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Jennifer Wheeler

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Inoculation to Lies

Jennifer Wheeler | Posted October 4, 2012

We know that party leaders and pundits are willfully misleading us. But the fever, the virulent response by voters required to shut down the lies and preserve some semblance of self-governance, is totally absent.
Duncan Quirk

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You Can't Mass-Debate By Yourself, Part 1 (Photocomic)

Duncan Quirk | Posted October 4, 2012

William Galston

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The First Debate

William Galston | Posted October 3, 2012

I think Romney did himself considerable good during the first debate. I would not be surprised to learn that a majority of the American people think he won it outright. At the very least, he vastly exceeded expectations.
Greg Jacobs

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The Art of Debate

Greg Jacobs | Posted October 4, 2012

There is really nothing more exciting than watching politics in action, at least there is nothing more exciting when the media builds it up to be the be all end all of our political existence.
Robert Redford

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Fact vs. Fiction on Debate Night

Robert Redford | Posted October 3, 2012

I'm fairly sure Mitt Romney thinks he has an ace in the hole by using the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline against President Obama. So let's take a quick look at what he might say and what are the actual facts.
Anthony Badami

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Did Mitt Romney Commit a Federal Felony?

Anthony Badami | Posted October 3, 2012

It looks highly suspicious to disclose returns from 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011, but not 2009. The American public would ask in an instant: What are you hiding?
Peter Dreier

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Why I'm Boycotting Arnold Schwarzenegger's Book

Peter Dreier | Posted October 3, 2012

After years of lying about his pathological personal life, all of a sudden Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to have total recall. He's put his own ego and career ahead of the privacy of his children.
Edward Flattau

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GOP: Oblivious to Oblivion

Edward Flattau | Posted October 3, 2012

By dismissing Obama's clean energy initiative as wasteful, wishful thinking, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are displaying obliviousness to potential oblivion. They have totally ignored an elemental objective of the Obama program -- slowing the pace of global warming.
Jonathan_Miller

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Fix the Debt!

Jonathan_Miller | Posted October 3, 2012

Whatever our ideology, there is one issue about which most every American agrees: Our country's debt path threatens us with an economic crisis if we do not take action. Fixing the long-term debt outlook, however, is a tall order.
Mike Edwards

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Voter ID and Other Toilet Seat Issues

Mike Edwards | Posted October 22, 2012

If a couple is regularly having over-heated arguments about the state of a toilet seat, that doesn't exactly bode very well for the rest of the marriage, now does it? Toilet seat issues are not uncommon in politics, too.
Lily Rattok

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Senators As Working People: A Photography Installation by Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg

Lily Rattok | Posted October 3, 2012

The power of political portraiture has made it an invaluable tool. Yet, in order to transpose these images, commonly used for propaganda, into the realm of art, one has to redefine its purpose.
Eric Francis

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Mercury Retrograde Election Day

Eric Francis | Posted October 3, 2012

It was 2000, when Al Gore won the election and George Bush took office. Remember the chaos that surrounded that election? It really was classic Mercury station material. And it's not a good precedent.
Jon Wisman

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It's the Inequality, Stupid!

Jon Wisman | Posted October 3, 2012

Only by setting in motion policies to reverse inequality can a vibrant and sustainable recovery become possible. And doing so would bring along much-sought-after side benefits.
David Callahan

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Romney's New Tax Details Don't Add Up

David Callahan | Posted October 3, 2012

Romney's idea of limiting tax deductions should be taken seriously. Romney is on the right track here. The only problem -- and it's a big one -- is that the math on his tax plan overall still doesn't add up.
Frank A. Weil

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Early Voting?

Frank A. Weil | Posted October 3, 2012

Early voting has started in many states and will run until Election Day. Some people speculate that tens of millions of people will have voted before Election Day. Is that really such a good idea?

Ten Months of Chasing Romney

Ryan Campbell | Posted October 3, 2012

Where a politician stands on SB 1070 and the DREAM Act have become the litmus tests on immigration and, ultimately, with the Latino community. If you ask an angry white guy what SB 1070 is about, they might say something vague about the economy and "those illegals."
Joseph Blady, M.D.

