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Debasement of Science

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican politicians are in the habit of labeling science credible only if it supports their positions. If it doesn't, the science often ends up the...

Why the Republicans' Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy -- Setting Working Class Against the Poor -- Is Backfiring

Robert Reich | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

For almost 40 years Republicans have pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy intended to convince working-class whites that the poor were their enemies. The big news is it's starting to backfire.

Their Real Goal: To Make Us All So Cynical About Government, We Give Up

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As average Americans give up on government, they pay less attention to what government does or fails to do -- thereby making it easier for the moneyed interests to get whatever they want.

Republicans Need to Deal With Their Racism Problem

Robbie Gennet | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Since the Fairness Doctrine was abolished under Reagan- and once Fox "News" really took off in the Dubya era -- this strategy worked in polarizing the electorate to where we are now. And that strategy just took it's first big step towards obsolescence. But what did they expect?

Vote Republican

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

C'mon, folks! Let's be serious. Why in God's name would anyone in their right mind vote for politicians whose every word and deed serves only the wish...

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Christopher Lane | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

A debate about the scope and limits of secularism has begun to collide once more with those wanting to increase the power and presence of religion in the public sphere.

Rick Santorum's Theocratic Hypocrisy

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

If Rick Santorum believes that the only appropriate policy positions are those based on Biblical teachings, he should be ashamed. The fact is, Santorum doesn't like the teachings of his own church when it comes to evolution, so he goes his separate way.

Sam Stein

Chris Christie Defended By Civil Rights Group For The Obese | Sam Stein | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the leading civil rights organizations working to end discrimination against the obese is taking up the defense of New Jersey Gov...

Jon Huntsman And Evolution: A Missed Opportunity

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It's not often that there's good news coming out of the Republican Party. So exploring what brought Jon Huntsman to his position on science is not a trivial matter.

Why the Left Should Listen to the Right (Update)

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

Our country faces real and scary problems which we can only solve if we work together, Americans of all political beliefs and persuasions. Partisan politics do not solve problems for the nation, but exacerbate them.

The New Right's Secret Sauce

Zack Exley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Exley

The New Right is succeeding because it has a comprehensive worldview. The worldview is more than a set of policies, it's a complete way of thinking about human nature, history, our present circumstances and the future.

Sam Stein

GOP Turns To Howard Dean For Salvation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, in politics and elsewhere. And after two straight cycles of congressional pickups, outgoing DNC chair How...

Identity Crisis

Lincoln Chafee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Chafee

Jesse Helms' legacy is one of strong opposition to women's reproductive freedom, gay rights, foreign aid for diplomacy, and public funding for the arts -- priorities that run strong in today's GOP.