In the wake of President Obama's decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, right-wing media are claiming that the call was in direct contradiction to Obama's foreign policy positions. In fact, as a presidential candidate, Obama promised he would take action against terrorists in Pakistan if "President Musharraf won't."
Last night, Democrat Steve Doyle won the 94th Wisconsin state Assembly seat, which had been held by Republicans for over 16 years. It was a special election caused by the resignation of Republican Mike Huebsch, who left the seat to become Scott Walker's Administration Secretary. The final margin was 54% to 46%.
After Barack Obama released his so-called "long form" birth certificate last week, we wanted to know if doing so would make any difference at all to the birthers. The answer, believe it or not, is yes with a "but."
It's a real pattern now. Republicans voted unanimously to protect oil company subsidies earlier this year. But now that those oil companies are announcing record profits, these very same Republicans are refusing to publicly acknowledge that the reason why the subsidies are in place is because they voted for them.
Mitt Romney in a forum sponsored by oil companies( AFP is funded by big oil companies including Koch Industries) tonight declares that he wants to "hang" Obama on the high oil prices from which the AFP's sponsors are raking in record profits.
The conference, which was closed to the public and media, was revealed this week by the investigative journalism nonprofit Center for Public Integrity (to which Soros s foundations have contributed $3.7 million since 1999 and at which this reporter worked in 1999 and 2000).
The Cato Institute opened its doors to George Soros on Thursday, and he came in peace. The 35th wealthiest man in the world arrived at the libertarian think tank, evaded a question about Donald Trump from a video-camera-wielding reporter, and relaxed in a back room as a crowd gathered for his speech.
It's hard to believe these guys keep on saying such stupid stuff. Yesterday it was Jonah Goldberg. Now it's Bush's brain. The thing that neither of them realize is that Barack Obama does not control the Republican mind.
Earlier this year, Paul Ryan and every other House Republican voted to protect federal tax subsidies for oil companies. So when a constituent asked him on Thursday morning if he supports those subsidies, you'd expect him to say that he did, right?
Critics have pointed out that the Republican plan to turn Medicare into vouchers would only save the government money by shifting healthcare costs to seniors. A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research quantifies that cost shift. For every dollar saved by government, they find, seniors would pay more than seven dollars.
There's growing evidence that the Republican establishment is increasingly concerned about the heat members, particularly freshmen, are feeling back home over the Republican budget. Speaker John Boehner himself has inched away from it, saying "I'm not wedded to one single idea."
Take note, PolitiFact and Columbia Journalism Review. While their fact-checking focused on the semantics of the DCCC's ad saying the GOP intended to "end Medicare," with their budget plan, the Washington Post decided to actually fact check Republican claims about the plan.
So the birthers have been reborn: they now think the newly-released long-form birth certificate is a forgery. Basically their complaint boils down to the fact that PDF files containing images of the copy of the original birth certificate don't actually contain the original birth certificate.
I couldn't help but notice the GOP twitterati whipping out their instant and expected responses to the storms that devastated the southern tier. From Michele Bachmann to Sarah Palin to Newt Gingrich, GOPers were falling all over themselves offering their prayers for victims of the horrific weather events.
We might not be there yet, but we are standing on the porch getting ready to ring the doorbell on America's new home: The Corporate State. a 5-4 decision, the justices of the United States Supreme Court voted to block individuals from joining together in class-action lawsuits against corporations, which would force people to arbitrate disputes with large companies on a case-by-case basis
In American politics, the past not only sticks with us, but it often provides the best definition of what's going on in the politics of the present, so it can be useful to revisit some powerful words from our history.
In the absence of any kind of real healthcare reform plan from the Republicans (the erstwhile "replace" part of their "repeal and replace" mantra of 2010), you have to assume that their plan is the Ryan plan, abolishing Medicare and turning it into vouchers and gutting Medicaid
A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another....
Thinking about Abbie today, I wager he d acknowledge social media as the great force for democratization. He d have an iPhone (after all, Jerry Rubin was an early Apple investor), he d have a page on Facebook and would interact with critics, imitators and allies through Twitter. His YouTube channel would feature young protestors everywhere from Cairo to Madison, WI.
He s one of the most popular politicians in the state. He s sitting on more than $8 million in his campaign account, with the ability to raise millions more. And Brown has some of the smartest political minds in the country running his campaign - many of whom also advise Mitt Romney
Instead of raising taxes on the super-rich, Michigan Republicans are employing dictatorial powers -- dissolving local governments and selling off public facilities to private corporations, including, as you'll find out below, a public school for pregnant teens. This is tea party government in action. This is your pro-life party. They arrest pregnant teens and deprive them of a decent education -- instead of taxing the rich. Utterly disgusting.