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Rational Engagement

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted October 3, 2012

There are those who feel that America should not disengage or forgo its leadership position in the world. For example, one of the past lead editorials in The Economist, the prestigious British news weekly, advocates that the United States look beyond the recent tragedy and unrest in numerous countries to...
Michelle Chen

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A Bill to Make Bosses Less Mean to Pregnant Women

Michelle Chen | Posted October 3, 2012

Many workplaces still make women bear the brunt of the cost of childbearing. So next time you graciously offer your bus seat to a pregnant woman, just think about how our politicians fail to stand up for the labor rights of those who do the work of bringing us into the world.
Lanny Davis

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The First Debate -- The Only Way for a 'Game-Change' Moment

Lanny Davis | Posted October 3, 2012

One issue could be a fundamental game-changer, or bring this country together on one paramount moral issue if both candidates agree -- a real purple moment.
Art Levine

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Three Ways Romney Can Still Win the Election

Art Levine | Posted October 3, 2012

Don't pop open the champagne bottles just yet. The Republicans have a triple threat advantage that can still help their bruised and inept presidential candidate put together the electoral college math needed to eke out a victory. These are, essentially, lies, money and vote suppression.
Daniel Kessler

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You Might Hear Some Wacked Out Stuff During the Debate About the Keystone XL Pipeline

Daniel Kessler | Posted October 3, 2012

Whoppers are to eat at the movies (yummy), not to have to deal with in politics. I hope this quick guide below helps you see the truth during the debate.
Jeffrey Buchanan

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Who Will Speak to the Working Poor, the Unsung Swing Vote?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted October 3, 2012

Politicians ignore low income working families at their political peril.
Sarah Damaske

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The Blame Game: Work-Family Topics Are in the Spotlight, But Real Issues Often Ignored

Sarah Damaske | Posted October 4, 2012

I've been delighted to see how many times work-family issues have made the national news this year. Yet, some of these articles seem to be playing the blame game, suggesting that women are at fault for their continued experience of work-family conflict.
Larry Atkins

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Newspaper Endorsements Should Stick to Local Races and Stop Endorsing Presidential Candidates

Larry Atkins | Posted October 3, 2012

In the next few weeks, newspapers around the country will continue their tradition of endorsing political candidates. But should newspapers continue to endorse presidential candidates? It's a longstanding tradition, but is it outdated?
Christine Pelosi

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DO Play to Win; DON'T Play Not to Lose and Other Obama-Romney Debate Dos and Don'ts

Christine Pelosi | Posted October 3, 2012

By now the plans are distilled, practice rounds completed, curveballs anticipated and (Lord help us) zingers rehearsed. In order to "win" tonight -- and on November 6th -- some debate dos and don'ts for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
Tian Huang

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Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague

Tian Huang | Posted October 3, 2012

Whether in this or a subsequent U.N. session, a parallel campaign to Kivalina's will be brought to the General Assembly and the question will be raised, will the international community follow the U.S. court's lead by throwing the climate change problem to the dustbin of politics?
Scott Paul

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A Guide to the Denver Presidential Debate

Scott Paul | Posted October 3, 2012

We know half the debate will focus on economic themes. Let's hope Jim Lehrer asks at least one of these vital questions.
David Westin

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Presidential Debates: What You See Is What You Get

David Westin | Posted October 3, 2012

Now the fun part starts -- at least for those of us in the audience. We're into the quadrennial round of presidential debates. The time when we all get to gather around our television sets and see the two gladiators who would be our next president go one on one dealing with the issues. But wait a minute. It's also the time when commentators come forward to tell us that the outcomes of these debates are likely to turn more on the appearance of the candidates than it does on any serious intellectual clash over policies or proposals. There's something uplifting about saying we should all be focused on the "issues" and not the "personalities." But is that right?
Emily Booker

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Tales From the Election: Poison, Pinheads and Partisanship

Emily Booker | Posted October 3, 2012

Ten minutes later, our bosses rushed over, asked where the food had come from and were horrified to learn we had accepted food from a stranger. "What did this man look like, this is a political campaign! There could be strychnine or something in that! Let us know if you're not feeling well," they said.
James Rosenberg

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The Elephant in the (Class)room

James Rosenberg | Posted October 3, 2012

We need the candidates to talk about the crucial role teachers play in shaping not just our children's future, but the future of our nation -- and then we need them to act on it.
Richard Brodsky

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The New Nazis of Europe: Coming to America?

Richard Brodsky | Posted October 3, 2012

Golden Dawn has opened an office in Washington, and some of what we've heard from the Baltic states should give the State Department pause. Even the Timothy McVeigh's decision to bomb government buildings still resonates among some extreme right-wing groups.
Karl Frisch

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The Gay Soccer Dad and Lesbian Costco Mom Vote

Karl Frisch | Posted October 3, 2012

With so much at stake for LGBT people and numerous historic electoral wins on the horizon this fall, shouldn't President Obama and Mitt Romney have a frank discussion about issues important to LGBT Americans and their families?
Democracy Now!

