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Romney’s Tax Discrepancy, Bachmann’s Election Troubles, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the 21st-century version of prohibition and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comment about women that sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s.

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Embassy Attacks Expose Depravity on the Right

The support that some conservatives in politics and the press showed for Mitt Romney’s unsubstantiated criticisms of President Obama amid this week’s embassy attacks confirms that those camps will exploit any opportunity—no matter how dangerous to Americans and others—for personal gain, writes journalist Michael Tracey.

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AP/Hani Mohammed

Embassy Attacks Spread to Yemen

Hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film chanted “death to America” as they stormed the American Embassy compound in the Yemeni capital on Thursday. The attack follows Tuesday’s sacking of a U.S. consulate in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others.

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White House/Pete Souza

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel.

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Limbaugh’s ‘Ringing’ Endorsement, Another Bad GOP Rape Analogy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Todd Akin back on the campaign trail and news on a birtherism convention.

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Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

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Romney Under Fire for Response to U.S. Embassy Attacks

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is drawing heat for controversial remarks he made about President Barack Obama in response to attacks on the U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt.

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One in Five Children Impoverished in U.S.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau report a steady decline in median household income for Americans, a yawning inequality gap and more than one in five children under age 18 living in poverty.

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AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Big Idea in This Election

This isn’t just a choice of philosophies, but the long-awaited showdown between post-FDR Democrats and post-Reagan Revolutionaries.

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The Irony

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Campaigns Pause for 9/11, Zadroga Act Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings on the 11th anniversary of the September terrorist attacks, including what President Obama and Mitt Romney did to remember the day.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Confessions of a Former Republican

I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Health Care Dither

I’m trying to figure out just where Mitt Romney stands on health care reform. Obviously, so is Mitt Romney.

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Mitt’s Health Care Trickery, Larry Flynt’s Romney Offer, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including August fundraising totals for both presidential candidates and Jon Stewart’s latest epic takedown of Fox News.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


Finders Weepers: Early Bain Disputes Cast New Light on Its Business

Most accounts of Bain Capital characterize the firm as full of hardworking young men who sought to find troubled companies, invest in them and turn them around. But as some disputes illuminate, the reality of Bain’s business in the early years is more complicated.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

The Great Deregulator

Bill Clinton bears as much responsibility as any politician for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the wild applause for his disingenuous speech at the Democratic National Convention last week is a sure sign of the poverty of what passes for progressive politics.

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AP/David Goldman

Democrats Can Win the Argument and Lose the Election

Talking to volunteers, I saw the immensity of Obama’s task, especially as the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican super PACs overwhelm the voters with misleading ads.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

What should be done starting in January to boost a recovery that by anyone’s measure is still anemic? In truth, not even the Jobs Act will be enough.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Advantage, Romney’s Openings

Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn’t stand a chance. But then a candidate with Mitt Romney’s shortcomings, including his failure to ignite much enthusiasm within his own party, wouldn’t stand a chance, either.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Hope and Change 2.0

The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

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Called Out by Republicans, Clinton Answers in Masterful Convention Speech

There has been no political leader since FDR with Clinton’s capacity to perform this rhetorical magic, and there is none today who can match him.

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We Are Number One

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The Democratic National Convention Day 3: Recapping President Obama’s Speech

President Obama invoked “hope” and “change” in his DNC speech, but not in the same way he did in 2008. Instead, he presented a more subdued and realistic view of what his second term in office would look like if he is re-elected in November while trying to show Americans they are better off today than they were four years ago.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



Obama for America/Christopher Dilts

Democrats Show Republicans How It’s Done

Judging by the party conventions, you’d wonder why this election is even close.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Romney and China

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 2

Highlights of the second day of the Democratic National Convention included speeches by Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, plus a last-minute change for President Obama’s address Thursday night.

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Convention Bump

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Convention Bounce

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Listen: Nicki Minaj ‘Endorses’ Mitt Romney ... Maybe?

Did Nicki Minaj seriously offer her support to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney or is it just a publicity stunt? Those are the questions being asked after the musician and rapper gave a profanity-filled endorsement in the song “Mercy,” which is featured on Lil Wayne’s new mixtape “Dedication 4.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


Fox News Hates on Michelle Obama’s Speech

Fox News was not impressed with Michelle Obama’s highly praised prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, criticizing the first lady for, of all things, using the speech to focus on government.

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

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Thoughts of MittMao

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Democratic Convention Day 1: Keynote Speaker Julian Castro’s Address (Excerpts)

Sections of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s speech have been released a few hours before he’s scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention as its keynote speaker.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney: ‘Tax Avoider on a Grand Scale’

Joseph Stiglitz, “one of the few members of the economics profession committed to scientific empiricism, not ideology or servitude to the rich,” as one reader put it, writes that the habit of tax avoidance typical of Mitt Romney’s class makes it difficult to publicly fund things like education, technology, and infrastructure, upon which modern economies depend to flourish.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



Simon & Schuster

6 Questions for the Author of ‘Boss Rove’

Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine speaks with Craig Unger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, about “Boss Rove,” Unger’s new expose of the unofficial godfather of the Republican Party and perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Madeleine Albright: Why Would Any Woman Vote for Mitt?

The former secretary of state articulated in an interview Monday what quite a few people have probably thought but not publicly stated, especially given the GOP’s recent assault against women’s rights.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


Too Many Mitts

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Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


Anti-Labor Day

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Life Is Sacred

The giddy, money-drenched, choreographed carnival in Tampa and the one coming up in Charlotte divert us from the real world—the one steadily collapsing around us.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



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N.Y. Probes Bain Capital’s Tax Strategy

Questions about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital are not likely to go away any time soon, especially now that it’s been revealed that Bain is among a number of major private equity firms under investigation by the New York state attorney general’s office for tax-related reasons.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


Tampa Defines the Charlotte Imperative

The Obama Democrats who gather in Charlotte this week have a big advantage over Tampa’s Romney Republicans.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Lies and Liars

I once wrote, about Gerald Ford, that an honest politician is one who lies only when he has to. Ford, a pretty straight shooter, is gone now. He has been replaced by Mitt Romney the ignorant and Paul Ryan the liar.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Underbelly of the Republican Convention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We take a hard look at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., from the partying to the homophobia to the shadowy fundraising. And what’s this about welfare reform?

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Goodbye Tampa, Hello Charlotte

Mitt Romney chose the final moments of this week’s hurricane-shortened convention for what was arguably his best outing of the 2012 campaign. Too bad convention planners put actor-slash-legend Clint Eastwood up on the same night, to slash and burn his way through a bit of theater that would’ve done Samuel Beckett proud. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the ramifications on this week’s episode.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE


We Built the Romneytron

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The Underbelly of the Republican Convention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We take a hard look at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, from the partying to the homophobia to the shadowy fundraising. And what’s this about welfare reform?

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



Obama Responds to Eastwood, Rush Praises Clint, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another possible Paul Ryan lie, and a key battleground state makes a decision that could affect the presidential election’s outcome.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE


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