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  • Secrets of Donald Trump's Cult: Why The Angriest & Most Racist White Voters Will Not Leave His Side  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Trump may have finished second in Iowa, but he's far from finished. His base is as fearful as ever. Trump's most strident supporters are found among the alienated, disaffected, fearful, white working class. As recent research by public health experts, sociologists, economists and others has detailed, the white American working class and poor are, quite literally, dying off. They are killing themselves with pills and alcohol, committing suicide with guns, and dying of despair. For many decades, if not centuries, racism (and sexism for white men) artificially buoyed the life prospects of the white working class in American society. With those palliatives and aids removed, the white working class and poor are left exposed and vulnerable to the realities of the American neoliberal nightmare and the culture of cruelty. They are ill-equipped for life in this new world. Donald Trump knows that a crisis is an opportunity: he is transforming the fear and anxiety of the white American working class into political capital and energy. Energizing the Trump movement are voters who call themselves the "silent majority." These individuals feel strongly that white people, too, face discrimination in this country, and that they are often wrongly accused of being racist. This is stirring anger at the Black Lives Movement. Trump's supporters are also terrified of Muslims and believe that unconstitutional measures should be taken against them. Donald Trump's racial authoritarianism and .....
  • Way Too Much Credit: 'Cuban-Immigrant' Marco Rubio Can't Save The 'Extremist' Republican Party  By : Heather Digby Parton
    The Republicans seem to have talked themselves into believing their own hype that the country is in dire straits, the terrorists are coming in droves to kill us and everyone in the nation is angry and frightened to death about... well, everything. There's a certain political utility in making this case in a presidential primary but at some point reality is going to intrude. But the Mad Max version of the United States these Republicans are talking about doesn't really ring true for more than a limited faction who think the world they knew is disappearing and they will not be able to adjust to the new one. Rubio is so far to the right and the party is so hostile to racial and ethnic minorities that they cannot win a national election. He's got a Hispanic last name and a beautiful young family, but his record shows he's just another right wing extremist.
  • There is no GOP Establishment Lane! There is a 'Proto-Fascist,' a 'Christian Theocrat,' and an 'Ayn Rand Neo-Liberal'  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Most everything the media says about the "GOP establishment lane" is wrong. It does not really exist. The Iowa caucuses ended in what is in essence a three-way tie with 4 percentage points separating Cruz (first), Rubio (last) and Trump. While the differences at the margins are important, this outcome indicates a Republican Party that is cannibalizing itself internally, where no clear front-runner had truly emerged, and whose candidates are largely much more alike than they are different. The political pundits are obsessed with the various "lanes" to nomination (and perhaps eventual victory) in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race. They should instead be focusing on the bigger "highway" -- one where the Republican Party is advocating for radical and dangerous policies that are outside of the mainstream of American political thought and decades of effective consensus politics. All three GOP candidates are "law and order" racial authoritarians who support police thuggery and brutality against black and brown Americans, the poor and other marginalized groups.
  • Turning 'Crackpot-Crazy' Texas Blue: 3 Trends Could Undo 20 Years of 'Vicious' Republican Rule - Since Ann Richards  By : Mary Beth Rogers
    It will take some doing, but if Democrats can capitalize on the GOP's weaknesses, there might be hope for Texas. With 38 presidential electoral votes, Texas is going to wield influence over the rest of you, like it or not -- but that big red bubble that covers Texas is beginning to sprout a few leaks. Three trends are underway here that could undo the 20 years of Republican rule we have endured since George W. Bush defeated the most dynamic and progressive governor Texas ever had – the late Ann Richards. The percentage of eligible white voters among the Texas electorate is declining. The war between pragmatic Republicans and Tea Party extremists is escalating, threatening to blow the party wide open -- and there is growing public awareness of the corruption, cronyism and hypocrisy that have become rampant among the current crop of statewide GOP officeholders. Watchdog groups and mainstream investigative reporters are having a field day digging up dirt, and officeholders who have made fiscal conservatism their clarion call have handed out so many tax-funded cash bonuses to their top staffers that you would think they were Wall Street bankers. Democrats should take advntage -- as GOP officials will be occupied for several years trying to bring the party together after its candidates finish cannibalizing each other in 2016 and 2018.
  • Faith-Based Stupidity: Trump's Phony Faith-Mongering, Cruz's Doomed Crusade, Sex, Lies, Religion & The GOP's 2016 Carnival  By : Jeffrey Tayler
    Mouth a few faith-sodden inanities before a faith-sodden electorate, and you can get away with anything. Trump is consistent, having previously announced that "nothing beats the Bible, not even 'The Art of the Deal.'" But otherwise, in a smattering of interviews, he has spoken of religion in a dismissive way: "I'm a Sunday church person," and "When I go to church and drink my little wine . . . and have my little cracker." All in all, he evinces little use for the Lord and all His heavenly bounty. Worldly things are good enough for him (and rightly so: there are no others). Even when orating in the Falwell family's fiefdom, he could not make himself pay more than lip service to God. At Liberty University, Trump took over the podium and, despite the presumed piety of the pupils seated before him, made short work of the Lord Almighty. After pledging that "We're going to protect Christianity," he brought up "Two Corinthians, right, two Corinthians," calling them "the whole ball game." Donald Trump, despite his half-hearted efforts to prove the contrary, comes off as indifferent to faith, or even irreligious, yet he panders to believers, and even, at least once, underwent an insufferable, intrusive "laying on of the hands" for the sake of winning votes. One could surmise, or at least hope, that, should he ever make it to the White House, he would cease all this nonsense and stiff the evangelicals – at least until reelection time came around. Not so with his closest rival, Ted Cruz
  • Official: Donald Trump 'Schlonged' in Iowa, Trolls and Neo-Nazis Mourn Loss  By : Gideon Resnick
    Racists and conspiracy theorists wail and gnash teeth: Between posts discussing the best images from the Third Reich and theories about Hillary Clinton's bowel issues, the Stormfront website had difficulty emotionally comprehending Trump's loss, especially given the robocalls recorded in the state by the leader of the White Nationalist American Freedom Party. Some chalked Cruz's win up to an elaborate conspiracy to keep Trump from becoming the president. In the conspiracy wing of the internet, there was still hope for a brighter future. "It's what they expected - a narrow loss," InfoWars radio host and paranoia proliferator Alex Jones said in an audio message to The Daily Beast. In this snake pit, Trump is king. But on Monday night, he got a dent in his crown. He got SCHLONGED.
