Two tragic events this week gave right wingers an opportunity to show some humanity and decency. As usual, wingnuts did not exactly cover themselves in glory. Instead of rising to the occasion, they sank to new lows.
The latest “Libertarian Moment” is upon us, and will expire once it runs headlong into its own inherent shortcomings and the reality of a populist majority. Blink, and you’ll miss it.
Sen. Rand Paul turned tail and ran away when confronted by undocumented DREAMers. But the GOP has a “Latino problem” it can’t run from, and right-wingers seem determined to make it worse.
The crisis that made the water in Toledo, Ohio, unsafe to drink this past weekend is over, for now, but the “perfect storm” that created it rages on: pollution, conservatism, corporate lobbying and climate change.
House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "Nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?
Right-wing reaction to issues in the news this week brought to mind a classic commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but with a wingnut spin on the famous line: “Hey, you got your plane crash in my Benghazi!”
Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 60 bodies lie in a heap on the floor of a morgue – the body count for just one day. Can we in good conscience send children back there – when we helped create the conditions they are escaping?
Thank heaven for American wingnuts’ short attention span. The apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine gave everyone a brief respite from the usual sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic rantings.
There's no margin of error for low-income working parents. There's no “plan B,” because there's barely enough resources for “plan A.” If just one thing goes wrong, “plan A” crashes and burns, taking the rest of someone’s life with it.
Ugly Americans ran amok as right-wingers showed off their patriotism by screaming at children, and Republicans promised to block the president's efforts to stem a border crisis that fires up the basest elements of the GOP's wingnut base.
What’s the matter with Kansas? That's the question posed by Thomas Frank’s 2005 book and the eponymous documentary about how the state became a hotbed of extreme right-wing conservatism. So, what's the matter with Kansas now? Tax cuts.
Fast food CEO Andy Puzder says that raising the minimum wage will harm workers and kill job growth. A new study of the 13 states that have tried it says otherwise.
Just in time for mid-term election campaigning, the Supreme Court handed conservatives the perfect opportunity to remind Americans that their number 1 obsession is policing women’s sex lives by any means necessary. Wingnuts rejoiced.
Republicans prove they can get thing done when they really want to by killing a requirement that lawmakers disclose lobbyist-paid trips. Meanwhile, issues like immigration reform and infrastructure languish.
Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”
As Washington wades into another debate over extending unemployment insurance benefits, millions of jobless Americans are waiting for our elected leaders to finally get around to focusing on jobs.
As the White House holds a Summit on Working Families today, here are five policies with broad popular support that could make a family-friendly economy a reality.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
The White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on Monday, and Republicans are trying to get in on the action with a fake agenda meant to distract us from their lack of real solutions.
While conservatives fret over breadwinner moms and caregiver dads, Democrats are working to create a more family-friendly economy, starting with a family-friendly workplace.
As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
More than 3 million people have lost their emergency unemployment benefits since House Republicans allowed the program to expire. Witness Wednesdays is bringing some of those voices to Washington. Will the GOP listen?
Republicans can’t pass immigration reform, but they can take time out from obstructing anything that might remotely do the economy some good, to confer citizenship on a genocidal colonialist who’s been dead for over two hundred years.
The safe release of an American POW is usually a cause for celebration. But there will be no yellow ribbons on the right for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal, who was released after being held by the Taliban for five years.
Guns — their presence, and all it portends — are increasingly invading every corner of our every day lives. They have morphed into a form of symbolic speech that threatens to shoot down our political discourse.
Well, that didn’t take long. As Americans were still reeling from the latest gun massacre, right-wingers wasted no time blaming liberals, Hollywood, and gay marriage for all shooting rampages. As usually, the facts are decidedly against wingnuts.
At the New Populism Conference, Rev. William Barber reminded progressive populists that we must know why we fight, and what we're fighting for. We must not shrink from battle, when we have all we need to fight and win.
This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
The rising American electorate that twice elected Barack Obama could be a deciding factor in 2014, if either party reaches out with a message that addresses concerns of its diverse constituencies and motivates them to vote.
This week, Karl Rove proved once again that his Bush-era nickname "Turd Blossom" was well earned. Just when you thought he couldn't sink any lower, Rove launched a laughably desperate attack on Hillary Clinton.
The cameras have gone, and America's attention has turned elsewhere, but Cliven Bundy and his supporters are trying to provoke a showdown with the federal government. Lawlessness is spreading from Bundy’s ranch like a cancer.
Hillary Clinton's all-but-inevitable presidential candidacy in 2016 and Monica Lewinsky's return to the spotlight have led to recurrence of the right's derangement disorder of the '90s.
Right-wing lawlessness continues at Cliven Bundy's ranch, where supporters who were itching to shoot police officers and federal agents, nearly shot each other. Now citizens want the "militia" out. Can this thing end without bloodshed?
At what point do armed citizens consider themselves the law, based on little more than their numbers and their guns? The latest news from Bundy Ranch, raises this and many other questions,
Here’s a basic rule of thumb for wingnut rhetoric. If right-wingers have returned to flogging that dead horse called Benghazi, they’re fresh out of ideas again.
Cliven Bundy isn't the first conservative to defend slavery, but he may be one of the first condemned by fellow conservatives for doing so. Does this mean conservatives are ready to stop defending slavery?
This week, they don’t come any nuttier than Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and the right-wing pundits and politicians who rushed to defend his range war against the federal government. Revolution was almost nigh, until Budy shot off his mouth.
Obamacare didn’t come with ”death panels," like conservatives claimed it would. So, Republican governors and state legislatures formed their own. Until the death of Charlene Dill, the victims of those death panels were invisible.
What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.