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‘Abortion Wars’ Continue as Midterm Debate in North Dakota Expands to In Vitro and End-of-Life Care

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

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Do Nothing, Repeat

The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change.

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Republicans Are Probably, Definitely, Almost Certainly Going to Take the Senate

Depending on which stat blog you’re reading, Republicans have anywhere from a 63 to a 96 percent chance to win the Senate and take control of Congress.

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Live Election Coverage Featuring Amy Goodman

Watch live election results as they come in, right here.

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A Tough Game on Tea Party Turf

California Democrat Suzanne Savary seeks to oust Orange County conservative Dana Rohrabacher from the U.S. House seat he has held since 1988—a challenge much like trying to beat the Alabama football team in Tuscaloosa.

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Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

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The Koch Vote

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Smalley World

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Erupting Political Fear Mongering

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How to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Terrible ‘Citizens United’ Ruling in Time for the Midterms

In the early hours of Election Day, before dawn reaches the nation’s capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy is suddenly awakened by someone standing next to his bed.

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Why the Midterm Elections Should Matter Especially to Women

By Robert Reich

If Republicans take over Congress on Tuesday, the economic position of women will take a major hit.

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Big Money in Politics

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Campaign Ads at Work

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Republican Ads: Careful Whom You Vote for in Iowa Because We’ll Tell Your Neighbors

The Republican National Committee has resorted to “vote shaming” Iowans with ludicrously misleading Facebook ads.

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This ‘Daily Show’ Segment Reveals the Absurd Misconceptions Behind U.S. Anti-Immigration Sentiment

Who knew immigrating to America came with free computers and health care?

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Far-Right Extremist Avigdor Lieberman Says Swedish Recognition of Palestine Will Bolster Extremism

There was a time when people like Avigdor Lieberman were not welcome in Israeli politics, or, indeed, in Jewish circles in the United States.

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Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

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Plutocrat or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither

As America’s biggest political target—a status she is likely to enjoy for the foreseeable future—Hillary Clinton takes incoming fire of every caliber from all directions.

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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

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Sermon Subpoenas

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GOP Rocks the Vote

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There Are Twice as Many Billionaires Now Than Before the Financial Crisis

UNICEF reports that child poverty has increased in over 20 countries since the global recession, while a new Oxfam study shows that billionaires have increased their combined wealth by over 120 percent. How can we continue to ignore this appalling inequality?

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Naomi Klein Talks Capitalism and Climate Change With Russell Brand

The author of “This Changes Everything” stops by the “Trews” set to talk to Russell Brand about how the “brutal, dominance-based capitalist system” in place in the West is screwing us all.

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Moderate Thunder Out of Brownbackistan

If Republicans do as well nationwide next Tuesday as many expect, they should pay attention to what’s happening in Kansas.

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The Most Expensive Midterm Ever

The system has always stunk, but now the campaign contributions are bigger and far more secret.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE


Wendy Davis Talks Politics, Education, Women’s Rights and More With Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

The Texas gubernatorial hopeful, who rose to fame after her nearly 13-hour filibuster in the Senate of the Lone Star State, stopped by “The Daily Show” to share her views on conservatism in Texas and her ideas on the lopsidedness of voter ID laws.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It

Call it Empathy Deficit Disorder. Some Democrats have it, but the disorder seems especially widespread among Republicans.

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The Tsumoney

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Re-Elected, Promises to Be a Better Leader

The head of Brazil’s Workers Party, President Dilma Rousseff, won a narrow victory Sunday against the “pro-business Aécio Neves.”

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GOP Campaigns

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Republican Strategy

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Voter ID

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A Case Study in the Perverse Incentives Tobacco Bonds Create

A central tenet of government finance is that money borrowed over the long term should be spent on projects that will outlast the debt – things like buildings, bridges or other essential infrastructure. That’s not what upstate New York’s Niagara County did with much of its money from tobacco bonds.

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The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t

The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the U.K. failed to derail an agreement.

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Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE


Pepsi and Coca-Cola Are Pulling Out All the Stops Against Berkeley’s Soda Tax

By Robert Reich

One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of early-onset diabetes. A major culprit is Big Soda.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Best Investigations of Money in Politics Since the Last Elections

With this year’s elections just two weeks away, ProPublica has rounded up some of the best investigative reporting on campaign finance.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow: I Would ‘Totally Use’ John Oliver’s Dogs With Fake Paws to Re-Enact SCOTUS Arguments

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the comedian released what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Monday “an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics.” And by “asset” she means clips of every Supreme Court justice in the Roberts court as a dog. Yes, a dog.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE



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The Blue-Collar Imperative

Democrats in Kentucky and Georgia are pushing hard to win back the white working-class vote from Republicans.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



Is Iran Close to Reaching a Deal With the U.S. Over Its Nuclear Program Thanks to IS?

It is hard not to conclude that Iran’s outbreak of optimism regarding the nuclear enrichment program has to do at least in part with the rise of Islamic State in Mosul and the consequent U.S. need for an Iranian partner.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE


Church and State

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Jon Stewart: ‘It’s Hard to Imagine This Is Our Country’

When current Florida Gov. Rick Scott initially refused to debate former Gov. Charlie Crist due to a “ball fan” placed beneath Crist’s legs Wednesday night, the “Daily Show” host rediscovered the reason he got into the business of political satire in the first place.

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The Next Attorney General Should Make Presidential Pardons Less Racist, at the Very Least

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Kevin Spacey Played Obama’s Ebola Czar on TV

What an interesting career Ron Klain has had for a political operative.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE


Tort Reform

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Campaign Commercials Meet Ebola

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Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together?

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE


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