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Friday Talking Points -- Big and Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to focus on the aftermath and ramifications of what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri for the past few weeks. It even reached international proportions, as both Egypt and Russia got in a few digs at American police and protesters.

Why Is CNN Parroting Anti-Obamacare Republican Post-election Spin?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.07.2013 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Frankly, it's not so much nuance as it is putting a priority on getting the facts right. At the outset I asked why didn't CNN get the facts right. Given that their ratings remain in the tank despite new leadership, that question may not matter much longer.

Jason Linkins

What Do Republican Voters Want On The Debt Ceiling? Apocalypse Now! | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

Perhaps the scariest thing we have going on in this American life is how the issue of "raising the debt ceiling" -- which must be done from time to ti...

GOP Refuses To Fix Obamacare Problems

The Washington Post | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

Last night, the Obama administration announced that it would delay the “employer mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act, which requires bus...

Paul Krugman Blasts Romney Campaign: 'Utterly Fraudulent'

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Mitt Romney is blazing new trails in politics, where not telling the truth doesn't seem to have any consequences....

Time for a Real Game Change: Is Halperin's Name Calling Arrogance, Immaturity or Something Else?

Shelley Ross | Posted 08.30.2011 | Media
Shelley Ross

Halperin's suspension is definitely turning into a juicy summer sidebar with a steady stream of commentary running across the internet on the latest political pundit to put his foot in his mouth.

Jason Linkins

Obama Goes Back To The Future To Sell His Budget | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, on Budget Kabuki Day, President Barack Obama twice referred to the level of discretionary spending in his proposed budget for fiscal 2012 as the "lowest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president."

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

Stop the Lies

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Near the end of the now-classic film Chinatown, set in Los Angeles during the 1930s, working-stiff private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) conf...

Progressive TV Ad Pressures Obama in Iowa

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Green

In just one day, more than 3,000 progressives have chipped in more than $50,000 to help the Progressive Change Campaign Committee run a ...

To Lefties: How Does Obama Disappoint?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the major fallout from Gibbs' "the professional left" flap has died down a bit, a second round of examination seems to have begun -- one much more introspective and much less knee-jerk than the first round.

Jason Linkins

CJR: Journalists Should Recognize That The Economy Is 'The Most Important Thing' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

To dovetail with this morning's big Politico story, let's browse over to CJR, where Greg Marx echoes a complaint of mine: that the piece glosses over ...

Jason Linkins

Politico: Obama Loses By Winning? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you listen to Politico and its anonymous sources, you'll hear that the Obama presidency is a failure because it makes bloggers sad.

New York Times Waterboarding And Torture Excuse 'Doesn't Hold Water': Greg Sargent

Washington Post | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

By now you've heard about that surprising new Harvard study finding that news orgs that routinely called waterboarding "torture" for many years sudden...

Will Any Republicans Join Democrats in Holding BP Accountable?

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Democrats' odds of getting movement on a climate bill may hinge on their ability to make the connection between the oil spill and the urgent need for energy reform -- and, the extent to which Republicans join them.

Numbers Don't Lie, but Politicians Do - or, Kent Conrad and EJ Dionne Get It Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Know what else would be a perfect policy to pass through reconciliation -- one that would reduce the Federal deficit? The public option.

The Politically Motivated Selective-Victimhood of Sarah Palin

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Are Sarah Palin's condemnations of Rahm Emanuel the deservedly stern comments of an offended mother or the hypocritical nonsense of a political opportunist?

Jason Linkins

Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Twitter account to say what The Plum Line's Greg Sargent characterizes as one o...

Lieberman, Republicans and Why Change Still Means Something

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

Lieberman is too egotistic (and from too blue of a state) to come out and admit that his sole purpose is to block reform from happening. But Michael Steele isn't.

Think Again: Blogosphere to Mainstream Media: Get Off the Bus (and Walk a Mile in Our Shoes)

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Dowd's accident is yet another sign of how traditional media outlets are increasingly (and to their credit) taking cues from the reporters and commentators that populate the blogosphere.

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow Finds Flaw In GOP's Pelosi Gambit (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the particularly nonsensical ideas that the media has cheerfully accepted, is that briefing the Democrats somehow immunized all parties and magically transformed torture policies into perfectly legal activities.

McCain's Kitchen Sink Strategy
McCain NewsLadder

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

With less than three weeks to go in the run-up to the presidential election, the McCain campaign, with help from the Republican National Committee, co...

McCain Fails to Vanquish "That One" in Debate
McCain NewsLadder

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

McCain not only pointed his finger angrily at his opponent, but chose to refer to a black man in a way that omitted any reference to his humanity. Even if that was not his intention, it was not a particularly deft move.

Sunday Watch 10-5-08: In Which Tom Brokaw Goes Foxy

Todd Gitlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Todd Gitlin

Brokaw's bland evasiveness on Meet the Press does not bode well for what we can expect from his turn as moderator at this Tuesday's debate.

McCain Campaign Press Calls: An Investigation

Gabriel Beltrone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gabriel Beltrone

Intrigued by David Corn's suspicion that the McCain campaign was screening reporters, we decided to dig into our archive of calls and see if there was in fact a pattern of cherry-picking favoritism.