Romney Uses Chewbacca Defense On Tax Returns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a Bain Capital partner told him Mitt Romney won't show his tax returns because he paid no taxes for ten years. Romney offers a nonsense response - essentially challenging REID to show us Romney's tax returns, to prove it.

Media Elite Finally Find A Campaign Ad To Cluck Tongues At!

After a series of blatantly dishonest Mitt Romney campaign ads have been saturating the airwaves -- one even editing audio to make it sound as if the President said something that he never said --our media elites have finally found an ad to click their tongues at.

For the Unemployed, Romney’s Debate Was Full of “Wind Jobs”

Mitt Romney's "binder full of women" comment has gone viral, which is pretty entertaining but has had the unfortunate side effect of crowding the phrase "wind jobs." That's a real loss, because that term could become a very useful part of our political vocabulary.
Richard Eskow
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Was Obama Bold Enough? What He, And We, Must Do Next (VIDEO)

Echoing the memo that Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps published Monday, I called on President Obama to offer a bold agenda on jobs and the economy on Tuesday night, one that would lay out specific contrasts to the empty suit of the Mitt Romney agenda and would inspire both the progressive ba
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Empty Suit

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.
Robert Borosage
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What’s Up With Cybersecurity and Chinese Telecoms?

Two items in the news: a congressional committee warns that Chinese telecom companies might be spying on us, and the Secretary of Defense warns about "cybersecurity." One report even says that Chinese-made equipment used in businesses here sends data to China at night! What's the story?

The One Percent’s Titanic Self-Delusion

Last summer I compared the GOP to a mutinous first-mate on the Titanic, steering  the economy into an iceberg in hopes of taking over when the captain goes with the ship, while forgetting that they're "in the same boat.
Terrance Heath
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Message To Obama: Go Bold On Jobs Or Go Down In Defeat

Democracy Corps distributed a polling memo Monday that put its finger squarely on a frustration among progressives with President Obama's campaign for re-election that had been simmering long before his disastrous first debate.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The China Apologists Say All Is Great With U.S. Manufacturing

Not so long ago, the U.S.-China Business Council released a study showing that U.S. exports to China have risen over the past decade.  Their point was, isn't this great-- trade with China means that U.S. exports keep growing.
Steven Capozzola
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How The World Works In Romney’s Bubble

Once again, Mitt says everybody in America has hunky dory health care even if they don't have insurance: “We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’  ” he said...
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Joe Shows Up

Joe Biden showed up for the debate.
Robert Borosage
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IMF Agrees: Austerity Bites

Sen. Todd Akin calls for abortion on demand and free distribution of condoms. The CEO of Exxon decries global warming and demands an end to oil company subsidies along with new public investment in renewable energy. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls for amnesty for undocumented workers.
Robert Borosage
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Make Paul Ryan Own His Budget … And Its Consequences

Robert Reich has some excellent advice for Vice President Joe Biden, regarding his debate we VP wannabe Rep. Paul Ryan: Don't debate the earnest, affable Paul Ryan who's likely to show up tonight. Debate the right-wing Randian behind those blue eyes.
Terrance Heath
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Killing the Kids that Don’t Need to Die

Written with Michael Winship. Matt Sitton knew the war in Afghanistan was going badly. He knew it because he was fighting it. He could see for himself. Twenty-six years old, with a wife and child back home, Staff Sergeant Sitton was on his third combat tour there.
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Don’t Lower Taxes For Billionaires. Double Them.

Forget the "Buffett rule." It's not enough. What's more, "letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich" isn't enough either - although it might get us halfway there.
Richard Eskow
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Stop Reading The Polls. Start Reading The Debate Transcript.

He botched the debate despite his reputation as a great communicator. He gave long-winded answers that were hard to follow. He got lost in the weeds of economic and fiscal statistics . His speech was halting. He was defensive. He forgot to smile.
Bill Scher
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