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Civil Unions: Worse Than Nothing?

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noah Baron

The achievement of marriage equality would send a message to gay youth that they are welcome in society and that marriage and love and stability are all things that are not reserved only for heterosexuals, but are a possibility for them too.

What Conservatives Find Funny

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. Keeping an eye on conservatives as I do, I was intrigued by a popular new title, "365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy" ...

Olbermann Gone. Who Cares?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Hegedus

I have to preface this by saying I've never been a fan of Keith Olbermann. But then I've never been a fan of any particular commentator. I've always...

After Tucson, the State of the Union

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The speech Barack Obama gave in Tucson was a memorial to the victims of a horrible tragedy, but the spirit of his speech could also shape Tuesday's State of the Union address by calling us to be worthy of each victim's sacrifice.

The Anna Nicole Smith Supreme Court Case: Uniting Liberals and Conservatives

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Say this about Anna Nicole Smith: in a variety of ways, she brought together Americans of all stripes. And in an era of political division, she welcomed all in her various endeavors.

Paul Krugman's Two Political Moralities Leave Out the Majority of Americans and Even Our Elected Leaders

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Krugman is pessimistic that calls for greater civility in political discourse will be met with success because, in his view, there are two sides to the debate that do not share a common morality.

Why Are Americans So Angry? Arizona and Beyond

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Why we are in effect ignoring the widespread nature of the acts and attitudes of violence throughout our human climate in general?

Reading the Tea Leaves of Domestic Terrorism

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

I have become keenly aware that deliberately overheated rhetoric and pernicious public speech by our national leaders tacitly grants permission for the weak minded and mentally ill to commit atrocities.

Words Have Consequences

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

We all know that there are unstable and potentially dangerous people among us. To repeatedly appeal to their basest instincts is to invite and welcome their predictable violence.

"How Can You Defend Israel?"

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

I'd never say Israel is perfect. It has its flaws and foibles. It's made its share of mistakes. But, then again, so has every democratic, liberal and peace-seeking country I know.

The Liberal Divide: Recovery vs. Revenge

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Nolan

When Eugene McCarthy served on the Senate Finance Committee, he explained the GOP's tax philosophy with a metaphor from his boyhood on a Minnesota farm: "Republicans believe in feeding the sparrows by feeding the horses."

Hope We Can Belie In

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Are Progressives Losing Touch With Reality?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The volume of progressive moping lately has been staggering -- otherwise sane progressives vowing to not vote in 2012 or to somehow conjure up a viable primary challenger is a great way to elect Awful Republican President X.

A Whole New Generation of Revolutionaries: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

WikiLeaks raises some of the most poignant questions of our time about the power of cyber warfare, the role of hackers, and the future of the Internet...

Dems Struck Dumb (Or, "Messaging for Milquetoasts?")

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Plenty of liberals are plenty upset with President Obama for that tax-cut deal he made with the Republicans.

President Obama: It's Not Our Fault

Nida Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nida Khan

President Obama is angry, and rightfully so.

Who's in Control?

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marian Salzman

This is the tenth in a series of 12 posts expounding on the 2011 forecasts in the annual trends report from Salzman, president of Euro RSCG Worldwide ...

Obama Is Treating Friends Like Enemies and Enemies Like Friends

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Bush never treated his base as contemptuously as Obama deals with liberals. He responded to tax cut criticism by dismissing his critics as sanctimonious and fixated on purist policymaking. This unproductive response is part of a trend.

Rush Limbaugh: Proof That Fear Makes You Stupid

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

Rush Limbaugh recently compared the murder of Native Americans to European deaths via tobacco. Pretty stupid. Not ideological or right wing or politically incorrect. Just third-grade dumb.

Republicans Play Chicken with the Chicken Soup

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

So you're walking down the street, another cold December morning, and you're on your way to work, and you've seen this view a thousand times before a...

Con Games: Ed Schultz Liberal at Last

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

With all due respect to my betters in the talk radio business, I have to take Ed Schultz to task for finally calling himself "a liberal" and compoundi...

Let's Boycott Geography Awareness Week

Kim Mance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Kim Mance

Honestly, no one should really care about things like outside geography when we already know the US is the center of the universe.

Today's Politics of Invalidation

Sol Erdman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sol Erdman

Politicians who invalidate large swaths of the American public are corroding our civic life. If that strategy becomes more common, most people who have accepted it will likely regret the society they've helped create.

Five Coaching Perspectives on the 2012 Elections

Michael Melcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Melcher

Finding a way forward starts with interrogating how we are actually thinking about things. If we don't like the answers we get, we should find some new questions.

Shameless liberal bloggers vote to extend tax cuts for the rich

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It's really been cracking me up to witness the extent denialists are willing to go to blame the House Democrats' defeats on liberal bloggers -- as if ...