Kerry and the Mideast

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Brent Budowksy: To those who oppose the diplomacy of Obama and Kerry, I ask: What is your alternative? What happens if your policies are followed?

Needed: More Mandelas

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Honoring Nelson Mandela — What the life of Mandela taught is about offering great sacrifice for the greater good of others.

Hillary and Progressives

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Brent Budowsky: Be the change candidate of progressive populist reform, in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

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Brent Budowsky: Francis calls systematic economic inequities a form of super-death-panel, quoting the commandment “thou shalt not kill” and reminding us that these inequities do in fact “kill” people.

Who Killed JFK, and Why

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Brent Budowsky: My best guess is that Kennedy was assassinated by some combination of players from a rogue element of the military industrial complex, a rogue element that included a small group of hard-liners within the CIA and the military who operated outside the regular channels.

Harry Reid Goes Nuclear for Justice in America

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Brent Budowsky: Reid did everything humanly possible to avoid changing the Senate rules, but the obstruction and arrogance of Senate Republicans in recent days was several bridges too far. It was time to act, and Reid, to his great credit, acted.

Can Obama Rise Again?

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Brent Budowsky: The winning strategy for Obama is the give ’em hell truth-telling against do-nothing Republicans that reelected Truman and turned Congress Democratic in 1948.

Rachel Maddow Cuts and Pastes Rand Paul

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Brent Budowsky: Rand Paul, who is embroiled in controversies about plagiarism, could learn from Obama instead of making lame and silly excuses that are being brilliantly dissected by Rachel Maddow.

Food Stamp Cuts: A Crime Against the Poor

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Brent Budowsky: This Friday, the poorest Americans will learn that their hunger will worsen because their food stamps will be cut unless Congress and the president act.

A Presidency Adrift?

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Brent Budowsky: Despite appalling levels of joblessness in America, with so many workers being so depressed they’ve dropped out of the workforce entirely, for nearly four years, the president has been largely a bystander who has not fought to rally the nation to support a major jobs plan.

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.

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