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Half-Glass Study Group

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Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE    


Rudy Cross-Dresses for Votes

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Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Weak Labor’s Strong Clout

The American labor movement is divided on which candidate to support for president. Its membership is at one of its lowest ebbs in our history. And yet the nation’s unions are more politically influential today than they were in the movement’s heyday in the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Craig Cries Uncle

Sen. Larry Craig, whose alleged shenanigans in a Minnesota airport have captured national attention, announced he will resign at the end of the month. He is likely to be replaced by a fellow Republican, whom the governor of Idaho will appoint.

Posted on Sep 1, 2007 READ MORE


Don’t Ask, Don’t Kvell

Yes, it’s hypocritical when a member of the “family values” party gets caught stepping out on his spouse or tapping toes in a restroom, but politicians of all stripes should be allowed to destroy their marriages in peace.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


Condi Gets Her Man

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Craig Goes Down the Tubes

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Bush to Visit Congressional ATM

The White House plans to ask for an additional $50 billion to fund the troop “surge” in Iraq. That may seem like peanuts when you consider the $607 billion in annual Defense Department and Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental funds, but it’s a sign that the administration is politically confident it can extend the surge through next spring. Plus, it’s money that could be used for something silly, like building schools.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


Abu Ghraib: One of Al’s Claims to Fame

It was among the worst nightmares of U.S. history, and it sprang from the brutal thinking that Attorney General Gonzales trafficked in.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig

Sen. Craig: ‘I Am Not Gay’

The Idaho senator who was arrested on charges of committing a lewd act in a Minnesota airport apologizes for the scandal but emphatically denies that he is gay: “Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay.” For the record, if a movie is ever made of this fiasco, Craig simply has to be played by John Lithgow.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki Doesn’t Deserve All the Blame

Maybe the Iraqi prime minister should just enter our primaries next year and Americans could vote up or down on whether he should remain in office.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Reality: America Isn’t Conservative

As Karl Rove exits stage right with his ruined dreams of rightist hegemony, all the political signs and portents tell us that America is turning the other way.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Politics Down Under

One of George Bush’s staunchest allies in the war is facing stiff competition at home. Australian Prime Minister John Howard is currently losing in the polls to a dynamic opponent in a political battle that could foreshadow the American election.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


Follow the Taxpayer’s Money

McClatchy: “Top Commerce and Treasury Departments officials appeared with Republican candidates and doled out millions in federal money in battleground congressional districts and states after receiving White House political briefings detailing GOP election strategy.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Pakistani Drag Diva Tells It Like It Is

Here are some words to the wise for the U.S. government from a unique Pakistani media figure:  introducing (for some of us, at least) Begum Nawazish Ali, nee Ali Saleem, a drag queen who interviews politicians and celebrities in character—and colorful finery—as “Begum Sahiba” on Pakistan’s AAJ Television.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


One-Trick Elephant

The corpse has a pulse. Or at least the Bush White House and congressional Republicans are counting on the predictable thump, thump, thump about taxes to resuscitate themselves.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


A Master of Division

Not long after Americans stood united against terrorism, they had solidified into camps that spewed invective at each other. One of the main reasons for that change was Karl Rove.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


Rove Leaves Behind a Grateful Party

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Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


Charisma Isn’t Everything

Karl Rove set out to build an eternal Republican majority. In the end, he managed two terms for a mediocre president.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


Rove’s Sad Legacy

Buh-bye, Karl Rove. On your way out of the White House, don’t let the screen door hit you where the dog should have bit you.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Political Danger in Turkey

Turkey’s Abdullah Gul says he will once again run for the presidency, which could lead to a crisis in the politically and religiously complex nation. Turkey’s avowedly secular military has already announced its willingness to intervene should Gul win the post, because of his Islamist background.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Rove Resigns

Karl Rove has announced his intention to resign at the end of August, saying simply, “I just think it’s time.” The man who came to be known as “Bush’s brain” has been widely held responsible for both the president’s electoral successes and the nation’s deep divisions.

Posted on Aug 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Honeymoon May Be Over for Ron Paul

Ron Paul may have soured his antiwar appeal among progressives with a speech Saturday at the Iowa straw poll. Paul referred to Roe v. Wade as “that horrible ruling,” called for the abolition of the Departments of Energy and Education and the IRS, and attacked welfare and immigrants. But the most bizarre moment came when he suggested airline passengers should be allowed to carry guns.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney won the Republican straw poll in Iowa on Saturday by a wide margin, but his victory was tempered by the conspicuous absence of the other big names in the campaign: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, turned heads with a surprising second-place finish. Tommy Thompson said previously he would drop out of the race if he didn’t get second or better. He placed sixth.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Richardson: Being Gay Is a Choice

Gov. Bill Richardson dropped a bomb in what was billed as the first gay debate on Thursday, saying of homosexuality, “It’s a choice,” which is for gays the equivalent of saying there was no Holocaust. Melissa Etheridge was so perplexed by his response that she cut him off to say, “I don’t know if you understand the question.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


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The Worst Candidate Websites

Cracked.com has a review of the candidates’ websites, including “awkward attempts at hipness” and “weirdest moments.” John McCain’s virtual outpost, for example, won this critique: “The main image from the pre-site landing page essentially says, ‘Welcome to the online obituary for the late Senator John McCain.’ ”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Punt on National Security

Some lawmakers were furious over the administration’s actions regarding a surveillance bill, but in the end members of the majority party in Congress caved in under political pressure.

