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|The Party of Christie: GOP killing unemployment extension as revenge for Democratic victories
Back in November when Senate Democrats reformed the filibuster -- breaking the GOP efforts to block almost every Obama nominee -- Mitch McConnell promised: “You’ll regret this, and you may ...
|LOL. Dennis Hastert says there is no Hastert Rule, but Boehner shouldn't break it
Dennis Hastert will be remembered for three things: 1. Becoming an unlikely, almost accidental Speaker of the House who was little more than Tom Delay's ventriloquist dummy. 2. As a co-conspirator ...
|Harm reduction as a model for a universal, reality-based political philosophy
"Harm reduction" is commonly used to describe compassionate policies that address harmful behaviors by individuals : Harm reduction (or less commonly known as harm minimization) is a range of ...
|Howard Dean slaps down the whining hypocrites in our political media
It's unlikely that there's a better spokesperson for our national political media's temper-tantrum over the AP/James Rosen kerfuffle than the National Journal's Ron Fournier. Fournier joined the ...
|Occupy Oakland is to blame for shooting even if protesters weren't involved, says City Council Prez
I'm a proud resident of Oakland, but we have more than our share of violent crime here. Tonight there was fatal shooting downtown near the Occupy Oakland encampment. Multiple protesters report that ...
|If Millionaire Mitt thinks we should stay in Iraq, why didn't he encourage his own kids to enlist?
No two ways about it, thanks to Occupy Wall Street, America's class war will be front and center in next year's presidential election. And Mitt Romney is the perfect standard-bearer for a privileged ...
|What? Ed Schultz & J.D. Hayworth find common cause on immigration reform
On his Monday show this week, Ed Schultz announced his top priority for immigration reform: massing troops on the U.S.-Mexico border. And he followed that up with a fluff interview of U.S. ...
|Conservative faction at MSNBC continues to attack Olbermann and Maddow
It's been an interesting week at MSNBC. As I reported on Tuesday , CNBC pundit ...
|MSNBC host calls Olbermann "crazy," compares to Beck
CNBC host and professional "moderate" Donny Deutsch is hosting a one-hour show every afternoon this week on MSNBC. Deutsch is usually a condescending blowhard, so I didn't expect much from his new ...
|Shorter Morning Joke - March 31, 2010
MSNBC's Morning Joe (Brewed by Starbucks) has become so ridiculous that it's almost too easy to parody. Today's episode was a classic of false balance and a perfect example of what's wrong with ...
|Tea Party Leaders: Repeal Social Security! Larry King: Wha?!
It's not easy to disturb Larry King. But lately even the somnambulant talk show host has been blanching at the rhetoric from right-wing guests on his show. First there was Mitt Romney's apocalyptic ...
|Meltdown: Erick Erickson wants to oust GOP leaders
The founder of RedState, CNN's Erick Erickson is pissed off and thinks it's time to ditch the Republican leadership over ...
|The Bluebird of Happiness: Another Day of GOP FAIL
On the first day of spring, this morning, Representative Louise Slaughter convened the House of Representatives Rules Committee to set the reconciliation parameters for finally passing health care ...
|Hell yeah, ram it through! It's good politics.
Republicans may have provided Democrats with an ideal closing narrative for health care...but only if they have the guts to use it. The GOP has obviously chosen to focus on process for the end game, ...
|Republicans outraged over health care signing ceremony
According to FOX News, the White House communications team is quietly discussing plans for President Obama to hold what is being called a "signing ceremony" in conjunction with signing health care ...
|Morning Joe attacks and mocks Carter for comment on racism
Doesn't MSNBC (or Starbucks for that matter) find anything embarrassing about its all-...
|Kennedy: "Incremental measures won't suffice anymore"
The media is abuzz today with speculation about how Ted Kennedy's absence will impact the health care reform debate. And, as usual, the conventional wisdom is starting to coalesce around a frame ...
|MSNBC hack says Kennedy would kill Public Option (updated)
That didn't take long. Who would have guessed that the traditional media vultures would do their best to completely distort and deface Ted Kennedy's legacy? After all, Kennedy's Republican "friends" ...
|Baucus and Conrad endorsed reconciliation for health care reform
I was just re-reading a diary I wrote last February predicting that ...
|Howard Dean schools Morning Joe on public option strategy (UPDATED w/ videos & action item)
Howard Dean made a brief appearance on Morning Joe today and left the hapless bunch literally enthralled with his analysis of Obama's health care reform strategy. The lead-up to the Dean ...
|Help stop healthcare lies on MSNBC
One of the reasons Republicans are often so successful at framing national debates is the cooperation of particular media figures who possess an undeserved reputation as "centrists" or "nonpartisans."
|New Wingnut Scare: Armed agents are protecting Obama!
