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One Last Christmas Wish

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Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE


Hobson’s Choice

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Taibbi and Olbermann Talk Money and Politics

In this clip from Thursday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Rolling Stone’s provocateur du jour, Matt Taibbi, weighs in on a decision by the Montana Supreme Court that could deal a substantial blow to the notorious Citizens United SCOTUS ruling of 2010, which represents at least one issue around which some conservatives and progressives can rally for change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE


Overdose

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Obama Avoids Alignment With Israel Against Iran

Obama dodges Netanyahu’s attempts to suck the U.S. into a war against Iran; Stephen Colbert’s many fictional faces are interfering with real world politics; meanwhile, the Argentine LGBT community is combatting the country’s deep-rooted stereotypes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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10 American ABCs We May Soon Forget

Here are 10 current words and phrases that my kid may never know because they might end up as relics of a lost vernacular, starting with “civil liberties.”

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On to New Hampshire

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Mitt Wins

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Bye Bye Bachmann

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Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

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Santorum, Huntsman and the Future of Conservatism

If the Republicans want to have a genuinely searching debate about the future of their party, they’d send Santorum and Huntsman off for the long fight.

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Dough Boy

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AP / Charlie Riedel

Mitt Romney Beats Rick Santorum by 8 Votes

11:34 p.m. Pacific: The Republicans of Iowa just settled it: Mitt Romney wins, beating Rick Santorum (pictured) by a mere eight votes, the smallest margin ever in the caucuses.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ron Paul’s Popularity a Sign of a War-Weary America

The clear crossover vote-getter issue on which Ron Paul has differed from the rest of the candidate crowd is war: his hostility to the commitment of both Democratic and Republican administrations to prosecuting undeclared war in the Middle East, South Asia and elsewhere.

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A ‘Fuck You’ From Iowa

The caucuses have a lot of us fizzy-water-drinking cognoscenti chortling about those backward Iowans with their reactionary conservatives and simpleton farmers. This guy would like to set the record straight.

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Iowa and USA Voters

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AP / Dmitry Lovetsky

The Puzzling Presidential Candidacy of Mikhail Prokhorov

Representing oligarchs, playboys and the NBA, the billionaire is an unlikely candidate for president, but his and other campaigns may manage to embarrass Russia’s most powerful man.

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Rupert Murdoch Is on Twitter and It’s Weird

During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous - and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.” (more)

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Are You Experienced?

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Abe Novy (CC-BY)

Norman Lear Is a ‘Born Again American’

He fought a war against Hitler, gave us some of the best television ever and founded People for the American Way, so Norman Lear knows something about getting the job done. In this stirring editorial, the producer challenges us to get on board the Occupy train and fight for the American dream.

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Chris Hedges Lays It All Out

C-SPAN goes in-depth with Chris Hedges during this three-hour interview, probing the author’s entire body of work. It is a comprehensive and fascinating discussion with one of the most important reporters on what he characterizes as our collapsing corporate empire. Hedges’ column returns next Monday.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE


New Year’s

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2011

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Joe Crimmings (CC-BY-ND)

Extravagant Hopes of 2008 Haunt Obama in 2012

Four years ago this week, a young and inspirational senator who promised to turn history’s page swept the Iowa caucuses and began his irresistible rise to the White House.

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Matt Market (CC-BY)

Could Ron Paul Be the Next Ralph Nader?

Even as Barack Obama gradually climbs in national polls, more than a handful of the president’s once-ardent admirers suddenly seem more attracted to Ron Paul.

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Occupy Targets Obama

Occupy Des Moines protesters decide it’s high time to occupy the Democratic headquarters, and they won’t be the last; Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” gets more viewers than Fox News; and one of America’s most visible poets fell out of grace thanks to a racist poem. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Liberty Detained

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Clay Junell (CC-BY-SA)

Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Riedel

Marginalizing Ron Paul

Paul is being denigrated as a presidential contender even though on the vital issues of the economy, war and peace, and civil liberties, he has made the most sense of the Republican candidates.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney and the Art of Unpredictable Predictability

No matter what happens in Iowa, Mitt Romney has a safety net in New Hampshire. And that could rank as the year’s most perilous sentence.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Everything’s Coming Up Romney

Although Ron Paul leads in some polls and Rick Santorum of all people has started to gain steam, CNN has Mitt Romney winning the Iowa caucuses. A win in Iowa could make Romney’s nomination appear inevitable, as he holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the New Hampshire primary.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


Greetings From Newt-Hampshire

Let’s hope Newt Gingrich bought his New Hampshire volunteers a tuning fork for Christmas.

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Baby New Year

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Iraq Wound

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Illustration from a photo byLudovic Bertron (CC-BY)

A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

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Shades of Boehner

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Over-Caucused

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Benefits From Republican Civil War

Finally. After a year of artful camouflage and concealment, Republicans let us glimpse the rift between establishment pragmatists and tea party ideologues. There may be hope for the republic after all.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



Tweet of the Day: Attack of the Drones

Today’s best tweet comes from Fire Tom Friedman (@firetomfriedman), who says: “I agree that racist newsletters & sexual harassment should disqualify candidates. But so should killing kids with drones.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Bigots and Billionaires in Ron Paul’s Orbit

What is it about the kindly old doctor that attracts some of the most violent and reactionary elements in society to his banner?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Iowa Chaos

Is Rick Santorum the next non-Romney to emerge from the pack? Could he conceivably win Iowa?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

’Tis The Season of Fake Outrage

It’s a holiday tradition. Every December, with media charlatans turning the key, the fake outrage machine rumbles back to life.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Keystone / Peter Schneider

On to the Next ‘Bubble Fantasy’

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s tortured obit this week on the official end of the neocolonialist disaster that has been the Iraq occupation reminds one that the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner often gets it wrong.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

History Tells Us Not to Dismiss a Democratic Challenge to Obama

A week ago, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine wrote that President Barack Obama, through expedient political compromises, has lost the moral authority that an American president must command, and therefore has lost his right to a second presidential term.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from a photo by Andrew Kuchling (CC-BY)

Krugman Deems PolitiFact ‘Useless and Irrelevant’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com is supposed to be a neutral referee in the mendacious political arena, but a decision to side with Republicans on 2011’s “Lie of the Year” has Paul Krugman pronouncing the fact-checking organization dead. (more)

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas

Dennis Kucinich on the NDAA and ‘War Without End’

Last week Rep. Dennis Kucinich addressed the House of Representatives on the National Defense Authorization Act.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



Eric Kilby (CC-BY-SA)

Do We Want Mitt Romney Answering the ‘3 A.M.’ Call?

It’s late at night when the phone rings at the White House: Kim Jong Il, the ruthless, oddball dictator of nuclear-armed North Korea, is dead.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ron Paul Projected to Win Iowa

Stat whiz Nate Silver is currently projecting Ron Paul to win the Iowa caucuses. Mitt Romney trails by 24 points in Silver’s projection as of this posting.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and the Revenge of the Base

It is one of the true delights of a bizarrely entertaining Republican presidential contest to watch the apoplectic fear and loathing of so many GOP establishmentarians toward Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


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