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Poll Indicates Americans Are Ready for Financial Overhaul

President Obama and his allies won’t have an easy time as they attempt to do some major renovations of our financial system, but according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, they at least have the support of the majority of Americans.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Titan Over Wall Street

Perhaps Obama could have scored more popularity points if he had ordered a few financiers to be led out of the Cooper Union auditorium in handcuffs.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


The Eradication of Trust

American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and it’s not hard to understand why.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Between a Rock and a Black Face

The Republican National Committee is in quite a pickle following the whole lesbian-bondage-club kerfuffle, which has made some right-wingers question RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s leadership skills and to form a “shadow RNC ... only with a little less shadow,” as Stephen Colbert puts it in this clip.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


In Defense of Chairman Mike

With attacks pouring in from both the left and the right, won’t someone at least pretend to take Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s side?

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama, Meet Sisyphus

President Obama’s health care victory marked the beginning of a new phase in the administration’s political struggles, not a final triumph.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Base Problem

No flesh-and-blood president could live up to the imagined heights of candidate Obama, but a broader Democratic Party guarantees disappointment for all, some of the time.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE


Maher and Leno

Bill Maher on the GOP: ‘They’re Such Sore Losers’

Bill Maher was his usual irreverent self on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” praising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “balls” in the health care reform saga and riffing on the infamous “death panel” controversy in ways Sarah Palin most definitely won’t appreciate.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



Polyglot Edition

Today on the list: The language everyone in the world is learning, YouTube’s original sin and whither the SEC?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Sunny Charlie Crist’s Rain Cloud

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now the underdog in a tough Senate primary, longs for a political world that seems to have vanished.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Two Girls, One GOP

The RNC would like us all to know that, whatever happened involving Young Eagles members, committee funds and lesbian-themed fun at Voyeur last month, Chairman Michael Steele wasn’t there. All the same, Jon Stewart still wants to show a Muppety re-enactment of that night of infamy.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Steele for Chairman

GOP Staffer Axed for Spending Funds at Racy Club

The RNC’s February expense report apparently listed the $1,946 tab from West Hollywood’s Voyeur nightclub, which features topless entertainers and bondage-themed get-ups, as money spent on meals and not bottle service, but regardless ... (continued) [Pictured above, RNC Chairman Michael Steele.] Updated

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care Violence

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Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE


David Frum
American Enterprise Institute

Conservative Fired for Speaking Truth to Limbaugh?

The Washington Post, among others, is reporting rather matter-of-factly that conservative commentator David Frum (who, as a Bush speechwriter, coined “axis of evil”) has been fired by the American Enterprise Institute for criticizing the Republican approach to the health care fight. (continued)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Harry Hamburg

GOP Launches Final Health Care Attack in Senate

If you can’t beat ’em, hit ’em with a bunch of amendments they’d have a hard time opposing. That was apparently the strategy of Republicans hoping to throw a wrench into the health care reform works in the Senate on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Edition

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children, and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner and friends
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species

Boy, the Republicans know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick? Or block the provision that allows you to keep your out-of-work kids on your policy until they are 26?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


What’s the Matter With Democrats?

Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


‘Kumbaya’ No More

No matter what the Democrats attempt or how they go about it, Republicans are going to complain, obstruct and attack. It’s hard to fathom why that took so long to sink in.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


GOP Damned

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Cleaning Up the Supreme Court’s Mess

The urgency of containing the damage the Supreme Court could do to our electoral system creates an opportunity for a rare convergence of interest and principle.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker Demands Recall of Car That Drove Him to Gay Club

The senator said not only did the car drive him to the gay nightclub, but it forced him to enter the club and party there for hours, resulting in his later arrest for DUI. (Editor’s note: Although Roy Ashburn is a real state senator who really was arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly being at a gay club, in this column Borowitz takes the liberty of manufacturing a set of quotations for satire’s sake.)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE



In the Twitterverse, Republicans Are King

They may be in the minority, but Republican members of Congress far outnumber Democrats on Twitter. They’re also more active, tweeting about twice as often as Democratic lawmakers. House Republicans alone make up 50 percent of all tweeting members.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


Rick Perry
governor.state.tx.us

Republicans Back Perry in Texas

Rick Perry, already Texas’ longest-serving governor, has survived primary challenges from a popular senator and an insurgent tea party candidate. Debra Medina had hoped to spoil the Republican race, but the tea partyer (whom we recently called out) was able to grab only about 17 percent of the vote.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Biden
White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Considers Adding GOP-Generated Ideas to Health Bill

It doesn’t seem possible, but it could maybe perhaps be the case that some kind of resolution in the health care reform saga might be achievable soon. At least that’s the tone President Barack Obama struck in a letter he sent Tuesday to prominent members of Congress that included conciliatory language on the subject of four ideas advanced by Republicans at last week’s health care summit.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



lincoln.senate.gov

Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Feeds Health Reform to GOP

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Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Obama, Repubs Lock Horns at the Health Care Summit