Don't look now, but Teabaggers have discovered the Secret Service. And, no, this isn't satire. Some brave citizen-journalists are risking everything to report an alarming development: Obama is ...
|Ultimatum: Dems ready to shut down Baucus-Grassley scam? UPDATED x3: Reid caves again?
You didn't have to read too deeply between the lines to figure out what agreement was reached several days ago during the Obama-Reid-Baucus healthcare meeting: Reid would not bring a bill to the ...
|Will Congress investigate the CIA Iraq document forgeries?
With revelations about Dick Cheney's mystery CIA assassination squad and outrage by congressional Democrats over being kept in the dark, I got to wondering about a couple of other suspected CIA ...
|Torture Cheerleading, Brewed by Starbucks! UPDATED
For reasons I don't entirely understand, advertisers usually seem to get a free pass for the content they underwrite, even when that content is radical political discourse. But the new over-the-top ...
|Senators Kyl, Sessions don't know if Sotomayor is a racist
On the Sunday morning shows, Senators Jon Kyl and Jeff Sessions did their best to dance through the minefield laid by the titular leaders of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. ...
|Meltdown: Cornyn repudiates Rush and Newt, wingnuts freak out
The political quandary facing Republicans becomes more evident every day. The stark division between its radical base and the rest of the country would be difficult enough to navigate under any ...
|Obama reserving the right to torture? Non-denial denial from White House (UPDATED)
I don't have any desire to write an "Obama=Bush" diary and that's not what this is. But I think it's important to point out that the White House has failed to deny one of the most outrageous ...
|Obama's Supreme Court Nominee: Turtles All the Way Down
As the progressive community gears up to fight against the inevitable right-wing demagoguery of President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, I'm reminded of an oft-repeated philosophical allegory. ...
|Will MSNBC allow Scarborough to keep advocating torture?
Mornings on MSNBC are a regular pro-torture fest. Day after day, Joe Scarborough and his pals, Pat Buchanan and Willie Geist, love to yuk it up about "splashing water" on the bad buys and scaring ...
|Breaking: Karl Rove calls somebody a liar
This really shouldn't be an important news story. It should only be a minor story about a sociopathic con-man and the absurdity of him accusing anyone else of lying. But the talkers will be talking ...
|Frank Gaffney: Obama sending "coded" messages to Al-Qaeda
Un-fucking-believable. Neocon mouthpiece and conspiracy-theorist Frank Gaffney scurried out of his hole again today to spread his typically deranged propaganda on Hardball . Deranged? Yup. ...
|Basic Stargazing: The Crescent of Venus (and the legacy of Galileo and Darwin)
Counting stars by candle light, all are dim but one is bright: the spiral light of Venus, rising first and shining best... - Robert Hunter,
|Cantor, Steele repudiate Rush; wingnuts freak out (Updated x2: RedState of Denial)
Republicans are hopelessly stuck with the same problem that has plagued them through two election cycles: a vast gulf between their base and majority of Americans. And, as we know, Obama and ...
|Obama's Plan for Filibuster-Proof Health Care Reform UPDATED
Maybe I'm missing something here, but I think a major element of President Obama's health care reform strategy is emerging. I've wondered for a while how meaningful reform legislation could possibly ...
|Obama's interesting pick for drug czar
The Seattle Times is reporting this morning that President Obama has chosen Seattle Police Chief Gil ...
|Mitch McConnell threatens stimulus filibuster
This morning on Face the Nation , Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell stated that the current stimulus package working its way through the Senate is not likely to pass. Bob Schieffer then ...
|Limbaugh's rise to GOP leader continues: McCain is on board
Helping to cement the wedge that President Obama drove between the Republican Party and the American center this week, John McCain has chosen sides. The failed presidential ...
|President Bush to issue new Executive Orders!
