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Double Bubble. Double Trouble.

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 2:54 PM

Last August, we wrote about the double bubble in the housing market: a more traditional bubble, then over-inflated by a massive asset bubble that drove prices up and up and up. The bigger the bubble, the bigger the pop.

In that post we wrote,

In every modern recession, the fall...

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The Housing Market's Double Bubble: The Big One Still Has Yet To Pop

(31) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 9:33 AM

Look what the Republicans have done to our economy by following their core "trickle down" economic ideology, which really means borrow and spend. They have run up a massive debt which combined with no oversight, a near total removal of regulations on corporate conduct, and watched and let Neil...

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Millions Of Dollars Versus Millions of Voters

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 12:13 PM

In a democracy, every person has a single vote. Unfortunately, what is becoming increasingly true is that someone with millions of dollars and the willingness to fund front groups has the ability to influence millions of votes.

Take the issue of the Iraq War - by any and every...

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Vets For Freedom NewsLadder Is Up: It's Fair and Balanced (Really)

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2008 | 11:20 AM

We'd like to introduce the Vets for Freedom NewsLadder. Like all the NewsLadders that are up and running, this is a great place to find out all about an issue on one site with articles, blog posts, and videos linked up and voted up or down by readers...

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"25,000 Members" But Only 5 Donors? Is This The New Math?

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 1:24 PM

Earlier this week, we wrote about the Republican group, Vets For Freedom, and their ability to run $1.5 million dollars in TV advertising with seemingly no support.

In our blog post, we noted that the founder of the group was claiming thousands of donors. And the group claims to...

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Vets for Freedom Says Thousands Of Donors -- We Count Five

(24) Comments | Posted July 15, 2008 | 8:39 AM

In a recent story about Vets for Freedom's new campaign in support of Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, the Virginia-Pilot quoted VFFs Chairman Pete Hegseth on donor disclosure.

Vets for Freedom's efforts are being fueled by donations from thousands of people nationwide, Hegseth said. He said the group will not...

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Watching Freedom's Watch: A Classic Front Group

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2008 | 11:28 AM

What is a Front Group?

As a team that has spent a tremendous amount of time, especially over the last four years investigating and exposing these groups, here is a little history about where front froups came from.

The modern political front group actually got its start about 50...

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Watching Freedom's Watch: The Donors

(25) Comments | Posted February 12, 2008 | 3:15 PM

Since 2004, we have been very involved in investigating, exposing, and uncovering the roots and exposing the tactics and lies of the right-wing smear machine. James was involved not only in John Kerry's campaign, but also in the Truth and Trust Team, a group of Kerry friends and family...

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The Boy Who Cried Terror

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2007 | 2:27 PM

Message to Congress: No one believes Bush and this is dangerous to the country!

There is an urgent warning today from the FBI, that Al-Qaeda might attack shopping malls over the holiday season. See Exclusive: FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago,

The FBI is warning...

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Al Gore WILL Be Smeared

(54) Comments | Posted October 11, 2007 | 1:43 PM

If Al Gore Is awarded the Nobel Prize he WILL be smeared. There is no question about it.

On May 15, 2007, we wrote a post titled, We Guarantee Al Gore Will Be Attacked Next Week, We Absolutely Guarantee It. We wrote,

On Monday, Al Gore has a new book...

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Hillary Clinton: Mission Accomplished

(35) Comments | Posted October 3, 2007 | 10:47 AM

On January 22, 2007, as Senator Clinton went viral with her announcement that she was, essentially, running for The White House, we noted that her first challenge was to shatter the prism of the right. We wrote,

[T]his simply is a fact of modern politics in America. For the...

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Chinese-Americans Give Money To Clinton: The Horror. The Horror.

(20) Comments | Posted August 28, 2007 | 11:15 AM

If it kind of worked once, keep trying it again and again. So once again, the Right is reviving the tired 90s Asian-donations smear on the Clintons.

Headlined at the Drudge Report, the Wall Street Journal has

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Behind The Front: The Pro-War "Freedom's Watch"

(29) Comments | Posted August 22, 2007 | 7:35 PM

In the early 1970s, the Nixon Administration took a page out of the tobacco industry's playbook and actively organized front groups to counter the anti-war efforts of Vietnam veterans like John Kerry and Bobby Muller. Men like John O'Neill -- later to re-appear as one of the Swift Boat...

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The Global Warming Denying Machine Story Goes Mainstream.

(15) Comments | Posted August 8, 2007 | 1:04 PM

We just wanted to thank and congratulate both Newsweek and Sharon Begley, the author of a great new cover story about the funding of the Global Warming Deniers.

This story, read it here, is a major step forward in exposing this machine and in furthering the understanding we all...

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Pat Tillman: Anti-War Leftist Worm Dirt

(16) Comments | Posted August 2, 2007 | 9:14 AM

Pat Tillman was a noted professional football player with a salary over $500,000 a year and a brilliant future ahead of him in the National Football League. The exact opposite of a "Chickenhawk," and after 9/11, Pat Tillman dropped everything, turned down a 3-year, $3.6 million contract and enlisted...

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Op-Ed Or Op-Lie?

(13) Comments | Posted July 2, 2007 | 4:57 PM

What could be more important than dealing with the threat of global warming? Exposing the companies and groups that continue to try and distort the issue for financial gain and holding the media accountable for their role and complicity in the continuing distortion of the truth.

Let's be perfectly clear....

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Dr. Allan Brandt Helps Us Put The Smoking In Politics.

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2007 | 11:05 AM

Over at Smoking Politics, we tell and re-tell and constantly point out that the right wing strategy of lie big, ignore the facts and shoot the messenger wasn't created out of thin air. It was started with great success by the tobacco companies almost a century ago.

The clearest...

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As Al Gore's Book Hits Number One, ExxonMobil's Front Group Attacks

(11) Comments | Posted May 31, 2007 | 9:22 AM

Last week Al Gore released a very thought-provoking book The Assault On Reason. Vice President Gore's book has been very well-received and it quickly reached Number 1 on Amazon's best-seller list and now the New York Times best-seller list.

The Assault On Reason is a remarkable look...

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Right Fires Up The Smear Machine Against Obama

(10) Comments | Posted May 25, 2007 | 9:59 PM

As we write this, a fresh, still-steaming smear has been dumped on Barack Obama over at The Drudge Report.

A giant headline - almost as big as our computers' monitors - screams, "MCCAIN AIDE: 'OBAMA WOULDN'T KNOW DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN RPG AND A BONG'," linking (as Drudge so often...

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And Away We Go: As Al Gore's Book Gathers Steam, So Does The Smearing.

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2007 | 9:58 AM

On Thursday, Time magazine put up on its website an advance article of its cover story on Al Gore's new book, with excerpts.

Immediately the right started the character assassination. Just like we predicted, there's not a word about the merits of Gore's arguments. Not a word. Why do...

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