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Library of Congress / Warren K. Leffler

Castro Skips Cuba’s Big Day

Fidel was a no-show and brother Raul kept quiet during Cuba’s annual Revolution Day festivities, leading journalists, analysts and amateur handicappers to puzzle over the larger implications. The Guardian reports “bafflement among the 90,000-strong crowd” that turned out to hear speeches.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


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God Save Obama From Elisabeth Hasselbeck

President Obama is scheduled to guest on “The View,” Thursday, marking the first time a sitting president has lowered himself to daytime talk. Hopefully he doesn’t get confused and try to fire Sherri Shepherd, who is not Shirley Sherrod.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

It’s No Secret: Afghanistan Is a Quagmire

The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


Beer Summit









Posted on Jul 25, 2010 ENLARGE



The End of the Fox News Era?

The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics. This is not, as the now trivialized phrase has it, a “teachable moment.” It is a time for action.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Sherrod, New Media & Race; Unemployment Benefits; BP

What can we learn from the Shirley Sherrod case? Who’s at fault and what is the fault line? Unemployment benefit extension was approved but at what cost? And BP and the Gulf oil spill aren’t over yet ... who’s really the responsible party here?

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Fox Fears









Posted on Jul 23, 2010 ENLARGE


The Prophet Palin









Posted on Jul 23, 2010 ENLARGE



One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



house.gov

Ethics Panel Finds Wrongdoing by Rangel, Sources Say

The House Ethics Committee isn’t known for throwing its own to the wolves, but word is that Rep. Charlie Rangel, the subject of a two-year investigation, could get slammed. (continued)

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


An Electoral Dry Run Down Under

It’s rare to see a dry run for an election campaign. But over the next month, Australia will provide a testing ground for some of the core themes in this November’s American elections.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

White House Apologizes for Firing ‘Injustice’

After it became painfully obvious that the White House had been played by conservatives, press secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the administration. Sherrod was forced to resign because of a video edited by conservative bloggers to distort her remarks on race.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Seth Wenig

Governator Picks Geena Davis for Women’s Rights Panel

She played a politician on TV, and now Geena Davis, who did a short stint as America’s first female president on “Commander in Chief,” is California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointee for the Golden State’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


Celebrity Cures All

Sarah Palin’s failed candidacy and her ascendance to the ranks of political celebrity were, it turns out, the best thing that could have happened to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Grinches Who Stole Summer

Thanks to the defection of the two relatively enlightened Republican senators from Maine and the quick replacement of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, unemployment checks that had been stalled for millions of American families since early June will soon resume. But for Republicans, it has been a defining issue that will haunt the party.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Deficit Doves

Getting out of the red is the new black. Deficit hawks have swooped down on the U.S. budget. This week, they attacked unemployment benefits.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE



Dorothea Lange

Senate Clears the Way for Unemployment Extension

Overcoming the objections of Democrat Ben Nelson and 39 of his Republican friends, 60 senators passed a key procedural vote Tuesday, making an extension of unemployment benefits a near certainty. Senators siding with the jobless included 56 Democrats, two independents and the Republican senators from Maine.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit

The pitchman in this video is a conservative Christian comedian (according to his alliterative Wikipedia entry), but his Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit, which appears to be an actual product, might sadly have a market among disaffected progressives.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Sarah Palin Refudiates English

Move over, George W. Bush, there’s a new language butcher and she’s on a tear. Sarah Palin loved her made-up word refudiate so much she used it twice—first in an interview and again on Twitter. Realizing she blew it, Palin corrected the word to refute but then used it incorrectly. Eventually, she compared herself to William Shakespeare and called it a day.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 19, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Maya Hitij

Calling All Future-Eaters

We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the “future-eaters.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Socialist Who Coddles Business?

The titans of the private sector say President Obama is anti-business. Many progressives say he coddles business. How does the administration manage to pull that off?

