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.

Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, and the Democratic Future of Texas

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Brent Budowsky: Do Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Texas Republicans believe the future of Texas should be standing up for big banks, standing against respect for women, and pushing for pollution? As Butch said to Sundance, who are these guys?

Idiots, Morons, Lunatics, and Fools: When Worldviews Collide

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Allan G. Johnson: When we lack information that is important to us, we tend to make it up. Our worldview is our primary source of such material.

Ted Cruz Weaponizes History

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JP Sotille: Before Senator Cruz once again wields his half-cocked, weaponized history theory, he needs to take a closer look at history itself. It is an ongoing warning to those who are tempted to use history as a justification for injustice.

Verbal Tics and Political Routines

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Norman Solomon: We don’t object to “defense” — what we do oppose, vehemently, is military spending that has nothing to do with real defense and everything to do with killing people, enforcing geopolitical control and making vast profits for military contractors.

Tea Partiers’ Make-Believe President

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John MacMurray: Tthe Tea Party folks don’t seem to understand that their President Obama, the one they hate for reasons that aren’t reasons, is only their “pretend” President Obama.

Michelle Obama: The Eyes Have It

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Carl Matthes: While two of the most politically powerful men in the world appeared to be having a sociably light-hearted exchange, it was nonetheless Michelle who garnered world-wide attention when she rolled her eyes during their exchange.

Filibuster Reform Kaput

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Brent Budowsky: There will be a huge backlash from the Democratic base once liberals from outside Washington fully understand what just happened. The backlash will become severe once the Republicans renew their filibuster attacks.

The Problem with the Bahmas

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Walter Brasch: When I last saw Fishbottom, he was calmer, chatting with a couple of dozen of his Congressional colleagues, not planning to do anything other than convene a hearing that he hoped would lead to the end of recorded music—and an impeachment.

Obama’s Organizing for Action: A Boost for Progressives

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Randy Shaw: President Obama’s second inaugural address struck a populist tone, but the real news for progressives came last Friday when it was announced that Obama’s campaign organization would continue under a new name, Organizing for Action.

The GOP’s Latest Gimmick

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Karen Finney: The GOP is attempting to force a pivot from the debt-ceiling conversation they are losing to a revised legislative sequence they think they can win: handling the budget first, then the sequester, rather than incur further damage with threats to shut down the government.

Fiscal Cliffing In America: The Dramatic Realities of Insincere Politics

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Anthony Samad: “Cliff hanging” allows Republicans to be relevant to the conversation, while at the same time be irrelevant to the solution.

Left and Right: Not Opposite Equals

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Tina Dupuy: False equivalency benefits the right. A pox on both your houses disengages people from the political process and that helps Republicans. As we’ve seen in the midterms: When fewer people vote, more Republicans get into office.

Is Chris Christie the GOP’s Churchill?

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Brent Budowsky: Christie has a powerful and even Churchillian message for his party that is supported by a huge majority of his constituents and is resonating with a growing number of voters throughout our country.

What 2013 Will Bring Politically?

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Randy Shaw: 2013 will lack the excitement of a presidential election year. But it is activism between elections that brings change.

Rand Paul, You’re No Henry Clay

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Berry Craig: The well-heeled Rand Paul was not named for Ayn Rand, as has been claimed. But he shares her deep disdain for government programs designed to help the poor, the elderly and the working class.

The Senility of the Republican Party

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Johnny Townsend: The Conservative movement is dying. It’s an awful thing for them to experience and it’s awful for us to witness. Perhaps understanding that this is what is actually happening,

Barbarians Inside Our Gates

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John MacMurray: Like their Iron Age counterparts, who tore up every vestige of Roman civilization they could find, seemingly just for the pleasure of doing it, their Tea Party descendants seem to take a perverse delight in obliterating all traces of the Middle Class America so carefully and painfully built since the New Deal.

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays to all from the LA Progressive.

President Obama and the Road Forward

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Carl Matthes: Our country is entering an exciting era. We all are proud of our President and all of us pledge to do our part to ensure a continuing growth of Liberal and Progressive ideas and policies.

‘Right-Wing Social Engineering’ Still Strong Despite Democratic Gains in 2012

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Joeseph Palermo: President Obama and the Democrats’ willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky “chained CPI” right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right’s long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate’s wishes.

America in Decline

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Charles D. Hayes: A plethora of new books suggest America has entered a state of rapid decline. Here are three worth considering.

The GOP’s Crippling Fascination with Neo-Hooverism

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Charley James: Democrats generally, and the President specifically, must forget trying to do deals with a party that has no interest in making one and shout from the rooftops that it’s time to spend money and put America back to work.

Hugo Chávez Turns Toward the Sunset

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John Peeler: The Chávez era in Venezuela and Latin America will be seen as opening the possibility of transcending liberal democracy in societies where the vast majority is poor. Its success will be up to his successors.

Let’s Stop Talking About 2016!

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Randy Shaw: Americans may “hate” politics, but the media cannot get enough of it. Since Obama’s re-election we have been deluged with stories not simply about Hillary Clinton, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush positioning themselves for runs in 2016.

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