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Student Loan Bill Stalls in Senate

Democratic legislation that would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling was blocked in the Senate by Republicans on Tuesday.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Revolution Brewing on Student Debt

The U.S. once led the world in free education. The recent debate in Washington about whether to let student loan interest rates double ignores the fact that many students already cannot afford a college education or advanced training.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Re-Election Campaign Begins

In an effort to improve upon the 2008 slogans of “Hope” and “Change,” the Obama campaign insisted before an Ohio audience Saturday that the president would take the country “Forward” if voters (and corporate sponsors) elected him to four more years in the White House.

Posted on May 5, 2012 READ MORE


Draw Straws









Posted on May 4, 2012 ENLARGE


Mitt Romney the Nominee









Posted on May 3, 2012 ENLARGE



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Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


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Witch Hunt for the Zombie Voter

Republicans are waging the most concerted campaign to prevent or discourage citizens from exercising their legitimate voting rights since the Jim Crow days of poll taxes and literacy tests.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE


Ready, Aim, Vote









Posted on Apr 30, 2012 ENLARGE


Connecticut’s Death Penalty Message

What happened in Connecticut brings home the flaw in seeing everything that has happened in the states since the midterm vote as embodying a steady shift rightward.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 READ MORE


Can You Hear Me in the Back?









Posted on Apr 29, 2012 ENLARGE



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House Passes Student Loan Bill That Would Cut Preventive Health Programs

The GOP’s assault on women’s health continued Friday as the House passed a bill to prevent a hike in student loan interest rates, a legislative remedy that would be paid for with money from a preventive health program that funds breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE


Failed Presidency









Posted on Apr 26, 2012 ENLARGE


What Immigration ‘Crisis’?

Now that the immigration “crisis” has solved itself, this is the perfect time for Congress and the president to agree on a package of sensible, real-world reforms.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE


Will GOP Exploit Secret Service and GSA Scandals?

Concerned as President Obama must be over the unfolding embarrassments in the Secret Service and the General Services Administration, he may actually be comforted by the feeble attempts of a few politicians to wring political profit from those scandals.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Halfway Through the Lost Decade

Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Magical Capitalism

It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a Utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Not So Free Love

Steve Brodner of The Washington Spectator imagines what it would be like for politicians and their wealthy donors to consummate their relationships. Like a car crash, it’s hard to look away.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Rocky Anderson Is Crashing the Third Party

The wealthy financiers of Americans Elect are trying to get a so-called centrist on the ballot in all 50 states. That label doesn’t apply to Anderson, who is vying for their nomination anyway and tells me “amazing things can happen.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Latinos for Romney









Posted on Apr 24, 2012 ENLARGE


Oh, Mitt









Posted on Apr 24, 2012 ENLARGE


The Devil We Don’t Know

It’s quite possible that on Election Day, voters’ most urgent concerns—economic or not—will be driven by overseas events that neither President Obama nor his Republican opponent can predict or control.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The Globalization of Hollow Politics

I went to Lille in northern France to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate Francois Hollande. I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


The Next Republican Party

Once upon a time there was a political tribe called "liberal Republicans," led by chieftains named Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, Mac Mathias and others.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after he returned from the Summit of the Americas.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


What Mitt Romney Seems to Believe (and Why He’s So Disliked)

With the Republican primary contest over and the general election under way, Mitt Romney faces a voting public whose disdain for him has reached levels that pollsters describe as “historic.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Money Struggles, Not Mommy Wars

Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Two Mitts

It’s all over but the shouting, or, in this case, the polite applause: Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential nominee. But which Mitt Romney? Will it be Mitt One or Mitt Two?

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Republicans Block the Buffett Rule

Senate Republicans shot down a move to open debate on a rule supported by President Obama, congressional Democrats and the billionaire investor for whom it’s named that would force the wealthiest Americans to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE


Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Quiet Campaign: Voter Suppression

The 2012 presidential election is not only about who votes for Barack Obama and who votes for Mitt Romney. It is also about who votes.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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How Santorum Boxed in Romney

In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another, and forced the now inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma. 

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Uncle Mitt Feels Your Pain

The pain of the Great Recession lingers, remaining a big obstacle to President Barack Obama’s hopes for re-election.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


Republicans on Board









Posted on Apr 10, 2012 ENLARGE


Sunk









Posted on Apr 8, 2012 ENLARGE


Partisan Supreme Court









Posted on Apr 8, 2012 ENLARGE


Romney and Lose-Lose Politics

If Mitt Romney had walked by a room called The Forum at the University of Southern California last Wednesday, he would quit his presidential race right now.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


Handicapping the Veep Stakes

Playing second fiddle to Mitt Romney won’t be easy, but somebody has to be his running mate.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Obama by Default

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney, Romney, Romney Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all went for Mitt on Tuesday night, making Rick Santorum look even more like a party crasher.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Romney









Posted on Apr 3, 2012 ENLARGE


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