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eutrophication&hypoxia (CC-BY)

Obama and Republicans: Champions of Smog

Bowing to pressure from anti-environment GOP candidates, President Obama has blocked new EPA rules limiting ground-level ozone—otherwise known as smog.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Bazemore

Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People

Republican spending knows no limits when it comes to going into debt for failed and useless wars. But it’s another story when it comes to providing federal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irene or other catastrophes we may face in the months ahead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE


How to Honor the True Spirit of 9/11: First, Ignore Limbaugh

If stepping up to help our neighbors and community on 9/11 would somehow dishonor the Americans killed in those infamous attacks—as feverish critics of President Barack Obama now scream—then what do they think actually happened on that day 10 years ago?

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



Bush White House / Paul Morse

Always Some Bushie There to Remind Us

Thank you, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, for emerging from your secure, undisclosed locations to remind us how we got into this mess: It didn’t happen by accident.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



calebjc (CC-BY-SA)

Who Pays for God’s Revenge?

Are we a nation of brothers who come to the aid of each other? Or are we just a crowd of folks out for ourselves? Why have a country if we don’t use it to help each other?

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Paradox Problem

Call it the Party-of-Government Paradox: If the nation’s capital looks dysfunctional, it will come back to hurt President Obama and the Democrats, even if the Republicans are primarily responsible for the dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ed Zurga

Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions

Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



hobvias sudoneighm (CC-BY)

A Come-to-Jesus Moment for American Religion

It now seems a necessary qualification for the Republican nomination, at least at the present primaries stage, to be a born-again fundamentalist Protestant. Yet in the United States the majority of the electorate is not fundamentalist, evangelical or Protestant.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Fibonacci Blue (CC-BY)

GOP Booted From Wisconsin Labor Day Parade

Labor leaders in Wisconsin’s Marathon County have announced that Republican politicians are not invited to participate in the annual Labor Day parade in Wausau. (more)

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Jobs: Go Big or Go Home

President Obama’s promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Election March of the Trolls

The trolls have gamed the system. There is no economic, political or environmental reform that can be implemented to impede the march of the corporate state.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Can’t Win for Winning

It’s remarkable how reluctant Obama’s opponents are to acknowledge that despite all the predictions that his policy of limited engagement in Libya could never work, it actually did.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Deep in the Heart of Fantasyland

“America is great, and it’s worth saving,” Rick Perry wrote in his book, “Fed Up!” Then he gave us 150 pages of what a terrible place this is, one only he can save.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



Ed Schipul (CC-BY)

Perry’s Big Mouth Is Giving Republicans Headaches

In theory, Democrats should be nervous about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to enter the presidential race. In practice, though, it’s Republicans who have zoomed up the anxiety ladder into freak-out mode.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Save His Presidency

President Obama has only one option as he ponders a world economy teetering on the edge: He needs to go big, go long and go global.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

What Obama Should Learn From Wisconsin

With Wisconsin’s epic state Senate recall battle now over, the results carry a clear message that ought to resonate all the way to Washington—and especially the Obama White House.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / David J. Phillip

Killer in Chief

Gov. Rick Perry is a happy executioner, having presided over 230 executions in Texas. That’s more, reported The Texas Tribune, “than any other modern governor of any state.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Summer of Discontent

It’s not easy being Mitt Romney, the man who is right there in front of them but whom so many Republicans keep looking past.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / miss jennifer jupiter

Two Wisconsin Democrats Make It Through Recall

Not much changed in the face of recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Two Democrats held on to their state Senate seats, ultimately leaving Republicans with a majority in the Senate.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Straw Poll Winner: Obama

The Iowa Straw Poll has shifted the GOP contest sharply to the right. This may fire up the Republican base, but it may also turn off independents who have made clear their distaste for uncompromising partisanship.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Why Is Everyone Ignoring Ron Paul?

