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Obama
AP / Orlin Wagner

Obama Brings Magical Economic Thinking to Nation’s Heartland

President Barack Obama didn’t exactly have the numbers on his side Thursday when he told voters in Kansas City, Mo., that, economically speaking, “we’re headed in the right direction.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Colbert and Krugman

‘Colbert Report’: Krugman on the Benefits of Unemployment Benefits

Stephen Colbert’s a bit under the weather in this clip from Monday night’s “Colbert Report,” and it’s going to take a lot more than bunny slippers to make things better. Enter economics whiz Paul Krugman ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


tea party protester

Tea Partying for Fun and Profit

If you thought tea party politics were just for rabid wingnuts and certain Twitter-prone politicians, think again or else you may miss out on some hot stock market action before the November elections.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



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

The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die

Afghanistan is the place where theories of warfare go to die, and if the COIN theory isn’t dead yet, it’s utterly failed so far to prove itself.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


D'Annunzio
youtube.com

Tensions Brew Between Tea Party, GOP

Now that we’ve gotten the inevitable tea party pun out of the way, here’s the newsy bit: According to the astute analysis of Salon’s Gabriel Winant, the relationship between the GOP’s powers that be and certain sachet-carrying members of the tea party ... (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Alabama Republican’s Campaign Ad = Comedy Gold

Equine enthusiast and budding politician Dale Peterson’s unintentionally hilarious campaign ad, in which he and his horse make their case for why he should become Alabama’s next agriculture commissioner, hardly requires any embellishment to be soundly parodied ... (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Haley
youtube.com

S. Carolina Gubernatorial Hopeful Hit With Affair Accusation

Although she categorically denies the story, Nikki Haley, a GOP up-and-comer who’s angling to replace scandal-tainted South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is now obliged to answer to rumors that she herself has dabbled in extramarital relations.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Civil Beat

Republican Wins House Seat in Obama’s Hometown

For the first time in 20 years, a Republican has been elected to Congress to represent the Honolulu district where President Barack Obama grew up. The GOP midterm win speaks more to the fact that two candidates split the vote on the Democratic side than any surge in Hawaiian Republican pride.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


Souder
Wikimedia Commons / United States Government

So Long, Rep. Souder

Another day, another Capitol Hill sex scandal: On Tuesday, Congressman Mark Souder, a pro-life and pro-abstinence Republican from Indiana, announced that he was resigning after admitting he’d had an affair with a female staffer. The woman in question ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Laura Bush

Laura Bush Disagreed With Dubya on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Who knew that while George W. Bush held office at the White House, a supporter of gay marriage and abortion rights lurked under the same roof? That would be his wife, Laura Bush, who told Larry King and his shiny suspenders ... (continued)

Posted on May 12, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / Center for the Study of Ethics

Tea Partyers Give Sen. Bennett the Boot

Bob Bennett, three-term Republican senator from Utah, has been ousted from running for re-election by the conservative tea party movement after he was deemed unfit (he supported health care reform). Bennett came in third at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Marcus
AP / David Duprey

Racial Politics, Tea Party Style

We can infer that Lloyd Marcus may be winking at us—saying that African-American may still equal un-American. After all, if African-American actually meant American and if race didn’t matter, then Marcus wouldn’t have to make the gesture. Let’s think about it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Blackwell

‘Daily Show’: Ken Blackwell Thinks Obama Is Subverting the Constitution

Ken Blackwell loves liberty. Jon Stewart loves liberty—liberty bells, the whole deal. Right around there is where their shared views, particularly about President Barack Obama’s governing style, come to an end.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Schumer
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Dems Zero In on Corporate Campaign Funding

Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to put a check on corporate campaign financing, contesting the notion—promoted by the Supreme Court earlier this year—that big corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of cash on political campaigns.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


NYSE
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

GOP Drafting Rival Financial Reform Bill

Senate Republicans are hoping that, when it comes to their Democratic opponents, if they can’t beat ’em, they can at least make up their own financial reform bill to thwart ’em. One pesky problem with the GOP’s approach is ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Lisa Norman-Hudson

Palin E-Mail Hacker Could Get 50 Years Behind Bars

Remember that guy who allegedly broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account back in 2008? Well, it turns out he’s in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn., facing 50 years in the slammer if convicted of the criminal charges.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE



nytimes.com

Voices of the Tea Party

Tea party members are often depicted as anti-Democrat reactionaries or scoffed at as holding incoherent, outside-reality positions. But a new feature by The New York Times lets supporters speak for themselves, sharing their concerns for the country and what the tea party means to them.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Marcus

Lloyd ‘I Am Not an African-American’ Marcus Performs Tea Party Anthem

Here we have singer Lloyd Marcus, who would like everyone to know, as he announced during this performance at a Boston-area tea party rally on Wednesday, that he is “not an African-American.” Well, you might ask, what does that make him?

