Conservatism Collapses in the Emergency Room

A column I’ve just posted on Firedog Lake takes Sen. John McCain and the Bush administration to task for failing to address one of the most critical failings of our […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Course From Here

Short of yodeling, I’ve been doing my best Switzerland impersonation during the primaries. When it came my turn to vote in the primaries I voted my hopes, knowing I’d support […]
Terrance Heath
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After the Primaries, A United Progressive America

The Democratic presidential campaign began with remarkable unity from the candidates regarding what needs to be done to revitalize the economy and restore America’s moral authority—and their populist themes even […]
Bill Scher
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Outright Barbarism vs. The Civil Society

I live in a nice place. I mean that literally. It took some getting used to. After 20 years in Silicon Valley, where people put a premium on being direct […]
Sara Robinson
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The Age of the “Insurance Card Marriage”

Forget green cards. A growing number of Americans are getting hitched to get health insurance. Some people marry for love, some for companionship, and others for status or money. Now […]
Terrance Heath
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Today In Issues To Be Ignored

Even when the media reports on a critical issue, the media ignores it. Last week, NBC Nightly News aired a series on our crumbling infrastructure called “Falling Apart.” (Check out […]
Bill Scher
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Let’s Bank On Rebuilding America

Instead of a silly argument over a “gas tax holiday,” we desperately need a serious discussion about the nation’s infrastructure. And there is a good legislative proposal that could be […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Glimpse of the Conservative Health Care Future

McCain’s health care plan effectively ends employer-provided health benefits and has everyone buy health insurance on an “individual market” with fewer “regulations.”
Bill Scher
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Electrocuted at Age 22

Every day, most of us go to work and then come home. Next day: Rinse, repeat. But some U.S. workers go to work and never come home. In April 2005, […]
Tula Connell
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The Week In Blog: Conservative Health Care Follies

Over at Bloggingheads.tv, Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll and I offer another installment of The Week In Blog. Conn and I discussed blogger reaction to McCain’s health care plan, which largely […]
Bill Scher
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Postcard from Buenos Aires

Dear Rick, Greetings from Buenos Aires. You are always talking about how we need to invest more in our public infrastructure. How ’bout this street sign strategy from the Paris […]
Anne Thompson
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Brave New Laws

By an overwhelming bipartisan margin, Congress has passed what sponsors are calling the first civil rights act of the 21st century: the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The Act, which President […]
Alan Jenkins
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Fox News Sunday fails in the eyes of the Watchdog, going 0-for-3 in its interview of McCain adviser and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. There were no questions about McCain’s […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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A Little Love for Big Oil

Oil companies report record profits. Gas is headed towards $4 a gallon. A caravan of more than 100 truckers rallied in Washington Monday to protest diesel fuel prices already over […]
Robert Borosage
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Blogs React To McCain’s Sick Health Care Plan

Since you probably didn’t find much substantive analysis of McCain’s health care plan in the traditional media, bloggers have taken up the task. And it isn’t pretty. Obsidian Wings: It’s […]
Bill Scher
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Jeremiah Wright: What (Else) Is Going On

Jeremiah Wright is everywhere this week — and the media doesn’t quite know what to make of it. Mostly, they’re stuck so hard in the election horse-race narrative that they […]
Sara Robinson
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No Choice At All

Today in Tampa, Sen. John McCain, as conservatives often do, tried to claim the “choice” mantle when describing his “health” care plan: You simply choose the insurance provider that suits […]
Bill Scher
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My Father’s Eyes

This weekend, we attended a local conference for LGBT parents and families, and I spoke on a panel about interracial couples and inter-cultural families. At some point, I found myself […]
Terrance Heath
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Pentagon Propaganda Still Lurks

The Huffington Post front page headline now is “Pentagon Shelves ‘Propaganda’ Program, but reading the full story, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be too hard for the Pentagon […]
Bill Scher
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Today In Issues To Be Ignored

What pressing issues facing our country do the pundits think you don’t care about today? Stateline.org: 23 states face budget gaps in ’09 Like a college student fishing for stray […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

You will not be surprised to find out that the Sunday shows failed to ask any question about global warming, the continued TV news blackout of the NY Times report […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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This Week In Blog

Over at Bloggingheads.tv, I do a regular “This Week In Blog” feature, recounting the hot topics in the liberal and conservative blogospheres. This week I was joined by Townhall.com’s Amanda […]
Bill Scher
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David Broder: The Democrats’ Worst Nightmare

David Broder’s April 24 Washington Post column on Arizona Sen. John McCain, entitled “The Democrats’ Worst Nightmare,” concludes with this little nugget: “Yet, in pointing to those vulnerabilities in her […]
Robert Borosage
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Maybe You Don’t Want McCain Taking Any Action

My colleague Isaiah says McCain is offering nothing but “inaction” in his visit to New Orleans’ lower Ninth Ward, as McCain continues to offer another eight years of do-nothing conservatism […]
Bill Scher
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The Time for Inaction Tour

The conservative war against the war on poverty continues today as Arizona Sen. John McCain goes to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. From what we’ve seen so far, McCain […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Today In Issues To Be Ignored

You may not know this, but our media often reports on important issues that affect our lives. However, the reporters on the presidential campaign beat and the punditocracy then choose […]
Bill Scher
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How Dangerous is The FLDS?

One of the trickiest parts of dealing with the extremist right is figuring out whether a given group is just harmless garden-variety crazy — or harboring the special kind of […]
Sara Robinson
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What Pennsylvania Voters Want(ed)

Just before the Iowa caucuses, I wrote that the process let us know what Iowa voters wanted: economic populism, health care for all, clean energy, affordable education and ending the […]
Bill Scher
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Let’s Get Real Economic Stimulus

It’s now more clear than ever that the so-called economic stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year is inadequate. It is now time to demand that Congress get to work […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Cancerous Conservatism Debilitates Workers

Perhaps the ultimate workplace expression of conservative “you’re-on-your-own” ideology is FedEx Ground, where all of the workers who deliver packages are not FedEx employees but are independent contractors. FedEx sells […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

With an extra dose on attention on ABC’s George Stephanopoulos after the “Worst Debate Ever,” he still failed to put the Watchdog’s key questions to Sen. John McCain. He came […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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