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AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Quiet Revolution in America’s Statehouses

What’s a pittance for a super PAC can buy a state senator, beginning with financing a campaign and continuing support into the statehouse. These campaigns to take over state governments will grow as business sees the possibilities.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan’s Plan for American Decline

If the foreign adversaries and competitors of the United States imagined a future that would fulfill their most ambitious objectives, it might begin with a government crippled by the House Republican leadership’s “Ryan budget” released on Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Campaigning Dems Register Higher on the Obamameter

Whatever President Obama is doing to reinstate closer ties with some high-profile members of his party is working, at least when it comes to congressional Democrats looking to extend their stays on Capitol Hill. So what’s his winning strategy?

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mark Duncan

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Loses His Seat in Congress

His is one of the strongest progressive voices in national politics, and he just lost his job to fellow Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur in an awkward primary showdown on Super Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Where President Romney Would Take Us

The Republicans want to make the presidential race about values, which they define as returning the nation to Victorian morality, laissez faire economics and a heavy dose of conservative Christian theology.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Contraception Crusade

Being a Catholic himself, Stephen Colbert is able to break down for the layperson (read: godless liberal) the Vatican’s stance on contraception, which recently became a hot-button (read: wedge) issue for Campaign 2012. 

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


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America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Boehner Goes on the Attack Against Contraception Policy

John Boehner’s keen instincts have compelled him to zero in on the highly charged—and politically advantageous—dispute about religious organizations and contraception coverage that’s currently reaching the boiling point on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the House speaker made a special speech devoted to the topic on the floor of Congress.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Catholic Churches Bring Birth Control Debate Into Sunday Services

Health care, religion and contraception commingled in last weekend’s Sunday services at Catholic churches around the country after new health insurance rules from the Obama administration struck some church leaders as anathema to their beliefs and a threat to their religious freedom. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Corporations Have No Use for Borders

It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable, but that was the old Canada.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Thank You for Standing Up

We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. However, the iron grip of corporations over our lives will, eventually, be broken.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



Plan B / Teva Women's Health

Forget Roe, Try Griswold

Sunday marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but the big news this year is the debate over the 1965 decision of Griswold v. Connecticut that made contraception legal.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Pushing Big Pharma to Report Payments to MDs

The Obama administration is laying the legal groundwork to strongly encourage (read: enforce) more transparency between pharmaceutical companies and doctors by requiring drugmakers to divulge the details of their monetary exchanges with M.D.s for various services and perks.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Romneycare, v. 2012

The Affordable Care Act, the health reform signed into law by Obama, is now best known by the Republican label “Obamacare.” Romney hopes to ride that misleading word to the presidency.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


Bitter Primary Reveals the Real Romney

There is no shortage of evidence, emanating mostly from his own mouth, that privilege, arrogance and entitlement are major features of Mitt Romney’s character.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


10 American ABCs We May Soon Forget

Here are 10 current words and phrases that my kid may never know because they might end up as relics of a lost vernacular, starting with “civil liberties.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration from a photo byLudovic Bertron (CC-BY)

A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Krugman Deems PolitiFact ‘Useless and Irrelevant’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com is supposed to be a neutral referee in the mendacious political arena, but a decision to side with Republicans on 2011’s “Lie of the Year” has Paul Krugman pronouncing the fact-checking organization dead. (more)

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Three Supreme Court Cases That Should Worry You

If the Roberts court is consistent, 2012 could be remembered as a very bad year for working people, minorities and the poor.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



Tony Unruh (CC-BY-ND)

Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupied by Occupy

“Special guest,” or rather returning regular, Arianna Huffington joins moderator Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and the right-leaning Matthew Continetti for this week’s show, in which the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fate of the euro (and Europe), and the future of health care reform are but three meaty topics on the menu.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich

All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



Marc Nozell (BY-CC)

Supreme Court Takes Its Time on Health Care

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul once and for all and it has devoted 5½ hours to oral arguments—more time than any other case in 40 years. Arguments usually last only an hour, except in special cases.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mindless—but Always Talking Loud

At a time when nations that tax, spend, regulate and invest more consistently outstrip the United States in many measures of progress, leading Republicans speak only of smashing government and ending vital programs.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Nonsense Debate

Don’t laugh too hard at Rick Perry for his mortifying episode of brain-lock at Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidates’ debate. His opponents managed to remember their lines, but didn’t do any better at making sense.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



Facebook / Miran Istina

Fighting Corporations and a Death Sentence

Four years after a health insurance company decided her life wasn’t worth saving, 18-year-old Miran Istina, who suffers from myelogenous leukemia, has dedicated her struggle to the global fight against the corporate control of politics. (more)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Phil Sandlin

Paging Dr. Paul: The Sickness Is in the System

Taking personal responsibility for one’s own health is an artful dodge that suggests the government has no responsibility to provide health care to its population. It is an ideological mantra that health insurance company PR spinmeisters relentlessly front-load to the public via the stenographic mainstream media.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

A Movement Too Big to Fail

There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Citizen Radio

Citizen Radio, a people-funded political radio show with hosts who are not afraid to call out bullshit when they see it, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

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



AP / Jason Redmond

Grocery Workers Struggle Despite L.A. Union Victory

A new union contract has been hailed as a “win-win,” but a closer look at the agreement shows that it fails to provide decent wages and benefits for most grocery workers.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / borman818 (CC-BY)

Supreme Court to Review Health Care Law

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to review whether Congress overreached its constitutional power by passing the 2010 health care law, which would require almost every American to have health insurance.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace

Wright says Barack Obama came to him in 2008 and asked, “ ‘You know what your problem is?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ ”

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / US Mission Geneva

Proposed Rules Could Hamper Patient Protection

Last year’s health care reform law promised to address the problem of the hundreds of thousands of patients killed each year by professional error. Outside groups were to be allowed to analyze hospital conditions and publicly report on the quality of care. But new rules proposed by ... (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE


Preserving Life (Unless It’s Uninsured)

Watching the Republican presidential candidates and their agitated tea party supporters at the CNN/Tea Party Debate, an ordinary citizen might feel confused.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE


Texas Medicaid’s Vast and Dangerous Wastefulness

Hear the one about Rick Perry’s appointees who run Medicaid in Texas allowing hundreds of millions of dollars to be misspent on orthodontic braces for children who don’t need them—with huge profits for private dental clinics owned by Wall Street hedge funds? There’s more.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


10 Years Later, It’s Time to ‘Broaden the Context’

Ten years ago this week, I, like many living in Washington at the time, was fleeing my office building.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



Ken Mayer (CC-BY)

Health Care Act Wins a Battle on Its Way to the Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in favor of the health care reform law Thursday, dismissing two suits. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


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