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‘Left, Right & Center’: Hurricane Todd

Missouri congressman and Senate hopeful Todd Akin’s ideas on abortion in rape cases dominated the political conversation this week when the Romney campaign was just hitting its stride on the issues it wants to talk about: the cost of Obamacare and a lagging economy. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators give their take on these matters and more in the show’s latest installment. 

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Hidden Campaign Against Obama

If the election is tight, two Republican tactics—one well known and the other just emerging from the political sewer—could be enough to defeat President Barack Obama.

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For GOP, Storm Has Already Gathered

The uninvited participation of a hurricane at next week’s Republican convention would be superfluous. Buffeted by powerful internal winds, the party may be flooded with cash, but it’s already kind of a debris-strewn mess.

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No Exceptions

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Congress at Play

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Republicans Adopt ‘Rosemary’s Baby Exception’

According to Republican insiders, party elders have reportedly capitulated to nationwide demands for moderation in the party’s controversial anti-abortion platform.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow on the ‘New Back Alley’ Abortion

The image of a coat hanger has symbolized the kind of back-alley abortions that were common before Roe v. Wade made the medical procedure legal in this country. But perhaps now that gruesome image can be replaced with a new, more modern one.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



Palin Counsels Akin, Hurricane Threatens Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Ryan’s extreme anti-abortion record and why the GOP’s “We Built This!” convention theme isn’t exactly correct—at least, not when it comes to the venue it chose. 

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War on Women

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Hysteria

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Blaming the Victim, Again

At least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party’s alleged “war on women” was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin didn’t get the memo.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Skinny on GOP Trip to the Holy Land

Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming—at least one of them in the nude (that’s him pictured)—during a “fact-finding” trip to Israel last year.

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GOP Attacks Biden

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Attack Ads

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Romney Plans for Presidency, Touré Apologizes for N-Word Use, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s budget hurts the poor and Geraldo Rivera’s latest controversy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Voter ID Laws

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Facts Get in the Way

Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they’re not being equally truthful.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Who Is Paul Ryan?

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party mythology, Ryan is a messianic John Galt who will save America from a secret socialist conspiracy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Voodoo Economics Still Isn’t a Plan

By naming Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has endorsed what used to be known as “voodoo economics”—and restored that special brand of Republican superstition to the center of national debate.

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‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Skewers Sarah Palin

Jon Stewart poked fun at one of his favorite targets on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night. Stewart ripped into Sarah Palin for saying that she couldn’t think of any prominent Republicans who talk the way liberals do.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

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Paul Ryan’s Secret Weapon

Contrary to Democrats’ hopes, Mitt Romney’s choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for his running mate might not be such good news for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan: A Man With a Plan, From the Fiscal to the Physical

The floundering Romney campaign was thrown a life ring of sorts last week, from aboard the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned US Navy vessel based in Norfolk, Virginia.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Romney-Ryan Windmills

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Pennsylvania Judge Refuses to Block Voter ID Law

Democracy in action? More like democracy inaction. A Pennsylvania judge said he would not halt a strict new voter identification law that critics say could effectively disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of the population and disproportionally affect the young, the elderly and the poor in the state’s urban areas.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney and Ryan Project Vague Foreign Policy

Foreign affairs will be the most important issue of all to address as the United States staggers forward into the void, yet the matter will seldom appear in what’s left of the presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE


A Campaign Out of Balance

Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate underscores the central question posed by this campaign: Should cold selfishness become the template for our society, or do we still believe in community?

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Theorist

In the late 1960s and ’70s, liberals ran into trouble because they were easily mocked as impractical ideologues with excessive confidence in their own moral righteousness.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 READ MORE


Marvelous Romney and Ryan

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The Republican Revolt

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Romney Loves Paul Ryan

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Texting Instead of Driving?

It seems young people are more interested in buying iPhones than automobiles these days; Central American families with links to death squads helped Mitt Romney fund Bain Capital; and Jill Stein, the presidential nominee for the Green Party, went to jail for protesting home foreclosures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


Can Government Create Jobs or Not?

For most of President Obama’s term, Republicans have ignored the millions of jobs the Congressional Budget Office says the 2009 stimulus legislation created and instead argued that the government is incapable of boosting employment. Now the same GOP is barnstorming the country telling us the government can, in fact, create jobs—lots of them.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


Romney on Mars

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Do-Nothing Congress Olympics

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Will Conservatives Reject Obamacare’s Rebates?

Here’s a chance for all who think Obamacare is a socialist Big Government scheme to put their money where their ideology is: If you truly hate the Affordable Care Act, you must send back any of those rebate checks you receive from your insurance companies thanks to the new law.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


Voter Suppression

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GOP Catch-22, ‘Romney Hood’ vs. ‘Obamaloney,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more speculation on Romney’s running mate and sh*t that Rep. Allen West says.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE


Warring Over Tax Returns

Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Romney Book Oops, Chick-fil-A Protests, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Reid challenging Romney’s tax records and two Republican congressional candidates competing to see which one is more intolerant.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Obama Animus on the Left Reaches Hysterical Proportions

While going through my weekly ration of hate comments from my ultra-left readers, I wondered what they expect to achieve by their actions—or inaction.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



A Ridiculous Obama Rumor, Romney’s Tax Increases, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another GOP lawmaker goes birther and Jon Stewart mocks the Romney campaign’s latest international gaffe.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11

Caution: Rep. Mike Kelly has made a statement so ridiculous it might make your head spin. To see the Pennsylvania Republican’s remark, click below.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE


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