  • Palin, Trump, Muslims, Immigrants & English - The Most Dangerous Language in The World!  By : Steven Salaita
    Here's What Palin, Trump and Anti-Muslim Extremists(Our Terrified Hyperpatriots) Fear Most: If some folks are intent on outlawing un-American vernacular, then other histories are worth remembering: the boarding schools of North America where Native children were beaten for using their own languages; centuries of forced assimilation through strict application of what Sarah Palin calls "speaking American"; the reduction of countless African linguistic groups to the master's tongue; the colonial practice of educating local elites in the conqueror's lexicon. When Palin demands "speak American" or Trump targets Muslims, this is the fear they're playing on: Fear of the different person (thing) -- Native music, phenotype, dialect, fashion, language and spirituality. We now see it in paranoid and sometimes violent reaction to anything that signals Arab-ness, which itself, against the realities Arabs actually inhabit, signals a singular and immutable Islam.
  • Characteristics of The Trump Voter: Semi-Illiterate, Bigoted, Obama-Loathing -- Wannabe 'Social Conservative'  By : Michael Brendan Dougherty
    This is Who Votes For Donald Trump: When Trump supporters are asked about what motivates them, they rarely speak in polite academese about their economic insecurity; instead they rail against immigrants and political correctness. Why? For some because it is an impediment to their expressions of bigotry, sure. For others, because it is a bewildering and exclusionary set of virtue signals, ones that they have neither the time or skill to acquire -- therefore they are less likely to have a college degree. They are people who don't participate in electoral politics often. They are the real-life versions of your fictive, Obama-loathing, Thanksgiving uncle. Less than a third of their children grow up in households that include both biological parents. The men claim physical disability at astounding rates and are less likely to hold down jobs than in the past. Illegitimacy, crime, joblessness is a common trait. They identify as religious, even if they are backslidden. They support the traditional family, even if they come from and create broken homes. In other words, they are people who aspire to be more like social conservatives, though they lack the material and spiritual resources to become like them.
  • Trump Party vs. Republican Party: Trump Nomination 'Could Reshape GOP As European-Style White-Identity Party'  By : Jonathan Chait
    Trump is offering something genuinely transformational. His candidacy would reshape the Republican Party as more of a European-style white-identity party, rather than a party rooted in opposition to big government. Far-right parties in Europe organize their politics around opposition to immigration and defense of cultural traditionalism. Unlike the Republican Party, they do not take notably right-wing positions on taxes and spending. Indeed, they fuse together social traditionalism with populist economics in a political style some call herrenvolk democracy — a welfare state whose benefits should be restricted to WHITE people like us.
  • Bill Moyers: Let's Ask Obama To Give This Speech Next  By : Bill Moyers
    Mr. President, it's time. You have no more campaigns to wage. With a little less than 12 months left in the White House, you have the opportunity to atone for exploiting a system that you have deplored in words if not deeds. You can restart the engine of reform and even demonstrate that Citizens United can be tamed. Just take out your pen and sign an executive order compelling federal contractors to disclose their political spending. In one stroke you can put an end to a blatant practice of political bribery that would be one small step for you and one giant leap for democracy. Undisclosed money — "dark money" — is not "free speech" as its proponents claim. To the contrary. It's a threat to free speech, to all citizens. Even if one believes money is speech, don't every other American have a right to know who's speaking? Secrecy weakens democracy's backbone, causing it to become brittle — so brittle that fractures are now commonplace. That's one reason Washington is broken and dysfunctional.
  • How Populists Like Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Racism  By : Heather McGhee & Ian Haney-Lopez
    To mobilize a multiracial coalition, progressives need to demonstrate how racism hurts us all. Can the Democrats combine these constituencies -- the Reagan and Obama Democrats -- the later being the multiracial coalition that forms the Democratic party's present and the country's future? Can progressives finally come together around a unifying message that resonates with whites on class, people of color on race, and the 99 percent on both? The left will have to challenge its own orthodoxy that defines racism as something that wholly benefits whites and solely victimizes people of color. The truth is, in the post-war era, racism helped create the white middle class. Since the Reagan era, racism has helped destroy it. Under pressure to do something about racial injustice, but fearful of antagonizing whites who resent race-conscious programs, liberals have emphasized class-based programs while sidelining efforts to confront racism directly. We will not get our country back from the very rich until we commit to a vision of "we the people" in which "we" means everyone, not divided by racial fear but convinced of our linked fate.
