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Chuck Kennedy / White House

Obama, GOP Trade Punches Over Business Bill

So, President Obama was miffed on Monday at the GOP side of the Senate for thwarting his move to push a bill through Congress designed to help small businesses, but those senators weren’t having it and fired back at Obama and his party with a pointed statement.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


Square, Category Page

The Equal Rites Awards—Again

And so we rise to celebrate Aug. 26, the 90th anniversary of the day American women finally won the right to vote.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE

Rep. Grayson vs. the Tea Party

Florida’s Rep. Alan Grayson, the freshman congressman from the substantially conservative Orlando area, has already managed to make a name for himself over the course of his first two years in office by ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Richard Drew

News Corp. Gives GOP Governors a $1M Boost

As if any doubt remained as to News Corp. titan Rupert Murdoch’s political proclivities, we have hard monetary evidence in the form of the media megacorp’s newly committed $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE

ground zero
AP / Mark Lennihan

Ground Zero for Tolerance

The irrational attack on Muslims everywhere by the GOP’s leadership is not only deeply subversive with regard to the American ideal of religious tolerance but also poses a profound threat to our national security.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


GOP Is All Over the Mosque Controversy

By the time the midterm elections roll around this fall, it will have been more than nine years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a point that’s not likely to be lost on candidates looking for a slogan or a cause. Meanwhile, the GOP is making sure to capitalize upon ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE

Reid Ruffles Republican Feathers With Jab about Hispanics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have a fight on his hands to keep his seat in Nevada this election season, so it’s time to get scrappy, and that’s just what he did Tuesday.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE

Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Plane Crash

He survived one plane crash already, in 1978, but on Monday night former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was not so fortunate. He was one of nine people aboard a plane that went down in southern Alaska, and on Tuesday his death was confirmed.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Michael Dwyer

Brewer Riding High After SB 1070

In the months leading up to SB 1070’s passing, Jan Brewer was seen as just a fill-in as Arizona governor and a laggard in the coming election for the post. Now after signing the anti-immigrant legislation, she is enjoying success within the party and is considered a certainty to win the state’s GOP primary in two weeks.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Afghanistan: The Pentagon’s Lost War

While it is unquestionable that Barack Obama made the war in Afghanistan “his” war, it also is true that it was served to him on a platter and with a gun pressed against his back.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


Carly Fiorina and the Tea Party: a Love Story?

Is it just a flirtation, or is former Hewlett-Packard CEO-turned-Senate-candidate Carly Fiorina in deep with the tea party? She may play it coy, but Brave New Films is on to her, at the ready with video footage of her vocal support of the conservative cause.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Sen Dems Delay Climate Bill

Both hippies and people who enjoy clean air alike will be dismayed at the news from Senate Democrats that they will wait until September to pursue the broad climate change legislation that has been on the Democrats’ “to-do” list since the 2008 election.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE

Michelle Bachmann
AP / Charles Dharapak

Here Comes the Tea Party Caucus

The newly hatched tea party caucus in the House of Representatives, for which we all have Rep. Michele Bachmann to thank, is sure to be a source of curiosity for many—and derision for others. Haters can hate, but this won’t be a coalition of one, as Bachmann already had another recruit by Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE

unemployment office
Flickr / clementine gallot

Finally, a Little Hope for the Unemployed?

President Obama isn’t letting some ornery GOP types in Congress get in the way of making another push to extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans—or so we hope.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE

Obama and Hybels
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Unlikely Allies in Immigration Reform

President Obama is preparing for another drawn-out legislative and public battle over yet another contentious and unwieldy issue: immigration reform. But in this case, he may get help from some surprising sources at the right of the political spectrum.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Slams GOP for Obstructing Economic Progress

President Obama came out swinging in his weekly address on Saturday, claiming that his administration has been pushing to help small businesses grow and strengthen the economy and blaming Republican leaders for thwarting his efforts.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin’s Pitch: From Pit Bulls to ‘Mama Grizzlies’

Gone are the lipstick-wearing canines of Sarah Palin’s lyrical past—2010 is the year of the “mama grizzly” for the Alaskan She-publican and her female followers. If you haven’t seen this ad already, you can catch a glimpse of things to come ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Wikimedia Commons / Therealbs2002

Sarah Palin 2012: ‘Unstoppable’?

Like her or not, Sarah Palin isn’t leaving the national stage anytime soon if she and her devoted supporters can help it. But can they? Well, for his part, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan sees signs that Palin may ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE

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

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


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


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


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

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

Free to Date

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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


‘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

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

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

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


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 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


‘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

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

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


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

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

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