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Between a Rock and a Black Face

The Republican National Committee is in quite a pickle following the whole lesbian-bondage-club kerfuffle, which has made some right-wingers question RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s leadership skills and to form a “shadow RNC ... only with a little less shadow,” as Stephen Colbert puts it in this clip.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain

‘Daily Show’: Say Anything

What happened to that “maverick” John McCain? Wait ... he’s not really a maverick? Says who? Oh. As Jon Stewart points out in this “Daily Show” clip, McCain has changed his tune on more than just the maverick thing—much more.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Maher and Leno

Bill Maher on the GOP: ‘They’re Such Sore Losers’

Bill Maher was his usual irreverent self on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” praising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “balls” in the health care reform saga and riffing on the infamous “death panel” controversy in ways Sarah Palin most definitely won’t appreciate.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Steele
Wikimedia Commons / Steele for Chairman

GOP Staffer Axed for Spending Funds at Racy Club

The RNC’s February expense report apparently listed the $1,946 tab from West Hollywood’s Voyeur nightclub, which features topless entertainers and bondage-themed get-ups, as money spent on meals and not bottle service, but regardless ... (continued) [Pictured above, RNC Chairman Michael Steele.] Updated

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Gohmert
AP / Gerald Herbert

So Much for a ‘Post-Racial’ America

Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s loose lips, the cat is out of the bag: The Republican Party, answering the call of a large part of its following, will continue its subtle and not-so-subtle uses of the “race card.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


GOP senators
AP / Harry Hamburg

GOP Launches Final Health Care Attack in Senate

If you can’t beat ’em, hit ’em with a bunch of amendments they’d have a hard time opposing. That was apparently the strategy of Republicans hoping to throw a wrench into the health care reform works in the Senate on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner and friends
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species

Boy, the Republicans know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick? Or block the provision that allows you to keep your out-of-work kids on your policy until they are 26?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


tea party
Flickr / ajagendorf25

Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
whitehouse.gov

Health Care Bill Watch 2010: Left Frustrated, Right Readies Attack

Things were getting snippy on both sides of the aisle Thursday as Congress prepared for the next—and oh please, let it be the final—showdown over health care reform. Take, for example, the words of Republican Rep. Mike Pence, who told a tea-party-friendly crowd this week ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


Glenn Beck
Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Glenn Beck Brings the Drama to Fox News

Glenn Beck has certainly drawn bigger audience numbers with his unique, and often baffling, brand of showmanship since he switched from CNN to Fox News in early 2009. But, as The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz notes, his act hasn’t always scored with network bigwigs or with fellow heavies from the right-wing media world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



youtube.com

Rewriting History Texas-Style

Texas’ Board of Education has approved a new social studies curriculum with a conservative seal of approval. After three days of debate the board voted to change the curriculum to explicitly present Republican philosophies and conservative leaders in a more positive light.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE


Bunning
AP / Harry Hamburg

Don’t Blame Bunning

How convenient that seemingly everyone in the liberal blogosphere, and even at many points to the right, got to use Jim Bunning as a scapegoat. The venom of the attacks suggests that the maverick Republican senator from Kentucky provided a welcome alternative to the real villains: bankers much closer to the centers of power.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Biden
White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Considers Adding GOP-Generated Ideas to Health Bill

It doesn’t seem possible, but it could maybe perhaps be the case that some kind of resolution in the health care reform saga might be achievable soon. At least that’s the tone President Barack Obama struck in a letter he sent Tuesday to prominent members of Congress that included conciliatory language on the subject of four ideas advanced by Republicans at last week’s health care summit.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Dodd
dodd.senate.gov

