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Let's Be Honest: About Jobs and the Economy

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

There's not a thing that Obama or any other politician can do to lower unemployment in the private sector as long as CEOs and shareholders of our largest companies are getting richer and richer.

The Obama Backlash: Taking on the Radicals

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Geri Spieler

The Backlash goes into the deep background and the bizarre rise of Glenn Beck in a series of personal and professional vignettes mixing his failed personal life with his success as a radio personality.

A New Path to the Two-State Solution

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

It won't be all smooth sailing, but economic progress on the West Bank may undercut those who advocate violence and confrontation, as more and more Palestinians and Israelis see a sliver of hope for the future.

The Myth of Beck's 'Apolitical' Event

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

But just because Beck didn't bring his campaign of hysterical fear-mongering to its logical conclusion doesn't make the event apolitical.

A Field Guide to Bad Behavior at Political Protests

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Just to be clear, nobody should yell "Nazi" at people unless there are, you know, actual Nazis present.

In Defense of San Francisco Values

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Geri Spieler

The Republicans are doing what they do best: Obfuscate the issues, blame, complain, point fingers and make up stuff up instead of offering real solutions about real problems.

Fox News, Talk Radio, and "Imam Obama"

Burns Strider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Burns Strider

The misunderstanding many Americans have about Obama's faith is not an accident or something that just happened naturally. It is the result of a widespread and constant misinformation campaign.

Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right Is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

There is no question that, regardless of the ultimate verdict in the Prop 8 case, the work of equal rights advocates is far from over.

Why Does the Rhetoric Have To Be So Outrageous?

Paula B. Mays | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula B. Mays

There is a great chasm in our country. There seems to be a part of the country gripped in fear, and this fear has turned into absurdity manifested in crazy rhetoric.

What's Left?

K.J. Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
K.J. Dwyer

Many of us on the Left are left angry and confused as we are continually left out of the left-wing political debate. We're told we're out in left field and that the president should be left alone.

"Solutions for America" Offered

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Liberal critics will doubtlessly assail Heritage's latest 128 policy recommendations. But nobody should pretend that conservatives are devoid of good ideas. And America would be better by listening to them.

The Alaska Contradiction (Why the Right Doesn't Want You to Notice the Streetlights)

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

A cognitive dissonance animates the Right in America, and the New York Times nails it with today's front page case study of Alaska. The state depends ...

MASKING THE MOSQUE REAL ISSUE

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

It's time for us to admit it. Americans...at least a lot of us, simply don't like Muslims very much. A lot has been made of the recent CNN survey ab...

GOP Vilifies Workers Who Serve the Public

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Redmond

While Republicans are blasting public sector workers, they voted against reforming Wall Street, where compensation and bonuses remain immorally high even after taxpayers footed a bailout.

Ground Zero Mosque Sensitivity and Terrorism: Mosque Opponents Good For Terrorism, Bad for America

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

The game the right and their corporate media enablers are playing goes like this. "We support religious freedom but these nasty Muslims are not being sensitive to the feelings of the 911 survivors.

Keep Looking Up

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

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"Ground Zero Mosque" Is the New "Death Panels"

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

While Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama have their hearts in the right place, the very idea that the Cordoba House hysteria is about "religion" is not really accurate. This the latest right-wing wedge issue.

It's Time We Started Calling them McCarthy

John Vorhaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Vorhaus

Isn't it time to acknowledge that this country's right wing is using the oldest trick in their playbook to advance their cause? It's called McCarthyism, pure and simple.

The GOP v. the 14th Amendment

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

With this latest rallying cry to repeal the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment, the Republican Party has disowned one of the greatest steps forward in American history.

What's Behind the Attack on Michelle Obama

Jim Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Kennedy

The First Lady has been subject to vicious attack by Republicans over her travel costs and her use of governmental aircraft, despite the fact that she has paid for a substantial portion of it herself.

"You Lie": Myths the Right Tells About the Left

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

One of the most irksome aspects of the current political divide is the conservative caricature of progressive stances on economic thinking.

The Right Manipulates Muslims -- and Boy Scouts

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

This is the pattern: find a bright, shining lie, an often trivial issue, reshape it to your agenda of attack and fear, distort and dissemble, and bang it like a drum to rouse the media circus and distract the public.

The Stakes This November

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Democrats may think their best line is to remind voters that at least they're not crazy; but it will take more than that. In the end, the fight has to be taken to the right; progressives have to remind the country of the truth.

Why Does Anyone Take Andrew Breitbart Seriously?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Dreier

By now it's clear what Breitbart is selling. The real question is why the mainstream media and Democratic politicians bought it. Breitbart is a con artist, but con artists only succeed if consumers don't know they are being conned -- or don't care.

What Is the First Rule for Democratic Success in November?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The first rule for Democratic success this November is the immutable iron law of politics: if you're on the defense you're losing. Who ever is on the offensive almost always wins elections.