Rep. Jeffrey Landry, R-La., a tea party favorite, beat a former state House speaker in the primary last year en route to winning his seat in Congress. Now, state legislators in the party establishment have exacted their revenge: When it came time to eliminate one of Louisiana s congressional seats-required under this year's reapportionment-they picked Landry's.
All across America, a Main Street Movement has broken out to defend the middle class against right-wing attacks on labor rights and basic public services. In recent days, this movement has turned on GOP House members who voted to effectively end Medicare and turn seniors over to private insurance companies when they approved Rep. Paul Ryan s (R-WI) radical budget bill.
In a poll con ducted by Pew His panic Research Cen ter, stud ies found that minor ity vot ers are on the rise while white vot ers are declin ing. The Poll com pared the 2008 elec tion to 2004 and found the following
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Just when it seemed that all of Washington had lost its values and its connection with the American people, a bolt of hope has arrived. It is the People's Budget put forward by the co-chairs of the 80-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.
One day after being named to a presidential task force to negotiate deficit reduction, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fired off a stark warning to Democrats that the GOP will not grant their request for a debt limit increase without major spending cuts or budget process reforms.
The ongoing uncritical liberal establishment's deification of former Washington DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has finally, belatedly met some pushback -- notably from Diane Ravitch -- but there is no hint of that in the piece commemorating her entry into the 2011 Time 100, one of their many, endless lists of "the most influential people in the world."
The UK's Independent has obtained government documents they say demonstrate that "[p]lans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq."
Tom Coburn, one of the three Republican members of the Senate's "Gang of Six" attempting to develop a bipartisan long-term fiscal plan, appears to be ruling out any proposals calling for a meaningful increase in revenue:
At long last, Republicans have filed recall petitions against Democratic state Senators. They made three filings in total, against Jim Holperin, Dave Hansen, and Robert Wirch. In two weeks, it's possible that Republicans will submit recall petitions against Democratic state Senator Julie Lassa as well.
Yesterday, Glenn Beck called former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate (and potential 2012 candidate) Mike Huckabee a "Progressive," which, in Beck's world, means "Nazi."
Politicians, political operatives and members of the media came close to outnumbering attendees at a much-hyped Columbia, S.C. Tea Party rally starring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday.
Reports are surfacing that Scott Walker is now preparing his next assault on the democratic political process in the State of Wisconsin. Following the lead of Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder, Walker is said to be preparing a plan that would allow him to force local governments to submit to a financial stress test with an eye towards permitting the governor to take over municipalities that fail to meet with Walker s approval.
After filing recall petitions against Republican state Senators Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, Wisconsin Democrats are on the brink of filing a third recall petition. The latest target is Shelia Harsdorf
Ross Douthat's New York Times column is often such a dizzying combination of purported rigorous logic and proud conservative bias as to be unreadable. Every once in a while, though, he gives you a scary but important peek into the conservative psyche.
Here's some free career advice for all you struggling reporters out there: If Roger Ailes buys the small-town community newspaper you work for, seek employment elsewhere. Because, as Gawker's John Cook and Hamilton Nolan report today, he might have News Corp. security officers tail you and conduct surveillance on your lunches.
In September, he vetoed state support for family planning clinics, a move strongly backed by anti-abortion groups because some of the clinics performed abortions. In February, after the Democratic-controlled Legislature approved a much smaller appropriation for family planning, backed mostly by federal dollars, he vetoed that, too. Mr. Christie also applied for federal money for abstinence-only education, something that the Democrat he unseated, Gov. Jon S. Corzine, had not done.
As you probably know, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation passed by the Republican-dominated House and Senate that gives State-appointed Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs) historically broad and sweeping powers. These new powers allow the EFM to cancel or modify contracts (including with unions) and even to fire the municipality's government
Long-ago Sen. Rick Santorum is running for president, despite his "Google problem," and fresh out of the gate he has already invited more mockery. His campaign website features the slogan, "Fighting to Make America America Again" (by which I think he means that America is not America when there's a Muslim in charge).
In a news conference about pension policy Thursday, the New Jersey governor demanded the press go after one of his Democratic critics, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg. Or, as Christie put it: "Can you guys please take the bat out on her for once?"
Scott Walker has consistently argued that stripping public workers of their collective bargaining rights was necessary to balance Wisconsin's budget. For example, when he signed the bill stripping collective bargaining rights into law, he tweeted the following statement:
After Steven Colbert turned Sen. Jon Kyl's "groundbreaking excuseplanation" about lying on the Senate floor into a brief, but very fun, political culture moment, some Senate Dems have decided to get in on the fun.
