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‘Game Change’: Life Imitates TV Drama for Republican Women

It appears that recent events, which include the House Republicans’ selection of a panel of all-male “authorities” on women’s health and a certain conservative radio host calling a young woman advocate a “slut,” have amounted to a wake-up call for right-leaning women.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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McCain: U.S. Should Lead War in Syria

If we did it in Libya, we should do it in Syria. So says Sen. John McCain, anyway, who put out the call Monday for the U.S. to lead a war effort to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria by taking to the skies above the imploding Middle Eastern nation.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



America the Battlefield

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass a measure to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the “war on terror,” allowing the U.S. military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Defense Bill Proposes Indefinite Detention for American Citizens

Tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act, a Pentagon spending bill set to go before the Senate for a vote this week, is a truly scary provision that would give the military the ability to lock up terrorism suspects, or those so considered by the military, without trying or charging them. Americans included.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Team Romney Spins Obama’s Words in First Ad

For its first official foray into the Campaign 2012 TV ad space, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s publicity team decided to take a phrase Barack Obama once used as a quotation clearly sourced to someone else and attribute it to Obama himself. But relax everyone, it was on purpose!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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John McCain: Down With Waterboarding

Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, you’re on notice. John McCain took to Twitter on Monday, being a cyber-savvy senator and all, to disapprove of the two GOP candidates’ pro-waterboarding stance, as stated at Saturday’s Republican presidential debate.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

If McCain Had Won

Nothing reveals the true state of American politics today more than the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama has left the Democratic Party far weaker than it would have been had McCain been elected.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Ruinous Rant of John McCain

The decline of the Grand Old Party into an angry mob is gaining momentum, with crackpot rage displacing common sense on every major issue from public finance to marriage rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



Dan Bennett (CC-BY)

McCain Blames Wildfires on Immigrant Smoke Signals (Video)

While five wildfires burn up Arizona, Sen. John McCain has decided now is the perfect time for demagoguery. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Palin’s Gubernatorial Emails Unleashed in Alaska

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the elite liberal media, the world is now privy to reams, literally, of emails written by then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during her truncated tenure in office. Let’s give them a look, shall we?

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 READ MORE



Collage from images by Dan Raustadt (CC-BY-SA) and Thomas J. O'Halloran.

The Return of the Real McCain

John McCain has returned to his senses, just in time to refute the sinister attempt by his fellow Republicans to justify torture as the instrument of Osama bin Laden’s demise.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



Start Our State Campaign

Leaving Arizona: Tucson Group Pushes Secession

Organizers in Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive that would put their plan to secede from Arizona on the ballot in 2012, a movement born out of liberal disgust with the conservatism of Phoenix and other northern neighbors. (more)

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Moore Takes Palin’s Part for HBO

Tina Fey might have been too busy (or too obvious), but luckily for HBO, the lovely and talented Julianne Moore has agreed to play the world’s most famous Wasillan, Sarah Palin, in HBO’s upcoming movie based on the book “Game Change.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons From Our Egypt Moment

In light of the history-shaking events on the streets of Cairo, it’s not surprising that a truly remarkable development slipped through the news cycle with barely a nod.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

Undocumented Students Give Congress an F

Some of the nearly 2 million young people who would have benefited from the Dream Act blame Washington insiders for the legislation’s demise.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Scores a Victory, Along With Some Vindication

President Obama must be tempted to respond to his progressive critics with a quote from the old-school rapper Kool Moe Dee: “How ya like me now?”

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Senate Shoots Down DADT Repeal

Bad news for proponents of repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”: Thursday’s vote in the Senate failed to send the repeal through, as the measure was blocked by just three votes. Thanks, there, Sen. John “Maverick” McCain.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


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McCain Doesn’t Budge on ‘DADT’ Repeal

How is it that Sen. John McCain can look at the same Pentagon study about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and uniformed military leaders did and reach such a strikingly different conclusion about how to proceed?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Gates to Congress: Toss Out DADT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a strong and clear message to Congress on Tuesday: Get rid of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians, and do it pronto.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


