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The Squandering of America

The Squandering of America

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All I Want for Christmas

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Mittbott

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Building the Ideal GOP Candidate, 2012 Edition

This person would have populist appeal, would have bought and be willing to sell the notion that Obama is a socialist and would probably not have a clue, according to The New York Times’ clued-in columnist Paul Krugman. Yes, we’re talking about the prototype for the GOP presidential hopeful of tomorrow—as in 2012.

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The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

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Newt and Mitt Hit the Circuit

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Cain’s Toast

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Reassessing the Cainwreck

Surprisingly, Herman Cain has one thing right. If nothing else, his campaign has shown that race is as much a way of thinking as it is anything else. Because that’s the case, he is taking advantage of the fact that some audiences think about race differently from others.

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Naughty Herman Cain

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Mitt Romney

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Dual Trigger Double Barrel

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‘Daily Show’: Losing Barney Frank

Not so fast, Fox News Nation. Although Congressman Barney Frank’s announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2012 has sparked glee in the GOP, Jon Stewart notes in this “Daily Show” clip that Frank has been the all-in-one target for all things reviled by conservatives: “He’s your everything bagel.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Cain Tells Top Aides He’s Reassessing Candidacy

So much can change in a few short weeks during campaign season. Just last month, Herman Cain was pulling to the front of the pack of Republican presidential candidates, but now his future prospects have dimmed considerably after yet another salacious headline hit the wires.  (more)

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Cain Fields Another Accusation of Extramarital Sexual Activities

He has dismissed a prior accusation of sexual impropriety as the false claim of a “troubled” woman, but GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain may have a bigger problem on his hands with his latest potential scandal, instigated by one Ginger White, whom Cain’s camp tried to preempt Monday with ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Romney Still Waiting for GOP Love

Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.

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Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP

Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

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GOP Panic Button

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‘Super Committee’ Fails to Overcome Republican Dogma

There are people on the right capable of arithmetic, but anyone who calls for revenue out loud is branded a heretic in Republican circles, where tax cuts are not a matter of policy but of faith.

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The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

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Newt’s Parade

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GOP Candidates

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America Is Special, Vote for Me

Here’s a Republican-backed method to cure all that ails the country: Close your eyes, get to your happy place, and invoke the time-honored mantra America is special until you forget you don’t have a job and various segments of the world’s population think the U.S. has acted a little sketchy lately.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



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The Easiest Way to Cut the Deficit

Here is a surefire way to cut $7.1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Do nothing.

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New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich

All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

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The GOP’s Message Problem

This should be the Republicans’ election to lose. They seem well on their way.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


Pull Over Before You Watch This Herman Cain Train Wreck

It’s a simple question: “So you agree with President Obama on Libya, or not?” But the answer makes Rick Perry sound like Socrates. Reality check: This man is tied in first place for the Republican nomination.

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Mindless—but Always Talking Loud

At a time when nations that tax, spend, regulate and invest more consistently outstrip the United States in many measures of progress, leading Republicans speak only of smashing government and ending vital programs.

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Flat Taxes Are Big in the Former USSR. Have They Worked?

GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all favor flat taxes, which have been criticized for putting a greater burden on middle-income people while cutting taxes for the rich. How have they played out in countries that adopted them?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Perry’s Brain Freeze, Presidential Wannabes

Can Texas Gov. Rick Perry come back from the brink of PR disaster after Wednesday night’s debate gaffe? It sure helped the embattled but tenacious Herman Cain, as the “Left, Right & Center” brain trust discusses on this week’s show.

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Cain Tops Poll With Romney, Gingrich Close Behind

We’re not interested in horse-race politics, but it is worth noting that all those pesky sexual harassment allegations haven’t stopped the Cain Train yet. In a CBS News poll, Herman Cain still held on to the lead in the GOP lineup, but Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich nipped at his heels.

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The Nonsense Debate

Don’t laugh too hard at Rick Perry for his mortifying episode of brain-lock at Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidates’ debate. His opponents managed to remember their lines, but didn’t do any better at making sense.

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Rick Perry Will Get Rid of Government ... as Soon as He Remembers Which Part

Rick Perry is becoming the reason to watch the Republican debates. Here he struggles to remember the third government department he would eliminate. After naming Commerce and Education, the Texas governor is forced to give up.

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Cain Gropes

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Herman Cain Explains

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GOP Jobs Plan

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Mitt Harasses

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The Mitt Might Not Fit

The Republican Party’s inevitable decision to nominate Mitt Romney for president is starting to look evitable after all.

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Vote Cain

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‘Colbert Report’: Cain ’Splains

Herman Cain might reframe the sexual harassment problem haunting him from his past as not so much a witch hunt as proof that he’s a real contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. After all, as Stephen Colbert observes in this “Colbert Report” clip from Tuesday’s show, nobody’s even bothering to ... (more)

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AP / Charlie Niebergall

Surprise: Study Says Perry’s Tax Plan Would Help the Rich

This might come as a shock to a handful of people: The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has released its analysis of GOP presidential contender Rick Perry’s proposed tax plan and has come away with the distinct impression that Perry’s approach favors Americans in the upper income-earning brackets, regardless of his ... (more)

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Let Herman Be Gone

Responding to his insurgent campaign’s first crisis, Herman Cain was upbeat and defiant. “To quote my chief of staff and all the people around this country, ‘Let Herman be Herman,’” he said Monday. “And Herman is gonna stay Herman.” I was afraid of that.

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Cain Calls Sexual Harassment Claims ‘Totally False’

Moving swiftly to defend his name as ghosts of sexual harassment claims past revisited him, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain made the bold move Monday to go on Fox News for a little PR exorcism aided by the Murdochian news network. Cain was unequivocal in denying that he engaged in “sexually suggestive behavior” ... (more)

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He’s for Real: Herman Cain Leads in Iowa

Many keen political observers have not taken the ascendancy of Herman Cain seriously, because they know winning the Republican presidential nomination isn’t about national polls, it’s about Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the other primaries and caucuses. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



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3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

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Occupy Wall Street Gets Real on MTV

MTV is developing reality shows inspired by Occupy Wall Street; the tea party turns its back on Michele Bachmann; and a British cleric resigns rather than retract his support of the Occupy London protests. These discoveries and more, after the jump.

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When GOP Parody Ads Attack

Until the 2012 presidential race moves past the infighting stage and the field narrows enough for would-be contenders to start picking on foes from across the aisle, we’re going to see the likes of this little parodic number by Jon Huntsman’s daughters skewering Herman Cain’s recent, ineffable campaign ad.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE


The Language of Flowers: Herman Cain Campaign Edition

Is there anything worse than Republican attempts at ironic humor? Well, yes, but they’re still pretty bad. Take this Western-themed ad from Herman Cain’s overreaching campaign team, “He Carried Yellow Flowers,” featuring the Ironic Celebrity Endorsement of actor Nick Searcy, some card-carrying liberals and ... (more)

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And Now, Another Gimmicky GOP Tax Plan

He calls it a “flat tax,” but some analysts have noticed a few bumps in Rick Perry’s catchy “20-20” tax plan. Perhaps feeling the heat from recent gains made by a certain GOP presidential contender with his own numerological tax scheme who may or may not hail from Florida … (more)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Outsider Within

As Herman Cain tells it, liberals of all backgrounds should be cowering because he is something the president is not: a “real black man.”

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government

It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE


President Obama: ‘America’s War in Iraq Will Be Over’ by Year-End

“Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” President Obama declared Friday, helpfully noting that this withdrawal plan makes good on one of his campaign promises. No doubt what he said strikes fear in the hearts of Republican presidential hopefuls and their supporting casts.

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