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In defense of Clint

Okay, I realize I believe some things that are far from majority opinion. For instance, like maybe 10 or 11 other people in the world, I think JFK was shot by a lone gunman. I think Elektra was a great movie. (Hey, Jennifer Garner starred...Show More Summary

Al Gore on the Republican convention and other topics

Al Gore joined Current TV regulars Cenk Uygur, Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer and comedian John Fugelsang to do live commentary on the Republican convention this week. Here are some excerpts, including some pointed observations from...Show More Summary

Christian Right values at the Republican Convention

I haven't posted much about this week's Conservative White People's Tribal Festival, aka, the Republican Convention. I haven't had much to add that I'm not seeing other people say better.But I will mention a couple of things here. One is Mike Huckabee's speech on Wednesday 08/29/2012. Show More Summary

Al Gore and Current TV associates on lying in politics today

Al Gore and several of the news reporters and commentators with Gore's Current TV are providing nightly coverage of the Republican Convention. This is from Tuesday night's, Are politicians getting away with more lies than they used to? Al Gore Current TV 08/28/2012. Tags: 2012 election, al gore

Labor and Obama and the Dems' convention in Bank of America Stadium

Labor reporter Mike Elk (@MikeElk on Twitter) has a story about the labor movement very mixed feelings about the results delivered by Democratic President Barack Obama, At 35,000-Member Rally, AFL-CIO Attempts the Herculean In TheseShow More Summary

Jonathan Chait sees moderate Republicans on the horizon; maybe he needs an eye exam

Jonathan Chait has apparently not heard about the Republicans' widespread voter suppression effort aimed to reduce the African-American and Latino vote. At least that what it sounds like in Team Romney White-Vote Push: ‘This Is the Last...Show More Summary

Ta-Nehisi Coates' analysis of the effect of white racial assumptions on Obama's Presidency

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been getting a lot of well-deserve attention for his provocative essay, Fear of a Black President The Atlantic Sept 2012. Erik Loomis, for instance, called it "probably the best essay on this country I’ve read in 2012.... Show More Summary

Why Democrats campaigning to accomplish Republican goals is shaky politics

Greg Sargent in Romney’s challenge at the GOP convention The Plum Line 08/27/2012 reports a couple of very telling result from a new Washington Post poll:Public opposes Ryan plan, but gives Romney edge on Medicare anyway: Still one more finding: Only 31 percent support Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, versus 64 percent who oppose it. Show More Summary

Thomas Frank on Obama and the Overton window

Thomas Frank's article "Compromising Positions" in the print edition of Harper's Sept 2012 covers much the same ground he does in the interview in Salon I discussed earlier.Frank's conclusion in "Compromising Positions" has a bitterShow More Summary

Obama prepares for Republican convention by trying to build mandate for his Grand Bargain to cut benefits on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Following up on his tepid and carefully hedged defense of Medicare in his weekly address on the Saturday before the Republican Convention, President Obama also gave an interview to the A P in which he also asks - obliquely but understandable...Show More Summary

Obama on Medicare in his weekly address

What he doesn't say: the Democrats will go to the wall to oppose any reduction in Medicare benefits.When he says, "strength these programs now and preserve them for future generations," that's his slogan for the Grand Bargain to cut benefits on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Show More Summary

Thomas Frank: Obama's bipartisan fixation didn't let him "seal the deal" after 2008 election

Thomas Frank has a new essay in the print edition of Harper's, called "Compromising Positions," about President Obama's fixation on bipartisanship.David Daley interviewed him for Salon on the topic (Thomas Frank: Obama’s squandered hope 08/22/2012). Show More Summary

Cute and quirky: the Dems "Romney Bunch" ad

The Democratic Party has out a new video called "The Romney Bunch" spoofing the intro to the old "Brady Bunch" TV show. It's pretty cute: Tags: 2012 election, republican party

Christiane Amanpour reports from 2007 on Islamic and Christian fundamentalism

Christiane Amanpour on CNN International has been running a series of reports on Islamic, Jewish and Christian fundamentalism, originally broadcast in 2007. (Neil Genzlinger, Radical Fundamentalism in Three Flavors 08/21/2007) This piece...Show More Summary

How Republicans exploit the Medicare savings issue

This is a clip of a Republican "strategist", Rob Stutzmanm, explaining to Jennifer Granholm how he managed to exploit the Medicare issue to the favor of a Republican candidate, Extra: How one Republican turned Medicare into a winning...Show More Summary

Glenn Greenwald on the Assange extradition issue

Glenn Greenwald provides a good summary of the legal and practical issues around the Swedish government's demand for Wikileaks' head Julian Assange's extradition to Sweden in Greenwald's new regular spot in The Guardian, The bizarre, unhealthy, blinding media contempt for Julian Assange 08/22/2012.Tags: julian assange, wikileaks

Yes, this is the kind of Democratic Party we need; but it's not the real existing one of 2012

Charlie Pierce puts his point about the Todd Akin flap in typically directly language (The Democrats' Problem with Abortion: What Happened to the Pro-Choice Movement Anyway? Esquire Politics Blog 08/21/2012)Once everyone's done having...Show More Summary

The shooter at the Family Research Council

A man named Floyd Lee Corkins II was arrested for showing up with a gun last week at the Washington office of the far-right Family Research Council (FRC) and wounding a security guard with a handgun. Peter Hermann and Keith L. Alexander...Show More Summary

Todd Akin's rape theology

Sarah Posner has a report on Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's religious background, The Theological Roots of Akin’s "Legitimate Rape" 08/20/2012.She quotes Akin from 2011, "Well, I think NBC has a long record of being...Show More Summary

Todd Akin and rape: Obama's cautious politics are showing again

President Obama's has been surprisingly aggressive the last few weeks against the Romney campaign. But the last few days we've also seen some discouraging signs of his cautious politics, which are still confounding in someone who certainly...Show More Summary

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