The Immigration Paradigm: The Shell Game

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Rudy Acuña: We are taking a bath on immigration: it looks as if a guest worker program will be part of the grand bargain, and it is likely that there will be a long, slippery and tenuous pathway to citizenship.

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.

Raise Cash and Consciousness for The Progressive Magazine: December 2nd

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Founded by Wisconsin Senator Fighting Bob La Follette on January 9, 1909, the magazine is known for combating corporate power and for championing civil rights and civil liberties, women’s rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, human rights, environmentalism, criminal justice reform, and democratic reform.

Fiscal Cliff Hoax: A Mel Brooks Routine

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: This phony crisis is a lot like this scene in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, where Cleavon Little as The Sheriff pretends to take himself hostage to escape an angry crowd.

Jack Welch Capitalizes on Collateral Damage

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JP Sottile: We can talk cavalierly about the “paranoid style in American politics,” but just beyond the Birthers and latter-day Red Scarecrows who populate the Tea Party and Rep. Allen West’s townhall meetings, there is a deeper, darker secret that we all basically know and lament.

‘Henny Penny’ Liberals

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Berry Craig: Suddenly, it’s 1858 and gaffe-a-minute Mitt is Abe Lincoln and President Obama is Sen. Stephen A. Douglas. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the MSNBC TV talking heads show up for work tonight in sack cloth and ashes.

Paul Ryan Plays Politics With the Family Business

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Tammy Ingram: Ryan’s position embodies what one author has called — uncynically — “libertarianism with benefits”: Taking advantage of federal spending while at the same time protesting against it.

10 Most Read — 30 June to 7 July 2012

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This week, Linda Milazzo’s “John McCain, A Veteran Was Demeaned In Your Name. Will You Defend Her? Linda Milazzo,” which looks at Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh’s scurrilous attacks on an Iraq War veteran.

The Unembarrassable Network

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Berry Craig: The folks at Fox aren’t real newshounds. They’re rabble-rousing hacks in the tradition of the country’s old-time partisan press.

Sixtyish Saber-Rattlers

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Berry Craig: You might think anybody as gung-ho for the draft as Romney evidently was would have welcomed a draft notice or maybe even have volunteered. Romney did neither.

Charley James Returns: Now, What Was I Saying … ?

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Charley James: I’d turned my back on modern health care to wait for Godot after a virulent cancer returned for the third time. Then, traditional Chinese medicine did what regular docs couldn’t. I beat the odds and was coming back – until a 1%-er caught up with me. Over the past three years, my life got turned upside down. Just like America’s.

Only 3,864 Hours of Cable News to Fill Until Election Day

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Denis Campbell: Mitt’s negatives will continue to grow for one simple reason, the President remains well-liked outside of the lunatic fringe whilst out-of-touch, gaffe-prone and unlikeable, Romney loses women by 15%, Hispanics by 40% and African Americans by 90%.

Obama Forced Out on Gay Marriage

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Rev. Irene Monroe: There’s one thing that has always irked me about Obama’s evolutionary narrative on same-sex marriage—and that’s not his position on it per se so much as the insincerity of his homophobia.

How Did TV Remember the ’92 L.A. Riots?

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Jill Edy: In the immediate aftermath of the 1992 riots, a struggle broke out over naming them. Some called them the “Rodney King riots,” but others objected that this term suggested King was responsible for what had happened.

Fighting Religious Tyranny in the U.S. Military

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Sharon Kyle: Mikey Weinstein established The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.

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.

Trayvon Martin: When Fear and Hostility Drive Public Policy

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Sharon Kyle: At a minimum, let’s hope the Trayvon Martin tragedy — like the Emmett Till tragedy years ago — puts a spotlight on the danger of allowing fear and hostility to drive social policy.

The War on Obama’s Faith: Who’s Really Holier Than Thou?

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David Love: Republicans are once again turning President Obama’s faith into a political issue. But will their strategy work? History and hypocrisy suggest that the political gamesmanship won’t succeed.

Cenk Uygur: Can Progressives Reclaim the Democratic Party?

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Sharon Kyle: Cenk is viewed as a kindred spirit by many in the Caucus, partly because of his unyielding progressive stance but also because Uygur is no stranger to challenging the status quo.

Stephen Colbert Befuddles Even “Liberal” Chuck Todd

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Joseph Palermo: If someone like Todd who represents a “liberal” network can’t see Colbert’s parody for what it is then it truly illustrates how disconnected the corporate media have become.

Right-Wing Social Engineering: “Forced Divorce”

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Carl Matthes: It came as no surprise to gay men and lesbians that if ultra-conservatives kept digging around in this year’s barrel of Republican candidates, past Trump, Bachmann, Cain, Perry and even Gingrich, they would eventually reach Rick Santorum.

The Risible Rise of the American Anti-War Movement

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Jonathan David Farley: The American anti-war movement failed to promote the truly left-wing voices in America and it failed to develop new ones.

“Facts Are Stupid Things”

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Berry Craig: A lot of liberals think the nuttier these tea party-tilting Republicans talk, the more likely they are to turn off John and Jane Q. Public. I hope my fellow lefties are right.

Herman Cain No More

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Steve Hochstadt: Palin and Cain are not foolish. They recognized that the elemental ideas of the Tea Party supporters could be exploited by slick slogans and political gimmicks.

Blacks and Occupy: Dividing the Occupy Movement

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Carl Bloice: Occupy activists are thinking deeply about how we might incorporate opposition to racism, class exploitation, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, violence done to the environment and transphobia into the resistance of the 99%.

LA Fights to End Corporate Personhood

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Los Angeles Poised to Be the First Major U.S. City to Call for an End to Corporate Personhood. Grassroots Momentum Builds Toward Passage of Vote on December 6th

Occupy Movement’s New Threat: Media Election Coverage

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Randy Shaw: The voters 2012 have heard it all before. Only Occupy offers something new, which is why its agenda of inequality and democracy for the 99% could become the key election issues next year.

Occupy Wall Street: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

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Joseph Palermo: Out in the real world people are showing a spirit that hasn’t been around since the 1930s; a genuine feeling of solidarity like we’re all in it together and to hell with the elites that stand in our way. The illegitimacy of a rigged economic system is beginning to sink in.

Support Alan Grayson’s Return to Congress: Saturday, 12 November

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Alan Grayson, the former congressional representative whose speech on the House Floor went viral on YouTube, because he spoke truth, needs your help. After telling the raw truth about healthcare reform, Grayson lost his seat. But Saturday, 12 November, 2 p.m. we can help change that.Grayson famously said that Wall Street controls our economic policy, Big Oil controls our energy policy, and the military-industrial complex controls our foreign policy.

Perry Compares Civil Rights Movement to Tax Cuts for Billionaires

David Love: It is not surprising that Perry — whose Texas board of education erased black and Latino civil rights leaders and their accomplishments from the history books — would try to turn the narrative of the civil rights movement into a fight over tax breaks. But it is outrageous, nonetheless.

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