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The Post-Truth Campaign
by Paul Krugman
Mitt Romney is blazing new trails in politics, where not telling the truth doesn’t seem to have any consequences.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Andrew Cuomo and the Spirit of Occupy
How Occupy Wall Street made Andrew Cuomo act less like Chris Christie.
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

Friday, December 09, 2011

All the G.O.P.’s Gekkos
In getting to the truth about those wealthy “job creators” the Republicans aim to protect, the ’80s film “Wall Street” seems more relevant than ever. by Paul Krugman

Thursday, December 08, 2011
Ron Paul is one of those politicians who says no for a living. As a representative of Texas, Paul has surprisingly voted against quite a few pieces of legislation that would shock many Americans.
Mitt Romney clarified his plan to partially privatize the Medicare program during an interview with the Washington Examiner’s editorial board Wednesday morning, suggesting that he would allow Congress to vote on the amount of “premium support” credits (or vouchers) seniors receive to buy health care...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011
Image by AFP via @daylife I have long argued that the impact of the Affordable Care Act is not nearly as big of a deal as opponents would have you believe. At the end of the day, the law is - in the main - little more than a successful effort [...]

Friday, December 02, 2011
Anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist, the president of Americans For Tax Reform and author of the radical anti-tax pledge that has played a significant role in hamstringing budget and deficit-reduction negotiations, has said that it is unacceptable for those who have signed his pledge to vote in favor of any tax increase. But now that President Obama and congressional Democrats are backing a tax cut aimed at stimulating economic growth, Norquist has changed his tune.

Thursday, December 01, 2011
The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates have shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country's reputation.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Iran-contra scandal, 25 years later
By Peter Kornbluh
In 1990s, U.S. prosecutors assessed "criminal liabilty" of Reagan, George H.W. Bush.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War
by Juan Cole
What led comfortable, bright, middle-class students to join the Occupy protest movement against income inequality and big-money politics in the first place?
Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP
By Joe Conason —
Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailout:
by Mike Taibbi
Had a quick piece of news I wanted to call attention to, in light of the recent developments at Zuccotti Park. For all of those who say the protesters have it wrong, and don’t really have a cause worth causing public unrest over, consider this story, sent to me by a friend on the Hill.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Today, the 12-member congressional super committee is expected to announce failure to reach an agreement to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal budget.
The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary
By Bill Boyarsky — Unfortunately, the media's fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

Sunday, November 20, 2011
On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are (a) familiar with pizza, (b) familiar with vegetables and (c) sane.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Stupid Party.”
by Paul Begala
Republicans used to admire intelligence. But now they’re dumbing themselves down.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The GOP’s Message Problem
By Eugene Robinson
This should be the Republicans’ election to lose. They seem well on their way.

New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich
By Joe Conason
All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For
By Robert Scheer — In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Impartial' Supreme Court Justices Raise Money for Opponents of Health Care Law
by Bob Edgar
Suppose you were party to a lawsuit and you learned that the judge handling your case was hobnobbing with lawyers on the other side and helping to raise money for a group dedicated to defeating you in court?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Penn State Riots About White Men Not Liking to Be Held Accountable
By Mike Elk

If, like me, you scanned the crowds rioting at Penn State last night after the announcement of the firing of Joe Paterno, you may have noticed that nearly all the people there were white men. The riots were about white men not liking to be held accountable.

As a native Pennsylvanian, I never once considered attending Penn State University. Penn State always seemed like a place full of cliquish white people recalling their glory years of making fun of the dorky kids in high school. More progressive white people and people of color went to big city state schools like Pitt or Temple while whiter, more conservative types tended to dominate the settings of the rural, fraternity-heavy Penn State campus.

At the center of Penn State’s conservative culture stood Joe Paterno -- who frequently campaigned and fundraised for conservative politicians throughout Pennsylvania. As my friend sportswriter Dave Zirin points out, Penn State was a company town and football was the company that funded Penn State. Home football games attracted 100,000 people per game. Each year the program pumped a whopping $59 million into the poor rural economy of the surrounding area, from the sales of food to buying hotel rooms to the selling of sports gears, and created $50 million in pure profit that could be distributed to other programs at the university. In addition, Penn State football fostered large alumni donations as football games fostered strong bonds with graduates. To many Pennsylvanians, Joe Paterno represented Penn State and all it stood for.

