The NRA vs. The NRA

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John MacMurray: But whatever the NRA wishes to be; however it regards itself and its place in the cosmos; some changes will have to be made in the way it does business.

Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff

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Robert Reich: Excuse me for sounding impertinent, but isn’t this fear-mongering likely to buttress Republican arguments that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for everyone — including the rich?

Givers, Takers, and Voters

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Steve Hochstadt: So we end up with the same racial profiling that conservatives have been using to win votes since Richard Nixon’s southern strategy. The euphemisms change, but the intent is the same.

Election 2012: The Three Rs

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Carl Matthes: Apparenlty, Republicans want politicians to control all the wombs in the nation. And, they don’t care if women are raped or hurt to make their point.

Activists Should Back Obama’s Progressive Agenda

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Randy Shaw: Activists now must write a new script for the post-2012 election by pushing the President to keep his progressive campaign commitments on taxes, the budget, and, most urgently, comprehensive immigration reform, where the time for action is now.

Republicans Mantra: When They Win, They Win; When They Lose,They Win

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Anthony Samad: When Republicans win, they expect the Democrats to cooperate and do the people’s business. When they lose, they don’t cooperate and blame the Democrats for not doing they people’s business. It’s insane.

Jobs Report Shifts Campaign Rhetoric

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Nia-Malika Hendewrson and Rachel Weiner: Two days after Romney reignited his campaign with a winning debate performance, Republicans were struggling once again to find their footing after a positive September jobs report muted the campaign’s main talking point.

Republicans at Home, and at Heart

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Steve Hochstadt: Romney and his campaign advisers know that he was not telling the truth on that Boca Raton tape. But a bigger mistake was to put into the same basket all the people he doesn’t like.

Rahmbo’s Rahnt

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Mark Bowen: There may be nothing any of us can do about the way the media has been completely taken over by the charter school movement’s Thought Police, but that is no excuse for those who are supposed to be progressive making it worse.

Death of the Republican Snooker Strategy

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Lauren N. Nile, Esq.: The Tea Party is exposing mainstream Republicans’ Strategy. Tea Partiers, in fact, are exposing all of the Republicans’ lies.

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.

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.

Republicans Have No Foreign Policy

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Steve Hochstadt: These guys are not talking to Jews. They are talking about Israel to their base, where Jews are few and far between. Israel for them is just another weapon in their war against Obama. And everyone in Jerusalem knows it.

What Is Happening with Republicans?

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Bill Fletcher: The “circle of clowns” of Republican candidates seems increasingly intent on proving that they are the voices of ignorance, fear and irrationalism. I cannot get over it.

Free Riders: Why is Health Care Any Different from Food Stamps?

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John Peeler: Why does getting extra food stamps amount to fraud if not outright theft, while refusing to buy health insurance when you can afford it is a constitutional right? A free rider is a free rider.

Are Republicans Smoking Too Much Pot?

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Rob Tossberg: I am no fan of Clinton – a child of poverty who forsook the poor and gave us deregulation – but our country seemed to prosper with his policy of, as Republicans call it, ‘Tax and spend’ government.

Manufacturing Illusions:

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Robert Reich: Suddenly, manufacturing is back – at least on the election trail. But don’t be fooled. The real issue isn’t how to get manufacturing back. It’s how to get good jobs and good wages back. They aren’t at all the same thing.

Top 10 Most Read Last Week Led by Wells Fargo Meets Occupy

LA Progressive Editor Dick Price’s report on the meeting local Occupy representatives had with Wells Fargo Bank officials in downtown Los Angeles — Wells Fargo Meets Occupy: Where There’s Smoke There’s Smoke? — led this week’s list of 10 most read articles.

The Frothy Mix of GOP Candidates

Andy Love: Bill Clinton once said that “Democrats fall in love, while Republicans fall in line,” but the distaste among the Republican rank-and-file for Romney has got to be deeply worrying to the Grand Old Party.

Clint Eastwood and Chrysler Upset the ‘Hope America Fails’ Republicans

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Brent Budowsky: The Hope America Fails Republicans cannot handle the truth that the auto policy worked wonders. The Republicans can’t handle the truth, because they are so negative that what is good for America is bad for Republicans!

Disclose Act: Save This Bill, Get a Rush

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We have about a day and a half to save a groundbreaking bill that will make corporations and big-spending One Percenters who buy political ads, reveal their identities in their commercials so you’ll know who’s trying to manipulate your vote. The California DISCLOSE Act, AB 1148, authored by progressive champion Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D – […]

Republicans Ramp Up War on Women

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Tanya Somanader: Republicans in Congress and across the country are introducing a variety pack of extreme anti-abortion bills — including personhood initiatives, heartbeat bills, and fetal pain bills — that saw some success last year.

Keynes and Hayek, Obama and the Republicans

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Walter Moss: From the Reagan years to the present, conservatives have been fond of quoting Friedman and Hayek. Their influence can be seen in such documents as the Republican Party’s 1994 “Contract with America.”

10 Most Read This Week Led by Reich’s “Obama-Clinton Ticket”

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As he often does, Robert Reich topped our weekly chart during this vacation week with his article discussing the advantages of a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton for November’s election, with Joe Biden moving to State.

5 Right-Wing Obstacles That Must Be Overcome

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Joseph Palermo: These powerful right-wing political obstacles that must be sidelined if progressive change can have any chance of success, whether Obama is at the helm or any number of the string of future presidents he now tells us we’ll probably need.

Republicans Have a Gambling Problem

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Tina Dupuy: When you double down – you lose twice as much – twice as quickly. And that sums up Speaker John Boehner’s tenure just perfectly.

Republicans to Veterans: No Thanks

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Hans Johnson: Provoking some of the growing anger against Tea Party Republicans is the tone of callousness toward people of color, women, and the sacrifice of veterans who voice frustration at the toll of cuts and barriers in the democratic process itself.

Friday Feedback: “Occupy” Occupies Burlingame

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Friday Feedback: The Democratic Party, like the Republican Party receives THE MAJORITY of its funding from corporate sources. Democrats have supported the insane wars and the THREE NEW NAFTAs.

Why We Must Occupy Democracy

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Robert Reich: The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Back to the Future: Why Republicans Hate the 1960s

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans avoid talking about their leadership and power in Washington for the past 30 years, because they are fighting to undo the changes in our political system that came earlier, during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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