Charley James Returns: Now, What Was I Saying … ?

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*+-Charley James: I’d turned my back on modern health care to wait for Godot after a virulent cancer returned for the third time. Then, traditional Chinese medicine did what regular docs couldn’t. I beat the odds and was coming back – until a 1%-er caught up with me. Over the past three years, my life got turned upside down. Just like America’s.

Extreme Partisanship Leaves Voters with a Dilemma

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: One of the facts of small town American life, which is often held up as the American ideal, is that nasty partisan politics are tempered by the bonds of friendship and the need to get along with your neighbors.

What Tea Party Republican Fundagelicals Really Want

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*+-Tom Hall: The Tea Party Republican Fundagelical program wants to return America to pre-Gutenburg days – when few, even among the nobility could read, or had anything to read. To a time when people were told, by their religious leaders, what the “truth” was, and how to behave.

The Biggest Impact of Lugar Primary Defeat

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*+-Randy Shaw: Centrist solutions are what kept slavery going for decades, and what allowed Senators who backed Jim Crow laws to be treated as respected figures in the national press.

The GOP’s Death Wish

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*+-Robert Reich: How can a political party be so dumb as to piss off Hispanics, women, and young people? Because the core of its base is middle-aged white men.

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.

How The South Can Rise Again: Immigrants

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*+-Tina Dupuy: Despite the conservative bona fides, the South isn’t pulling herself up by her bootstraps … mainly because she can’t see her toes she’s about to lose to diabetes.