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In Gay Marriage Feud, Dick Cheney Sides With the Wrong Daughter

Staying consistent with the terrible judgment he showed as vice president, Dick Cheney has come to the defense of his bigoted daughter.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Contrite, But Resolute

It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Republicans Use Dirty Tricks to Stay in Power

Rolling Stone has investigated the “unrelenting campaign to exploit every weakness and anachronism in our electoral system” that keeps Republicans influential in American politics, and the numbers are really quite startling.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Senate Approves Ban on Anti-Gay Bias at Work

The Senate voted to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the country’s nondiscrimination law Thursday when 64 of its members approved a prohibition on discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.

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Election 2013: A Grass-Roots Resurgence

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grass-roots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

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Culture of Dependency

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Gun Roulette

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Small Plates

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The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

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Congress Goes to Work

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Senate GOP Leader Rejects His Own Idea to Avoid Debt Limit Showdowns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that he now opposes his own plan to avoid the kind of debt ceiling fiasco that nearly led the nation to default this month.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon

Now we know that even the president needs leaks from Edward Snowden to be fully informed about the dastardly acts of his own top spy agency.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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How Much Did Obama Know About NSA Spying? Depends on Whom You Ask

Intelligence officials speaking anonymously (do they know any other method?) are reportedly pissed that the White House seems to be distancing the president from the NSA’s metastasizing eavesdropping scandal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Rubio for Halloween

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For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

When we talk about the national budget, it is vitally important that we remember how we got into this fiscal crisis in the first place and who was responsible for it.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Lock, Stock and Barrel

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Maybe the Tea Party Won

With a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share the tea party’s hatred of Washington.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Back in Business: Shutdown Ends After Congress Overwhelmingly Caves

With the stroke of his pen, just after midnight Wednesday, President Obama ended the government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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House Will Not Block Budget Deal

The Senate reached a budget compromise Wednesday that will end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Raise Their Ante

A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.

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Shutdown: Senate Makes ‘Tremendous Progress,’ House Pouts

Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate came close to a budget deal Monday.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Emboldened by Shutdown Polls, Democrats Push Spending

Smelling blood in the water, Senate Democrats over the weekend rejected a Republican proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

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House GOP Shutdown an Exceptionally Reckless Waste of Time

Abroad, what is happening in Washington remains to most a mystery of very little interest.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Boehner Doubles Down, Threatens Default

House Speaker John Boehner went on television Sunday to scare the hell out of everybody.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren on the Government’s Hostage Tactics on Birth Control (Video)

As the government was on the verge of shutting down, the Massachusetts Democrat exclaimed Monday that she was in a “state of disbelief” because Republicans have decided the “single most important issue facing our nation” is women’s access to birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

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The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Why This Government Shutdown Will Backfire on Republicans

It’s their idea, and they’re proud of it.

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If a Government Shutdown Happens, It Will Be John Boehner’s Fault (Video)

President Obama on Monday blamed the looming shutdown on “one faction of one party,” but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid puts the onus on just one man.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


Match Impossible

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Ted Cruz Ego

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Government Shutdown Fail

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Ted Cruz Fanclub

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Creepy Cruz

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Green Eggs and Cruz

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Ted Cruz Is Done Talking, Senate Moves On

In order to fund Obamacare and, in the process, the government, the Senate has to pass its own version of a House bill.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


Navy Yard Shooter Mentally Ill

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Guns of America

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Gun Massacre Redux

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Militia

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