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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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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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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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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


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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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Greenwald’s Latest: Impeach Cheney

The latest viral video from the folks at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is a joint effort with Democrats.com and AfterDowningStreet.com to try to build support for impeachment of the vice president.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Rake It In

The Democratic candidates have won the latest round of fundraising in what is expected to be the most expensive election ever. Here’s what the candidates took in, in millions: Obama - $32.5, Clinton - $27, Edwards - $9, Richardson - $7, Giuliani - $15, Romney - $14, and McCain - $11. Going by estimates, Obama had more individual donors than Giuliani, Romney and McCain combined.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE


Leadership Vacuum Leaves the Electorate Pissy

The nation is unhappy over Washington’s many flops, and the failure of the immigration bill is the latest result of the voters’ crankiness.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Moyers Lets Loose on Rupert Murdoch

Media icon Bill Moyers objects not just to Rupert Murdoch’s politics but to the damage he says the mogul has done to the ailing Fourth Estate. And in this critique, the venerable journalist doesn’t hold back: “If Rupert Murdoch were the angel Gabriel, you still wouldn’t want him owning the sun, the moon and the stars. ... But Rupert Murdoch is no saint. He is to propriety what the Marquis de Sade was to chastity.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2007 READ MORE


Moore and Maher

Moore and Maher on ‘SiCKO’

Back on May 25th, Michael Moore joined “Real Time” host Bill Maher to chat about his latest, “SiCKO,” which Maher called “amazing” and “your best yet.” In case you missed it or you just can’t get enough of the all-American documentarian on this “SiCKO” Friday, check it out.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Three Words for Bush and His Judges

Just say no. The Senate’s Democratic majority—joined by all Republicans who purport to be moderate—must tell President Bush that this will be the answer to any controversial nominee to the Supreme Court or to the appellate courts.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Watch ‘Sicko’ and Call Your Congressman in the Morning

The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the political class, will intuitively understand and likely appreciate Michael Moore’s new film, “Sicko.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


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The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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The Inescapable Sex Appeal of Dennis Kucinich

A group of bloggers and activists dedicated to raising awareness about Dennis Kucinich is celebrating his sexiness.  They spoke out in response to a slur by Glenn Beck (above) in which the commentator said the candidate physically appeals to his wife only because he drugs her.  The idea behind the new video may seem weird, but the bit actually is very funny.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Ann Coulter Still Hates John Edwards

What is Ann Coulter’s beef with John Edwards? The human scandal factory who once referred to the candidate as a “faggot” has re-emerged from hate radio silence to suggest that she should have said she hoped Edwards would be killed by terrorists. We already know nothing she says should be taken seriously, so why is “Good Morning America” giving her a soapbox?

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn’t faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: “Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney the Survivor

Before the subject of whether George W. Bush should be impeached is given the slightest consideration, consider three scary words that will end any such discussion: President Dick Cheney.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Has the Straight Talk Express Run out of Steam?

John McCain isn’t worried about his floundering presidential campaign—at least not publicly—but a number of polls show his support slipping into single digits. Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


Respect the Left

On issues as far-ranging as the Iraq war, healthcare and economic disparity, America has moved decidedly to the left. Isn’t it time we stop fretting about words like “liberal”?

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE


On Iraq, the Candidates are Frozen in Time

Most of the presidential candidates from both parties agree that we can’t allow Iraq to become a “failed state.” Unfortunately, that warning is about four years out of date.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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George W. Bush, the Musical

Relive Bush’s soiled legacy to the tune of Abba’s “Waterloo.” If ever there was a man who could carry off the line “I feel like I win when I lose,” it’s our president.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Explains Iraq Study Group Absenteeism

Rudy Giuliani is in damage control mode, now that people have noticed that during his two-month tour as a member of the Iraq Study Group he missed two meetings in order to make paid appearances. The candidate called his participation in the group a mistake, both because he intended to run for office and because it “didn’t seem that I would really be able to keep the thing focused on a bipartisan, nonpolitical resolution.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg Talk Compromises and Surprises

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured above with USC Annenberg’s Dean Geoffrey Cowan) convened at Creative Artists Agency’s swank new Beverly Hills HQ Tuesday for a conference on bipartisan politics, and this perhaps scripted meeting of high-wattage minds (and personalities) produced some thought-provoking—and surprising—conversations and announcements.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE



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The Forgotten War on Drugs and Election ‘08

Renowned sociologist Dr. Troy Duster discusses the war on drugs, race, public policy and the 2008 election.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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