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Howard Dean Sounds Like a Conservative Blogger (Update: Dean Responds)

First Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went all coward on us, now liberal darling Gov. Howard Dean wants the two-blocks-from-Ground-Zero Muslim community center moved. The worst part is, he seems to be getting his facts from Sarah Palin. (continued)

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Ungrateful ‘Government Motors’ Ready to Go Public Again

GM’s outgoing CEO likes to complain about the government’s 61 percent stake in the reborn company, but thanks to all that Washington meddling, GM has gone from losing $88 billion over four years to making a couple of billion in six months.

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Mosque-Issippi Burning

Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old police cadet raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

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Empire’s New Clothes

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Harry Reid Opposes ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, under pressure from his tea party rival in Nevada’s Senate race, has released a statement saying he thinks “the mosque should be built someplace else.”

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Jefferson Would be Ashamed of Republican Mosque Panderers

We have a Bill of Rights that protects our freedoms against the whims of public opinion. Thomas Jefferson understood this. A bunch of opportunistic politicians—who love to quote him—obviously do not.

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Rangel’s Defense

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Elites’ Democratic Days Are Numbered

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s narrow primary victory over former state legislator Andrew Romanoff in Colorado can be summed up by Mel Brooks’ expression “evil will always triumph because good is dumb.” Make it “dumb and broke.”

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You Can’t Make Up Republican Candidates Like These

The Republican Party’s candidate for governor of Colorado believes that bicycle paths are “part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.”

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Memorons

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Wolf Blitzer’s Panic Room

“The Situation Room” is a familiar venue for the kind of hysteria and nonsense that has become the hallmark of television news, so it comes as no surprise that host Wolf Blitzer and a cohort of CNN’s loudest Chicken Littles have declared Social Security at “the final tipping point” and “broke” despite $2.5 trillion in reserves and a bright future.

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White House / Pete Souza

The Racists Return

Expressions of racial hatred on the right are troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them.

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Bickering Over Judicial Nominations

Elena Kagan, no surprise, did not live up to the Kagan standard of openness in answering questions during her confirmation hearing. Mitch McConnell did not live up to the McConnell standard of deference in voting against her.

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Lobbying Is About Getting Nothing Done

A 10-year study of the influence business finds that the billions of dollars ($3.5 billion in 2009 alone, according to the Center for Responsive Politics) thrown at elected officials add up to a whole lot of nothing—that is, the influential spend a lot of time, energy and cash stalemating each other and keeping things the way they are.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Dodd and the Politics of Joy

When I sat down last week at the Capitol with Chris Dodd to talk about his 36 years in Congress, he didn’t change my attitude toward the longest-winded legislative body in the world. But he reminded me of something missing in our public life: an ebullient joy about what democratic politics can accomplish.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Give the First Lady a Break

As a political matter, the mother-daughter getaway to a five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was not a good idea. But I’d just as soon not have my First Family vacations determined by focus groups.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Meet Colombia’s New President

Colombia has a new president, Juan Manuel Santos, who was sworn in on Saturday and will immediately face a fractured diplomatic state—Venezuela and Ecuador have severed ties with the country—along with continuing drug violence and a long-festering rebel insurgency.

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The Stadium-Mob Mentality

The instantly famous image of police removing a 29-year-old from Cleveland’s Progressive Field is illustrative of a nation that, for all its pro-Constitution rhetoric, increasingly ignores its founding document.

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‘Dropping Babies,’ Abandoning Principles

Rather than shout, I’ll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party’s greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?

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Why Did Obama Fire Dan Choi?

“As we mark the end of America’s combat mission in Iraq,” President Barack Obama said this week, “a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there.” He should have added “unless you’re gay.”

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The Day the Music Died—in Iran

Iran’s Islamic government has long had a fairly dodgy relationship with music, but just in case the crackdowns and dearth of public performances weren’t making things clear enough, the country’s supreme leader announced that teaching and promoting music is “not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic.”

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Another Prominent Democrat Faces Ethics Charges

Rep. Maxine Waters, a stalwart progressive voice in the House for nearly 20 years, is defending herself against charges that she improperly intervened to help bail out a bank with ties to her husband. Waters released a statement denying any wrongdoing, saying she was merely working on behalf of minority banks.

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Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn

By the end of Howard Zinn’s 423-page FBI file one walks away with a profound respect for the historian and a deep distaste for the buffoonish goons in the FBI who followed and monitored him.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE


How Big Government Saved the Malibu

Who could have imagined that the bailout of the auto industry, one of the single most unpopular moves by the Obama administration, would become one of its best talking points?

