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The Great Deregulator

Bill Clinton bears as much responsibility as any politician for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the wild applause for his disingenuous speech at the Democratic National Convention last week is a sure sign of the poverty of what passes for progressive politics.

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Democrats Can Win the Argument and Lose the Election

Talking to volunteers, I saw the immensity of Obama’s task, especially as the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican super PACs overwhelm the voters with misleading ads.

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Polygraph

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Beautiful Dreamer

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The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

What should be done starting in January to boost a recovery that by anyone’s measure is still anemic? In truth, not even the Jobs Act will be enough.

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Obama’s Advantage, Romney’s Openings

Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn’t stand a chance. But then a candidate with Mitt Romney’s shortcomings, including his failure to ignite much enthusiasm within his own party, wouldn’t stand a chance, either.

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Obama’s Hope and Change 2.0

The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

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A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran

President Barack Obama said, “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions.” The refusal of 120 countries to boycott Iran undermines the point.

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The Empty Chair

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Gracias Arizona

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Want Hope and Change? Build a Real Left

It’s fine to catalog the sins of Obama, but it’s a largely meaningless parlor game unless we offer a coherent vision that outlines a winning strategy.

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Democrats Show Republicans How It’s Done

Judging by the party conventions, you’d wonder why this election is even close.

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Mitt Romney and China

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‘Daily Show’: Stewart Mocks Democrats for GOP-Like Convention

Jon Stewart is having difficulty telling the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions apart, thanks to some party role reversals this year.

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Conservatives Rip Fluke’s Speech, Reiterate Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

Conservatives are once again leveling the false claim that Fluke, the women’s rights activist who was thrust into the national spotlight after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” wants the government to pay for her to have sex.

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The Democrats’ Government Tutorial

Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments—the explainer in chief.

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Watch: Democrats Reinsert ‘God,’ ‘Jerusalem’ Into Party Platform

The official Democratic Party Platform should have been approved easily during a vote, but it wasn’t. Instead, it became a moment of opportunity for the Republicans after a commotion erupted among Democrats on the convention floor over removal of the words “God” and “Jerusalem” from the platform.

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Is John Roberts Coming for Your Vote?

Racial nostalgists working to restore white political power through voter suppression may have an ally in the Supreme Court.

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

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Eastwooding Mitt’s Tax Returns

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Thoughts of MittMao

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Madeleine Albright: Why Would Any Woman Vote for Mitt?

The former secretary of state articulated in an interview Monday what quite a few people have probably thought but not publicly stated, especially given the GOP’s recent assault against women’s rights.

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Too Many Mitts

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Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

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Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention?

The social media driven effort to get the 90-years-young actress began after Clint Eastwood’s awkward, rambling and nonsensical introduction of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention that involved, among other things, the actor and filmmaker speaking to an empty chair.

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Tampa Defines the Charlotte Imperative

The Obama Democrats who gather in Charlotte this week have a big advantage over Tampa’s Romney Republicans.

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Romney’s Lies and Liars

I once wrote, about Gerald Ford, that an honest politician is one who lies only when he has to. Ford, a pretty straight shooter, is gone now. He has been replaced by Mitt Romney the ignorant and Paul Ryan the liar.

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The Hellephant

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Labor Day and the Election of 2012: It’s Inequality, Stupid

The most troubling economic trend facing America this Labor Day weekend is the increasing concentration of income, wealth and political power at the very top – among a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people – and the steady decline of the great American middle class.

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We Built the Romneytron

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Obama Responds to Eastwood, Rush Praises Clint, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another possible Paul Ryan lie, and a key battleground state makes a decision that could affect the presidential election’s outcome.

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Another Republican Says Something Dumb About Rape and Pregnancy

This latest mind-blowing, idiotic remark comes courtesy of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, who said something eerily similar to Missouri GOP candidate Todd Akin, the man who claimed women rarely get pregnant as a result of rape.

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Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Texas Voter ID Law Rejected

A federal court ruled Thursday against a Texas voter ID law pushed by Republicans that would have disproportionately affected minority and low-income voters.

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Romney, Ryan and Rand

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The Republican Party Asserting Its Authority

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Michael Moore: People Should Start to Practice the Words ‘President Romney’

The Academy Award-winning director is among those predicting a Romney victory in November. Why? Because the right is outstripping the left in money and motivation. And because Obama’s performance over the last four years has discouraged the liberal public.

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Brewer ‘Endorses’ Obama, Condi Shines at Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest possible feud between Sarah Palin and Fox News and what was possibly the biggest lie in Paul Ryan’s very misleading convention speech.

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GOP Bankroller’s Daughter Gets Violent With Reporters

A woman identified as the daughter of billionaire GOP financier Sheldon Adelson pushed a “Democracy Now!” reporter before grabbing the crew’s camera, throwing it to the floor and disappearing into one of the Republican National Convention hall’s corporate suites.

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GOP Convention Day 3: Paul Ryan’s Many Lies

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s convention speech was good, according to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Even if it was, you know, filled with factual errors and all.

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Fear and Loathing in Florida 2012

The tea partyers are useful hucksters, but those barbarians are not yet at the gate. The real fear and loathing rest where they have always been, in the familiar guise of freshly tailored suits, cigar-chomping patriarchs with their women trailing five steps behind.

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GOP Author of Voter ID Law Admits to Racist Email

South Carolina state. Rep. Alan Clemmons, the lawmaker who wrote a voter ID law that the Justice Department considers discriminatory, isn’t helping his side’s case by his positive response to a racist email.

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‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Talks Todd Akin, Vaginas and the RNC

Jon Stewart and company missed an eventful week during their recent hiatus, but they’re back just in time for the Republican National Convention. And also to talk about the most important issues of the campaign: Todd Akin and vaginas.

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Racist Taunt Gets Attendees Evicted at Convention

Two attendees at the Republican National Convention were removed from the grounds after tossing nuts at a black camera operator for CNN and saying, “This is how we feed animals,” the network said.

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Convention Speaker Complains: Government Doesn’t Give Me Enough Money

Aren’t Republicans supposed to argue that the government gives out too much money, not that it gives out too little? Evidently, someone forgot to tell that to GOP convention speaker Phil Archuletta, a business owner who ripped the government for not giving him more financial help.

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Romney and the Media Parrot

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How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

The Republican Party has developed three means of bypassing the mainstream media and its fact-checkers.

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Convention Day Two: Ron Paul Delegates Lose Fight to Be Reseated

Tuesday’s roll call vote to nominate Mitt Romney for president at the Republican National Convention didn’t go off without a hitch, as Ron Paul supporters caused quite a ruckus. Still, a boisterous chant of “seat Maine now” was not enough to reseat 10 delegates from the state who are supportive of Paul’s presidential candidacy.

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Paul Ryan: Rape Is a ‘Method of Conception’

Rep. Paul Ryan, who comes from the party that brought you such ridiculous notions as women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape” and a child conceived from rape is just like a child born out of wedlock, added one more to the chorus of stupid GOP ideas on rape during a recent interview. 

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