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The Blurb Heard Around the World

(451) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 1:02 PM

It's the kind of publicity every author dreams of: In the heat of the 2016 primaries, a leading candidate for president mentions your new book in a nationally-televised debate. Unfortunately, it involved a Democrat, attacking her Democratic opponent for endorsing it.

That happened to me last Thursday, when Hillary Clinton...

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Glenn Beck's Big Bust on the Mall

(209) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 12:28 PM

After months of huffing and puffing on Fox News, Glenn Beck did succeed in pulling a big crowd out to the Lincoln Memorial on August 28. But, once they got there, nothing happened.

Beck's so-called "Restoring Honor Rally" will not be remembered 200 years from now, as he predicted. Nor,...
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Toxic Talk Breeds Toxic Actions

(9) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 2:56 PM

"Jane, you ignorant slut."

We all laughed when Dan Aykroyd tossed that insult at Jane Curtin on Saturday Night Live's spoof of 60 Minutes, knowing that political debate would never sink to that level. How wrong we were. That insult seems mild today, compared to the steady stream of vitriol...

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Setting the Record Straight on Erick Erickson

(205) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 12:45 PM

As first reported by the Huffington Post, on Tuesday, April 6, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs blasted radio talk show host and CNN contributor Erick Erickson for telling listeners he would greet any census worker at his door with a shotgun.

Gibbs was responding to my question:...

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Progressive Radio is Alive and Well

(60) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 3:51 AM

After years of keeping it alive on life-support, investors have finally pulled the plug on Air America. What difference will that make on progressive talk radio nationwide? Zero.

The truth is that Air America, which launched on March 31, 2004, died at least twice before. First, when it declared for...

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Banned by Al-Jazeera.... In America!

(10) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 3:51 AM

You've heard of "banned in Boston?" But did you ever hear of being banned from the U.S. Capitol by Al-Jazeera? That's what's happened to me.

Early last Spring, I applied to the Congressional Radio-Television Galleries for a congressional pass. As I explained to their Executive Committee, the reason was straightforward....

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Obama Wins One For the Gipper

(241) Comments | Posted May 17, 2009 | 4:42 PM

Notre Dame, South Bend...

It wasn't exactly the miracle of the wedding feast of Cana. President Obama did not change water into wine.

But he almost did. Instead, Obama changed what protesters tried to make an ugly scene about abortion into a triumphant message about faith-based politics.

Here, in the...

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The Latest Pay to Play Scandal in the Senate

(13) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 7:41 AM

Say it isn't so!

After all the controversy surrounding a Senate appointment in Illinois, here comes another smelly deal -- in New Hampshire.

This one isn't about money. It's about party. But it still stinks.

President Obama has decided he wants Republican Senator Judd Gregg as his new Commerce Secretary....

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Give Rod Blagojevich a Fair Trial

(11) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 6:48 AM

America loves a political scoundrel. And we've seen a lot of them.

James Michael Curley ruled Boston as Mayor, from his prison cell. Wilbur Mills had his Ways and Means with stripper Fannie Fox. And James Traficant chanted "Beam me up, Mr. Speaker" - all the way to...

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Why Won't Harry Reid Seat Roland Burris??

(7) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 6:59 AM

Who says there's no difference between Democrats and Republicans?

When Republicans take power, they band together and fight Democrats. When Democrats take power, they split apart and eat their own.

Just look what's happening with Roland Burris. It is monumentally stupid, and political suicide, for Democrats to deny him his...

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The Grouch and the Gentleman

(32) Comments | Posted September 27, 2008 | 6:15 PM

Two candidates walked on stage Saturday night. One of them walked off looking like the next President of the United States. And it wasn't John McCain.

American voters could not have been given a clearer choice. As this season's first presidential debate clearly demonstrated, John McCain is hot; Barack Obama...

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Where Is the Love for Barack Obama?

(10) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 9:54 AM

It takes a village...

That's what Hillary Clinton said, of course. But it applies to Barack Obama, too. And what I'm wondering is: Where's the village that should be out there, defending him from attacks by John McCain?

Just look at what happened last week: McCain accused Obama of caring...

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John McCain Plays the Race Card

(347) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 9:33 AM

"I have great admiration and respect for Senator Obama."

If so, McCain has a funny way of showing it. All we've seen and heard from him for the last month is a string of personal attacks, culminating in yesterday's ad smearing Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the...

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Note to Obama... Don't Go Soft on Iraq!

(75) Comments | Posted July 5, 2008 | 12:31 PM

On this site, Arianna Huffington was the first to warn Barack Obama that he would disappoint a lot of his enthusiastic supporters, and not necessarily gain any new ones, by moving too fast to the center. Apparently, he wasn't listening.

He started out safely enough: renouncing a pledge to...

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God Bless Barack Obama

(25) Comments | Posted June 25, 2008 | 6:30 PM

You may remember. A couple of years ago, I wrote a book about how the Republicans stole religion -- and how Democrats should steal it back.

Well, Hallelujah! Barack Obama is doing just that -- by standing up to the religious right.

When James Dobson, speaking for many evangelists, says...

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Pope Benedict is Living in Denial

(41) Comments | Posted April 21, 2008 | 10:02 AM

He came, he spoke, he conquered.

Pope Benedict XVI is back in Rome, after his razzle-dazzle visit to the United States -- where he impressed everybody with his apologetic comments about the priest pedophile scandal.

Well, ALMOST everybody. He didn't impress me, because -- even though, for the first time,...

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Randi Rhodes is Wrong

(299) Comments | Posted April 4, 2008 | 10:05 AM

Here we go again. Another radio talk show host in hot water. This time, my friend Randi Rhodes.

First of all, let me say, I'm a big fan. I listen to Randi whenever I can. She's a great broadcaster, and a passionate liberal. Day in and day out,...

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Should Obama Drop Out of the Race?

(2164) Comments | Posted March 29, 2008 | 2:01 PM

What happened to the Democratic Party?

I'm a lifelong Democrat. I've volunteered in countless Democratic campaigns. I've managed campaigns for Democrats. I was a Democratic candidate for statewide office in California. For three years, I was Chair of the California Democratic Party. But I don't recognize the Democratic Party today.

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Stupid Spitzer

(45) Comments | Posted March 11, 2008 | 6:01 AM

Here's one thing I'll never understand: Why do such smart men do such dumb things?

Or maybe we should ask: Why don't smart men use their brain instead of some other part of their anatomy?

It's a bipartisan malady. Mark Foley and Larry Craig. Gary Hart and Bill...

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I'm Not a Nader Raider

(31) Comments | Posted February 25, 2008 | 5:00 AM

Just when you thought there was no way Democrats could lose this election...

Here we go again...

Ralph Nader decides to run, as an independent candidate, for the third time.

Let me tell you, I used to be a big Ralph Nader fan. And, in his heyday, he was a...

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