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Weekly Pulse: Public Option on Life Support

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The White House is sorely mistaken if it thinks that the public option belongs in the "nice but not necessary" category. Without it, there's little hope of containing costs or reigning in the power of insurance companies.

Barney Frank Confronts Woman At Town Hall Comparing Obama To Hitler

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a Barney Frank town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA, a constituent asks, "Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?" Frank responds: "On what planet ...

Citizen Report From Grand Junction Health Care Protests (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Protesters on both sides of the health care debate gathered in large numbers in Grand Junction on Saturday to protest outside President Obama's town h...

Man Who Brought Assault Rifle To Obama Rally Was Part Of Radio Stunt (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Monday, a dozen people packing heat -- including at least one man carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle -- were spotted at a pro-health care rall...

Woman Shouts "Heil Hitler!" At Jewish Man Inside Health Care Forum in Las Vegas

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dear God. This is the way America is now. Some conservative radio host stages a "town hall" meeting in Las Vegas. The local news reports that it "w...

Robin Givhan: Town Hall Protesters Dressed To Unimpress

Washington Post | Robin Givhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

It seems safe to say that of the hundreds of thousands of style guides currently for sale on Amazon, not one of the didactic, shop-your-closet authors...

Whether Gates or Health Care, Race Matters

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Discussions of race are not merely a distraction from more important matters; they are essential to understanding political mobilization around many of the significant policy issues facing us today.

After Swastika Incident, Rep. Scott Holds Health Care Town Hall

Glen McDaniel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glen McDaniel

A few days after a recent town hall meeting where Scott lectured some in the crowd for "highjacking" the healthcare debate, a large swastika was painted outside his Smyrna district office.

Man Carrying Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle And Pistol Outside Obama Event

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A man was spotted Monday afternoon carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle and a pistol at a pro-health care reform rally next to the Veterans of Fore...

Obama Questioner Was A Staffer For A GOP State Senator | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

..."It's good to see a young person who's very engaged and confident challenging the President to a Oxford-style debate, I think this is good," he sai...

College Student Challenges Obama To An "Oxford Style" Debate On Health Care At Colorado Town Hall (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At President Obama's Colorado health care town hall Saturday evening, a questioner challenged him to an "Oxford style" debate. "I'm going to call on ...

Friday Talking Points [89] -- Fighting Crazy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

The media is not completely responsible for the state of the debate over healthcare reform. The Democrats have done such a poor job of presenting their case that they really bear the lion's share of blame.

Weekly Pulse: Mob Scene

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Republicans and their allies are pressuring Democratic healthcare reformers at townhall meetings around the country. Addie Stan has a blockbuster piece in AlterNet that exposes the network behind the mobs.

Bullies Delight in Town Hall and Center

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

We have witnessed a spate of violent bullying and psychological assault, moods of hostility and derision which have stooped to levels that defy any clear intention to act for the greater good.

Roy Sekoff Discusses The Increase In Right-Wing Militias On MSNBC's "Ed Show"

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post Editor Roy Sekoff appeared on MSNBC's "Ed Show" to discuss the increase in right-wing militias. He called it a "perfect storm for the ...

Matthew Palevsky

"Obama The Anus Of America": Conservatives Riled Up By Health Care Reform Gather Along Bus Tour (PHOTOS) | Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two "Hands Off My Health Care" buses have been making their way across the country as the central organizational tools for the conservative group Amer...

Chris Matthews To Town Hall Protestor: Why Did You Bring A "God Damn Gun" To A Presidential Event? (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews' guest was William Kostric, the man who brought a gun earlier in the day to protest President Obam...

Lobbyist-Run Group Provides Birther With Talking Points For Town Hall

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, ThinkProgress attended Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-VA) town hall in Ruckersville, Virginia. Inside, many people were holding signs provided by...

Gun Crazy or Just Plain Crazy?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

So is this what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they adopted the Second Amendment---that anyone or everyone (with few exceptions) could stand along a presidential parade route armed with a handgun!

The Health-Scare Mobs: We're Missing the Main Point Here

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

I don't care whether Karl Rove himself packs town hall protesters on a bus, provides them scripts and hands them lunch. What is of concern is when they act in a bullying and violent manner.

How a Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor Relates to the Town Hall Mobs

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

Ambassador Tom Schieffer, you wannabe-Democratic-nominee-for-Governor of Texas, hoping to skim past the primary, you have friends who are "no tells-ies" of your own.

A Town Hall Meeting, New York Style

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Vines

It's unfortunate but generally true that most people, even the most informed political junkies, do not know who their state senator is.

Harry Reid: GOP "Run By A Talk Show Host"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched his harshest attack on the Republican Party in months, claiming the GOP is "being run by a talk show host."...

Dems See Backlash In Town Hall Protests

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers, far from being daunted by the disruptive protests at recent town halls, seem to think the angry crowds will only help their caus...

The Guns of August: A Call to Arms for Progressives and Obama Activists

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Kirsch

Since health care won't be decided at the popular ballot box, we can't just wait for the public to recognize the reality behind this nutty minority.