No to Consumer Protection Agency

Plans to create an independent agency to provide consumer financial protection have probably been scrapped. According to a leaked document, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd is proposing that the protection office be within the Treasury Department instead of being independent, a clear capitulation to the Republicans.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Brown Votes With Senate Dems for Jobs Bill

So this is what he meant when he called himself a “Scott Brown Republican.” Brown, the Senate’s newest member, who upset Martha Coakley last month to win the late Ted Kennedy’s seat, is making an auspicious voting debut by siding with Democrats in support of a jobs bill. That didn’t go over well with some conservatives.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tommy Donovan

Alexander Haig Dies

Alexander Haig was chief of staff to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, NATO’s supreme military commander and a longtime Republican hawk. He died Saturday in Baltimore at 85 from complications from an infection.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Run, Cheney, Run!

With cheers urging Dick Cheney to run for president, the Republican spokesman talked at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, pontificating about the party’s chances in 2010 and even 2012, claiming that “President Obama is going to be a one-term president.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


A GOP Star Is Born

If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


Family Guy

‘Family Guy’ Makes Not-So-Subtle Fun of Palin Clan

Politicians try all the time to use popular culture to their tactical advantage, but attempting to tweet their way into the hearts of Americans can invite certain pop-cultural comebacks, as a clip from Sunday’s “Family Guy” episode demonstrates.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin

Poll Shows Americans’ Dissatisfaction with Gov’t, Doubts About Palin

Do Americans really get what the tea party movement is about? Did Sarah Palin’s performance at last weekend’s inaugural Tea Party Convention in Nashville help or hurt her standing among her fans and would-be supporters? These may not be questions that keep us all up at night, especially in these hard times—but hey, that’s what pollsters are for.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


unemployment olympics
Flickr / clementine gallot

White House Cranks Up the Job Talk

The Obama administration is homing in on the employment issue, a prime concern for millions of Americans and one that could have a considerable impact on this year’s midterm elections. Not like that’s what the White House is worried about or anything.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Double Standard on Terror Trials

Preparing for what they hope will be their return to power in Washington, Republican congressional leaders have revived the fear-mongering and flag-flapping used by Karl Rove to win the 2002 midterm elections.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Palin
C-SPAN via YouTube

Palin: ‘It Would Be Absurd Not to Consider’ Presidential Run

There are few single statements that have the power to evoke terror and delight in the same breath, but surely this is one of them: On “Fox News Sunday,” the channel’s own political commentator and tea-party headliner Sarah Palin opined “that it would be absurd not to consider” a run for the White House in 2012.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Wall Street
Wikimedia Commons / Martin St.-Amant

Wall Street Fat Cats Revolt, Send Money to GOP

In case it wasn’t made perfectly clear in recent months how the American political system actually operates on its uppermost levels, here we have an object lesson to consider: Upset by the notion that the Obama administration might be working on regulating the financial industry next, some of Wall Street’s bigwigs are now focusing their funding efforts on the GOP.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
The White House / Pete Souza

Obama Invites Republicans, Dems to Health Care Huddle

Still clearly hoping that health care reform legislation might clear Congress at some point during his tenure in office, President Obama has summoned Republican and Democratic lawmakers to “put their ideas on the table” later this month and discuss possible ways to push a workable bill through both the House and Senate.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Tea Party Movement Losing Steam?

What if they threw a tea party convention and Michele Bachmann didn’t come? The first official such gathering of the right-wing “grass-roots” movement kicked off in Nashville on Thursday, and while it appears that the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota did pull out, Twitter-happy keynote (teanote?) speaker Sarah Palin was still very much on the books for her big moment Saturday. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


Republican conference

Obama and the House GOP: Full Q&A From Baltimore

Courtesy of C-SPAN, watch the whole (and at times, lively) exchange between President Barack Obama and Republican House members at a GOP retreat in Baltimore on Friday.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Sen. Brown Goes to Washington

Fresh off pulling off a major upset in Massachusetts, newly elected U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday made his way to the nation’s capital, where he reflected to the press about what he believes won voters to his side, what he likes about President Barack Obama and how close his ties are (or aren’t) to the right-wing, tea-party movement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Brown and Giuliani
brownforussenate.com

Massachusetts Senate Race Heats Up

He’s not your, er, conventional Republican—having spent part of his childhood being raised by a bona fide welfare mom, not to mention posing nude during law school—but regardless, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown could pose a serious challenge to his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley, in the race to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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