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The General Defection

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Failed Presidency

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Halfway Through the Lost Decade

Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Magical Capitalism

It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a Utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Not So Free Love

Steve Brodner of The Washington Spectator imagines what it would be like for politicians and their wealthy donors to consummate their relationships. Like a car crash, it’s hard to look away.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Gingrich Is Getting Out of the Way

Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would retire his run for the White House and that he had told Mitt Romney he would give him his full endorsement.

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Rocky Anderson Is Crashing the Third Party

The wealthy financiers of Americans Elect are trying to get a so-called centrist on the ballot in all 50 states. That label doesn’t apply to Anderson, who is vying for their nomination anyway and tells me “amazing things can happen.”

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Latinos for Romney

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Oh, Mitt

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The Devil We Don’t Know

It’s quite possible that on Election Day, voters’ most urgent concerns—economic or not—will be driven by overseas events that neither President Obama nor his Republican opponent can predict or control.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


The Next Republican Party

Once upon a time there was a political tribe called "liberal Republicans," led by chieftains named Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, Mac Mathias and others.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


Right-Wing Center

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Veep Poll: Condi Wins!

A new vice presidential poll shows Republicans and conservative-leaning independents favor former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE


What Mitt Romney Seems to Believe (and Why He’s So Disliked)

With the Republican primary contest over and the general election under way, Mitt Romney faces a voting public whose disdain for him has reached levels that pollsters describe as “historic.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Money Struggles, Not Mommy Wars

Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s ‘Loony View About the Economy’

Frugality? Check. Family values? Check. Sound reasoning? Nope. Mitt Romney’s campaign managed to stay true to the concerns of his base while totally botching the logic behind an infographic claiming that President Obama’s management of the U.S. economy is akin to that of a family accountant gone mad.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Two Mitts

It’s all over but the shouting, or, in this case, the polite applause: Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential nominee. But which Mitt Romney? Will it be Mitt One or Mitt Two?

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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A Peek at Some of Romney’s Plans

Mitt Romney accidentally offered a glimpse of what he might do as president when a group of reporters standing outside a Florida fundraiser Sunday overheard the presidential hopeful tell a group of wealthy donors that he wants to get rid of some tax deductions for rich people and take an ax to some government departments.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Treasury Projects a Profit From Bailout

Just as Mitt Romney has locked up the Republican nomination on a boast of fiscal conservatism, President Obama’s Treasury Department has said it expects to turn a tidy $2 billion profit from TARP and other extraordinary measures taken to bail out the financial industry.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: North Korea’s Missile Malfunction

On Friday, North Korea endured quite a setback on the international stage with the failure of its long-range missile launch. Also figuring in among the topics for this week’s panelists—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Carly Fiorina and Matt Miller—on “Left, Right & Center” are taxes, the Trayvon Martin court case and Apple’s pricing problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE


Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Quiet Campaign: Voter Suppression

The 2012 presidential election is not only about who votes for Barack Obama and who votes for Mitt Romney. It is also about who votes.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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How Santorum Boxed in Romney

In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another, and forced the now inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma. 

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Beats Santorum

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Uncle Mitt Feels Your Pain

The pain of the Great Recession lingers, remaining a big obstacle to President Barack Obama’s hopes for re-election.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


Republicans on Board

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Mitt’s It: Santorum Bows Out

After a long primary season involving sudden upswings and fizzles, plus a couple of comebacks, there is little room left for doubt that Mitt Romney is going to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now that his biggest competition, in the form of the sweater vest containing Rick Santorum, has dropped out of the contest.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE


Sunk

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When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Women as Wedge Issue

It’s high election season, and that means the leaders in this year’s presidential battle need a good wedge issue or two to get voters all exercised and in touch with their innermost convictions (read: Get them to the polls). Why not seek that in the collective form of roughly half the nation’s population?

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE


Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Lose-Lose Politics

If Mitt Romney had walked by a room called The Forum at the University of Southern California last Wednesday, he would quit his presidential race right now.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


Handicapping the Veep Stakes

Playing second fiddle to Mitt Romney won’t be easy, but somebody has to be his running mate.

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Obama by Default

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney Blasts Obama’s Rhetoric as Editors Look On

Mitt Romney sure is acting like a man who has it in the bag, and he practically does after racking up more wins lately in the GOP primary sweepstakes. That means, of course, that it’s time to show President Obama what he’s got, and on Wednesday he threw down by accusing Obama of ... “rhetorical excess.” Wait, what?

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney, Romney, Romney Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all went for Mitt on Tuesday night, making Rick Santorum look even more like a party crasher.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



Apple Products Are Core for Economy

Throughout the recession, Apple’s growth has brought hope to many; China’s creative class and human capital cannot catch up to the U.S.’; meanwhile, Western intervention in Afghanistan has obviously failed, but by how much? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Romney

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He’ll Still Be the Mitt We Know

The problem for Mitt Romney, assuming he eventually wins the GOP nomination, is that a general election campaign isn’t really like an Etch A Sketch. Alas, traces from the primaries linger.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Campaign Spending Shows Political Ties, Self-Dealing

For an example of the fluidity of campaign finance rules, as well as the tangled web of connections between candidates and super PACs, look no further than the digital consulting firm Targeted Victory.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Regardless of Obama’s Gaffe, Nuclear Missile Defense Remains a Useless Endeavor

European missile defense against the threat of hypothetical Iranian nuclear missile attack is a make-work project for the American aerospace industry and always has been.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Can’t Ron Paul Get More Traction?

He doesn’t lack enthusiastic supporters, nor is his campaign short on cash, and he’s galvanized scores of younger voters. So why isn’t Ron Paul able to clinch the Republican presidential nomination—or even come within spitting distance—this time around?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


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Medvedev to Romney: Get With the 2012 Program

When American politicians have flashbacks to a Cold War mentality, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is ready with a comeback and a friendly reminder to quit it with the ’70s nostalgia, as he did Tuesday in response to a comment Mitt Romney made the day before about Russia being America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


Etch A Sketch

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