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Eric Cantor and the Tea Party Purge

In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

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Stephen Colbert on the ‘Growing Cable News Consensus’ That Bowe Bergdahl Doesn’t Deserve to Be Alive

Traitor, loser, deserter. While Fox News can’t seem to find enough insults to describe Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, CNN is busy wondering whether the prisoner of war modeled his life after the fictional TV series “Homeland.”

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Fear the Government

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Shockingly Loses Primary to Tea Party Contender

Rep. Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday in the Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District by Dave Brat in an upset.

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Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a Taliban-held prisoner of war. The Greatest Generation would not have acted this way.

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Negotiators

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Voting in Mississippi, 2014 and 1964 (Video)

Mississippi used its new voter-identification law for the first time Tuesday—requiring voters to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID at the polls.

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Welcome Home, Sergeant

If today’s Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty.

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In Bergdahl Case, ‘Conservatives’ Ignore Basic American Principles

What the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question—to anyone who still nurtured any doubt—is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of President Barack Obama.

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The Lamest Generation

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Signs for Any Occasion

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Bowe Bergdahl: Army of Wha’?!

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War on Poverty

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Is the Prisoner Swap Hysteria a Sign of GOP War Withdrawal Symptoms?

The problem for the happy warriors among the conservatives is that they can’t stop Obama from winding down America’s decade of war.

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Dear GOP: The U.S. Has Negotiated With Terrorists and Amnestied Them All Through History

The GOP talking points in response to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a trade for five former officials of the 1990s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) focused on a few basic premises.

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Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

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Cheney Outbreak

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Will Congress Be as Brave as Shinseki?

If you want a prime example of what’s wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans’ health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired.

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Mindy Kaling Takes Jabs at Harvard Law Students About Their Future: ‘You’ll Defend BP From Birds’

Mindy Kaling, a comedian who describes herself as someone who is “obsessed” with justice, gave a commencement speech at Harvard Law School on Wednesday that most were probably not expecting.

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Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

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GOP Still Swallowing the Tea

What’s happening in the Republican primaries is less a defeat for the tea party than a surrender by the GOP establishment, which is winning key races by accepting the tea party’s radical anti-government philosophy.

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Tea Party Troubles

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Tea Party

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Benghaaaaazi

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Benghazi Bucks

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Christopher Stevens

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Clinton Gets the GOP Treatment

Republican panic at the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race has suddenly reached Godzilla-nearing-Tokyo proportions.

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The Two GOP Establishments

The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grass roots” and “the establishment,” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand.

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Learn to Speak Benghazi

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Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows.

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Clinton Impeachment, Take II

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Top 5 Signs That It Is Karl Rove Who Is Brain Dead, Not Hillary Clinton

Karl Rove was reported to have raised questions about Hillary Clinton’s mental well-being because of her fall in late 2012.

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Showtime on Benghazi

Before asking a question at the coming show trial, each self-righteous congressional inquisitor should be required to correctly locate Benghazi on an unlabeled map.

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One Man’s Failure

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How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.

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The Democrats’ Strategic Ambiguity

Bragging about what they’ve achieved is what incumbent politicians do. But as Democrats struggle to hang on to the Senate this year (and try against the odds to take over the House), they are not in the usual boasting mood.

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Did the GOP Obsession With Monica Lewinsky Contribute to 9/11? Is the Benghazi Hysteria Deja Vu?

The re-emergence in the news of Monica Lewinsky is also a reminder of one of the lowest deeds in modern politics, the impeachment of Bill Clinton by House Republicans in December 1998.

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What Benghazi’s All About

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Top 10 Reasons GOP Benghazi Witch Hunt Is Just a Campaign Fundraising Ploy

Since Obamacare is increasingly a wildly popular success, the GOP is flailing around looking for an issue, any issue to help fundraising for the fall congressional campaigns.

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Mitt Romney Backs Minimum Wage Increase, Promises Not to Run for President

Last season’s GOP presidential nominee has said for at least the third time that he is definitely not running again in 2016. More interestingly, he is the latest Republican to call for an increase in the minimum wage.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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The Consequential Obama

In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.

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Foreign Policy Calamity

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The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington.

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Jeb Bush

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Fox News Watchers’ Hearts

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Benghazi

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The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality

Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an airtight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the 19th century robber barons, right-wing conservatives haven’t stopped lying about what’s happening and what to do about it.

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