President Obama suggested that the theme for Thursday’s health care reform summit should be one of bipartisan cooperation. Good luck with that one! So far, the discourse has appeared to be cordial on the whole, with the exception of a couple verbal clashes with prominent GOP types, including a growly John McCain and a bill-waving Rep. Eric Cantor. Updated

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pat Sullivan

Behind the Tea Party Facade, Just Another Bush-League Republican

Ron Paul proté gé Debra Medina is shaking up the Texas gubernatorial race, but scratch the surface of this rising tea party star and you’ll find a Bush-style big-government hypocrite.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


A GOP Star Is Born

If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Calling Dr. Clinton

When word went out that Bill Clinton was hospitalized, the prospect that he was in danger made me wish that President Obama had spent more time learning lessons that only Clinton can teach.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Matti Mattila

Senate Democrats Whittle Down Jobs Bill

Here we have yet another example of partisan politicking in action: Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, tossed out a jobs bill they’d created in tandem with Republicans and produced a trimmed-down alternative at the eleventh hour. This did not please their former collaborators from the GOP ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Poll Shows Americans’ Dissatisfaction with Gov’t, Doubts About Palin

Do Americans really get what the tea party movement is about? Did Sarah Palin’s performance at last weekend’s inaugural Tea Party Convention in Nashville help or hurt her standing among her fans and would-be supporters? These may not be questions that keep us all up at night, especially in these hard times—but hey, that’s what pollsters are for.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


The Origins of Tea Party Radicalism

The ferocity of the tea party movement’s opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives. Most of the left simply doesn’t see the current occupant of the White House as especially liberal, let alone “socialist.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Palin
C-SPAN via YouTube

Palin: ‘It Would Be Absurd Not to Consider’ Presidential Run

There are few single statements that have the power to evoke terror and delight in the same breath, but surely this is one of them: On “Fox News Sunday,” the channel’s own political commentator and tea-party headliner Sarah Palin opined “that it would be absurd not to consider” a run for the White House in 2012.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Martin St.-Amant

Wall Street Fat Cats Revolt, Send Money to GOP

In case it wasn’t made perfectly clear in recent months how the American political system actually operates on its uppermost levels, here we have an object lesson to consider: Upset by the notion that the Obama administration might be working on regulating the financial industry next, some of Wall Street’s bigwigs are now focusing their funding efforts on the GOP.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Penny for Your Thoughts

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The Dystopia Conservatives Built

Colorado Springs, a laboratory of conservative anti-tax policies, is beginning to reek of economic death. The city is losing cops, firefighters, buses and parks while residents are moving into tent ghettos.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Tea Party Movement Losing Steam?

What if they threw a tea party convention and Michele Bachmann didn’t come? The first official such gathering of the right-wing “grass-roots” movement kicked off in Nashville on Thursday, and while it appears that the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota did pull out, Twitter-happy keynote (teanote?) speaker Sarah Palin was still very much on the books for her big moment Saturday. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Dubious Populism

The most revealing moments in President Obama’s State of the Union address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Charles Krupa

Another Lone Wolf Joins the Pack

When I heard Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts, describe himself as a “Scott Brown Republican,” I groaned. It sounded as if he’s coming to Washington to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Get Ready for the GOP’s New Talking Points

Certain vigilant operatives from the blogosphere have caught wind of some key words and phrases that we might soon be hearing on Fox News, as Republican pollster and memo composer Frank Luntz has let fly with his latest manifesto on how to spin the news about happenings on Capitol Hill to the GOP’s advantage.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



‘TV Will Set You Free’ Edition

Gordon Brown’s law addiction, what Americans really, really, really want (really?), and how TV is going to save the world whether you watch it or not. These stories and more on the list.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Obama Confronts Critics (and Vice Versa) at GOP Retreat

Turns out that Barack Obama’s extemporaneous critique of the Supreme Court during his State of the Union speech Wednesday wasn’t the only such (apparently) unscripted moment he’d spend this week. On Friday, the president engaged in a frank exchange with Republican House members at a retreat in Baltimore, where he ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


State of the Union Math Test

There was an unexpected poignancy to the moment Wednesday evening, as President Obama sought to pass a political math test by solving several simultaneous equations.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



Original: Reagan Library

Democratic Corporatism Brings Reagan Back From the Grave

In a state where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a 3-to-1 margin, little-known Republican Scott Brown defeated his rival by demonizing the government and taxes.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


The Contradictions of Obamaism

It turns out there were core contradictions in the promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008. They caught up with his party on Tuesday in Massachusetts.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Chairman Mike Turns the Tables

Republican Party grandees were all set to use Michael Steele in the most cynical way. Now it’s becoming clear that Steele has been using the users all along.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Reid’s Motive Does Matter

If the Senate majority leader’s private remarks about the skin tone and speaking style of Barack Obama was offensive, the Republican crusade to oust him from his leadership position is worse.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


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