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Third Party Candidates to Join in Real Time on Democracy Now!'s Live Coverage of Presidential Debate

Democracy Now! | Posted October 3, 2012

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in the first presidential debate tonight, Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential debate from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ET.
Eric Black

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Some appealing features of a parliamentary system

Eric Black | Posted October 3, 2012

What are the basic differences between the parliamentary system and an American-style setup? And what parliamentary features might look appealing to gridlock-frustrated Americans? Here's a rundown.
Paul Abrams

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Romney to Launch "Stealth" Campaign Tonight: Lie at the Debate, Backtrack in Quiet Rooms

Paul Abrams | Posted October 3, 2012

In case no one has noticed, Mitt Romney has floated a few trial balloons recently that, earlier in the campaign, would have provoked apoplexy on the right. For now, they are silent. Message: It is OK for Mitt to lie about his intentions between now and November 6.
Zach Friend

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Why the Media Will Ensure Romney Wins the Debate

Zach Friend | Posted October 3, 2012

There is nothing the media likes more than a good story, even if the story has to be exaggerated a bit. And the story the media will create tonight will be of Mitt Romney: The Other Comeback Kid.
Mike Lux

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Makers and Takers

Mike Lux | Posted October 3, 2012

There is one way I agree with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I will admit that there are takers and makers. They just have who those people are very mixed up.
Kathy Kemper

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Stop Dishonoring Ambassador Stevens and His Colleagues

Kathy Kemper | Posted October 3, 2012

No doubt, there are difficult questions that need to be answered -- and will be answered. But it's absurd for casual observers to claim that they know exactly what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
Renee Parsons

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Pentagon Study Cites Climate Change as National Security Threat

Renee Parsons | Posted October 3, 2012

Even before recent predictions that Arctic sea ice would melt by the summer of 2016, the Pentagon and the Center for Naval Analyses's Military Advisory Board had already gone on record warning about the impacts of climate change as a threat to national security.
Death Race

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How Obama Preps for the Debate

Death Race | Posted October 3, 2012

President Obama has been holed up in Nevada preparing, presumably in full-on mock debate mode. But that's just the final stage; prep in the larger sense has been going on in some form for weeks. So what are Obama's study habits?
Joseph A. Palermo

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The Debate We Never Had

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted October 3, 2012

When the dust settles after November 6th, we'll return to the status quo ante where big finance and huge corporations continue to define what's possible in Washington.
Kate Gunn

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Would You Buy Your 10-Year-Old Daughter a Gun for Christmas? Paul Ryan Did

Kate Gunn | Posted October 4, 2012

Just imagine for a moment it was Nick Clegg or David Cameron who was buying their little darling their first 9mm. Or picture your own child unwrapping a 36inch, 5 pound gun on Christmas morning.
Jeff Danziger

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Obama Black Accent

Jeff Danziger | Posted October 3, 2012

Sarah Anderson

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Democratic Dishonor Roll on Inequality

Sarah Anderson | Posted October 3, 2012

In general, however, we found Republicans to be extremely loyal to the "1 percent." We gave 59 of them an F. The Dems' loyalties were more divided. None of them got F's or even D's, but 17 got either a C+ or a C grade -- not exactly parental bragging material.
Andy Ostroy

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The Debate: What Would Ali and Frazier Do?

Andy Ostroy | Posted October 3, 2012

Only in the past week, instead of staring down and psyching out their opponents, as boxers usually do at weigh-ins and press conferences, these two politicians, and their surrogates, have so effusively praised the other guy to the point of it being more over-the-top than a Lady Gaga concert.
Chuck Collins

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A Voting Guide for the 99 Percent

Chuck Collins | Posted October 3, 2012

If voters put on their "99 to 1" special glasses, then we can look forward to a political realignment in the coming years.
Chris Williams

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Living on a Prayer

Chris Williams | Posted October 3, 2012

Pitiful, pathetic and predictable are three words that Republicans and Democrats can agree on to describe the incompetence demonstrated by the Romney/Ryan presidential ticket for this political election cycle.
Sarita Gupta

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Democracy in Action, From the Coffeehouse to the Statehouse

Sarita Gupta | Posted October 10, 2012

Politicians love to extol the virtues and the values of hard work--in their stump speeches, press releases, and in debates. But how many of them are going to bat legislatively for those who work hard for a living?
Dan Glickman

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Beyond the Rhetoric: SNAP (Food Stamps) and America's Poor

