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Mike Stark is a University of Virginia law student, a marine, extreme political activist and a citizen journalist.

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Meet the Extremist Coal Baron Bankrolling Ken Cuccinelli's Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 2:12 PM

Ken Cuccinelli, the Tea Party/GOP candidate for governor in Virginia, is struggling to save his campaign from a pair of slow-moving -- but unrelenting -- scandals that cast doubt upon his character and integrity.

To be clear, neither of these scandals are Whitewater-esque: There really is a "there" there.

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Sean Hannity Chuckles at Brutal Chris Christie Joke

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 5:23 PM

I managed to get on the air with Sean Hannity on the day of the east coast earthquake.

After exchanging pleasantries, I told Hannity that Myron Ebell (a leading climate science denier), of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, had written an article disputing the science behind earthquakes. Interestingly, he suggested that...

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Shocking Diatribe by Third Biggest Right Wing Radio Talk Show Host

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 1:04 PM

(Don't have time for the whole diary? Just want the audio/Cliff Notes? Skip to the last video.)

Mark Levin is one of the more abrasive right wing talk show hosts on the radio, especially with regards to his treatment of liberals. Even so, Levin's response to the call I made...

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It's Time to Unsubscribe: I'm a Fed Up Progressive

(56) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 1:53 PM

Mitch Stewart from Organizing for America (BarackObama.com) just sent me an email suggesting that I should be happy about the president's capitulation to Republicans. (The most recent one, that is...)

I think the last email I got from OFA asked us to support the president's decision to freeze federal worker's...

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Confidence Game Kills a Zombie Lie (Well, Sorta...)

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 4:48 PM

Wall Street's last decade is full of assorted criminals and villains that will never be held to account. It's simply not plausible that so many well-meaning, law-abiding people made so many innocent mistakes that, purely by coincidence, just happened to fatten their bonus pools. Of course, apologists remain. Over and...

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How to Communicate With Nathan Winograd?

(8) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 1:12 PM

Over the weekend, USA Today ran an opinion piece written by Dr. Patty Khuly, a veterinarian.  In it, she embraced compassionate no-kill sheltering and discussed the turmoil roiling the animal welfare community.

For the most part, her post was unobjectionable, but she does miss a giant elephant in the...

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When Progressive Democrats Should Vote for the Republican -- or the Corruption of Kevin Boyce

(9) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 3:24 PM

I've been tossing something around in my head for a few weeks now and have finally come to the conclusion that there are certain circumstances under which the conscientious progressive must deny the Democratic Party and either sit an election out or, in rare circumstances, vote Republican. The idea is...

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'No Kill' or Torture? Nathan Winograd and His Animal Sheltering Movement

(363) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 12:24 AM

Nathan Winograd is an "activist" that purports to stand up for the most helpless of society. By declaring war against animal shelters that euthanize strays, abandoned pets and feral cats, he's made himself the de-facto face of the "No Kill" movement. Winograd's polemic, Redemption, the Myth of Overpopulation and the...

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Who's Killing the PACE Program?

(9) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 2:06 PM

The PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program is simple and brilliant: Cities borrow money using their credit and then make that money available to homeowners who, in turn, use it to install solar systems and other green technologies. The money given to homeowners is paid back by special assessments on...

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Pete Sessions, NRCC Chair, With Racial Profiler, Discriminating Doctor

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2010 | 2:43 AM

On May 15, Pete Sessions was in Orlando, Florida to rally his troops with several Republicans vying to win the primary for Florida's 8th CD (currently held by Democrat, Alan Grayson).

One of those Republicans was Dan Fanelli (I've flagged him in the video). Fanelli is the guy that...

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Sue Lowden Won't Take Chickens; Has "Contributor" Removed

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 12:55 PM

Sue Lowden, the leading Republican candidate from Nevada running to oppose Harry Reid for his United States Senate seat, famously suggested (twice) that barter should be on the table in any discussion about health care reform. More specifically, she seemed to yearn for the "good ol' days" when doctors accepted...

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Bill Halter Comes Out Swinging: Slams "BailoutBlanche"

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 3:27 PM

Bill Halter has responded to Lincoln's aggressively negative campaign with BailoutBlanche.com. The site prominently featured a video of Lincoln casting her vote for the Wall Street bailout; bookended by a chronicling of her constant support for Wall Street and a list of bankster contributions to her campaign:

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Chris Dodd on "Jingle Mail"

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 6:44 PM

Late last year, Morgan Stanley, in essence, defaulted on a 10-digit mortgage debt they were carrying. They looked at a tanking commercial real estate market and realized they'd never get the return they assumed when they ran the numbers before borrowing the money to purchase the buildings. They made...

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Coming Soon...More Democratic Fail!

(31) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 9:00 AM

It's been a few days, so DSCC Chair Robert Menendez's comments regarding 2010 electoral strategy have faded from the news. I've been mulling them over and come to a conclusion: Once again, the people responsible for developing Democratic electoral strategies are a bunch of raging incompetents.

Here's...

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The Bernanke Confirmation: Incompetence, Indifference and Institutional Inertia

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 2:53 PM

Section 2a. Monetary Policy Objectives

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee shall maintain long run growth of the monetary and credit aggregates commensurate with the economy's long run potential to increase production, so as to promote effectively the goals of maximum...

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Russ Feingold, Ninja

(28) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 8:03 PM

For years, we've all been clamoring for progressive leadership. At a very minimum, we wanted liberals to cast aside their self-loathing and join the battle.

For a while now, we've seen a few heroes emerge. First, Howard Dean stood up and loudly proclaimed his belief that the emperor lacked clothes....

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David Vitter Digs In; Won't Say if Brown was Decided Correctly

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 1:25 PM

The video says it all, but here's the context for the latest unbelievable dodge.

I caught Senator Vitter as he exited Ben Bernanke's banking committee hearing.

I had heard rumors that he may place a hold on the Fed Chief's confirmation vote, so I asked him. He told me he...

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Senator Vitter on Video: I Don't Know if Loving Was Correctly Decided

(154) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 2:07 PM

Vitter graduated Tulane Law School in 1988. Loving v. Virginia, decided in 1967, was a unanimous Supreme Court decision that declared state anti-miscegenation (interracial marriage) laws unconstitutional. It is one of the bedrock civil rights cases, right up there with Brown. It is simply not credible for any lawyer to...

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Cantor & Nazism; H1N1 & Wall Street; Billionaires for Wealthcare

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2009 | 4:48 AM

I spent the day on the Hill interviewing Representatives about Wall Street and how they were able to jump the line to get the H1N1 flu vaccine before pregnant women and children.

Yesterday, I spent the day with the Billionaires for Wealthcare and witnessed some truly scary moments.

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Deriliction of Representation. Unreal Video.

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 11:30 AM

I've been blogging for about 5 years now. The reason? I couldn't find a media that satisfied my progressive thirst... I couldn't count on Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Dana Bash, Monica Crowley, or Wolf Blitzer, et al. to ask the questions I wanted answers to. They can't remember what the...

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