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‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Jeb Bush’s Optimism School

The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

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McDonald’s Advises Workers How Much to Tip Their Pool Boys and Au Pairs

McDonald’s once again displayed its utter ignorance of the lives of its low-wage workers in an online advice column recommending seasonal tipping rates for luxury services. And on the same day those workers joined a nationwide walkout protesting poverty wages. Yes, Ronald McDonald is a clown, but still ...

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP’s Corporate Soul Trying to Wrest Control From the Tea Party

In a couple of special elections for congressional seats, traditional big business backers of the Republican Party are investing heavily in primary campaigns to try to grab the steering wheel from the tea party. How successful they are could have broad repercussions for how Washington works, and for the nation.

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The Ghost of Authoritarianism in the Age of the Shutdown

The threat of authoritarianism to democracy is alive and well in the United States, and its presence can be felt in the historical conditions leading up to the partial government shutdown and the refusal on the part of the new extremists to raise the debt ceiling.

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Garry Wills Calls Out Moderate Republicans as Cowards

The award-winning historian draws comparisons between tea party Republicans and pre-Civil War secessionists—and criticizes the failure of Republicans to confront the extremism in their midst.

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Whom to Blame for the Shutdown? How About Ourselves?

With a political process skewed to ensure the re-election of incumbents, and low voter turnout in midterm congressional primaries and elections, we have a system ripe for exploitation. And so it has been. Yet we do nothing to try to change it.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE


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The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American ‘Democracy’

Politics, 79-year-old casino mogul Sheldon Adelson told The Wall Street Journal, is like poker: “I don’t cry when I lose. There’s always a new hand coming up.” He said he could double his 2012 giving in future elections. “I’ll spend that much and more,” he said. “Let’s cut any ambiguity.”

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



Former RNC Chair Steele Slams GOP, Colbert’s Sister Wins Primary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest efforts by Congress to avoid a government shutdown and Michele Bachmann tries to run away from a reporter.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Make My Day: Legalize Gay Marriage, Eastwood Says

The man who has played the good, the bad and the ugly both in Hollywood and American politics has come out in favor of same-sex marriage as he added his name to a legal brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on such unions.

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Are Republicans Going the Way of the Whigs?

If I were a Republican activist, I think I would give up reading political journalism for a while. I might even turn to reading history, say the history of whatever happened to the Whig Party.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE


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GOP Governors Would Help the Rich Pick Your Pockets

A slew of Republican governors are taking advantage of an “improving economy and a gradual rebound in revenues” to aggressively push for cuts to personal and corporate income taxes, and propose to make up the difference by raising sales taxes.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Meet Texas Tea Partyer and Senate Aspirant Ted Cruz

Paul Ryan isn’t the only false intellectual coughed up by the right in recent years. Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated son of a Cuban revolutionary and former solicitor general of Texas, is gunning to make a “thinking man’s” defense of economic austerity from the U.S. Senate.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’ Expands the Presidential Debate

Third-party candidates shut out of the debate in Denver had their voices heard on a special live, expanded broadcast of “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday evening. The program paused to give Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson equal time to respond to questions asked during the official debate.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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6 Questions for the Author of ‘Boss Rove’

Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine speaks with Craig Unger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, about “Boss Rove,” Unger’s new expose of the unofficial godfather of the Republican Party and perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



Religion Destroyed the Republican Party

Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party.

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Ralph Nader: Raise the Minimum Wage

Ralph Nader believes that the call to raise the minimum wage has the potential to divide the Republican Party, which has not been split on any major issue in Congress since Obama took office.

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The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

In the years of America’s conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” have continued to mount elsewhere.

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Once Upon a Romney

A progressive, sensitive and highly rational Romney? Yes, but you have to skip Mitt and go all the way back to the words of his father George to make the connection.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The GOP Goes Off the Rails

Death wish isn’t too extreme a phrase to describe the Republicans’ recent conduct. What else could explain their behavior this summer?

