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Questions That Need Asking

Republicans wanted nothing more than to summon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Capitol Hill and grill her about the tragic fiasco in Benghazi. Sadly for them, they got their wish.

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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Race to Fix the System

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Filibuster Reform

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‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

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The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Inside the Liberal Conspiracy to Save the Republic

Mother Jones profiles a growing coalition of environmental, labor and civil rights groups, including Greenpeace and the NAACP, that began meeting off the record in December to try to figure out “what to do to beat back the deep-pocketed conservative movement.”

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Fiscal Deal Passes as House GOP Clown Car Crashes, Again

The House of Representatives has increasingly been dominated over the past two decades by a coterie of tantrum-prone extremists who lack the probity and steadiness required for democratic self-government.

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Fiscal Cliff Deal Would Add Trillions to Deficit

Instead of deficit reduction, it appears the fiscal cliff deal that was passed in the Senate early Tuesday morning would only add to the federal government’s budget problems.

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Congress Rejects Own Pay Raise

By casting their ballots in favor of a deal that would avert the so-called fiscal cliff early Tuesday morning, senators overwhelmingly blocked a pay increase for themselves and members of the House that President Obama recently approved via an executive order.

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Lousy Deal on the Edge of the Cliff

The fiscal cliff deal that emerged from the Senate on New Year’s Eve is a lousy one. Let me count the ways.

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Fiscal Cliff Talks Going Down to the Wire

Forget the Times Square ball drop in New York City. The most dramatic moment of New Year’s Eve 2012 will most likely happen on Capitol Hill.

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Do-Nothing Congress to Get Pay Raise

Looking for a job where being unproductive and ineffective won’t hurt your chances of getting a raise? Try being a member of Congress!

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GOP Pollster Rips the NRA, a ‘Meet the Press’ Police Investigation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new warning on the debt ceiling from Timothy Geithner and why it’s probably not the most wonderful time of the year for President Obama and Congress.

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An American Story: Daniel Inouye

The senator had earlier risen to be Captain Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Italy, losing an arm as he ran ahead of his platoon and personally destroying three German machine gun nests on a steep ridge in San Terenzo.

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Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

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Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

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Barbara Walters Asks Chris Christie About Weight, Good News for Elizabeth Warren, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” revealed and Bill O’Reilly responds to news of a “war on Christmas” victory.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Condemns ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Torture Porn

“Zero Dark Thirty” is piling up rave reviews despite perpetuating the myth that torture helps combat terrorism. Glenn Greenwald objects to praise for a film that propagandizes war crimes as a necessary evil.

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Stephen Colbert Is South Carolina’s Favorite to Replace DeMint

Colbert, a Palmetto State native who has twice mounted a satirical challenge to become the president of South Carolina, has already asked viewers of “The Colbert Report” to push Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint him to the seat being vacated by Republican Jim DeMint.

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Cutting Through the Controversy About Indefinite Detention and the NDAA

The provision about holding suspects indefinitely and without charges had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained in that manner. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the U.S. but concerns remain about the scope of detention powers.

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Ann Coulter’s Shocking Concession, Stephen Colbert’s Next Electoral Move, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Sen. Rand Paul is criticizing Republican leaders and a major GOP donor visits Washington.

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Tea Party Favorite Jim DeMint to Quit Senate

The conservative South Carolina senator announced Thursday that he would step down next month to run a conservative think tank.

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The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser.

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Worst 2012 Election Predictions, Michelle Obama’s Political Future, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major backer of Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign lashing out at voters and what a new poll on gay marriage shows.

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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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Senators Band Together to End NDAA’s Indefinite Detention Provision

“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday as she introduced an amendment to end the provision. “Let’s not repeat it.”

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In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE


Ignore Grover (and Learn From Him)

Pretending that Norquist is more powerful than he is allows Republicans to win acclaim they haven’t earned yet.

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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.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



Warren’s Wall Street Fight, Obama’s Thanksgiving ‘Pardon,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic congressman’s resignation and why Joe Scarborough is apologizing to Nate Silver.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



Nothing Great About the ‘Grand Bargain’

The president and Congress reaching a “grand bargain” would mean significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; some Republican senators believe Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique on American citizens; meanwhile, millions showed up to the largest coordinated strike Europe has ever seen. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they’re in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of their post-2012 position.

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Whistle-Blowers’ Legislation Passes the Senate

The Senate on Tuesday sent to the president’s desk a bill—13 years in the making—that would significantly expand whistle-blower protections to federal employees who expose wrongdoing. The legislation would close loopholes created by court rulings that left whistle-blowers vulnerable and increase their rights.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Shouldn’t Back Down

It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country. If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Women in the U.S. Senate

Tuesday’s election saw women take a record number of seats in the U.S. Senate. One-fifth of the legislative body no longer belongs to the good old boys.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE


Small Change

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Todd Akin Loses

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A New America Speaks

So much for voter suppression. So much for the enthusiasm gap. So much for the idea that smug, self-appointed arbiters of what is genuinely “American” were going to “take back” the country, as if it had somehow been stolen.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


The Election—In a Word

Mike Allen, for those who don’t know, is Washington’s insiders’ insider.

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Florida’s Slow Election Results, Williams’ Feud With Trump, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some winners and losers from Tuesday’s election and Jon Stewart weighs in on the Missouri Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Todd Akin.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE


Heitkamp North Dakota Victory Increases Democrats’ Senate Majority

North Dakota is a “deeply conservative” state that Mitt Romney won by 20 points, making Heitkamp’s victory there all the more impressive.

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How Could the Republicans Have Been So Stupid?

Record numbers of Latino voters almost certainly gave Obama Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania and, thus, the presidency.

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Claire McCaskill Defeats Todd ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akin in Missouri Senate Race

Claire McCaskill was considered one of the Democrats most likely to lose her seat in the 2012 election race. That is, until her Republican opponent Todd Akin opened his mouth during a television interview and the infamous words came out.

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