If Rand Paul Were a Woman

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Tina Dupuy: Randi had no credibility to lose. She was already a national punch line. A meme. A joke. A shiny distraction. And now she’s also a proven plagiarist. She’s referred to as “silly.” A silly airhead.

Do Tuesday’s Progressive Victories Show a Turning Tide?

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Peter Dreier: Despite a few setbacks, progressives had much to cheer about, sensing that the tide is turning against the unholy alliance of big business, the Tea Party, and the religious right.

Sanity Test for Congress Critters?

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Jim Hightower: I know you don’t have to be smart or logical to be in Congress, but surely a lawmaker ought to be more tightly-wrapped than this bunch.

Tom Delay, Ted Cruz: Brothers Under the Skin

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The change in the political culture that gave birth to the likes of Ted Cruz comes down to one man: Tom DeLay. And now Cruz is enjoying the fruits of DeLay’s labor.

Is There Intelligent Life Among Republicans?

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Richard Striner The shutdown has given Americans enough of a foretaste to see the Republicans as they are: deluded.

Idaho’s Wacho Cage

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Jim Hightower: This will be a walled, heavily-fortified, one-square-mile settlement of some 7,000 armed & angry, ideologically-pure, anti-government extremists drawn from cities, towns and gopher holes all across America. Lucky you, Idaho!

Is the Crisis Really Over?

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the billions in damage to our economy that the shutdown caused and the unanimous warnings from economists across the world that a government default would create much worse damage, Republican politicians did not budge.

Fallout Fragments

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Larry Wines: One group was dissuaded from having a mascot wearing an enormous tea bag, for fear the public would boil him.

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky’s Cardboard Statesman

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Berry Craig: Senate minority leader McConnell’s compromise with senate majority leader Harry Reid to end the government shutdown was pure politics. McConnell’s GOP was getting clobbered in the polls.

The 1960s, the Thatcher/Reagan Era, and Today’s Political Divide

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Walter Moss: Despite the utopianism and extremes of the 1960s, those on the Left today are much more sympathetic to that decade’s War on Poverty, civil rights marches, anti-war sentiments, environmental causes, and rejection of “the establishment’s” corporate-dominated consumer culture.

The Willie Horton Ad 25 Years Later

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David Love: Over the years in American politics, the Southern Strategy has continued in the form of the black boogeyman, the scapegoat, the “other”—a personification of conservative white resentment over the gains African-Americans made in the civil rights movement.

Time to Stop the Insanity

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Jim Rhodes: This unnecessary Republican-induced shutdown has cost the tax payer billions of dollars; but, the Republicans keep reminding us they are the party dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

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.

How a Law Becomes a Bill: Tea Party Civics

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Tina Dupuy: There’s an old adage which says it’s better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Rand Paul is a man of no mystery.

Government Shutdown Ends

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Sharon Kyle: The government shutdown of 2013 is over. After more than two weeks the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House voted 285-144 to reopen the federal government.

Cue the Mad Swine: A Biblical Lesson for Republicans

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Peter Laarman: Nothing avails against foam-at-the-mouth madness of this kind except to stand back and grant permission for self-destruction to occur.

Righteous Republican “Cause” to Defund Obamacare Has Left the Building

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Julie Driscoll: Here it is, folks, Republican Plan B: Take whatever crumbs they can get from the Democrats’ table – and like it.

Aaron Schock, You’re Costing Us Money!

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.

Obama, Democrats Owe Republicans No Face-Saving Measures

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Julie Driscoll: If Republicans are to learn anything about how to play nice with other children, this recent Republican debacle has to be a teachable moment.

Republican Bullies Demand More

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Robert Reich: Now is the time to lance the boil of Republican extremism once and for all.

Shut It Down, Don’t Shut It Down: Republicans Can’t Make Up Their Mind

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Julie Driscoll: if Republicans truly think Obamacare is going to end life as we know it, one would think they’d be truly happy to “own” this shutdown which was the ostensible reason they shut down the government to begin with.

Marco Rubio: The Great Houdini

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: While Rubio was elected in part on the strength of the Tea Party, it is Cruz who has become the leader and the face of the Tea Party movement.

Congressional Gym Stays Open

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Sharon Kyle: Unlike HeadStart the national parks and the thousands of furloughed government employees, the posh Congressional health club got a reprieve because congress has deemed it “essential,” according to a congressional aide.

The Texas Tinhorn

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Berry Craig: Cruz and the tea party neo-Fire eaters demand Obama and the Democrats’ unconditional surrender on the Affordable Care Act while they all but pop veins trying to demonize and delegitimize the president and his party.

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.

Republicans Taking Us All Down

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Richard Mathews: Republicans have decided it is OK to destroy our country, bringing it to a standstill, in order to get what they want. This is wrong.

Bachmann’s Retirement: Death Blow to the 1850s

Michele Bachmann at the World War II Memorial days after voting to shut it down.

Tina Dupuy: The tea party wasn’t the first time anti-change, anti-foreigner feelings have translated into anti-partisan, anti-establishment, anti-politician demands. It probably won’t be the last.

O’Neill-Reagan Relationship No Model for Effective Governance

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Randy Shaw: Chris Mathews describes Tip O’Neill as a tough Irish politician, but the genuinely nice Boston backroom dealer proved no match for a former Hollywood actor who was only sincere when helping the wealthy and demonizing the poor.

Worst Possible Time to Repeat 1995

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Joe Palermo: What remains eerily similar to the 1995 Republican shutdown is the arrogance, ignorance, lies and distortions the Far Right perpetrates against the American people.

Republicans Win Standoff, Shoot Hostages Anyway

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RJ Eskow: Even some other Republicans were appalled. One House member, mixing metaphors as effortlessly as his peers mix martinis, described his fellow Republicans as “lemmings with suicide vests.”

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