Following on the heels of the new "lifetime immunity" doctrine for presidential advisers, sources report that former President Bush is huddling with aides in Dallas as he prepares to begin issuing ...
|Rockefeller suspects he was spied on by the NSA
Was just now watching yesterday's Hardball, and Jay Rockefeller, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made a little bit of news. ...
|Cheney denies he's unpopular, blames manipulated polls
With all the torture confessing and historical revisionism coming out of Cheney recently, it was easy to miss this little glimpse into the mind of Dead-Eye Dick. Of course, the usual delusional-or-...
|Torture, Guns, and Money: The Neocon Agenda for Mexico
So it's Sunday morning and I'm halfway paying attention to the panel discussion on This Week with George Stephanopoulos when I do a double take. In the middle of a conversation about ...
|Experts: War Crimes Prosecutions WILL Happen
I'm going to keep this succinct and to the point, because it's not complicated at all. But the necessity of the Obama administration understanding this reality is essential to the future standing of ...
|Science education is under attack in TX and OK, right now!
Science may be returning to the White House this month, but anti-evolution forces are still hard at work trying to undermine science education in the public schools. And things are heating up right ...
|Zing! Olbermann subtly disses Scarborough in Worst Persons
For a couple of months now Joe Scarborough (pontificating daily during his three-hour time slot on MSNBC) hasn't missed an ...
|Bush-Enablers Feinstein and Rockefeller are running scared (UPDATED x2)
Glenn Greenwald nailed it today: Few things could reflect better on Panetta's selection than the fact that ...
| Caroline? Whatever. But Peter King should go away
Regardless of how I feel about Caroline Kennedy becoming the next Junior Senator from New York, one of her critics is really starting to annoy me -- Representative Peter King, a Bushbot Republican ...
|The Galaxy Celebrates
I've long envisioned the Bush Era ending much like the galactic-wide celebration at the end of Return of the Jedi. The fall of an empire. Redemption. Statues toppled. A celebration of freedom ...
|Palin the Victim -- New CBN Interview
Conservatives love to play the victim, besieged, in their fanciful imaginations, by hostile Democrats and a leftist media. In particular, they love to pretend that they are discriminated against for ...
|Shocker! CNN finally gets it right on ACORN (UPDATED x3)
"...this is looking like a fraud committed against ACORN." That was the conclusion of investigative reporter Drew Griffin (who we are told "broke" the ACORN story) on a CNN Truth ...
|McCain camp raises expections; mocks Obama's debate skills
If there was any doubt that the "McCain Wins Debate" SNAFU telegraphed the campaign's high expectations for their candidate, they've now upped the ante even further. The McCain campaign seems to be ...
|Bill Clinton's Campaign Role: A Soft-Sell to Undecided Voters
Several diaries popped up on Monday complaining (in fervent, outraged tones) about Bill Clinton's media appearances. The complaints were predictable. Bill didn't do enough to promote Obama; he dared ...
|NY Times hack job on Biden -- this has to stop! UPDATE
In what reads more like a celebrity roast than a VP campaign-trail report for the nation's so-called paper of record, Mark Leibovich offers up ...
|Turdblossom calls McCain "angry" "hothead"
I won't pretend to know why he's doing it. But it's becoming difficult to believe that Karl Rove isn't deliberately undermining the McCain campaign. In an interview Wednesday with the AP, message-...
|Palin's Heartlessness on Rape (w/ video)...paging Bernard Shaw
Country First? Really, Senator McCain? Has any candidate for president ever chosen such an unqualified extremist as a running mate? During the Alaska gubernatorial debate, Sarah Palin stated her ...
|Pat Buchanan Sounds Alarm: Neocons Are Abducting Palin
Well, it sounds like all is not sweetness and light and unity in the Republican Party. Apparently, a power struggle is brewing between traditional conservatives (who think that neocons are lunatics ...
|Palin: "Bridge to Nowhere" wasn't an earmark
The true absurdity of the McCain/Palin "earmark reform" talking point was starkly revealed today. Both Palin and McCain were asked about Alaskan earmarks and their responses (if taken at face value) ...
