Can Conservatives Stop Defending Slavery?

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?
Terrance Heath
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Republicans Want to Enslave My Generation

Since the 1970’s, Republicans championed policies that cheated my parents’ generation out of the American dream. Republicans are now intent using the same broken policies to enslave the next generation of Americans—the millennials.
Derek Pugh
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Cliven Bundy Hears What Republicans Say

“Dog-whistle,” “code word” politics is not about what the politician says, it’s about what the listener hears. Here is what Republicans are saying and what the listener hears.

Why Conservatives Are Willing to Let People Like Charlene Dill Die

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.
Terrance Heath
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The Ryan Budget Shows What Republicans Want To Do To America

With the passage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest austerian budget, the GOP has spelled out very clearly what they want to do to America. It’s not a threat, but a promise that Americans must make sure Republicans never have the power to fulfill.
Terrance Heath
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Is Charles Koch “Un-American”? Let Thomas Jefferson Decide

What one of the Koch brothers calls "character assassination" in a Wall Street Journal editorial, others would describe as a simple recounting of the facts. So let's turn the question over to an unimpeachable authority.
Richard Eskow
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Washington Conservatives, Leave The States Alone!

Why won't the professional conservative movement listen to these "instruments of self-government," these "laboratories of democracy," these "centers of innovation"?
Bill Scher
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The Cost of Empire, in Ukraine and At Home

At a time when so many Americans are struggling economically, our nation continues to pay a steep price for its global empire – and in more ways than one. Case in point: The delay in a vote on renewing emergency jobless benefits.
Richard Eskow
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Ryan and Christie Get Earfuls At Town Halls

It's been a rough week for two of the GOP's leading lights. Tumultuous town halls showed that two of conservatism's biggest stars, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie, may be crashing to earth, and taking the GOP’s 2016 hopes with them.
Ryan and Christie Get Earfuls At Town Halls
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: March Madness

March Madness is upon us, in more ways than one. We know that right-wingers will howl with outrage over anything President Obama does. So it's no surprise that conservatives are freaking out over President Obama's March Madness picks.
Terrance Heath
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The Useful Idiots Of The Corporate Elite

There are a whole lot of useful idiots in America. Yesterday, a caller called into my radio show, and echoed Congressman Paul Ryan’s recent comments, blaming the black community for poverty in America.

The Plutocrats Take To The Barricades

The plutocrats are taking to the barricades against the new populism. They are demanding that politicians offer them not merely hidden tax breaks, but public tribute. Their arrogance is fueling the populism they fear.
The Plutocrats Take To The Barricades
Robert Borosage
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Moral Mondays Goes Down to Georgia

Today the Moral Mondays movement brought its brand of righteous progressivism to the Georgia state capitol, to demand accountability and better lives for Georgians.
Terrance Heath
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Beware Of The “Sneak Laws”

There are tons of "sneak laws" written to benefit a few key corporations or billionaires. These laws limit competition, provide subsidies, give tax breaks – you name it. But they never help regular people.

Wingnut Week In Review: Living for the “Inner City”

This week Rep. Paul Ryan took the cake. After debuting his embarrassing copy-and-paste job on the war on poverty last week, Ryan outdid himself with a clumsy bit of dog whistle politics blaming black “inner city culture” for poverty.
Terrance Heath
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Paul Ryan Gets it Twisted on Poverty And Black Men

Rep. Paul Ryan has become the latest right-winger to blame black poverty on "culture" and character. Just as he got it backwards on families and poverty, Paul Ryan gets it twisted on poverty and black black men.
Terrance Heath
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Chris Christie: The GOP’s Celebrity Bully

New Jersey governor Chris Christie's George Washington Bridge scandal confirms the worst concerns about his leadership, and the soul of the GOP that until recently seemed ready to embrace him as its best hope for 2016.
Chris Christie: The GOP’s Celebrity Bully
Terrance Heath
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They’d Rather Die Than Be Wrong About Obamacare

It doesn't matter if they'll save money and get better coverage; they just know they're going to die. These people simply put their fingers in their ears and sing "lalalalala."
Digby
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“Shut Up!” – Really, GOP?

President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
Leo Gerard
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A Serious Party Takes Climate Seriously

When Sen. Ted Cruz wanted to talk to the nation about health care, he read "Green Eggs and Ham." When 30 senators seized the Senate floor last night for an all-night talk-a-thon about climate change, they delivered the facts.
Bill Scher
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Wingnut Week in Review: Benghazi on the Brain

This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Terrance Heath
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Paul Ryan Gets It Backwards On Families and Poverty

In his latest attack on the poor, Rep. Paul Ryan repeats the old conservative trope that the “breakdown of the family” is the main cause of poverty. Ryan has it backwards.
Terrance Heath
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The Tea Party Just Turned Five — and It’s Not Going Away

Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office
Joshua Holland
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Rights Only for the Right People

According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.
Leo Gerard
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Wingnut Week in Review: The Rise And Fall of Gay Jim Crow

When the week began, Arizona governor Jan Brewer thought she had all the time in the world to decide whether or not to veto Arizona’s “Gay Jim Crow” bill. By the middle of the week, Brewer learned differently. Conservatives lost it.
Terrance Heath
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