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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

So Much for a Populist GOP

In the end, the corporate and economically conservative wing of the Republican Party always seems to win.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Dream That Came True

In these sour, pessimistic times, it is important to remember the great lesson of King’s remarkable life: Impossible dreams can come true.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Krupa

There’s Hope for Republicans Yet

GOP candidates are embracing populism, but as the presidential election is now shaping up, voters will not be given a choice to rebuke Wall Street by either major party.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Two-for-Two and Game On

It’s going to be mean and dispiriting, this campaign. We’ll be assailed with talk of “European socialism” and “vulture capitalism”—not “hope” and “change”—and the months between now and November will seem an eternity.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



IowaPolitics.com (CC-BY-SA)

Stuck in the Bloody Primaries

So far, the impact of this year’s Republican contest has been more negative than positive for the GOP. Unless Romney closes the nomination struggle quickly, he could suffer further damage.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


Global Politics

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Romney Hair

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America’s 5 Political Parties

It would seem that the United States has a five-party system right now. What was done in Iowa last Tuesday could unravel in New Hampshire, but whatever happens next, the United States is more politically fractured than it has been in decades.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


On to New Hampshire

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Mitt Wins

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Bye Bye Bachmann

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AP / Gerald Herbert

Arms Dealer Obama Will Win by Default

Barack Obama will be re-elected not as a vindication of his policies but because the Republicans are incapable of providing a reasonable challenge to his flawed performance.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP photos by Chis Carlson and Charlie Riedel

Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

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Santorum, Huntsman and the Future of Conservatism

If the Republicans want to have a genuinely searching debate about the future of their party, they’d send Santorum and Huntsman off for the long fight.

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Did Reagan Raise Taxes? Let GOP Candidates Answer

Politicians and their flacks lie every day, but it is unusual for someone prominent to utter a totally indefensible falsehood like the whopper that just sprang from the mouth of Eric Cantor’s press secretary on national television.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans Divided, Citizens United

The Republican caucuses in Iowa, with their cliffhanger ending, confirmed two key political points and left a third virtually ignored.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE


Dough Boy

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AP / Charlie Riedel

Mitt Romney Beats Rick Santorum by 8 Votes

11:34 p.m. Pacific: The Republicans of Iowa just settled it: Mitt Romney wins, beating Rick Santorum (pictured) by a mere eight votes, the smallest margin ever in the caucuses.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ron Paul’s Popularity a Sign of a War-Weary America

The clear crossover vote-getter issue on which Ron Paul has differed from the rest of the candidate crowd is war: his hostility to the commitment of both Democratic and Republican administrations to prosecuting undeclared war in the Middle East, South Asia and elsewhere.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE


Iowa and USA Voters

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Supreme Court Approves This Vicious, Cowardly Message

Joe Klein points out that the newfound anonymity of attack ads, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows faceless money conglomerates to run ads on a candidate’s behalf without the usual “I approved this message,” makes for much “more effective and brutal” adverts.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



Joe Crimmings (CC-BY-ND)

Extravagant Hopes of 2008 Haunt Obama in 2012

Four years ago this week, a young and inspirational senator who promised to turn history’s page swept the Iowa caucuses and began his irresistible rise to the White House.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



Matt Market (CC-BY)

Could Ron Paul Be the Next Ralph Nader?

Even as Barack Obama gradually climbs in national polls, more than a handful of the president’s once-ardent admirers suddenly seem more attracted to Ron Paul.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


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


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