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It's Not Just ACORN, Says Congressman Grayson

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

I talked with Congressman Alan Grayson in detail about his efforts to stop the government cash flow to contractors that cheat the government and overcharge the American taxpayers.

ACORN is the New Dirty Word

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The attack on ACORN isn't about fighting corruption. If it was, then dozens of corporations with federal contracts far larger than ACORN's would be under investigation now.

Democrat Calls Republicans "Knuckle Dragging Neanderthals." Is Berlusconi One Too? You Bet!

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Ronald B. Robinson

Being progressives and promoting a positive agenda of Socio-Spiritual Liberation and Joyful Justice doesn't mean being wimpy.

My Brother Loves Glenn Beck, But I Still Love My Brother

Suz Redfearn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suz Redfearn

My brother rolled into D.C. from Boston on a chartered bus, arriving in the dark outside a Marriott. I scanned the pack of fairly nondescript folks ...

Jeff Muskus

GOP Cites ACORN Bill In Fundraising Pitch | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent out a fundraising e-mail Wednesday touting the GOP's Defund ACORN Act -- which was both deemed likely...

The Lynching of ACORN

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Lost in all of the sensationalism and selective truths is that there has been no connection between ACORN and underage prostitution, until a kid walked in and started talking about it to anyone he could get to listen to him.

David Vitter: America's Prostitution Expert (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Senator David Vitter, a man who endured a public scandal after being outed for visiting prostitutes, has devoted himself to taking on ACORN (Associati...

Mark Kirk Slams SEIU Over ACORN, Despite Taking Money From Union

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Republican Senate candidate, said Monday the Census Bureau should drop any involvement with the Service Employees International...

David Iglesias Joins Maddow For "Truth About The Lies About ACORN" Segment (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Iglesias, who was one of the U.S. attorneys (New Mexico) that the Bush Justice Department ousted for political reasons, joined Rachel Maddow ton...

Acorn Loses Bank Of America As Corporate Partner

Wall Street Journal | JAMES R. HAGERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Already facing the loss of federal government funding, the community-organizing group Acorn also has run afoul of one of its big corporate partners, B...

First ACORN. Citibank, AIG, Goldman Sachs Next?

The Yes Men | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
The Yes Men

We posed as Dow Chemical representatives at a big banking conference where we said that any number of human deaths is acceptable as long as a project is profitable. The bankers applauded.

Ryan Grim

Dems Re-Defund ACORN In Latest Bill | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an apparent attempt to deprive the GOP of a club to beat them with, House Democrats have re-defunded ACORN in a resolution that hits the House floo...

Ryan Grim

Rep. Grayson Calls For 'Corporate Death Penalty On Contractors' Who Rip Off Government | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the House of Representatives went after federal funding for the community-organizing group ACORN last week, the bill as written also affected "an...

Jason Linkins

ABC News' Tapper Advances "Defund ACORN" Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this week, our own Ryan Grim reported on the incredibly true story of how Congress, in its zealous race to shower ACORN with digestive leaving...

What is Acorn? And Why Progressives Need to Support It

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

The right goes after the left's most effective groups. Because ACORN does not rely on government funds the organization will survive the orchestrated attacks against it. But if it's to restore its strength, it needs progressive support.

Friday Talking Points [95] -- A Call To Action

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.

Ryan Grim

GOP FAIL: Congressional Report Says Bill Defunding ACORN Appears Unconstitutional | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Defund Acorn Act is likely to be ruled unconstitutional, the Congressional Research Service says in a report obtained by the Huffington Post, resp...

Falling for the Far Right's ACORN Agenda

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Alterman

In this brave new world of anything goes journalism, many in the media have taken up a recent scandal, and the videos it produced, as incontrovertible evidence of ACORN corruption.

Jason Linkins

The Unintended Consequences Of The "Defund ACORN" Act | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The primary rationale -- the only rationale -- behind your representatives' decision in the ACORN matter was to ensure that their electoral hopes don't founder because of a media-driven scandal.

To the Dems Who Voted to 'Defund ACORN': Where is the Defund Blackwater Act?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Democrats have joined Republicans in voting to "Defund ACORN," yet they have done nothing to stop Blackwater's ongoing taxpayer-funded crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stand Up For ACORN, Cut Blackwater And Halliburton

Casey Gane-McCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Casey Gane-McCalla

If the government decides to cut funding of organizations due to the actions of low level employees, they must apply the same rules to the GOP's favorite government-funded organizations.

The Real Reason They Want ACORN to Fail

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

The reality -- that ACORN is an established group with worthy goals and some success but also poor management -- is not what's driving the story. Conservatives want to destroy ACORN and the things it does. Period.

Let ACORN Get Its House in Order

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

In the 1980s, conservatives began what they called a campaign to "defund the left," starting with groups such as the Audubon Society and the Urban League. Now they're going after ACORN.


Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) faced off against Bill O'Reilly tonight over ACORN and the scandal engulfing them. Despite recent meetings in whic...

From ACORN to Van Jones, the Online Rightroots Flexes Its Muscles

Matt Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Matt Lewis

Online success has more to do with passion and intensity than with technological sophistication. And in politics, the outsiders -- not the establishment -- own passion.