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AP / Jack Plunkett

DeLay Found Guilty in Money Laundering Case

The holiday special for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was a big helping of guilty-as-charged Wednesday, as the former Republican lawmaker found himself on the wrong side of the Texas legal system in a money laundering case ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

President Mama Grizzly?

Could reality television be a legitimate steppingstone to the White House? Well, in at least one case—guess who?—that could be true, according to a newly released national poll of GOP voters.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Look Who’s the Decider Now

Forget the Republicans. It’s the president who sets the agenda, and who ultimately is held accountable for America’s successes and failures.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


Saying Goodbye to Compassionate Conservatism

The real point of the tea party may be to get the GOP to say goodbye to the idea of a compassionate conservatism and to Bush’s peculiar but real brand of multiculturalism.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Murkowski’s Miracle on Ice

Officials are still counting and campaigns are still jockeying, but it looks like Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled off a minor political miracle by winning a write-in campaign after getting bounced from the GOP ticket by tea party upstart Joe Miller.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


Runaway Military: A Raw Deal at Half the Price

I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: Slash defense spending along with everything else.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


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A Grand Old Challenger Arises

A tussle within the Grand Old Party is in prospect. Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis has announced he will challenge Michael Steele, current GOP chairman, in an electoral contest that will determine who will lead the Republicans into the 2012 elections.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Litchfield

Connecting the Dots on the Great Disconnect

The nation is dividing into ever-more-irreconcilable niches—like fans of competing teams, rather than members of a greater whole with shared purpose.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Rank-and-File Frustration

“Why don’t they fight back?” That’s the question I’ve been hearing from the Democratic Party’s stunned and dispirited base.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: The GOP’s Bold New Moves

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Republicans have taken over the House, and they’re ready to make some big changes and help everyday Americans by ... focusing on ousting Obama and extending certain extant tax cuts. Oh.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Republicans Repeal Health Care at Their Peril

Election Day exit polls showed that the health care bill is not nearly so widely despised as right-wing propaganda suggests—and that its demise is certainly not the highest priority of voters.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Do Only Conservative Victories Count?

In 2008, the largest number of voters in American history gave the Democrats their largest share of the presidential vote in 44 years and big majorities in the House and Senate.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Wanted: Mojo All Around

In his only interview since the GOP rampage, with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” President Obama was reasonable, analytical, professorial—but also uninspired and uninspiring.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Rove to Republicans: Time to Deliver

It’s not necessary to read tea leaves to figure out that Tuesday’s election results might be interpreted as a sign of some Americans’ dissatisfaction with the government and the desire to change who’s in charge. But GOP guru Karl Rove wants to remind Republicans ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


And Now for the Next Battle

President Obama allowed Republicans to define the terms of the nation’s political argument for the past two years and permitted them to draw battle lines the way they wanted. Neither he nor his party can let that happen again.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

Republicans Take the House, Democrats Keep the Senate (Update)

The GOP had a huge night in the House of Representatives, but the Democrats showed some fight in the Senate, which they held. (continued after the jump)

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



Democrats Prefer Google

Today on the list: Sanity beats fear in Brazil, the GOP plan to stop Sarah Palin and marketers say Google is to Democrats what Fox News is to Republicans. Plus: the sex lives of truffles.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Hollywood Right Plays It Stingy With California Candidates

As the final hours run out for two big races in California, some sleuthy types over at The Wrap have discovered that the rare species known as the Hollywood conservative is apparently not doling out the big bucks to help either Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman win at the polls.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Midterm Madness; Obama and the GOP

Pre-election jitters abound on both sides of the aisle before Tuesday’s midterm vote. The distribution of power in Congress could well shift, but in these angry times can any party govern effectively? Plus: Is Obama too cool?

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 READ MORE



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GOP on Track to Take the House

With just a week to go before the midterm elections, it’s looking like Republicans are in good shape to take control of the House of Representatives, and it’s a long shot but not completely impossible that they could win big in the Senate, according to Reuters.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


What If? So What?

What if President Obama and the Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill had pushed through an authentic, righteous, no-holds-barred progressive agenda, perhaps with a thick overlay of pitchfork populism?

