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Government Is the Solution

Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things.

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Republican Thieves

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Questions on Greece

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EDC 2012: Meet the New Electorate

I spent Friday night in Las Vegas with an estimated 115,000 young people at the country’s biggest dance party. They were there to have fun. I was there to annoy them with questions. Surprisingly, every single baby-faced millennial I talked to was registered to vote and planned to cast his or her ballot in the next election.

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Better Place

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American Cyberwar on Iran

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Major Endorsement for Romney, Florida Voter Purge Over and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an endorsement from Rand Paul (above), Obama’s “gift” to Republicans and Jon Stewart’s take on efforts in New York to criminalize soda and decriminalize pot.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


California Voter Apathy

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Obama’s Confederate Marriage Policy

Obama has not changed his long held position that each state still has the right to be an experimental station for or against marital equality, though most states now have some form of legal ban against gay marriage.

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The Invisible Man

Mitt Romney fakes to the center, although his ultimate policy goal is on the right, dismantling the safety net, wiping out the health care law and assuring the wealthy of continued low taxes. Or is it? What does he really believe?

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

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Drowning

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Country for Sale

The word "takeaway" was first used in 1961, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. And then it was about Chinese restaurants. Now it is about everything, including elections.

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What Wisconsin Taught Us

The left will make a big mistake if it ignores the lessons of the failed recall of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. The right will make an even bigger error if it allows the Wisconsin results to feed its inclination toward winner-take-all politics.

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Wisconsin Exit Poll Surprise, Romney Email Hack and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Wisconsin exit polls, President Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the slap heard ’round the Badger State.

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‘Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Mocks Scott Walker Recall Coverage

Leave it to Jon Stewart to point out the absurdity of the election coverage surrounding the attempt in Wisconsin to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “The Daily Show” host turned his acerbic wit on the cable news pundits for their assessment of what was at stake.

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Clinton Backs Bush Tax Cuts in the Short Term (Video)

While President Obama says he would like to extend tax cuts only for the middle class, former President Bill Clinton is advocating a full extension of cuts, including those benefiting the wealthy, for political and economic reasons.

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AP/Morry Gash

Wisconsin Election Results: Scott Walker Survives

Multiple news outlets have called the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election for Scott Walker. By winning the election Tuesday night, the Republican became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt that reached the ballot.

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Birther

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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

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AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

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AP/Mohammad Sajjad

Poking Holes in Pakistan

U.S. officials are awfully chuffed over the ability to reach out and bomb someone—most recently it’s maybe, possibly, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi and at least four others. Pakistani complaints about a flurry of drone strikes in the last two weeks are falling on deaf ears.

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‘Sesame Street’ Songs Used to Torture Inmates

To make inmates in Guantanamo Bay divulge information, guards play “Sesame Street” songs; studies are attempting to show that people can suffer from a clinical addiction to Facebook; meanwhile, the Catholic Church is looking into the Girl Scouts for their ties to organizations that promote safe sex. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE


Confession

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Will Wisconsin Governor Survive Recall Election?

Scott Walker is looking to do what no other U.S. governor has ever done: keep his office after a recall election. Walker is just the third governor to face a recall ballot in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Stevens Sees Eventual Collapse of Citizens United Ruling

Will Citizens United stand the test of time? John Paul Stevens, the former Supreme Court justice who led the dissent in the court’s highly controversial decision that eased restrictions on corporate donations in political campaigns, thinks the answer is “no.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore

Louisiana Moving to Privatize Education

After attempts to partially privatize Social Security under President George W. Bush proved fruitless, Republicans have taken aim at the next government-run industry they would like to see move from the public sector to the private: education.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Impeach the Supreme Court?

Michael Dukakis, the three-time governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic candidate for president, has the guts to say it.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



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A Campaign Without Ideology: Profile of a Unicorn

What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like?

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Julian Assange Faces Justice

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John Edwards Verdict

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Gage Skidmore

Florida Harks Back to 2000 Election With Latest Voter Purge

Florida is no stranger to voting controversies. Remember Bush v. Gore in 2000? That’s why it is both puzzling and troublesome that the state would once again attempt to undermine the voting process—and in effect democracy itself—in a rather nefarious fashion.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Criticizes Obama After Weak Jobs Report Spurs Stock Market Sell-Off

Jittery investors now have even more to worry about after a disappointing May jobs report slammed Wall Street on Friday, wiping out the entire gains for the stock market this year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 275 points, or 2.2 percent. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 were also down, dropping 2.8 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

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U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

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Do-Nothing Congress

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Romney Plays His Trump Card

Donald Trump has said he would be “open” to accepting a Cabinet post if Mitt Romney becomes president. Don’t laugh.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



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John Edwards Gets Off

Maybe justice really is blind. Despite one poll rating his favorability at 3 percent, a jury Thursday set two-time presidential candidate and scandal magnet John Edwards free.

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Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Why Cory Booker Got Bain Capital So Wrong

Cory Booker’s emotional televised plea to “stop attacking private equity” may have been the single greatest service he could perform for the Romney campaign.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


The Stakes in the Walker Recall

Gov. Scott Walker is not being challenged because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Trump’s Pie Hole

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Pants on Fire Romney

There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there’s Mitt Romney.

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What’s That Smell?

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The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Give ’Em Hell Barry

Progressives have yearned for President Obama to follow Harry Truman’s strategy from the 1948 campaign by giving his Republican opponents hell. Now that Obama is doing just that, his critics say he’s not looking presidential.

Posted on May 27, 2012 READ MORE


Why Bain Questions Matter

Who are the dastardly enemies of free enterprise who decided to make an issue of Mitt Romney’s tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital? Er, those would be his fellow Republicans.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



Talk Radio News Service

Schumer ‘Appalled’ by Conservative Reaction to Tax-Dodger Bill

Sen. Chuck Schumer is ripping conservatives for their response to legislation he co-sponsored that would punish those who renounce their citizenship to avoid paying taxes. The bill was introduced after Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin gave up his U.S. citizenship right before he was expected to earn billions from the company’s much anticipated IPO.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



M.V. Jantzen

Poll: Same-Sex Marriage Likely to Be Upheld in Maryland

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows that a referendum to keep Maryland’s law allowing same-sex marriage, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, is likely to pass.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

Do the Bain Hustle

President Obama is to be applauded for questioning Mitt Romney’s legacy, although his motives seem to be as opportunistic as those of Romney’s opponents in the Republican primaries who took the same tack.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


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