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Pounding Obamacare

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 ENLARGE


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Grounds for Impeachment

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 ENLARGE

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GOP in Fantasyland

No matter how contemptuous they may be about Obamacare, opponents have only two viable options: Repeal it or get over it.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE

Citizen Cruz

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Voter Suppression

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 19, 2013 ENLARGE

Great White Dope

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 ENLARGE

Christie’s Debate Phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

Held Up

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 ENLARGE

Egypt Democracy

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 ENLARGE

Tea Party

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 ENLARGE

Rodeo Clown

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 14, 2013 ENLARGE

Congress Goes on Summer Recess

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 ENLARGE

GOP Infighting

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 ENLARGE

Ted Cruz

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 ENLARGE

Embassy Closing

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 ENLARGE

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: B Is for Bailout

Republicans and the financial sector sequester the economic surplus in their own hands, price their economic rents to squeeze incomes, and then criminalize poverty as if the poor vote to be poor as a matter of choice!

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE

The Creative Destruction of Misguided Ideology

What happens when the insurance industry so touted by the conservative movement starts saying things that wholly contradict that movement’s talking points?

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

Shifty Congress

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 8, 2013 ENLARGE

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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

Republican Neighborhood Watch

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 ENLARGE


How the GOP Libya Witch Hunt Made Us Close Our Mideast Embassies and Crippled U.S. Diplomacy

The GOP is inadvertently pushing the U.S. into a posture of dangerous diplomatic weakness. This weakness is clear in the unprecedented closing of 21 U.S. embassies in the Middle East this weekend because of a vague terrorist threat apparently emanating from “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” based in Yemen.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE

Head Bangers

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 ENLARGE

Congressional Recess

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 ENLARGE

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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

Religion Challenges Left and Right

Here’s the challenge: Americans who are left-of-center are far more religiously diverse than their opponents on the conservative side. When it comes to matters of faith, liberals and Democrats have a far more complicated task of coalition management—although religion also raises some serious difficulties for the right.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

Knock Knock

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 ENLARGE

STOP Obamacare

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 ENLARGE

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Texas Republican Wants Wendy Davis to Pay for Her Filibuster

The Democratic state senator has responded to her colleague’s request that she “should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE


Why Republicans Want Jobs to Stay Anemic

Job-growth is sputtering. So why, exactly, do regressive Republicans continue to say “no” to every idea for boosting it — even last week’s almost absurdly modest proposal by President Obama to combine corporate tax cuts with increased spending on roads and other public works?

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE

Corporate Tax Rate Cut

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 ENLARGE

Obamacare Sabotage

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 3, 2013 ENLARGE

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The Party of (Nutty) Ideas

It’s not your imagination. The Republican Party really does seem to have taken leave of its senses.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE

Do Nothing

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Aug 1, 2013 ENLARGE


Measuring GOP Extremism: What Carville and Greenberg’s Latest Polling Reveals

It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist factions that currently dominate the GOP.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE

Al Franks

Obama Defends Summers, Franken Plans NSA Transparency Bill, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Anthony Weiner’s wife is reportedly taking a break from her job as Hillary Clinton’s top aide and North Carolina’s governor makes an insulting offer to protesters demonstrating against the state’s recently signed-into-law abortion bill.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 31, 2013 ENLARGE

Drowning in Denial

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 ENLARGE

Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE

Obama’s New ‘Grand Bargain,’ Scahill’s Reaction to Manning Verdict, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the intensifying feud between Chris Christie and Rand Paul and why GOP officials are upset over Liz Cheney’s decision to run for Senate in Wyoming.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 30, 2013 ENLARGE

This Really Angry Republican Wants to Be in Congress

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost is running for Congress. Apparently, he’s very loud. (UPDATE)

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE

No Labels Politicians Would Fix Broken Government

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 ENLARGE

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