Koch Industries since 2005 has owned Georgia-Pacific, which owns the former Fort Howard paper-making facility in Green Bay. The Green Bay plant is one of the largest contributors of phosphorus into Wisconsin waters. One state report estimates that Georgia-Pacific is responsible for nearly 10 percent of total phosphorus pollution in the Lower Fox River
One of the major headlines to emerge from President Obama's debt reduction plan is his proposed $40-billion-a-year cut to defense. For progressives in particular, this is one of the good initiatives in a mixed bag. But most of the Washington press corps has missed the underlying story: The administration's spending cuts would actually make defense an even larger part of the overall discretionary budget.
In this exchange, Governor Walker admits to Congress that he did not specifically say during his campaign for governor that he planned to attack the collective bargaining rights of educators and other public employees in Wisconsin.
Right-wing media responded to budget negotiations and the debate over Planned Parenthood funding by making sexist attacks against women and deriding women's health services as, among other things, "non-vital" and "optional."
One of the thorniest progressive groups in the side of the Obama administration is launching a new campaign against the president on Tuesday, this time targeting the president s vaunted grassroots donor base.
Greg Sargent has a letter Sen. Sherrod Brown is circulating among Democrats, urging President Obama to take a strong stand against the Ryan Medicare voucher plan and creating a key narrative Democrats should use when talking about the Ryan/Republican plan
Late last night, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees revealed the final details of the compromise funding deal for fiscal year 2011. Based on numbers released by the House Appropriations Committee, here's a chart summarizing the spending level changes.
Can any one not be dis gusted and dis ap pointed by the con stant polit i cal dis trac tions of the birthers and their base less accu sa tions against the President s cit i zen ship? Now imag ine if you had first hand knowl edge of the president s birth in Hawaii, and were friends with his par ents, imag ine your dis gust and dis ap point ment with the birthers then
There are some real alarm numbers for the GOP in these numbers, even if they now appear to point to a decidedly narrow re-election for Prosser. Start with the obvious points of alarm, which nonetheless deserve to be repeated. Prosser had a thirty-point lead over Kloppenburg after the primary, which was less than two months ago. Even if you make the presumption that Kloppenburg should get the lion's share of the other votes in the primary, Prosser still had a ten-point lead that dissipated in about seven weeks. This despite the fact it is a virtual certainty that Prosser and his advocates had the money edge over Kloppenburg and her allies.
The Republicans want you to believe that they're concerned about the deficit. Of course, that concern is a lie. They don't care about the deficit. They only care about using the deficit as an excuse to pursue their extremist agenda.
Here s the full story on when Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a Republican, previously worked in the Wisconsin Legislature. Nickolaus upended the tight state Supreme Court race Thursday when she announced she had failed to correctly tally thousands of votes in an unofficial report to the press. That swung the unofficial totals in the race from challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg to Justice David Prosser, who previously served as a top GOP lawmaker.
Fresh off a remarkable Supreme Court victory in Wisconsin, the pressure on conservatives in the Badger state goes up yet another notch. Democrats will file recall petition signatures against Republican state Senator Randy Hopper later today:
A logical man might think that having a Democrat claim your former job in a freaking landslide, and watching David Prosser lose to JoAnne Kloppenburg after holding a 30-point lead just two months ago, might humble a man.
What you have is the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party in the House has taken over. They are pushing Speaker Boehner whatever direction they want. And they have taken the position that they want 100 percent their way, or they're going to shut down the government.
In case you thought there was no way that America could possibly hate Sarah Palin any more than they already do, check out her new approval ratings from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Palin s approval rating has dropped to 25%, which is tied with George W. Bush and one point behind Richard Nixon for the worst ever
One day after news broke that Scott Walker's administration gave a state job and a 26% raise to the son of a major supporter, Scott Walker demoted said campaign contributor's son and rescinded his raise
Nearly forty years after a constitutional amendment conferring voting rights on eighteen year-olds was passed into law, and signed by President Richard Nixon, the American Legislative Exchange Council is doing all it can to make it difficult for young people to vote.
The American Creed reminds us that we all are created equal, and that our compassion for each other is the very basis for our democracy and our honor. In times of greatest crisis, we are called upon to assert our Creed, as we originally did during the American Revolution, or to reaffirm it, as we did during the Civil War.
