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The Sixth GOP Debate: Seven Candidates Get Down to Dollars and Cents

Another year, another Republican presidential debate. During the final stretch of the sixth GOP faceoff, the candidates on Thursday navigated the tricky task of talking about fiscal policy and big business in a way that didn’t alienate either corporatist supporters or Middle America. Updated

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE


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The GOP Will Be Changed Forever

History will remember 2015 as the year when The Republican Party As We Knew It was destroyed by Donald Trump. An entity called the GOP will survive—but can never be the same.

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Fifth Debate Reveals How Eager the Republican Candidates Are for More War

At the final debate of 2015, the Republican presidential candidates laid out how each would be a wartime president, with the most aggressive pledging to rebuild and unleash the full force of the military to slaughter Islamic State globally, confront Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Syria and eastern Europe and conduct cyber warfare and other actions against China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Top 10 Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate

Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts.

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The Fifth GOP Debate: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

If ever there was any doubt, the main topic during the first part of the fifth Republican presidential debate was indeed how to defeat the threat of terrorism overseas and at home. Updated

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Would Cruz Be Any Better Than Trump?

If Ted Cruz is the Republican Party’s cure for Donald Trump, the antidote may be worse than the poison.

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The Fourth GOP Debate, Round 1: Christie Takes Shots at Clinton, Jindal Takes Shots at Everybody

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was spoiling for a fight during Tuesday evening’s GOP undercard debate in Milwaukee, repeatedly taking aim at his Republican opponents and attempting to lure them into the ring by criticizing their records as public servants. Frequently, they refused to join him.

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5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: ‘Respectable’ Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory

And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.

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Hope and Hate in Charleston

Even if Dylann Roof, the man arrested in the church massacre in South Carolina, acted alone, he is not alone in his hateful views. And it is up to white Americans to defeat the poison of racism in this country.

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The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

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Santorum’s Google Problem









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Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

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GOP Presidential Candidates Refuse to Get With the Same-Sex Marriage Picture

For much of the country, gay marriage is becoming old news. But you would never know that from listening to the GOP presidential hopefuls, who play rhetorical Twister whenever the issue is raised.

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If Rick Santorum Runs Again, He’ll Try to Be Less ‘Crazy’ and ‘Dumb’

Former Pennsylvania senator and tea party favorite Rick Santorum told NBC News he’s not sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but if he does he’ll try to be more palatable.

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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.

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Jon Stewart Is Confused by Gun Nuts’ Message at the NRA Convention

Conflation, conflation, conflation.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Schools Need iPads Like Students Need a Hole in Their Heads

Budgets for school nurses and counselors are getting cut while funding is being wasted on acquiring iPads; science and art clash as the ways to determine the authenticity of a Jackson Pollock piece shift; finances and critics have proven that Rick Santorum’s Christmas movie is nothing short of pathetic. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Rand Paul’s CPAC Victory, Karl Rove’s Feud With Sarah Palin, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s explanation of why he’ll never support gay marriage and a CPAC participant’s shocking comments on slavery.

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Boy Scouts May Not Survive With Gay Members, Santorum Says

The noted homophobe is urging the Boy Scouts of America not to capitulate to the “intolerant liberal mind” and overturn its discriminatory policy of banning gays from joining the youth organization, saying that this is yet “another example of the left attempting to remove God from all areas of public life.”

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Obama’s Second Term Begins, Maher on the U.S. ‘Quasi-Police State,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including sore loser Rick Santorum’s tough talk for the president and why the Republicans’ debt ceiling proposal may be a constitutional fail.

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GOP Senators Kill Treaty That Would Have Protected Disabled

The international treaty forbids discrimination against those with disabilities. So why didn’t Republicans want to pass it?

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Santorum May Not Be Done Running Yet, Nude Protests at Boehner’s Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the entitlement program top Senate Democrats say is not on the “fiscal cliff” chopping block, and a former Republican senator has some harsh words for anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

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Top Campaign Moments; Axelrod Slams ‘Delusional’ Dick Morris, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including presidential endorsements by a former veep nominee and a “Simpsons” character, plus a bookmaker pays out on the White House race before Election Day.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



Jobs Report ‘Truthers,’ Romney Cheating Allegations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney apologizing to nearly half of America, Justice Scalia weighing in on abortion and gay rights, and the horrendous thing Rick Santorum wants to do to Big Bird.

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Paul Ryan on ‘The Stench,’ a ‘Dumber’ Romney, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Mitt Romney says his heart aches, the GOP is back to supporting Todd Akin and his ridiculous “legitimate rape” comments, and the latest Fox News failure.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Conservatives ‘Will Never Have’ Smart People on Their Side, Santorum Says

Apparently being smart and having conservative values do not go hand in hand. At least, that’s what former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said during a weekend speech at the Values Voter Summit in which he also criticized the media and libertarians.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Rick Santorum Wants to Hold Your Hand

Rick Santorum ran a little wild Tuesday night in Tampa, saying he held the hand of dirty farmers as well as the American dream, and referring to President Obama in dictatorial terms.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE


Watch the Republican National Convention Live Right Here

Behold as Mitt Romney is nominated, Rick Santorum talks about holding hands and Chris Christie eats a sandwich. Thanks, YouTube.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Top 5 Things Santorum Didn’t Say About Romney in Convention Speech

Rick Santorum had plenty of negative things to say about President Barack Obama during his speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. In fact, it seems he had more bad things to say about Obama than good things to say about Mitt Romney, his party’s presidential nominee.

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Throwing Some Humble Pies

So, dear friends, we gather again to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. We honor our foremothers in our special way by handing out the Equal Rites Awards for those who have done the most to slow down progress.

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Santorum Defends Penn State, Paterno

Many and more have condemned Penn State and Joe Paterno over their handling of allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, but not “family values guy” Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Romney Predicts Wisconsin Victory, GOP Birthers Mock Obama and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s latest campaign stop, Rick Santorum on whether he wants to serve in a Romney administration and a lawmaker performing in the “The Vagina Monologues.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE


Why Bain Questions Matter

Who are the dastardly enemies of free enterprise who decided to make an issue of Mitt Romney’s tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital? Er, those would be his fellow Republicans.

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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.

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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


Mitt Beats Santorum









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Mitt’s It: Santorum Bows Out

After a long primary season involving sudden upswings and fizzles, plus a couple of comebacks, there is little room left for doubt that Mitt Romney is going to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now that his biggest competition, in the form of the sweater vest containing Rick Santorum, has dropped out of the contest.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


He Keeps Going and Going









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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.

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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.

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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.

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He’ll Still Be the Mitt We Know

The problem for Mitt Romney, assuming he eventually wins the GOP nomination, is that a general election campaign isn’t really like an Etch A Sketch. Alas, traces from the primaries linger.

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Why Can’t Ron Paul Get More Traction?

He doesn’t lack enthusiastic supporters, nor is his campaign short on cash, and he’s galvanized scores of younger voters. So why isn’t Ron Paul able to clinch the Republican presidential nomination—or even come within spitting distance—this time around?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Million Hoodie March

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the Super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


Million Hoodie March

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Ode to the Road

Right-wingers and other fools believe that the "mainstream" media are devoted to electing lefties to public office so we can turn the United States into Sweden. In fact all we want is the campaign to go on forever.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


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