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.

Republicans Panicked That Obama Might Run with Hillary Clinton

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Brent Budowsky: Romney-Ryan promises the third term of President George W. Bush, which is why Romney wisely and cowardly hides Bush when Republicans meet at their convention. While Obama wisely and proudly showcases Bill Clinton when Democrats meet at theirs.

GOP Hopes USA Fails

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Brent Budowsky: Never in the history of America has any great party so callously and falsely blamed Americans who are jobless for being jobless, blamed Americans who are poor for being poor.

The GOP’s Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The contrast between the immigrant trajectory of seized opportunity (and earned citizenship) versus the resident black population’s essential otherness, is a subtext of the GOP’s anti-government platform.

Dictatorship of Dollars

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Brent Budowsky: The armies of the dictatorship of dollars have mobilized for the grand battle of the gathering storm. Kennedy was only elected in 1960 because he ran with Johnson. Democrats have no margin for error in 2012.

Obama Boxes in Republicans on Immigration

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Romney needs some Latino support in swing states such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico and cannot come out in opposition to the president’s plan.

Neil Munro’s Incivility

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Karen FInney: Rather than helping to further understanding about the policy being announced, Munro engaged in exactly the kind of provocative-for-the-sake-of-it “journalism” that cheapens our national debate on important issues.

Romney and the Right: They Hate Him…But They Hate Obama More…

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Bill Fletcher: Karl Rove was quite correct in pointing out that the Romney road to victory, should it happen, is brought about through a demoralization of the Obama base.

Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

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Seth Hoy: With no legislation in sight, administrative relief has become the only alternative for thousands of people who have deep ties to the United States.

Welcome to the New Normal America

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Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.

Kill List

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he New York Times recently published an extensive story about the Obama administration’s secret “Kill List” that is used for selecting targets for strikes by unmanned drones. It has been clear for some time now that President Obama is making far more use of such drones that President Bush did, even as Obama systematically winds down [...]

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.

Republican Extremism: The Campaign from Hell

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Brent Budowksy: It is Republicans who deviate to extremism of politics and obstructionism for partisanship from historical norms of American political discourse and practice.

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.

Obama’s and America’s Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

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Peter Dreier: Historians will no doubt view President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday favoring same-sex marriage as an equally historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers’ rights and LBJ on civil rights.

U.S.-Afghan Pact Won’t End War – Or Special Ops Night Raids

President Obama and President Hamid Karzai (Photo: Pete Souza)

Gareth Porter: The disparity between the reality of the agreement and the optics created by administration press briefings recalls Obama’s declarations in 2009 and 2010 on the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

The Cartagena Summit Failure Marks the End of an Era – Finally

President Barack Obama and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. (White House Photo: Pete Souza)

Carl Bloice: Calderon reportedly pointed to the fact that discussions on Cuba and drug policy were even held, saying it marked a “radical and unthinkable” departure from previous summits.

Is Obama Missing Olympia Snowe’s Point?

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Bob Letcher: How can Senator Snowe’s “point” cause enough of a problem to lead her to give up her seat, and at the same time not be counted as an “issue” at President Obama’s re-election website?

SB 1070, a Win-Win for the President

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Arizona, then the President wins by harnessing the Latino electorate’s frustration and firing them up even more to get to the polls in November.

Jamming Too Slow on Student Loans

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Andy Love: While Democrats are merely trying to maintain the status quo, they should be building the groundwork for more progressive reforms to help students, such as 0% loans and/or free tuition as public colleges.

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.

Report on Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa Distorts Its History

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Gareth Porter: The Obama administration’s new interest in the 2004 religious verdict, or “fatwa”, by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning the possession of nuclear weapons has prompted the New York Times to review the significance of the fatwa for the first time in several years.

Beyond Outrage

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Robert Reich: I have never been as concerned as I am now about the future of our democracy, the corrupting effects of big money in our politics, the stridency and demagoguery of the regressive right, and the accumulation of wealth and power at the very top.

Whose Recovery?

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Robert Reich: The reverse-Robin Hood budget plan just announced by Paul Ryan and House Republicans (and endorsed by Mitt Romney) would make the lopsidedness far worse – dramatically cutting taxes on the rich and slashing public services everyone else depends on.

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

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Berry Craig: If the GOP justices gang up to turn thumbs down on the Affordable Care Act, it might even boost the president by firing up the Democratic faithful and convincing more than a few independents that the Supreme Court really is a lapdog for Congressional Republicans and not a watchdog for the Constitution.

Healthcare Jujitsu

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Robert Reich: With a bit of political jujitsu, the President could turn any such defeat at the Supreme Court into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system – Medicare for all.

What Republicans Argue When They Have Nothing Left to Say

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Robert Reich: It doesn’t even matter that the new Republican tax cut plan would probably raise taxes on many lower-income Americans, All that matters is the headlines.

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