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Bill Moyers: Attack Ads Inside and Out

On this week’s “Moyers & Company,” Kathleen Hall Jamieson of FactCheck.org and FlackCheck.org says “we’re at a very, very critical time right now” and must try to block “visceral” political advertising at the local level.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Pro-Romney Super PAC Burns Through $14M in January

It’s campaign season 2012, and how much is your favorite super PAC spending? The telltale signs of democracy in action these days include headlines like the one above, accounting for the giant sum racked up by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC “Restore Our Future,” one of the monstrosities created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ideological Hypocrites

Conservatives in power have never been—and can never be—as anti-government as they are in a campaign.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE


On the Up and Up

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Mr. Fish

Déjà Pooh

Is there no more convincing proof that there is nothing like a presidential campaign to demonstrate just how profoundly detached we are as a nation from recognizing why ours is a functioning democracy in reputation alone?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE    


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cars, Contraception and China

What is it about this particular election cycle that’s causing Republican candidates’ fortunes to rise and fall so rapidly the pundits are practically getting whiplash? And does our nation’s debt problem have more to do with defense spending or so-called entitlement programs?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE


Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney’s Big Problem

Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



violet.blue (CC-BY)

Mormon Economics and the GOP

Mormonism is not the quintessential “American religion,” to use Tolstoy’s words, just because it got its start in upstate New York. The church has long embodied notions and practices that drive contemporary American capitalism. And those ideas, as author Chris Lehmann demonstrated last October in Harper’s Magazine, remain central to the shaping of national economic policy.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mark J. Terrill

Waiting on the Wealth Hoarders

You are not a patriot if you prize profits over people. You are a hoarder of wealth.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Santorum Rising

There’s horse-race politics, but then there are also bona fide plot twists in the presidential campaign season, and we’re looking at one of them with the boost conservatives are giving Rick Santorum—yes, he of the sweater vest—as he and the formerly more confident Mitt Romney get ready for Arizona and Michigan primaries late this month.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Independent Voters Swing to Obama

The prolonged Republican primary campaign appears to be taking a toll on independent voters’ faith in Mitt Romney. According to the latest Pew poll, only a minority of independents now describe Romney as “honest and trustworthy” and slightly more than half of independent voters now favor Barack Obama in a race against Romney, who led the president in that category only a month ago. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE


Cuckold

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Romney Valentine

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Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Overriding Ambition

Criticism of Mitt Romney for lacking a coherent message is grossly unfair. He has been forthright, consistent and even eloquent in pressing home his campaign’s central theme: Mitt Romney desperately wants to be president.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE


On the Upside ...

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Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Clint, Rick and the Limits of Pessimism

What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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What Santorum’s Surge Means for Romney

Although an easy answer to the question posed by the headline would appear to be something along the lines of nothing good, there are more subtleties to the issue that merit exploration, and Rick Santorum’s triple win Tuesday doesn’t necessarily add up to an ultimate victory against GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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The Great Carbon Bubble

If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Rick Santorum’s Big Night

The former senator from Pennsylvania swept ahead of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who have been hogging the campaign airtime, Tuesday night to claim victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Cares About the Middle Class

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The Uninspired GOP Electorate

Judging by the polls, the better Republican voters come to know these candidates, including Romney, the less they like them.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

Norris Throws Down for ‘Warrior’ Gingrich

Conservative power ranger Chuck Norris has come out swinging for the GOP once again—this time, he’s willing to lend his unique celebrity brand to give Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign a boost with a memorably worded endorsement only he could compose.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Candidate

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Romney Hasn’t Won Yet

Now that Mitt Romney has about wrapped up the Republican nomination for president. ... What? He hasn’t? They changed the rules?

