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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions—and Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



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A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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What New Details Reveal About Benghazi ‘Scandal’—and Its Promoters

If the Benghazi tragedy has revealed anything, it is the utterly partisan obsession of those who have tried to stoke the “scandal.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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As Iraq Implodes, Hawks Still Have No Plan—Except ‘Blame Obama’

As the failed state of Iraq strains under attack from a jihadist force—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—all the usual suspects are popping up on the Senate floor to denounce the president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE


In Bergdahl Case, ‘Conservatives’ Ignore Basic American Principles

What the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question—to anyone who still nurtured any doubt—is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of President Barack Obama.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



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In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



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How Monica Lewinsky Deserves to Be Remembered

Monica Lewinsky must be satisfied to learn that with a few stylish photographs and a few innocuous paragraphs, she can still discombobulate Maureen Dowd, Lynne Cheney and a swarm of demented figures in American politics and media.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Now We Know: Economic Inequality Is a Malady—and Not a Cure

It has been a long, long time since Americans accepted the advice of a French intellectual about anything important, let alone the future of democracy and the economy.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Congratulations! A New Conspiracy Is Born

No, Chelsea Clinton did not get pregnant to help her mom become president.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton Urges Democrats to Embrace Health Care Reform

As the midterm elections approach, both public opinion data and the facts on the ground are taking a significant turn.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Framed for Crimea: Obama’s Critics Issue Hollow Indictments

To hear the Republicans shrieking about Crimea—from those howling simpletons on Fox News to the churlish statesmen of the United States Senate—all blame rests with President Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception in Ryan’s Poverty Report

For months, Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his publicists.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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To Defeat GOP’s Restrictive Voting Laws, Debunk ‘Voter Fraud’

Growing up in Jim Crow Arkansas, Bill Clinton saw how the state’s dominant political and racial elite maintained power by suppressing the rights of minority voters who threatened its authority—and as a young activist, worked to bring down that illegitimate power structure.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Minimum Truth: The Hollow Argument Against Higher Wages

In the midst of a crucial political debate that plainly favored proponents of a higher minimum wage, the Congressional Budget Office dropped a bombshell headline last week.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



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The Imminent Return of the ‘Clinton Scandals’

Hillary Clinton may well run for president in 2016. Or she may not. But while the nation awaits her decision, both jittery Republican politicians and titillated political journalists—often in concert—will seize upon any excuse to recycle those old “Clinton scandals.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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What Republicans Hope You Don’t Know and Never Find Out

Listening to Republicans in Congress wailing incessantly about our spendthrift culture raises a nagging question: What would they do, besides talking, if they actually wanted to reduce federal deficits and, eventually, the national debt?

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans—and Then Ask Grover Norquist

Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America’s kids.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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To Roger Stone, Bridgegate ‘Cover-Up’ Is Another Watergate—and He Would Know

Very few Republican operatives knew the Nixon gang as intimately as Roger Stone, the legendary trickster whose back is adorned with an enormous Tricky Dick tattoo.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Fighting Poverty the Republican Way, With Fresh (and Not-So-Fresh) Ideas

Listening to Republican politicians these days as they talk (and talk and talk) about poverty and inequality can be a poignant experience.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Rich Catholics Threaten Pope Francis—Because He Frightens Them

If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Is Really Waging War on Christmas? Look in the Mirror, Scrooges

Just in time for the birthday of baby Jesus, conservatives are cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. And they insist with breezy heartlessness that it’s all for the benefit of the poor.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


Correction: Joe Conason Did Not Write ‘Rand Paul’s Plan to Save the Cities’

Tuesday we posted what seemed like a very strange column by Joe Conason. It turns out that’s because it wasn’t his column.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Mandela’s Crucial Lesson for America—and the Republicans Who Never Learn

Beyond the eulogies bestowed this week on the late and truly great Nelson Mandela—a visionary, revolutionary and peacemaker—there is much for Americans to learn from the story of his vexed relationship with our country.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Can’t Address Rising Inequality

So far, the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s historic address on economic inequality has not veered from the predictable cliches of tea party rhetoric.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Paul Ryan Is Rebranding That Old ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Suddenly Care About Canceled Health Policies

Amid the current national uproar over the troubles of the Affordable Care Act, it is almost uplifting to hear the deep concern expressed by politicians, pundits, lobbyists and corporate leaders over cancellation of existing health insurance policies.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’?

When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media practically exploded with indignation.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Will the Christie Juggernaut Roll Over Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

With his impending re-election in “Blue Jersey” evidently assured and his national profile rising, Chris Christie is a formidable presidential hopeful.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions of Jobs, Risks Millions More

If Americans learn anything from this month’s shutdown-and-debt-ceiling debacle, they ought to realize that political extremism brings real costs.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE


Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their own Donations

The frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened—because their money funded the tea party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (but Not for Public Office)

To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE


To Repair the Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper

With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their actions and toward the government—specifically, the intelligence community.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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If Republicans Love Competition, Why Do They Still Hate Obamacare?

Why do self-styled conservatives continue to hate health care reform? They may not care that it is truly “pro-life” and “pro-family,” but what about free enterprise?

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE


Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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An Interview With Ron Wyden, the Senate’s Powerful Policy Wonk

Having served in Congress for more than three decades—and in the upper chamber since 1996—Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden has established a reputation as one of the Senate’s more serious and diligent members.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Watergate Revenge: Republicans Yearning to Impeach Obama Over Benghazi ‘Cover-Up’

Less than four months after Barack Obama’s inauguration, the right-wing propaganda machine is already promoting the only imaginable conclusion to a Democratic administration that dares to achieve a second term: impeachment.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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What Might Be Missing From Bush’s Presidential Library

Not so fast, please: There are a few salient questions that George W. Bush (or at least his library) ought to address before the rehabilitation begins.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE


An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, Dr. James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during his long and distinguished career.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Protecting the ‘Second Amendment Rights’ of Thugs and Terrorists

The gun lobby and its legislative servants are “soft on crime”—although they routinely pretend to be tough on criminals.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World

Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating Margaret Thatcher in the media, only the British themselves seem able to provide a refreshing hit of brisk reality.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Ryan’s Blurred Vision: What the ‘New’ Republican Budget Reveals (and Conceals)

Someone needs to tell Paul Ryan that his party—and the economic platform of austerity and plutocracy he crafted for it—lost a national election last year.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


Hungry Children Will Be Among First to Suffer From Sequestration

The difference between a natural disaster and a disaster caused by politicians is that the latter will almost always hit the poor and the obscure most heavily.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


Dismal Indeed: Why Dick Cheney Disdains the ‘Second-Rate’ Obama Team

No doubt President Obama was deeply stung over the weekend to hear Dick Cheney criticize his new national security team.

Posted on Feb 14, 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


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