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Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Romney’s Big Problem

Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


Martha in the Middle









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Christopher Macsurak (CC-BY)

A Religious War Out of Thin Air

At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no “war on religion,” no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE


Gingrich









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Herman Cain Will Not Dance With the Stars

The former GOP front-runner seemed to enjoy the spotlight, so it comes as some surprise that he rebuffed ABC when it offered to let him cha-cha among other B-list (and below) celebrities on “Dancing With the Stars.” Apparently he does not have moves like Jagger and/or Tom DeLay.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Independent Voters Swing to Obama

The prolonged Republican primary campaign appears to be taking a toll on independent voters’ faith in Mitt Romney. According to the latest Pew poll, only a minority of independents now describe Romney as “honest and trustworthy” and slightly more than half of independent voters now favor Barack Obama in a race against Romney, who led the president in that category only a month ago. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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White Nationalists Share Spotlight With GOP at CPAC

The annual Washington showcase of the far right is plunging toward new depths of disgrace by featuring “white nationalists” among its speakers.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


Embracing ‘Enough’

Of all the no-no’s in contemporary America—and there are many—none has proven more taboo than the ancient doctrine of dayenu.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Elections Are for Suckers

Bribes from billionaires? Let’s just dip our fingers in purple ink and pose for photos.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


On the Upside ...









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AP / Chris Carlson

Rick Santorum’s Big Night

The former senator from Pennsylvania swept ahead of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who have been hogging the campaign airtime, Tuesday night to claim victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Cares About the Middle Class









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Jimmy (CC-BY-SA)

The Uninspired GOP Electorate

Judging by the polls, the better Republican voters come to know these candidates, including Romney, the less they like them.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Hasn’t Won Yet

Now that Mitt Romney has about wrapped up the Republican nomination for president. ... What? He hasn’t? They changed the rules?

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


How Romney Won, and Lost

Romney’s decisive victory in Florida came at a price. He aggravated Newt Gingrich’s hostility to him, with all the trouble that could entail, and left behind a dispirited Republican electorate in a state the GOP needs to win this fall.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney Says He Is ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

Taken out of context, it doesn’t come as a total surprise, and that’s the problem for Romney. It’s not the kind of sound bite the trust fund candidate wants on the record.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE


Political Leap Year









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The GOP’s Anti-Gingrich Campaign

When the empire strikes back, it hits hard. The Republican establishment is deploying every weapon and every soldier—even Bob Dole—in an increasingly desperate attempt to pulverize the Newt Gingrich rebellion.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Politics as Entertainment

Reality show? What I see is an aquarium. The debates look like a tank full of exotic fish flashing their stuff for an instant at a time. You never see the whole thing, just flashes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE


Not That Kind of Occupation









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Running Mate









Posted on Jan 27, 2012 ENLARGE


An Argument Obama Can Win

If you heard a loud “gulp” Tuesday night after President Obama’s State of the Union address, it probably came from Republican political strategists as they realized their party’s odds of capturing the White House this fall are getting longer.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE


Two-Party System









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AP / Saul Loeb

Obama’s Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton

I get angry because betrayal by the “good guys” for whom I have ended up voting has become the norm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitch Daniels: Bombast From the Past

Why the Republicans chose Mitch Daniels to deliver a rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address is puzzling. Isn’t he the former Bush budget director who said the Iraq War would cost $50 billion when it ended up costing $3 trillion?

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



Carol Crisosto Cadiz (CC-BY-SA)

Everyone’s a Critic, Including Fidel Castro

“The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is—and I mean this seriously—the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” writes Fidel Castro, who echoes the sentiments expressed by many columnists and commentators spanning the middle to left of our politics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Obama Aims State of the Union Address at the Working Class

During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama primed the electorate with a speech that cast him as a champion of the American middle class—a wise, albeit predictable move during a year in which he’ll seek re-election. In their response, Republicans timidly disagreed that the economy has improved under his watch.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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America Does Not Share South Carolina’s Fondness for Gingrich

Amid all the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that America has known Newt Gingrich for three decades—and really doesn’t like him.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE


Hit in the Face









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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Worldview









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Change They Don’t Believe In

Voters should support Romney, the narrator says, because “beating Obama is the most important issue.” Am I the only one to find that weird?

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


Tax Day: Will Romney Make April Fools of Republicans?

Who does Mitt Romney think he is fooling with this charade? Republicans are rightly concerned that his sense of entitlement, symbolized by the tax question, will damage their party’s chances next fall.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Ann Chastain

California and the Rapture-Ready Candidacy of Newt Gingrich

California may be a blue state in terms of voting patterns, but it’s very involved in red state politics, if you consider the role of evangelical voters.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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



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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


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