‘It Gets Worse’ With John and Cindy McCain

Politicians don’t seem to realize, or maybe the word is care, that we have this stuff called advanced technology that records their statements for posterity and endless playback. Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” crack team of researchers ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Senate to Drop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain of the Armed Services Committee are reportedly working to shelve the legislative effort to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members. (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Still Waiting for Answers About Afghanistan

After last week’s two-day congressional hearing on the Afghanistan war, I have two questions: One, why did Gen. David Petraeus faint under questioning? Two, why are we still in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / David Goldman

Glenn Beck Gets It Right

What if Faisal Shahzad, the alleged Times Square car bomber, had turned out to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico? Imagine the fuel it would have provided to those who are using national security as an excuse for cracking down on hardworking immigrants in Arizona.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Obama

Obama and Leno Yuk It Up at White House Press Bash

That Barack Obama is such a card. While it’s always an unsettling experience to watch our nation’s president crack wise about matters he’s supposed to be all serious about on the other 364 nights of the year, Obama managed to work in some zingers ... (continued)

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


McCain

‘Daily Show’: Say Anything

What happened to that “maverick” John McCain? Wait ... he’s not really a maverick? Says who? Oh. As Jon Stewart points out in this “Daily Show” clip, McCain has changed his tune on more than just the maverick thing—much more.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama, Repubs Lock Horns at the Health Care Summit

President Obama suggested that the theme for Thursday’s health care reform summit should be one of bipartisan cooperation. Good luck with that one! So far, the discourse has appeared to be cordial on the whole, with the exception of a couple verbal clashes with prominent GOP types, including a growly John McCain and a bill-waving Rep. Eric Cantor. Updated

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Casey
U.S. Army / D. Myles Cullen

Army Chief Voices ‘Serious Concerns’ About ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Change

Although other military leaders have expressed their support for a moratorium on the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding American gay and lesbian troops, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the U.S. Army chief of staff, expressed reservations to senators on Tuesday about changing the law in wartime.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Tancredo
AP / Chris O'Meara

Fear of a ‘Multicultural’ Nation

Fear that America is becoming overrun and unsafe because of people of color undoubtedly stems in part from media-generated images, but a fear of the other also is a big factor.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Cindy McCain
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Cindy McCain Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage

As her daughter Meghan did before her, Cindy McCain, registered Republican and wife of Sen. John McCain, has lent her well-known visage to the NOH8 campaign that began after the passage of California’s Proposition 8 in November 2008. The campaign’s organizers expressed their surprise that Cindy was willing to do so and gave her props for her bid to “show people that party doesn’t matter.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Beck and Palin

Journal Time With Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin

It’s hard to imagine that Glenn Beck had never met Sarah Palin before Wednesday. After all, as Fox News’ lachrymose host suggested in this clip from his eponymous show that very day, the two of them have so much in common.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and McCain
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

McCain Gets It, Obama Doesn’t

Maybe I got it wrong. During the presidential campaign I wrote columns blasting Sen. John McCain for siding with the big bankers on deregulation, citing his choosing ex-Sen. Phil Gramm, currently a vice chairman of the Swiss-owned banking giant UBS, as his presidential campaign chair.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Sen. Ben Nelson
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Senators Still in Health Care Huddle

It could be a long and snowy weekend on Capitol Hill for our sparring U.S. senators, who were busy antagonizing each other and making various accusations and threats Friday as they wrestled over the health care bill. The Democrats’ lone holdout, Sen. Ben Nelson, was the subject of a woo-in conducted by his peers ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


Franken
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Franken Limits Lieberman’s Talking Time on Senate Floor (Update: Video)

Perhaps reflecting a frustration among Democrats over Joe Lieberman’s role in shaping the Senate’s health care proposal, Sen. Al Franken nipped in the bud the Connecticut senator’s discussion of amendments to the bill Thursday. Updated: Now with video!

