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Three Out of Ten?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. Philip Neches

It is often said that the Ten Commandments form the basis of our legal system. So I thought I would do a quick review to see how that founding basis fares in contemporary American legal practice.

Rand Paul Takes More Moderate Tone On Medicare After Winning Kentucky Primary

AP | BRUCE SCHREINER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Fresh from a tea party-driven win in Kentucky's GOP Senate primary, Rand Paul took a more moderate tone on Wednesday even a...

Our Problems Unite Us, Our Perspectives Divide US

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The only bipartisanship there seems to be in the capitol is that deficit spending is a dire threat. The exact opposite of what non push polling reveals of what the public thinks.

Can We Find Common Ground?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

I got to thinking about issues on the current political landscape on which I might find common ground. Here's the common ground I found with the Tea Party.

Reagan Was Wrong: The Nine Most Terrifying Words Are, "I'm a Libertarian and the Market Will Save You"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I don't agree with Reagan. I'm not scared of the government trying to help. But I am terrified of an unfettered free market.

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Political Nomenclature; Or, Who Am I, Anyway?

Mark Axelrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

I'm a progressive. Or am I a liberal? Or am I a socialist? On some issues I'm more conservative, so am I a progressive neocon or a social democrat or a democratic socialist?

Newt, the Tea Party Is Already the Militant Arm of the GOP

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Newt Gingrich prophesies that the Tea Party will become the militant arm of the GOP. I've got news for Newt: it already is.

Libertarians: The Paranoid Style in American Politics

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

It should be clear that despite the principled intents of those members who think of themselves as independents, libertarians have been right-wing Republican wolves in sheep's clothing.

The Real Tea Party Movement -- Speaking The Language of Self-Interest

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

The Tea Party's real purpose is to prevent change that threatens privileges enjoyed by middle aged, white Republicans, who feel America is under assault by the poor, people of color, gay Americans and immigrants.

Weekly Pulse: Rand Paul, DIY Ophthalmologist

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Instead of getting some fancy board-certification as an ophthalmologist, Paul decided to "go Galt" and make up his own credentials.

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

Tea Partying's First Anniversary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One way or another the Tea Party's future prospects are likely to hinge on whether their decentralized nature turns out to be their strongest point, or their weakest.

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

Sarah Palin, Marijuana Law Reformer? Nevada Group Hopes $25,000 Convinces Palin To Back Reform Of Marijuana Laws

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Could Sarah Palin become the highest profile conservative to endorse reforms to the nation's marijuana laws? She clearly has no problem with legaliz...

The Problematic Effort to Get Rid of Anchor Babies

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

The truth is that we don't want Maria from Mexico to give birth to a kid then have to call the offspring a citizen. But could we not pretend that there's anything like principles on display?

Sexism and the Price of Eggs

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacob M. Appel

The most legitimate concern raised by supporters of caps on payments to egg "donors" is that charging fair value might price some would-be parents out of the marketplace.

Why Libertarians (and Rand Paul) Are Wrong About the Civil Rights Act

Stephen Menendian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

Discrimination isn't about economic efficiency; it's about morality, fairness, and a basic conception of equality; it's about justice.

Weekly Pulse: Prostate Health is Girly and Other Health Care Paradoxes

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger This week's health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes: Prostate health is girly, abstinence-...

Ask Rand Paul What He Would Cut

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The question is: "What, exactly, in the federal budget will you cut to attack the deficit?" Because the answers to that are going to be the most effective argument to make against the Tea Party movement's surge.

Where's my Right to be Racist?

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

Rand Paul may hate discrimination, but not as much as he loves businesses having the right to do what they please, even if that means they discriminate.

The Rand Paul Opportunity: Hang the Tea Party Albatross Around the GOP's Neck in 2010--Nationwide

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Grown-ups in the Republican party (it's relative thing) understand the danger of the Rand Paul candidacy going national. That's why they opposed him in the first place.

Rand Paul: Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Rand Paul's thinking on refusing to serve minorities and other issues is one dimensional. It's hard to admire a mind that can't accommodate real world solutions to problems.

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Rand Paul Keynoted 2009 Rally for Far-Right Constitution Party

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

2010-05-21-randpaul.jpg In April of last year, Dr. Rand Paul was the featured guest speaker at an event held by the Constitution Party of Minnesota, whose stated goals include "restor[ing] American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations."