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Election Mystery Money Fuels Most Presidential Campaigns

More than $4 million from donors who by law can remain anonymous has been channeled to efforts to elect White House hopefuls like Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Proves It’s Possible to Win a Debate You Didn’t Attend

The clear winner of the final Republican debate before the first votes are cast in Iowa was nowhere to be found, and poor Ted Cruz suffered terribly for it, The Guardian writes.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE


Decisions

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GOP Hari-Kari

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American War Crimes: Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter

There’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



America 2016: What Happens When a Nation Gives Too Much Political Power to the Super Rich

As the high-powered shenanigans of Las Vegas casino mogul and GOP bankroller Sheldon Adelson show, “Oligarchy, rule by the few, also tends to become rule by the monstrously self-centered,” Paul Krugman writes in The New York Times.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Nevada Newspaper’s Secret Buyer, Magazine Reports

The casino mogul and conservative bankroller is the formerly anonymous purchaser of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fortune magazine reports.

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Private GOP Memo Suggests That a Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning

“Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave,” the leaked message from the campaign arm for Senate Republicans declares.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



The American Hunger Games

Let’s send the six Republican candidates for the presidency into the wilderness, weapons in hand, one at a time, and examine their minor differences to see what we can expect in a coming Republican era of “good times.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP’s Self-Inflicted Wound

As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



‘America Is Not a Planet’ and Other Republican Remarks About Climate Change

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Paris, here is a sample of Republican denials of the science of climate change, compiled by The Guardian.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Era Sees Conservatives Tighten Grip on States

During Obama’s tenure, Republicans have gained unprecedented power at the state level, doubling the number of state legislatures that they control and securing 32 governorships.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Explains How His Party Descended Into Insanity and Chaos

The other night I phoned a former GOP congressmen with whom I’d worked on legislation in the ’90s. I wanted his take on something: Are the presidential hopefuls really as weird as they seem?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Finances and the Art of Ignoring Conflicts and Contradictions

There are plenty of pieces missing from Trump’s financial story that call into question both his skill as a dealmaker and his business acumen.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Fools, Fascists and Cold Warriors: Take Your Pick

Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars Western capitalist societies in moments of disarray.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Plague of American Authoritarianism

It is too easy to believe in a binary logic that categorizes a country as either strictly authoritarian or strictly democratic, and leaves no room for the possibility of a mixture of the two. American politics today suggests a more updated if not different form of authoritarianism.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE


Glass Slipper

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Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie’s Big Claims: Fact-Checking the GOP Debate

Jeb Bush claimed to have created 1.3 million jobs; Chris Christie said he balanced New Jersey’s budget without raising taxes; and Donald Trump put his net worth at more than $10 billion. True or false?

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



How Much Do We Value Work?

Will any Republican candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights?

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Hoax of Climate Denial

It’s often claimed that environmental science done in federal agencies is “politically driven” and therefore suspect. While widely held, the idea is demonstrably false. It ignores the simple fact that most of the major contributions of the twentieth century, at least in the physical sciences, came from just such government science.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



You Can Call Him Jeb!

Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb Bush has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn’t everyone else quaking in fear?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jeb, Trade and Hillary

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s struggle to answer whether he would have gone to war in Iraq. Also, Obama and Democrats clash over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t taken a question from the press since mid-April.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE


GOP in 2016

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Tea Party

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Cruz

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Ted Cruz and the GOP

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GOP Insanity Explained

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GOP and Foreign Policy

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Hillary Emails and Iran Letter

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Open Letter to Iran

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Senate Letter to Iran

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Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s blueprint for a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance” is nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Republicans Sue Over Affordable Care Act

House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over some of the president’s actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of executive authority.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE


Rand Paul’s Pizza

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Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE


Repub Rebrand

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Stephen Colbert on the Republican Party’s Failed Attempts to Court Female Voters

The midterm elections are coming up, and despite the fact that a Politico poll shows Republicans have serious “lady problems,” as the “Colbert Report” host puts it, most GOP candidates seem hellbent on continuing to ignore and belittle more than half the country’s population.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



‘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.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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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


Headless GOP

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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.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


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


Republican Party

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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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