|Palin on drilling -- even more extreme than you think
Just thought I'd add this little gem to the burgeoning catalog of Sarah Palin's Lies. And I bet it's one you haven't heard about before. Before segueing into the "drill! drill! drill!" section of ...
|Air America is spreading lies about Hillary Clinton
I've been listening to Randi Rhodes on Air America for a long time. Her show is entertaining and Randi has usually had a solid command of the facts -- she likes to brag about how well-informed ...
|GOP operative rolls out "back of the bus" Obama smear
Over the past several weeks, reports have surfaced that the Republican National Committee is commissioning "top-...
| Why hasn't Obama taken a position on Super Delegates?
For the same reason Hillary Clinton hasn't. Neither candidate is going to abandon a viable path to the nomination that takes advantage of agreed-upon rules built into the process. Despite demands ...
I want to shine a spotlight on a couple of the lesser players in the Scooter Libby truthiness squad -- two second-string Gollums that slithered across my TV screen this week, defending Libby and ...
|Drudge smears Pelosi with misleading headline
The blaring headline a the top of tonight’s Drudge Report reads: I SAW THE CLIMATE CHANGE just below an unflattering photo of Nancy Pelosi. The headline is obviously ...
|CNN: Scooter Libby "allegedly" lied to investigators
I had just finished watching a late-night replay of Al Gore on Larry King, when CNN's hourly news update came on. This was at 4:00am EST tonight. And it only took seconds after Gore finished ...
|In Defense of Congressional Democrats
I was outraged when I heard than Democrats had capitulated to Bush on funding the occupation of Iraq. But, after sober consideration, I've come to the conclusion that congressional Dems chose their ...
|White House berates GOP congressmen who met with Bush
How does the Bush Administration react after being approached by congressional Republicans who are concerned about the situation in Iraq? It publicly berates them, of course. Just in ...
|The Chickenhawk Rag
Just returned from an afternoon of American folk music, featuring the exquisite ukulele stylings of Aaron Keim of the Boulder Acoustic Society . ...
|Requiem for a Media Horse
Back in the dark days of 2000, before blogs and before there was any significant organized liberal presence on the ...
|Hardball: Bill Maher slaps down Giuliani, mocks Fred Thompson
I've had my problems with Bill Maher over the years. But when it comes to calling out Republican bullshit with common-sense incisive humor, Maher gives Jon Stewart a run for his money. And Democrats ...
|How NOT to Meet the Press (Biden)
Joe Biden's performance on Meet the Press yesterday was, in a word, abysmal. The senator from Delaware possesses a basic political weakness -- lack of discipline. Biden didn't only hurt ...
|World Bank in Crisis: Tensions Over Wolfowitz Escalate
Much like Alberto Gonzales, Paul Wolfowitz doesn't know when it's time to get out of dodge. From ...
|Romney supports the war, but won't ask his kids to enlist
Mitt Romney says the war is over...and we won! Oh yeah, I remember now: George Bush. Aircraft carrier. Mission Accomplished. Apparently, the Great White Varmint Hunter is still eager to hitch his ...
|McConnell, Lott, Gingrich, Hatch decry DOJ politicization!
Did you know that Mitch McConnell, Trent Lott, Newt Gingrich, and Orrin Hatch all have a very low threshold for politicization and incompetency in the Department of Justice? Even the appearance of ...
|CNN and MSNBC suck rotten eggs!!
And the same goes for ABC, NBC, CBS, and C-SPAN. Comcast and DirectTV too. (FOX? Feh. They don't deserve to be included in a discussion about news.) The American broadcast news media sucks! ...
|Evil Tweety Returns: Matthews Bashes Judiciary Dems
After the damage he did shilling for Republicans during President Clinton's impeachment and during the 2000 elections, as well as fawning over Bush's theatrics in the years following nine-eleven, ...
|1968 and 2008 (Pt. 1): Gore, Nixon, and Romney
I have been working my way through Theodore H. White's The Making of the President 1968 , and it is impossible not to notice some uncanny similarities to our current presidential contest. ...
|Purge: Former USA Heffelfinger admits "voter fraud" dispute
Last week, in response to a Star Tribune editorial suggesting that the resignation of former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger stemmed ...
|David vs. Goliath: How Media Matters took down Imus
Take the time to read just one more Imus diary. You'll like this one -- it's not really about Imus. It's about how the internet is altering the media landscape in ways we are probably only beginning ...
|Subpoena the Help Desk!