Dan Glickman | Posted October 3, 2012

Congress has a long history of bipartisan support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program. But that historic bipartisanship is unfortunately under attack now, and it is sorely needed.
Mike Sandler

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Citizen's Dividends: Basic Income from your Share of the Commons

Mike Sandler | Posted October 3, 2012

We can all share in the bounty of the Commons, and this can form a source of actual income to Americans. Here are a few ideas for creating a source of income for all people from the Commons with citizen's dividends.
Brian Penny

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Consumer Financial Bureau Soliciting Feedback On Mortgage Servicing Regulations

Brian Penny | Posted October 3, 2012

Do you have a roof over your head? Right now through October 9, Cornell Law School is giving the American public a unique opportunity to make our voices heard in the Consumer Financial Bureau's upcoming mortgage servicing regulations. This isn't a national election where your voice is just another drop...
Wayne Muller

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Autumn: On Elections, Fear, and Planting the Future

Wayne Muller | Posted October 3, 2012

Our fear is selfish and narcissistic. It is imperative we give thanks -- not for what we have accumulated, but for what we can offer, what we can leave, as a truly generous and necessary gift for those who will follow in the path we walk, together, this season.
Janet Ritz

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The Romney Negative

Janet Ritz | Posted October 3, 2012

Romney may be a very different person under his discomfiting shell. His problem is that he doesn't show it.
Richard Zombeck

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Elizabeth Warren: 2 | Scott Brown: Duh

Richard Zombeck | Posted October 3, 2012

If Scott Brown is going to question Elizabeth Warren's character based on whether or not she checked a box on a job application 20 years ago, doesn't it stand to reason that his character be questioned for helping mortgage companies railroad homeowners into toxic and exploding mortgages?
Jason Alexander

90 Minutes for America

Jason Alexander | Posted October 3, 2012

We humbly ask our fans to not watch our TV shows or movies, or listen to our music tonight. We ask you, instead, to invest 90 minutes in our country, and watch the first debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
The 420 Times

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Sending President Obama A Message With Your Vote

The 420 Times | Posted October 3, 2012

So, what state do you live in? Is it a state that is already decided in the presidential race? If so, take a hard look at Gary Johnson and see if voting for him can make an impact.
Rabbi Jason Miller

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Apple's Jerusalem Problem

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted October 3, 2012

The irony in this story is that without Israel there would be no iPhone. The newer iPhone versions use a microchip that was developed in Israel by Qualcomm Israel.
Daniel Moulthrop

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What Ohio Wants

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted October 3, 2012

I'm not sure what happens in other states, but here, it goes beyond radio and television. At a party last weekend, the tunes on Pandora were interspersed with messages about the importance of somebody's China policy.
Bernard Whitman

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52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #22, $1 Trillion in Spending Cuts

Bernard Whitman | Posted October 3, 2012

So far, Barack Obama has signed $2 trillion of spending cuts into law, and spending under the Obama administration has grown more slowly than under any president in sixty years. In fact, federal spending grew about six times faster under Reagan and Bush than it has grown under Obama.
Christine P. Sun

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SPLC Applauds Gov. Jerry Brown for Leading Nation, Protecting Children by Fighting Dangerous Conversion Therapy

Christine P. Sun | Posted October 3, 2012

This dangerous and discredited "therapy" -- sometimes known as "reparative therapy" or "ex-gay therapy" -- claims to change people from gay to straight. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, not only protects California children but paves the way for a national effort to end this dangerous practice.
Joe Cutbirth

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Scott Brown's Shameful Campaign

Joe Cutbirth | Posted October 3, 2012

In an era of cool media, Brown has what it takes to be red hot, which makes the campaign he's running against Elizabeth Warren puzzling if not downright disgusting. But let's start with puzzling.
Adrian Daub

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What "Traditional Marriage" Could Teach Rick Santorum

Adrian Daub | Posted October 4, 2012

Given that "traditional" marriage has changed from century to century -- why not add our voices to the centuries-old conversation about it? It would be a shame if all the early twenty-first century contributed to it was "man on dog."
Zachary K. Pearce

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What Would Locke Think?

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted October 3, 2012

Would John Locke would be a Republican in 2012? Obviously, our two-party system and the liberal and conservative philosophy which underlies it, is not something which enters into the social contract, nor the work of Locke.
Soraya Chemaly

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Healthy Masculinity: The Idea That Men Can Control Themselves

Soraya Chemaly | Posted October 3, 2012

The real question isn't if men are more or less violent. The real question is whether or not men have control over themselves. This idea, who is in control of whom, is fundamental to how we understand and deal with violence, especially with gendered violence.
Reese Schonfeld

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September Cable News Viewing As Election Indicators

Reese Schonfeld | Posted October 3, 2012

It's that time of the year when television viewing reflects the attitudes of people who are going to vote in November.
Allan Brawley

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Corporations Are Not People, Mitt!

