Donald Trump, Rape Apologist

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Tina Dupuy: Trump has basically blamed all servicewomen for being assaulted. They’re culpable in their own rape because a) they’re women and b) they’re serving alongside men.

The Bottom Line

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Carl Matthes: Bitterly disappointed that their big ideas were solidly rejected by American citizens, Romney/Ryan, vapid and insipid Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, are now trying to digest a heaping-helping of crow covered with sour grapes.

Voters Rejecting Republican Policies, Not Just Mitt Romney

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Randy Shaw: The truth is that no Republican could win the White House in 2012 running on the failed tax cuts and disastrous war-first foreign policy of President George W. Bush.

The RNC’s Immigrant Tease

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If we are to take Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan at his word that Republicans will not duck the tough issues, then Republicans better get started on their blueprint for an effective immigration policy overhaul.

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.

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.

Religion and Life: A Personal and Public Essay

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Walter Moss: When I was a Catholic one of the virtues I heard most praised was humility, and I have often regretted how little of it is evidenced by religious and political leaders.

Relax, ‘Mitt,’ Just Be Yourself

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Tina Dupuy: Mitt Romney’s off-the-cuff comments are starting to seem like Barack Obama’s bowling: Not good. Kind of spectacularly bad. Kitsch on a kind day.

The Religious Right: Our Age of Unreason

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Charley James: We still face a near-daily pummelling by the religious right and its political spearchuckers who insist that only when America bows to a specific, narrow Christian version of a god will eternal peace and prosperity shine upon us.

Ideological Amplification: When Ideology Turns Toxic

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Charles Hayes: Ideological amplification in politics is analogous to conflict-ridden emotion on steroids: the only purpose served is to move each side further and further apart.

Rude Dispatches from the Class War

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Tom Degan: Republican governors all across this diseased land have been trying to undo the job growth of the last 25 months for no other purpose than to make the president look bad for the November Election

Fantasies of Male Chivalry Ignore the History of Women in Wartime

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Heather Marie Stur: The debate over women in combat is about gender roles — what is appropriate for men and women to do in wartime. It is also about symbolism — what the American soldier symbolizes about U.S. power and military strength.

10 Most Read Articles This Week

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You’ll note that women writers took the top three spots this week — led off by Sikivu Hutchinson’s fine examination of the recent Planned Parenthood attack. And they also took five of the top 10.

It’s All Over Now, Rickie Blue

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Tom Degan: If Mr. Rick had been born with dark skin he’d today be organizing birthday parties for preschoolers at a Chuck E. Cheese somewhere in central Pennsylvania.

Spare Me the Self-Righteousness

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Berry Craig: Right on cue, GOP grandees have chorused that the president was “threatening,” “intimidating” and “bullying” the Republican-majority high court with his recent comments.

Onward White Christian Terrorists

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Although no one was injured in the attack, the fascist demonization of Planned Parenthood by inciters like Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney continues to put women’s lives in the line of fire; in an era of vanishing clinics and mounting violence.

Santorum and Satan: Three Speeches

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Steve Hochstadt: I believe in Kennedy’s America. Not in Rick Santorum’s, where those who do not agree with him have been captured by the Devil.

Loving or Leaving America: A Brief History

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Michael Sigman: The origin of “America Love It or Leave It” is murky. It was popularized by gossip guru and Joseph McCarthy sympathizer Walter Winchell, who, among other abuses of power, helped keep entertainer/activist/national treasure Josephine Baker out of the country we’re all free to love.

Mitt: We’re No Longer in an Etch-a-Sketch World

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Robert Reich: There will be too many videos of Willard “Mitt” Romney during the primary saying things that were designed to appeal to increasingly far-right, far-out GOP primary voters – but will strike most Americans as bizarre if not despicable.

“Sluts” Tell Moralistic Busybodies to Pound Sand

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Julie Driscoll: I’ll be damned if I’ll get my boss’ permission to be a slut on my own time. If I start having sex on my office desk, then maybe it’s his business – until then, stay out of my bedroom.

The GOP’s Anti-Woman Campaign

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Jim Rhodes: Americans have been mentally conditioned for this time in history by constant Republican anti-women’s rhetoric over the past two decades carefully crafted within fundamentalist Christian dogma.

Most Read Led by Sharon Kyle’s Take on “The Help”

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LA Progressive’s Publisher, Sharon Kyle, had a big week this week, placing two articles in the top 10 most read articles: “Why “The Help” Is Little Help” and “Black History Month, Who Needs It?”

Harry Reid Hits the Trifecta

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Brent Budowsky: George Will writes on Sunday that Republicans could face a 1964-magnitude landslide loss. Things are falling into shape for Democrats to keep control of the Senate and regain control of the House.

GOP 2012: The Pro-Fiction Campaign

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Tina Dupuy: Warning of a zombie nation feasting on the metaphorical brains of the U.S. is consistent with a party now completely untethered from basic American history, science or any other evidence-based practice: The GOP is now a party standing proudly on a pro-fiction platform.

Stop Starving Public Universities and Shrinking the Middle Class

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Robert Reich: Public higher education has been the gateway to the middle class but that gate is shutting – just when income and wealth are more concentrated at the top than they’ve been since the 1920s, and when America needs the brainpower of its young people more than ever.

The War on Obama’s Faith: Who’s Really Holier Than Thou?

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David Love: Republicans are once again turning President Obama’s faith into a political issue. But will their strategy work? History and hypocrisy suggest that the political gamesmanship won’t succeed.

A Scary and Sad Santorum

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Carl Matthes: If Rick Santorum were Pope, nuns would would be given veils. If he was President, women would be brought into the bedroom only for procreation.

Why, Rick Santorum, We Will Choose to Return to The Netherlands to Die

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Denis Campbell: As my ultra-rational and liberal Dutch wife said, “It’s so annoying people believe what they are told by the Republican party. Has the US gone completely mad?”

Will Arizona’s GOP Latinos Help Santorum?

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Their rejection of Romney is so strong that Somos Republicans have instructed their membership to write in Ronald Reagan for President if Romney wins the GOP nomination.

The Last Campaign of Richard Nixon

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Devin Griggs: The parties might be reversed and the cultural issues of the 1970s flipped, but American politics since the Nixon-McGovern race has remained fairly fixed and share all of the rhetoric and even less of the substance that once defined American politics.

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