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Neil Abercrombie Should Rethink His Decision To Take On The 'Birthers' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The flaw in Abercrombie's thinking is that he believes this is a matter that can be laid to rest. But the birthers already believe in an ornate conspiracy, spanning many generations of bipartisan officials on the local, state, and federal level, to conceal the heritage of a biracial child in order to install him in the White House for... well, for kicks, I guess! Given that they already successfully contain all that derangement inside their cranial cavities, there's really no big reveal Abercrombie can offer that won't simply be seamlessly incorporated as component of this bonkers theory.

Jason Linkins

Congressional Earmark Addicts Find New Ways To Get Their Fix | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the election season -- actually, during what seems like every election season, along with whatever "seasons" occur in the intervening periods b...

Jason Linkins

Joe Manchin Is Really Sorry About Skipping Votes To Go To A Christmas Party | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, newly minted Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wasn't in Washington while the rest of the Senate was voting on the DREAM Act and the rep...

Jason Linkins

How Don't Ask, Don't Tell Was Like Catch-22 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's important to understand that as a policy, Don't Ask, Don't Tell didn't work for anybody. And now that it is over and gone -- trust me -- you're not going to miss it!

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Target Continues To Make Political Donations They Previously Apologized For | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This past fall, mega-retailer Target caught a heap of bad publicity when it was revealed that they had made campaign donations in support of then-Minn...

Don't Tell Us What to Ask

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Goodbye "don't ask, don't tell." At seventeen years old, the controversial law almost reached voting age. Congratulations, President Obama, among ...

An Open Internet Pre-Holiday Reading List

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

As the clock continues to tick towards tomorrow's all-hands meeting of the FCC, some very thoughtful and unexpected voices are weighing in to the debate, urging that we "be done, and move forward."

Unprecedented Gutsiness by the Federal Government

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

In an all-too-rare act of bipartisanship, members of both sides of the aisle in the Senate agree that people should not get sick from what they eat.

A Mother's Letter to the Senate

Randi Reitan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Reitan

As a mother blessed with a beloved gay son, I was appalled to see watch the Senate hearings on DADT crumble in an ugly and childish manner. You allowed discrimination to continue.

Freedom to Marry's Top 10 Moments for Marriage in 2010

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

Working together in this campaign, we can make 2011, like 2010, another winning year for the freedom to marry.

Jason Linkins

Steele Website's Image Gallery Hints At Long Re-Election Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As you no doubt already know, RNC Chair Michael Steele has decided to buck the conventional wisdom (that he is a terrible chair of the RNC) and run fo...

Right-Wing Hypocrisy on "Judicial Activism"

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The difference between liberals and conservatives on the role of the courts is that only right-wingers criticize their political opponents for doing so.

Jason Linkins

Baffling Wave Of Tax-Cut Polling Produces Wildly Different Conclusions | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you've been following the various polling reports on how the general public feels about the tax-cut package that President Obama brokered and which might, in some form, make it through the legislative process, then you are probably lost and confused. Please fire a flare gun into the air, and we will send rescuers to your area.

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Michael Steele's Playbook: How To Lose Your Job In Two Years | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Steele's decision comes at a time when the GOP is resurgent, having recently gained all sorts of seats in local races that too-often go uncovered by the political media. Thing is, no one's really inclined to cut Steele in on the credit.

DADT: Behind the Scenes

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

Any hope of repealing DADT under a prospective Lieberman bill will require very tight coordination and communication between Senators Collins, Lieberman and their caucuses.

Keeping Commitments

Raymond Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond Baker

This year's International Anti-Corruption Day is marred by a U.S. Chamber of Commerce attempt to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), our nation's flagship anti-corruption legislation.

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WikiLeaks Reveals That Military Contractors Have Not Lost Their Taste For Child Prostitutes | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anything interesting to be had at the intersection of the WikiLeaks cache of diplomatic cables and those military contractors that cart off many milli...

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Harry Reid Will Try To Add Online Poker Payback To Tax-Cut Bill | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, we brought you word that during this limited lame-duck session of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to put his staff to w...

WikLeaks Is the Upton Sinclair of This Century

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David A. Love

Julian Assange is Upton Sinclair exposing the rotten meat. The message is, don't buy the rotten meat, or the rotten wars they're trying to sell to you. No wonder Bank of America is worried that they could be next.

Fighting Back With a Progressive Agenda

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Progressives positioning themselves as being against Republican proposals will not be enough. We must be able to present a convincing program detailing what we are for.

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Jim Inhofe On Parade Slight: 'Why Do They Always Pick On The Christians?' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Christians are so terribly picked on, in America. Next you'll be telling me that Christians aren't allowed to worship in some parts of Lower Manhattan, or something.

He Can't Rangel Out of an Ethics Violation

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Oh how the mighty have fallen. By an overwhelming vote of 333 to 79, 20-term Congressman Charles B. Rangel was censured by his colleagues for 11 eth...

An Unlikely Model for Turning Swords Into Plowshares

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

At first blush, net neutrality seems an unlikely contender as a model for consensus-building in our nation's capital, one that takes into account not just the views of politicians, but of all stakeholders.

Who Will Open the Magic Door at the Cancun Climate Conference?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Media coverage of the opening of the Cancun Climate Conference this week suggests that many participants and observers are high on hopes but low on ex...

The Supreme Court Could Axe Efforts to Reduce Big Money

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

The Court's ruling will likely determine the constitutional limits of rescue fund provisions and define the boundaries of public financing laws across the country.