Old, conservative white men around the state revered the football coach who stayed on well past his prime into his eighties. Paterno stayed on when others told him he was wrong not to change his old ways, well after his coaching seemed ineffective and his team’s record suffered. Paterno’s perseverance in the face of his deficiencies was a beacon of hope for many white men in Pennsylvania who felt their power challenged by liberals and people of color seeking to change their ways.

That's why I paid attention to the crowd rioting on television at Penn State last night. The firing of Joe Paterno upset the natural order that white men like Joe Paterno could rule not based on merit -- as Paterno’s coaching deficiencies showed -- but because white men always had.

As a Pennsylvanian, I could not be more ashamed of Penn State. This weekend I will instead be rooting for the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. There students participating in OccupyCal bravely faced police attacks for peaceably assembling, at the same moment Penn State white males attacked police over the firing of an 84-year-old football coach who enabled a child rapist.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich
Yes, it is Wall Street’s fault
Bloomberg joins Republicans in claiming Congress "forced" banks to give bad loans. Don't buy the propaganda
By Gene Lyons

The shame of Penn State
The university buried a child sex scandal for years. And rioting students dare blame the media?
by Allen Barra

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Elizabeth Warren has responded to the new attack ad from Karl Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS, which linked her to all manner of alleged depravity and radicalism at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011
Forget whatever you think you know about the night Osama bin Laden was killed. According to a former Navy SEAL who claims to have the inside track, the mangled tales told of that historic night have only now been corrected.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The third Koch brother?
Facing charges Koch groups illegally funded his campaign, Herman Cain says he's their "brother from another mother"
"Justice Scalia's Catholic Dissent on the Death Penalty."

"Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic Church,"
Oligarchy, American Style
by Paul Krugman
Inequality is back in the news, largely thanks to Occupy Wall Street, but with an assist from the Congressional Budget Office. And you know what that means: It’s time to roll out the obfuscators!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel AlitoOur ethically permissive Supreme Court

Conservative justices wink at their own conflicts of interest
by Ronald Goldfarb


Monday, October 31, 2011
Among the Tea Partiers Newsweek uncovered begging for federal dollars, one name stood out. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor requested tens of millions of federal stimulus dollars to create jobs in his district.

Cain’s bungling campaign

It’s not ‘class warfare,’ it’s Christianity

Why Paul Ryan is angryThe GOP is losing control of the narrative.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Before Paul Ryan delivers another lecture on the “fatal conceit of liberalism,” he ought to examine his own silly conceit: that he and others like him represent the hardworking majority, when he was merely born at the top.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
And five other myths that must die for our economy to live.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government By E.J. Dionne, Jr.
It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

What Romney’s Religion Reveals About His Politics
By Joe Conason
What does the career of the former Massachusetts governor tell us about the ideology of the LDS church—and what his personal beliefs may portend if he becomes the first Mormon in the Oval Office?

Friday, October 21, 2011

After Nearly Nine Years of War and Occupation, America to Withdraw All Troops From Iraq
by Tom Hayden
In a stunning victory for the American peace movement and Iraqi opponents of the US occupation, virtually all US troops will withdraw from Iraq by this December 31.
Obama's Iraq promise comes true
His campaign was rooted in a pledge to bring the troops home, which he just announced will happen by year's end
by Steve Kornacki

Success in Libya

Obama chose the right course.
by David Ignatius

The GOP’s foreign policy gap

The candidates forget the rest of the world.
by Eugene Robinson

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Labor News and Notes Round-upBy Kenneth Quinnell

  • The layoffs of local public employees are fueling the economic crisis.
  • Cornell University released a study that finds that Project Labor Agreements are expanding job opportunities for veterans, women, and minorities, among others.
  • Abuse of warehouse workers is increasing, but the Department of Labor may be taking action soon.
  • Yahoo! is the latest company to abandon the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • Turns out Wall Street is responsible for higher oil and gas prices.
  • Greg Sargent asks the important question: What if working class Americans actually like Occupy Wall Street?
  • Plumbers are not backing "Joe the Plumber" in his possible congressional run.
  • Transport Workers Union President Jim Little's letter of support for Occupy Wall Street.
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's AFL-CIO leaders are supporting Occupy Boston
  • The agreement between United Auto Workers and Ford is headed toward approval.
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    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Lost in the hubbub over Herman Cain’s love affair with the number 9 during last week’s Republican debate were some compelling observations by Rick Santorum about “the breakdown of the American family” and its relationship to poverty.

    Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

    Monday, October 17, 2011
    Justice, is supposed to be honest, impartial, and above suspicion, but Clarence Thomas is none of those things.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    So let’s see: The solution to large-scale abuses of the financial system, a breakdown of the private sector, extreme economic inequality and the failure of companies and individuals to invest and create jobs is—well, to give even more money and power to very wealthy people, to disable government and to trust those who got us into the mess to get us out of it.

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    What does Mount Rushmore look like on the Canadian side?

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Sunday, October 09, 2011
    The Tea Partiers insist that they obey the Constitution to the letter of the law and that their radical agenda embodies the Constitutional idea. But study the Constitution and you’ll see that these so-called Constitutional conservatives don’t love the law – they’re trying to distort and rewrite the Constitution to subvert it to their wishes.

    Monday, October 03, 2011

    Kochs: Iran Arms Sales
    Koch Industries — in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East — has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    The Social Contract

    With shrieks of “class warfare” going back and forth in Washington, a closer look at the data shows just what class warfare looks like. by Paul Krugman

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Labor News and Notes Round-up

    The latest stories from the front lines of the labor fight across the country...

  • Thousands of nurses are on strike at Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California. Take action to show your solidarity.
  • Families of the 1,300 workers locked out by American Crystal Sugar need your help.
  • Lindsey Graham continues the Republican assault on the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Our trade deficit with China is costing us nearly three million jobs.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is suing to block the new Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act ruling.
  • Four of four union-backed candidates won in New Hampshire elections.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers reached a three-year deal with grocery storkes in Southern California, avoiding a strike.
  • united Food and Commercial Workers International Union settled a lawsuit over getting paid for work done that has stretched out for 12 years.
  • Working America has expanded its Job Tracker to help workers find out what companies are doing in terms of outsourcing, violation of codes and discriminatory and illegal practices.
  • The Department of Labor is cracking down on wage theft.
  • The deal reached between the United Auto Workers and General Motors is predicted to create 17,000 jobs.
  • Corporations supporting new free trade deals are big-time outsourcers.
  • is continues to allow discrimination against the unemployed.
  • Only the top 3% of Americans, in terms of education level, saw wage increases over the last ten years.

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    Thursday, September 22, 2011
    ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday he hopes Davis' execution 'will spur us as a nation toward the total rejection of capital punishment.'...

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Preserving Life (Unless It’s Uninsured) By Joe Conason
    Watching the Republican presidential candidates and their agitated tea party supporters at the CNN/Tea Party Debate, an ordinary citizen might feel confused.

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    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Hey GOP 2012ers: You Lie!
    by David Corn
    Let's cut to the chase: The GOP presidential field is a pack of liars.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011
    Have you got three minutes. Because that's all you need to learn how to defeat the Republican Right. Just read through this handy guide and you'll have everything you need to successfully debunk right-wing propaganda.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    The Republican presidential debate last week should have taught us that we are no longer in the world of civics textbooks. Does the President finally understand that?

    Don’t fall for it. There’s no “new tone” coming from the Republican-controlled House. It’s just a remix of the same old song.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    More Details Emerge in Republican Assault on Post Office and Postal Unions
    After weeks of testing the political waters, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law school professor and Wall Street critic, will officially announce her run for Senate tomorrow morning against US Senator Scott Brown.

    Sunday, September 04, 2011

    Mean, ornery and just plain wrong

    Eric Cantor's ideological purity overrules common sense -- and heart

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    It’s remarkable how reluctant Obama’s opponents are to acknowledge that despite all the predictions that his policy of limited engagement in Libya could never work, it actually did.

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