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The State Dept.‘s Murderous Guardians

How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians?  More urgently, why did State Department employees and their bosses in Washington tolerate—and pay to conceal—the wanton murder conducted on their watch?

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Affirmative Dissatisfaction

I believe in affirmative action, but I have to acknowledge that there are arguments against it. One of the more cogent is the presence of Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Guns ‘n’ Roses for Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was busy sweet-talking a group of National Rifle Association members in Washington, D.C., on Friday when he received a call from a very special lady.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Let It Be Known That Keith Olbermann’s Not Havin’ It

President Bush’s criticism of MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” ad and the “Democrat Party” provoked this barrage of verbiage from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who slams Bush for “behaving a little bit more than usual like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR. ... ”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Quits to Spend More Time With His Nap

The satirist jokes that Fred Thompson, exhausted by the rigors of his weeklong campaign for the Oval Office, has called it quits.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Letting Our Veterans Down

The sorry state of care of American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is not accidental. It’s on purpose. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration has fought every effort to improve care for wounded and disabled veterans.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Paul:  ‘We’ve Dug a Hole for Our Party’

Perhaps more remarkable than watching Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee trot out the “if you break it, you buy it” analogy in relation to the Iraq war during Wednesday’s debate is taking in Ron Paul’s exasperated speech about how a handful of neocons in Washington “hijacked our foreign policy.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Ohio’s Rep. Paul Gillmor Dead at 68

Rep. Paul Gillmor, an Ohio Republican who had held his seat in the House for nearly 20 years, was found dead in his Washington apartment on Wednesday by members of his Capitol Hill staff.  The cause of Gillmor’s death had not been officially announced by Wednesday afternoon. He was 68.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Scandals Rattle Republican Ranks

The GOP is undergoing a bit of an ethical crisis following the recent string of scandals involving prominent Republicans—the most recent being, of course, the media hullabaloo surrounding Sen. Larry Craig’s run-in with an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  Oh, and then there’s that whole Iraq war issue.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Honeymoon May Be Over for Ron Paul

Ron Paul may have soured his antiwar appeal among progressives with a speech Saturday at the Iowa straw poll. Paul referred to Roe v. Wade as “that horrible ruling,” called for the abolition of the Departments of Energy and Education and the IRS, and attacked welfare and immigrants. But the most bizarre moment came when he suggested airline passengers should be allowed to carry guns.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Gingrich and His Crazy Ideas

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks the road to the White House is longer and stranger than ever—and he ought to be concerned, considering he’s rumored to be joining the other candidates on that road soon.  “These aren’t debates,” the Georgia Republican groused to CNN, comparing the recent debates to a cross between “The Bachelor,” “American Idol” and “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Collapsed Bridge Had Known Structural Problems

A day after Wednesday’s deadly rush-hour bridge collapse in Minneapolis, the Bush administration acknowledged that the interstate freeway bridge had been known to be “structurally deficient” for at least two years—while carefully pointing out that the Minnesota government was responsible for its upkeep.

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GOP Candidates Not Ready for YouTube Close-Up?

Perhaps hoping to avoid answering global-warming questions posed by snowmen, the majority of Republican presidential candidates seem a bit commitment-phobic about joining Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ron Paul for their party’s CNN/YouTube debate Sept. 17.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Makeover

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McCain Campaign: Not Dead Yet

Although John McCain has made several serious missteps in his bid for the presidency, and although pundits and politicos alike have all but sounded the death knell for his campaign, McCain may still have the wild-card potential to make a comeback—especially if President Bush gives him even the slightest boost.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Key Republicans Push for Iraq Strategy Change

Adding to the mounting pressure on President Bush to revise his stubborn “stay the course” strategy in the Iraq war, top Republican Sens. John W. Warner (pictured) and Richard G. Lugar made a gesture of dissent by proposing a U.S. troop redeployment plan on Friday.

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE


Phony Piety on the Far Right

One of the most durable myths of American public life is that conservatives are more authentic in their religious faith than liberals and progressives.  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is just the most recent in a long line of fallen conservative Christian moralists to explode the myth.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


Moment of Reflection

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Flynt to Capitol Hill Hypocrites:  ‘Payback’s a Bitch’

Watch out, philandering politicos:  Larry Flynt is hot on your heels.  The Hustler impresario is as tenacious as an irate pit bull in his latest crusade to expose hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, and his efforts have already borne fruit in the form of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s confession that he patronized “D.C. Madam” Debra Jean Palfrey’s escort service in 2001—and, according to Flynt, that exposé may well be just one of many to come.

Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE


Call to Limit Deployments Is a No-Go in Senate

So much for “supporting our troops”: A bipartisan proposal sponsored by two combat veterans to give exhausted U.S. troops more time between their military deployments overseas was defeated by Republicans in the Senate, the first vote of a two-week congressional debate on Iraq. 

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


Save the (Republican) Senators

Iraq has, for years since our supposed victory, been in a spiral of death and political despair that the American military cannot stop. Despite the daily reports of carnage, Republican senators pushed to stay the course.  Now with re-election campaigns underway, suddenly even Republicans are seeing the light ... kind of.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


Resolute on Iraq: To What End?

