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While Republicans Warn Against ‘Greece,’ That Is Exactly Where Austerity Budgeting Will Lead U.S.

Indebted America is in danger of turning into destitute Greece, or so congressional Republicans and conservative commentators have been warning us for years now. For many reasons, this is an absurd comparison—but it may not always be quite so ridiculous if Washington’s advocates of austerity get their way.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE


Staying Stupid: Why the ‘Hip’ Young Republicans Can’t Change Their Party (or Themselves)

Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP —frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as “the stupid party”—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

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Ex-Senator Reveals Secret Love Child, Gingrich Slams Rove, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major reversal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Obamacare and the NRA is already working to influence the 2014 election.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Secret Message of Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was so wide ranging and inclusive, it’s almost difficult to recall the most ambitious proposals.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Adventures in Flossing

I grew up never knowing that candy was bad and floss was good. Even as an adult, I’m embarrassed to admit, I used a dollar bill to clean between my teeth. Instead, though, I was actually adding bacteria to my mouth, thereby giving a new, literal meaning to the concept of “dirty money.”

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Jesus’ Children

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The New Politics of Immigration

On immigration, the parties are now competing to share credit for doing something big. It’s wonderful to behold.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Kenneth G. Takada

The President of Perpetual War

Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama’s political formula should be obvious.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


Echoes of FDR: Obama’s Inspiring Address Links Freedom With Security and Dignity

So much for the “Grand Bargain”—or at least for the not-so-grand gutting of Social Security and Medicare that the “very serious” thought-leaders of Washington political and media circles have always found so appealing.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Chuck Kennedy

The Amazing Grace of It All

Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once—which could be a fluke, a blip, an aberration, a cosmic accident—but turned around and did it again.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

No Impossible Dream

Don’t listen to those who say President Obama’s bold plan to reduce gun violence—including an assault weapons ban—has no chance in Congress.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

Perpetual Dysfunction: How Republicans Govern

President Obama is set to begin his second term at a moment when the question is not what great things our nation can achieve but whether our government, in Obama’s words, can “stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis.”

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Americans Live Sicker, Die Younger

Compared with people in other affluent countries, Americans are the least healthy and most likely to die young; according to televangelist Pat Robertson, “awful looking” women are destroying modern day marriage; meanwhile, America’s richest citizens are hoarding $3 trillion a year (thrice our deficit) by avoiding taxes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hobby Lobby

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A Long, Hard, Forgiving Look at Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel has apologized for the anti-gay comments he made in 1998 but liberals continue to disapprove of him for secretary of defense; with so much emphasis on the infamous fiscal cliff, someone should pay attention to the looming “climate cliff”; meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that may mean the end of affordable generic drugs all over the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Real Deficit Argument

Should our politicians dedicate themselves to solving the problems we face now? Or should they spend their time constructing largely theoretical deficit solutions for years far in the future to satisfy certain ideological and aesthetic urges?

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Coaches Over the Common Good

This is the microcosmic lesson of the University of Colorado’s recent decision to pay a new football coach $2 million a year. The move - and the reaction to it - is a perfect illustration of America’s values, or lack thereof.

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Election 2012

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Unreason on Health Care

The human capacity to put passion and intense feeling over cool rationality does not surprise us when it comes to love, sex, family, friendship, certain kinds of religious commitment and even devotion to sports teams.

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AP/Dave Collins

Obamacare Begins

Throughout the country, health professionals, politicians and health care activists are meeting about how to implement the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld by the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Peril of a Sentient GOP

The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics. It is unpopular ideas.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr/Alessandro Farese

Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

If we had a functional government America would address three “cliffs” posing far larger dangers to us than the fiscal one.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Walmart Wants Taxpayers to Pick Up Health Care Costs

A policy set to be enacted by the nation’s largest private employer would deny health insurance to new employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, effectively shifting costs from the company to you.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE


Ignore Grover (and Learn From Him)

Pretending that Norquist is more powerful than he is allows Republicans to win acclaim they haven’t earned yet.

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AP/Gerald Herbert

Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

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Nothing Great About the ‘Grand Bargain’

The president and Congress reaching a “grand bargain” would mean significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; some Republican senators believe Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique on American citizens; meanwhile, millions showed up to the largest coordinated strike Europe has ever seen. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Romney’s Sneering Farewell to the ‘47 Percent’

Trying to explain away his decisive, sweeping and very expensive rout to his disappointed supporters—those one-percent Republicans—Mitt Romney offered a new version of the discredited “47 percent” argument that was so ruinous in its original form.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Listening Problem

I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election.

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Restaurant Owner Plans to Charge Customers for Obamacare

John Metz is hitting his customers with a 5 percent surcharge to offset the cost of paying for the health care program.

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Time to Get Crazy

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AP/Charles Dharapak

How Could the Republicans Have Been So Stupid?

Record numbers of Latino voters almost certainly gave Obama Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania and, thus, the presidency.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome Back to Congress, Rep. Alan Grayson

He spent only two years in Congress before losing the gig in 2010, and just like that you can drop the “former” from Rep. Alan Grayson’s title. The good people of Orlando, Fla.,  are sending the sharp-tongued liberal fireball back to work in the Capitol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

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AP/Jack Dempsey

Vote for the B-

I have been a harsh critic of the president, but a vote for Barack Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer.

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The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

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White House/Pete Souza

The Gilded Age vs. the 21st Century

The 2012 campaign began on Aug. 2, 2011, when President Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco. At that moment, the president relinquished his last illusions that the current, radical version of the Republican Party could be dealt with as a governing partner. From then on, Obama was determined to fight—and to win.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Sandy Teaches a Lesson

Back when he was being “severely conservative,” Mitt Romney suggested that responsibility for disaster relief should be taken from the big, bad federal government and given to the states, or perhaps even privatized. Hurricane Sandy would like to know if he’d care to reconsider.

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Why I’m Voting Green

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Heartland Election

We still make a lot of stuff in the United States of America, and one of the good things about this election is that it is likely to be decided in the nation’s industrial heartland.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 READ MORE


In Defense of the Undecided Voter

A confession: I recently received my Colorado ballot but, even though my state will play a key role in the presidential election, I still haven’t voted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala.

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If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE


Why Is Mitt Romney Trying to Kill Me?

I’m critical of Obama’s presidency, but my medical emergency convinced me that for Obamacare alone we must re-elect him.

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White House/Pete Souza

Why Obama Deserves a Second Term

My family survived the Great Recession because of the policies of the Obama administration. I suspect we were not alone in benefiting from one or another of the various relief programs.

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Krugman: ‘Ugly Reality’ of the Romney-Ryan Health Care Plan

In his latest Op-Ed, the New York Times columnist rips the Republican presidential ticket for a health care plan that would deny potentially millions of Americans coverage in order to save money—all while proposing a trillion-dollar tax cut that would help the wealthiest Americans.

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Biden Put Ryan-Romney on the Defensive

Some have written that Biden was too hot and overreacted to Obama’s disengagement. But this misreads the net impact of the debate.

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