  • The 'Art of The SCHLONG': Trump's Fundraiser(s) For Vets is a Big Con-Job  By : James Opiko
    Con-Man Trump is poisoning American politics big-time. He is reviving dark forces in American politics that had become increasingly marginal in recent decades. The skunks on the right smell Trump's pungent stink -- and white-supremacists, white nationalists, tea-baggers and all manner of racist white people are sucking the shit with glee. To them, they have finally found "the man" who will deliver "their country" back to them, by grabbing it from the "Mexican Rapists," "Socialist Obama," "the Chinese" and those "murderous Muslims" -- and they don't care how he does it.
  • What The Degenerate Trump Teaches America: The Conservative Movement is a CON, an EMPTY SHELL  By : Heather Digby Parton
    The conservative movement thought their years of carefully growing and indoctrinating the right wing of the Republican Party had resulted in a common belief in a certain conservative ideology, strategic vision and commitment to a specific agenda. It turns out that a good number of the people they thought had signed on to their program just wanted someone to stick it to ethnic and racial minorities and make sure America is the biggest bad ass on the planet — authoritarian, white nationalism. If you've got a man who will deliver that you don't need ideology. And he doesn't need democracy. The mystery is why all these smart conservatives didn't see this coming. They unleashed this beast a long time ago with the hate radio and the media propaganda and the ruthless politics. It was only a matter of time before it turned on them.
  • 'Heil Donald Trump': 'Schlong-Man' Donald is Racking Up White-Supremacist Endorsements  By : James Opiko
    In the past week, 'Schlong-Man' GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has received endorsements from some of the most racist individuals and organizations in these United States. America's white nationalists have spoken, and they've spoken loud and clear: Donald Trump is their presidential candidate of choice. From former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke on down, the proudly racist fringe of the American electorate supports Trump. The immigration plan is a particular winner with the white nationalists. In a weekly report, Rocky J. Suhayda, chair of the American Nazi Party, praised Trump's immigration policy and attitude: "Americans of ALL races are FED UP with this ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION — so he says that he'll BUILD a WALL to keep them out! CHEERS! He states that "Political Correctness" is disgusting and it's time to STOP IT! More CHEERS! He DARES to turn his guns on the paid morons of the system controlled MEDIA! And regular folks LOVE it," he wrote. There is now abundant evidence that as a presidential candidate, Trump is poisoning American politics in a way he could not have achieved as a mere mogul-cum-entertainer. His ersatz presidential campaign in winning the support of America's most prominent white supremacists and neo-Nazis -- is reviving dark forces in American politics that had become increasingly marginal in recent decades. While Trump denies that he is racist and would no doubt disavow the support of white supremacist groups, his race-baiting, .....
  • The 'Art of The Tantrum': Donald Trump, Fox News and The Implosion of The Conservative Media Critique  By : Erik Wemple
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he "most likely" will not take part in the Republican debate hosted by Fox News and Google on Thursday. Trump has been engaged in a public spat with Fox News that began at a debate last August in which he said he was subject to unfair questioning by moderator Megyn Kelly. The right-wing penchant for nonstop media criticism is swerving across the median, zigzagging around the road, about to wrap itself around that oak tree around the curve. Like other planks of the conservative canon — e.g., foreign-policy hawkishness — it has been invoked and ultimately abused by Trump. Such that it can no longer stand on its own. The ironies here are circular. Over the years, Fox News has boosted its own ratings by frequently airing accusations of media bias. Now its ratings — at least for Thursday night's debate — stand to suffer over just such an accusation. Everyone tunes in to see just how Trump will bring out the worst in those who surround him. And the National Review got tossed from hosting a February debate because it dared to exercise its prerogative as an opinion journal to editorialize against Trump.
  • The Genie Grown Monstrous: How Donald Trump, The All-American Frankenstein, Devoured The GOP  By : Steve Fraser
    The Donald -- is a piece of Americana, maybe not the most edifying or appealing, but part of the family. He embodies that well-worn if still stinging observation about the country he hails from: that "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without passing through civilization." He is his own cartoon. Self-parodying, easy to laugh at so why worry? Because we sense that he also hails from the land of the berserk, that for all his familiarity we may never before have seen his like, and that the last laugh may be his.
  • Against Trump: CON-servative Heavyweights Come Out Against 'The Donald'  By : James Opiko
    "Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP." - National Review. Editors of the National Review on Thursday night published their "Against Trump Symposium," a collection of essays in which conservative luminaries teamed up to decry the prospect of Donald Trump becoming the GOP's presidential nominee and, by extension, the party's standard-bearer of conservatism. In response the RNC (Republican National Committee) promptly "disinvited" the magazine from participating in an upcoming debate.
  • Palin Wasn't 'Drunk' and Her Trump Speech Wasn't 'Stupid': She's Playing Right into The Heart of Twisted Republican Politics  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Palin's impressionistic pro-Trump speech shows how Republicans are getting past the "problem" of logic or evidence. The thing is, Palin isn't trying to make an argument. That's not her strong suit, and that's not what audiences want from her. Her speech was more impressionistic than argumentative. She was there to push buttons and arouse passions, not get people thinking. Palin understands what other Republicans are just beginning to get, which is that the conservative base is an audience that is post-argument. Conservatism of the 21st century is an ideology built on sand. Its arguments fall apart upon the briefest of examination and the supposed "evidence" for their beliefs are mostly lies and self-delusions. Sticking with the argument and evidence-based structure in the era of climate change denialism and creationism is a fool's game and Palin knows it. Better instead to focus strictly on emotions and tribal identity, eschewing not just argument but even structuring your speeches to resemble arguments. Imagistic speeches that arouse passions while silencing doubts is not stupid, but brilliant.
