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DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street

If the New York mayor only read the fine news service that carries his name he could not claim that “It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis.”

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Herman Cain Explains

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GOP Jobs Plan

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Mitt Might Not Fit

The Republican Party’s inevitable decision to nominate Mitt Romney for president is starting to look evitable after all.

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Equal Time

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Do No Harm

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Vote Cain

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Job Creation Republicans Will Support

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Let Herman Be Gone

Responding to his insurgent campaign’s first crisis, Herman Cain was upbeat and defiant. “To quote my chief of staff and all the people around this country, ‘Let Herman be Herman,’” he said Monday. “And Herman is gonna stay Herman.” I was afraid of that.

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Halloween and Radio Unreality

A radio show decades ago is misremembered as having caused widespread panic on Halloween; Congress has become just another form of legalized bribery; and the left-wing San Francisco Chronicle has been covering that city’s Occupy movement like a right-wing paper. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

He’s for Real: Herman Cain Leads in Iowa

Many keen political observers have not taken the ascendancy of Herman Cain seriously, because they know winning the Republican presidential nomination isn’t about national polls, it’s about Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the other primaries and caucuses. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

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Have and Have-Not Nation

The hard-right conservatives who dominate the Republican Party claim to despise the redistribution of wealth, but secretly they love it—as long as the process involves depriving the poor and middle class to benefit the rich, not the other way around.

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This Herman Cain Ad Cannot Be Real, but It Is

From “Saturday Night Live” comes this … what’s that? This unbelievably bizarre Herman Cain campaign ad is real? The Baltimore Sun calls it “unorthodox,” which is an understatement considering this is from the Republicans’ leading contender for the presidency.

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Occupy/Abandon

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Poster Boy (CC-BY)

Global Warming Just Got Hotter

For the clueless or cynical die-hards who deny global warming, it’s getting awfully cold out there.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government

It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Romney’s Religion Reveals About His Politics

What does the career of the former Massachusetts governor tell us about the ideology of the LDS church—and what his personal beliefs may portend if he becomes the first Mormon in the Oval Office?

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Cain and the Kochs

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Nice Debates, Guys, but You’re in Trouble

So what did we learn these last few weeks? To begin with, Republicans are people too.

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AP / Andrew Burton

Let Them Eat Keller

Funny, he doesn’t look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are “bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street,” it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Wall Street Is Still Trying to Buy Obama’s Love

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have raised more from the financial industry than all the Republican candidates combined. However, without the DNC, Mitt Romney has raised almost twice as much as the president from that sector, according to analysis by The Washington Post. (more)

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Drinking Helps

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Road Kill

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White House / Pete Souza

The Occupy Windfall

“Defend Wall Street” is not likely to be a winning campaign slogan in 2012. For Republicans, this is an obvious problem. For President Obama and the Democrats, it’s a golden—if largely undeserved—opportunity.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

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EA via Wikipedia

Herman Cain’s Tax Plan Is Shared With ‘SimCity’

With presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s ascension to the top of the GOP field, everyone is talking about his 9-9-9 tax plan—or should we say “SimCity’s” 9-9-9 tax plan? (more)

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AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

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David Shankbone (CC-BY)

A New Bush Era or a Push Era?

Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.”

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Perry’s Texans Are Searching for Herman Cain

According to Google’s data, “4 of the top 10 cities with the most searches for [Herman Cain] are major cities right in Texas.” Those would be Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. (more)

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Bernanke’s Railroad

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Citizen Cain

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Paul Stein (CC-BY-SA)

The Week Politics Changed

American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on.

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AP / Jason DeCrow

What Do They Want? Justice

How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country?

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TalkMediaNews (CC-BY)

Review: Businesses Say Lack of Demand, Not Regulation, Kills Jobs

On Aug. 29, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asked fellow Republican lawmakers to make the repeal of “job-destroying regulations” a top priority in the upcoming Republican jobs agenda. Bruce Bartlett, former senior policy adviser in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, says bollocks. (more)

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Flickr / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

No-Tax Pledge Is Paralyzing Congress

A House Republican spoke out against anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist on Tuesday, saying his no-tax pledge and demands for “ideological purity” are responsible for “paralyzing Congress” during a time when a discussion about tax reform should be a high priority.

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Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

Chris Christie’s Big Problem

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.

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Fat Joke

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



David Nallah (CC-BY)

Class Warfare: Bring It On!

President Obama came out here last Tuesday to proclaim himself a "warrior for the middle class." Would that it were true.

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Two and a Half Republicans

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Nothing but Dogs in This Hunt

At this point, you have to wonder if the GOP will fall in love with anybody.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / epSos.de

Demanding More of the Wealthy

If you’re tuned into your social surroundings, you’re likely to hear people arguing over whether raising taxes on the rich would be a good thing or a bad thing for Americans. With election season on its way, the noise and volume are bound to rise. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



DoD

From Top to Bottom, Supercommittee Is in the War Lobby’s Pocket

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “supercommittee,” because it is made up of equal parts Republican, Democrat, House and Senate) was set up to cut $1.5 trillion from the budget. Though military enthusiasts make a great show of worry for defense spending, they have little to fear ... (more)

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

House Rejects Government Funding Bill

The House of Representatives narrowly rejected  a short-term government funding bill Wednesday evening that would require cuts to government programs to pay for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irene and other disasters this year. (more)

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AP / John Minchillo

99 Percenters Occupy Wall Street

If 2,000 tea party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Racial Divide Is There and Waiting

As was the case in 2008, the racial divide in American society is a huge obstacle to President Barack Obama’s chances of electoral victory in 2012.

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