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Lauren Windsor

The Pope vs. the Koch Bros

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

On June 15, environmental activists gathered at the Smithsonian Castle for the institution's Board of Regents meeting, and marched to the National Museum of Natural History to protest climate-denier-oil-baron David Koch being on the museum's advisory board.

Did John Kasich Just Call the Pope a Heretic?

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

It appears that Kasich interpreted the pope's encyclical as pantheistic, because he made a strange implication: "The environment was given to us by the Lord, and it needs to be taken care of, and it shouldn't be worshiped; that's called pantheism." Is Kasich implying that the pope is a pagan?

Jeb Bush: I Embrace Carbon Reduction

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Bush, a devout Catholic, made headlines earlier in the week for saying that he doesn't take economic policy advice from the clergy.

Financial Foxes Are Guarding the Wall Street Henhouse

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

From the libertarian praise heaped upon these regulators, and from their own statements, it appears that they are big fans of deregulation. These men are charged with creating and enforcing the financial rules of the road, but they are anti-rule.

Bank Runs Are Good, Cato Director Says

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Selgin also thinks deposit insurance should be eliminated, forcing consumers to thoroughly research bank balance sheets -- regardless of the financial savvy it would require for the average American to do so.

Uncovered: Corporate Lobbying Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) tells us about CMD and Common Cause's latest submission to the International Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) functions as a corporate lobbying group, in violation of the tax code for 501(c)(3) charities.

Donald Trump Will End Outsourcing If President

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Flirting with a 2016 presidential bid, Trump is striking a populist chord with his stance on trade, and it's a departure from that of the Republican establishment and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

GOP Hopeful on Budget: Cut Porno-Watching Gov't Employees

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

I asked GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina what specific agencies and/or programs she would cut in order to streamline the federal government, at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. Rather than name specific agencies or programs, the former Hewlett Packard CEO named the following actions she would take.

Scott Walker Lied, GOP Prosecutor Says

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Brendan reports on the pushback from the GOP prosecutor investigating Scott Walker, who recently said that the John Doe probe is a partisan witch hunt.

GOP Rep Says Christians Are Persecuted in the US, Can't Give Examples

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At the South Carolina Freedom Summit, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 7) advocated State Department intervention when asked what role the United States should play in protecting Christians around the world.

"Clinton Cash" Author to Kochs: Don't Let Up on the Left

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Peter Schweizer claims to be non-partisan, but is really a right-wing political operative.

Steve King: The World Was Right in the 1950s and '60s

Lauren Windsor | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Given that King was born in 1949, he would be referring to the 1950s and 60s -- decades that were great for white men, but not so much for Black Americans, women and gay people. They are also decades in which U.S. tax rates were near their highest, with a top rate of 92 percent. Does King yearn for a return to those glory days?

GOP Leader Unhappy With Flood of Money in Politics

Lauren Windsor | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At a campaign event for Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Des Moines on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told me that he is unhappy with Citizens United and would revisit the landmark Supreme Court decision to make it more balanced. However, Graham does not think any action will happen without a movement.

Why Won't McConnell Answer the Question?

Mike Lux | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Mitch McConnell needs to answer Harry Reid's and Lauren Windsor's question: Is he going to repudiate this extremism? Or if he continues to find it inspiring, he should tell America, and especially his own constituents, why.

Four Years for the ACA: Time to Keep Building

Mike Lux | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a moment well worth marking. The ACA, for all its flaws, is already making lives better for many millions of Americans, and as it gets more established will continue to do so.

Modern Conservatives: Frightened Falsifying Fools

Mike Lux | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Modern day conservatives are fools. They have positioned themselves on the extreme end of the American political system, and they know they can't honestly say what they believe or voters will reject them out of hand. But their lies will catch up to them, and so will their lack of courage.

Smart Capitalists vs. Ayn Rand

Lauren Windsor | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Arguing against free-market conventional wisdom, a group of business leaders calling themselves 'Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity' is lobbying Congress and the administration to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Conservatism... It's the New Liberalism

Lauren Windsor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Why is it that conservatives, who tout their morality and fiscal responsibility, are so liberal with the stewardship of our planet's resources; so liberal with their interpretation of empirical evidence; so liberal with scientific acts?

New Video: Republicans Just Can't Leave Romney's 47 Percent Message Alone

Mike Lux | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Republicans know that the 47 percent video was a communications disaster for them. But even though they got dramatic evidence last year of how politically damning this sort of messaging is, they can't help themselves.

Tea Party Congressman: John McCain Hasn't Found a Conflict He Doesn't Think We Should Arm or Bomb

Lauren Windsor | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

On Friday, July 5, Tea Party Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ 6) said of John McCain, "I love John, but he hasn't found a conflict he doesn't think ...

Dancing in the Streets vs. Baying at the Moon

Mike Lux | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Being a progressive, I am a tolerant guy, so you conservatives should feel free to party however you see fit. But I'm glad for the sake of my humanity that I am part of the progressive movement, and not the conservative one. What a sad, obsessive world modern-day conservatives live in.