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Occupy Washington

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Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

One Nation, Gone Awry

The theme of most political and social commentary is that things are more complicated than you think. For once, I wish to write that things are simpler than you think.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



Halloween and Radio Unreality

A radio show decades ago is misremembered as having caused widespread panic on Halloween; Congress has become just another form of legalized bribery; and the left-wing San Francisco Chronicle has been covering that city’s Occupy movement like a right-wing paper. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Dispatches From Cairo: Torture in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Essam Atta died Thursday at Qasr El-Eini hospital in Cairo after prison guards allegedly tortured him by sodomization.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Speaking Up for That ‘1 Percent’

Before Paul Ryan delivers another lecture on the “fatal conceit of liberalism,” he ought to examine his own silly conceit: that he and others like him represent the hardworking majority, when he was merely born at the top.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE



James Vaughan (CC-BY-SA)

The Worst Generation

Looking at the newspapers this morning, I noticed that Tom Brokaw was making a speech in New York. It made me wonder if he was working on a sequel to his books on "The Greatest Generation." This one might be called "The Worst Generation." Us.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jay Finneburgh

Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed

It is class warfare. But it was begun not by the tear-gassed, rain-soaked protesters asserting their constitutionally guaranteed right of peaceful assembly but rather the financial overlords who control all of the major levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



ideacreamanuela ideacreamanuela (CC-BY)

The Vatican Meets the Occupiers

Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York’s Zuccotti Park?

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Weiskel (CC-BY)

How the Rich Subverted the Legal System

As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



Ramy Raoof (CC-BY)

Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza

The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Victor R. Caivano

The Argentine Model

While politicians from Athens to Washington are pushing through devastating austerity programs, Argentines voted in droves Sunday to re-elect their populist, welfare queen of a president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. (more)

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



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


The Choice Between Democracy and Autocracy

His Majesty King John Hickenlooper, the sovereign governor of the Kingdom of Colorado, handed down an edict closing the grounds of the Capitol palace to the public and ordering his praetorian guard to arrest the peaceful Occupy Denver protesters assembled at the castle gates.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alvaro Barrientos

Basque Separatists Say Armed Conflict Is Over

After more than 40 years and 800 deaths, the Basque separatist terrorist organization ETA has “decided on the definitive cessation of its armed activity,” according to a statement published by the BBC. (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE


Err Obamacare

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Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andrew Burton

Let Them Eat Keller

Funny, he doesn’t look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are “bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street,” it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



Reese Erlich

Turkish Kurds Surrounded by War and Promises

For decades ordinary Kurds have struggled between an oppressive government and authoritarian guerrillas.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements More Alike Than Not

Both movements are essentially populist protests. The OWS people want to break the power of finance and the rich in America. So do tea party voters.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Occupy Windfall

“Defend Wall Street” is not likely to be a winning campaign slogan in 2012. For Republicans, this is an obvious problem. For President Obama and the Democrats, it’s a golden—if largely undeserved—opportunity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Santorum’s Family Provocation

Lost in the hubbub over Herman Cain’s love affair with the number 9 during last week’s Republican debate were some compelling observations by Rick Santorum about “the breakdown of the American family” and its relationship to poverty.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Cory Doctorow (CC-BY-SA)

From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park: Lessons in Inequality

Nicholas Kristof writes in The New York Times that, although there are parallels between the revolutionary protests in Egypt and the occupation of Wall Street, Americans actually experience worse income inequality than Egyptians.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Flavor of the Week

Just be patient and you, too, can lead the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Witness the ascent of Herman Cain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


Already Occupied

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Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Rise of the Reverse Houdinis

Senate Republicans sent a signal in voting as a bloc against President Obama’s jobs bill: Don’t just do something, stand there. But doing nothing is at least preferable to the ideas coming out of their party’s presidential candidates.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



Charlene McBride (CC-BY)

Elizabeth Warren Bags $3 Million

The consumer advocate is off to a great start in her bid to defeat the other Democratic primary challengers and Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown to retake Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Warren raised $3 million in the last quarter—double Brown’s haul.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



Facebook/IdesOfMarchMovie

Missing From ‘March’

George Clooney is the nominal star (and director) of “The Ides of March,” a not particularly thrilling, but sort of agreeable, political thriller, in which he is largely AWOL.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

The occupation movement is an effort to take our country back. This is a goal the power elite cannot comprehend. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t understand what is happening. They are deaf, dumb and blind.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE


Refuting Straw Liberals

It’s not often that a sound bite from a Democratic candidate gets so under the skin of my distinguished colleague George F. Will that he feels moved to quote it in full and then devote an entire column to refuting it.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE


Out of Vietnam

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Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



Wall Street Occupiers Make Gains

The Occupy Wall Street protests are making more than just a splash; LGBT activists join the Occupy Wall Street protests to assert their rights; meanwhile, a secret panel places Americans on a “kill list.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 READ MORE


Citizen Cain

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Paul Stein (CC-BY-SA)

The Week Politics Changed

American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

How (and Why) to Co-opt Those Cops on Wall Street

If teachers, bus drivers, firefighters, nurses and, yes, police officers show up to demand change—then this could be the beginning of something very, very big.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason DeCrow

What Do They Want? Justice

How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country?

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE


American Government’s Indifference to Popular Protest

If political news doesn’t have to do with the presidential race and Barack Obama’s war with Congress, it’s not important.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / cliff1066™ (CC-BY)

Senate OKs Compromise Funding Deal

Senate leaders struck a compromise late Monday on the issue of disaster relief funding that is likely to avert a federal government shutdown, the third such threat this year. (more)

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



Rana Ossama (CC-BY-SA)

Dispatches From Cairo: Who’s the Bad Wolf Today?

The view from Cairo is like a kaleidoscope of images of struggle crises hope despair joy misery loyalty betrayal beauty ugliness. The forces of light and darkness compete across a range of shifting shades.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



Obama-Biden Transition Project

Two Heads of One Political Monster

By now, probably everyone reading this is already sick of America’s quadrennial political spectacle—the one in which politicians and media outlets ask us to believe that there remain vast differences between our two political parties.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice

In my own experience as a journalist covering this issue, the vast majority of politicians who defend capital punishment do so out of rank opportunism.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE


When Socialism Saves Capitalism

Have you noticed that one of the Obama administration’s most successful programs is also its most “socialist” initiative?

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE


America the Passive

Democrats should be building statues of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, or at least giving away copies of her new book, "A Governor’s Story."

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Minchillo

99 Percenters Occupy Wall Street

If 2,000 tea party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE


Where Are the Compassionate Conservatives?

We heard plenty of contradictions, distortions and untruths at the Republican candidates’ tea party debate, but we heard shockingly little compassion—and almost no acknowledgment that political and economic policy choices have a moral dimension.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE


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