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE


Divorce Donkeys









Posted on Jul 14, 2010 ENLARGE    


A Change Election—in the Wrong Direction

The furious and frustrated electorate should be careful when they demand change in the upcoming midterm elections—because what they get may well be very different from what they actually want.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


Joke Hope









Posted on Jul 14, 2010 ENLARGE



World Economic Forum

Surgery Suggests Cheney Could Be Running Out of Juice

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has revealed that he had surgery last week to have a pump implanted in his heart. Cheney has survived five heart attacks. Implantation of the device, known as a “bridge to transplant,” points to serious medical trouble, Reuters reports.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / kevindooley (CC-BY)

Done With Guns, NRA Has Other Targets

The Supreme Court has pretty much decided the National Rifle Association’s main issue, but the pressure group, which has managed to make a plaything of Congress, shows no signs of disarming or disbanding. Instead, the gun lobby has set its sights on health care, Elena Kagan and other matters of state.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Newt Gingrich Won’t Go Away

Although he’s been out of office for more than a decade, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to talk politics at anyone who will listen and, every four years or so, considers running for president. Don’t think 2012 will be any different: Newt announced that he is considering a run, emboldened by the belief that Barack Obama “will replace Jimmy Carter as the worst president of modern times.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Political Math and Political Passion

If the midterm elections were held now, Republicans would likely take control of the House of the Representatives. Democrats have to figure out a way to appeal to independent voters while simultaneously winning back their disenchanted base.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Time Out for Recess Appointments

A recess appointment should be a last step in cases of egregious delay, not one of the first. That standard was nowhere near met in the case of President Obama’s latest appointee.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



ESPN

What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


Show Us the Money

We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / bobster855 (CC-BY)

Hawaii Says Mahalo, but No Mahalo to Civil Unions

Hawaii’s Republican governor has taken a very mainland approach to same-sex partnerships, vetoing a civil union bill that would have protected the rights of gay couples. Way to be laid back, Hawaii.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / walknboston (CC-BY)

Wall Street Donors Withhold Money, Affection From Democrats

Maybe the Democrats are doing something right after all. According to the number crunchers at The Washington Post, donations from the New York area to the party’s congressional campaign committees are down 65 percent, with the drop largely attributed to Wall Street’s dissatisfaction with financial reform. (continued)

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



glennbeck.com

Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck: Talk show host, human pastry ... academic? The Fox Newser has launched an online “university” strangely devoid of classes on professional crying. But for $9.95 a month, you can enroll in—and we couldn’t possibly make this up—Faith 101, Hope 101 or Charity 101. Advanced classes also available.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


Democraps









Posted on Jul 2, 2010 ENLARGE    


A New Deregulatory Push in the Energy Heartland

In recent weeks, politicians from the capital to Colorado have provided ample evidence that the fossil fuel industry remains as powerful as ever in the wake of the Gulf Coast apocalypse.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

What Kind of Supreme Court?

Although we did not discover much about Elena Kagan, confirmation hearings should remind us of what has been remarkable in our constitutional and judicial history.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

The Passionless Party

You know the Democrats have a problem when party insiders think John Kerry is too intense.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Topyti (CC-BY-ND)

Pack Your Bags, We’re Going to Cuba

Well, not really. But American tourists are one tiny step closer to Cuba’s fine cigars and sandy beaches, thanks to a House Agriculture Committee vote narrowly recommending an end to the decades-old travel ban. Pro-embargo lawmakers in the House and Senate are expected to work their usual magic to defeat the measure.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



senate.gov

Why Russ Feingold Won’t Vote for ‘Fig Leaf’ Financial Reform

“False security is no security at all,” writes the Wisconsin senator, who says he will not vote for the financial reform bill because it would not prevent another meltdown and “has Wall Street’s fingerprints all over it.” According to Feingold, “the administration and conference leaders have gone to significant lengths to avoid making the bill stronger.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE


Unhinged on the Right

To hijack the horrors of the Holocaust and slavery in the service of a political campaign demeans the candidate and, worse, dishonors the victims. Decency demands that some comparisons be off-limits.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Alfredo V. Ferrer

We Can’t Afford War

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Ted Green

When the ‘Right War’ Goes Wrong

The Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels, that of the war itself and the domestic political effect of Obama’s misguided decision to replace “Bush’s war” in Iraq with his own in Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Robert Byrd’s Redemption

“End of an era” is an overused trope, but in this case it’s appropriate: The last of the old Southern Democrats is gone.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



Jose Ibanez / "South of the Border"

Oliver Stone Responds to New York Times Attack

“Larry Rohter attacks our film, ‘South of the Border,’ for ‘mistakes, misstatements and missing details.’ But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Senate

Byrd Dies After 57 Years in Congress

Sen. Robert Byrd, who died at 92 early Monday morning, served longer in the Senate and Congress than anyone else in American history—and he witnessed a good chunk of it. (continued)

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



Best Vacation Ever

Secret FCC meetings, what it’s like to be a Canadian doctor, why modern art is in your head, and what science has to say about the best vacation ever—all after the jump.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Whose Supreme Court Is It?

This week’s hearings over Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will mark a sea change in the way liberals argue about the judiciary.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


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