  • The Whole GOP Goes Rogue as 'The Chickens Come Home To Roost'  By : E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Today's Republican crisis has been engineered by the party leadership's step-by-step capitulation to a politics of unreason, a policy of silence toward the most extreme and wild charges against Obama, and a lifting up of resentment and anger over policy and ideas as the party's lodestars. Many Republicans are now alarmed that their choice may come down to Trump, the candidate of a reality-show populism that tries to look like the real thing, and Sen. Ted Cruz, an ideologue whom they fear would lead their cause to a devastating defeat. Instead of battling the 'racist' impulses now engulfing the party, the GOP honchos have exploited them. They have variously fanned nativist feeling by claiming that illegal immigrants were flooding across our borders, even when net immigration from Mexico had fallen below zero. They promised radical reductions in the size of government, knowing no Republican president, including Ronald Reagan, could pull this off. They pledged to "take the country back," leaving vague the identity of the people (other than [Black] Obama) from whom it was to be reclaimed. Their audiences filled in the blank(s). They denounced Obamacare as socialist, something, as Sen. Bernie Sanders is pointing out, it decidedly is not. Indeed, it's rooted in proposals Republicans once made themselves.
  • Nightmare Coalition: After Sarah Palin and 'Dead' John Wayne, Now What For 'Schlong-Man' Trump? Freddy Krueger?  By : Andrew OHehir
    Trump's nightmare coalition reaches a defining moment: After endorsements from a long-dead movie icon John Wayne -- and the worst candidate in history, Trump's ready for Freddy Krueger. Freddy is sharpening his fingers and laughing. Wayne was in many respects a lamentable individual. Over the last couple of days many people have recirculated his infamous Playboy interview from 1971, in which Wayne described himself as a "white supremacist," probably without understanding the specific resonance of that term, and justified the Native American genocide. (Natives, you see, were "selfishly" .....
  • It's Donald's Party Now: The GOP Marches into Fascist Oblivion With Trump Leading The Way  By : Elias Isquith
    Crawling towards oblivion, the Republican establishment is aligning with Trump -- and that should disturb all of us. GOP elites are on the verge of a once-unthinkable political union. Here's why that would be an egregious mistake.
  • 'Palin' and Simple: Idiot Sarah Palin Blames Obama For Son Punching Girlfriend, Pointing Assault Rifle!  By : Adam Edelman
    PALIN AND SIMPLE, SHE'S AN IDIOT! Nitwit actually blames Prez for combat vet son Track allegedly punching girlfriend, pointing assault rifle to his head. In a Tulsa, Okla., speech on Wednesday, Sarah Palin, appeared to blame President Obama for her son Track's arrest. Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump's 2016 bid on Tuesday night in speech that was nearly as outrageous as the candidate himself. Track, who according to court documents lives with his mother, allegedly punched his girlfriend in the eye, kicked her in the knee and then held an AR-15 assault rifle near his head, the 22-year-old ....
  • A Confederacy of Dunces: Sarah Palin, The 'Killa From Wasilla' -- Endorses 'Schlong-Man' Trump  By : James Opiko
    Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican party's 2016 presidential nominee at a campaign special announcement in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday. The former Republican vice-presidential candidate rallied the audience in support of Trump and his policies. Sarah Palin says that a Trump presidency would mean 'no more pussyfootin' around at endorsement rally for the 'rogue' GOP front-runner. Sarah Palin said she was 'proud' to endorse Trump in his Presidential campaign -- and Trump welcomed the support and referred to the former VP candidate as a 'friend and a high quality person. 'Are you ....
  • How Republicans - The Real Party With Their 'Hands Out' - Convinced White-America That Government Was Out To Get Them  By : Heather Cox Richardson
    How the GOP lies to white America: Anti-government diatribes from the prime beneficiaries of government programs: According to Movement Conservatives, Americans who believe in individualism want nothing from the government, and thus, unlike grasping minorities, they are the nation's true patriots. The government should do nothing for "lazy black Americans," who only want an un-American redistribution of wealth through taxes. But, paradoxically, the government can—and should—use tax money to help America's individualists.
  • Donald Trump Talks at a Fourth-Grade Level. Maybe That's Why The Fox News Audience Loves Him  By : Phil Torres
    The culture of anti-intellectualism in America is fueling hateful, racist demagogues -- in politics and on TV. From climate change to healthcare, the Iraq War to the country of Obama's birth (no, it's not Kenya), denizens of Fox News (Fixed News) are more confident about falsehoods than viewers of any other news network. Several studies even found a positive correlation between how often one watches Fox News and the degree to which one's worldview is misinformed. Scientific studies have found that when people are prompted to use their critical faculties, they become less likely to affirm .....
  • Republicans Swallow Obama's SOTU Bait: President Wins a Seat at The Center of First 2016 GOP Debate  By : Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Obama gets what he wanted in the latest GOP debate: Per Politico's Glenn Thrush -- The two GOP fighters with the sturdiest jaws and nastiest hooks -- Donald Trump and Ted Cruz -- finally went at each other in last night's debate -- after months of faux-friendship shadow boxing. And the Tea Party Texan more than held his own –- and had enough left to absorb a few stray blows from (Cuban Immigrant) Marco Rubio. Trump and Cruz (Cuban-Canadian Anchor-Baby) literally glared at and scolded each other with a venomousness that was initially mesmerizing, then horrifying and finally just sad—very, .....
