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Con vs. Con

The remainder of the presidential campaign will be characterized by an attempt among liberals to discredit third-party and popular movements. Yet our only hope for change will come by breaking free from the tyranny of the two corporate parties.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE


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Supreme Court Leans Left in the Wake of Antonin Scalia’s Death

All things considered, the Supreme Court’s just-completed term was a good one for liberals and progressives.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


Nothing Left









Posted on Jun 8, 2016 ENLARGE    



Facebook Denies Allegations That It Suppressed Conservative News

Former employees claim they altered the “trending” news section of the website to include stories that weren’t trending and to leave out conservative news sources.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Blame the Campus Liberals’ Campaign Aims at Yale

A national campaign to blame campus distempers on politically correct liberals has found yet another target in angry students and anxious administrators.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Student Activists on the Decline of the Liberal Church

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



An Article of Conciliation

At year’s end, I want to offer a word to my conservative and libertarian readers whose patience I try regularly.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia

The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: L Is for Land

Labor capitalism: A term popularized by Margaret Thatcher to describe an economy in which workers became shareholders but not managers. Labor’s role is that of the exploited party, not the beneficiary. “Labor” is to “labor capitalism” as “lamb” is to “lamb-chop.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Can Gays Help Save Marriage?

The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold. On few issues has public opinion moved as quickly or decisively. Many who are against the formal recognition of homosexual unions are now resigned to the reality they will eventually become commonplace.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dies

The New Jersey Democrat, who was the last World War II veteran to serve in the Senate, died early Monday morning after complications stemming from a bout with viral pneumonia. He was 89.

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Without Fear or Favor: The Heresies and Vindications of Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times reporter and columnist who died Monday at the age of 86, shaped the American conscience on a broad range of issues, from civil liberties and civil rights to war and diplomacy, for almost 50 years.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


Out of the Closet









Posted on Jan 23, 2013 ENLARGE



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McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul

The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 27, 2012 ENLARGE



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Man Obsessed With Fox News and GOP Jailed Over Threats to Kill ‘Liberal’ Girlfriend

A Florida man whom prosecutors have described as “obsessed with Fox News and the Republican Party” faces charges after he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, all because of her political beliefs.

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Drone-Court Advantage

Sometimes the best way to respond to those who say criticism of President Obama amounts to support for his Republican opponents—and should thus be avoided—is to embrace their premise and allow satire to lead audiences to their contradictory conclusions, as Charles Davis does in the “Game of Drones” issue of The New Inquiry.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Why They Won’t Listen

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, believes intuition—not reason—guides people’s behavior, and with his new book, “The Righteous Mind,” he wants to teach you how to better sell your politics.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Bet









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Frank Rich Blasts Bipartisanship

With an eye on the ruthlessly partisan strategies, tactics and proposed policies of the Republican contenders for the White House, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich assigns a poor grade to Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



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The Long Arc of Obama’s Presidency

There are plenty of reasons to shout about Barack Obama’s performance as president, and sharp, strident indictments of his White House failures are in abundant supply. But for those whose ears are ringing, Emory University psychology professor Drew Westen’s gentle dismantling ... (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Study: To Win Votes, Motivate Your Base

Numbers from a recent Pew Research Center study contradict the conventional thinking on independent voters. Independents are not moderates who can be swayed to the right or left with appeals to moderation and centrism, but “disaffected political partisans” ... (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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The Doctors Are Turning Left

While medical doctors are a historically conservative bunch, many physicians are beginning to lean left as they abandon the high costs and responsibilities associated with running private practices to take salaried jobs in hospitals, doctors’ advocates say. (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

It hurts your head to open a newspaper like The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or flip through your favorite websites. Television, I admit, is giving us a bit of a break because all those folks care about is the royal wedding.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Divided on Unions

In the national battle over the future of unions, labor’s greatest danger is division among liberals over schoolteachers’ rights in dismissals, evaluation testing, assignments, promotions and tenure.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


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Gibbs Up for Reinvention?

He’s been the Obama administration’s press mouthpiece for nearly two years now, but speculation has it that Robert Gibbs could be heading for a career shift. Might that have something to do with his recent truth-telling tear?

