5 Progressive Holiday Wishes

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*+-Progressive Holidays — What would this season be like if saying “happy holidays” instead of merry Christmas was no longer controversial?

What Peace Looks Like

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*+-Obama Peace Prize — If Americans wanted their president to hobble around singing “Bomb Iran” we had that choice.

Breaking Google’s Monopoly

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*+-Tina Dupuy: Since Google’s search engine is by definition a natural monopoly, it should therefore be seen as a public utility, a private sector company providing a public service subjected to following certain rules.

Thanks…Giving: 2013’s Hunger Strike Round-Up

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*+-Tina Dupuy: This is the 160th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. Somehow a day of “humble penitence” has evolved into candying already-too-sweet tubers and mauling your neighbors at the local Walmart for a $30 Furby Boom.

If Rand Paul Were a Woman

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*+-Tina Dupuy: Randi had no credibility to lose. She was already a national punch line. A meme. A joke. A shiny distraction. And now she’s also a proven plagiarist. She’s referred to as “silly.” A silly airhead.

Iraq Makes Request for WMDs

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*+-Tina Dupuy: Now if arming a Middle Eastern country with a solid history of sectarian violence sounds vaguely familiar and like an acutely bad idea—it’s because we’ve done it before.

Read More Than This Headline

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*+-Tina Dupuy: If you’ve fallen into the Internet Age tendency of skimming headlines and tweets instead of reading the entire article, you’d understandably think the new pope is a hippie and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is a peacenik.

Heritage Foundation: The Group Who Cried Individual Mandate

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*+-Tina Dupuy: The tea party/Heritage Foundation/Koch brothers trinity have co-opted the Revolutionary War’s Gasden Flag, the yellow flag with a rattle snake warning “don’t tread on me.” A more apt illustration would be a snake eating its own tail while accusing Obama of cannibalism.

Bachmann’s Retirement: Death Blow to the 1850s

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*+-Tina Dupuy: The tea party wasn’t the first time anti-change, anti-foreigner feelings have translated into anti-partisan, anti-establishment, anti-politician demands. It probably won’t be the last.

Obamacare and My Family

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*+-Tina Dupuy: Beltway prattle within the paradigm of who’s winning and who’s losing doesn’t register the impact of affordable health care on the struggling working class. They’re not an abstract—they’re my family.

Congresspeople Unwilling to Work, Shall Not Eat!

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*+-Tina Dupuy: Instead of debating how we can possibly lift people out of poverty we have a swarm of hissing cockroaches in neckties debating how to punish poor people for being too decadent with their $4.50 a day eating habits.