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Secession Proposal Would Create a Republican California

By the Los Angeles Times’ count, there have been more than 220 attempts to divide California, and all have failed. A new proposal by a Temecula politician would split off the conservative counties south and east of Los Angeles to form a Republican-dominated South California that would be home to 13 million people (minus those who flee after secession). (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Robin Hood in Reverse

The internal American debate may be said to center around how much to rob the poor, and how much to enrich the rich.

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Pablo Manriquez (CC-BY-ND)

Forget Congress, Alan Grayson Should Pull a Palin

Every progressive’s favorite loudmouth is running to reclaim his seat in the House of Representatives, where he wants to fight Democratic “appeasement” of Republicans. Alan Grayson told Talking Points Memo, “It’s exactly like I said, the Republican health care plan: Don’t get sick. ... The Republican unemployment plan ... (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Something to Squawk About

The truth is that Democrats have made clear they are open to a compromise deal on budget cuts and revenue increases. Republicans have made clear they are not.

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Elephant Trunks

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Thirst

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Washington Dysfunction: A Scorecard

Here’s why getting to a deal on the debt ceiling is so complicated.

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What If Jesse Jackson Had Been the First Black President?

A group of rhetoric scholars once got together and decided that Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Democratic National Convention speech is the 12th most significant address of the 20th century, behind the words of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, among others.

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Eddy (CC-BY-ND)

WikiLeaks, Wimbledon and War

Last Saturday, Julian Assange joined me and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek for a public conversation about WikiLeaks, the power of information and the importance of transparency in democracies.

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White House / Pete Souza

Calling the GOP’s Bluff

Obama’s in-your-face attitude seems to have thrown Republicans off their stride. They thought all they had to do was convince everyone that they were crazy enough to force an unthinkable default on the nation’s financial obligations. Now they have to wonder whether Obama is crazy enough to let them.

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Newt’s Fireworks

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Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President

“You have millions of people who say run, run, run,” Nader said. “Then you put yourself out there and find they are voting for Obama.”

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Associated Press / Sakchai Lalit

Hey Thai Government, This Girl Just Kicked Your Ass

Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to become Thailand’s first female prime minister after her opposition party won an outright majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself prime minister until 2006 when a military coup forced him into exile. (more)

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Debt Ceiling Negotiations

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Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

Defending the Supremely Powerful

The United States Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.

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What California’s Devastating Budget Says About Democrats

Truthdig political reporter Bill Boyarsky explains why Michele Bachmann could win Iowa, tells us about Mitt Romney’s advantage and says “The impact of [California’s] budget is going to be felt negatively for generations.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


Greece and EU Attempt to Avoid Disastrous Default

Athens in recent days has experienced continuing popular protest, sporadically violent, against the economic austerity program demanded of Greece by the IMF.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



Freedom to Marry (CC-BY)

California Passes $86 Billion Budget Without New Taxes

Californians made it easier for their lawmakers to pass a budget, but you might not be able to tell from all the drama. Perhaps you heard that Gov. Jerry Brown (above) vetoed a budget passed by his own party, Republicans managed to block voters from approving new taxes and the state controller stopped paying legislators. (more)

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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

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Tick Tick Tick

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Blago Guilty

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Game of Thrones

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The Ruinous Rant of John McCain

The decline of the Grand Old Party into an angry mob is gaining momentum, with crackpot rage displacing common sense on every major issue from public finance to marriage rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


Huntsman: Yes, He Might

Here are the key questions about Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy: Is he the American version of David Cameron? And is the Republican Party ready for a Cameron moment?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



Basheer Tome (CC-BY)

Commencement Day for a Lost Generation

The country my generation is passing on to my son and his peers is a mean-spirited place of global warming, class warfare and diminishing expectations, where the top 1 percent of households own nearly 35 percent of all privately held wealth and the “bottom” 80 percent lays claim to less than half that.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Small Government

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-ND)

Meet Michele Bachmann

What is the most frequent question I’ve been asked recently? “What is it with Michele Bachmann’s 23 foster children?”

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When You Wish Upon a Star

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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks

Obama Is Wrong on War Powers

Let’s be honest: President Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Anonymous and LulzSec Join Forces

Two groups of cyber-rabble-rousers whose members already may share a synergistic relationship are teaming up to do their hacktivism in tandem, and on Monday LulzSec and Anonymous kicked off their “AntiSec” campaign with an auspicious first target.

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What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



Bill S (CC-BY-ND)

Rigging the 2012 Election

An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE


Washington’s Deeper Immorality

While the well-deserved departure of Anthony Weiner draws rapt attention in our tabloid nation, the depredations of less colorful but more powerful politicians go unnoticed, so long as no genitalia are involved.

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For Weiner, There Was No Escaping the Obvious

It’s an irony of the modern age that the most devastating kind of sex scandal, at least for politicians, doesn’t involve actual sex.

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Michele Bachmann Makes Dubya Look Good

Perhaps I should thank the current crop of Republican presidential candidates for providing me with an experience I never, ever expected to have: During this week’s debate in New Hampshire, I had a moment of nostalgia for George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


Every Tom, Dick and Hillary

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Not Much of a Debate

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Front and (Too) Center

Like Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and quite a few others who never got to be president, Mitt Romney has the misfortune of being an early front-runner.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

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Tweet for Help

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When You’re Right, You’re Right

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The Party of Righteous Indignation

Congressional Democratic leaders are far less tolerant of corruption in their own ranks than their opponents, whose tacit acceptance of all brands of turpitude is boggling.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Gingrich’s Campaign Gets Up and Walks Away

In a bizarre political development, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has been abandoned by his entire executive staff, including his campaign manager, chief strategist, spokesman and the directors of his Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina campaigns. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Pete Simon (CC-BY)

Tweeting Our Way to Oblivion

Do we really need to encourage politicians to limit their thoughts to 140 characters or make them think we want the same details about their lives that we expect from pop stars and marquee athletes?

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



‘Patriotic Millionaires’ Want Higher Taxes

A group of millionaires is calling on Washington to raise taxes on the wealthy for the good of the economy (“Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they’re the result of a robust economy”) and their fellow Americans (“We shouldn’t be wallowing in our riches while everybody else is suffering”).

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Politicians Are Different From You and Me

Under our system, politicians are not chosen by "the people" or the "bosses" or the media. They are self-selected.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



Marc Nozell (CC-BY)

Where Are They Now: Corporate Democrat Edition

Birch Evans “Evan” Bayh III, darling of conservative Democrats, left the Senate to find “better ways to serve my fellow citizens.” So far he has signed on as a Fox News contributor and Chamber of Commerce lobbyist. (more)

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


Tricky Dick

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Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Canary in the GOP Coal Mine

In an age of media flying circuses where you never know who is running for president and who is just trying to boost book sales and speaking fees, Mitt Romney did it the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


No Need to Demagogue the Ryan Plan

Republicans who invented “death panels” out of whole cloth and insisted, falsely, that Obama’s health proposal was nothing but a “government takeover” have a lot of nerve complaining about the “demagoguery” against Rep. Paul Ryan.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


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