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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



Christian Guthier (CC-BY)

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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AP / Eric Gay

Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Wars and Potential Wars Abound

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



Invisible Children Linked to Anti-Gay Groups

Invisible Children has received donations from known anti-gay groups for its Kony 2012 campaign; a U.S. soldier went on a killing spree in Afghanistan; meanwhile, our tax dollars are being used to transmit Rush Limbaugh’s show to U.S. troops abroad. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE


Romney: Rick Santorum Isn’t Conservative Enough to Be My VP

Still running to his right, Mitt Romney tells Fox News that rival Rick Santorum isn’t sufficiently fiscally conservative to be his vice president.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Other War Drums

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Never Learn

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Roller Coaster Dow

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Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE


Choose Your Own Words Here

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Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE


A Field of Hawks

Unless Ron Paul somehow wins the nomination, it looks as if a vote for the Republican presidential candidate this fall will be a vote for war with Iran.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


Can Obama Muzzle the Dogs of War?

Unlike his irresponsible critics on the right, Obama cannot ignore the potential costs of another Mideast war, which could wreck fragile economies both here and abroad, increase the peril to U.S. troops in Afghanistan as well as throughout the region, and perhaps escalate into a global conflict of unpredictable scope.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



James Vaughan (CC-BY-SA)

It’s About Sex and the ’60s

Mitt Romney clearly has no idea what his party stands for and is running against. To put it in Rick Santorum’s words, “It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Tortoise and the Tortoises

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Thierry Ehrmann (CC-BY)

The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: They’re going to force nuclear power on the public, despite the astronomically high risks, both financial and environmental.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Happens

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney: Winning Votes, Not Love

Mitt Romney is grinding his way to the Republican presidential nomination not by winning hearts but by imposing his will on a party that keeps resisting him.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Super Tuesday Results

After the jump are the primary and caucus results from Super Tuesday, with 416 delegates in 10 states at stake. Updated

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


And the Winner Is ...

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GOP Candidates Rush From Judgment

So let’s get this straight: These guys want us to believe they’re ready to face down Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Un, the Taliban and what’s left of al-Qaida. Yet they’re scared of a talk-radio buffoon.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE


Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment (Audio Fixed)

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



America's Power (CC-BY)

Super Tuesday: Missing the Primary Issue

What happens in Ohio politics never stays in Ohio, and there are two story lines there on the eve of Super Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



Vox Efx (CC-BY)

The GOP in 2012: Strange Party, Strange Year

Now comes Super Tuesday, with 10 states in play—that really means Ohio.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE


Precious Romney

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Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE


Gasbag

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Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


The Danger of Mitt Being Mitt

Political consultants tell candidates to be authentic—to “be yourself.” In Mitt Romney’s case, that might not be such good advice.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


The Opposite of Snobbery

Say what you will about this era’s Republican presidential candidates; they at least have chutzpah.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


Santorum Swipes at Snobs

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Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


A Win Is a Win

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Powered by Plutocracy

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Mitt Romney (CC-BY)

Romney’s Budget-Balancing for Dummies

Mitt Romney must think “conservatives” very stupid if he’s promising to balance the federal budget by eliminating nominal amounts spent on the nation’s cultural programs.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



Jason Hargrove (CC-BY)

Mitt Romney: An Extremist for the Privileged

There is a terrible bias in the mainstream media, which judge “moderation” almost entirely in relation to positions on social issues such as abortion or gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Romney Survives Santorum to Win Michigan, Arizona

Polls suggested it might be an embarrassing night for Mitt Romney, whose campaign of inevitability depended on wins in home state Michigan and Mormon-friendly Arizona, but he proved resilient in both states.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


Exit Pulse

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Sean (CC-BY-ND)

Michigan’s GOP Primary: Now With More Democrats

According to exit polls and Nate Silver, 41 percent of the people voting in Michigan’s Republican primary identify as Democrat or independent.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (CC-BY)

Republican Snowe Drops Out of the Battle for the Senate

One of the few moderate Republicans left in Congress, if not the universe, Sen. Olympia Snowe said she has decided not to run for re-election because of “an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies” in politics and government.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


Mr. Clean

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Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE    



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Santorum in the Extreme

Beneath that sweater vest beats the heart of a calculating and increasingly desperate politician who has gone beyond pandering all the way to shameless demagoguery.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Tenuous Lead

If the election were held right now, President Obama would likely win by about the same margin that propelled him into office in 2008. But how fragile are his current advantages?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


Hee-Haw

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Romney and Santorum: The Warmongers!

If this was the last Republican debate, or the last important one, it was as entertaining and revealing as most of the previous 19. And scary.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Missing Link

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Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

The Gang That Couldn’t Bomb Straight

Here we go again. With the economy showing faint signs of life, the leading Republican candidates have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


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