Allan Brawley | Posted October 3, 2012

If the Democrats hold on the White House and Senate, can we be sure that corporate and other big-money interests will be significantly weakened? No. But we can insist -- and have a reasonable expectation -- that the necessary reforms be enacted.
Tom J Wilson

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Michele Bachmann and the Intolerance of 'Progressive' Jews

Tom J Wilson | Posted October 3, 2012

The former Republican presidential candidate and long time supporter of Israel had reportedly taken up the invite of the President of AIPAC to accompany him to the Kol Nidrei service at Anshe Emet Synagogue.
Warren J. Blumenfeld

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Political Strategy of Scare and Snare

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted October 3, 2012

Jerry Behn is running for Iowa State Senate on the heels of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan by stereotyping and demeaning people who have hit hard times and find themselves in need of assistance to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and a place to rest their heads.
John Ziegler

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The Lessons of the Drudge/Hannity False Alarm

John Ziegler | Posted October 3, 2012

As someone who has had extensive contact with all three of the primary "partners" in this story (Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson) I feel pretty confident that I can piece together the basic progression of events.
Stefanie Ostfeld

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Dictators' Riches Are Stolen at Home, But Banked in the West

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted October 3, 2012

Congress and the president should act now to stop corrupt dictators and other criminals from using the privilege of limited liability to hide their identities and launder dirty money in the U.S. financial system.
2morrowknight

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Social Media and the Presidential Debates

2morrowknight | Posted October 3, 2012

Social media will be to this election what television was to the 1960 victory of John Kennedy, and what radio was to the multiple victories in the '30s and '40s of Franklin Roosevelt.
Jared Bernstein

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We've Actually Already Cut a Bunch of Spending

Jared Bernstein | Posted October 3, 2012

Simply cutting government spending for the sake of optics without regard to social need and economic context is not the way forward.
William K. Black

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Ryan Talks Jobs and Exposes the Lies About the 47%

William K. Black | Posted October 3, 2012

Paul Ryan has now admitted that creating jobs with "good paychecks" is the key. The unemployed and marginally employed receive governmental assistance because they lack "good paychecks."
Paul Clolery

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Red Cross, United Way, Other Charities Tell Candidates What They Want

Paul Clolery | Posted October 9, 2012

With the presidential election just weeks away and the two major candidates starting the debate cycle, 22 of the leading executives of the nonprofit sector have a message for both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
David Karpf

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Andover Uprising: Hedge Fund Children Fighting to Liberate the Masses

David Karpf | Posted October 3, 2012

The leaders of Concerned Youth of America are likely all wonderful, well-meaning people. They may vote for Democrats and Republicans both, but that does not make them the political middle. What unites this supposed "center" is its haughty elitism.
Bruce Kluger & David Slavin

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Caption Contest: Obama vs. Romney... vs. Seamus?! (Updated With Winner)

Bruce Kluger & David Slavin | Posted October 7, 2012

Keith Thomson

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How to Cheat in a Presidential Debate

Keith Thomson | Posted October 24, 2012

During a 2008 Republican primary debate, moderator Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney, "Will you do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?" A disembodied whisper of "He raised taxes" followed. Romney appeared to take note before answering Russert, "I'm not going to raise taxes."
Matthew Chapman

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Not the Most Important Presidential Debate!

Matthew Chapman | Posted October 3, 2012

In a recent poll almost 85% of likely voters said they wanted the candidates to hold a debate on science. Why? Because, more than anything else, our kids' future health and happiness depend on it. And yet, in spite of the many critical issues involved, I'm willing to bet little in the debates will touch on it.
Alex S. Jones

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Politics as Theater: In Search of Authenticity

Alex S. Jones | Posted October 3, 2012

As we watch the debate tonight, we can be sure that both candidates have rehearsed prepared lines that they will speak regardless of the questions they are asked. But there will be two actors on the stage and the debate will be to some extent an improvisation where even the best prepared line can prove disastrous.
Richard (RJ) Eskow

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The Real Incumbent in Tonight's Debate Is "the Plutocracy"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted October 3, 2012

Both political parties are concentrating on government deficits at a time when they should be focused on jobs and growth the middle class. That's the mark of a plutocracy: government by and for the wealthy.