Michele Bachmann has been riding high ever since she won her party’s straw poll in Iowa, but Ron Paul, who finished less than a percentage point behind her in a virtual tie, can’t seem to get anyone to pay attention to his campaign. (more)

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The New Old Obama

The mood of the White House crowd and past experience suggest that a new Obama—or, in many ways, the old Obama of 2008—is about to appear.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE


Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



Jacob Bøtter (CC-BY)

Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy

The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



WisPolitics.com (CC-BY-SA)

Wisconsin Republicans Win Recall Battle, 4-2

Democrats won only two of six state Senate seats in Wisconsin on Tuesday, leaving Republicans with control of the Senate, the Assembly and the governor’s office. Put another way, the Dems managed to unseat two Republicans and reduce the GOP majority in the Senate to the smallest possible margin.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Can America Still Lead?

The world is looking to the United States to help power a recovery and provide leadership at a time when we are suffocatingly inward-looking—and when ultraconservatives are so dogmatic about slashing government that they are prepared to boot away our nation’s influence.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



Julien GONG Min (CC-BY)

A Downgrade’s GOP Fingerprints

There is one good reason to downgrade the United States’ credit rating, but S&P, whose credibility was already spent after the housing meltdown, gave a host of largely bogus explanations for its actions.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Perry to Run for President Starting This Weekend

The Texas governor will almost certainly launch a broadside against current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney this weekend when he takes the wraps off his campaign for president. (more)

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



Photo graphic by PZS from President Eisenhower's official portrait

Who Wants to Go Back to the ’50s?

Obama’s Eisenhower nostalgia is troubling. That was half a century ago—before the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and federal aid to education.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE


Hostage Crisis

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Kick the Can

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Office of the Speaker of the House

Oh, What a Tea Party!

Whatever they tell us, the men and women who run the country are governing for themselves and by themselves.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

The die has been cast. Obama’s deal to raise the debt ceiling is a disaster in the making.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

War, Debt and the President

The history of the U.S. national debt is inexorably tied to its many wars. The resolution this week of the so-called debt ceiling crisis is no different.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



House Democrats Rescue GOP to Pass Debt Compromise

We were told to expect some resistance in the House to the debt ceiling compromise that would cut trillions from the budget, but Republicans in the lower chamber, helped by half the Democratic caucus (including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), had no trouble passing the bill. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Retreat, Not a Rout

It’s supremely galling. It’s unbalanced, unfair and mostly unwise. For President Obama and the Democratic Party, it’s a comprehensive defeat. But it’s not the end of the world.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Gus Pasquarella

Krugman Calls Obama’s ‘Surrender’ a ‘Catastrophe on Multiple Levels’

Here’s one way to feel worse about the debt ceiling deal announced by the president Sunday night: Read Paul Krugman’s column. The Nobel Prize-winning economist is about as harsh in his assessment of the deal as can be, saying it “will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

‘A Terrible Deal’

In an editorial published shortly after the announcement of a new deal to raise the debt ceiling, The New York Times calls the agreement a “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Debt Deal to Cut at Least $1 Trillion (Video)

Republican and Democratic leaders hammered out a deal Sunday to raise the debt ceiling but, as details emerge, it seems that the compromise will be so unpopular in Congress that members from both parties will have to come together to pass it. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE


Back in the Bottle

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Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

Why China Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

A downgrading of U.S. Treasury securities will mean enormous and completely unnecessary increases in our interest payments to the nation’s largest creditor—and our most important competitor in the international arena.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



House Speaker's Office

Power of the Big Idea

Conservatives are on a winning streak because they have a Big Idea that serves as an animating, motivating, unifying force. It happens to be a very bad idea, but it’s better than nothing—which, sadly, is what progressives have.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press / Mel Evans

Christie, Still Not Running for President, Runs Into a Medical Detour

Chris Christie, who maintains he will not run for president although he recently made a visit to Iowa and Mitt Romney declared the New Jersey governor as his second choice for running mate, was hospitalized Thursday after an asthma attack. (more)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Republican hypocrites are out to settle ideological scores that have nothing to do with the debt they themselves ran up.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Michele Bachmann—or Anyone Else

In today’s tight media economy, reporters tend to be young, overworked, underpaid, inexperienced journalists grateful for their jobs and afraid of being fired. Their bosses, no doubt, are just as fearful. These journalists are easy marks for campaign hacks with a story to sell.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


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