Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced yesterday that he is running for president. What he’s running from is at least as important as the office he's running for.
This week, wingnuts tried to frighten Americans into believing that gays were going to take away their religious freedom, and learned — in Indiana, Arkansas, and a few other states — that those old tricks don’t work anymore.
The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results, inspiring hope and putting right-wing supporters of the law on the defensive.
Let’s be clear. Sen. Ted Cruz is not going to be president. Nor is he going to be the Republican nominee. But his wingnut tendencies will make 2016 a headache for Republicans, and more entertaining for the rest of us.
Yesterday House Republicans passed a budget with no new funding for job creation. Today a new report on black unemployment shows the urgent need for investment in job creation.
The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
Today Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) announced the he will run for president, making him the first major candidate to announce for 2016. Here are some of the crazy things Ted Cruz believes.
This week, the GOP representative whose name inspired almost as many puns as former Rep. Anthony Wiener, announced that he would resign from Congress, and avoid an ethics investigation.
Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
Americans were appalled this week, when video surfaced of Oklahoma University SAE fraternity brothers singing an incredibly racist tune. Wingnuts were appalled that the rest of the us were appalled.
Despite rumors that House Republican leadership would skip the 50th anniversary of Selma, several Republicans showed up, but missed the point so completely that they might as well have stayed at home.
In what may be one of the dumbest political moves of the year so far, no Republican leaders will be going to the 50th anniversary ceremonies in Selma this weekend. Not a single one.
Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
After 90 days of public hearings, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has mapped out baby steps, instead of bold strides towards real policing reforms.
Bombastic Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, affectionately dubbed “Papa Bear” by Stephen Colbert, formerly of “The Colbert Report,” is in so much trouble that he’s even defending President Obama. It’s that bad.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had everything going for him that an incumbent could hope for, but a populist uprising forced him into a run-off, in a re-election campaign he was almost certain to win.
Republicans can’t run from Rudy Giuliani’s hateful rhetoric about President Obama’s patriotism, because the party's right-wing base won’t let them. This is who they are.
ISIS wants a holy war with America. Fox News and the wingnut brigade are aching to give them one. Will those who’ve learned nothing from history doom the rest of us to repeat it?
Almost two weeks before a “bomb train” carrying 3 million gallons of oil exploded in West Virginia, a House Republican who should have been demanding safety upgrades for oil tankers was blocking them instead.
After a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, “Ten Commandments” judge Roy Moore channelled governor George Wallace. The usual wingnuttery ensued.
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.
Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to explain her inaction and the Fed’s silence on Greece’s stand against austerity. The stakes are too high for the U.S. to let Greece go it alone.
This week, conservatives’ anti-science agenda blew up in their faces, Republican Aaron Schock landed in hot water for his interior design choices, and Bobby Jindal got an enlightening makeover.
America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. That anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism’s rejection of responsibility to the greater community.
This week, we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives’ love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and almost said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to a regular on “Wingnut Week In Review.”
After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
From anti-choice bills in the House, to threats of lawsuits over Muslim “no go zones,” this week showed that the wingnut brain is biggest “no go zone” of them all.
President Obama’s State of the Union Address, complete with a “mic drop” moment," couldn’t have annoyed Republicans more if he’d entered to the theme from Rocky, and exited to “How Ya Like Me Now.”
From Benghazi and Beyoncé, from former CIA Director David Petraeus to the terrorist attack in Paris, and beyond, this week was a smorgasbord of wingnuttery.
Like his predecessor, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Tom Price, the new chair of the House Budget Committee, has a conservative ideology that will undermine a recovery that hasn’t even reached many Americans.
This week, the world joined with the people of France in mourning and solidarity, following a deadly terrorist attack on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper. Wingnuts wasted no time scoring political points.
Mitch McConnell’s goal for the new Republican-led Congress is simple: Don’t scare voters away from a GOP presidential candidate in 2016. Recent events, both silly and serious, suggest that will be an uphill battle.
It’s time to say goodbye to 2014, and wrap-up the first year of “Wingnut Week In Review.” But first, let’s trudge down memory lane and recall the best of the worse in wingnuttia this year.
On June 8, 2014, white, anti-government, tea party supporters shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers. Conservative media was conspicuously silent.
Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Conservative economic policy turned Kansas into a “smoking ruin.” Taking $55 million from Obamacare is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed artery. It won’t cure the conservative failure that ails Kansas.
Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it’s fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis worse.
If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Only the worst kind of wingnut could conclude that America is “awesome” in spite of — or because of — “forced anal feeding and re-hydration” of detainees. But that’s what we heard this week.
Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly assured us that the “Ferguson story” would be over in a week. That was before a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner, and a Cleveland, OH cop killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.