  • Imploding The GOP: Republican Convention is Destined For Chaos, and That's Exactly What Democrats Want  By : Sean Illing
    Nightmare scenario for Republicans as they'll likely enter convention without a candidate locking up the nomination. 'Bush's Brain' Karl Rove says that -- a Trump nomination would be an utter disaster for the party. Republicans would lose the general election in a landslide (as the latest Qunnipiac poll suggests), along with their majorities in Congress. In any case, the Republicans are likely to enter the convention without any of the candidates having locked up the nomination. It's impossible to know how that would end, but it's hard to imagine it ending well. If party elites try to force ..
  • Donald Trump is Destroying The GOP Coalition: How Nixon & Reagan's 'Southern Strategy' Finally Imploded  By : Conor Lynch
    After years of cynically exploiting poor whites' racial animus, the GOP's chickens have finally come home to roost. Trump has thrown fuel on a fire of disgruntlement that has grown for years among white, middle-aged, middle- and working-class Americans, who may well be the angriest people in the United States. To put it plainly, these people are angry because their great white country is becoming less white, and they feel increasingly alienated and abandoned. Trump's agenda to "Make America Great Again" by deporting 12 million non-white immigrants, banning all Muslims from entering the ....
  • The GOP's Reign of Gubernatorial Terror: How Hard-Right Tea-Party Republicans Have Ruined Once Prosperous States  By : Gary Legum
    Here are The small-government zealots who made their states considerably worse: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been embroiled in a scandal that could ruin him. He's not alone. Conservatives love to brag about how many statehouses and governor's mansions they have captured during the Obama Era. But we could go on and on about the results (the havoc of Scott Walker's rule in Wisconsin and Chris Christie's in New Jersey could each take up hundreds of pages) and the bottom line would still be the same. These hard-right governors have been embarrassments and disasters for their states. And ....
  • Reality TV Dick-Swinging Competition: The Real Threat Trump Poses to Hillary—and Us  By : Michael Tomasky
    The GOP frontrunner has found a way to dominate the news cycle with his lies and nutty claims, allowing him to rob our elections of their last bit of substance. This is the real Trump Effect: He forces us to spend an endless series of three-day cycles debating at best pointless or at worst toxic and corrosive questions. The effect has been to turn the campaign into a vacuous, reality TV dick-swinging competition. There will be clear and important policy differences between Trump and Hillary Clinton, but the difference is we're not likely to have a real debate about them. Instead, we're .....
  • Black Drug-Dealers 'Impregnating White Girls': America's Dumbest Governor Paul Lepage(ReTHUGliLOON) Does it Again!  By : James Opiko
    At a meeting in Bridgton, Maine -- governor Paul Lepage told his audience on Wednesday that drug dealers come to Maine from New York and Connecticut and "half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave."
  • Change We Can Believe In: Under The Radar Obama Has Enacted Massive Reforms  By : Michael Grunwald
    The Nation He Built: A review of Barack Obama's domestic policy legacy—and the changes he made while nobody was paying attention. Over the past seven years, Americans have heard an awful lot about Barack Obama and his presidency, but the actual substance of his domestic policies and their impact on the country remain poorly understood. He has engineered quite a few quiet revolutions—and some of his louder revolutions are shaking up the status quo in quiet ways. Obama is often dinged for failing to deliver on the hope-and-change rhetoric that inspired so many voters during his ascent to ....
  • Cruz & Trump Could Crater The GOP: A History Lesson For a Party on The Brink of Disaster  By : Heather Digby Parton
    The fallout from Prop 187 and a few subsequent anti-immigrant proposals decimated the Republican Party in California. In 1994 the GOP held 26 of 52 (50 percent) U.S. House seats in the California delegation. Today they hold just 15 of 53 (28 percent). The Republican nominee has not won California in the last 6 presidential elections. What was supposed to be a race between two youthful Hispanic Senators and a seasoned Spanish speaking ex-Governor who is married to a Mexican immigrant has turned into an ugly panderfest for the votes of bigots and xenophobes. If the old saying, "How California ..
  • Brent Budowsky: Trump Makes America Hate, Not Great!  By : Brent Budowsky
    In the America that the Republican presidential front-runner would create, our republic would become a sectarian war zone. Our democracy would become a place where those with different views would be treated as enemies ruled by a bully who campaigns on a cult of negativity and has recently been called liar of the year by a nationally respected fact-checker. In the America envisioned by Trump, a woman running for the Republican nomination can be demeaned for having a face that the bully considers ugly, and a highly respected television host can be called a bimbo. In the America envisioned ....
  • This is How Bad America Could Get if Republicans Win in 2016  By : Paul Krugman
    Nobel Prize winning Economist and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman paints a picture that shows how bad things could easily get, again. Mr. Obama's election in 2008 and re-election in 2012 had some real, quantifiable consequences. Speaking of Obamacare, that's another thing Republicans would surely have killed if 2012 had gone the other way. Instead, the program went into effect at the beginning of 2014. And the effect on health care has been huge: according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of uninsured Americans fell 17 million between 2012 and
  • Panic in The GOP: Is Donald Trump a Democratic Secret Double-Agent?  By : Anthony Zurcher
    Republican leaders are currently thrashing about - holding secret meetings, issuing confidential memos and making public denunciations - as they approach a state of near panic over what Donald Trump is doing to their party. It's enough to make some believe that Mr Trump may not have the Republican establishment's best interests at heart.
