Welfare Reform’s Broken Promises Exposed Again

One of the remarkably few efforts to examine how welfare recipients actually fare once they get back into the workforce uncovers the inconvenient truth behind right-wing rhetoric about aid to low-income people.
Isaiah J. Poole

Wingnut Week In Review: Ugly Americans

In the worst of times, we need leaders who call us to heed “the better angels of our nature.” In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, right-wing media, officeholders, and candidates have instead embodied the term “ugly American.”
Terrance Heath

The Perils of Circus Politics

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader as president. Yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns. How have we come to this? Yet our process for c

Wingnut Week In Review: Tempest in a Coffee Cup

Does it seem like the “War on Christmas” comes earlier every year? ’Tis barely the season yet, and this week wingnuts are seeing red about Starbuck’s decidedly minimalist holiday cups.
Terrance Heath

13 More of Ben Carson’s Craziest Beliefs

In Ben Carson Republicans have found a candidate who truly makes George W. Bush look like an intellectual giant, and yet another representative of a right-wing culture in which belief is more important than knowledge.
Terrance Heath

Paul Ryan vs. the People

Paul Ryan paints himself as a champion of “the people” over “Washington.” But the “people” the new House speaker defends are corporations. And the “Washington” he attacks is the one that does deliver for real people.
Richard Kirsch

Why The Vote On Ohio’s Gerrymandering Ban Matters

Ohioans are voting on Issue One, a constitutional amendment to ban political gerrymandering that could cure much of what ails our government and fix our broken political process.
Terrance Heath

Wingnut Week In Review: The Walking Jeb

Jeb Bush says his campaign is not on life support, and he’s right. It’s long past that point. Bush’s campaign is more like “the walking dead”; lifeless, but lumbering along just this side of the grave.
Terrance Heath

What Did Rubio Actually Say?

Sen. Marco Rubio has been christened the winner of the last debate by the pundits after staring down Jeb Bush's attack on his senatorial attendance record. But what did he actually say about his ideas and policies?
Bill Scher

The CNBC Republican Debate: Bring In the Clowns

Arithmetic was the first casualty in the CNBC Republican Presidential debate. Logic became collateral damage. What John Kasich scorned as "fantasies" of those "who cannot do this job" ruled the night.
Robert Borosage

On Leaders and Demagogues

America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can run for president -- and, armed with enough money, possibly even win. Which makes it all the more important that we distinguish leaders from demagogues.

Wingnut Week In Review: Benghazi Boondoggle Goes Bust

After spending $4.5 million on yet another Benghazi investigation, and questioning Hillary Clinton for eleven hours, the GOPs latest Benghazi hearing leaves one major question unanswered: Did they forget who they were messing with?
Terrance Heath

Who Can Corral the Crazy Caucus?

House Speaker John Boehner gave up the job because he couldn't stand it. Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped up and quickly bowed out. Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't really want the job, but might take it anyway. Who really wants to lead the crazy caucus?
Jim Hightower

Wingnut Week In Review: Boehner’s Nightmare

House Speaker John Boehner has a recurring nightmare about being stuck, unable to move. The complete implosion of the race for his successor this week might mean Boehner’s nightmare is coming true.
Terrance Heath

A Perfect Portrait of Corporate Crime

Volkswagen has long been known for strict, top-down decision making, with even minor matters requiring the OK of its governing officials. The company’s premeditated, systemic betrayal of consumer trust is no small thing
Jim Hightower

House Republicans: Anti-Government and Ungovernable

Unable to govern and unwilling to be governed, the deepest dysfunctions of the House Republican conference are rising to the surface, as the party struggles to choose a new speaker.
Terrance Heath

More Free Stuff for Corporations

Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
Leo Gerard

Wingnut Week In Review: Men Behaving Badly

This week, a bunch of Republican Congressmen made fools of themselves during their own hearing to bring down Planned Parenthood. It was farcical from beginning to end.
Terrance Heath

GOP House Leadership Line-up: Extreme as They Wanna Be

As John Boehner eyes the exit, and House Republicans prepare to vote for new leadership next week, the line-up for the post-Boehner House GOP leadership is all white, all male, and as extreme as they wanna be.
Terrance Heath

Government Stays Open; The Folly Continues

House Speaker John Boehner's resignation helped keep the government open for another 72 days. But the wingnuts who claimed his hide are on the march. Folly rules. And we all suffer the consequences.
Robert Borosage

Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

Francis expressed a belief in our collective power by asking us all to pray for him. Maybe the pontiff should have asked us to pray for something else: that Congress might actually listen to a word he’d just said.

Warning: Another Attack On Our Postal Service

Anti-government types just can't stand that the U.S. Postal Service shows government doing its job of helping make our lives better. The latest salvo comes from Brookings – which gets funding from FedEx.
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