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counsellor (CC-BY)

Krugman: Austerity Still Doesn’t Work

Is anyone in the Obama administration listening to Paul Krugman? Maybe, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist, but only at the end of a year in which political insistence on the need to reduce short-term deficits with spending cuts slid the economy and much of the American public further into ruin.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney and the Art of Unpredictable Predictability

No matter what happens in Iowa, Mitt Romney has a safety net in New Hampshire. And that could rank as the year’s most perilous sentence.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Everything’s Coming Up Romney

Although Ron Paul leads in some polls and Rick Santorum of all people has started to gain steam, CNN has Mitt Romney winning the Iowa caucuses. A win in Iowa could make Romney’s nomination appear inevitable, as he holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the New Hampshire primary.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE



Vox Efx (CC-BY)

If You Can’t Beat Them, Enjoin Them (From Voting)

Across the country, state legislatures and governors are pushing laws that seek to restrict access to the voting booth, laws that will disproportionately harm people of color, low-income people, and young and elderly voters.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from a photo byLudovic Bertron (CC-BY)

A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

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Shades of Boehner

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Over-Caucused

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Iowa Chaos

Is Rick Santorum the next non-Romney to emerge from the pack? Could he conceivably win Iowa?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from a photo by Andrew Kuchling (CC-BY)

Krugman Deems PolitiFact ‘Useless and Irrelevant’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com is supposed to be a neutral referee in the mendacious political arena, but a decision to side with Republicans on 2011’s “Lie of the Year” has Paul Krugman pronouncing the fact-checking organization dead. (more)

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and the Revenge of the Base

It is one of the true delights of a bizarrely entertaining Republican presidential contest to watch the apoplectic fear and loathing of so many GOP establishmentarians toward Newt Gingrich.

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Newt Still Ahead

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Mud Wrestling

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Republican Closet That Won’t Stay Closed

If these are the last weeks of Rick Perry’s ridiculous presidential campaign, his desperation is turning him into a nasty clown indeed.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


Banana Republicans’ Assault on Democracy

In a speech last week to the Heritage Foundation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell used that war on terror-flavored jeremiad about an existential “threat” to describe a grassroots effort aimed at electing presidents via a national popular vote.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The New Newt

Despite living most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich does not have many friends among his neighbors.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE


Go Away Trump

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

A Huntsman Moment?

Jon Huntsman could pull off a Granite State miracle if Republicans see him as a winner (and a real conservative), and independents view him as the sane guy in a preposterous crowd (and a moderate).

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



America the Battlefield

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass a measure to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the “war on terror,” allowing the U.S. military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Madame Pelosi

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Reinvention

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AP / Jae C. Hong

War With Iran? School Prayer? Just More Republican Campaign Promises

Newt Gingrich might drag us into a war with Iran on the side of Israel. Rick Perry seems to envision the United States as a conservative Christian theocracy. No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Reality Show Gets Weirder and Weirder

I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


Not Glee

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Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


The 2012 Presidential Dejection

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Newt Tidings

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Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


Nott Romney

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All I Want for Christmas

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Mittbott

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Trump? The Republican Primary Is Now Officially a Gong Show

Marketing genius is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Donald J. Trump’s newest incarnation as the announced host—he can hardly be called a “moderator”—of a post-Christmas Republican debate sponsored by Newsmax, the conservative magazine.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and Mitt Hit the Circuit

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Cain’s Toast

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World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

Cheering for the Chinese

Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we’re hearing about China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


New Slogan for Cain

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Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Still Waiting for GOP Love

Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP

Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Panic Button

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‘Super Committee’ Fails to Overcome Republican Dogma

There are people on the right capable of arithmetic, but anyone who calls for revenue out loud is branded a heretic in Republican circles, where tax cuts are not a matter of policy but of faith.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


Newt’s Parade

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bogieharmond (CC-BY)

Still Occupied

Occupy Wall Street may not occupy Zuccotti Park anymore, but it refuses to surrender its place in the national discourse.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Candidates

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich

All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Cabinet Officials Raise ‘Gray Area’ Cash for Obama

Skirting good ethics and the law of the land, White House Cabinet officials are touring the nation on behalf of President Obama’s campaign fundraising machine, which has already taken in more cash than all the Republican presidential candidates combined and nearly three times as much as the president’s richest competitor, Mitt Romney. (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Message Problem

This should be the Republicans’ election to lose. They seem well on their way.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


Pull Over Before You Watch This Herman Cain Train Wreck

It’s a simple question: “So you agree with President Obama on Libya, or not?” But the answer makes Rick Perry sound like Socrates. Reality check: This man is tied in first place for the Republican nomination.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


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