There are new revelations in the evolving Rand Paul plagiarism scandal! As it turns out, not only has the senator repeatedly lifted material verbatim from newspaper columns, magazines, books and even Wikipedia -- now he's trying to steal the plot of Les Miserables.
It is sheer electoral brilliance that the two major parties, even at their low popularity watermarks, can manipulate the political system and convince the voters that they should not vote for anyone not associated with the two major political parties.
How could millions of people, in a mass act of civil disobedience, refuse to obey same-sex marriage laws? Would they get married again? Get divorced? Marry someone gay and then get divorced? Let's be clear: Mr. Buchanan is not referring to civil disobedience. He is promoting discrimination.
In the winter of 2013, it is fair to say that the pro-life movement faces a crossroads the likes of which it has not seen since 1976. It will do well, therefore, to recall some of the events of that earlier political season.
The scorched earth strategy employed by the right's fire-breathing cultural warriors who have demonized the other as treacherously un-American means they have left their own party with very little wiggle room. And in 2012, it showed.
Last week ultra-right-wing rabbi Noson Leiter referred to Hurricane Sandy as "divine justice" for the state of New York's 2011 legalization of marriage for same-sex couples. Conservative Christian leaders have long held LGBT people responsible for natural disasters.
What do pundits William Bennett, Fred Barnes, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and a host of other men of their generation have in common? They were all beneficiaries of racial and/or gender preference.
Just as Romney's 47% number is not evidence of a massive breakdown of society, the 12% average decline in household incomes in the wake of the 2008 collapse may not actually be evidence of a widespread collapse in family incomes.
Every election comes down to a series of big debates. In this one there are 4 that everything will turn on: what does Romney's tenure at Bain say about him, which side has the better Medicare plan, why are we having such tough economic times, and how do we get out of this mess.
This week we discuss topics including: Mitt Romney loves lamp; the Tea Party wagging the Republican dog; Romney briefly made sense on spending; no transvaginal ultrasound law in Virginia; the Muslim rumors are back; and others.
Since virtually all of the mainstream media -- and even former President Bill Clinton -- considers that station to be a liberal analogue to Fox, how is it that MSNBC has this extreme right-wing culture warrior to cut loose in the first place?
No one says that Buchanan is not bright and personable. He is, however, a bigot so far outside the American political mainstream that he should never have been given legitimacy by MSNBC in the first place.