Right Wing Recycles Old Benghazi Attacks
Sep16

Right Wing Recycles Old Benghazi Attacks

Hillary Clinton appears to have unofficially begun her campaign in Iowa over the past weekend, and the response from the right is loud and clear: “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.” The right wing Heritage Foundation put out an old, meaningless story by Sharyl Attkisson which made it to the top of Memeorandum thanks to all the right wing blogs repeating it. Even Glenn Beck’s web site, The Blaze, did a better job of...

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Undoing the Tyranny of Political Parties
Sep16

Undoing the Tyranny of Political Parties

Here in my state of Oregon most municipal and local elections are already non partisan.  Oregon’s ballot measure 90 will carry that to a new level if passed in November.  As an unaffiliated voter (Independent) I have not been able to participate in the primary elections.  I am part of at least  a third of Oregon voters.  I have no illusions that this will make third party candidates more viable but it will make it possible for...

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Generational Inequality
Sep16

Generational Inequality

A small number of individuals currently control a disproportionate amount of the wealth in most democracies. In America, the ultra-rich .01% of the populace has 11.1% of the nation’s wealth, with the top 1% owning 39.8% of the wealth, an astounding $32.6 trillion. These numbers do not consider assets held in offshore accounts which would skew the percentages even further. The richest .01% has quadrupled their share of America’s wealth...

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Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more
Sep16

Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more

Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more: We’re talking about Sam Brownback, Kansas governor who appears to be losing to his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis. Conservative dominance in a state long known for moderation (and, before that, populism, socialism and violent abolitionism) has in many ways been the work of Davis’ opponent. Brownback, the son of eastern Kansas pig farmers, got his start in politics as...

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Clinton’s bubble separates her from voters
Sep15

Clinton’s bubble separates her from voters

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Clinton is trapped in a bubble. She’s been guarded by the Secret Service since 1993. She hasn’t driven a car since 1996. When she shakes hands with voters — as she did Sunday in Iowa — she’s often separated from them by metal barriers. In some ways, Clinton is a prisoner...

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Can Congress be responsible?
Sep15

Can Congress be responsible?

WASHINGTON — There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to wage a war to end Saddam Hussein’s...

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Hubris Is Alive and Well
Sep15

Hubris Is Alive and Well

Some economists saw the Great Recession coming. Certainly Robert Reich did. But, as Paul Krugman writes in this morning’s New York Times, an army of economists missed the boat. They did so for a number of reasons: Clearly, economics as a discipline went badly astray in the years — actually decades — leading up to the crisis. But the failings of economics were greatly aggravated by the sins of economists, who far too often let...

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Cartoon: Dogs of War
Sep15

Cartoon: Dogs of War

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The NSA makes Watergate break-in look like kindergarten
Sep15

The NSA makes Watergate break-in look like kindergarten

The NSA and the British agency GCHQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom, according to der Spiegal. Their goal? Map the Internet. The initiative is called Treasure Map: [E]very single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. The article continues: Because Netcologne is a regional provider, it would seem highly likely that the NSA or...

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Bernie Sanders for President?
Sep14

Bernie Sanders for President?

If Bernie Sanders runs for the Presidency in 2016, I do not expect him to win. However, he may be a force in shaping the discussion and debate being had during the campaign cycle. Running to the left of Hillary Clinton, and every other candidate that may run, can be beneficial and encourage voters to further explore social and financial progressive policies. His candidacy could instigate the reforms that will inevitably take place in...

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The 2016 Campaign Starting With O’Malley Taking On Clinton In Iowa
Sep14

The 2016 Campaign Starting With O’Malley Taking On Clinton In Iowa

Earlier in the month I noted fund initial fund raising by Martin O’Malley which may have been the start of a potential challenge to Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination. It looks like he is serious, being the first to start organizing a campaign in Iowa: Martin O’Malley’s incipient presidential campaign already has 11 staffers on the ground in Iowa, working to elect Democrats and build valuable connections for...

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The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small
Sep14

The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small

Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com[/caption The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small By Tina Dupuy One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It’s a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it’s a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet we’ve been duped into caring about it. Do the Iraqi people...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Ireland’s Mary Robinson Has World’s Most Impressive Resume
Sep13

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Ireland’s Mary Robinson Has World’s Most Impressive Resume

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Mary Robinson Ready to feel like a...

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ISIS, Obama And The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories
Sep13

ISIS, Obama And The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories

Thirteen years ago, the U.S. was the victim of an attack that sparked numerous conspiracy theories. Al Qaeda’s assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon led to all manner of weird and wacky theories, suggesting the American government abetted the terrorists who killed thousands of its citizens. In the 13 years since 9/11,...

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Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence
Sep13

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence By Dick Polman If there’s any institution arguably more noxious than the National Football League, it has to be Fox News. Where else can you see clueless blowhards laugh it up about wife-beating? In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the video – released Monday by TMZ – where entitled pigskin jock Ray Rice cold-cocks his lady and drags her limp body...

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Rob Ford drops out of Toronto mayor’s race: reports
Sep12

Rob Ford drops out of Toronto mayor’s race: reports

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the mayor’s race. His campaign spokesman Jeff Silverstein filed the paperwork at city hall on Friday, about an hour before the deadline. Mr. Silverstein made no comment as he completed the transaction. He also filed withdrawal papers for Michael Ford, the mayor’s nephew, who had been registered to...

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The ISIL Debate:  There Are Virtually No Winners
Sep12

The ISIL Debate: There Are Virtually No Winners

The ongoing national debate on what to do, or not to do, about the ISIL threat — or whether it is even a threat — is probably the most intense and divergent debate since the one we had about the Iraq War and its legacy. There are those who do not believe ISIL poses a threat at all to Americans or America — and/or “is not our problem” — and, therefore, we should do nothing. There are those who agree with the...

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As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)
Sep12

As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)

After France’s rejection of the Iraq War resolution at the U.N. Security Council, has France retreated from its independent course, only to march in lock step with the United States? For Le Figaro, senior international correspondent Renaud Girard reminds readers of how prescient the non-aligned France of General Charles de Gaulle and Dominique de Villepin have proven to be, and advises French leaders that for the good of France...

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Sarah Palin’s family (including Sarah) allegedly ‘involved in drunken brawl’ at house party
Sep12

Sarah Palin’s family (including Sarah) allegedly ‘involved in drunken brawl’ at house party

History has not been kind to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Except in the eyes of some die-hard conservatives, it’s clear she will go down as the living embodiment of the poor judgment of Arizona Sen. John McCain and his 2008 Presidential campaign advisors. She’s not considered a serious politico, but a specialist in pithy zingers, tweets, Facebook posts and getting big bucks money for being a political personality. And...

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No Safe Haven for Obstructionists
Sep12

No Safe Haven for Obstructionists

by Walter Brasch Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, is not a happy man. He didn’t like it when Barack Obama was elected president. Just about the first thing McConnell said was that his main responsibility was to make sure that Mr. Obama was a one-term president. That vow drove McConnell’s and the Tea Party’s politics. They didn’t worry about the nation or the people. They worried about how to make Barack Obama...

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