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Lawmaker Reiterates Akin Remarks, Romney Feels the Power of the Press, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the GOP’s staunch anti-abortion platform and a CNN appearance by Todd Akin’s, er, chair.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE


Blaming the Victim, Again

At least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party’s alleged “war on women” was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin didn’t get the memo.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Skinny on GOP Trip to the Holy Land

Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming—at least one of them in the nude (that’s him pictured)—during a “fact-finding” trip to Israel last year.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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False Piety and the Medicare Debate

There is a difference between Obama saying that Romney and Ryan want to alter Medicare fundamentally, which is true, and the GOP saying that Obama wants to undercut Medicare, which is not.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Attacks Biden

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Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE


Voter ID Laws

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Facts Get in the Way

Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they’re not being equally truthful.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE


How Ryanization Threatens the GOP

There is the idea of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, and then there is the reality.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Pennsylvania Judge Refuses to Block Voter ID Law

Democracy in action? More like democracy inaction. A Pennsylvania judge said he would not halt a strict new voter identification law that critics say could effectively disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of the population and disproportionally affect the young, the elderly and the poor in the state’s urban areas.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Federal Money Helps Ryan’s Hometown Bounce Back

Thousands are still struggling in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis., after General Motors shut down its century-old plant there in 2008. What economic recovery has occurred there is due largely to the federal stimulus programs so loathed by Republicans.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan, Corporate Darling

The bright-faced boy from Janesville and avowed man of the people has taken money from banksters, big insurance and the Koch brothers throughout his career, and has $5.4 million in the campaign chest—$2 million more than the next highest House member.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt’s Secret

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Posted on Aug 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Republican Revolt

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Posted on Aug 12, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Veepstakes,’ Be Gone!

“Few media behaviors are more pitiful than the intense fixation over the ‘Veepstakes,’ a word that is at once nauseatingly vapid and yet incomparably valuable as a symbol of our nation’s pointless, juvenile political media,” Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



Religion Destroyed the Republican Party

Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


Voter Suppression

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Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Catch-22, ‘Romney Hood’ vs. ‘Obamaloney,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more speculation on Romney’s running mate and sh*t that Rep. Allen West says.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE


Warring Over Tax Returns

Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE


‘Kiss My Ass’: Fear and Loathing in the Romney Campaign

The emerging truth about the man who will soon accept the Republican presidential nomination is that—like Sarah Palin—his handlers cannot trust him to cope with unscripted questions.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11

Caution: Rep. Mike Kelly has made a statement so ridiculous it might make your head spin. To see the Pennsylvania Republican’s remark, click below.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Tea Party’s Man Takes Texas U.S. Senate Nomination

Tea party insurgent Ted Cruz trounced Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the candidate supported by Gov. Rick Perry, in the race for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in Texas, suggesting that the tea party could overtake the state’s Republican political establishment.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE


Voter Suppression

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Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Voter ID Laws Could Swing Election for Romney

President Mitt Romney? Although it might be unthinkable right now that the gaffe-prone GOP presidential candidate could win the election, Republicans have figured out a way to help make that a reality. Hint: It involves suppressing the rights of millions of Americans.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



An AIDS-Free Generation: Dream or Future Reality?

The International AIDS Conference is making dangerously impossible promises about putting an end to the epidemic; the London Olympics’ opening ceremonies included a unique tribute to free, universal health care; meanwhile, British graffiti artist Banksy has proved he will not be erased. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Diplomat

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Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



More Secret Romney Documents, GOP Senator on Gun Control, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some bad news for the California Republican Party and a Mitt Romney ballad you won’t want to miss.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


Must We Go Here Again? Birthers, Neo-Birthers and Right-Wing Sleaze

The roiling paranoia and hatred that marred American politics when Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the White House has resurfaced in attacks on Barack and Michelle Obama, who like the Clintons have been maligned repeatedly as communist, subversive, Satanic and, above all, illegitimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Election Laws

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Health Care in Reverse

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Misdiagnosing Romney’s Campaign

Could it be that Mitt Romney is correct from a strategic point of view to tell us little about what he’d do as president?

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Crime Against Voters

Spare us any more hooey about “preventing fraud” and “protecting the integrity of the ballot box.” The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws is revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor people and minorities the main targets.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE


It Just Won’t Go Away

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GOP Affordable Care Act Reaction

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Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ Tracks a Splurge of GOP Fundraisers

Jon Stewart discusses the fundraising efforts of prominent Republican donors, who held three separate events last weekend to raise money for GOP candidates and causes in the upcoming election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE


Fast and Furious—the Witch Hunt

The facts do not remotely justify the partisan witch hunt by House Republicans who threaten, without legitimate cause, to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Ron Paul Could Raise Hell at GOP Convention

Ron Paul has considerable leverage at the GOP’s national convention resulting from his enthusiastic national support, which could allow him to modify the Republican platform, land a prime speaking spot or even have a shot at the vice presidential nomination.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


How Soon Republicans Forget Ken Starr

Having demanded a federal investigation of intelligence leaks, Republicans on Capitol Hill now claim to be outraged because Attorney General Eric Holder has asked two United States attorneys to conduct that probe—and one of the two happens to be a Democrat.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Leadership on Immigration Leaves Romney at a Loss for Words

If taking action on the immigration issue is good politics for Obama and the Democrats, then Republicans have only themselves to blame.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Republican Thieves

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Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE


Country for Sale

The word "takeaway" was first used in 1961, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. And then it was about Chinese restaurants. Now it is about everything, including elections.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE


Do-Nothing Congress

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE


Newlyweds

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The Stakes in the Walker Recall

Gov. Scott Walker is not being challenged because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


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