progressive.org — Dennis Kucinich deserves a lot of credit for holding high the progressive banner in Congress over the past 16 years. Kucinich lost his primary race against another progressive, Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving woman in Congress on Tuesday, by a 55-41 margin. A man of courage and principle, he fought for all progressives—even when he was the only one doing it. Above all, Dennis Kucinich urged us to embrace our best selves. He constantly called on us as individuals, as a people, as a nation, and as inhabitants of the Earth to respect others, to act nonviolently, to preserve the environment, to love one another. And whatever he does next, Dennis Kucinich will surely be carrying that powerful message forward. That’s what he does. That’s who he is.
consortiumnews.com — Facts are stubborn things, said founding father John Adams, a basic truth Ronald Reagan famously mangled at the Republican National Convention in 1988, when he tried to quote Adams and declared, “Facts are stupid things,” before correcting himself. Nonetheless, in practice, certain of our financial and political leaders seem to embrace Reagan’s verbal misstep as closer to reality than Adams’s original aphorism. Witness the resistance on the part of banking institutions and certain members of the congressional leadership, despite regulations demanding that they allow facts and figures to be reported, information that could keep us from the edge of yet another economic meltdown.
washingtonpost.com — For Republicans, the presidential primary contest has become a nightmare from which they can’t wake up. Their front-running candidate cannot close the deal; their runners-up cannot surge sufficiently to displace the front-runner. Each candidate’s favorability rating has drooped as the campaign rolls on. None has been able to broaden his support beyond a relatively narrow base. The prospect that no candidate will amass a decisive majority of delegates well before the party’s August convention looks increasingly plausible.
thenation.com — Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a two-time presidential candidate who for the past decade has been the most consistent critic of war and militarism in the US House of Representatives, was defeated Tuesday in a Democratic primary that pitted him against fellow progressive Marcy Kaptur. Kucinich was the first electoral victim of the current round of redistricting, which saw congressional districts redrawn in states across the country after the 2010 Census. A Republican governor and legislature carved up northern Ohio districts with an eye toward eliminating at least one Democratic seat, and they achieved their goal by forcing Kucinich and Kaptur into the same district. That district favored Kaptur and, after a hard-fought race she prevailed by a fifty-six to thirty-nine margin, with the remainder going to a third candidate. Though the race in Ohio’s 9th District received scant attention compared with the Republican presidential contest in the state, the result will have national consequences.
washingtonpost.com — How’s this for political cowardice? Right-wing bloviator Rush Limbaugh launches a vile attack, full of sexual insults and smarmy innuendo, against a young woman whose only offense was to speak her mind. Asked to comment, the leading Republican presidential candidates — who bray constantly about “courage” and “leadership” — run from the bully and hide. So let’s get this straight: These guys want us to believe they’re ready to face down Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Eun, the Taliban and what’s left of al-Qaeda. Yet they’re so scared of a talk-radio buffoon that they ignore or excuse an eruption of venom that some of Limbaugh’s advertisers — nine, at last count, have said they would no longer sponsor the show — find inexcusable.
talkingpointsmemo.com — Over the weekend I started writing an article about Rush Limbaugh, apologies and what we used to call "hang time" at TPM -- namely, the period of time between a Republican politician's rebuke of Rush Limbaugh and the inevitable abject apology. But of course, quite a lot has happened since then. Rush has issued his own non-apology apology; a slew of advertisers have bailed on his show; and it's become standard for Republican politicians' to criticize him at some level, something made much easier by his own nominal apology. But there's no making sense of this Limbaugh controversy without putting it into the larger scope of the high stakes gamble Republicans made in putting birth control at the center of the national election debate as the economy began to recede as a sure-fire election winner.
huffingtonpost.com — Eight months before the fall elections, Republican strategists are in a dour mood. The one thing Republican political pro's are cheering right now is the rapidly increasing price of gas at the pump and the underlying cost of oil. The conventional wisdom holds that if gas prices increase, it will inevitably chip away at support for President Obama - and there is a good case to be made. After all, increased gas prices could siphon billions out of the pockets of consumers that they would otherwise spend on the goods and services that could help continue the economic recovery - which is critical to the President's re-election. But Republicans shouldn't be so quick to lick their chops at the prospect of rising gas prices. Here's why.
washingtonpost.com — The Citizens United decision was to our democracy what congressional repeal of the Glass-Steagall regulation of banking was to our economy. In both cases, money had already eroded the regulatory system. But the formal repeal of regulation removed any sense of constraint. We don’t know who will win the elections this fall. But we know that the flood of independent and secret money will be unprecedented, funding salvos of negative ads that will foul the airwaves and disgust voters. And as voters increasingly view our politics as a corrupted playground for deep pocket donors, the Supreme Court majority might want to reconsider its unpopular decision.
prospect.org — Broad categorizations are an American specialty—after all, we are the nation of the Cosmo quiz, the seven highly effective habits, the red and blue state. In keeping with this tradition, it seems fitting that we break down the biggest primary day of the GOP race into an easily digestible taxonomy. Super Tuesday 2012: one day, four candidates, ten states, 434 delegates. Here's what you need to know.