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GOP Rakes in Wall Street Cash, ‘Muppets’ Done With Chick-fil-A, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why strip clubs (yes, strip clubs!) in Tampa, Fla., are preparing for the RNC next month, plus Stephen Colbert’s campaign advice to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


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Washington Hates Washington, Too

The Capitol has become a cold, angry place where members not only don’t know each other, but will not make eye contact when they pass through those hallowed marble corridors.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 READ MORE



Archie Army: Comics Used to Recruit Soldiers Are Laughable

The U.S. government-funded “America’s Army” is a digital comic being used as a recruitment tool and it, well, sucks; free online courses may be changing the face of college education as we know it; meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh has been fabricating callers and outsourcing Facebook fans. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Romney VP Job Outsource









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Problems of Mitt’s Own Making

Through a series of miscalculations, Mitt Romney has managed to turn what should have been a minor hiccup into what may be a defining moment, and not in a good way.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE


Election Laws









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Obama-Romney Difference









Posted on Jul 15, 2012 ENLARGE


If We’re Headed Toward Greece, Republicans Are Driving Us There

The central problem in Greece is the government’s failure to collect what taxpayers (especially wealthy taxpayers like Mitt Romney) actually owe under the law.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care in Reverse









Posted on Jul 12, 2012 ENLARGE



Romney Booed at NAACP Speech, Lower Taxes and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republicans’ 33rd(!) attempt to repeal Obamacare and gay marriage getting put to a vote in Maryland.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s Demographic Problem, Koch Brothers’ Donors and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s change of heart on Romney and a re-enactment of a Hamptons fundraiser for “The Great Mittsby.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Crime Against Voters

Spare us any more hooey about “preventing fraud” and “protecting the integrity of the ballot box.” The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws is revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor people and minorities the main targets.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE


It Just Won’t Go Away









Posted on Jul 9, 2012 ENLARGE



Perry Compares Medicaid to Titanic, Trump to Be Honored, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt’s impressive June fundraising haul and Florida GOP Rep. Allen West’s latest controversial comment.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Calls for Bush Tax Extension for Middle Class

President Obama on Monday urged Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000 a year. The president also called for the tax cuts on Americans making more than $250,000 a year to once and for all expire, setting up what will surely be an election year showdown between himself and Republicans on a crucial economic issue.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: The Hoax of Citizens United

According to Bill Moyers, the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to revisit the controversial Citizens United ruling shows that the case was never about free speech. Instead, he argues, the Citizens United decision was just a hoax (albeit a really big one).

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Election Money









Posted on Jul 7, 2012 ENLARGE



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More in GOP Reject Norquist’s No-Tax Pledge

Rep. Scott Rigell, breaking ranks with establishment Republicans, has criticized the Taxpayer Protection Pledge of anti-tax hound Grover Norquist (right). Legislators who sign the document promise not to back a tax increase under any circumstances.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Plan for America

Now that the Supreme Court has reprieved the Affordable Care Act and Mitt Romney has renewed his pledge to dismantle it, let’s try again to pierce the Republican presidential candidate’s protective coat of vagueness and think about where he would take the country.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Obamacare









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The Bain of Romney’s Campaign

The Supreme Court’s health care decision only reinforced the importance of the economic argument Obama and Romney have been having for months. And here is where Romney’s Bain problem kicks in.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



Postal Service Closures, O’Reilly’s Non-Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including congressional action on student loan rates and Glenn Beck trying to profit off of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Bigger Picture

The political impact of Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court decision on health care reform is clear. Much more important is what the ruling means in the long term for the physical and moral health of the nation.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Less Is More









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Obamacare Ruling Roundup and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Supreme Court decisions, the U.S. attorney general being held in contempt and why Bill O’Reilly should apologize.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Automatic Pentagon Spending Cuts









Posted on Jun 27, 2012 ENLARGE


Will We Love the Health Care Law If It Dies?

“Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. However the court rules, we need to remember why this whole fight started in the first place.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE


Clear Choice









Posted on Jun 26, 2012 ENLARGE



GOP Wants Donor Secrecy, Limbaugh Is Scared, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the messy voter purge in Florida and a “death panel” revival of sorts.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ Tracks a Splurge of GOP Fundraisers

Jon Stewart discusses the fundraising efforts of prominent Republican donors, who held three separate events last weekend to raise money for GOP candidates and causes in the upcoming election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


A Top Conservative Think Tank Embraces Islamophobia

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research has long had its finger on the pulse of mainstream issues that have united the GOP. But recently it firmly planted its feet on the other side of the line that divides the sensible Republican Party from fringe extremists. Above, blogger and Islam critic Robert Spencer.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


We’re Not Greece

If the United States were still governed under the Articles of Confederation, might California be in the position of Greece, Spain or Italy?

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


How Soon Republicans Forget Ken Starr

Having demanded a federal investigation of intelligence leaks, Republicans on Capitol Hill now claim to be outraged because Attorney General Eric Holder has asked two United States attorneys to conduct that probe—and one of the two happens to be a Democrat.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Ron Paul’s Social Security Hypocrisy, Jon Stewart Catches Another Fox News Distortion and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top Obama administration official facing a contempt vote, a new birther conspiracy and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart takes on Fox News (yet again).

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


Doubling Down on Disaster

Thomas Frank, one of the country’s leading elegists of American representative democracy and a columnist for Harper’s Magazine, has spent his career chronicling the nation’s descent into plutocracy. This week he sang against the forces of free-market dominion on Bill Moyers’ television show.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Obama’s Leadership on Immigration Leaves Romney at a Loss for Words

If taking action on the immigration issue is good politics for Obama and the Democrats, then Republicans have only themselves to blame.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: Keep the Change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt Has Mexican Roots ... So What?

The re-publication of the fact that Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico is outrageously meant to inspire distrust; some Mormons now identify as gay, yet suppress their sexuality in order to follow their religion; meanwhile, a mirror has been designed to eliminate blind spots on the road. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE


California Tries a New Way

As it has many times over more than a century, the Golden State again tried to reform its politics.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Giffords Aide Wins, Jamie Dimon Testifies and More

A look at the day’s political events, including the Arizona special election winner, JPMogran Chase CEO Jamie Dimon heckled and Sheldon Adelson’s latest multimillion-dollar donation.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


Diagnosis









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Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Out of Touch









Posted on Jun 11, 2012 ENLARGE


Government Is the Solution

Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE


California Voter Apathy









Posted on Jun 7, 2012 ENLARGE



AP/Mike Groll

Obama’s Confederate Marriage Policy

Obama has not changed his long held position that each state still has the right to be an experimental station for or against marital equality, though most states now have some form of legal ban against gay marriage.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


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