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Cheney Plays 'Let's Pretend...': The Old Man's Off His Rocker

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The problem here in Cheneyville is the Old Man's off his rocker. That's the way some folks are seeing it, anyway. He's lost his marbles, they say. His brain's turned into oatmeal. He doesn't know his --

Rumsfeld Rebuffed By Admiral Mullen, Teased By Gibbs After Disputing Obama Speech (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's response to a line in President Obama's speech on Aghanistan is drawing a sharp response from both the Whit...

Note to Assignment Editor: Not Your Dad's National Security Establishment

Heather Hurlburt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Heather Hurlburt

If you care about the people of the United States being engaged in our foreign policy, then you need to care what the faces of the people who represent our foreign policy look like.

Jason Linkins

White House, Lawmakers, Knock Down Politico Article On Public Option | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at the Politico this morning, Mike Allen has an "exclusive" on the public option's chances that basically differs from everything else everyone i...

Jason Linkins

DNC Understandably Upset At Politico Piece Linking Obama To Roman Polanski | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The DNC is up in arms at a brief piece in The Politico that linked Barack Obama to Roman Polanski through a scant $34,000 worth of donations that were...

Jason Linkins

Politico's Cheney Coverage: Editor Defends Its Stenography | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If it were possible to, say, hog-tie John Harris with Wonder Woman's truth-compelling Golden Lasso, here's what he'd say about the Politico and Dick Cheney: they are in a co-dependent, enabling relationship.

We Need a Clean Vote Now on Afghanistan Escalation

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Already, President Obama has ordered Marine units to be deployed later this month. If Congress waits for months to debate the issue, most of the new troops may already be in place.

Think Again: "History" Isn't a Dirty Word

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Crossposted with the Center for American Progress. Last week, Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei at Politico reported that the White House planned on maki...

Politico Owner Launching Local DC News Site With Ex-Washington Post Online Editor: MEMO

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Politico's owner is launching a local DC news site that is expected to compete with the Washington Post, he told the staff Wednesday. The New Republi...

GOP: This Is Your Future Calling (and Sorry, It's Brown)

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Republican politicians have been guilty of using immigrants as a wedge issue for so long that they are in real danger of sacrificing their future with Latino, minority, and swing voters.

Michael Smerconish: Talk Radio Host Without A Shout

Politico | PATRICK GAVIN | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Michael Smerconish has been on the radio for years in Philadelphia, but he shot to national recognition on Aug. 20 when he broadcast his interview wit...

Stenography 101: How the Press Let Palin and Cheney Rig the System

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Journalists have set aside what had been decades' worth of guidelines and embraced special new rules for how Cheney and Palin get treated. In a word, it's stenography.

Republican Hypocrisy on Terrorism Reaches New Levels of Awful

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Preside over the biggest terrorist attack in American history and it's an epic win for President Bush. Preside over a failed attack and it's an epic fail for President Obama.

For The Press, Hating Obama = "Populism"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Words have meaning, but the Beltway press is in the process of stripping "populism" of its descriptive value as pundits and reporters continue to misu...

Elections: The New National Pastime That Could Save Journalism

Glynnis MacNicol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Glynnis MacNicol

Apparently the future of journalism is politics. Can anyone remember this level of attention being paid for a handful of local elections? I can remember presidential elections that barely got this level of coverage.

Fox News Is the Story

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

The White House has exposed Fox News for what it is: not a news organization, but a partisan political entity that is waging a war against the Obama administration and its progressive agenda.

It's Chow Time at the White House, Brother

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

What gays and lesbians are looking for -- and will be marching for on Sunday -- is nothing special, and that's exactly the point. It's what every other American already has: equal treatment under the law

Jason Linkins

Ten Things That Totally Sucked About The Media In 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier, I offered up the Ten Things That Did Not Suck About The Media in 2009. You know what's coming now! The stuff in 2009 that straight up sucked canal water! Let's hit it and quit it.

Jason Linkins

BREAKING: Politico, Drudge-Baiting And Pointlessly Mystifying The Political Process | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Much has already been said about Politico editor John F. Harris's recent idiotic "7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told" article. Matt Yglesias mak...

Fear and Envy of Black Masculinity: How Politico's Jonathan Martin Mugged President Obama and Got Away With It

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronald B. Robinson

Almost all black men recognize the contemptuous look Jonathan Martin gave Obama on Thursday.

Putting Off Health Care

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Delaying implementation only allows the relentlessly increasing unemployment rate to push up the relentlessly increasing rate of the uninsured.

Jason Linkins

Obama-Bush: A Tale Of Two Critiques | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, the editors of the New York Times penned some tough, smart criticism of the White House's many "recent reminders of this dismaying retreat ...

Memo To The Media: Fox News Is Now the Opposition Party

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The press needs to drop its longstanding gentleman's agreement not to write about other news outlets as news players -- not to criticize the competition -- because those rules no longer apply.

Michael Steele's a Stand-Up Guy, How Dare You Knock Him

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

At the end of the first five books of the Old Testament Moses describes his own death and burial. Is it really too much to suggest that Chairman Steele's narrative falls into the same category?

Jason Linkins

Mark Foley Slams Max Baucus, Compares Scandals: 'They Had Me Run Out Of Town' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This weekend's tempest in a teapot involved a now six-day-old video clip of Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) yelling at Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) abo...