  • Some Things Never Change: Republicans are Already Trying To Steal 2016  By : Heather Digby Parton
    Inside the GOP voting-rights scheme intended to derail democracy: Trying to keep racial and ethnic minorities from voting is as American as apple pie. Republicans want districts more rural and more white, and are eager to suppress minority voting rights before 2016. Republican state governments are much freer to restrict voting so that the undesirable minorities, whom they assume will vote for the Democratic Party (and rightly so since Republicans are openly hostile to them), will have a much more difficult time voting. They will naturally keep up their assault on the ability of urban black ..
  • Irredeemably Lost: How Donald Trump Destroyed The Republican Party in 2015  By : Eugene Robinson
    What Trump has done is call out the establishment on years of dishonest rhetoric. Progressives often asked why so many working-class whites went against their own economic interests by supporting the GOP. The answer is that Republicans appealed to these voters on cultural grounds, subtly exploiting their resentments and fears. The Republican Party promised — with nods, winks and dog-whistle toots — to change all of this and make everything the way it used to be (when whites totally and unquestionably dominated). In practice, however, party leaders were compelled to deal with the world ....
  • The Illusion of 'Freedom': America's Sleepwalk Toward Oblivion  By : Chris Hedges
    The longer fantasy is substituted for reality, the faster we sleepwalk toward oblivion. There is no guarantee we will wake up. Our rights and opinions do not matter. We have surrendered to our own form of wehrwirtschaft. We do not count within the political process. Propaganda is so pervasive, and truth is so rarely heard, that people do not trust their own senses. We are currently being assaulted by political campaigning that resembles the constant crusading by fascists and communists in past totalitarian societies. This campaigning, devoid of substance and subservient to the mirage of a ....
  • Awful Donald Trump and 5 Other Hopeless Moments in U.S. Politics of 2015  By : Elias Isquith
    Donald Trump wasn't the only awful thing this year. Hillary's servers, Carson's pyramids and Donald Trump's ... everything -- this was a bad year in American politics. Donald Trump's political hurricane is no accident. It's been brewing in the Republican Party for decades. The Republican Party's current trauma stretches back at least to the 1990s, if not earlier. It lies in a transformation that turned the GOP from a party of consensus government that produced presidents like Dwight Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush into a party of rebellion in which the rank and file are consumed with anger ...
  • George Will: Donald Trump is 'Panting' With a Puppy's Insatiable Eagerness To Be Petted  By : George F. Will
    Donald Trump's Threat to the Republican Party: If Trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party, says George Will. One hundred and four years of history is in the balance. If Trump is the Republican nominee in 2016, there might not be a conservative party in 2020 either.
  • Donald Trump Leads an Insane White Cult -- And [White-Supremacist] Pat Buchanan Just Explained How it Works  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Donald Trump is a hero and leader for many conservative [racists] in the Age of Obama. These people (Trump Supporters) are divorced from reality. To listen to Donald Trump's supporters is to peek into the mouth of political madness. The Republican 2016 presidential primary candidates are using a campaign of fear and anxiety about terrorism, "illegal immigrants," changing racial demographics, "black crime" and "Islam" to gin up support among a frightened public. Donald Trump is a master of manipulating the fears and anxieties of his public. This is a feature of the cult leader: he or she .....
  • The Great Republican Revolt: Will The GOP Survive The 2016 Election?  By : David Frum
    Their rebellion against the power of organized money has upended American politics in ways that may reverberate for a long time. To understand what may come next, we must first review the recent past.
  • Why America Is Moving Left: The U.S is Entering an Era of Liberal Dominance  By : Peter Beinart
    Republicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation's statehouses—and could well win the presidency—but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning. Barack Obama sought the presidency hoping to be the Democrats' Reagan: a president who changed America's ideological trajectory. And he has changed it. He has pushed the political agenda as dramatically to the left as Reagan pushed it to the right. In the late '60s and '70s, amid left-wing militancy and racial strife, a liberal era ended. Today, amid left-wing militancy and racial strife, a liberal era is only ......
  • Misogynist 'Taliban' Donald Trump Says Obama 'Schlonged' Ma. Hillary  By : Staff Writer
    Misogynist Trump's Astonishingly Sexist Attack On Ma. Hillary -- Republican frontrunner Donald Trump used a campaign stop in Michigan on Monday to make astonishingly sexist attacks against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
  • Paul Krugman: Donald Trump's Winning Because GOP Trained its Base To Be 'Stupid'  By : Paul Krugman
    The Donald and the Decider: The dumbing-down of the GOP base began long Trump started taking advantage of its ignorance. In this article - Paul Krugman gives a brief history of the Republican Party's commitment to political style over policy substance, concluding that the ascendancy of Donald Trump is merely establishment Republicans being forced to occupy the bed they made.
  • Sin-City Rumble: The GOP Debate Clown-Circus Comes To Las Vegas  By : James Opiko
    In summary, these candidates are major bullshitters, shameless liars and war-mongering charlatans. Totally unfit to be president of The United States. All of them.
  • Frightening Parallels: Trump, Cruz and a Right-Wing Insurgency The GOP Can No Longer Control  By : Heather Cox Richardson
    Today the parties have swapped sides, but the pattern is the same. Once again, political leaders have for years used inflammatory rhetoric to bolster a system that favors the very wealthy. Once again, their rhetoric has created an insurgency that they cannot control. Once again, that insurgency appeals to Americans who have never actually had to grapple with what it might mean to fight for an ideology.
