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Bush Gives Thanks

The satirist imagines what the president might be thankful for. A compliant Congress, perhaps? A lack of impeachment proceedings? Jena’s book deal?

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Ron Paul:  Iraq War Will Cost $3.5 Trillion

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the total price tag of the Iraq war, but Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has made some staggering calculations, coming up with a whopping $3.5 trillion—including “hidden costs” such as interest on the money we’re borrowing, and long-term health care for vets. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Poking Holes in Fox News’ Mythology of Objectivity

This is certainly a point that has been made before, but the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky performed his own journalistic audit on the U.S.‘s Fox News network, starting with the conservative channel’s overt claims of offering “fair and balanced” news coverage, and finds that it falls short of its mission statement about spin-free reporting. 

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak, File

Hollywood Conservatives Keep a Low Profile

It’s relatively easy to drum up a list of high-flying entertainers who have publicly backed a Democratic politician in recent years (if not weeks)—Oprah, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and others readily come to mind—but their conservative counterparts are much harder to ID without resorting to a Google search.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Giuliani
AP photo / Adam Rountree

Deconstructing Rudy

As mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani honed his skills in creating a public persona that obscured some of his less savory behind-the-scenes activities.  But now, Giuliani’s facing serious resistance from the likes of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who’s turning his lens on the wily GOP candidate in a series of Web-ready shorts.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Erik Perel

Krugman Blasts Giuliani for Prostate Prevarications

Rudy Giuliani’s factually challenged claims about how he probably would have fared in his battle against prostate cancer had he sought treatment in Britain instead of America might have raised only a small stir, but, for his part, columnist Paul Krugman thinks it should have been a much bigger deal.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


Questioning Adoption-Abortion Link

One of the right wing’s most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption—but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert Ahead of 3 Democrats in Presidential Poll

Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign—a compellingly postmodern play on identity and politics (or something like that)—is apparently being taken seriously enough by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies to merit Colbert’s inclusion in the lineup of candidates the firm is currently tracking.  Here’s how the TV comedian—who says he’s running as both a Democrat and a Republican—is doing in the race for White House glory.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Romney, Giuliani Woo Religious Right

One by one, the Republican presidential contenders are going a’courtin’, stating their positions on gay marriage, abortion, religion and other high-priority issues of a crucial conservative constituency:  the religious right.  On Friday, Mitt Romney made his case to the Values Voters Summit, gingerly handling the matter of his Mormon faith, while Giuliani pitched woo on Saturday.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Craig Bitter Over His Treatment by Romney

Sen. Larry Craig has fallen out with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who, according to Craig (pictured), turned his back on the embattled Idaho senator after Craig’s infamous run-in with the Minneapolis police this summer.  In an NBC interview slated to air Tuesday, an embittered Craig said Romney “not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Nixon: Thompson ‘Dumb as Hell’

President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes have truly become the political gift that keeps on giving, even after all these years.  Take this latest timely treat, for example, that ABC News’ indefatigable research team rooted out like keen-nosed truffle pigs.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Limbaugh’s ‘Phony Soldiers’ Slur

The controversy over what Rush Limbaugh meant when he uttered the phrase “phony soldiers” last week isn’t just another broadcast sideshow. As the political power of conservatism declines, the symbolic authority of figures such as Limbaugh is likewise shrinking.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton Walks That Fine Pink Line

With Hillary Clinton well ahead of the Democratic pack in the polls and Republican candidates scrambling to demonstrate who is best able to defeat her, the question isn’t whether America is ready for a woman president but rather can anyone stop her.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Vetoes Children’s Health Care Bill

President Bush may not have done his party any favor in coming elections by exercising his veto privilege—the fourth time he’s done so—to deep-six a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have renewed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Hadi Mizban

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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AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

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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AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

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


Larry Craig
AP Photo / Douglas C. Pizac

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


Newt Gingrich
AP Photo / Dino Vournas

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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AP Photo / Pioneer Press, Scott Takeshi, www.twincities.com

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.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


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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Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE    


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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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Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE    


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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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AP Photo / Bill Haber

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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