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VIDEO: Newt Gingrich: GOP Can’t ‘Starve’ Trump, Dems May Pick ‘First Open Socialist in Modern Times’

Newt Gingrich got out his crystal ball to make his prognostications about the 2016 presidential contest. So what did the former GOP speaker of the House see?

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

Go Ahead, Back Hillary Clinton and Forget All About Her Record

The candidate has been profoundly wrong on the two most pressing issues of our time—economic injustice and unbridled militarism—and seems incapable of learning from her dangerous errors in judgment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: No, Donald Trump, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be More Stable Under Saddam and Other Dictators

Donald Trump alleged this weekend that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still around or Bashar al-Assad could be restored in Syria.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

What Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Tells Us About the GOP

Rep. McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” But why?

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: ‘Respectable’ Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory

And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

10 Best Satirical Campaigns for President of the United States

They’re not much more ridiculous than the real thing, but in general they’re a lot more entertaining.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Gets a Send-Off Emmy for ‘The Daily Show’

At Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, Jon Stewart got one last chance to bask in the glow of industry goodwill directed at “The Daily Show.” At the ceremony he picked up a trophy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series to cap off his 16-year stint as “Daily Show” host.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Ben Carson: A Muslim Should Not Be President of the United States

After last week’s spate of Islamophobic remarks by Republican candidates, GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson has delivered another doozy.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Hopes for Change Ride on Second GOP Debate

Right, so that headline isn’t just a play on President Obama’s own successful campaign buzzwords.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

When It Comes to World Peace, Don’t Look to Sanders for Progress

His stated policy position is not meaningfully pro-peace, he seeks a more dominant Saudi Arabia in the Mideast and he seems remarkably uncaring to people who don’t carry a nice blue U.S. passport.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Big Lie of Neoliberalism and the Very Real Threat of a President Trump

Chris Hedges doesn’t spare Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or even Bernie Sanders in this wide-ranging take on the big swindle of neoliberalism and his warning for the future in the hands of a “rapacious oligarchic elite.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Could Donald Trump Take Jeb Bush Down?

While he’s busy trying to make America great again, at least in his own mind, GOP juggernaut Donald Trump could also be sinking Jeb Bush’s battleship.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

We May Not Have Seen the Last of Hillary Clinton’s Deleted Emails

This is truly the age of the zombie—from the more obvious manifestations in the entertainment world to the political dynasties, scandals, illicit transactions and online artifacts that either refuse to be destroyed or rise again with renewed, sinister vigor.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Apologizes as Email Controversy Lingers

She has weathered many a political scandal in her time, but here she is, running for president in 2016. That said, she can’t seem to shake the well-engineered scandal over her past use of her private email account for State Department business, and on Tuesday, she apologized for her “mistake.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump Signs Republican Party Loyalty Oath

“This is the best, quickest and easiest way to ensure victory for the Republicans,” the GOP front-runner said. “In addition, I’m leading in every single poll.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Called for More Debates in 2008—Now She’s Dodging Them

One campaign that has refused to join the call for additional debates is Hillary Clinton’s—leading many to believe that the Democratic National Committee is effectively stacking the deck in her favor.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

Father of Virginia Shooting Victim Alison Parker Makes Gun Control Plea to President Obama

Maybe now is a good time for the president to get a grip on America’s gun problem.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

The Republican Nomination: Anyone Who Says Donald Trump Can’t Win Is in Deep Denial

A new poll released Thursday gives Trump a 16-point lead over his nearest competitor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Jeb Bush stood at a measly 7 percent. Yikes.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE


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When Pigs Fly

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. But why is the political press so agitated?

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Jokes About Emails Falling Flat in Congress

Hillary Clinton may be making a joke out of her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, but congressional Democrats aren’t laughing.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

Will Joe Run?

The question Vice President Joe Biden and his strategists are currently considering is this: Should he run?

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Toxic Mining Law

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Lawyer: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Was Wiped Before Feds Got It

Well, this doesn’t make Hillary Clinton look so great, unless what was on her server was worse.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

A Woman’s Cycle

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Game of Groans: How Focus on Trump’s Taunts Hides GOP War on Middle Class and Workers (Video)

The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

More 2016 Candidates Embrace the Donald Trump Zeitgeist ... Including Hillary Clinton

For all the hype he’s generated, Donald Trump is not the only presidential hopeful willing to make utterly mind-boggling statements.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

More Email Trouble for Hillary Clinton

Well, this could muck up the campaign trail for Clinton: On Thursday evening, The New York Times reported that two inspectors general are looking to resuscitate the debate about the Democratic front-runner’s emails from her tenure as secretary of state, and they mean business.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Barney Frank Thinks Supporting Bernie Sanders Would Backfire on Progressives

In sizing up the 2016 election, some on the left are concerned that Bernie Sanders’ presence in the Democratic ranks could work to that party’s detriment. Count former Rep. Barney Frank among them.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Scott Walker Looks to Torpedo Iran Deal and Obamacare If He Wins

Remember Scott Walker? He’s the Wisconsin governor who launched his career as top banana by sharply curtailing the collective bargaining powers of the state’s public workers, effectively hobbling the labor movement there. Now he’s setting his sights on the White House.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump: The Fire-Breathing Dragon

Don’t be sure the John McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

An Open Letter to Donald Trump

The Mexicans described by the GOP presidential candidate bear no resemblance to the many this social worker has known.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Glass-Steagall

Hillary Clinton won’t propose reinstating a bank breakup law known as the Glass-Steagall Act—at least according to Alan Blinder, an economist who has been advising Clinton’s campaign.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Reaches Historic Deal With World Powers After 20 Months of Negotiation (Updated)

Iranian leaders came to a long-awaited agreement with the P5+1 nations Tuesday in which the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear enrichment program was limited in exchange for the easing of international sanctions.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Gets Teachers Union Vote

Perhaps the long-standing relationship between the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, and a particular contender for the position of president of the U.S., Hillary Clinton, had something to do with that union’s endorsement of Clinton for the White House.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Key and Peele Are on Their Game in Season 5 Premiere

By Clara Romeo

On Wednesday, comedy tag team Key and Peele entered the fifth season of their eponymous Comedy Central show with a bang.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Is Bernie Sanders Our Eugene McCarthy 2.0?

Sanders has an appeal for younger, more liberal, more idealistic Democrats that Hillary Clinton currently lacks. If she competes for these voters—and learns to connect with them—she will have a much better chance of winning the White House.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Trump: A Farce to Be Reckoned With

Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call “that thing on Donald Trump’s head.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Bobby Jindal

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart to Bobby Jindal: ‘Crank It Up!’

After Donald Trump’s over-the-top presidential announcement—imbued with racist and offensive comments—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal needed to come out swinging, said the “Daily Show” host.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign announcement speech at Miami Dade College last week was an extreme makeover including passages that probably had America doing a double take.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Trump for President? Giving the GOP Nightmares

If Donald Trump survives the first three months of mass media drubbing and his notorious affliction of “leaving no impulsive opinion behind,” he’s going to be trouble for the other 15 or so Republican presidential candidates.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Citizens United: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Gift to Moneyed Interests

After he spent his early career learning the lobbying ropes in Sacramento, it was only natural that Kennedy as a Supreme Court member would ensure lobbyists’ stranglehold on American politics.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE

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