When Conservatism Fails, West Virginians Get Poisoned

The West Virginia chemical spill that poisoned a river and left 300,000 without water is another consequence of conservatism's "deregulation culture," and a lesson in the importance of government oversight over business.
Terrance Heath
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Democracy and the Christie Phenomenon

Why do people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie? Are they looking for someone to "take charge" in a world in which they feel a loss of control. Maybe. But can he get a majority to vote for him?
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Chris Christie is the Real Face of the Republican Party

Christie and his staff reflect a view of other people as nothing more than rubes to be manipulated and exploited, whether they’re trying to escape the trap of long-term unemployment or Fort Lee during the morning rush hour.
Richard Eskow
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Headline O’ The Day

"Misfortune?" Really?  I think of misfortune as getting cancer or losing your job.  Getting caught for illegally using your power to punish innocent people is something else entirely.
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After 50 Years, How To Move Forward In The War On Poverty

America hasn't lost the war on poverty. We just stopped fighting it. We must take up challenge again, and fight not just against poverty, but for more jobs, livable wages, and economic growth that benefits all.
Terrance Heath
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It’s Time For Republicans To Do Some Real Work.

Congress is back, but that doesn't mean Republicans are ready to get to work. Senate Democrats have scheduled a test vote to restore unemployment insurance, but Republicans won't approve an extension without something in return.

From “Duck Dynasty” To “Booker’s Place”

“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s comments on race didn't cause as much controversy as his anti-gay spiel, but they deserve just as much scrutiny. Robertson told a reporter he believes blacks were happier during segregation.
Terrance Heath
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The Best of The Worst of the Right-Wing in 2013

From the second inauguration of Barack Obama to the latest skirmish in the “War on Christmas,” a steady stream of outrageousness flowed from the American right this year. Here are the best of the worst of the right-wing in 2013.
Terrance Heath
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Will The GOP Embrace “Duck Dynasty Conservatism”?

Conservatives and 2016 hopefuls are rushing to the defense of a reality TV star, who was suspended from his show after an anti-gay rant to a reporter. What does that say about GOP?
Terrance Heath
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Exposing The Scrooges

The fight to extend unemployment insurance may not be quite done yet. Even the misanthropic Republicans are subject to the pressure from normal people not to be cruel and ungenerous, especially at Christmas time.
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A New Deal for Christmas

While millions of Americans continue to suffer from the Great Recession, Republicans have redoubled their efforts to kill the New Deal, crushing the social insurance programs that enable Americans to care for one another.
Leo Gerard
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Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

This grim anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., killings reminded us of 2000 when Charlton Heston made his defiant boast at the NRA convention that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.”
Bill Moyers
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No, Megyn Kelly, Jesus Was Not “White”

Fox News host "Megyn" Kelly is determined to have a "White Christmas." No, Megyn, Jesus was not “white.” In fact, he wasn’t anything that you would recognize as white. We’ve got forensics that come as close as we'll ever get to proving it.
Terrance Heath
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How The Right Missed The Point At The Mandela Memorial

While conservatives obsessed over "selfies," handshakes, and pseudo-symbolic statements, President Obama honored the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and underscored how relevant and urgently needed it is today.
Terrance Heath
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The Modest Bargain

It's a tiny deal, which is always better than a big deal when you're dealing with these Republicans. But large spending cuts remain the bipartisan objective of the budget as far as the eye can see.
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The GOP Can’t Get Off The Hook By Declaring The “End” Of Racism

Nobody wants racism to be "over" more than white conservatives, if the RNC’s tweet honoring Rosa Parks for “ending” racism is any indication. Why are white conservatives so ready declare racism “over”? They want to get off the hook.
Terrance Heath
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Unemployment and the GOP’s “War on Christmas”

If there’s a “war on Christmas,” it’s being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire at the end of the year, just as they did for emergency food stamp spending.
Terrance Heath
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Alec Is Planning For A Busy Year…

As long as politicians are bought and paid for, organizations like ALEC will have dangerous influence over the legislation that effects us all. It's time to put an end to the corporate control of Congress once and for all.

How ‘Limited Government’ Is Burying a Generation in Debt

State budget cuts to higher education are driving the cost of tuition to increase twice as fast as the cost of health care. Those additional dollars aren’t improving students’ instruction. But students and families have to make up the difference.
Joshua Holland
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Seeking Rents And Magic Misdirection

For a lot of people, government is seen as a simple tool to take their money and give it to people who don't "deserve" it. That's how these ideas are sold to the people --- by appealing to their baser natures.
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For Obamacare, Nothing Succeeds like Success

Despite its flawed roll-out, most Americans are willing to give health care reform time to succeed. That’s good news for Obamacare, because it’s already succeeding in states that have fully adopted it. And the success stories are multiplying.
Terrance Heath
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The “Real JFK” – Not Conservative, and Not Forgotten

Presidents are the products of the times at least as much they are the shapers of them. JFK was not a conservative. That idea calls upon us to, in Rilke’s words, “gently remove the semblance of injustice that ... hinders spirits from moving on."
Richard Eskow
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Huge, Huge Victory For Political Sanity Today

Kids, don't say Harry Reid never did anything for you. He and the Senate Democrats just ended the use of the filibuster for executive branch appointments and lower court judges. Right-wing dominance of our judicial system will be diluted.
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Cut Corporate America’s Free Lunch, Not Food Stamps

If Congress is serious about “fiscal responsibility," it should cut corporate America's "free lunch," instead of voting for even more painful cuts to food stamps. It would generate more revenue than pseudo-savings from cutting food stamps.
Terrance Heath
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Right Wing Moneybags Organizations Are Multiplying Like Rabbits

I guess it's to be expected. When you have as much money as the upper 1% have, this stuff is just pocket change. They might as well follow their bliss. And corporations can fund their pro-corporate agenda and get a nice tax write-off.
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Heretics in the Temples of Market Fundamentalism

Beneath the Tea Party-generated gridlock in Washington, continued mass unemployment and growing inequality are confounding the old economic consensus. Heresies sounded in the temples of the old faith suggest the debate on reform has only begun.
Robert Borosage
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