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Mad About the '60s: A Hart-Like Henry Fonda in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

William Bradley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"You know, those rumors about you and lady friends ... they won't do you a bit of harm." Former President Art Hockstader to presidential candidate Wi...

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Eugene McCarthy Now a Non-Person in St. Paul

Al Eisele | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

The Saint Paul Grill has declared Gene McCarthy a non-person and you can no longer swill your favorite drink while he gazes over you. I wish I could hear what he would say about it. Too bad for a city that prides itself as one that pays homage to its history.

Racial McCarthyism Isn't Real!

Salon | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

Joe McCarthy died in 1957, but to hear some people tell it, his legacy lives on in the swift downfall of Donald Sterling. ...

Civil War Dating Back to Joe McCarthy Threatens GOP Hold on Texas

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The image of Joe McCarthy, a Catholic farm boy from the upper mid-west, being humiliated by the Episcopalian, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard lawyer is an enduring one that reflects the historic animosities between Main Street and Wall Street Republicanism.

Senator Cruz, Meet Senator McCarthy

Steven Conn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Political extremism -- from the communist witch hunts of the 1950s to the government-is-coming-to-get-you hysteria we have now -- has proved a useful distraction from a political agenda that many Americans don't like.

P.T. Barnum, Joe McCarthy, and the Rise of Ted Cruz

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

If we can speak at all of an American collective memory, there are two archetypes which loom large in those shady mists -- the huckster, and the paranoid demagogue.

Issa Stirs Memories Of McCarthyism

National Journal | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

In one brief and repugnant interview, the GOP's chief congressional investigator into Internal Revenue Service abuses cherry-picked evidence, overstat...

Taking the Fifth

Phyllis Chesler | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Phyllis Chesler

Lois Lerner represents the power of the state. She is not taking a noble stand against unjust government authority -- she is protecting those who are even more powerful than herself. We should not see her as a brave "victim."

The Republican Party Is Dead

Andy Ostroy | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's not difficult to imagine a few years from now a political landscape controlled by a Democratic dynasty, where the only Republicans left in office come from states and districts where the small minority of folks who voted for them share their ignorant, intolerant 1950's ideals.

David Brooks Is Unimpressed With Senator Ted Cruz

92nd Street Y | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

"If you mention the name Ted Cruz to other senators, you just get titanic oceans of eye rolling." The New York Times columnist David Brooks sat down ...

2013 Yankees Got You Down? Revisit The Championship Season Of 1947 Instead

Tony Sachs | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Tony Sachs

The 2013 New York Yankees: Injuries on top of injuries. Newly penurious owners. A lineup of assorted castoffs and veterans past their prime. Not a pretty picture -- in fact, it looks to be the weakest team the franchise has put on the field in at least two decades.

Straw Men

John O'Toole | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
John O'Toole

Republicans have always been better than Democrats at creating straw men. I'm not referring to those floppy figures we see in cornfields from time to time, but rather, those scarecrows that don't scare any crow with half a brain.

Tail Gunner Ted Cruz

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Boykinism: Joe McCarthy Would Understand

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Andrew Bacevich

The debate over who actually represents God's will is one that the both Bush and Obama have studiously sought to avoid. The U.S. is not at war with Islam per se, U.S. officials insist. Still, among Muslims abroad, suspicion persists and not without reason.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.

Are There Any Responsible Republicans Out There?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The defeat Tuesday of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary -- trounced by a Tea-Partier -- is one more nail in the coffin of the...

McCain Can't Handle the Truth: "Bin Laden" IS Answer to "Appeaser"

Mark Green | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

It would be political malpractice not to remind voters, repeatedly told by rivals that Obama is a weakling, that "bin Laden is dead and GM is alive." Or as is said about libel law, truth is a defense.

Killebrew's Death Highlights Obscure Idaho Senator

Al Eisele | Posted 07.22.2011 | Sports
Al Eisele

Until Killebrew's death, Welker was known mainly for his outspoken defense of Sen. Joe McCarthy's sensational claims of Communist infiltration of the U.S. government

Her Candidacy Is Over -- Palin's "Brainwashing" and "Joe Welch" Moment

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

After her video disparaging critics as guilty of a "blood libel," Sarah Palin should be shunned and will be shunned. As of today, she is done as a presidential candidate.

Issa's Adviser

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Censorship: Coast to Coast

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Peter Clothier

The Republican agenda, it seems to me, is primarily about holding on to power at all costs. If that involves kow-towing to the Catholic church's objection to a museum exhibition, so be it.

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

Fighting Bob & Loathsome Joe

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Republicans are channelling Joe McCarthy for politics and profit. What if Joe McCarthy had never been Senator? It didn't have to happen. After all,...

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Politics is ugly, always has been but the framers invented a government that would embody all the messy contradictions without threatening the collapse of the system.