Cartoon: Superbowl Trophy
Feb01

Cartoon: Superbowl Trophy

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Pro-Growth Policies
Jan31

Pro-Growth Policies

Dana Milbank and Larry Kudlow offer contrasting takes on curing what ails us economically. There’s widespread agreement about the problem – that inequality is as bad as it has been in America since the crash of ’29. Even Republican leaders are talking about it (their solution, alas, is a tax system with even more breaks for the wealthy.) But there’s no sign yet of the mass anger that could turn into a political movement.   This...

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Cartoon: The End of Football
Jan31

Cartoon: The End of Football

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Scam PAC’s
Jan29

Scam PAC’s

Kenneth P. Vogel details the rise of “scam political action committees” (scam PAC’s) on Politico.com (h/t Kevin Drum). Since the tea party burst onto the political landscape in 2009, the conservative movement has been plagued by an explosion of PACs that critics say exist mostly to pad the pockets of the consultants who run them. Combining sophisticated targeting techniques with fundraising appeals that resonate...

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Cartoon: Palin for Prez
Jan29

Cartoon: Palin for Prez

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President Obama’s Ratings on the Rise Both Before and Since the State of the Union Address
Jan28

President Obama’s Ratings on the Rise Both Before and Since the State of the Union Address

Positive attitudes towards the state of the country also on the rise NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Around this time last week, an apparent ratings bump for President Obama was making all sorts of news. CBS News, the Washington Post, The Fiscal Times and a variety of other outlets all reported upswings for the… graphic via...

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UPDATE: Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz
Jan27

UPDATE: Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

UPDATE: It is now “Today” in Auschwitz, and indeed many survivors’ voices — sometimes breaking, sometimes hardly audible through the sobs and tears — spoke there. Let us hope the world will indeed listen to those voices. Read them, listen with your heart to them, here, here and here. This is the statement by Secretary of State John Kerry: Today, Teresa and I join all Americans in marking the 70th anniversary of the...

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Does the Internet Make Dumb People Dumber?
Jan27

Does the Internet Make Dumb People Dumber?

Kevin Drum comments on an interesting question on Mother Jones. Unsurprisingly, (Bill) Gates agrees that the internet can make smart people smarter. By analogy, the printing press also made smart people smarter because it gave them cheap, easy access to far more information. Since they were capable of processing the information, they were effectively smarter than they used to be.   It’s equally unsurprising that he...

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Culture wars, old and new
Jan26

Culture wars, old and new

WASHINGTON — The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life. The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a thoughtful University of Virginia...

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Has the Republican Party become a clown car?
Jan25

Has the Republican Party become a clown car?

I know professional clowns. They are actually very serious professional people. And it’s fair to say now that when someone suggests the Republican Party is becoming a clown car it’s an insult — to the hard-working clowns, whose humor, silliness and absurdity is intentional, and in most cases perfected after years of hard work. What we’re seeing now in the Republican Party — perhaps most typified by former...

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Note to Readers on TMV Content
Jan25

Note to Readers on TMV Content

‘ IMPORTANT NOTE TO READERS: We try to keep TMV updated constantly, but once in a while due to schedules there could be a delay. Yours truly puts a lot of original and syndicated materials up on TMV. However, since last night I’m on a 21 hour drive from the Pacific Northwest to my California home. Today I will be offline the bulk of the day. This means if others don’t post on TMV, there will be less content than...

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It looks like Obama’s trip up the polls is likely to last
Jan24

It looks like Obama’s trip up the polls is likely to last

Dana Milbank makes a good point. Obama was a teensy bit overmuch at one point in his State of the Union address to Congress when he ragged on about his two big wins. But he wins. Like, get used to it: His cocky, colloquial cadence was a bit much, but it’s hard to deny Obama a victory lap now that Americans are optimistic about the economy after six years of misery. This isn’t necessarily the result of his policies — but neither were...

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Drum on GOP Moderates
Jan24

Drum on GOP Moderates

Kevin Drum comments on House Speaker John Boehner’s difficulty getting anything passed with Tea Partiers to the right and “moderates” to the left on Mother Jones. This comes from LA Times reporter Lisa Mascaro, who tells us these folks “bristle” at being called moderates. The prefer to be called pragmatists. Tomayto, tomahto, says me, though it’s telling that “moderate” is still a dirty...

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Letters of Sacrifice
Jan23

Letters of Sacrifice

As I watched Jenn stretch her arm to insert yet one more letter at the top of her eight-foot tall work of honor, respect and compassion, I could not help but to ask myself: How many more “I regret to inform you” letters will have to be opened by the trembling hands of a father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter… For each tightly rolled letter Jennifer Hassin, a beautiful, talented young artist from Austin,...

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Sullivan on Boehner and Netanyahu
Jan22

Sullivan on Boehner and Netanyahu

Andrew Sullivan notes that Mossad sources oppose Israeli PM Netanyahu’s accepting John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress on The Daily Dish. After Boehner’s crass attempt to have Netanyahu get even more standing ovations from the Congress in order to kill the negotiations with Iran, there’s some delicious irony in what has come next.   Wouldn’t you have loved to have seen McCain’s face when the Mossad told him...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and Congress
Jan22

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and Congress

Obama and Congress by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –White House: Boehner invite to Netanyahu breach of protocol –Obama blindsided by invite to Israeli PM as Iran row with Congress intensifies –Republicans Post Doctored Version Of State Of The Union, Censor Facts On Climate Change --GOP Leaders Pull Abortion Bill After Revolt by Women, Moderates –President Obama delivered a strong partisan speech that roiled...

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Freedom of the Press Is Not Free
Jan20

Freedom of the Press Is Not Free

In the wake of the hideous attack on Charlie Hebdo editors, cartoonists and staff in Paris there has been a vigorous and spirited debate on freedom of speech and, of course, freedom of the press. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry in remarks delivered at the Journalists Security Conference, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., left no doubt as to which side of this debate he stands on. After thanking Doug Frantz,...

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Poll: 59% of Republicans want Romney to run
Jan19

Poll: 59% of Republicans want Romney to run

Washington pundits, bloggers, talk show hosts and cable ideological show talkers may pooh-pooh the idea, but a new polls finds that many Republicans want former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to make a third fun for the White House. A poll like this is likely to help him with donors who feel it’s Been There/Done That with Romney, but don’t expect it to influence the pundits. It’s a fascinating poll, indeed: According...

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UPDATE – Romney 3.0: ‘My Rising Tide Will Lift All Our Yachts’
Jan19

UPDATE – Romney 3.0: ‘My Rising Tide Will Lift All Our Yachts’

Update: Warning: This update and the original post are political satire.* Not to be outdone by his likely 2016 rival, Senator Ted Cruz also used nautical language to convince an adoring tea party crowd in South Carolina over the weekend that he, not Mitt Romney, would navigate our ship of state safely through the treacherous Liberal waters ahead. “We just saw an historic tidal wave of an election, and all my good Republican...

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Republican Messaging Beats Democrats
Jan17

Republican Messaging Beats Democrats

Given the track records of the last two Presidential administrations, it is remarkable that the Republican party has chalked up victories in the last two mid-term elections. One factor in those victories has been that the mid-terms historically tend to favor the party out of power. Another is that the Republican base is primarily composed of older, whiter voters who turn out to vote in the mid-terms as well as Presidential elections....

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