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Daniel Denvir

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WikiLeaks and the Cult of Secrets

(25) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 1:55 PM

A Christian Science Monitor article describes WikiLeaks as having no "obvious ideology beyond exposing secrets." Todd Gitlin, playing at geriatric scold, calls Julian Assange a representative of "his generation's anarchism -- the kind that wears a black mask, values disruption as action, and thinks it imperative...

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Youngstown Voters Set to Kick Traficant in Crotch

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 10:10 AM

"I want you to disregard all that the opposing council has said," Congressman Jim Traficant told colleagues then sitting in judgment on the House Ethics Committee. "I think they're delusionary. I think they've had something funny for lunch, in their meal. I think they should be handcuffed to...

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Jon Stewart, Your Rally Is Laughing-at-You Funny

(64) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 1:15 PM

Jon Stewart is calling for a "Million Moderate March" on Washington this October 30. Unfortunately, his prescription for political change is that we all just "take it down a notch."

When he announced the rally, Jon Stewart made a concerted effort to appear politically unaligned, screening clips that...

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$12 Million Army Video Game Recruitment Center to Close

(5) Comments | Posted June 20, 2010 | 4:08 PM

The Army Experience Center, a $12 million Dave & Buster's style gaming and virtual reality complex that sought to introduce young people to the Army via violent video games, is closing. The center was located in Northeast Philadelphia's sprawling Franklin Mills Mall, near an actual Dave & Busters,...

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Authors for President: The Curious History of Political Memoirs

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 1:54 PM

The mid-term elections are upon us, and publishers are once again eager to do their part. Whether you prefer Barack Obama's two best-selling books or Sarah Palin's morbidly fascinating autobiography, you just might wonder when memoir authorship became required for an aspiring politician.

While presidential career retrospectives have been...

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Here's to Oregon Populism

(15) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 10:31 AM

Generalizing about the national significance of an important event that takes place in just one of fifty states is definitely in vogue--what else are the thousands of pundits powering the 24-hour cable news cycle going to talk about? Political exegesis comes on the cheap.

Most on the Right are mystically...

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Harold Ford's New York State of Mind

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 2:39 PM

Dear Friends of New York,

Harold E. Ford Jr.? WTF, Empire State, have you no self-respect? The Gentleman from Tennessee has opposed the right of cities to ban handguns, gays to marry, women to end unwanted pregnancies and immigrants to become citizens. Ford claims to have changed his opinion on...

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Why the Afghan War was a Mistake -- And Why that Matters

(15) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 9:48 AM

By sending 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Obama has made a tragic mistake that could define, and undermine, his entire presidency. But this mistake, which promises to prolong an impossible mission and take countless more Afghan and American lives, is only the most recent error in a war...

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At Sestak Town Hall, Disability Activists Draw Their Own Red Line on Long-Term Care Funding

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 3:50 PM

I scanned the aisles for mustachioed presidential portraits and Obamacare warning-signs at a health care town hall with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) in Philadelphia. "Before we get started," intoned the understated moderator, "we know that these meetings here in the Commonwealth have been somewhat heated."

Yesterday's meeting was hosted...

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What the Hell Is a Jobless "Recovery?"

(23) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 11:08 AM

The economic recovery has begun! And while Chairman Bernanke is apparently miffed that he doesn't get more credit for the spectacular turnaround, all it really represents is a widening gap between the official assessment of economic well-being (Obama just tapped the guy for a second term) and how...

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Why Bad Healthcare Policy Makes For Bad Politics, Too

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 12:03 PM

Like you, dear reader, I have watched in horror and confusion as the nutty Sarah Palin wing of the Republican Party has sent vacationing Democrats scurrying for cover. The fodder for so many SNL parodies we thought were well mocked and deeply buried reemerge. According to the papers of record,...

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The Democratic Party's Democracy Problem

(20) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 5:35 PM

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party establishment that he supposedly overthrew in November are trying to lock in primary candidates in Pennsylvania and New York who, ahem, were never even elected to the position in question: Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

Here in Pennsylvania, party leaders are...

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Pot Smokers

(39) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 10:20 AM

A recent spate of articles has chronicled a new effort to legalize pot. A bill has been introduced in Sacramento supporting legalization, regulation and taxation, while Pennsylvania and Illinois legislatures ponder medical marijuana. But in many quarters our strange and hypocritical national dialogue on pot continues unabated.

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Happy Masturbation Month!

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 10:54 AM

HuffPost readers may not realize that it's been masturbation month for almost two weeks already. I know, I know. It's just a Hallmark holiday, but don't tell me you'd use that excuse with your mother this Sunday.

Recognition of the holiday seems to be taking place on a city-by-city basis....

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With Specter Switch, Do EFCA's Prospects Further Dim?

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2009 | 1:49 PM

Specter's a Democrat. But progressives should take a deep breath and ask if this is, really, such a good thing. In his statement, Specter reiterated his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), crucial legislation that would help millions of American workers organize unions. If he's reelected as a...

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Teabag the Boss, Card Check for the Masses

(8) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 3:49 AM

The business community is scared shitless by the prospect of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) becoming law. They have conjured up images of aggressive union organizers stalking defenseless worker prey, of American productivity undermined by archaic union contracts at the very moment the American economy needs neoliberal flexibility the...

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