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Drug Dealers Protecting Their Turf

Colorado is the frontline in the war on marijuana. Will voters trust that their beer-mogul-turned-governor is actually worried about health and children?

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Mitt’s New Message, Obama’s ‘Biggest Failure,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why women in New Mexico may soon have to prove they were “forcibly raped” to get welfare and one of Jon Stewart’s most epic takedowns of Fox News.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Not a Gaffe, but the Real Romney

Hey, Mitt, why start with the 47 percent? Fully 100 percent of the nation’s 500 biggest corporations are dependent on various kinds of corporate welfare – subsidies, giveaways, bailouts, waivers and other dazzling preferences – while many pay no tax at all on very substantial profits.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker: ‘Lazy’ People Should Not Vote

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the sponsor of a strict voter ID law in Pennsylvania that will disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority voters, is now saying the law will affect only the “lazy”—like the 47 percent of voters Mitt Romney was referring to in a recently leaked undercover video.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Shale-Shocked Citizens Fight Back

Western Pennsylvania is considered the birthplace of commercial oil drilling. On Aug. 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pa., and changed the course of history. Now, people there are busy trying to stop wells, and the increasingly pervasive drilling practice known as fracking.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Naomi Wolf on Kate Middleton Topless, Pussy Riot, and the Sexualized Female Body

According to the author of “Vagina: A New Biography,” we are undergoing an “unprecedented struggle” among women, their bodies and sexuality. Citing recent examples including the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, the frenzy over “virginity tests” in Egypt and recent efforts in the U.S. to legislate the female body, Wolf argues that female sexuality is being targeted around the world.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Does Romney Dislike America?

The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who emailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



The Real Mitt Revealed

A president is supposed to represent all of America, not just the 51 percent who elect him, and have a modicum of sympathy for the less fortunate among us.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Antoinette









Posted on Sep 19, 2012 ENLARGE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



Conservatives Blame Obama for Sending Allegedly Gay Ambassador to Libya

Conservative blogs are saying U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was gay and shouldn’t have been sent to the Middle East; Google’s censorship of the controversial anti-Muslim video proves Web companies have more power than governments; meanwhile, a Stanford University study claiming organic foods are useless is being called fraudulent. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Butt Out, Bibi

For selfish, political reasons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has inserted himself into the American presidential election. American Jews won’t fall for it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Romney Defends Writing Off 47 Percent of the Vote

You may have seen the video secretly taken at a Romney Q and A during which the Republican candidate says roughly 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes, depend on the government and will vote for President Obama no matter what.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Drowning in Debt









Posted on Sep 17, 2012 ENLARGE



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We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The American Election’s Global Reach

The movement in the presidential race reflects a broader trend visible in many nations.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Talks









Posted on Sep 14, 2012 ENLARGE


The Kind of Man Mitt Romney Is

Romney’s rushed statement Tuesday night calling the Obama administration’s response to the violence in the Middle East “disgraceful” was a new low in a campaign already scraping bottom.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Tax Discrepancy, Bachmann’s Election Troubles, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the 21st-century version of prohibition and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comment about women that sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Iraq Is ‘Hell on Earth’ for Gays

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Big Idea in This Election

This isn’t just a choice of philosophies, but the long-awaited showdown between post-FDR Democrats and post-Reagan Revolutionaries.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE


Back to the Future









Posted on Sep 10, 2012 ENLARGE



Higher Education Comes at a High Cost

Students all over America are defaulting on their student loans, especially those who attended private, profit-making institutions; Democrats’ chants about Osama bin Laden’s death take us back to George W. Bush’s boasts about Saddam Hussein; meanwhile, new scientific studies prove organic produce contains fewer pesticides and bacteria. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/M. Spencer Green

Chicago Teachers Strike After Union Talks Break Down

For the first time in 25 years, tens of thousands of teachers are hitting the picket lines in the nation’s third-largest school district after contract talks ended without resolution.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: GOP Hypocrisy on Jobs

The New York Times columnist takes aim at Republicans for blocking legislation from President Obama that might have helped with the jobs recovery and then blaming his policies after the latest round of disappointing employment figures.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Growth Is the Problem

The ceaseless expansion of economic exploitation, the engine of global capitalism, has come to an end. Let’s not revive it.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

What should be done starting in January to boost a recovery that by anyone’s measure is still anemic? In truth, not even the Jobs Act will be enough.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Hope and Change 2.0

The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



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A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran

President Barack Obama said, “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions.” The refusal of 120 countries to boycott Iran undermines the point.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Government Tutorial

Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments—the explainer in chief.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Where’s the War on Lethal Superbugs?

Every week, 2,000 Americans, or about 100,000 men, women and children a year, die from mostly preventable hospital-borne infections in the United States, and the toll may even be higher once the Centers for Disease Control updates its figures.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Clinton Is Back









Posted on Sep 5, 2012 ENLARGE



Is John Roberts Coming for Your Vote?

Racial nostalgists working to restore white political power through voter suppression may have an ally in the Supreme Court.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Thoughts of MittMao









Posted on Sep 4, 2012 ENLARGE


Too Many Mitts









Posted on Sep 3, 2012 ENLARGE


Tampa Defines the Charlotte Imperative

The Obama Democrats who gather in Charlotte this week have a big advantage over Tampa’s Romney Republicans.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Lies and Liars

I once wrote, about Gerald Ford, that an honest politician is one who lies only when he has to. Ford, a pretty straight shooter, is gone now. He has been replaced by Mitt Romney the ignorant and Paul Ryan the liar.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


We Built the Romneytron









Posted on Aug 31, 2012 ENLARGE


Romney, Ryan and Rand









Posted on Aug 30, 2012 ENLARGE



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GOP Convention Day 3: Paul Ryan’s Many Lies

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s convention speech was good, according to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Even if it was, you know, filled with factual errors and all.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Soldiers Allegedly Plotted to Kill Obama, Overthrow the Government

Four members of the Army killed a former comrade and his teenaged girlfriend to keep secret the plans of the anarchist group they had formed, prosecutors in Georgia say.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Stockman Redux

As he became president in 1981, Ronald Reagan called in a 34-year-old congressman from Michigan named David Stockman, considered by many to be the most articulate and intellectually imposing Republican of the moment.

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 READ MORE


Throwing Some Humble Pies

So, dear friends, we gather again to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. We honor our foremothers in our special way by handing out the Equal Rites Awards for those who have done the most to slow down progress.

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 READ MORE


For GOP, Storm Has Already Gathered

The uninvited participation of a hurricane at next week’s Republican convention would be superfluous. Buffeted by powerful internal winds, the party may be flooded with cash, but it’s already kind of a debris-strewn mess.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


No Exceptions









Posted on Aug 23, 2012 ENLARGE


Congress at Play









Posted on Aug 23, 2012 ENLARGE


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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


Apathetic Voter









Posted on Aug 22, 2012 ENLARGE


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