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Steele: GOP Embracing Tea Party Movement

With an eye on this year’s midterm elections and a look back at where the Republican Party might have misstepped in recent months, RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped in at “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to discuss the so-called tea party movement. He said the movement’s rise is “a revelatory moment for us” and that the GOP can “crystallize that new foundational support for our principles” in 2010.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Godspeed, Colin Powell

In the latest attempt at figuring out how to give the GOP the makeover of a lifetime, former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave his version of the Grand Reform on “Face the Nation” Sunday. Criticizing the “diktats” of the far right and their “shrill” and “judgmental” tone, he spoke of broadening the base to win people back. As usual, Karl Rove readily fired back.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Extreme Makeover: Republican Edition

They may be drawing from the same ol’ value system—based on buzzwords like individualism, faith, “family values” and free market capitalism—but prominent members of the GOP, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, are looking to revamp their party’s image and regain political traction.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Republicans on a Bridge to Nowhere

At this point, I’m almost ready to start rooting for the Republicans. No, not really. There’s no “mercy rule” in politics. And anyway, the increasingly bitter ideologues who control what’s left of the Grand Old Party are so bereft of new ideas—and so determined to obstruct rather than collaborate—that I could never wish them well.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Is the Limbaugh Love-In a Deliberate Distraction?

Is Rush Limbaugh’s sudden elevation to the top tier of the Republican Party a naturally occurring phenomenon ... or a vast left-wing conspiracy? Some among the GOP’s ranks suspect that the latter is the answer.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: A Party in Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh staked his claim to primacy in the GOP recently. Jon Stewart is at the ready with a response. This includes a cultural reference to Russian nesting dolls. Sometimes absurdity is the best policy.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Rahm Emanuel: Limbaugh Is the Voice of the GOP

What does the future hold for the Grand Old Party? For his part, President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gave some credit, however credible, to Rush Limbaugh as an intellectual force to be reckoned with on the right. Here’s what Emanuel had to say on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Limbaugh and Steele Lock Horns in GOP Rumble

¿Quién es más macho? And who’s the rightful leader of the GOP? Both Rush Limbaugh and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are claiming the title in a curious kind of public arm-wrestling match that also pits entertainment against politics (as if the two weren’t already interconnected).

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Black Politician Named as GOP Chairman

Could this be the Republican Party’s attempted answer to Barack Obama? Or is that too cynical a read on the new appointment of the GOP’s first African-American party chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele?

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Bucks

What’s Racist About ‘Obama Bucks’?

Uh, in what way does putting Barack Obama on a food stamp mock-up, surrounded by fried chicken, ribs and watermelon, not read as racist?

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Jackson Browne Sues Team McCain, Republican Party

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is not thrilled that his song “Running on Empty” was co-opted by the Ohio Republican Party and used as an anthem for a commercial that Browne believed made it seem as though he supported John McCain’s presidential campaign. Au contraire, Ohio GOP.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Knows All
time.com

Adviser: McCain Backs Bush’s Wiretaps

As if 100 years in Iraq wasn’t enough, a top adviser to John McCain claims that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee supports and believes lawful Bush’s infamous warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
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McCain Campaign Hits Turbulence

Internal shake-ups among Sen. John McCain’s campaign aides, unusual structuring choices within his camp and the worry among some Republicans that their presumptive nominee isn’t capitalizing sufficiently on the Democrats’ current chaos are all spelling trouble for Team McCain.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


Greenspan Slams Team Bush in New Memoir

Alan Greenspan is no fan of the Bush administration or the once-dominant congressional Republicans.  In his new memoir, “The Age of Turbulence:  Adventures in a New World,” the former Federal Reserve chairman disparages the two groups for violating the GOP’s values on spending and small government. Updated

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


David Iglesias
dailylobo.com

More Dirt on the GOP’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Campaign

Ousted U.S. Attorney David Iglesias says he believes he was fired, in part, for failing to meet the obsessive demands of a nonprofit organization with ties to the Republican Party that allegedly sought to limit the voting rights of minorities.  Is there a more heinous political practice than the disenfranchisement of minority voters after so long a struggle?

Posted on Jul 1, 2007 READ MORE


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