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A Medicare Moment for the GOP

What concentrates the minds of GOP strategists and candidates—or ought to—is the spectacle unfolding in New York’s 26th Congressional District near Buffalo.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE

The Gingrich Style

It is hard to see why anyone was surprised by Newt Gingrich’s self-ignited implosion in the earliest hours of his presidential candidacy.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

Meltdown on the Launch Pad

A grateful nation thanks you, Newt Gingrich. The presidential campaign is just starting, and already you’ve given us a passage that will live in infamy—forever—in the annals of American political speech.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

Will Symbols Trump Logic?

Republicans holding the increase of the debt ceiling hostage to their efforts to eviscerate programs know perfectly well that Congress will not risk a financial crisis.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

When the Levee Breaks

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama Gets No Credit for Courage

Presidential courage and convictions will be a strong underlying issue in Obama’s re-election campaign. Conservatives and progressives alike consider him gutless, despite evidence to the contrary.

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Frank Franklin II

One Lawman With the Guts to Go After Wall Street

The fix was in to let Wall Street off the hook once and for all for its role in the Great Recession ... until last week when the attorney general of New York refused to go along.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE

Illustration by PZS

Trump Spares Us the Possibility of His Becoming President (Video)

After a few months of fuss, from anointing himself King Birther to calling the Chinese “motherfuckers,” Donald Trump has decided that “Celebrity Apprentice” needs him more than America does, even though “... If I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

Jesus Doesn’t Want Mike Huckabee to Be President ... Yet

Fox News rocker Mike Huckabee says of his decision not to run for the presidency in 2012, “I don’t fully understand it myself,” but it has something to do with being “a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ” and not having the confidence of “God’s full blessing.” Or it could be that Obama killed Osama and this one’s in the bag.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE

Eli Pousson (CC-BY-SA)

Lincoln Would Weep

Republicans are unhappy with their field of presidential candidates and yearn for someone who will come along to save them. But here’s what the GOP doesn’t want to confront: Its problem lies not in its candidates, but in itself.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE

I Thought I Saw a Republican

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Collage from images by Dan Raustadt (CC-BY-SA) and Thomas J. O'Halloran.

The Return of the Real McCain

John McCain has returned to his senses, just in time to refute the sinister attempt by his fellow Republicans to justify torture as the instrument of Osama bin Laden’s demise.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE

Will the Courts Wreck Health Care?

As if our political system was not having enough trouble already, we now confront the possibility that a highly partisan judiciary will undo a modest health care reform that is a first step toward resolving a slew of other difficulties.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE


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New Republican Front-Runner: Herman Cain

Asked about his plans for Afghanistan, Herman Cain said he had none. He also said President Obama’s position on gay marriage “borders on treason.” And according to Fox pollster Frank Luntz’s focus group, he won the first Republican debate.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE

Obama’s Luke Skywalker Moment

The first GOP presidential debate transpired last week with relatively little notice. For Republicans, that’s the good news.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE

The Government: Credit Where Credit Is Due

Don’t expect to see a lot of newspapers and websites with this headline: “Big Government Bailout Worked.” But it would be entirely accurate.

Posted on May 8, 2011 READ MORE

Faux News Debate: Ron Paul vs. Obama Impersonator

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas shows just how scared Republicans are of facing off against Barack Obama in open debate. Hey, it’s no surprise, not after the entire star lineup of the GOP got creamed ... (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jim Cole

Michele Bachmann and the GOP’s Anti-Medicare Bluff

On Friday, ultraconservative free-market booster Michele Bachmann suddenly came out as a supporter of government-run Medicare. But this potential presidential candidate’s break with the official Republican Party line was not surprising. The GOP has been under attack by its own base for the past few weeks ... (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE

Tax the Rich

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE

Where Is the Exit?

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE

Saving Medicare

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE

Step by Step Deficit Solution

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE

Democrats Can Win the Budget Debate

Having hesitated to fully enter the fiscal fray, President Obama has at last delivered a plausible, principled response to the budgetary flimflams of the far right.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE

Lines in the Sand

It was refreshing to hear all those unambiguous declarations from President Obama on Wednesday. If ever there were a time when lines desperately needed to be drawn, it’s now.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE

At Last: A President, Not a Ref

President Obama has finally decided to take his own side in the philosophical struggle that is the true engine of this nation’s budget debate.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE

Attack of the GOP Budget Rider Leeches

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE

The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE

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House Rejects FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

With murmurs of a veto in the background, Republicans successfully pushed a measure through the U.S. House rejecting the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality rules for Internet service providers.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE

Ryan’s Plan Neither Serious nor Courageous

What the meteoric career of Paul Ryan demonstrates is how easily impressed we are whenever a politician purports to restore solvency by punishing the poor and the elderly (while coddling the rich).

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE

Trumped by Political Failure

That anyone could seriously imagine Donald Trump as president of the United States—the actual president—must reflect something deeper and more significant than the weakness of the Republican field.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Right’s War on Moderation

However the shutdown saga ends, the negotiating styles of the two sides ought to tell moderates that they can no longer pretend that the two ends of our politics are equally “extreme.”

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE

Quinn Dombrowski (CC-BY-SA)

Government Agencies Prepare for Shutdown, Pols Fight Over Pocket Change

With the prospect of a government shutdown so real the White House has ordered government agencies to batten down the hatches, it’s hard to believe all this is over a few billion dollars. House Republicans are insisting on more cuts than President Obama has agreed to, and if both sides can’t get together by Friday ... (more)

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE

Elephant in the Room

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE    

The End of Progressive Government?

Put the two parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget together—tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor—and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE

Why the Reckless Republicans Win

The Republican minority within a minority is getting its way because nobody else in Washington is reckless enough to promote a government shutdown.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE

What About Syria?

One historical purpose of presidential speeches has been to buy time to give presidents’ policies a chance to work out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE

The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE

Obamacare Makes a Wish

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE

Why the GOP Is Obsessed With ‘Leadership’

Leaders do not operate in a vacuum. When they make strategic adjustments, their opponents do too. President Obama has prompted just such a pivot by Republicans.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE

NPR Left Turn

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. T in DC(CC-BY-ND)

What’s So Scary About NPR?

Somehow nobody asked the most obvious question: If NPR were truly slanted toward the liberal side, why would a phony tape of a private conversation be needed as proof?

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE

GOP Candidates

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE

Republicans and Planned Parenthood

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE

Six Sadistic Proposals From State Government

States are indeed the “laboratories of democracy.” The problem is that today, those laboratories are increasingly run by mad scientists.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE

Why We Loved David Broder

I loved David Broder from the moment I met him, and there are scores of reporters who felt that way.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE

Helping Hand

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE

The High Cost of a Broken Metaphor

“We’re broke.” You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. Just one problem: We’re not broke.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE

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