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GOP Jobs Plan

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Halloween and Radio Unreality

A radio show decades ago is misremembered as having caused widespread panic on Halloween; Congress has become just another form of legalized bribery; and the left-wing San Francisco Chronicle has been covering that city’s Occupy movement like a right-wing paper. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



Occupy Wall Street Gets Real on MTV

MTV is developing reality shows inspired by Occupy Wall Street; the tea party turns its back on Michele Bachmann; and a British cleric resigns rather than retract his support of the Occupy London protests. These discoveries and more, after the jump.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Phil Sandlin

Paging Dr. Paul: The Sickness Is in the System

Taking personal responsibility for one’s own health is an artful dodge that suggests the government has no responsibility to provide health care to its population. It is an ideological mantra that health insurance company PR spinmeisters relentlessly front-load to the public via the stenographic mainstream media.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements More Alike Than Not

Both movements are essentially populist protests. The OWS people want to break the power of finance and the rich in America. So do tea party voters.

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Tea Party Vacation

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The Case for Troy Davis and Against Gov. Rick Perry

On Aug. 18, 1989, Mark MacPhail, a young police officer, was shot to death in a parking lot in Savannah, Ga. Soon afterward Troy Davis (above) was convicted of the killing. Although a majority of testifying witnesses have recanted their statements, a U.S. district court has ordered Davis to be executed Sept. 21. (more)

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Tea Party Animal

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The Late Laughing Liberal Molly Ivins on Rick Perry

Molly Ivins was a popular humorist, liberal columnist and a Texan, and she knew Texas governor and now GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry well.  (more)

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Tea Party Congress

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Republican Math

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Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Oh, What a Tea Party!

Whatever they tell us, the men and women who run the country are governing for themselves and by themselves.

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Michele Bachmann

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Obama Turns 50

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I’m a Little Teapot

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Back in the Bottle

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Tea Party Troubles

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Crazy Glue

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Pea Party

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Debt Ceiling

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AP / Paul Beaty

Republican Goofery Isn’t Limited to the Tea Party

There is a deep-rooted wrongheadedness about the Republicans as they drag the country toward fiscal disaster. Those afflicted with this harmful thinking range from tea party extremists like Michele Bachmann to pundits such as Peggy Noonan.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Blowing Up the House

We are witnessing the disintegration of tea party Republicanism.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Dysfunctional’ Too Polite to Describe Tea Party Congress

Even the most extreme Republican partisans in the Senate seem to realize that their House colleagues, seized by some combination of ideology, madness and pig ignorance, are propelling the country and the world toward economic chaos.

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An Investment Manager Dishes on the Richest

Rarely do we get to hear criticism of the American oligarchy from within the ranks of its crowning institution: the financial services industry. This anonymous author, who handles investments for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, takes us on a brief tour of numbers ... (more)

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Waving the ‘Anarcho-Capitalism’ Flag

It’s a theory that seeks the removal of government oversight from any and all economic and social activity, which has been steadily adopted by legislators and policymakers on the right, and some on the left, for the past three decades, and tea partiers may actually be opposed to it. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to our clean energy future; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza.

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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to clean energy; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

The Tea Party and Goldman Sachs: A Love Story

Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. This should be an obvious fact of life for most Americans.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Detail of a draft of the Declaration of Independence from Wikimedia Commons

What Our Declaration Really Said

Our nation confronts a challenge this Fourth of July that we face but rarely: We are at odds over the meaning of our history and why, to quote our Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted.”

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AP / Charlie Neibergall

Bachmann’s Campaign Off to an Awkward Start

Tea party favorite Michele Bachmann made her second official presidential campaign announcement in the place of her birth—Waterloo, Iowa—on Monday, having made what was supposed to be an all-American cinematic reference that went a little off the rails.

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The Dubious Friendship of Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow

After U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas secured a financial favor that led to the preservation of an aging cannery site in the community of his birth in Georgia, legal ethicists are voicing concerns over his friendship with Harlan Crow, a Dallas real estate magnate and contributor to conservative causes. (more)

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Varmint

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Sarah’s Revere

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The Tea Party Is Yesterday’s News

When will Republicans realize that the anti-government cries they think they hear from “the people” are the voices of no more than 20 percent to 25 percent of the electorate who constitute the die-hard conservative core?

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John Boehner Hits the Skids With Tea Party

House Speaker John Boehner’s battle for budget cuts has not won him many points with the cost-conscious tea party, particularly in light of a Congressional Budget Office study that indicates the latest spending bill will not cut the deficit nearly as much as advertised.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE


Tea Party Benefactor David Koch Plays a Game of ‘Ask the Right-Wing Billionaire’

Oil tycoon David Koch offered his seemingly unsolicited opinion to a New York Magazine reporter, saying he didn’t think President Obama deserved any credit for taking down Osama bin Laden ... (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE


Power Shift vs. The Powers That Be

More than 10,000 people converged in Washington, D.C., this past week to discuss, organize, mobilize and protest around the issue of climate change.

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Republicans Make War on the Environment

The U.S. is caught up in three wars, a budget crisis and high unemployment. So what are Republican politicians working on? Cutting long-standing environmental regulations and shifting the burden of oversight from the federal to the state level.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


What Does Glenn Beck’s Departure Have to Do With George Soros?

Because you know if there’s a left-wing conspiracy, George Soros is in on it somehow—at least in the wacky, weird, blackboard-enabled world (population: 1) inhabited by soon-to-be-former Fox News show host Glenn Beck.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Fox News to Drop Glenn Beck’s Show

Although Glenn Beck himself is characterizing the change as a “new phase” of his “partnership” with Roger Ailes’ conservative-magnet cable channel, the bottom line of this story is that Beck’s show will be phased out of the Fox News programming lineup later this year.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Again With the Bachmann Presidential Rumors

With 2012 buzz building about Sarah Palin, it seems only fitting, not to mention inevitable, that Minnesota’s own tea party darling, the dependably batty Rep. Michele Bachmann, would also be the subject of speculation about a possible charge at the White House.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Collapse The Light (CC-BY)

NPR’s CEO Ousted After Right-Wing Sting Stunt

Is NPR the next Acorn? The public radio powerhouse is apparently the latest target of conservative rabble-rousers such as James O’Keefe, the undercover right-winger whose Acorn sting spelled major trouble for that institution, and Wednesday, NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller took the fall.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



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More 2012 Noises From Palin

While you’re adjusting to the notion of a possible Newt Gingrich campaign 2012 blitz, it might be time to start preparing for some Palin-for-president action as well. She hasn’t yet said she’ll make a break for the White House, but judging by this ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / J. Stephen Conn (CC-BY)

Thar Be Gold in Them Hills

You know Fox News is all over this story: The Utah House of Representatives is fixin’ to vote on a measure that would make gold and silver coins a viable alternative to the boring—and inflation-prone—forms of currency currently in national circulation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


The Tea Party Is Winning

We are acting as if the only real problem the United States confronts is the budget deficit, the only test of leadership is whether a president is willing to make big cuts in programs that protect the elderly, and the largest threat to our prosperity comes from public employees.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


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