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Battle Over Ground Zero Intensifies

While many, including President George W. Bush, gave lip service to religious tolerance in the wake of 9/11, a backlash against Islam is mounting amid growing opposition to plans to include a mosque in the reconstruction around Ground Zero in New York City. And now, unexpectedly, the Anti-Defamation League has weighed in against the mosque.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE



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The Supreme Court’s Cross to Bear

When John Paul Stevens leaves the Supreme Court bench this summer we will have lost a legal giant as well as a voice of reason and respect for democracy.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Base Problem

No flesh-and-blood president could live up to the imagined heights of candidate Obama, but a broader Democratic Party guarantees disappointment for all, some of the time.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Health Care Bill Watch 2010: Left Frustrated, Right Readies Attack

Things were getting snippy on both sides of the aisle Thursday as Congress prepared for the next—and oh please, let it be the final—showdown over health care reform. Take, for example, the words of Republican Rep. Mike Pence, who told a tea-party-friendly crowd this week ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


Why Are Democrats Ignoring the Next New Dealers?

The Millennials—generally defined as Americans born in 1981 or after—are, without question, the most liberal generation since the New Dealers, and they could transform our politics for decades.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Succeeding Lula in Brazil

Barred from holding Brazil’s presidency for a third term, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has personally nominated his chief of staff, Dilma Rousseff, to run as the Working Party’s candidate for president in October. Rousseff, whom the party has officially endorsed as its candidate, will be the first woman to hold Brazil’s executive office if she wins the election.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


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The Deadly Cost of Blocking Health Care Reform

The liberals attacking the Senate health reform bill must never have known real illness. They’ve never been fired at the age of 50 and left without health insurance. They’ve probably never known anyone who died for lack of health insurance.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


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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



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Conservatives Stripping ‘Liberal Bias’ From the Bible

A group of conservatives is working on “a thought-for-thought translation” of the Bible “without corruption by liberal bias.” Yes, that Bible. The organization seeks to create a document that, among other things, is “Not Emasculated,” that “Express[es] Free Market Parables” and that favors “conciseness [over] the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio.” That Jesus was such a wordy socialist.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama on Racist Rhetoric, Health Care Craziness and Rude News

This just in from President Obama: Being rude is the easiest way to get airtime. Well, at least that’s his take on the lows to which public discourse has sunk of late, especially concerning the keenly contentious issue that is health care reform.

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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O’Reilly Preferred Pre-Ideological Cronkite, Thank You Very Much

In case anyone wonders, Fox News’ own Bill O’Reilly spent some time in the media trenches working with Known Lefty Ideologue Dan Rather after the CBS anchor took over from Walter Cronkite, whom O’Reilly eulogizes in this clip ... or at least uses Cronkite’s memory to bash the liberal establishment.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama and the Limits of Mastery

President Obama wants to build a new liberal majority and to do it he’s trying to charm everyone left of Rush Limbaugh. That strategy has led to some awkward moments.

Posted on May 24, 2009 READ MORE


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The Stakes at Notre Dame

You have heard the expression “more Catholic than the pope.” We now know that the reaction of right-wing Catholics to Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama falls into this category.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE



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America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout

The methods used to attain what we want, we are told by reality television programs, business schools and self-help gurus, are irrelevant. Success, always defined in terms of money and power, is its own justification. Our moral collapse is as terrifying, and as dangerous, as our economic collapse.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE



Jacob Heilbrunn on Alger Hiss

Susan Jacoby’s lucid new book reminds us that the Hiss case offered a vengeful postwar right a golden opportunity to tar the New Deal as a crypto-communist conspiracy—and why it still matters.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE



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The False Idol of Unfettered Capitalism

The Ten Commandments were for the ancients, and are for us, the core rules that, when honored, hold us together, and when dishonored lead to alienation, discord and violence. The worship of the free market has turned out to be an idol, and like all idols it has now demanded its human sacrifice.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


The Point of Pointing Fingers

Obama speaks disdainfully of “ideology,” but there comes a time when first principles need to be articulated. Conservatives have entered this fight with guns blazing while progressives have hidden behind a Maginot Line armed only with the word pragmatism.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Finding Peace in the Culture Wars

If President Obama’s primary task is to restore economic growth, he has also been waging a quiet, long-term campaign to ease the nation’s divisions around religious and moral questions.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE



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At Last, Accepting Some Clues From Across the Pond

We suddenly seem willing to consider sensible ideas that were always deemed unthinkable. Soon we may be mature enough to observe how other developed countries address problems that have baffled us for generations.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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