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‘Super Committee’ Fails to Overcome Republican Dogma

There are people on the right capable of arithmetic, but anyone who calls for revenue out loud is branded a heretic in Republican circles, where tax cuts are not a matter of policy but of faith.

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The New York Times Refused to Print This Book’s Title

When publishers announced the forthcoming release of “Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush” in August, The New York Times ran a notice referring to the book only as a work “with an unprintable title.” (more)

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Money: All of It

As infographics go, this one, based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics, is poster-sized. But then that’s the whole point. See how the typical household income stacks up against the cost of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

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It’s Time to Occupy the Majority

Will the Occupy movement play into the hands of its enemies by living up to the stereotypes they are trying to create? Or will it instead move to a new phase that builds on its success?

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Newt’s Parade

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Super Committee Gun

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GOP Candidates

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Wall Street Arrests

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Not-So-Super Committee

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Occupy Congress

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New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich

All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Cabinet Officials Raise ‘Gray Area’ Cash for Obama

Skirting good ethics and the law of the land, White House Cabinet officials are touring the nation on behalf of President Obama’s campaign fundraising machine, which has already taken in more cash than all the Republican presidential candidates combined and nearly three times as much as the president’s richest competitor, Mitt Romney. (more)

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Where Does Occupy Go From Here?

The program to oust the Occupy Wall Street movement from its sites of occupation is now under way. The Occupied, who own the police, have grown tired of the Occupation.

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Pull Over Before You Watch This Herman Cain Train Wreck

It’s a simple question: “So you agree with President Obama on Libya, or not?” But the answer makes Rick Perry sound like Socrates. Reality check: This man is tied in first place for the Republican nomination.

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Super Committee Thanksgiving

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The Nonsense Debate

Don’t laugh too hard at Rick Perry for his mortifying episode of brain-lock at Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidates’ debate. His opponents managed to remember their lines, but didn’t do any better at making sense.

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It Seems Wall Street Is Occupying Us

The good news of the day is that Bill Moyers is coming back to television next January. The bad news is that Coca-Cola seems to be winning its battle to fill the Grand Canyon with empty plastic bottles.

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Rick Perry Will Get Rid of Government ... as Soon as He Remembers Which Part

Rick Perry is becoming the reason to watch the Republican debates. Here he struggles to remember the third government department he would eliminate. After naming Commerce and Education, the Texas governor is forced to give up.

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The Right Wing’s 2011 Shellacking

This week’s elections around the country were brought to you by the word “overreach,” specifically conservative overreach.

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Peter Z. Scheer

Occupy Wall Street Organizer Puts L.A. in the Hot Seat

Everyone moves to Los Angeles eventually, so it was only a matter of time before the epicenter of the occupation movement, which has shifted at times between New York and Oakland, would find its way to La-La Land. David DeGraw, who is said to have coined “we are the 99 percent” and was among the first campers in Zuccotti Park, told ... (more)

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China Censors Search for ‘Occupy’

The search term “Occupy” is now banned in China; online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past; and a new app called Bully Button protects children but it might just be another Big Brother act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Cain Gropes

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American Taliban

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The War Against the Poor

We’ve been at war for decades now—not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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What About Newt Gingrich?

Republicans are still looking for a non-Romney to carry their banner into the White House, and although Herman Cain appears to be weathering numerous sexual harassment allegations with ease, a new poll shows a certain amphibian nipping at his heels. (more)

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Reed Kennedy (CC-BY-SA)

Obama the Underdog

Stat geek Nate Silver examined approval ratings, economic indicators and the ideological zeal of the opposition and compared those factors to campaign history. His conclusion is that President Obama is “a slight underdog” to win re-election. (more)

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White House / Pete Souza

The Politics of the Heavenly and Unheavenly

We have embarked on yet another presidential campaign in which religion will play an important role without any agreement over what the ground rules for that engagement should be.

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The Ideal Candidate

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Holidays Economy

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Herman Cain Explains

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The Supercommittee

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GOP Jobs Plan

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Mitt Harasses

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Palestine Becomes a Full Member of UNESCO

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The Mitt Might Not Fit

The Republican Party’s inevitable decision to nominate Mitt Romney for president is starting to look evitable after all.

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Equal Time

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Do No Harm

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Matt Taibbi Tells Michael Bloomberg to Sex Himself

The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” (more)

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AP / Noah Berger

99 Percenters Shut Down Port of Oakland

It’s one of the nation’s busiest ports, but Wednesday night the giant cranes that inspired the imperial war machines of “The Empire Strikes Back” sat idle after thousands of marchers forced a halt to commerce. A day earlier we learned that Iraq veteran Scott Olsen lay injured only two blocks from ambulances and rescue personnel ... (more) Updated

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Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

American Decline Is Crushing the Middle Class

Only 21 percent of all respondents in a new poll think the lives of their children will be better than their own.

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Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

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Vote Cain

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Corporationless

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One Nation, Gone Awry

The theme of most political and social commentary is that things are more complicated than you think. For once, I wish to write that things are simpler than you think.

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Job Creation Republicans Will Support

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Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Class Struggle

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK, the columnists had an in-depth discussion about the Occupy movement and the ruling class, which Hedges said is “totally divorced from what’s happening.”

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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Class Struggle

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK, the columnists had an in-depth discussion about the Occupy movement and the ruling class, which Hedges said is “totally divorced from what’s happening.”

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

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U.S. Makes UNESCO Pay for Admitting Palestinians

Israeli Ambassador Nimrod Barkan huffed and puffed after his country’s Palestinian colony was admitted into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday. Washington, bound by law, promised to cut off all U.S. funding for the organization, whose mission “is to contribute to the building of peace.” (more)

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