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Tory Lessons for Republicans

Britain’s Conservative Party has found a winning brand by reaching out to the left, while conservatives across the pond alienate voters with angry rhetoric and fringe positions.

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U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

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British Leaders Just Want to Party

British politicians waited 50 years to debate each other on television. Those clever Internet hooligans wasted no time mocking the results.

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AP / Bob Bird

Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Good Ol’ Days Before Anesthesia

Nevada’s leading Senate candidate, who wants to return to the barter system, makes Sarah Palin sound like an intellectual, but they share a nostalgia for a golden age that never was.

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AP / David Duprey

Racial Politics, Tea Party Style

We can infer that Lloyd Marcus may be winking at us—saying that African-American may still equal un-American. After all, if African-American actually meant American and if race didn’t matter, then Marcus wouldn’t have to make the gesture. Let’s think about it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Gordon Brown Caught Kvetching About ‘Bigoted’ Voter

After glad-handing a difficult voter who told of her concerns about immigration, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown retreated to the sanctity of his car, where he promptly described the woman as “bigoted.” Unfortunately for Brown, he was wearing a live microphone at the time.

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Unconventional Arizona

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Raw Video: Ukraine Parliament Smoke-Bomb-Egg-Fight

Here’s some footage to keep the dysfunction of U.S. politics in perspective. Our lawmakers may not agree on anything, they may be rude to the president and on the corporate take, but at least they have the decency to keep their eggs and smoke bombs at home.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Lawmakers Agree Not to Give Themselves a Raise

Following a similar gesture in the Senate, the House voted Tuesday to freeze members’ pay before an automatic raise could kick in. It adds up to only $1 million in savings, but it’s the politics that count in this election/recession year.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


Arizona’s Act of Vengeance

Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination—racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

When It Comes to War, Congress Is on Permanent Vacation

Judging by the lack of interest, involvement and oversight, it’s difficult not to conclude that Congress has largely taken a not-my-problem approach to America’s wars. (continued)

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


Rock Out With Your Schlock Out

Ambassador Tom and the Mortgaged Youth are sick and tired of your black president talking down to little girls and the Supreme Court. They just want their freedom back, America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Arizona’s Plain Old Politics

Even before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the racist, anti-immigrant SB 1070 into law Friday, the climate around the debate on immigration in that border state had been saturated by politics. Plain old politics.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


Titan Over Wall Street

Perhaps Obama could have scored more popularity points if he had ordered a few financiers to be led out of the Cooper Union auditorium in handcuffs.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Clinton’s Contrition

Whereas former presidents typically devote their retirements to history-revising legacy preservation, Bill Clinton is laudably doing the opposite—and the nation will, hopefully, benefit.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


It’s Time for Term Limits for U.S. Justices

Term limits could be a big improvement for the Supreme Court. Life tenure is a relic of a time when life was a lot shorter. 

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


4.5 Steps to Building a Better Filibuster

My approach on the filibuster is the same as Bill Clinton’s on affirmative action: mend it, don’t end it. Here are four and a half steps to a better filibuster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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What Apple’s Lost iPhone Says About Access Journalism

It goes like this: A 27-year-old Apple employee left what appears to be the next iPhone on a bar stool. Someone picked up the super-secret device and, long story short, sold it to a gadget blog. And thus a corporation’s highly sophisticated control over the journalists who cover it briefly and symbolically imploded. (continued)

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White House / Pete Souza, File

Obama Flies In to Give Sen. Boxer a Boost

The president didn’t mince words Monday during a Los Angeles fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s bid for re-election, warning “she might not win this thing.” One poll has Boxer about even with the competition, which has yet to be decided by state Republicans. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Eradication of Trust

American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and it’s not hard to understand why.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Margaret Bourke-White

Tea Party Financiers Owe Their Fortune to Josef Stalin

The members of the Koch family, America’s biggest financial backers of the tea party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



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George Washington Owes Library $300,000

The first president has accrued 220 years’ worth of late fees on two books he checked out from—and never returned to—a New York library. Washington borrowed “Law of Nations” and a collection of debate transcripts from the British Parliament. He is not expected to repay the debt.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Supreme Court Choice We Can Believe In

Imagine Eliot Spitzer without the baggage. Throw in an impeccable résumé and a knack for busting Wall Street and you’ve got the man Obama should nominate to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Journalism’s Parasites

It’s time to shame by name the access traders, double agents and watchdog turncoats destroying journalism for their own personal gain.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew Moeller

No Place to Fight a War

After five years and 42 American lives lost, the U.S. conquered three miles of the Korengal Valley. Now troops have been ordered to withdraw. It’s not just a metaphor, but a template for the whole war.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the Financial Crisis

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column, the financial meltdown and its enablers with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


The Supreme Court’s Audio Anxiety

In the age of Twitter and video-chats, the court apparently still finds that allowing the public to hear audio of its proceedings would be overly intrusive.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



No Way to Treat a Senator

There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason. There is something dangerous going on in the Republican Party when he is vilified for it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Clear and Pheasant Danger

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Son of a Breach

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What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court Obstruction

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"Scars of a Whipped Slave" / National Archives

The Confederacy Isn’t Something to Be Proud Of

Slavery wasn’t just “a bad thing,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently said in dismissing it. Littering is a bad thing. Slavery was this nation’s Original Sin, and the revisionists behind Confederate History Month should be ashamed.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Standoff on Unemployment Inches Toward Resolution

Four Republicans, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, broke ranks Monday to help Democrats move an extension of unemployment benefits forward. The Dow may be over 11,000 again, but real unemployment is hovering around 17 percent, close to an all-time high.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


He Has Excellent Posture

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Running Against Washington

Ohio’s U.S. Senate campaign offers an excellent preview of what this fall’s midterm elections will be like: Everyone in the race wants to be an outsider, everyone pledges to break with politics as usual, and everyone is talking about jobs.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Get Ready for a More Conservative Supreme Court

Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years to have a Democratic president appointing judges: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Iran Casts a Vote in Iraq

Shiite-dominated Iran has shifted its stance toward neighboring Iraq, backing Sunni inclusion in a new government in Baghdad and likely putting a damper on current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s attempts to shape the new government.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


What Are They Smoking in California?

There is record support for marijuana legalization, as more Americans see the drug war for what it really is. But framing the debate in terms of tax revenue is just bad politics.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Nuclear Weapons

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his column, nuclear weapons and President Obama with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Magic Mushrooms

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White House / Paul Morse

Americans Still Blame Bush for the Economy

The Harris Poll asked a couple of thousand Americans who, if they had to pick just one, was most to blame for the economic clusterfudge, and they chose George W. Bush, followed by Wall Street. Only 4 percent picked Fed Chair Ben Bernanke.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE



Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge: Karzai’s Alleged Drug Problem

Peter Galbraith, the former U.N. envoy who claims he was fired for trying to confront the election fraud in Afghanistan, says of Hamid Karzai: “In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.” (video after the jump)

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Invisible Ward 8

Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate these days.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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