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Obama Strikes Back -- First Year Agenda, Phase III

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Phase III: Obama Strikes Back. The Republicans are still leaderless and teabaggers have hung up their Lipton for the winter. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Americans still want health care reform.

Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: Tea Party Patriots

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

The Tea Party Patriots considers the Tea Party Express to be astroturf, although its founder Amy Kremer recently switched sides from the Tea Party Patriots to the Tea Party Express.

How Sarah Palin and Tea Partiers Are Blowing Up the GOP

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

When extremists are a (vocal) minority, reasonable Republicans and independents come out of the woodwork. And the spoils go to the Democrats, who look comparatively sane.

Armey's Past Lobbying Efforts At Odds With FreedomWorks

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Dallas Morning News reports on Dick Armey's self-described "curious model" -- heading conservative free-market group Freedom Works while simultane...

Tea Party Protesters Will 'Pretend To Die' In Senate Offices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Via Wonkette, the latest Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill involves protesters faking death in the halls of the Senate. From Tax Day Tea Party, the grou...

Tempest in a Teabag: Tea Party Founder Announces He's (Re)Joining GOP

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Odom has consistently taken controversial public stances against Republican candidates, often accusing them of not being conservative enough.

Frank Rich On Scozzafava Fallout: The GOP Stalinists Invade Upstate New York

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the ...

Suggestions Wanted for "Can Capitalism Survive?" Debate

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

On Friday, I'm taking part in a debate on the question "America's Future: Can Capitalism Survive?" and I'd love to hear what points you think I should make.

Operation Steele/Armey: GOP, Tea Party Movement Co-Opt Each Other

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

Today Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Dick Armey, head of FreedomWorks, held a joint conference call expressing their willingness to work together.

Jason Linkins

Tea Party Movie Premieres With Congressional GOP In Attendance (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tea Party activists got to play the part of the glitterati Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington, DC, where FreedomWorks debuted...

Dick Armey: I Don't Believe In "Death Panels" But If People Believe That, It's OK With Me

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a profile in the upcoming New York Times magazine, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey touts his role through his FreedomWorks group in waterin...

Sarah Palin, Republican Bigwigs Support Doug Hoffman Over Dierdre Scozzafava In Upstate Congressional Battle

AP | VALERIE BAUMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. — Prominent Republicans like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are bucking the GOP ...

When Joe Scarborough Dragged Dick Armey Out of a Closet of Shame

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

In his 2004 Washington memoir, Scarborough provides a chilling portrait of the man who leads FreedomWorks, the organization now promoting disruptions at town halls across America.

Bill Moyers: Tea Party Organizer Is Epitome Of Privilege

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This exclusive clip is from the latest episode of "Bill Moyers Journal," which airs tonight. In the episode, Moyers goes after FreedomWorks Chairman ...

Tea Party Protester: "We Think The Muslims Are Moving In And Taking Over" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE (8:43 p.m. EST): NBC has replaced this woman's comment about Muslims with a less inflammatory comment: "I'm scared to death for my country. I ...

Media: Angry Right-Wingers Are Important; Angry Libs Are Annoying

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Suddenly this summer, as right-wing mini-mobs turn health care forums into free-for-alls, as unhinged political rage flows in the streets, and as the Nazi and Hitler rhetoric flies, anger is in.

Former Voice Of America Official Tied To Abramoff Indicted On Corruption Charges

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former top official for Voice of America was indicted Friday on corruption charges, accused of taking thousands of dollars in con...

Unmasking Astroturf

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

A healthy 21st-century democracy doesn't need phony front groups. We need openness, accountability and real debate. And we need to know whom we're talking to -- and who's talking to us.

Dear President Obama: A Modest Medicare Proposal

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

Most of us will do damn near anything to get out from under the thumbs of the multi-millionaire CEOs who are running our current insurance programs. Sign me up!

The Red Bottoms of Red-Staters: How Corporal Punishment Contributes to Right Wing Paranoia

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

No paranoid fantasy seems too bizarre, too implausible, or too disconnected from consensual reality to find a credulous audience among right wing true believers.

Dick Armey - Master Scaremonger

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

What's sad is that these scaremongering tactics are so effective. They make it easy to forget that we rank #37 in world health.

Maddow Battles Dick Armey In "Meet The Press" Debut (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow appeared on "Meet the Press" for the first time on Sunday, August 16th. On a panel with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D...

The Gorilla Dust of Health Care

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

What's interesting about the health care hullabaloo is that there appears to be an emerging backlash from some of the more reasoned thinkers of the conservative movement.

Republican Mobs Stirrng The Pot Until It Boils Over

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Americans are human beings, just like everyone else. The notion that what we say does not matter "because it could never happen here" is jingoistic foolishness.

An Open Memo to Progressives: Do Limbaugh, Dobbs, and Beck Represent Your Country?

Eric E. Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric E. Burns

No matter what progressive issue you pick, conservatives are working to turn it into nothing less than sedition, carried out by an illegal president. The conservative media is their megaphone.