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Tactics of Mass Obstruction

Here’s some shocking news: Certain members of the U.S. Senate may be employing stalling tactics to make sure their version of the highly contested health care reform legislation, should it ever see the light of day, takes freaking forever to create.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Makes It Official: 30,000 More U.S. Troops to Head to Afghanistan

He took his time to mull it over, and in a speech at West Point on Tuesday night President Barack Obama announced his decision about what course of action to take in Afghanistan, affirming reports that he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to push back on the resurgent Taliban and to try to establish some semblance of stability in the war-scarred country.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Lieberman
AP / Susan Walsh

Lieberman Leans to the Right (Again)

Fresh off a heady week in which he managed to supremely infuriate former colleagues and supporters in the Democratic Party with his filibuster talk, the ever-more-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman gave ABC News a taste of his political plans for 2010.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


Obama signs bill
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Trims (Some) Fat with Weapons Bill

In a move that some are praising as a major victory against the powerful weapons lobby, President Barack Obama was able to cut out several expensive programs, thus cutting down on defense spending, in the new $680 billion dollar military bill he signed Wednesday. However, before we get too excited, let’s be clear here: That’s still $680 billion, after all.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


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A War of Absurdity

There is no indication that any of the contending forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are interested in bringing al-Qaida back. On the contrary, all the available evidence indicates that the Arab fighters are unwelcome and that it is their isolation from their former patrons that has led to their demise. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal
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McChrystal Draws Support, Scorn on Capitol Hill

What’s the right way for a top general to advise the president about wartime strategy? What if his recommended strategy is potentially at odds with the president’s preferred course of action? Gen. Stanley McChrystal ran up against these questions in recent days, and not everyone in Washington thinks he handled his part in the matter appropriately.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Team Obama Split on Afghanistan Question

Last week, Gen. Stanley McChrystal made his case, very directly and publicly, that the window of opportunity for “winning” in Afghanistan won’t be open indefinitely and that troop increases are crucial to that strategy. But is he right? Not everyone in or orbiting the White House these days is completely sold.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Palin and Johnston
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Levi Johnston Talks (and Talks) About the Palins

Although the world at large has yet to find out exactly what spurred Sarah Palin to vacate her post as Alaska’s governor this summer, her almost-son-in-law Levi Johnston pipes up (surprise!) in the latest edition of Vanity Fair, helpfully offering that Palin’s plan had something to do with money. This kid is on a tear.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and veteran
AP / Alex Brandon

Obama Takes Aim at Defense Industry, Pork-Loving Politicians

Elements of the U.S. defense industry have yet to join the rest of the country in the post-Cold-War reality, according to President Obama, who also gave legislators who capitalize on the defense budget for self-serving reasons a verbal spanking as he addressed an audience of veterans in Phoenix on Monday.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


PBS

McNamara’s Vietnam in 1995

As we remember the late Robert McNamara, we can look back to the publication of his 1995 memoir, “In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” to see the conversations that surrounded McNamara’s take on the Vietnam War. Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer appears in a round-table discussion alongside former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


McCain

And Now, a Canned Answer About Palin From McCain

In this clip from Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press,” Sen. John McCain goes into Papa Bear mode to defend his former running mate, Sarah Palin, but his show of support seems a little strained at times—as when he says “I don’t think she quit,” for example.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Palin
msnbc.msn.com

Palin Will Step Down as Alaska’s Governor

At the end of this month, Sarah Palin will no longer be Alaska’s governor. The Thrilla from Wasilla made her announcement on Friday, sparking speculation that she may be preparing to run for president in 2012—or that she was compelled to resign for less opportune reasons. Updated

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


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McCain’s Mama Smacks Back

Last night, John McCain’s 95-year-old mother Roberta appeared on “The Tonight Show” to talk political punditry. Watch as she bashes Keith Olbermann and responds to Rush Limbaugh’s call to kick her son out of the Grand Old Party. “ ... He does not represent the Republican Party that I belong to,” she said.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Gramm
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Endgame for Gramm?

One wonders if Phil Gramm has been made just a tad nervous by the news on Tuesday that one of UBS’ super-wealthy private clients has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


McCain and Leno
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McCain Fieldstrips His List of GOP Up-and-Comers

The ’08 presidential election is long over, but the drama that a certain folksy governor from Alaska unleashed into John McCain’s world might still rankle him, considering McCain’s perhaps purposeful omission of Sarah Palin from the list of up-and-coming Republicans he trotted out for Jay Leno Monday night. Update: Video added

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


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