Around this time every year, Californians scramble to finish doing their taxes and pay what they owe to the government. But not everyone is paying their fair share. Forbes Magazine recently analyzed the tax returns of the top 25 U.S. companies and found out that they re not paying much in taxes.
The largest Tea Party group is co-sponsoring a presidential debate with CNN, vetting more viable candidates for 2012 and sticking with the GOP. Eleanor Clift on how the organization is coping with its waning support.
There is a group little known called Citizens for a Strong America (CSA)?? that has been putting a surprising amount of money into the WI State Supreme Court election to be held Tuesday. Some folks have been digging around and found some very interesting things on the group. I urge you to go read Cognitive Dissidence because it has a summary of that info and more on how these folks operate. Here is part:
Apparently Americans want to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because they think 5% of the federal budget goes to NPR and PBS. That was the median guess in a CNN poll released Friday. If that were true, Talking Points Memo noted, that would mean the CPB would receive $178 billion a year from the government. (And that's not even counting what they get from Archer Daniels Midland and viewers like you.)
Harry Reid and Lindsey Graham yesterday both suggested that Congress take unspecified though formal action against the Koran-burning by Florida preacher Terry Jones, which triggered days of violence this week by angry Muslims in Afghanistan. Graham in particular -- using the "but" that is the hallmark of all enemies of the First Amendment -- said: "Free speech is a great idea, but we re in a war."
You know those experiences that serve as a living example of something you re studying or reading about? You learn a word s meaning, and then you hear it everywhere; the natural angling of your bike as you turn around the corner makes sense of a physics lesson, or your grief over a loss is reflected in an assigned novel.
It's exactly that vilification of teachers, as well as all public sector workers and all people who accept government entitlements that is the dark cloud hanging over this very clearly orchestrated push by the Tea Partiers to wipe out the middle class,while preserving a separate set of rules for the wealthy and corporations that leads me to believe that we are in the middle of a fascist movement in America.
The Tea Party swept into the 112th Congress with promises of cutting government spending. But according to a report out today, at least five lawmakers with Tea Party connections have been longtime recipients of federal agricultural subsidies.
A union-fueled election of equal importance to the recall elections in Wisconsin will take place this November in Ohio. This is because Ohio Republicans overcame their differences, and today passed Senate bill 5, which strips collective bargaining rights for state employees (among many other heinous provisions):
TPM's Brian Beutler reports that two dozen House Democrats have written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to schedule a clean vote on legislation to stop congressional pay in the event of a federal shutdown.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton told the House of Representatives that "the White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission." As TPM put it: "the administration would ignore any and all attempts by Congress to shackle President Obama's power as commander in chief to make military and wartime decisions," as such attempts would constitute "an unconstitutional encroachment on executive power."
Unlike Wisconsin s high-profile effort to limit collective bargaining rights for public workers, Ohio s new law includes police officers and firefighters who say it threatens the safety of them and the people they protect.
Gov. John Kasich on Thursday signed into law a limit on the collective bargaining rights of 350,000 public workers, defying Democrats and other opponents of the measure who have promised to push for repeal.
The percentage of Americans who hold an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement rose to an all-time in a new CNN poll released today. CNN found the Tea Party ranked nearly as unpopular as both the Republican and Democratic parties.
As puzzle master Will Shortz might say, what is a four-letter acronym for a virtually unknown, but politically powerful conservative organization? If you guessed ALEC, you won't be receiving an NPR lapel pin, but rest assured, you are in very elite company.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich hates President Obama s new health care law and he s got his own plan to replace it, one that relies heavily on several controversial cost savings approaches.
House Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee are in the process of readying three bills on offshore drilling, and it seems that the Chairman, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), has taken a page out of Dick Cheney's book on formulating energy policy. Which means, if you want to know the details, you need to either be a select Republican or on the guest list of Hastings':
The tax cuts were supposed to stimulate Ohio's economy and create jobs. But that never happened once the economy tanked. Instead, the changes ended up costing Ohio more than $2 billion a year in lost tax revenue; money that would go a long way toward closing the state's $8 billion budget gap for fiscal year 2012
Despite a second restraining order from a Wisconsin judge temporarily blocking implementation of the budget repair bill pending further litigation, the Scott Walker administration will continue acting as though the bill is law:
The groom-with-cold-feet image is the latest metaphor used by Senate Democrats in their ongoing campaign to paint House Republicans as the ones holding up budget negotiations, as the April 8 deadline before the government shuts down looms.
...But perhaps the bigger takeaway from this new focus on the arming question is that the U.S. bombing campaign has failed -- so far -- to swiftly hand a total victory to the rebels over the Gadhafi regime.