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Democrat Stupak Won’t Run Again

Bart Stupak, the Michigan congressman who led the charge against President Obama’s health care bill on the grounds that it might allow tax money to pay for abortions, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2010.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Campaign Donors Prefer Democrats

It costs about $1.36 million to win a seat in the House of Representatives and about twice that in the Senate. Democrats are finding that when it comes to raising that kind of cash, it’s good to be in the majority.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE

Maher and Leno

Bill Maher on the GOP: ‘They’re Such Sore Losers’

Bill Maher was his usual irreverent self on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” praising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “balls” in the health care reform saga and riffing on the infamous “death panel” controversy in ways Sarah Palin most definitely won’t appreciate.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE

Democracy and Domestic Violence

When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE

Letterman and Stout

Letterman Gets a Tea Party Education

David Letterman didn’t exactly lob any hardballs in his interview with Idaho tea party activist Pam Stout on Tuesday night’s show, opting instead to have a light and informative exchange on Stout’s own history and where she believes the movement might be headed ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE

There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jae C. Hong

Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Gerald Herbert

So Much for a ‘Post-Racial’ America

Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s loose lips, the cat is out of the bag: The Republican Party, answering the call of a large part of its following, will continue its subtle and not-so-subtle uses of the “race card.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


‘SNL’ Alumna Victoria Jackson Says Obama’s a Communist

What happened to bubbly blond Victoria Jackson after her run on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, for her latest act she’s become a tea party demonstrator and she thinks the president’s a communist. “I watch Glenn Beck, and he has taught me well,” she tells Fox News’ Steve Doocy, adding, “Progressive is the new word for communist.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE

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Capsize and Trade

Cap and trade was all the rage back in 2009, with the market-driven system of curbing emissions seen as a dominant force in addressing global warming problems. Now the concept has seemingly fallen out of favor.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ross D. Franklin

How Long Can GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party Death Threats?

Let’s not pretend anymore that the tea party movement is harmless. Even Sarah Palin is making comments that could have lethal consequences, such as “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!”

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE

Boehner and friends
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species

Boy, the Republicans know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick? Or block the provision that allows you to keep your out-of-work kids on your policy until they are 26?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE

Obama signs bill
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Makes Health Care Reform Official

After months of partisan bickering, “Obamacare” paranoia and tea-party whimsy, President Obama made the health care reform bill law on Tuesday, signing it with studied deliberation as Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others from among Fox News’ most beloved federal officials looked on.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE

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Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE

Tea Party Bigotry Can’t Stop History

On Sunday, as comprehensive health care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn’t bear what they saw.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party Talk With Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a stop on his book tour for a somewhat awkward chat with a mustachioed gent and a flaxen-haired She-publican from the right-leaning, during which he signaled his disapproval of big government, his firm support of free-market principles and his concerns about a potential tea party spinoff from the GOP.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE

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A Surge in Right-Wing Extremism

A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines a surge in extremist “patriot” groups in the U.S. The center claims that the number of right-wing extremist groups increased by 250 percent in 2009.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE

Rick Perry

Republicans Back Perry in Texas

Rick Perry, already Texas’ longest-serving governor, has survived primary challenges from a popular senator and an insurgent tea party candidate. Debra Medina had hoped to spoil the Republican race, but the tea partyer (whom we recently called out) was able to grab only about 17 percent of the vote.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

Glenn Beck’s Terrorist Rant

Speaking to the Conservative CPAC conference, Glenn Beck expressed sympathy for the anti-tax terrorist kamikaze pilot and called for the eradication of progressivism. The mob cheered.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pat Sullivan

Behind the Tea Party Facade, Just Another Bush-League Republican

Ron Paul proté gé Debra Medina is shaking up the Texas gubernatorial race, but scratch the surface of this rising tea party star and you’ll find a Bush-style big-government hypocrite.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE

Tea Party Patriots

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE

Colin Powell

Colin Powell Stands by His Man

The former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state says he has no regrets about endorsing Barack Obama and defends the president from his frenemy Dick Cheney.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jack Plunkett

Austin Plane Attack: Tea Party Terrorism?

Authorities continue to investigate why Joe Stack of Texas flew his small airplane into the Austin offices of the IRS, but based on early reports and a tirade the attacker posted on the Internet, it had something to do with taxes, big government, corporate crime and bailouts. (continued)

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE

Why the Democrats Are Losing

If you want to be honest, face these facts: At this moment, President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE

Obese Tea Partyers

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE

Family Guy

‘Family Guy’ Makes Not-So-Subtle Fun of Palin Clan

Politicians try all the time to use popular culture to their tactical advantage, but attempting to tweet their way into the hearts of Americans can invite certain pop-cultural comebacks, as a clip from Sunday’s “Family Guy” episode demonstrates.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Chris O'Meara

Fear of a ‘Multicultural’ Nation

Fear that America is becoming overrun and unsafe because of people of color undoubtedly stems in part from media-generated images, but a fear of the other also is a big factor.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Palin Calls Global Warming Research ‘Snake Oil Science’

During her speech at a logging conference in Redding, Calif., on Monday, Sarah Palin criticized California’s environmental regulations, pointed to her polar-bear-related lawsuit against the federal government, and compared certain global warming research to “snake oil science.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE

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Palin: ‘It Would Be Absurd Not to Consider’ Presidential Run

There are few single statements that have the power to evoke terror and delight in the same breath, but surely this is one of them: On “Fox News Sunday,” the channel’s own political commentator and tea-party headliner Sarah Palin opined “that it would be absurd not to consider” a run for the White House in 2012.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE

Sarah Palin Speaks at the Goofball Convention (Raw Video)

This is—no joke—how Sarah Palin began her speech to the tea partiers: “I am so proud to be an American. Thank you so much for being here tonight. Do you love your freedom?” She then thanked the troops for her freedom, repeated that she was proud to be an American and said, “Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan!”

