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D. R. Tucker
D. R. Tucker is the operator of the Massachusetts-based blog The Urban Right ( He is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the Boston Herald,,,, and In addition, he hosted The Notes on Blog Talk Radio ( from August 2009 to June 2010.

Entries by D. R. Tucker

Is Anyone Listening to Irwin Stelzer's Sound Advice?

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Irwin Stelzer has to be the loneliest man in America.

For the last few months, the veteran conservative economist has been urging the right to embrace the wisdom of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Back in May 2014, Stelzer took to the pages of the Weekly Standard to make...

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The Lowlight Reel

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 7:25 AM

The November 30, 2014 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources will be remembered for years to come as one of the sleaziest cable-news broadcasts of all-time. Thanks to one deranged booking decision, an episode that could have been dignified ended up being a disaster.

Discussing the aftermath of the...

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Higher Learning

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:01 PM

The spirit of the People's Climate March continues to be felt across the United States, as concerned citizens continue to fight for a cleaner atmosphere and cleaner energy. Part of that fight involves pushing back against the arrogance and power of billionaire climate-change deniers Charles and David Koch....

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Here Are the Jobs!

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:19 PM

On June 2, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the EPA's Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent over the next eighteen years. Ms. McCarthy and the EPA deserve tremendous credit for taking this bold step to...

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The Goldberg Variations

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Well, I'll give National Review writer Jonah Goldberg this: at least he didn't try to compare climate scientists to sex offenders.

Goldberg, whose magazine has been filled with advertisements from the fossil-fuel industry for years, unsurprisingly chided the Obama administration for delaying a final decision on the Keystone XL...

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A Power Outage in the White House?

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:15 AM

Say it isn't so, President Obama!

It was just one year ago that Obama boldly declared that he would respond to the threat of climate change in his inaugural address. While he reaffirmed his call for climate action in his 2013 State of the Union address...

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Amazing Grace: A Survivor's Story

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:55 PM

Michael Mann's The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines now out in paperback, is one of the best thrillers you will ever read.

There 's no blood or violence, but this outstanding work is an engaging "true crime" tale -- the crime in question...

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Public Miseducation: WGBH and David Koch

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:46 PM

(The following is the text of my remarks at the Rally for a Koch-Free WGBH in Boston on October 9, 2013. The event, organized by Forecast the Facts, was held to encourage WGBH, the powerful PBS affiliate in Boston, to remove billionaire climate-change denier David Koch from its Board...

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Brooks Brother

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Hang in there, David Brooks!

The New York Times columnist is being bombarded with bombast from the likes of Rush Limbaugh for his entirely accurate remarks on a recent edition of the PBS program Newshour about radical-right Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The assault on Brooks is reminiscent of...

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Maddow's Mission

(31) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:04 PM

September 8, 2008, was a good day for America -- even if I didn't know it at the time.

That day marked the debut of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, and the first real injection of intelligence into modern-day cable news. That was not my opinion of the...

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Krauthammer's Climate Crack-up

(111) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:50 PM

"The point of gasoline taxes is to reduce consumption/demand -- with all of the attendant beneficial side effects -- not to fund other projects, however lovely they sound. Once you break the discipline of having every penny of the tax go back to the taxpayer immediately through the payroll tax...
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You Can't Get What You Want ('Til You Know What You Want)

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 6:30 PM

You know, maybe if Gabriel Gomez had hired Josh Barro as a campaign advisor, he would have been more competitive in his U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts against Edward Markey.

The Business Insider columnist and voice of "reform conservatism" probably would have done a better job of helping...

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A Plan of Action

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Next week, I'll mark the fifteenth anniversary of a poisoned memory -- for it is a day that represents the nadir of my obsession with fidelity to conservative orthodoxy.

On May 28, 1998, U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro of Boston issued a ruling in a controversial case...

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The Jewel of Denial (or, Why Can't the GOP Be Wonky?)

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 3:10 PM

I can certainly understand the phenomenon of Republican "poll denial."

Six years ago, I was a staunch supporter of Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey, the Republican opponent of Democrat Deval Patrick. Under no circumstances did I want Patrick, the former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the...

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None Dare Call It Reason

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 6:00 PM

I'm not dreaming of a white Christmas, because the upcoming snow will bring yet another year of alleged geniuses declaring that climate change isn't happening because there's a blizzard outside. The phenomenon of pro-Big Oil, anti-Al Gore conservatives claiming climate change is a hoax because there's snow on the...

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Breaking Away

(47) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 1:57 PM

It's going to be something of a weird experience, but for the first time in my life, I'll be voting Democratic in this fall's presidential election.

Granted, it won't be that weird: in 2004, I strongly considered voting for John Kerry out of disgust with President Bush's failure to find...

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It Cannot Be Denied

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 5:03 PM

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of ABC's broadcast of The Day After, Nicholas Meyer's film about how middle America copes, or doesn't, with a nuclear attack. An estimated 100 million viewers saw the highly controversial film, which was followed by a discussion, hosted by Ted...

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Real Conservatism

(47) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 6:28 PM

The mainstream media's abandonment of climate coverage is not the only malady affecting the Fourth Estate these days. One of the great disappointments of our time is the decline in the representation of real conservatism in the press.

There are plenty of folks on television, talk radio and...

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No More Drama

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 5:55 PM

Why didn't John Derbyshire tell me this stuff twenty years ago?

The veteran National Review writer, who was kicked out of the house William F. Buckley built, after writing a piece for a conservative website actually advising his children to avoid social interactions with African-Americans, has...

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Let Freedom Ring

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 7:48 PM

Like millions of Americans, I applaud President Obama's decision to firmly support marriage equality. However, I can't help noting, with a bit of regional pride, that the pathway to equal treatment for gay and lesbian Americans was paved by two old-school, live-and-let-live Massachusetts Republicans -- William Weld and Paul Cellucci.

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