  • Grandiose Delusions: The GOP Now Blaming Beyonce, Female Sexuality & Pop Stars For Rising Violence in America  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Blaming Beyonce and pop stars for crime? Ted Cruz backs insane theory that female sexuality causes violence. For the record: Destiny's Child, the band that kickstarted Beyonce's rise to fame, was founded in 1990 and their first record came out in 1998. Since then, Beyonce had a string of hits, both with Destiny's Child and as a solo artist. During that time, which involved innumerable instances of public bootie-shaking, the violent crime rate in the U.S. plummeted, as this Brennan Center chart demonstrates.
  • It's all Obama's Fault!: The Right-Wing Media's Hilarious Response To Donald Trump's Fascism  By : Gary Legum
    Conservatives now forced to cope with a force of nature in their primary are doing what they do best in response: LIE! To blame Obama or "the left" for this state of affairs is disingenuous in the extreme. Remember, it was partly due to his cerebral, no-panicking affect, in contrast to noted cowboy John McCain, that Obama was elected in 2008. The fact that his calm and collected demeanor staying steady through many of the crises he has faced has not calmed down people who wouldn't be caught dead voting for him in the first place is not his fault. It is theirs for refusing to listen.
  • The GOP Establishment is Trapped as 'Hate-Preacher' Trump Becomes America's Marine Le Pen  By : John Cassidy
    On Saturday, Donald Trump took his rabble-rousing Presidential campaign to Davenport, Iowa, and, naturally enough, he addressed the attack that took place in San Bernardino on Wednesday, and the fact that the two perpetrators appear to have been inspired by the Islamic State. "That shit is not going to happen any more, Trump told a cheering crowd. "We're going to be so vigilant. We're going to be so careful. We're going to be so tough and so mean and so nasty.
  • Southern Strategy: White Men, Racial Resentment and How The 'Bitter Minority' Came To Rule Us(Americans) All  By : Paul H. Rosenberg
    "The Republican primary, that's not about black and Latin voters, because there really aren't any in the Republican primary," "That's about white suburban voters who want permission to go with Donald Trump." -- Joy Reid, MSNBC.
  • Donald Trump's No Leader -- He's Just The Voice That The 'Ugliest Americans' Have Been Dying For  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Trump is a big, orangey object that's fun to look at, but the real story is why there is an actual proto-fascist movement forming in this country. Trump isn't the beginning of anything. He's the end result of years of conservatives growing angrier and angrier — and taking pre-Trump steps like forming the Tea Party and pushing ever more radical Republicans into Congress — about the diversification of America. And if he went away tomorrow, that anger would still be there and someone, likely Cruz, would be the next guy in line to start trying to channel it into political victory.
  • Fake 'Knife-Wielding' Obama: Ben Carson Planning Kenya Visit To Trace His 'Turkana' Roots  By : Kevin J. Kelley
    Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and author, said he will be tracing his ancestry, which he claimed was in Kenya and Tanzania, when he makes the trip. He is scheduled to travel to Africa on December 27 and return to the US a week later. Dr. Carson acknowledged that his lack of international policy experience may account for his drop in voter surveys. "My ancestors are from the Kenya-Tanzania region, the Turkana tribe," Dr. Carson told a US journalist. "I've had all of that traced back," he told Hugh Hewitt, an American radio talk-show host.
  • Republicans React Like Silly Children To The San Bernardino Massacre, Showing Why We Need Grown-ups Like Obama in Charge  By : Amanda Marcotte
    The Republican Party has completely abdicated any responsibilities towards coherence, intelligence, or maturity in favor of just pressing a bunch of right wing buttons over and over again. We really are living in an age where the Democrats are the Grown-Up Party and the Republicans are little more than a bunch of mini Rush Limbaughs, spouting off base-pleasing talking points that are void of any real content and often don't even fit together in a logical fashion. All of this should be a chilling reminder of how important it is to keep a Democrat in the White House.
  • 'Frothing' Wolf Pack: The GOP is on The Eve of Destruction  By : Bill Moyers
    The Republicans are willing to wreck the country to maintain the gross inequality that divides us – inequality which rewards the party leaders and their donors, just as slavery rewarded white supremacists. They would tear the Republic apart, rip to pieces its already fragile social compact, and reap the whirlwind of a failed experiment in self-government.
  • How Segregationist George Wallace Predicted 'Ego-Glutton' Donald Trump  By : Jack Shafer
    Trump's more of a narcissist, but cuts an oddly similar swath through the country's politics as did George Wallace. Trump projects an exaggerated sense of self-importance, displays fantasies of power and brilliance, indicates a belief that he's special and deserving of admiration, demonstrates a sense of entitlement and lack of empathy and acts in haughty, contemptuous ways—all of which outline the classic narcissist. Wallace wrote much of the playbook that Trump is operating from today. The last defender of segregation, Wallace roiled American politics for more than a decade before a .....
  • 'Proto-Fascist Thug Demagoguery': Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and The Right's New Race Lie  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Today's Republican Party cannot win a war of ideas.The Republican Party's policies are unpopular across many issue positions. Because of that fact, Cruz's violent rhetoric complements a strategy of voter demobilization and political intimidation. If you can keep the opposition from voting — as well as mobilize white fear and racial anxieties about people of color — then it is much easier to win elections.
  • Panic & Paralysis: GOP Leaders Fear 'Electoral Wipeout' If Trump is Nominated For President  By : Jonathan Martin
    "It would be an utter, complete and total disaster," Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, himself a presidential candidate who has tangled with Mr. Trump, said of his rival's effect on lower-tier Republican candidates. "If you're a xenophobic, race-baiting, religious bigot, you're going to have a hard time being president of the United States, and you're going to do irreparable damage to the party."
