Rubio’s Hat Goes into the Ring

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Rubio’s Tea Party relations put him in a particularly tough spot since if the GOP moderates over the next couple of years he will have that undeniable linkage.

World Climate Change Gathering Awaits Obama Response

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Carl Bloice: It is hard to imagine legislation that is even close to adequate coming from bartering with a GOP leadership that won’t even agree that climate change is real.

Will Dems Tax Rich to Avoid Fiscal Cliff?

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Shamus Cooke: Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January.

Deflating Another Balloon: 2012 Candidate Coverage Balanced

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Charley James: Romney created his own problem with the media by flouting the truth and using falsehoods as a campaign strategy, figuring the media wouldn’t call him on it and the public wouldn’t notice.

Closing Argument

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Karen Finney: Rejecting the false choice of either/or narratives, the idea that “we’re all in this together” and the focus on finding inclusive ways to embrace the bigger picture has been a consistent theme throughout President Obama’s life.

Will Joe Biden “Keep It Real?”

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Karen Finney: The ability to connect cold data points to reality gives Biden a real advantage on Thursday night, not the number of times he’s previously debated.

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.

Black Like Me at Cornell Law School

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Lauren Nile: I wish America’s Caucasian population could experience American society as African-Americans experience it for 24 hours.

Romney’s Gay Fall Guy

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Rev. Irene Monroe: It is also evident that Romney is neither a friend nor ally to those LGBTQ Republicans who would work on his behalf to get him elected.

Republicans Double Down Against Occupy Movement

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Randy Shaw: In case you missed it, the Republican Party has unified behind a budget plan that provides massive new tax breaks for the wealthy while cutting student aid, Medicaid, and nearly every federally funded non-military program.

This Does Not End Well: Escaping Afghanistan

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John Peeler: An agonizing series of missteps by U.S. troops in Afghanistan show us how precarious is our hold there, reinforcing the idea that we just don’t belong there, that we don’t respect the Afghani people.

Republican War on Birth Control Will Boost Democrats in November

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Randy Shaw: Considering that polls show that 99% of all women and 98% of Catholic women who have had sex have used contraceptives, Democrats should follow Senator Barbara Boxer’s lead and aggressively frame the November elections around this issue.

Obama’s No FDR, But He’s Made the Case for a “New” New Deal

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Ira Chernus: No matter who the Republicans nominate to run against Barack Obama, it seems clear that we’ll have a kind of presidential contest we haven’t seen in more than seventy-five years: a referendum on the government’s proper role in economic life.

Who Is an American?

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Steve Hochstadt: Those who have argued for excluding some Americans from full rights, who have urged some Americans to leave because they weren’t American enough, who wanted to separate and classify and dominate people, have always been wrong.

Gingrich Distorts Food Stamp Facts

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With one statement on Thursday, Newt Gingrich, who constantly reminds voters about his past as a college professor, managed to mangle the facts while resorting to old-fashioned racist stereotypes to gain votes. With his poll numbers sinking, and his presidential campaign desperate, Gingrich told a crowd at a senior citizens center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, “I’m prepared, [...]

Romney’s Secret Tax Returns

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Brent Budowsky: Romney is the perfect foil for the president’s reelection strategy. He is the ultimate Republican to make any Democrat look populist at a moment in history when populism is rising.

Iowans: Don’t Just Be First, Be Leaders

Steve Hochstadt: Find someone who can embody the best in America, who can lead by persuasion, whose vision of the ideal American includes all of us. When you pull that lever, pull it for all of us. Be more than first. Be leaders.

Holiday Pall: Joblessness Crisis Intensifies

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Carl Bloice: The average period of unemployment now exceeds 26 weeks, well above the previous peak in July 1983 of just 21.2 weeks. This is critical because the longer that people of any age are out of work, the less likely they are to find another job.

Financial Regulation Kills Jobs? Perhaps Not

Marian Wang: But separate from the jobs created to actually handle new regulation, others have pointed out that regulations can have a long-term, positive effect on overall economic growth by preventing the types of crises that put an industry on life-support.

Step Right Up!’ Snake Oil for Sale

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Walter Basch: The Tea Party, mutant spawn of the Republicans, held their spineless parents and the nation hostage during the debt ceiling crisis, and is now demanding an even greater ransom.

Americans Elect?

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John Peeler: Disillusioned liberals ought to know that if this effort takes off, it is very likely to siphon votes away from Obama and facilitate a complete Republican takeover of the federal government.

Why Mitch McConnell Will Win the Day

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Robert Reich: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s compromise on the debt ceiling is a win for the President disguised as a win for Republicans. But it really just kicks the can down the road past the 2012 election – which is what almost every sane politician in Washington wants to happen in any event.

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.

Was Rahm Right (about Progressives)?

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Steven Hill: At this point, any progressive leader who does not pursue political reform relentlessly is a faux leader, and she or he should get off the stage and hand over the microphone to someone else.

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Latino Voters Not Muted

Mario Solis-Marich: The folks in charge of Democratic political strategies decided last year that immigration should not be a topic in this year’s fall elections. The head in the sand strategy was so pervasively accepted that Democratic controlled state legislatures like Colorado dumped key immigration agenda items in an ill-fated attempt to mute the debate and top Presidential advisors encouraged postponement of immigration reform. As it turns out you can’t easily quiet 14 million families and their friends.

On Cesar Chavez Day, Rediscover Cesar Chavez

Randy Shaw: Cesar Chavez dared to accomplish what most thought impossible, demonstrating the potential of national grassroots campaigns to win against all odds. Understanding the UFW’s success should cause activists to think bigger about what’s possible.

The New Obama Is the Old Obama

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David A. Love: And at the Republican Party’s retreat in Baltimore, President Obama was responsible for the most compelling example of political theater in recent American history. He fielded questions from a crowded room of hostile adversaries– outnumbered, perhaps, but unmatched in intellectual firepower. The result was nothing less than a nationally-broadcast smackdown that the Republicans will not soon forget. Perhaps the president’s adversaries in the GOP, blinded by their partisanship, extremism, and dare I say racism, underestimated his capabilities.

Paging Dr. Dean: Please Save the Democrats from Themselves

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Paul Hogarth: Now, the Democrats have managed to fumble Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat – losing to a right-wing Republican who once posed nude for Cosmopolitan. Evidence shows that Martha Coakley’s numbers went down after the Senate passed the health care bill. Shouldn’t the Party leaders listen to Howard Dean? At least, they owe him an apology.

Obama Becoming Clinton I Feared

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The American people who voted for “change” did not merely seek a return to the Nineties – or else they would have nominated Hillary Clinton. Obama stood to become the most progressive President in over 40 years, and yet his Administration has little to show for it.

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