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Steve Cobble

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Annoy Boehner -- Keep Kucinich in Congress!

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 7:53 PM

When Congressman Dennis Kucinich sat down in Los Angeles one night just over 10 years ago to write the prophetic speech that became known as "A Prayer for America," the invasion of Iraq was still just an evil gleam in the eyes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney,...

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Speaker Pelosi, Don't Go!

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 12:04 PM

FWIW, I think you should stay, just like Sam Rayburn did.
Don't let the Blue Dogs run you off. They're half-gone, anyway.
And here's an idea to start your comeback: in the lame duck session, pass the middle class tax cut extension all by itself. Ignore...

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A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government

(4) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 3:10 PM

As the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new session today, more than 50 leading lawyers--former Attorneys General, prosecutors, and constitutional scholars--issued a joint letter calling for the U.S. Congress to consider a Constitutional Amendment to roll back the Roberts Court's ill-advised ruling in the Citizens United case.

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Last Chance to Say Yes

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2010 | 3:30 PM

Just a little over 2 days left to say yes to one of the only real progressive Democratic challengers running this year.
Just a few hours left to go to to make a donation, volunteer to make a few phone calls, or find out where to vote.

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Puppet Problems: Missing the Point on Karzai

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 12:12 PM

I don't know if Shari Lewis ever faced a Lamb Chop rebellion, but suddenly America's hand-picked puppet in Kabul is talking trash. Given that the working definition of an "honest" politician in Washington is one who stays bought, this has led to much tut-tutting and head-shaking among the wise men...

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Thank You, ACORN!

(4) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 1:10 PM

Today I just want to say thank you to ACORN, for all the great work you did on behalf of poor people over the past 4 decades.

Thanks, Wade, Maude, Steve, Bertha, Zach, Carolyn, and so many more of you who worked harder than you had to, made less than...

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From the Democracy Thieves Who Illegitimately Selected George W. Bush...

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 11:13 AM

Chief Injustice Roberts argued: "...we must balance the importance of having constitutional questions decided against the importance of having them decided right."
(We think he left off a capital "R" on right.)
Injustice Thomas argued: "...the Court takes an important first step..."
(How much does that scare...

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People = Corporations? Not.

(26) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 11:27 AM

We all know that people are not the same as corporations.

The Roberts Court does not. It's a bad day for democracy.

Go to if you want to fight back. There's a short video to share, featuring Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Law Professor Jamin Raskin, and there's...

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Jon, Stephen, You're Off Track Lately

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Recently Jon Stewart had right-wing fundamentalist Mike Huckabee on his show--for the third time! They had their usual cutesie conversation which seems designed to show liberals that Huckabee is not such a bad guy, by allowing him to banter humorously with Stewart, appearing reasonable while never actually giving any ground...

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Mr. President: End Them, Don't Extend Them

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 7:08 PM

Mr. President: 24 hours to go. Last chance for audacity. Take the road not taken.
Tomorrow night, please give Tom Engelhardt's speech instead.
These two occupations: end them, don't extend them...

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Mr. President, Review Bill Moyers' Show

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 6:02 PM

Dear Mr. President--Since you were in Asia, you may have missed Bill Moyers' show last Friday night, about LBJ's radio clips as he reluctantly escalated in Vietnam (Moyers was an aide at the time).

LBJ's decision to escalate was a disaster. For America. For the Vietnamese people. For the long-term...

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"War Kills Off Great Reform Movements"

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2009 | 10:54 AM

Mr. President: As you consider whether to march further into the trap of Afghanistan, please don't forget the memorable phrase that E. J. Dionne recently attributed to historian Robert Dallek: "In my judgment, war kills off great reform movements."
Can't get much more precise than that, can you?

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Mr. President: LBJ's Fail Is Your Afghan Model

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 10:33 AM

Mr. President: The failure of Lyndon B. Johnson's Administration due to Vietnam is your model here. And you're smart enough to understand what that means.
You are not LBJ, with the Joe McCarthy "who lost China?" politics as your most relevant model.
The most recent and relevant model...

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Rahm, Are You #*%@!#* Kidding Me?

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 3:00 PM

Ignore me if you want. After all, Van Jones has been an inspiration to me, I'm antiwar, pro-single-payer, pro-impeachment, a long-time member of the Jackson/Kucinich wing of the Democratic Party. I know I'm easy to dismiss. But seriously, dude--since when do you deal with right-wing wolves by feeding them sacrificial...

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Hypocrites on the Military Budget

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 7:35 PM

Are Blue Dogs & Republicans willing to attack the deficit? Will they go after wasteful and unnecessary weapons systems? We'll know soon, but don't hold your breath.

Most Blue Dog Democrats and most Republicans in the House and Senate are big hypocrites. They claim allegiance to attacking the deficit but...

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July 17, 1984: Carrying the Baton from King to Obama

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2009 | 1:22 PM

"Our flag is red, white, and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black, and white -- and we are all precious in God's sight... America is not a blanket -- one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size....

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Free Tamm & Pardon Diaz

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 11:11 AM

Most of the suggestions President Obama gets are hard to juggle, since they involve big problems with lots of important political players.
But here's a couple easy ones, Mr. President--you can do the right thing twice, and it's very obvious what the right thing is in both cases.

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How Europe & Canada Could Help Us!

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 12:07 PM

President Obama's recent trip to Europe focused a lot on the need for Europe to help us get the world economy going again by revving up their stimulus spending to complement ours.
This is all well and good, but Europe (and our good friends the Canadians) can also help...

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The Unkindest "Cuts"--Military Mirages

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 1:18 PM

When UAW members have to give up some of their hours, or forego their hard-earned pensions, or give back part of their salaries, those are real cuts.
But when military spending goes up 4%, after 8 years of Bush/Cheney increases that almost doubled the Pentagon's budget--while supplementing that...

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Hey, Nina/NPR, Jesse Was Early! Jackson Got to Selma 44 Years Ago!

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2009 | 2:41 PM

NPR's Nina Totenberg had a touching story this week concerning the bridge at Selma, and the reconciliation of George Wallace's daughter with the civil rights movement.
Too bad she just couldn't resist taking a cheap shot at Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, injecting some irrelevant barbs because they got...

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