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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



AP / Susan Walsh

Dishonoring Pat Tillman

Veterans were honored all across America Thursday, while the most famous veteran of our ongoing wars continues to be dishonored.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / webtreats (CC-BY)

Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chitose Suzuki

The Elites Are Having a Tea Party

Taxes are the best weapon against the kind of self-perpetuating Ivy League elitism so despised by the tea party.

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



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama in the Company of Killers

If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it’s news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it’s just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Paul Morse

British Deny Bush’s Claim That Torture Paid Off

In his new memoir, George W. Bush claims that information obtained by waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammad 183 times helped foil plots to attack targets in the United Kingdom. British intelligence and Cabinet officials—Labor and Conservative alike—beg to differ.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / zimpenfish (CC-BY-SA)

No Punishment Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes

After a three-year investigation, the government has decided not to charge the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videotapes of waterboarding after the White House and the agency had ordered that the recordings be preserved.

Posted on Nov 9, 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



Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

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



AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rosie O'Beirne

GSA Workers Alerted Over ID Leak

In a “how in the world can this happen” moment, federal employees have been put on alert after it was discovered that a worker at the General Services Administration sent the names and Social Security numbers of the agency’s entire staff to a private e-mail address, exposing 12,000 people to the threat of identity theft.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


From Uprising to Hostile Takeover ... and Back Again

At the end of this $4 billion We-Didn’t-Start-the-Fire-worthy vaudeville known as the 2010 election, what do we have to show for it?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


A Third Party?

It may not get much done, but the first session of the 112th Congress, convening in January, will be fun to watch.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


The Tea Party and the Midterms

The fleeting thrill of ousting a particular elected official (or even dozens of them) ultimately will not bring much comfort to anyone inspired by more than mere partisan fury.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Gisela Giardino (CC-BY-SA)

Federal Reserve Finds $600 Billion in the Couch

Trying to follow the amount of money the Federal Reserve has pumped into the economy (and the banks) can be truly mind-boggling, and it’s not getting easier. (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


Why the Rest of Europe Isn’t Happy With France and Germany

The European Union’s leaders, Germany and France, decided Oct. 30 to try to change the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. This is a highly charged and divisive move.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rand Paul Makes It Official

Rand Paul is projected the winner of Kentucky’s Senate race. He was polling way ahead going into Election Day, so it’s not a shocker, but his victory might be considered the biggest triumph—so far—for the tea party. It’s going to be a long night.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Brandon Bolick

Explosions Bring Fresh Devastation to Baghdad

Baghdad was shaken by at least 15 explosions Tuesday, with an estimated death toll ranging from 76 to more than 100. The bombers appeared to favor Shiite targets and were unhindered by Iraqi security.

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



Flickr / ~db~ (CC-BY-ND)

Race and the Tea Party’s Ire

The first African-American president takes office, and almost immediately we see the birth of an overwhelmingly white national movement that tries its best to delegitimize that president. Coincidence? [Above, an anti-Obama poster.]

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Sarah C (CC-BY-ND)

Health Care Bill Might Make ‘the Pill’ Free

Catholic groups are less than thrilled at the prospect that Uncle Sam might get into the contraception business. Nonetheless, a panel set to convene this month could decide that preventing unwanted pregnancies qualifies as the kind of complementary preventive care for women required by Obamacare.

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


No Final Victories

It was just four years ago that the Democratic Party began its comeback in what now seems like another country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


The Rise of Sewer Money

In New York, there is a traditional name for the kind of anonymous cash now cascading into the American electoral process.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



politico.com

Dems Propping Up Tea Party Candidates

In campaigns around the country, Democratic candidates and committees are advertising on behalf of more extreme independent opponents in the hopes of dividing the Republican vote, Politico reports.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Annoyer in Chief

The election is less than a week away. Democratic control of the House is in jeopardy. So it’s not too soon to start worrying about Darrell Issa.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rob Lee

The Incredible Shrinking Deficit

Republicans pulled off a pretty neat trick, running up huge deficits and then making it their party’s big issue. Not to be outdone, the Democrats have managed to make $1.3 trillion look small. (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



How Much for That Senate Seat in the Window?

Today on the list: How did outside groups manage to spend $3.6 million on one Colorado race in one day? And what the hell happened to Randy Quaid? Plus: The future of books, music and your democracy, after the jump.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / PH1 Shane T. McCoy

N.Y. Times Condemns Obama Detainee Policy

The president promised to restore our basic constitutional protections, but that was back in the campaign when we were drunk on hope. These days, “It can be hard to distinguish between the Bush administration and the Obama administration when it comes to detainee policy,” laments The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

The World Liberal Opportunists Made

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Scandal of 2010

If you travel any place where there is a contested race for the House or Senate, you are bombarded with attack ads, almost all against Democrats, paid for by groups that do not have to reveal where their money comes from.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Beyond Kingmaker: Moqtada al-Sadr and the Future of Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr’s ability to influence Iraq’s political affairs has earned him the title “kingmaker,” but his true aspiration is to be king. He stands a reasonable chance of succeeding.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Fibonacci Blue (CC-BY)

Tea Party Robber Barons

While our media wizards report a groundswell of anger against the president, tea party candidates and financiers appear to be as bothered by the policies of Franklin Roosevelt as those of Barack Obama.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


Thugs on the Right

Sometimes tea party ideologues are described as libertarians, but the behavior of their leading candidates betrays an authoritarian streak just beneath all the sonorous rhetoric.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE



Three Myths Every President Should Avoid

Today on the list: PBS is as white as TV gets, the three myths that keep flummoxing America, and the Middle Easterners who conquered Europe with their magic potion—milk.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


French Demonstrations Mark the End of an Era

It is not pension claims that are driving the current political uproar. It is popular fury at the people who created the present economic crisis and have been rewarded, with everyone else left to face the consequences.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Christine O’Donnell’s Staggering Ignorance

We’ve been trying to ignore a certain Senate candidate, but her latest display is so shocking (as the audience gasps during this debate confirm), it simply must be witnessed.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



Bush’s Brain’s Brain?

Today on the list: Meet Karl Rove’s Karl Rove, what happens when you Facebook friend request yourself, and the third-party candidates who still can’t catch a break.

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



DoD / R.D. Ward

Iraq’s PM Heads to Iran for Advice

Nouri al-Maliki is more than influenced by the Shiite clerics in Iran who have done so much for the troubled Iraqi prime minister. Maliki just schlepped over the border for a powwow with Iranian bigwigs. Tehran’s spokesman said the PM was in town to exchange views, but for all we know he just needed a hug. (continued)

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Looney, and That’s No Debate

Sorry, but I just can’t do it anymore. When has there been an election with so many looney tunes running under the banner of one of our major parties?

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



Computer Nerd Barbie

On today’s list: Speaking more than one language can delay Alzheimer’s, literary tattoos, why they hate us (hint: it’s not our freedom), and Barbie goes geek.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


A Generation of Termites

The best recent estimates by civil engineers and government experts indicate that we would have to spend well over $2 trillion during the next five years on roads, bridges, airports, railways, transit, sewers, waterways, ports, dams, parks and schools simply to maintain them in decent condition.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


‘Crazy Carl’ and the Limits of Anger

To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case. The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee for New York governor as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


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