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE

The Tea Party

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Tea Party Gets Even Less Inviting

While the tea party movement may be brushed off by some as the work of a bunch of misguided Fox News enthusiasts, the opening speech at the first national Tea Party Convention in Nashville suggests something more sinister at the root.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE

The Dystopia Conservatives Built

Colorado Springs, a laboratory of conservative anti-tax policies, is beginning to reek of economic death. The city is losing cops, firefighters, buses and parks while residents are moving into tent ghettos.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE

Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Sen. Brown Goes to Washington

Fresh off pulling off a major upset in Massachusetts, newly elected U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday made his way to the nation’s capital, where he reflected to the press about what he believes won voters to his side, what he likes about President Barack Obama and how close his ties are (or aren’t) to the right-wing, tea-party movement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE

Beck and Palin

Journal Time With Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin

It’s hard to imagine that Glenn Beck had never met Sarah Palin before Wednesday. After all, as Fox News’ lachrymose host suggested in this clip from his eponymous show that very day, the two of them have so much in common.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Steele: GOP Embracing Tea Party Movement

With an eye on this year’s midterm elections and a look back at where the Republican Party might have misstepped in recent months, RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped in at “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to discuss the so-called tea party movement. He said the movement’s rise is “a revelatory moment for us” and that the GOP can “crystallize that new foundational support for our principles” in 2010.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE

Obama and Biden
AP / Evan Vucci

Senate Passes Health Care Bill

Meeting its Christmas Eve deadline, the Senate passed its version of the health care reform legislation that’s been rankling Republicans (and even some from the left) for months now.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Hannity’s Apocalyptic Apology

Having caught wind that Fox Newser Sean Hannity was going to take a moment on his show to issue an apology to Jon Stewart for using older tea-party rally footage in a recent story, the host of “The Daily Show” was looking forward to hearing an admission of how the Fox folks subscribe to the network’s methodology, aka “the subtle altering of reality to sell a preconceived narrative.” That didn’t quite happen.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Cold Busted, Sean Hannity

“The Daily Show” has one eagle-eyed research team, judging by its consistent practice of catching the colorful pundits of Fox News in their most fact-challenged moments. Take this latest Fox pas, courtesy of Sean Hannity’s show, which Jon Stewart pointed out on his own show Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: GOP Scores; Unemployment Up; Fort Hood Fallout

Unemployment reaches 10.2 percent—do we need a bigger stimulus? What do the GOP victories in Virginia and New Jersey mean for both parties? Will the House’s historic health care bill pass, and, if so, why wait till 2013 to implement it?

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE

House Call protesters
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Conservatives Descend on Capitol for ‘House Call’ Protest

Thursday would have been a good day for members of Congress to use those underground tunnels to get around the Capitol. Outside, throngs of conservative protesters, heeding Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s loony call, converged on the Hill to demonstrate against the proposed health care bill—also known, in GOP-speak, as the first official step in the socialist takeover of our government.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Is Palin Veering Off Course or Blazing Her Own Trail?

Since last year’s presidential election, Sarah Palin has made unconventional moves for someone presumably planning to make a play for the White House in 2012. CNN’s Alexander Mooney takes a look at what she’s doing and whether it’s working to solidify her status in the GOP and boost her chances of running for president soon.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE

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Truthdig’s Editorial Roundtable

Truthdig editors Robert Scheer, Peter Scheer and Kasia Anderson give their takes on their picks from the week’s crop of news stories, including the rise of radical rhetoric on the right, Obama’s so-called socialism (for Wall Street) and how to shop for new planets to call our future home.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009 READ MORE

I Want My America Back

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Mad Men on the March

After an extended vacation, Jon Stewart returned to his “Daily Show” anchor’s desk Monday—and not a moment too soon, as the national epidemic of crazitude hasn’t calmed down since he left, especially when it comes to the subject of health care reform.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE

health care protest
AP / Hans Pennink

The Rhetoric of Health Care Misinformation

What is it about chain e-mails that makes potentially reasonable people who might even be wary of believing everything they read—at least when it comes to stories generated by media outlets—so gullible and so willing to latch on to hyperbolic distortions and ideologically driven misinformation campaigns?

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tea Parties and Torture

Did the nationwide “tea parties” on April 15 constitute a much-needed boost for the Republican base? Was the Obama administration right to release the latest batch of torture memos from the Bush years?

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE

Obama Tax Speech
Associated Press

Obama Talks Taxes

As “tea parties” tepidly brew in cities across the country to protest government spending and budget deficits, President Obama is on the offensive, maintaining that the tax relief of his administration’s nascent months is helping resurrect our fallen economy.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE

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