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE



Citizen Suspect: We’re All Under Attack in the WikiLeaks Case

Our civil liberties and First Amendment rights are threatened by the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Julian Assange case; if Mitt Romney’s father was still around, he’d probably endorse Obama; meanwhile, Fox News is ruining the GOP. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



boris.rasin (CC-BY)

With Spotlight on Super PACs, Nonprofits Escape Scrutiny

Recent nonprofit fundraising announcements hint at how secret money could factor into the upcoming election more directly than initially forecast after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to super PACs two years ago.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Damage Control, Romney Style

Although Mitt Romney owned, in an interview with Nevada journalist Jon Ralston on Thursday, that he “misspoke” the day before in saying he was “not concerned about the very poor,” the presidential candidate might not have much wiggle room amid a speed-fueled news cycle and a chilly Rick Santorum standing watch.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Campaign 2012

Pity the poor mainstream news media, confronted with many debates, demands for instantaneous coverage, competition for website traffic and the specter of ever-multiplying super PACs.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / David_Vasquez

Romney in Line for a Big Win in Nevada

Unless he crashes and burns in the next two days, or Newt Gingrich’s camp has some ammo we’re not aware of, Mitt Romney will be the winner of Saturday’s Republican caucuses in Nevada.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


What Happened in Florida Won’t Stay in Florida

Triumph in Florida could cost Romney much more than the million dollars or so that bought each point of his 46-32 margin over Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s 1 Percent Nation Under God

After he and the pro-Romney super PACs flooded the airwaves with millions of dollars’ worth of ads in a state where nearly half of the homeowners are underwater, Mitt Romney talked about whom he wants to represent.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE


How Romney Won, and Lost

Romney’s decisive victory in Florida came at a price. He aggravated Newt Gingrich’s hostility to him, with all the trouble that could entail, and left behind a dispirited Republican electorate in a state the GOP needs to win this fall.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney Says He Is ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

Taken out of context, it doesn’t come as a total surprise, and that’s the problem for Romney. It’s not the kind of sound bite the trust fund candidate wants on the record.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Romney Rights the Ship in Florida

After Mitt Romney took a beating in South Carolina and his Iowa victory was annulled, his candidacy was beginning to look precarious. But a big win in Florida on Tuesday night put Romney back on course, and now he’s speaking as though the race is nearly over. (more)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Gingrich a Tough Sell Among Florida Women

Here’s an algorithm from the Annals of the Obvious: Conservative women commonly identify as values voters, responding to like-minded candidates and campaigns and bringing what are referred to in certain circles as traditional morals into the booths. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, while purporting to run on a family-friendly platform, has some blots on his personal record that would appear to contradict these ideals.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Winning Our Future, Gambling With Democracy

With financial and political interests ranging from Las Vegas to Israel to China, Sheldon Adelson, who is bankrolling the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, is a powerful illustration of the dangers of unlimited campaign contributions.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


The Numbers Show

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Cay Johnston reveals the hidden scandal lurking in Romney’s tax returns; Robert Scheer and Kathy Kiely shine sunlight on super PACs, and Doug Henwood deflates China’s real estate bubble.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Numbers Show

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Cay Johnston reveals the hidden scandal lurking in Romney’s tax returns; Robert Scheer and Kathy Kiely shine sunlight on super PACs, and Doug Henwood deflates China’s real estate bubble.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


How the Mammoth Went Extinct

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Running Mate

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Inside Romney’s Tax Returns

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released 550 pages of tax returns Tuesday and news organizations are making their way through them. ProPublica shows us where to look to make sense of the numbers.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Thank You for Standing Up

We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. However, the iron grip of corporations over our lives will, eventually, be broken.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE


Gazillions

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Hit in the Face

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Newt Stomps Romney to Win South Carolina

What a week for Mitt Romney. He’s gone from obvious nominee to the man who just can’t catch a break. First a recount snatched his win in Iowa, then Newt Gingrich debated his way to an upset in South Carolina (this despite a sex scandal that might have condemned a more conventional candidacy).

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Worldview

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AP / Charlie Neibergall

Super PACs Super-Size Campaign Corruption

Given time and enough money, the super PACs and other secretive political campaign funds are capable of causing corruptive influence that could reach from the presidency down to the lowest ranked members of the House.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


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