GOP Candidates Boldly Oppose Shariah

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Michael Sigman: Inside the GOP funhouse, Islamophobia is common, of course. A Newsweek poll last summer indicated that a majority of Republicans believed President Obama wants to impose Islamic law across the globe.

Clash of the Half Wits

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Tom Degan: Not only would the candidacy of Sarah Palin guarantee the reelection of Barack Obama, it would be a months-long holiday for political satirists everywhere.

Sarah and Newt: Campaign Doubletalk

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Michael Sigman: How can politicians and their consultants expect voters to “re-remember” reality when a quick Google search can verify what actually happened? Perhaps because they know that’s how the brain works — or, rather, doesn’t.

The 2012 Clown Brigade

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Tom Degan: Bill Maher recently described Michele as the candidate for people who find Sarah “too intellectual”. Wish I’d said that!

Sarah Palin, The Movie?!

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Sharon Kyle: Just when it appeared that Sarah Palin was fading away, she’s back, this time on the big screen in a full length motion picture whose aim is to paint her in a favorable maverick-y light.

Paul Ryan Still Doesn’t Get It

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Robert Reich: Republican House Budget chief Paul Ryan still doesn’t get it. He blames Tuesday’s upset victory of Democrat Kathy Hochul over Republican Jane Corwin to represent New York’s 26th congressional district on Democratic scare tactics.

GOP Has an Extremist Problem

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Brent Budowsky: Now Rick Santorum attacks John McCain on the issue of torture. It is amazing — a major party has a pro-torture wing.

Voter ID: GOP’s Latest “Block the Vote” Effort

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David Love: In a normal world, when you want to win an election, it’s all about “Get Out The Vote” efforts. But when your goal is to snatch victory from the gutter, “Block The Vote” will do.

Trump, Arnold and Gingrich: Liars All

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans’ whole mantra is to tell the public what they want to hear, then do whatever the hell they want…for lies, sex, money and power.

GOP on Health Care: Twist and Shout

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Tina Dupuy: What’s the new Republican idea on health care? Is their new idea to kill their old idea? That’s not actually an idea.

Supremes Stick It to the Little Guy, Again

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Joseph Palermo: It’s kind of funny when we see Republican presidential candidates like Mitt Romeny, Tim Pawlenty, and Newt Gingrich pandering to the “little guy” denouncing “elites” who are trampling on their rights only to remain mute on the fact that their beloved Republican Supreme Court never, ever rules in favor of the “little guy.”

Paul Ryan’s Plan: What’s Really at Stake

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Robert Reich: Obama must show America that the basic choice is between two fundamental views of this nation. Either we’re all in this together, or we’re a bunch of individuals who happen to live within these borders and are mainly on their own.

In Wacky GOP Presidential Field, the Donald Trumps the Shark

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Michael Sigman: Donald Trump’s transparently idiotic statements about President Obama’s birth certificate and other matters haven’t made Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post shy about touting the billionaire’s “suddenly surging presidential chances.”

If the First Amendment Had to Be Ratified Today

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Tina Dupuy: The First Amendment – arguably the foundation of our democracy – if brought up today would die in committee. Yes, our time is just that stupid.

The Saccharine Republican Ire

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Joseph Palermo: The “conservatives” and “Tea Partiers” are quite convincing at playing the aggrieved victims, but what, exactly, do they have to be “aggrieved” about?

Newt the Hoot

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Tom Degan: It isn’t very often that one happens upon a politician as delightfully sleazy as Newt Gingrich. The man is a walking, talking caricature.

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Municipal Bankruptcy Threatens Workers, Communities…

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Caitlin Vega: The same people who want to make personal bankruptcy impossible now want state and local governments to use it strategically to screw workers.

Defense of Marriage

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Carl Matthes: Boehner has a secret plan: hiring the unemployed to defend marriage. Makes perfect sense. With over 60 million marriages in the United States and 13 million unemployed, each unemployed person would end- up defending five-and-a-quarter marriages.

New York Times Promotes Newt Gingrich

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Paul Hogarth: The guy is openly calling on House Republicans to shut down the federal government (again!), as he wrote in an op-ed for yesterday’s Washington Post. It raises a question I’ve asked before – why is Newt Gingrich relevant, and why is the Beltway media giving him this attention?

Obama Fights Fire with Gasoline

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Robert Reich: The President has to reframe the debate around the necessity of average families having enough to spend to get the economy moving again. He needs to remind America this is not 1995 but 2011 — and we’re still in a jobs crisis brought on by the bursting of a giant debt bubble and the implosion of total demand.

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Who Says Republicans Have No New Ideas?

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Robert Reich: Republicans haven’t come up with a single new idea in almost 60 years. Herbert Hoover was the last Republican president to introduce a new Republican theme back in 1952 at the Republican National Convention. Since then they’ve repeated the message. Of course, Herbert Hoover, you may remember, didn’t have a sterling record when it came to the economy. As president, he presided over the Great Crash of 1929 and ushered in the Great Depression.

The Hypocrisy of Being Earnest

Tom Hall: Of course the whole lying about being divorced, and cheating on his wife and child positions him to be the latest Republican spokesmodel for family values.

Obama Policies Ensure the GOP Never Has to Defend Bush

Tina Dupuy: Mr. Bush announced he had to cancel his first trip to Europe since he published his memoir and admitted to authorizing waterboarding. There were calls for large protests and threats of investigations, so Mr. Bush opted (as always) to stay in Texas. So, we ignore him. The GOP doesn’t mention him. And the rest of the world wants to lob a giant shoe at him. To make this all worse, the only person who seems to be toeing the line for Bush is…Barack Obama.

Obama’s Progressive Enablers

Randy Shaw: It’s painful to remember that Barack Obama ran against Hillary Clinton by arguing that the Clinton presidency had not been as transformative as Ronald Reagan’s, and that he would go beyond small reforms to bring Change We Can Believe In.

Jon Huntsman: A Star Is Born

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Brent Budowsky: When Huntsman was named ambassador to China I wrote on this page that he is five-star and first-rate. It would be a better world if everyone in politics and political media would occasionally speak well of a member of the other party.

Tpaw and the Campaign ‘Autohagiography’

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Michael Sigman: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty this week joined Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls who’ve published campaign books that might best be called “autohagiographies.”

2011: Year of Upheaval

Brent Budowsky: Prediction – Sarah Palin will issue a Sherman statement declaring she will not run for president in 2012, and will instead host a one-hour political talk show on network or cable television that will become the highest-rated political talk show in TV history.

The Tea Party Conservative Strategy for 2011

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Robert Reich: Next week starts the new Congress, and with it the Tea Party conservatives. What are they going to do about government spending? Knowing they don’t stand a chance of getting a direct repeal of the healthcare mandate, they’ll try to strip the federal budget appropriation of money needed to put the healthcare mandate into effect. This could lead to a standoff with the White House over government funding in general, and a possible government shutdown.

John Boehner’s Baby Mamas

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Robert Illes: Boehner may seem like a big orange baby, weeping on behalf of the American public, and how much he hurts for them (so he says). But he is really a cooing and suckling baby of those who supposedly the “tea party” (and just about everybody else) are furious about,

Pelosi’s Victory Keeps Hope Alive

Paul Hogarth: If Democrats make a comeback in 2012, it will be partially because they didn’t throw Nancy Pelosi under a bus.

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