I see that TPMmuckraker is reporting yet another White House excuse for the missing emails: Today, during the White House ...
|Giuliani in Alabama (Update: more on the Confederate flag)
Just noticed an interesting report on a Giuliani campaign stop in Montgomery, Alabama, on Tuesday: Giuliani off the mark ...
|Playing Hardball: Cheney is a War Criminal
A member of the traditional media may have finally crossed the Rubicon. On last Friday's Hardball , Chris Matthews began to leap where ...
|Ed Rendell is undermining the Democratic Party, again
Ed Rendell is at it again. And I'm sick of it. Rendell's behavior on the national stage is right out of the Joe Lieberman school of self promotion. The Pennsylvania governor has a history of ...
|BREAKING: Romney Hunting Video Discovered on YouTube!
In what appears to be a leak of an unfinished campaign promotional video, Republican Mitt Romney is shown hunting rabbits and other small rodents, backing up claims made this week by the former ...
|"I would rather be a losing Democrat than a winning Republican any day"
When I think about politics, I tend to get pretty wrapped up in strategy. I would guess that many people on a site like Daily Kos would say the same thing about themselves. Nothing wrong with that. ...
|Giuliani: Bush can fund Iraq occupation without Congress
Glenn Greenwald's latest on Rudy Giuliani calls out the former New York City mayor for the disturbing assertion ...
|Who's next? (frequently updated!)
Scooter Libby. Susan Ralston. Kyle Sampson. Monica Goodling. Which of you Bushies will be next? They didn't tell you about this part, did they? Karl said it was all worked out. Republican ...
|Romney Spokesman Chokes Under Fire on WMD and Iraq Policy!
Still basking in the afterglow of better than expected fundraising numbers, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign sent their new press secretary, Kevin Madden (Tom DeLay's former communications ...
|Duncan Hunter jokes about the Iraq war, but I don't get it
Tuning into Road to the White House on C-SPAN this evening, I had the unpleasant experience of watching Representative Duncan Hunter campaigning for the presidency in New Hampshire. I quickly ...
|Epistemology and the POTUS, or George W. Bush meets reality
President George W. Bush is in the midst of confronting his greatest obstacle. It is not the war in Iraq. It is not USAgate. And it is not the challenge of congressional oversight. The obstacle ...
|Blog Propaganda: Iraq The Model and Spirit of America
Last night, JuliaAnn posted an intriguing diary regarding the unusual spectacle of the ...
|Tucker Jumps the Shark: Blames Democrats for Iraq
Despite Keith Olbermann's journalistic integrity and some occasionally solid reporting and analysis on Hardball (not to mention even Joe Scarborough making sense now and then) there is still plenty ...
|DeLay Cracks Up on Hardball (UPDATE #2: Complete Video)
I have never really been able to figure out if Tom DeLay is truly delusional or just your typical sociopathic Republican liar. After today's Hardball, I am convinced he is a little of both. Matthews'
|Corker Floats GOP Medicare Drug Strategy: Blame Canada!
Faced with Speaker Pelosi's hundred-hour agenda, Republicans are about to find themselves defending a number of uncomfortable positions, opposing popular initiatives like a minimum-wage increase and ...
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|Republicans Self-Destruct: Blame 9/11 on Bush Sr. and Reagan [UPDATE: Mehlman video]||ryeland||08/13/2006||210||318||-||40|
|Please Stop Using the Term Conspiracy Theory||ryeland||08/10/2006||25||11||-||-|
|Bush politicizing bin Laden tape, national security||ryeland||10/29/2004||7||1||-||-|
|Bush Cheerleading Pics - email to friends and family||ryeland||10/22/2004||22||4||-||11|
|Harry Reid: We need a leader, not a cheerleader||ryeland||09/25/2004||18||3||-||1|
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