Barbarians Inside Our Gates

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John MacMurray: Like their Iron Age counterparts, who tore up every vestige of Roman civilization they could find, seemingly just for the pleasure of doing it, their Tea Party descendants seem to take a perverse delight in obliterating all traces of the Middle Class America so carefully and painfully built since the New Deal.

John McCain’s Blind Fury

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Julie Driscoll: McCain has become unstable and dangerous, and it all stems from his bitterness – and desperate desire for vengeance – because “that one” beat him in 2008, and beat another one just as unpalatable in 2012.

Romney: The Gun Lobby’s Mitch

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Dick Price: Mitt Romney – because he has no values beyond promoting his own and Lady Romney’s welfare – he’ll take the NRA’s money and oppose any sort of reasonable gun regulation. Which makes him forever the Gun Lobby’s Mitch.

Why I’m Against Exceptions for Rape and Incest

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Tina Dupuy: Romney, after being staunchly pro-choice disclosing his family friend, Ann Keenan, died of an illegal abortion in 1963, now says he’d like to see it illegal once again. Except, he says, for women who are victims.

Dear Paul Ryan: We Are Not “Looters”

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Charley James: According to you, altruism is immoral and it’s every man, woman, child, working stiff, crippled veteran and hunched-over granny for themselves. Your attitude makes the “soup Nazi” on Seinfeld seem like a cuddly department store Santa by comparison.

Romney’s Five Risky Campaign Bets

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Nia-Malika Henderson: Romney has bet that elevating Clinton would diminish Obama in voter’s minds. But then Clinton, who is America’s most popular politician, torched Romney and House Republicans, delivering big in Charlotte.

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.

Paul Ryan Plays Politics With the Family Business

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Tammy Ingram: Ryan’s position embodies what one author has called — uncynically — “libertarianism with benefits”: Taking advantage of federal spending while at the same time protesting against it.

Ayn Rand and the Right’s Moment of Truth

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Mark Bowen: America is at a moment of truth where we, the people must force Republicans to choose who their real leader is: Jesus Christ, or Ayn Rand.

Tea Party Tuesday in Tampa

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Lawrence Rosenthal: Tuesday, the Tea Party trumped Etch a Sketch mainstream Republicanism and the Romney campaign will run on an almost pure Tea Party economic platform.

Crow and Humble Pie

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Berry Craig: Not until after the polls are closed on November 6 and the TV news networks declare my candidates the winner will I say, “when they lose.”

The L-Word: Libertarianism

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Robert Brent Toplin: Paul Ryan’s quick rise to his party’s second position in the presidential race symbolizes the growing prominence of this previously obscure philosophy and political movement. Overt libertarianism engages only a small minority of devotees in Washington these days, but stealth libertarianism has become a major force in the nation’s affairs.

Ryan, Rand, Romney

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Charles Hayes: The hate your government virus has become the bubonic plague of American politics. Thanks largely to Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate, the ghost of Ayn Rand is spooking the electorate.

New York City Has Homeless Emergency

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Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.

Top 12 Most Read Articles — June 15-23, 2012

David Love’s “Low Information White Working Class Voters Will Be Our Undoing,” led the pack, followed by Karen Finney’s “Neil Munro’s Incivility”

Will Mitt Throw Condi at Barack?

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David Love: The charisma, charm and brilliance of a Condoleezza Rice could help offset Romney’s negative image as a rich, dull, white bread kind of guy.

Americans Elect: The Political eHarmony

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: In late spring of this year, Americans Elect will hold a primary consisting of three rounds of online balloting where the six candidates with the most votes will emerge. Anyone can vote as long as they are a registered voter.

Governor Brian Sandoval’s Achilles Heel

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Sandoval has a proven track record of garnering support outside of his party but not within the Latino community. Sandoval would otherwise be an ideal running mate.

Obama’s Hillary Card

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Brent Budowsky: Hillary Clinton as vice presidential nominee would electrify the Democratic vote from women and turn the gender gap into a gender canyon. Equally important, Hillary Clinton has great appeal to working-class voters of all races.

The Return of Sickie Dick

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Tom Degan: Does he really believe that he will be able to pull a fast one on history? That the ages will view him much in the same way Roosevelt and Churchill are viewed today. Yeah, he probably does. The only thing monumental about this homicidal twit is his arrogance.

Geraldine Ferraro Passes Away at Age 75

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Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate of a major party has passed away. In a statement released by her family, it was announced that she died on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from complications related to blood cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Ferraro was 75 years old. The first woman and the first [...]

Pander-monium Breaks Out Among 2012 GOP Hopefuls

Michael Sigman: Early frontrunner Mitt Romney has spent the last four years approaching the Platonic ideal of the shameless panderer who, when expedient, adopts positions that are diametrically opposed to one another.

Winona LaDuke Pledges Help for Native Tribes Facing BP Oil

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Georgianne Nienaber: LaDuke slammed the Minnesota Ottertail Power Company for being “punitive” in its refusal to allow the White Earth Recovery Project to supply its own power and have some to sell to the rest of the grid. Minnesota has the strictest electrical inspection standards in the United States.

Evan Bayh and Harold Ford: Hypocrites Who Cut and Run

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Paul Hogarth: Evan Bayh and Harold Ford Jr. have a lot in common, and not because they’re both legacies who rode into public office on their family name. Both are anti-progressive Democrats who have built their political careers on making the Left feel small and weak – egged on by a corporate media that likes to call them “centrist.”

LA Progressive: 10 January to 16 January 2010 — Articles

This week’s articles in the LA Progressive.

The Peter Principle on Steroids: Lane Kiffin as Sarah Palin’s Running Mate in 2012

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H. Scott Prosterman: When all is said and done, the “Peter Principle” will be known as the “Kiffin Effect” – or perhaps the “Putz Principle” -that is, people will be promoted until they reach a level of gross incompetence, if garden variety incompetence does not suffice.

Two Alaskan Women, Two Alaskan Stories

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Palin and other conservatives want us to ignore the fact that shrinking the government and deregulation doesn’t help the small business person and the average worker; it turns the country over to massive corporations like Exxon Mobil. That’s what Riki Ott is telling us.

UPDATE 3: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Money Problems

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This morning’s New York Times which reports today that Governor Sarah Palin resigned because of the rising cost of her mounting personal legal bills

Shrewdness, Thy Name Is Barack

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One does not become POTUS after three years in the Senate without making shrewd moves. These two are genius: separating John McCain’s political legacy from the ‘Wasilla Hillbilly’ and letting others carry the torture debate so he can honestly say he has no choice but to pursue prosecution of highest Bush officials for war crimes. [...]

Why the Sarah Palin Gamble Didn’t Pay Off

by Joel K. Goldstein – John McCain probably lost whatever chance he had to become president on August 28, the day he invited Sarah Palin to be his running mate. In making that decision, McCain ignored a lesson of recent vice-presidential selection: presidential candidates run a huge risk if they  choose a running mate who [...]

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