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How Pussy Riot Helps Putin

The Pussy Riot case has become an international PR disaster for the Russian government, but domestically Russia’s conservative majority is rallying behind Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE


Blaming the Victim, Again

At least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party’s alleged “war on women” was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin didn’t get the memo.

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Todd Akin Apologizes, Krugman Calls Out Ryanomics, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Mitt Romney may be hiding in his tax returns and Fox News’ coverage of a controversial “legitimate rape” comment by Rep. Todd Akin, shown above.

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The Skinny on GOP Trip to the Holy Land

Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming—at least one of them in the nude (that’s him pictured)—during a “fact-finding” trip to Israel last year.

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Todd Akin: Women Can’t Get Pregnant From ‘Legitimate Rape’

Some conservatives are asking for the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri to step down over outrageous remarks on rape and abortion.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


No Fair

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Oh Henry

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Get Real

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GOP Attacks Biden

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Attack Ads

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Romney Plans for Presidency, Touré Apologizes for N-Word Use, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s budget hurts the poor and Geraldo Rivera’s latest controversy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Who Is Paul Ryan?

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party mythology, Ryan is a messianic John Galt who will save America from a secret socialist conspiracy.

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Voodoo Economics Still Isn’t a Plan

By naming Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has endorsed what used to be known as “voodoo economics”—and restored that special brand of Republican superstition to the center of national debate.

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‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Skewers Sarah Palin

Jon Stewart poked fun at one of his favorite targets on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night. Stewart ripped into Sarah Palin for saying that she couldn’t think of any prominent Republicans who talk the way liberals do.

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Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

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Paul Ryan’s Secret Weapon

Contrary to Democrats’ hopes, Mitt Romney’s choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for his running mate might not be such good news for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan: A Man With a Plan, From the Fiscal to the Physical

The floundering Romney campaign was thrown a life ring of sorts last week, from aboard the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned US Navy vessel based in Norfolk, Virginia.

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How Ryanization Threatens the GOP

There is the idea of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, and then there is the reality.

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Romney Ruin

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Paul Ryan

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Romney-Ryan Windmills

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Pennsylvania Judge Refuses to Block Voter ID Law

Democracy in action? More like democracy inaction. A Pennsylvania judge said he would not halt a strict new voter identification law that critics say could effectively disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of the population and disproportionally affect the young, the elderly and the poor in the state’s urban areas.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Supply Side Economics

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Adorable

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Swift Boat Reborn: Group Shames Obama for Bin Laden Bragging

It’s the biggest feather in the president’s re-election cap: the confirmed killing of America’s most wanted criminal. But a new group plans to air commercials diminishing the president’s role in Osama bin Laden’s assassination.

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Romney and Ryan Project Vague Foreign Policy

Foreign affairs will be the most important issue of all to address as the United States staggers forward into the void, yet the matter will seldom appear in what’s left of the presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

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Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan Not Qualified, Gabby Giffords’ Latest Milestone and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Romney hypocrisy about tax returns and Sarah Palin’s Republican National Convention announcement.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Criminalizing Dissent

The very name of the law itself—the Homeland Battlefield Bill—suggests the totalitarian credo of endless war waged against enemies within “the homeland” as well as those abroad.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan Hearts Jon Stewart

Count Paul Ryan among the legions of Jon Stewart admirers in the U.S. While it’s unclear just how much Ryan actually watches “The Daily Show,” what is clear is the vice presidential contender is on the record as having called Stewart the funniest man in America.

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Mitt’s Secret

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Romney’s Theorist

In the late 1960s and ’70s, liberals ran into trouble because they were easily mocked as impractical ideologues with excessive confidence in their own moral righteousness.

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Marvelous Romney and Ryan

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Romney Loves Paul Ryan

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Texting Instead of Driving?

It seems young people are more interested in buying iPhones than automobiles these days; Central American families with links to death squads helped Mitt Romney fund Bain Capital; and Jill Stein, the presidential nominee for the Green Party, went to jail for protesting home foreclosures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


Leg

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Reid’s Romney Source, Maddow Demands AP Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings including Mitt Romney’s new campaign strategy and a key Obama campaign adviser makes his VP prediction.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


Can Government Create Jobs or Not?

For most of President Obama’s term, Republicans have ignored the millions of jobs the Congressional Budget Office says the 2009 stimulus legislation created and instead argued that the government is incapable of boosting employment. Now the same GOP is barnstorming the country telling us the government can, in fact, create jobs—lots of them.

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Romney on Mars

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Do-Nothing Congress Olympics

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Ryan VP Buzz, Romney’s ‘War on Religion’ Charge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new tax defense from Mitt Romney and what is possibly the most ridiculous claim ever about President Obama.

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Voter Suppression

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Bain Capital’s Death Squad Ties, Limbaugh Talks Fluke (Again), and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Clinton ripping Mitt Romney and details on the extremist views of the victor of Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary in Missouri.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Fundraiser

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Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Blasts Fox’s Judith Miller for Hypocrisy

If it’s a case of hypocrisy involving a Fox News personality, Jon Stewart is on the case.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Catch-22, ‘Romney Hood’ vs. ‘Obamaloney,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more speculation on Romney’s running mate and sh*t that Rep. Allen West says.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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The Same Second Class

As Gloria Steinem said not too long ago, LGBT rights and women’s rights “are completely the same thing.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE


Warring Over Tax Returns

Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE


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