Fallout Fragments

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-+*Larry Wines: One group was dissuaded from having a mascot wearing an enormous tea bag, for fear the public would boil him.

The 1960s, the Thatcher/Reagan Era, and Today’s Political Divide

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-+*Walter Moss: Despite the utopianism and extremes of the 1960s, those on the Left today are much more sympathetic to that decade’s War on Poverty, civil rights marches, anti-war sentiments, environmental causes, and rejection of “the establishment’s” corporate-dominated consumer culture.

The Willie Horton Ad 25 Years Later

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-+*David Love: Over the years in American politics, the Southern Strategy has continued in the form of the black boogeyman, the scapegoat, the “other”—a personification of conservative white resentment over the gains African-Americans made in the civil rights movement.

Time to Stop the Insanity

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-+*Jim Rhodes: This unnecessary Republican-induced shutdown has cost the tax payer billions of dollars; but, the Republicans keep reminding us they are the party dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

Ted bin Laden Syndrome

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-+*Brent Budowsky: Ted bin Laden Republicans will escalate their political holy wars until every centrist Republican is politically destroyed — they want them destroyed to move the GOP even further to the right of America, even at the cost of losing control of Congress to Democrats.

Government Shutdown Ends

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-+*Sharon Kyle: The government shutdown of 2013 is over. After more than two weeks the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House voted 285-144 to reopen the federal government.

Aaron Schock, You’re Costing Us Money!

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-+*Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.