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Obama Wins Second Debate With His Record, Not His Vision

President Obama may have saved his campaign, but it’s still not clear after Tuesday night’s debate what he would do with a second term.

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Energized Obama Takes Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Advisers to the president had promised that Barack Obama would be more aggressive and passionate in the second debate against Mitt Romney than he had been in the first. And he was. By miles.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Obama Deserves a Second Term

My family survived the Great Recession because of the policies of the Obama administration. I suspect we were not alone in benefiting from one or another of the various relief programs.

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Medicare Makeover

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No Room for the Poor in This Election

It’s not surprising that in Thursday’s vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn’t mention the millions of working poor who would suffer should he and Mitt Romney win in November, but I expected more from Joe Biden.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


A GOP Shift on Taxes?

When it comes to tax policy, Mitt Romney is not merely a spinner, an equivocator or a run-of-the-mill dissembler. He’s a liar.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Party Plays ‘Cut and Blame’

Republican legislators called an emergency meeting to hold President Obama accountable for the lax embassy security that they claim led to the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya last month. But the GOP itself has cut funding to protect diplomats around the world.

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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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Romney’s Personality Shift

The strangest aspect of Wednesday night’s debate was Mitt Romney’s decision to change his tax policies on the fly.

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Romney Fires Big Bird, Stewart Prepares for O’Reilly, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Romney tax double-speak, a shift in strategy for the Obama campaign and Al Gore’s latest “theory.” 

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The First Presidential Debate: Style vs. Substance

In Wednesday night’s debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction, which means he’s either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he’s a fabulous actor.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney: Third Party Candidate

Massachusetts Mitt is back. The right-winger of the Republican primaries is gone. And the mainstream media couldn’t be happier.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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An ‘Impossible’ France?

A bold experiment is under way in the world’s fifth-largest economy: French President Francois Hollande has announced his intent to tax the rich. What happens next could deliver a blow to one of global capitalism’s most persistent myths.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



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France Unveils ‘Combat’ Budget

French President Francois Hollande announced a $47 billion economic recovery plan Friday that will raise more than $25 billion from tax increases with the help of a 75 percent “supertax” on incomes of more than $1.3 million a year.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 READ MORE


47 Percenters

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The Freeloaders in Mitt Romney’s Orbit

Watching Mitt Romney talk about the 47 percent of Americans he says are freeloaders, I thought of Paul Ryan’s mom, a Medicare recipient.

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Not a Gaffe, but the Real Romney

Hey, Mitt, why start with the 47 percent? Fully 100 percent of the nation’s 500 biggest corporations are dependent on various kinds of corporate welfare – subsidies, giveaways, bailouts, waivers and other dazzling preferences – while many pay no tax at all on very substantial profits.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE



The Real Mitt Revealed

A president is supposed to represent all of America, not just the 51 percent who elect him, and have a modicum of sympathy for the less fortunate among us.

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Study: Tax Cuts for Rich Not Path to Economic Growth

Contrary to what conservatives have been pushing, reducing taxes for the wealthiest Americans will not grow the economy. However, according to a new study by the Congressional Research Service, it does help to create income inequality.

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Romney’s Tax Discrepancy, Bachmann’s Election Troubles, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the 21st-century version of prohibition and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comment about women that sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s.

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Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt’s Health Care Trickery, Larry Flynt’s Romney Offer, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including August fundraising totals for both presidential candidates and Jon Stewart’s latest epic takedown of Fox News.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney: ‘Tax Avoider on a Grand Scale’

Joseph Stiglitz, “one of the few members of the economics profession committed to scientific empiricism, not ideology or servitude to the rich,” as one reader put it, writes that the habit of tax avoidance typical of Mitt Romney’s class makes it difficult to publicly fund things like education, technology, and infrastructure, upon which modern economies depend to flourish.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


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N.Y. Probes Bain Capital’s Tax Strategy

Questions about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital are not likely to go away any time soon, especially now that it’s been revealed that Bain is among a number of major private equity firms under investigation by the New York state attorney general’s office for tax-related reasons.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


Foreign Affairs: How Romney’s Millions Went Tax-Free Overseas

On the same day that Mitt Romney cracked his birther “joke,” new evidence indicated that he and his partners at Bain Capital have used questionable methods to avoid federal taxes.

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Romney and the Media Parrot

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How Tax Reporting Is Skewed to Benefit the Rich

Think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation like to cherry-pick tax data to claim that the rich pay more than their fair share. But a broad look at taxation shows it’s not true, a writer at The Economist says.

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Todd Akin Apologizes, Krugman Calls Out Ryanomics, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Mitt Romney may be hiding in his tax returns and Fox News’ coverage of a controversial “legitimate rape” comment by Rep. Todd Akin, shown above.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Let’s Get Ready to Crumble

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded America’s roadways a grade of D-, rated one in four bridges as “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” and warned that thousands of American dams are on the verge of failure.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The 13 Percent Solution

Was Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as running mate a smart pick? The candidates’ competing visions for the future of Medicare have eclipsed most of their other scenarios recently, and Romney told his inquisitors that he’d paid at least 13 percent in taxes in the past 10 years. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate these issues and more on this week’s show.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan Meets Adelson, White House Race Gets Nastier, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Romney budget specifics and why the 2012 Congress could be one of the worst ever.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan Not Qualified, Gabby Giffords’ Latest Milestone and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Romney hypocrisy about tax returns and Sarah Palin’s Republican National Convention announcement.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt’s Secret

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GOP Catch-22, ‘Romney Hood’ vs. ‘Obamaloney,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more speculation on Romney’s running mate and sh*t that Rep. Allen West says.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE


Warring Over Tax Returns

Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Tax Plan

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A Ridiculous Obama Rumor, Romney’s Tax Increases, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another GOP lawmaker goes birther and Jon Stewart mocks the Romney campaign’s latest international gaffe.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



An AIDS-Free Generation: Dream or Future Reality?

The International AIDS Conference is making dangerously impossible promises about putting an end to the epidemic; the London Olympics’ opening ceremonies included a unique tribute to free, universal health care; meanwhile, British graffiti artist Banksy has proved he will not be erased. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Is America Crazy?

Are we just dangerous people living out fantasies and lies?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Mountain of Corporate Cash Sits Idle (Video)

Figures from the Internal Revenue Service suggest that nonfinance companies based in the United States are holding more than $5 trillion in cash, triple what the Federal Reserve reports—idle money that Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston suggests would be better spent creating jobs, paying dividends and sharing the burden of taxes.

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Romney Tax Theories, Boehner Slams Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a DNC apology to Ann Romney and a new political attack ad that focuses on a bar called The Horny Toad and a stripper.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE


Dangerous

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Sununu Channels Limbaugh, Stewart Mocks Romney on Taxes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Ron Paul is asking of Mitt Romney and a list of the top super PAC donors.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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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



Romney’s Retroactive Retirement, Weiner Mulls Political Comeback, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s super PAC trend and Pat Robertson giving some pretty bad dating advice.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE


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