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Picking the Wrong Education Fight

It’s galling that civil rights groups would oppose Obama administration initiatives to improve failing schools—initiatives that hold the greatest promise for minority students.

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Immigration as Partisanship

Christmas came early for demagogues. The court decision putting a hold on the worst provisions of Arizona’s new anti-Latino immigration law is a gift-wrapped present to those who delight in turning truth, justice and the American way into political liabilities.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Deception of Real-World Inception

In this epoch of confusion, our society has achieved the goal of “Inception’s” idea-implanting protagonists—only without all the technological subterfuge.

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The Politics of Stupidity Strike Again

Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid? While we’re at it, does any other democracy have a powerful legislative branch as undemocratic as the U.S. Senate?

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Man Faces Prison for Videotaping Cop

Today on the list: Why you can’t really get to know more than 150 people, why Democrats should be jealous of Greens and why a Maryland man faces 16 years in prison for shooting a video.

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Rangel Rodeo

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WikiLeaks’ Afghan War Diary

Wikileaks.org has done it again, publishing thousands of classified documents about the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

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Financial Reform Bill Rewards Whistle-Blowers

Today on the list: Why asking the troops about don’t ask, don’t tell is a bad idea, the “God hates fags” preacher’s son works against homophobia, and the whistle-blower provision that makes the financial reform bill just a little bit sweeter.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Electronic Voting That Might Actually Work

The digital age hasn’t been very good for elections, at least when it comes to the actual recording and counting of votes. But some big brains are out to change all that. Here is a system that would let you vote anonymously and allow you to verify that your vote was recorded accurately. (continued)

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House Approves ‘Online Ramps to the Internet’

As lawmakers from the president on down marked the Americans With Disabilities Act’s 20th birthday, the House voted to make it easier for disabled people to get online. Rep. Edward Markey quipped that the disabled “need online ramps to the Internet so they can get to the Web from wherever they happen to be.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Warren K. Leffler

Castro Skips Cuba’s Big Day

Fidel was a no-show and brother Raul kept quiet during Cuba’s annual Revolution Day festivities, leading journalists, analysts and amateur handicappers to puzzle over the larger implications. The Guardian reports “bafflement among the 90,000-strong crowd” that turned out to hear speeches.

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ABC

God Save Obama From Elisabeth Hasselbeck

President Obama is scheduled to guest on “The View,” Thursday, marking the first time a sitting president has lowered himself to daytime talk. Hopefully he doesn’t get confused and try to fire Sherri Shepherd, who is not Shirley Sherrod.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

It’s No Secret: Afghanistan Is a Quagmire

The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.

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Beer Summit

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The End of the Fox News Era?

The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics. This is not, as the now trivialized phrase has it, a “teachable moment.” It is a time for action.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Sherrod, New Media & Race; Unemployment Benefits; BP

What can we learn from the Shirley Sherrod case? Who’s at fault and what is the fault line? Unemployment benefit extension was approved but at what cost? And BP and the Gulf oil spill aren’t over yet ... who’s really the responsible party here?

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Fox Fears

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The Prophet Palin

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One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Ethics Panel Finds Wrongdoing by Rangel, Sources Say

The House Ethics Committee isn’t known for throwing its own to the wolves, but word is that Rep. Charlie Rangel, the subject of a two-year investigation, could get slammed. (continued)

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


An Electoral Dry Run Down Under

It’s rare to see a dry run for an election campaign. But over the next month, Australia will provide a testing ground for some of the core themes in this November’s American elections.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

White House Apologizes for Firing ‘Injustice’

After it became painfully obvious that the White House had been played by conservatives, press secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the administration. Sherrod was forced to resign because of a video edited by conservative bloggers to distort her remarks on race.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Seth Wenig

Governator Picks Geena Davis for Women’s Rights Panel

She played a politician on TV, and now Geena Davis, who did a short stint as America’s first female president on “Commander in Chief,” is California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointee for the Golden State’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


Celebrity Cures All

Sarah Palin’s failed candidacy and her ascendance to the ranks of political celebrity were, it turns out, the best thing that could have happened to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Grinches Who Stole Summer

Thanks to the defection of the two relatively enlightened Republican senators from Maine and the quick replacement of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, unemployment checks that had been stalled for millions of American families since early June will soon resume. But for Republicans, it has been a defining issue that will haunt the party.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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