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



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McConnell: Ousting Obama Is GOP’s Top Goal

President Obama came into office with high hopes of reaching across the aisle to work with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The only problem with that plan is that certain high-ranking GOP operatives such as Mitch McConnell ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


A National Election, Like It or Not

While Republicans hammer away at a key set of themes, from jobs to the deficit, Democrats have left loyalists who deserve better without the support of a driving national message.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Man Up, Grow Up

In this, the year of the Mama Grizzly, let’s stop stirring the moose chili for a moment to ponder three words—man up and whore—and what they have to tell us about the muddled state of gender politics.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Wave and the Reality

It’s easy to imagine how Democrats, facing near-unanimous predictions of a wipeout, could bestir themselves to narrow the enthusiasm gap by just enough to turn a potential “wave” election into a regular midterm setback for the party in power.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Existence of Tea Party Candidates Casts Doubt on Evolution

Two of the theory of evolution’s most vociferous doubters, Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell, may be living proof that Darwin was wrong, leading scientists believe.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Jamean R. Berry

The Imperial Defense of Pentagon Bloat

Beware the sophistry of budget talking points—especially those seeking to deter any criticism of defense spending.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



Open Call: Obama’s Town Hall

The casting call for Obama’s town hall, dealing with the media’s masturbation shame, and what Stephen Hawking has to say about God.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


Needed: Competition for Black Votes

In politics, as in business, competition is good. Monopolies inevitably take their customers for granted.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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The Tea Party: It’s Worse Than You Think

A debate has raged over the last 18 months as to whether the tea party movement is racist. I propose to put this debate to rest. The tea party is racist. Its followers have deployed a brilliant strategy to deflect charges of racism by using a form of the legislative provision known as severability.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Poll Finds Overlap Between Tea Party, Christian Right

Certain members and proponents of the tea-party movement may claim that diversity abounds among their ranks, but through the magic of polling, the Public Religion Research Institute has sketched out a shared belief system ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


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The Cash Cow of Anonymity

How sweet and innocent they seem, these mysterious organizations with names like Americans for Job Security. Who could argue with that? Who wants job insecurity?

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. David Ake

Déjà Vu With Your Host, John Boehner

Hmmm, this reminds us of someone else in recent political memory: On Thursday, House Minority Leader John Boehner said that, should the GOP take control in this year’s midterm elections ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Look Who’s Killing Jobs Now

Republicans like to denounce President Obama and congressional Democrats for what they describe as “job-killing” policies. But in those red-hot rhetorical terms, congressional Republicans are guilty of mass murder when it comes to job creation.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and the Progressive Paradox

A couple of hours before President Obama offered a boffo revival of his 2008 campaign persona during a boisterous rally at the University of Wisconsin, Sen. Bernie Sanders was analyzing why the president was in a political pickle in the first place.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Achilles’ Region

It will be very hard for Republicans to take the House if they don’t break the Democrats’ power in the Northeast—and they still have to prove they can do that.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


Promises, Promises

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Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Dems Punt on Tax Cuts

After weeks of failed politicking, the Democrats have punted on tax cuts for the middle class until after the November midterm elections, succumbing to the fact that they do not have enough GOP support to push through a bill that has no accompanying tax cuts for the wealthy.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Party of Nonsense

The Republicans were doing pretty well for themselves as the Party of No. So why did they decide to rebrand themselves as the Party of Nonsense?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Bewitched

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Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tambako the Jaguar (CC-BY-ND)

‘A Pledge to America’

Republicans may not have any ideas, as the Democrats are fond of saying, but they do have plenty of momentum and, now, a pledge. Instead of a “Contract With America” it’s “A Pledge to America,” and, because we’re still taking baby steps here, the Republican leadership is not urging any Republicans to actually make the pledge. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Tempest in a Very Small Teapot

Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE


Palin: Tea Party Is ‘the Future of Politics’

If the tea party movement really does represent not only “common-sense conservative principles,” as Sarah Palin puts it in this glossy instructional video, but also “the future of politics” in America, we can look forward to ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Party

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Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

O’Donnell: ‘We Have Always Been in Charge’

There was a lot of talk about “us” and “them” in tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell’s speech at the ultra-conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday—but does that come as any surprise?

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


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