgency that it deserves is the party that will do well in November.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The GOP Goes Off the Rails

Death wish isn’t too extreme a phrase to describe the Republicans’ recent conduct. What else could explain their behavior this summer?

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

The Passionless Party

You know the Democrats have a problem when party insiders think John Kerry is too intense.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die

Afghanistan is the place where theories of warfare go to die, and if the COIN theory isn’t dead yet, it’s utterly failed so far to prove itself.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE


After 41 Years, a Belated Victory for Butter

The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Satire Keeps Spilling Out

And sometimes, life imitates farce. Thus the spectacle of BP’s Chief Executive Officer Tony “I’d like my life back” Hayward spending the weekend at a yacht race.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


All Shook Up for BP

Joe Barton is not alone. The Texas congressman’s lavish sympathy for BP—which he sees not as perpetrator of a preventable disaster but as victim of a White House “shakedown”—is actually what passes for mainstream opinion among conservative Republicans today.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Therealbs2002

Palin to Emanuel: ‘U Lie’

Since when has Twitter become a valid platform for national political discourse? Maybe valid isn’t quite the word, but it seems like Sarah Palin has once again attempted to commandeer the online medium to her advantage ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


A Different Kind of Malaise

President Obama gave a good and sensible speech that was not a home run. What’s odd is that Obama was seen as needing a home run. This is where the Democratic malaise comes in. Democrats should feel a lot better than they do.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


Mean Girls in Politics

What is this, middle school? Women are marching forward in politics, but the new Republican nominee for senator from California is taking us back to the cattiness of the school cafeteria.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


A Loss Won’t Silence the Democratic Left

This week’s primaries should have been good news for Democrats. Instead, a stray comment from an Obama aide briefly threatened a civil war in the Democratic Party, which needs all the unity it can get.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Steele for Chairman

GOP Jumps on Dismal Jobs Report

A president’s employment problem is the opposition’s cannon fodder during election season, and Friday’s bad news on employment is giving the GOP some opportunities to lob a few more hits at the Democrats during the lead-in to this fall’s midterm elections.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


The Michael Jordan of Bailouts

Someone is going to bear the massive cost of damage to the Gulf Coast economy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out to make sure it isn’t the oil firms whose rig caused the catastrophe in the first place.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

On Thursday Robert Scheer responded to reader questions and comments about his column “Blame Clinton, Not Paul.” Scheer said, “both Democrats and Republicans have betrayed the interests of black and brown people and those who got stuck with subprime mortgages, and that’s the pressing civil rights issue right now.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Tensions Brew Between Tea Party, GOP

Now that we’ve gotten the inevitable tea party pun out of the way, here’s the newsy bit: According to the astute analysis of Salon’s Gabriel Winant, the relationship between the GOP’s powers that be and certain sachet-carrying members of the tea party ... (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Give Some Answers, Dr. Paul

Not so fast, everybody. Rand Paul can’t abruptly disavow the extremist views on civil rights that he’s been espousing for years and expect us all to just move along.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Stains on the GOP Too

Rand Paul’s stunning victory in Kentucky demonstrates that the tea party movement does not intend to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Primaries Show Off Dems’ Diversity

This year’s elections may exacerbate the difference between our two political parties, but not in the way most people are talking about.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Sam Howzit (CC-BY)

Republicans Take a Pass on Arizona

Get ready to hit those strip malls, party people: The 2012 Republican convention is going to Tampa, Fla. GOP leaders opted not to drop the balloons in Arizona, perhaps because of that state’s racist immigration law that essentially flips the bird at the nation’s fastest-growing bloc of voters.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Tory Lessons for Republicans

Britain’s Conservative Party has found a winning brand by reaching out to the left, while conservatives across the pond alienate voters with angry rhetoric and fringe positions.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


The Good Ol’ Days Before Anesthesia

Nevada’s leading Senate candidate, who wants to return to the barter system, makes Sarah Palin sound like an intellectual, but they share a nostalgia for a golden age that never was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Past Statements Tell Present Truth About Immigration Law’s Goals

The true thinking behind Arizona’s immigration bill could be heard back in 2001, when the emotional aftermath of 9/11 momentarily removed politicians’ rhetorical filters.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Crist and Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Crist Breaks With the GOP

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s political prospects took a sharp downward turn after he man-hugged President Barack Obama in February 2009. And the emergence of the tea party movement—not to mention the boost it has given Crist’s main rival for election to the U.S. Senate ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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