One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.
The United States of America, otherwise a beacon of democratic rule for over two centuries, is essentially the North Korea of federal district voting rights, a clear outlier for democratic best practices across the world. As voters across the country elect members of the House of Representatives, District voters have nothing.
The bullies are in control, whether they are Republican Tea Partiers that refuse to compromise on any legislation that won't downsize government programs, or the lobbying arm of the gun industry; they control Washington's agenda these days.
It's nothing new to feel like our intelligence is being questioned. There has always been a sense that we're being talked down to and that most of what is said is gibberish to placate and appease us without really saying anything of substance.
If Republicans have their way, we'll eventually be back to the days of the poll tax and the literacy test, where the votes of blacks, youth and the poor simply don't count.
Republicans should be making a case for freedom. A case not build only on efficiency (which rarely resonates with average voters), but on morality. They need to argue that freedom is the right thing for all Americans.
Republican control in both houses of Congress might not actually be the worst thing for the Obama administration. It might actually be to Obama's advantage on two key issues -- trade and immigration.
As the Koch brothers and their ultra-wealthy cronies think they've figured out, a little chicken manure goes a long way when it comes to misleading voters into supporting the GOP.
Money is pouring into this year's mid-term election -- mostly from the pockets of right-wing billionaires. The total is projected to top $4 billion. Thirteen states have annual budgets of $4 billion or less.
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid! Of Ebola. Of ISIS. Of immigrants threatening to bring both threats across a porous border that can't be protected by a president who can't even protect his own house. Be afraid! Vote Republican.
The Republican and Democratic parties are SO far apart, on almost EVERY issue, it will take you less than one minute to know whom to vote for!
By virtue of America's superpower status in international affairs, millions of people around the world will be tracking the polls and watching the results. And three countries in particular, all of whom reside in the Middle East, will be glued to the television as the votes are counted.
Barring a miracle, Tuesday is likely to be an unhappy Election Day for the Democrats. They will need to win virtually every close race to hold the Senate, and that seems unlikely. They are on track to suffer losses in the House as well. Could it have been different? I think so. Working against the Democrats is the six-year jinx. Six years into an incumbent's tenure, the president's party almost always loses seats in Congress. The Republicans got clobbered in Eisenhower's sixth year, 1958, and in Bush II's sixth year, 2006. Even Franklin Roosevelt's Democrats lost massively in his sixth year, 1938. Can you guess the one recent exception? It was Bill Clinton in 1998 -- right after the Lewinsky sex scandal and Clinton's impeachment, no less. The Dems actually picked up five House seats. How on earth did the wily Clinton and the Dems pull off that feat?
Republicans in 2011 and 2013 voted to transform Medicare into a voucher program. And, yet these same Republicans are attacking Democrats who fought for these popular programs, who sometimes lost their seats due to signaling a willingness to compromise.
Make no mistake that what has happened in this country is a "coup", planned, not by foreign or domestic military forces, but rather orchestrated by Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers and their very wealthy cohorts as a domestic moral and financial coup.
Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!