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Entries by David Sirota from 04/2009

Clinton and Webb Tackle the Biggest Taboo of All

| Posted 04.03.2009 | Politics

The public consensus has shifted, and now at least a few leaders are starting to soften up the political terrain for a real discussion about legalization and drug policy reform.

Wall Street's Best Investment -- The Best White House Aide Money Can Buy

| Posted 04.06.2009 | Politics

This week, via White House aide Larry Summers, we got a very concrete, easy-to-understand example of how our pay-to-play political system really works.

Are Local Republican Parties Afraid of Obama?

| Posted 04.09.2009 | Politics

Jim Greer's posture suggests that local Republican party officials are learning that their party will have trouble if it continues to be seen as the Party of No in the Obama era.

The Best Investment Money Can Buy!

| Posted 04.10.2009 | Politics

This week, I did something I've really never done in my newspaper column -- I went for the full-on, all-out sarcasm/satire to make a point about our economy and our corrupt campaign finance system.

Gay Marriage & the Right's Selective Attacks on Democratic Institutions

| Posted 04.14.2009 | Politics

The right exhibits a nasty authoritarian streak that lets them, offer up interpretations of what is and isn't "legitimate" in a democracy -- they are most willing to do this on divisive issues like gay marriage.

The Teabags vs. The Douchebags

| Posted 04.16.2009 | Politics

I fear that if the battle for the hearts and minds of America comes down to a battle between Teabags and Douchebags, the Teabags will win out.

Columbine Questions We Still Don't Ponder

| Posted 04.17.2009 | Politics

Coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the Columbine massacre, we still don't realize that random violence is a product of many deeper factors than access to weapons and Xboxes.

A Question That Matters More Than Ever: Did Bush Keep Us Safe on 9/11?

| Posted 04.21.2009 | Politics

We can't let the Right try to fabricate a storyline and revise history about the Bush administration -- and more generally, Bush administration policy.

CNN Clip: Tapping Into Tea Party Anger While Debunking Right-Wing Myths

| Posted 04.22.2009 | Politics

The tea party demonstrations are worthy of criticism, considering they are trying to champion the very conservative ideological agenda that created the problems allegedly being protested.

Who Woulda Thunk It? Populism Is Popular!

| Posted 04.27.2009 | Politics

It's really Orwellian - you can barely find a news story referring to populism that doesn't put the word populism next to a word like "dangerous" or "angry."

THE UPRISING Out In Paperback Today

| Posted 04.28.2009 | Politics

Just a quick note to let you know that my book, The Uprising, is being released in paperback today. You can buy it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the Ta...

Specter Switch: Great News, But He Now Needs a Dem Primary

| Posted 04.28.2009 | Politics

I think I speak for myself and anyone who ever lived in Pennsylvania that it's really hard to believe this. But even as we applaud Specter for switching parties, we shouldn't simply concede the primary.