Ted bin Laden Syndrome

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Brent Budowsky: Ted bin Laden Republicans will escalate their political holy wars until every centrist Republican is politically destroyed — they want them destroyed to move the GOP even further to the right of America, even at the cost of losing control of Congress to Democrats.

Tea Party’s 15 Minutes of Fame Finally Over?

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Brent Budowsky: The public has seen the results of the Banana Republican policies and politics. The public is saying no to Cruz, no to Lee, no to the Tea Party and no to House Republicans.

Wendy Davis: The Battle for Texas Begins

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Brent Budowsky: Davis is the leader of a great and uplifting movement for change in Texas, while Abbott is the tired champion of a corrupted Texas Republican Party whose leading voices divide and embarrass the Lone Star State.

Harry Reid Slugs Far-Right Bully

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Brent Budowsky: Reid, the former boxer who knows how to take a punch and throw a punch, is fighting back and standing tall and doing the business of the nation and speaking for a majority of our people.

Harry Reid Blasts Banana Republican Shutdown; House GOP Centrists Begin to Revolt

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Brent Budowsky: The Banana Republicans in the House have gotten their wish, shut the government down, hurt America, and brought the GOP one step closer to Democrats regaining control of the House.

Banana Republicans 2013

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Brent Budowsky: There is a cancer on the Republican Party. It metastasizes in ways that hurt the nation and violate core values of the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

Francis’s Message to Ryan

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Brent Budowsky: The world has been blessed with a powerful, loving, compassionate, humble, faithful, wise and transcendent voice for the poor and downtrodden in Francis.

Jobless Rate a National Scandal; Beltway Yawns

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Brent Budowsky: The pain of workers is excruciating, and nobody in Washington cares. Congress prepares to return from a ridiculous five-week vacation with no attempt to pass a major jobs bill in four years.

Iraq No, Syria Yes

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Brent Budowsky: Syria is not Iraq. Obama, along with Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, is not looking for imperial wars or large-scale or long-term military conflicts.

Sorkin, Clooney, Al Jazeera America

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Brent Budowsky: Visuals of Murrow and Cronkite that opened Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” during season one had disappeared by season two in symbolic gesture of falling standards.

Is Matt Damon Right?

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Brent Budowsky: When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama “broke up with me,” he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.

Citizen Bezos

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Brent Budowsky: If Citizen Bezos remembers Citizen Jefferson and invests in a journalism and discourse that respects and inspires the minds of his readers, he will make a profit for his newspaper and perform a service for our democracy.

Bulworth on Obama

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Brent Budowsky: Lawrence Summers fought for the worst economic idea since FDR, repealing Glass-Steagall — a super-disastrous mistake.

National Voting Rights Battle Engaged

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Brent Budowsky: By the time this battle is concluded, even without Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, preclearance will return for those jurisdictions — including Texas — that repeatedly infringe on voting rights. Let the rule of law decide.

The Female Decade

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Brent Budowsky: This century and very possibly this decade will witness the first female president while the number of women in Congress is soaring and the epic battle for pay equity will continue to escalate until equal pay is achieved.

Texas Women, American Women, Global Women and the War Against Women

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Brent Budowsky: Big things are happening in Texas, America and the world. Women are advancing on many fronts, and women are increasingly playing important leadership roles. The issues far transcend abortion.

Was This Harry Reid’s Finest Hour?

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Brent Budowsky: The necessary brinkmanship of recent days was Reid’s finest hour as majority leader, and the agreements that resulted might ultimately be viewed as a major inflection point in the way official Washington conducts itself.

Wendy Davis + Julian Castro + Hillary Clinton = Texas Blue

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Brent Budowsky: If Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) runs for governor in 2014 and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) runs for United States senator in 2014 and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, you read it here first: Texas goes blue in either 2014 or 2016.

Kangaroo Spy Court

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Brent Budowsky: When Big Brother unites Big Government and Big Business to monitor our minds and track our lives, every lesson of history teaches that we are sailing in very treacherous waters.

Can Hillary Champion True Healthcare Reform?

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Brent Budowsky: Democrats should not be trapped into defending the healthcare status quo. They should champion the most effective and popular aspects of the law, and champion more aggressively than ever the more progressive (and popular) reforms that should have been included.

Texas Governor’s Race: Wendy 14, Oops 0

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Brent Budowsky: With the panicked and insulting reaction of Gov. Rick Perry (R) to Wendy’s iconic filibuster, and Wendy’s cool and classy rebuttal, we have learned something new in the hours since her filibuster.

How Hillary Could Capture JFK’s Spirit

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Brent Budowsky: Imagine if the next president is a woman who breaks through the glass ceiling in America, once and for all, and slams shut the revolving door of special interest ownership of the government of America, in ways that are real and true and honest.

Wendy Davis for Texas

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Brent Budowsky: I suggest Texas Democrats put the Lone Star State at the forefront of key races in 2014 by supporting and potentially drafting State Sen. Wendy Davis to run for governor of Texas and end the arrogant, far-right and crony capitalist era of Texas GOP rule.

Ron Paul, Russ Feingold Nailed Surveillance State

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Brent Budowsky: Ironic that when the final legacy of President Obama is written, it will include his championing of a surveillance state of a kind that that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, established over the objection at that time of Barack Obama.

Big Brother Runs Amok

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Brent Budowsky: Say what you want about any other issues, but on this matter Drudge, Paul and Sanders are on the side of Jefferson, Madison and Ben Franklin, who said we have a republic, if we can keep it.

JFK Then, Obama Now

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Brent Budowsky: Kennedy fused eloquent words, visions of courage and plans of action. The power of his greatness was that he created outwardly mobile concentric circles of shared ambitions to reach for greatness. Can Obama still do that?

Texas GOP Deny Hispanic Vote?

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Brent Budowsky: Texas Republicans are using a special session of the Texas legislature to launch an aggressive attack against voting rights that will backfire and ignite a wave of Hispanic voter turnout that will propel Democrats in Texas and nationally.

Filibustering Judges, Obstructing Justice

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Brent Budowsky: Justice in America must never again be held hostage by the hard lines of radical right Republican factions and fanatic obstruction from Republican partisans.

Memorial Day Proposals

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Brent Budowsky: Let’s escalate the effort to eliminate the backlog of benefits due to wounded warriors and disabled vets by devoting whatever resources are necessary to complete this mission, and enlisting a major business leader.

Pope Francis Condemns the Cult of Greed, Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan Support It

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Brent Budowsky: Ryan famously tried to employ Catholic theology on behalf of his budget austerity against the poor, and was quickly forced to retreat as the absurdity of this view became obvious.

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