As the White House sound-bite machine presses to remain resolute to ensure “success in Iraq,” the author wonders whether “the Decider” has any concept of what we’re staying the course for at this point in the war.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Republican Senator’s D.C. Madam Mea Culpa

So a Republican senator from the Deep South (Sen. David Vitter, pictured) who loves to tell other people if and how they should have sex, has been exposed as a former client of a prominent D.C. madam?  You say this ardent defender of the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman has “asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling”?

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Dissent Grows Among Republican Ranks

Although Lt. Gen. David Petraeus thinks the U.S. troop “surge” is finally starting to show some positive results, it may be too late to bolster the enthusiasm of several key Republicans in Congress who have joined their Democratic colleagues in challenging President Bush’s position on the Iraq war—which, along with the war in Afghanistan, is costing America $12 billion a month.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Libby to Be Pardoned?

Cronyism may reach ever greater heights in the “Scooter” Libby case, as it seems that President Bush—after commuting the former Cheney aide’s sentence Monday—may consider pardoning him. 

Posted on Jul 3, 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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Welcome to Grandpa’s World, Baby Cheney

The picture released by the White House last week of Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, cradling their newborn grandson Samuel David Cheney represents an opportunity for future progress in human rights—if they choose to embrace it with as much care as they do baby Samuel.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Gingrich Hints at White House Bid

Reiterating his belief that U.S. troops should withdraw from Iraq “as rapidly as possible,” Newt Gingrich told “Good Morning America” anchor Diane Sawyer on Monday that there is a “great possibility” that he’ll announce his candidacy for president in late September.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani a Planned Parenthood Donor

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is standing firm on his pro-choice platform as he owns up to his $900 donation to reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood in the 1990s.  The former New York City mayor spoke Tuesday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, telling the right-wing pundit his donation was “consistent with” his politics.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans in Disneyland

Truthdig’s seasoned political reporter sizes up the Republican candidates in the 2008 presidential race, noting how their tributes to Ronald Reagan remind him of Walt Disney’s animatronic reconstruction of Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Keep GOP Feet to the Fire

Democrats must force Republican members of Congress—again and again—to justify their refusal to get tough with Bush over Iraq.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


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More ‘1/2 Hour’ Conservative Political Humor

Here’s another clip of Fox’s right-wing answer to “The Daily Show.” As the clip’s YouTube poster wrote of the show’s creators: “Conservatives again prove they are adept at torture.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Snickers Pulls Anti-Gay Super Bowl Ads

UPDATE: Snickers parent company Mars has pulled the anti-homosexual ads it was hosting on its website—expressing regret and saying it will never air them again.

  • Earlier: Snickers aired an ad during the Super Bowl that featured two men reacting in violent disgust after accidentally kissing while eating a candy bar.

  • AMERICAblog has more details.
  • Salon also ran a story.
  • Tell us what you think in the comments box.

  • Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Saving Their Seats, and Maybe the Country

    Congressional Republicans have an opportunity to be both pragmatic and idealistic by abandoning the president on the war.

    Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


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    Giuliani’s Campaign Strategy in the Wild

    Likely presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s campaign has soured before it even began, after a strategic black book went missing. The document outlines the former New York mayor’s fund-raising plans, as well as his weaknesses, offering an edge to prospective opponents.

    Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish: McCain Loses His Head

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    E.J. Dionne: Obama Wows the Religious Right

    Sen. Barack Obama’s standing ovation at Pastor Rick Warren’s church demonstrates why the Illinois senator is one of the hottest commodities in 2008 presidential politics.

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Group’s Poll Misrepresents Jewish Voting

    AlterNet has the emmes on a poll of Jewish Americans that showed a surprisingly high (26.4%) Republican turnout: ” ‘[The poll] bypassed Jews who never attend synagogue or do not associate with a major movement.’ Or: half of America’s Jewish population.”

    Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    Chafee May Leave GOP

    Rhode Island’s Sen. Lincoln Chafee says he may leave the Republican Party after losing in Tuesday’s election despite voting against the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Elephant Crash

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    Marie Cocco: Even in Defeat, Bush Is Myopic

    Bush still doesn’t seem to realize that millions of Americans voted to signal their displeasure with the GOP for abandoning the poor and middle class.

    Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: The New ‘Values’ Voters

    This year, voters valued their ability to shoot down draconian abortion laws, to raise the minimum wage and to send an unequivocal message to the warmongers in the White House.

    Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Longing for the Reality-Based Community

    If nothing else, a Democratic victory at the polls would mark a return to governance by people guided by facts, not emotions.

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: The Stir Over Slurs

    Va. Sen. George Allen, who has a history of racist behavior, incomprehensibly wants us to believe that his opponent is no better—because he has written novels whose characters use racist language.

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


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    Dems Take the Initiative

    Democrats are hoping ballot initiatives in favor of stem cell research and raising the minimum wage will help drive voter turnout in the upcoming election.  Republicans pioneered the initiative strategy, but this time around the electorate seems to be suffering from gay marriage fatigue.

    Posted on Oct 28, 2006 READ MORE


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