Give Me Honest Debate, Not Demonizing

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Berry Craig: Mum was the word from Republicans like Sensenbrenner when their guy in the White House collected the same sort of phone call data. The Bush administration said it was crucial to the “war on terror.”

The Hopping Hypocrite of Frog Jump

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Jim Hightower: I’ll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” would’ve loved a current saga that I call: “The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump, Tennessee.”

Activists Send Divided Message in Brentwood

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Sharon Kyle: Standing at the corner of San Vincente and 26th, hundreds rallied to express their dissatisfaction with Obama’s deportation record. Then just a few feet away, a smaller group of environmental activists voiced opposition to the Keystone Pipeline XL.

Is Obama Dick Cheney’s Secret Love Child

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John Peeler: What is the common denominator of all these scandals? Simple: Obama is acting like a Republican! It was Nixon, after all, who had his “Enemies List.”

Worm Turns, Tea Party Whines

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Julie Driscoll: Because the tea party is full of ignorant, uneducated, sheeple, most of whom have never had an original thought, they now and will forever fail to see the irony in now weeping over their alleged “persecution” at the hands of the IRS.

Bye-Bye, Bird Brain

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Tom Degan: As low as the standards are over at Fox, I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams that even they would humiliate themselves with a “Michele Bachmann Show”.

Does the Tea Party Have a New Lease on Life?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The issue trifecta of Benghazi, the IRS audits, and the AP investigations has resuscitated the near moribund Tea Party. While each of these issues deals with different agencies and actors they share the common denominator of heightening distrust in the government.

The Right Wing Outrage Industrial Complex’s Complicated Week

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Tina Dupuy: Benghazi is a cynical attempt to gain traction with a nontroversy. The more Congress spends time investigating the less time they have to spend being ineffective at negotiating with the President.

Gullible’s Travails: Abuse and Scandal Around Obama

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John Peeler: Obama’s also gullible in failing, after more than four years, to grasp just how obsessed the Republicans are with making him fail, without regard to the consequences for the country.

President Cruz?

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Tom Degan: Show me a guy whose antics are too weird for the GOP and I’ll show you a guy who really should be be watched – if only for our own amusement.

A Pledge for Mr. Waxman

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Richard Eskow: The president and his fellow Democrats have agreed to a series of reckless budget-cutting measures instead of fighting for jobs and protecting the social contract, which has deepened and lengthened the lingering recession.

Heritage Foundation, a Harvard Conservative, and the Conservative Crackup

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Brent Budowsky: True conservatives such as William F. Buckley and Edmund Burke must be mourning in heaven the collapse of modern conservative thought.

Wingnuts of America, I Salute You

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Charles Hayes: American demographics are changing the political landscape toward a more thoughtful and tolerant society. If the radical Right persists with its vitriol, their political party will soon be small enough to drown in a bathtub.

Who Will Be the GOP’s New Gays?

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Tina Dupuy: But as long as Republicans don’t stand for anything other than freedom for corporations, they will need to find a group of people to be their boogeyman.

The Capitol and Gun Control: Profiles in Cowardice

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Brent Budowsky: The NRA bully of extremism is on the march. The rest of Washington is in retreat. It is a pathetic sight for men and women of courage and honor to behold.

Will Newark’s Woes Scuttle Cory Booker’s Senate Run?

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Nia-Malika Henderson: Booker’s brand, chronicled in film, magazine spreads and 140-character tweets, stands in many ways wholly apart from the reality of Newark, a majority-black city marred by race riots, corruption and neglect.

Forget Bachman and Palin: Ben Carson Is the GOP’s New Gaffe Machine

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Julie Driscoll: Ben Carson has proven that the new savior of the GOP is kinda like the old savior of the GOP – bigoted, offensive, with a background of violence toward others, and drowning in his own gaffes.

CPAC Follies

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Tom Degan: Themain problem with this year’s CPAC gathering was that so many of their speakers are walking illustrations of why conservatism in America is going the way of the 8-track tape.

Critics of Obama’s Organizing for Action Ignore Political Reality

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Randy Shaw: I don’t hear any immigrant rights groups, labor unions, or progressive activist groups calling on the President to unilaterally disarm in the face of massive right-wing spending, and critics of OFA have virtually no base among those fighting each day for greater social justice.

The GOP War Against the U.S.

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Jerry Drucker: What started as Dirty Tricks had become outright lies, corruption, greed, obstruction and has currently turned into insanity with the most dysfunctional GOP Congress in our United States history.

Tea Party’s Last Stand

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: It was cute of the Senators’ to point out the filibuster’s shared date with the battle of the Alamo. But beyond a shared date and colorful personalities the battles are fundamentally different in that the Tea Party movement will not be able to rally for an ultimate win.

Blue Texas, Blue Congress

Brent Budowsky: Texas Democrats are buzzing with newfound energy and could elect two new House Democrats in 2014. Political players close to President Obama now see Texas as an important opportunity.

From Shining City on a Hill to Lighthouse on the Rocks

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John Peeler: A generation ago, even conservatives would acknowledge the need for stimulus, not deficit-reduction, at a time like this. That consensus is gone. The Tea Party is getting its wish: a government that cannot act.

Red State Mania

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James Rhodes: Does the fact that my combat service guarantees me socialized medicine make me more worthy to live than other classes of people? I am of the Hopi mindset that we were all created by One and that evil reigns supreme when we forget or neglect the needs of the many for the benefit of the few.

GOP Still Parched after Rubio Rebranding Pratfall

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Daniel Hurt: They may change the packaging of their message, but Rubio represents the same old Republican policies: cutting taxes for the wealthy, cutting education spending, anti-equal rights views, and an uncompromising attitude that caused them to lose the 2012 general election.

Republican Hatred for Obama Flames Anew

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Julie Driscoll: During the first term, Republicans had as their sole goal denying the President a second; in this, the President’s second term, Republicans want to make sure they deny him a legacy.

Thaddeus Stevens: Our Admirable Leaders

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Nick Capo: So let’s turn off MSNBC and Fox News, which are encouraging us to hold the most cynical understanding of political leaders; instead, read about Thaddeus Stevens and leaders who routinely reached so-called Grand Bargains.

‘Suicidal’ Republican Resistance to Compromise

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: “Suicide conservatives” are the folks that will not support any sort of compromise even among their own party. Not only are these conservative partisans willing to go down, but they’ll take down those around them.

Texas Politics, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and the GOP ‘Retoot’

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Brent Budowsky; In Washington we are witnessing the resurgence of the House Democrats. The next question is whether we witness a resurgence of Texas Democrats, which is entirely up to Texas Democrats

Who Didn’t Have Sex with Neanderthals?

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Wilson Riles: Black History is universal human history. To have any real meaning, black history is and must be human history seen through lenses that have been cleansed of the biases embedded in white Western culture.

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