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Trump's Big Mouth/Big Money Campaign Is All Too Emblematic of the Era

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media
William Bradley

Donald Trump keeps on saying stupid, hateful things. About Mexicans, women, John McCain, Megyn Kelly... And he keeps on leading the Republican presidential race. Gosh, could there be a correlation?

Please Run, Donald. Pretty Please?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

May I just take a moment to speak for all of America's political pundits, celebrity-watchers and late-night comedians, as I openly beg for such rich pastures of political amusement: "Please run, Donald. Please?"

Interview With the Authors of American Conspiracy Theories

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The deepest thing I took away from reading American Conspiracy Theories was how hard it is to actually define the term. Especially while conducting the interview, I was forced to reexamine and redefine what I would personally qualify as a conspiracy theory. In other words, the book made me think -- especially about my own biases and perceptions.

Zombie Lies About Ferguson: Debunked or Not, Right-wing Talking Heads Won't Let Them Die

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Most of the rank-and-file conservatives with whom we might interact get their information from conservative media sources. Republican politicians are ensconced within it as well. Inside the walls of that closed environment, facts that do not jibe with conservative ideology or the conservative interpretation of events are twisted, turned on their head, or simply ignored.

On Racism, Conservatives Fail to Self-police

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

There is one thing we do know for certain: Anyone who tells you definitively that only one side or the other is to blame has absolutely no interest in fixing institutional inequality.

Political Fiction Is What Really Kills Jobs

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

In politics, the line between reality and fantasy is often hard to decipher. The recent ruling by a Nebraska court regarding the Keystone XL pipeline offers another example of this situation.

Fairness and Balance, "Butt-Boy" Style!

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

State Sen. Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) surprised me last week when he thanked right-wing talk-radio host Peter Boyles for being "fair and balan...

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Priebus can cut off contact with liberal media outlets to protest claims that he feels are unjust; however, if he is truly dedicated to reestablishing the Republican Party, he could start by looking in the mirror first because as these examples show there is nothing the liberal media can say that will make Republicans look worse than their own actions do.

Donald Trump Floats Completely Insane Birther Conspiracy After Health Official's Death

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Real estate mogul Donald Trump pushed his birther views Thursday in a tweet about the death of Loretta Fuddy, the state Health Director of Hawaii who ...

Ted Cruz's Father Made Big Birther Claim

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), told a tea party group in 2012 he thinks President Barack Obama should go "back to Kenya." Cruz can...

GOP Congressional Hopeful Claims Obama Was Born In Kenya

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

Birtherism is apparently alive and kicking in Alabama. Dean Young, one of the runoff contenders for the Republican nomination in Alabama's first co...

GOP Rep Has Birther Brain Freeze

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

More than two years after President Barack Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate, one Republican congressman still appeared to have...

Natural Born Presidents

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What it all boils down to is that Ted Cruz is free to run for president, as is just about anyone. Whether he can convince the country that he is eligible or not will likely be a matter of politics. It's open to anyone's interpretation who can and who cannot be president.

Method to Racist Madness in Fresh Racial Attacks on President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This was carefully designed to yank the albatross of race off the Tea Party and the GOP's back. But, that hardly meant that race was off the GOP table as a major political weapon in the GOP's political attack arsenal.

Donald Trump Brushes Off Ted Cruz Birther Questions

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

When it comes to birth certificates, Donald Trump's concerns surrounding President Barack Obama's document have historically been high. Trump face...

Republican Makes Eyebrow-Raising Birther Remarks

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) made several birther comments during a town hall meeting on Thursday, Think Progress reports. His comments came aft...

Missouri House Speaker: 'Close, Personal Constituent' Made Me a Birther

Randy Turner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

Perhaps the reason Tim Jones and his colleagues are pushing legislation that could cripple public schools, destroy unions and eliminate a state income tax is because of "close, personal constituents" like retired St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who contributed $100,000 to Jones' reelection campaign.

Birther Queen Fails.. Again

The Sacramento Bee | Sam Stanton | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

Nothing succeeds like persistence - unless you're Orly Taitz....

Trumping the Truth About President Obama

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Yes, all candidates should release their college grades. However, the effort here to advance the narrow truth regarding the president's grades, is being abused as part of a more nefarious effort to paint the president as somehow alien to our nation by birthright and ideology.

You Gotta Love Colbert's Balls

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 12.31.2012 | Media
Sophia A. McClennen

The joke may be a crude one, but it would be fair to say that Trump asked for it. If you haven't seen the clip, watch it here.

Candidates Who Are Skittish, Should Campaign in Yiddish

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Comedy
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

While a candidate may wish that their opponent would just gey avek -- go away -- when you are in mitn derinen -- the middle of an election -- it's best to remain shtark vi ayzn -- strong like iron. That's what the people look for in a leader.

Mitt Romney Really Wishes He Were Mexican!

Mamas Latinas | Posted 11.13.2012 | Latino Voices
Mamas Latinas

Did you know Mitt Romney has ties to Mexico? His great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, moved to Mexico in 1885 because he had multiple wives (as Mormon law then permitted) and wanted to escape the anti-polygamy laws in the United States.

Friday Talking Points -- Stormy Weather

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it seem like the Republicans just keep right on raising the bar for craziness right up into the stratosphere?

Navy SEAL Leader Shocks With Birther Admission

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

A former Navy SEAL leading an anti-Obama group is the latest to question the president's birthplace, noting he thinks Obama "is not who he says he is....

Jason Linkins

Steve King Ponders The 'Telegram From Kenya' Scenario, For The Birthers | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

You know, we make fun of Rep. Steve King for the way he opposes restricting dogfighting on the grounds that boxing exists, and isn't that the same thing? (No.) But you've got to hand it to King -- the man is an innovator. Scott Keyes (who I guess is on the Steve King beat these days, not that I'm complaining) has now caught King indulging in a little bit of Birther Calvinball. He's pretty sure that Obama's papers are legit, but you never know, because reasons. The whole point to Birtherism, though, is that you don't need to conclusively make this case to sell it. It's just that the buyers are all blithering loons.