The Bill Clinton Mega-Bounce

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Brent Budowsky: Nobody remembers what Mitt Romney said at his convention, but everybody remembers what Clinton said at the Democratic convention, which gave Obama a mega-bounce that has lasted for more than a week.

Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (The Democrats’ Scott Walker?)

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Joseph Palermo: The 29,000 striking Chicago teachers are sending the message to Emanuel that their teacher bashing and privatization schemes for public education have become so onerous and destructive to the teachers’ mission and profession that they have no choice but to fight back.

20 Questions for Mitt No One Will Ask

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Ted Vaill: Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ default choice for President no one really likes, deserves to be asked the hard questions such as those directed by Jeff Daniels to the panel of GOP candidates in Adam Sorkin’s “Newsroom”,

Widening Trust Gap

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Karen Finney: The number of issues and examples where Romney and Ryan can’t keep their stories straight, reverse or provide evolving responses that undermine their credibility continues to multiply.

“Bocephus…You’re Not Fit to Carry Ammo for a Real Veteran’”

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Berry Craig: Given his macho talk and fondness for the flag and firearms, you’d think Hank Williams Jr. would have volunteered for what surely would have been the ultimate hunting trip for him — Vietnam.

Make My Day, Mitt

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Brent Budowsky: I understand, Mitt. You believe a politician should say anything to get elected. But you can bet your Swiss bank accounts we are better off than we were four years ago. I’ve got an idea:

Billionaire Dispatches: Welcome to Charlotte

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Clifford “Felonious Ax” Tasner: All of us were out in force in Tampa last week, but there aren’t enough Billionaires in Charlotte to fill a clown limousine. It’s mostly our entertainment and media moguls who are here.

4 Good Tips for Democrats This Week

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Dotty Lemieux: Invisible Paul Ryan can dodge and weave an invisible Todd Akin as he tells people his own plan for limiting abortion and protecting Medicare. Real senior citizens can pelt him with mock vouchers from the wings.

Iran and the Bomb: A Real Solution

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John Peeler: By beginning a process of unilateral nuclear disarmament, the United States could initiate a constructive international dynamic of reciprocal reductions leading to an end of this scourge.

Felonius Ax in Tampa: Finally, One of Our Own

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: Mitt showed us his mettle when he was at the helm of Bain – buying up companies – downsizing, outsourcing and squeezing every last drop out of them before leaving behind dried up little husks.

Ryan-Akin, Romney-Trump

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Brent Budowsky: The coming Republican convention might well dramatize to the nation the extremism and Obama-hate that is modern Republicanism and become an epic disaster for the GOP.

Message to My Fellow White People

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Tom Degan: The history of the next century will primarily be the story of how well (or badly) white America dealt with that inevitable change in the coutnry’s racial makeup. Deal with it well, my friends. History will smile upon you.

Sorry, NY Times, Federal Dollars Essential for Reducing Child Poverty

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Randy Shaw: Since the Nixon presidency, the false legend that federal money does not “solve” poverty, and even make it worse, has triumphed over the actual facts.

Obama’s Big Green Building Blocks

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Tom Hayden: Perhaps a deeper problem is the chronic culture of Washington and elite think-tanks, which has fostered a preference for neo-liberalism, and against New Deal state intervention, across partisan lines, from staffers up to decision-makers.

Ignoring the Eastern Sea

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James Rhodes: If we have another armed conflict, it will not be in Iran or the Middle East, it will be here.

Ryan’s War on Women

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Brent Budowsky: There is a new wind behind the sails of Democrats. Sweeping Republican hostility to the interests of women could be decisive.

Dreamers Sign Up: A Great Day for Activism – and for America

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Randy Shaw: Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists.

Stop Comparing Paul Ryan to Sarah Palin

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Tina Dupuy: If John McCain would have picked Tim Pawlenty in ‘08, the Ryan pick would look pretty irresponsible. But now the GOP has the Palin Standard.

The Romney Economic Plan’s Misreading of History

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Iwan Morgan: Present-day Republicans should not be allowed to get away with rewriting the 1980s in support of their economic proposals for the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Romneyomics Trickles Down

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Karen Finney: Between now and Election Day, every Democratic candidate up and down the ballot should call on his or her Republican opponents to defend the GOP plan to increase taxes on middle-class Americans,

Mitt, I Owe You an Apology

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Tina Dupuy: [dc]P[/dc]resumptive nominee Mitt Romney is seemingly fixated on apologies. He’s obsessed with apologies like Bristol Palin is obsessed with teen abstinence

Liberals Un-American, Again

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Steve Hochstadt: In his foreign policy speech last week, Mitt Romney replayed the deepest theme of Republican politics this year— President Obama, in particular, and Democrats, more generally, are traitors to the United States.

The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012

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Robert Reich: The worst economy since the Great Depression and you might think at least one of the candidates would come up with a few big ideas for how to get us out of it. But you’d be wrong.

Rove = Romney = Bush

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Brent Budowsky: If Rove is not colluding with Romney in violation of law, there is no law, even by the shabby standards of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

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Micehele Waslin: Several members of Congress praised Napolitano for providing undocumented youth who had been brought here at a young age with hope for the future.

Republicans Playing Politics in South China Sea

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Jim Rhodes: Unless we want to become involved in another “police action” in the Eastern Sea, the Republicans need to take another look at UNCLOS

Supremes’ Decision Points Way Past America’s Division

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Bob Letcher: A citizenry cannot claim at once BOTH to value having each other’s back, figuratively, AND to oppose sharing the cost of caring for each other’s back, literally.

Homelessness: Cheaper to Fix Than to Let Fester

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any of the social, economic and political ills facing the United States will cost tens of billions to fix, from updating the power grid and building a high-speed rail network to dealing with climate change and revitalizing public education. Solving the problem of homelessness should be easy because it will cost billions less to fix [...]

Winning the Dream

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Paulina Gonazlez: In addition to needing to win political support for their demand, the Dream Movement identified the White House’s legal argument as the first and most important hurdle they needed to overcome,

Just Call Mitt Gatsby!

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he rich truly are different than the rest of us, as Dorothy Parker observed many decades ago, and they proved it Sunday afternoon at a trio of Mitt Romney fundraising events in The Hamptons on Long Island. Revlon chairman Ronald O. Perelman, Clifford Sobel who is a former US ambassador to Brazil, and David Koch [...]

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