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AP Photo / Anja Niedringhaus

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


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

David Bohrer / The White House

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

AP Photo/Cheryl Senter

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


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

Snickers anti-gay commercial

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


    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

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE    

    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

    Lincoln Chafee

    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

    Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE    

    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

    Sherrod Brown
    Flickr / Ohioprogressive

    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

    Gay marriage

    GOP Retreats to Homophobia as Election Nears

    Republicans across the country have seized the threat of gay marriage in a desperate attempt to hold on to Congress.  Now that the “security” issue no longer offers the boost it once did, the GOP is counting on homophobia to drive voter turnout.

    Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Joe Conason: Bush’s Defeated Bluster on Iraq

    The president’s attempt to whitewash “stay the course” from the nation’s collective memory is emblematic of the bankruptcy of his administration’s policy on Iraq.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE

    Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stone

    ‘Worst Congress Ever’

    Rolling Stone examines the tragedy and absurdity of the legislature under Bush.  Also, don’t miss its picks for the 10 worst Congress members in America.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE

    Bill Frist

    Frist Asks the Impossible

    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said if Republican candidates want to win in November, they should get voters to focus on issues other than the Iraq war. (h/t: AMERICAblog)

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE

    Staying the Rhetorical Course

    George Bush has dealt with the failure of his “stay the course” strategy by pretending it never existed, but will other candidates who once abused the phrase follow suit?  And will the media hold them accountable?

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE

    Karl Rove

    Rove Barks at NPR

    During a tense interview with NPR, Karl Rove defended his claim that the GOP will hold on to both houses of Congress and accused host Robert Siegel of bias. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Olbermann: GOP Is Biggest Terror Org in USA

    The MSNBC host uses a recent GOP ad and a copy of Webster’s Dictionary to buttress his argument that the Republican Party is the largest terrorist organization in the country.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE

    Independent Surge Troubles Politicians

    The number of independent voters has grown steadily in recent years, particularly in the Southwest.  Politicians have had a difficult time appealing to the less predictable group, which includes everyone from ex-libertarians to young people who think of political parties as irrelevant. 
    Update: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows independents favor Democrats by 2 to 1.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE

    Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert’s Guide to Republican Folly

    In case you lost track, Stephen Colbert offers this rundown of Republican debacles.  From phantom WMDs to Mark Foley, the “Report” host highlights the greatest hits of GOP mania.

    Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Lesbian wedding
    flickr/Coffee Monster

    Gay Marriage Scare Wears Thin

    In the 2004 election, anti-gay ballot measures effectively drew conservatives to the ballot box, but the appeal of banning gay marriage is wearing off, polls suggest.

    Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Politics Make for Very Strange Bedfellows

    So, as if the Mark Foley stuff wasn’t weird enough already, it’s about to get even weirder and nastier. According to Max Blumenthal at The Nation, some anti-Republican gay rights activists (inspired apparently by the Foley scandal and a supposed “gay clique” that some claim to be responsible for the coverup) sent a memo with the names of closeted congressional staffers to Christian-right advocacy groups in hopes of inciting a “purge” of gay Republicans from Washington.

    Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE

    Texas GOP Plays Atheist Card in Judge Race

    The Republican Party of Texas has sent out a newsletter calling a Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals a “professed atheist.” A local poli sci professor says he’s never seen the religion card pushed that hard. (via Andrew Sullivan)

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Dems Leaving GOP Bloodied at Polls

    Four national surveys on Oct. 9 confirmed that Democrats enjoy huge 20-point leads over GOP’ers in the upcoming elections. Also:

  • NYT: Dems pull even to GOP’ers for first time in terrorism-handling ratings
  • USA Today: 54% say GOP’ers acted for “political reasons” in Foleygate
  • Wash Po: Bush is at 39%
  • CNN: 52% think Hastert should resign

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Republicans Revise Election Estimates

    A top GOP strategist has said Republicans may lose as many as 30 House seats in the coming election.  Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Elephant backsides
    Left: NYT Mag; right: Time (composition: Blair Golson / Truthdig)

    Elephant Backsides on Parade

    Weird: Both Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine are using images of elephant backsides to illustrate cover stories this week—but for wildly different purposes: Time is writing about the breakdown of Republican society, and The N.Y. Times Mag is writing about the breakdown of actual elephant society. (more…)

    Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE

    Poll: the Fallout From Foleygate

    A Newsweek poll has the Democrats favored over Republicans 53% to 35% in the congressional elections while Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 33% in the wake of Foleygate. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE

    Report: Republican Was the Source of Foley E-Mails

    Unfounded conservative bluster from Tony Blankley and Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, the source who provided the media with Mark Foley’s e-mails is a lifelong Republican.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE

    Matthews and Perkins

    Christian Conservative: Gays Likelier to Molest Kids

    Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, falsely argued on “Hardball” that homosexual men are likelier to abuse children than heterosexuals.  With comments like this, one might argue conservatives are likelier to abuse gays, not to mention the truth. (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE

    AP / Lawrence Jackson

    Foley Scandal Could Cost GOP Control of Congress

    George Stephanopolous says that if Republican leaders knew of and kept quiet about X-rated text messages (as opposed to the simply “overfriendly” ones) former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a page, “It’s game over. The leadership will have to resign.”
    (More after the jump...)

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush’s Torture Bill: Worse Than You Think

    The interrogation bill headed for Bush’s desk would allow him to detain anyone indefinitely and decide (privately) what constitutes torture; it eliminates habeas corpus and judicial review, and it permits coerced evidence. The N.Y. Times calls it “our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE

    Molly Ivins: Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)

    With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Limbaugh Blames Dems for GOP Scam

    Rush Limbaugh, with the kind of moral vacuousness that has come to define the man, recently blamed the “stupidity” of Democrats for allowing Republicans to disenfranchise voters: “And they show up on Wednesday to vote when the polls are closed, and the Democrats claim a trick has been played on them. That’s how stupid some of their voters are.”
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE

    Left, Right and Center

    Left, Right and Center

    Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller, for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: the Bush-Republican detainee-interrogation deal, U.N. rants, midterm elections, corporate spying, upheaval at the Los Angeles Times and the furor surrounding the pope’s recent comments on Islam.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE

    California's Governor

    GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

    Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Senate Trio
    left two: Think Progress/right:

    Rogue Senators Show Signs of Compromise With Bush

    The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise.  On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.

    Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Chris Buckley
    From Forbes FYI

    Buckley: Let’s Quit While We’re Behind

    Humorist and former Bush I speechwriter Christopher Buckley, a once-staunch Republican, writes that he hopes his party loses both houses in November. And as for Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”? Buckley suggests it should be termed “incontinent conservatism.”

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE

    GOP Losing Dixie Chicks

    Southern women are turning away from the Republican Party, due to the president?s handling of the war.  As one Southerner put it: ?As a mother you worry, ‘Am I going to lose my baby boy?’ A mother’s view about war is often going to be a lot different than dad’s is.?  (h/t: AMERICAblog)

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE

    In Ads, Republicans Run Away from Bush

    GOP’ers who once bragged in campaign materials about their close relationship with the president have started whitewashing their connections with the now-toxic Bush from their political ads and websites.

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE

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