Karl Rove’s Grand Slam

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Brent Budowsky: The president and Democrats seem befuddled by how to react to the Citizens United decision, while Karl Rove understands with crystal clarity.

Corporate Raider Not a Good Model for Public Service

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ou can’t run government like a business anymore than you can run business like a government. GOP presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, burned corporations to the ground then made millions selling off the charcoal. This private sector experience is being touted as his qualification to be president. This expertise of bankaneering—corporate raiding—is so sexy to Republicans they [...]

Is Gay Bashing a Partisan Issue?

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Steve Hochstadt: Romney defenders trivialize his gay bashing with a variety of excuses: people did not use the word “gay” in the mid-1960s; homosexuality was not a big issue then; boys will be boys, especially at prep schools.

Latino Vote: Romney Is Lost in Translation

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Romney has yet to launch a Spanish language version of his website and has only released two Spanish language TV ads. Moreover, while these ads are in Spanish they are not unique, meaning they are simply translations of English language ads.

The Religious Right: Our Age of Unreason

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Charley James: We still face a near-daily pummelling by the religious right and its political spearchuckers who insist that only when America bows to a specific, narrow Christian version of a god will eternal peace and prosperity shine upon us.

What the Indianapolis 500 Says About America

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Tom Hall: The Tea Party Republican candidate is now beloved because he lies, rather than despite his lies. The concept that a political leader can lie with impunity has become a badge of success.

Birtherism Bites Back: Samuel D. Burchard and Donald Trump

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Berry Craig: Birtherism is cool with a lot of tea party tilting Republican white folks who still aren’t that cool with Romney. Hence, he hasn’t flat told Donald Trump to clam up.

Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense

President Barack Obama greets veterans before the Carrier Classic basketball game between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Robert Reich: We spend billions on Cold War weapons systems like nuclear attack submarines, aircraft carriers, and manned combat fighters that pump up the bottom lines of defense contractors but have nothing to do with 21st-century combat.

Can Obama Stop Casino Capitalism?

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Shamus Cooke: The banking oligarchy is so intertwined with the political and economic establishment that real regulatory change cannot happen until the system itself is transformed from below, by a powerful social movement. Pleading to politicians to fix so-called Casino Capitalism is increasingly naive.

The Age of Rove

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Tom Degan: The Grand Old Party is willing to destroy this country in order to obtain and retain power. They’ll stop at nothing in order to achieve those ends – even if there is nothing left for them to govern.

10 Most Read Articles — 12 to 19 May 2012

This week, Shamus Cooke’s article, “Why U.S. Politicians Are Quiet About Europe’s Meltdown,” led the way, suggesting that working people in the U.S. need to learn to speak Greek, and adopt an increasingly popular slogan that rejects austerity measures: Tax the Rich!

Extreme Partisanship Leaves Voters with a Dilemma

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Steve Hochstadt: One of the facts of small town American life, which is often held up as the American ideal, is that nasty partisan politics are tempered by the bonds of friendship and the need to get along with your neighbors.

Romney’s Extraordinary Detachment from the Truth

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Berry Craig: Romney and his campaign staff must be high-fiving and fist-bumping each other over the Fourth Estaters who are, for whatever reason, acting more like lapdogs than watchdogs in covering him on the campaign trail.

Time to Retire the 99 Percent

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Walter Brasch: It’s time to retire the 99 percent. Not the people, but the slogan that identifies the Occupy Movement.

Romney: Gay Bashing 101

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Tom Degan: Is Mitt Romney a gay-bashing homophobe? Probably not. The conclusion I’ve drawn is that the man is a sociopath.

The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Obama on JP Morgan

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Robert Reich: Obama can can take on Romney and the system that allows private-equity managers to continue to make huge profits at the expense of average Americans.

Opposition to Gay Marriage: The Republican Love Affair with the Past

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Tina Dupuy: The current crop of Republicans are less into Jesus (who didn’t like rich people or capital punishment) than they are into 1st Century values like stoning misfits in the public square.

Mitt’s Bullying Dust-Up: Behavior Versus Character

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Julie Driscoll: Five of the six kids involved in holding this young man down so Romney could whack off his blond locks with scissors feel badly about it to this day. Only Romney doesn’t remember.

There You Go Again, Mr. Romney

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Berry Craig: He lies about unions. He lies about legislation that helps workers organize and he lies about the Obama administration’s labor policies.

Cinco de Mayo, The Symbolic Latino Outreach Holiday

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Romney is simply at odds with the majority of Latinos on the two most important issues to this electorate—the economy and immigration.

Rude Dispatches from the Class War

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Tom Degan: Republican governors all across this diseased land have been trying to undo the job growth of the last 25 months for no other purpose than to make the president look bad for the November Election

Romney’s Plan to Eliminate Affordable Housing Ignites … Silence

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Randy Shaw: The United States has the most homeless persons, and the most families living in unaffordable and/or unsuitable housing in the industrialized world, and yet their plight –even when linked to a major political news hook – is not deemed newsworthy.

On Ending the Wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq

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Tom Hayden: The disgrace is that 414 American troops died in 2011, largely to save America’s reputation, and 94 more have been lost during the first four months of this year.

Will the GOP Add Color to the Presidential Ticket?

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David Love: Surely, as Romney etch-a-sketches his way back to the center, Republicans are thinking that a brown or black face on the ticket will help them with moderate and independent voters.

A French Spring and a New Enlightenment for Jobs and Justice

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Brent Budowsky: The increasingly likely victory of Francois Hollande in the French presidential election would be the shot for economic justice and jobs that will be heard around the world.

France’s Le Pen No More “Extreme” Than Mitt Romney

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Randy Shaw: The U.S. media refuses to acknowledge that Romney and the Republican Party are “far-right” and “extreme” by both international standards and prior U.S. history.

How Romney or Obama Will Earn the Latino Vote

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Mitt Romney and President Obama are both currently engaged in a collective clamor to get the percentage of Latino voters you need in order to guarantee victory in November, especially in 12 of the 15 swing states—places like Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Mitt’s Robert Bork Problem

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David Love: It is hard to imagine how Romney will clear a path to victory in November by associating with an ideologically extreme radical such as Robert Bork.

Naturally, “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent Dodged the Draft

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Berry Craig: Nugent is more proof, as if proof were needed, that talk is about the cheapest commodity around. And tough talk from a foul-mouthed old draft dodger is not just cheap, it’s worthless.

Obama and Romney Can’t Fence Sit on Marriage Equality

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Rev. Irene Monroe: In the last presidential election, it would have been political suicide to support marriage equality. This November it may be a risk not to.

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