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The Devil We Don’t Know

It’s quite possible that on Election Day, voters’ most urgent concerns—economic or not—will be driven by overseas events that neither President Obama nor his Republican opponent can predict or control.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The Globalization of Hollow Politics

I went to Lille in northern France to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate Francois Hollande. I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


The Next Republican Party

Once upon a time there was a political tribe called "liberal Republicans," led by chieftains named Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, Mac Mathias and others.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after he returned from the Summit of the Americas.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


What Mitt Romney Seems to Believe (and Why He’s So Disliked)

With the Republican primary contest over and the general election under way, Mitt Romney faces a voting public whose disdain for him has reached levels that pollsters describe as “historic.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Money Struggles, Not Mommy Wars

Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Two Mitts

It’s all over but the shouting, or, in this case, the polite applause: Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential nominee. But which Mitt Romney? Will it be Mitt One or Mitt Two?

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Republicans Block the Buffett Rule

Senate Republicans shot down a move to open debate on a rule supported by President Obama, congressional Democrats and the billionaire investor for whom it’s named that would force the wealthiest Americans to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE


Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Quiet Campaign: Voter Suppression

The 2012 presidential election is not only about who votes for Barack Obama and who votes for Mitt Romney. It is also about who votes.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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How Santorum Boxed in Romney

In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another, and forced the now inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma. 

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Krupa

Uncle Mitt Feels Your Pain

The pain of the Great Recession lingers, remaining a big obstacle to President Barack Obama’s hopes for re-election.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


Republicans on Board

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Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


Sunk

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Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


Partisan Supreme Court

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Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Lose-Lose Politics

If Mitt Romney had walked by a room called The Forum at the University of Southern California last Wednesday, he would quit his presidential race right now.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


Handicapping the Veep Stakes

Playing second fiddle to Mitt Romney won’t be easy, but somebody has to be his running mate.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

Obama by Default

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Romney, Romney, Romney Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all went for Mitt on Tuesday night, making Rick Santorum look even more like a party crasher.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Romney

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Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



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He’ll Still Be the Mitt We Know

The problem for Mitt Romney, assuming he eventually wins the GOP nomination, is that a general election campaign isn’t really like an Etch A Sketch. Alas, traces from the primaries linger.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


Handmaid’s Tale

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GOP Individual Mandate

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Pink Slime

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Five Hypocrites and One Bad Plan

The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


Overturning Health Care Law Could Be the ‘Best Thing’ Ever for Democrats

James Carville doesn’t think it would be good for the country, but if the Supreme Court decides to throw out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, from a purely political angle, “the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


NRA and the GOP

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Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE


Etch A Sketch

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The Right’s Etch A Sketch Imperative

Clarifying moments are rare in politics. Over the last week, Americans were blessed with three.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE


Etch A Mitt

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Weapons of Mass Family Planning

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Obama Fast-Tracks Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

Responding to criticism from Republicans for supposedly stonewalling development of the nation’s oil supplies, President Obama has ordered the government to accelerate work on a 485-mile Texas-to-Oklahoma portion of the recently rejected 1,170-mile Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice

With Mitt Romney’s super-PAC limo now on cruise control to victory at the GOP convention, voters are left with only two reasons to vote against Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


Etch-A-Sketch

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Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Religious Head Count

The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



Karger Campaign

The Gay, Jewish, Pro-Pot Republican Candidate Has Something to Say

Fred Karger is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination—one of five remaining, if you count him.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nam Y. Huh

Romney Wins Illinois, Rivals Aren’t Going Anywhere

The fact that Newt Gingrich, who has done little to impress in this Republican primary, can afford to stay in the race tells you why Mitt Romney’s huge win in Illinois on Tuesday night actually means very little.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Stuck in a Campaign Rut

Thus far, the 2012 presidential campaign has been unfocused, dispiriting and largely irrelevant. By the time Election Day comes, a weary nation will be at the point of pulling the covers over its head and screaming, “Somebody, please, make it stop.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE


Rick Santorum

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Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE


The Fracking of American Politics

The "values" voters are going to be disappointed, perhaps enraged, if President Obama is re-elected or if he is replaced by Mitt Romney. Their next move then will be to try to change the electoral system.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Santorum Needs Gingrich in the Race

If Rick Santorum wants to keep Mitt Romney from wrapping up the Republican nomination before the convention, he should encourage Newt Gingrich to stay in the race, not drop out.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Ladies Night

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