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP’s Big Health Scare

Listening to the Republican candidates for president warn against “socialized medicine,” you might believe that national health insurance is really a plot to institute Soviet rule in the United States.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


N.Y. Council Considers ‘Bitch’ Ban

Emboldened by its decision to outlaw the “N-word,” the New York City Council is now setting its sights on another slur: bitch.  According to The New York Times, this latest semantic crusade, headed up by Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, is drawing supporters who think the word falls squarely within the bounds of hate speech.  Detractors believe it can be used with benign—even affectionate—inflections.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


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sethapartner.com

Obama Downplays Clinton’s Gain

Barack Obama’s campaign reached out to supporters on Monday, attempting to downplay national polls that show Hillary Clinton gaining more of a lead. Campaign manager David Plouffe said Obama is still doing well in the key primary states, despite a seven-point bump nationally for Hillary.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats Grip and Grin With the Bloggers

If you can’t get enough of Democrats fighting over who is least Bush-like, check out the Largest Minority’s roundup and critique of the YearlyKos debate.

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE


House Gets Busy Over the Weekend

A flurry of legislative activity over the weekend left a mixed bag of progress and surrender. While the House voted to require clean-energy standards for the first time and cut oil industry tax breaks, enough Democrats caved to the White House to pass the president’s preferred FISA rule changes.

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE


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The Last Days of Democracy

Truthdig speaks with Elliot Cohen, author of “The Last Days of Democracy,” who argues that the United States is in political and cultural decline, with media and telecommunications giants engaged in “a well-organized effort to hijack America.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


The Partisan Trailblazers

Perhaps you missed it, but Wednesday was the 19th anniversary of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. Limbaugh was celebrating his ripe old age, in media years, on the same week that liberal blog fans were trekking to Chicago for the YearlyKos convention. Therein lies one of the most important stories in American politics.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


The Unflappable Speaker

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the demeanor of someone who leads a Congress suffering from the worst public disapproval in contemporary polling history.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Impeaching Alberto Gonzales

While politicians of both parties have repeatedly denounced Alberto Gonzales for public mendacity and abuse of office, a few of them finally have stepped up to do what must be done.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


An Absurd Debate

One of the most predictable arguments is also one of the most useless: that politics come down to a choice between being for “big government” or “small government.” Those catchphrases explain remarkably little about what politicians do, or what voters want.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Will ‘They’ Let Obama Win?

The question of whether America is ready for a black president has already become a tiresome cliché in this campaign, but it seems that Barack Obama is having a hard time convincing African-Americans that white voters will say yes to a black candidate.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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rawstory.com

Obama Defends Religion Remarks

In an interview with a Christian Broadcasting Network blog, Barack Obama stood by his assessment that conservative Christian leaders have “hijacked” religion. The candidate went even further, declaring that America is not exclusively a Christian nation.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


Sen. Stevens’ Home Raided by FBI

The FBI has raided the home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate’s history, who famously described the Internet as “a series of tubes.” Agents were apparently searching for documents related to a contracting company that may have profited from relationships with prominent lawmakers.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Illustration courtesy of Adbusters

The Last Days of Democracy

Truthdig speaks with Elliot Cohen, author of “The Last Days of Democracy,” who argues that the United States is in political and cultural decline, with media and telecommunications giants engaged in “a well-organized effort to hijack America.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Cindy Sheehan Returns to the Antiwar Movement

Video blogger Davis Fleetwood asks a recently reinvigorated Cindy Sheehan about her candidacy, impeachment, Scooter Libby’s pardon, the military-industrial complex and more.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal

Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order.  Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 READ MORE


Murdoch’s Minions Smear Bloggers

Right-wing ideologues Bill O’Reilly and William Kristol are on a campaign to marginalize the “netroots,” but on issues such as the war, Rupert Murdoch’s pet pundits are the ones barking from the fringe.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


The Candidate Behind the Cleavage

Among the endless reasons I will never run for public office is a deep-seated fear of having my wardrobe subject to the fashion police. Excuse me, the fashion shrinks—those media monitors who seek deep meaning in every shoe, sexual clues in every hemline, and psychological insights in every shirt collar.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart on the Incredible Shrinking Debate

“The Daily Show” host explains why the YouTube debate appeals to young people: “They’re the only ones who can see it!”

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann on the Democratic Dust-Up

Why should the media worry about issues when there’s a new Clinton-Obama showdown to cover? Keith Olbermann plumbs the shallows of the latest non-controversy to emerge from the Democratic campaign.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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The Full CNN/YouTube Debate

It was only a matter of time before the first ever CNN/YouTube debate found its way onto—where else?—YouTube. In case you missed it or just want to relive the Web-friendly fireworks, here it is for your embedded viewing pleasure.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Finally, Democrats Move Poverty to the Foreground

Say what you will about John Edwards’ expensive haircut, he’s been an integral player in changing the national conversation on poverty.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


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