  • King of The Trolls: How To STOP Super-Narcissist, Charlatan Donald Trump  By : Elias Isquith
    GOPers haven't been able to thwart him. But the truth is that Trump's biggest weakness is hiding in plain sight. If any of his Republican challengers want to take the air out of his presidential campaign, they're going to have to make Donald Trump look weak. Not ignorant, not stupid, not misinformed, not shallow, not vulgar, not bigoted, not crass, but weak. He has to be made to look like he's not in control.
  • In-Your-Face-Racism: The Republican Party Is Now America's Largest Hate Group  By : Daniel Denvir
    Led by Donald Trump, the GOP has abandoned its traditional dog-whistles in favor of a more overt approach to racism. White supremacist activists -- are cheering on Trump because he is mainstreaming the sort of xenophobia that is particularly amenable to the current American brand of white supremacy. The Black Lives Matter movement, like the Syrian refugee crisis and Latino immigration, are the crucible of the contemporary American white supremacy. The Trump candidacy has combined fears over terrorism, crime and a coming white minority into a spectacular fever dream of dangerous refugees .....
  • Bigoted Nativist: 'The Donald' Can't Be Derailed; The Congenital Liar Can Say Whatever He Wants, and It Makes No Difference  By : Eric Boehlert
    The New York Times twice last week stressed that GOP voters might turn away from Trump in favor of "more sober-minded candidates"; that they'll take "a more sober measure of who is prepared to serve as commander in chief." Sober-minded candidates? Have these people been watching the spectacle that is the Republican campaign season for the last six months? Trump and his xenophobic campaign continue to soar in the GOP polls as he unfurls an endless stream of outrageous proposals. (Bring back U.S.-sanctioned torture! The government needs to close down some American mosques!) .....
  • Our Democracy(U.S.A) is Completely Unrepresentative: Citizens United, Gerrymandering & The Real Story Behind The GOP's Takeover  By : Lawrence Lessig
    The tweedism of American politics today thus violates their sense of equality. It violates the equality of citizens. "The rich" plainly have a power that "the poor" (or the middle class, for that matter) don't, because of a system for funding campaigns that renders representatives dependent on "the rich" in a way that they aren't dependent on the poor. The problem with this explicit tweedism is not unequal speech. The problem is a structure that defeats the potential for equal participation. That structure "defeat[s] the right of the people to choose representatives for Congress," because ....
  • Retro-Racism: Donald Trump is Running The Most Explicitly Racist Campaign Since 1968  By : Paul Waldman
    After decades of rhetorical evolution from Republicans on matters of race, Donald Trump is now running the most plainly, explicitly, straight forwardly racist campaign since at least George Wallace's third-party run in 1968, and maybe even Strom Thurmond's in 1948. He has adopted a retro racism, telling primary voters in no uncertain terms that if you're looking for the candidate who will indulge and validate your ugliest impulses, Trump is your man. And nearly as shamefully, his opponents tiptoe around the issue, unwilling to criticize him too severely. And that could be the most .....
  • Jersey City 'Viagra': Trump, Fox, GOP -- Spewing Fiction, Hatred & Racism Faster Than The Hudson River!  By : Benjy Sarlin
    Trump's turn toward racially charged fiction challenges the GOP: Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president of the United States, is spreading falsehoods and stoking fears about blacks, Muslims, and Latinos. Trump has surged into a clear lead among Republicans in surveys since the deadly attacks on Paris, amid heightened public concern over whether Americans face similar dangers at home. Trump's latest comments are not the first time he has delved into unsupported conspiracy theories and out-of-nowhere facts. The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog has awarded his statements ....
  • To Democrats: You MUST Punch The Lying, GOP Know-Nothing Bully-Candidates in The Nose  By : Bill Curry
    Between now and Iowa the Democratic National Committee has allowed just two debates. It isn't enough for Democrats to just say no to Republican xenophobia. They must show the American people they have a better way to make us safe and heal the world.
  • Robert Reich: There's a Good Chance an Idiot Might Become President of The U.S.A  By : Robert Reich
    Ben Carson: Unable to process foreign policy? -- One of Ben Carson's foreign policy advisers is claiming that the retired-neurosurgeon-turned-presidential-candidate has been unable to process "one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East". According to a New York Times report, Duane R Clarridge - a retired Central Intelligence Agency official who has been coaching Dr Carson on international affairs for several years - has been frustrated with his inability to comprehend the intricacies of national security despite regular briefings from experts.
  • 'Doomed' Republicans Set To Nominate a Right-Wing Loon Like Ben Carson or Ted Cruz  By : Bill Curry
    The theory that Republicans will bail out Democrats by nominating a crazy person for president exemplifies magical thinking. Every four years they make an early feint toward doing it, then pull back, outfox their base and pick someone more presentable. Maybe this year they'll blow it; God knows they seem nuttier than ever. But their establishment's moving heaven and earth to keep it from happening. Fox News is as much a part of that establishment as the Republican National Committee. Like Reince Priebus and Karl Rove, Roger Ailes knows that nominating Ben Carson or Donald Trump could spell ...
  • Deportation Force: Trump's 'Humane' 'Operation Wetback' 2.0  By : Heather Digby Parton
    The GOP's totalitarian nightmare: Donald Trump's immigration plan is insane—and insanely popular. More and more Republicans support Trump's draconian—and downright inhumane—deportation proposal. It Came Up In The Debate: Here Are 3 Things To Know About 'Operation Wetback'. And more here. Politically this is terrible for the GOP and all the sane people in the party understand this. They know they will lose elections wherever Latinos and all good people of other races and ethnicities live because it's an affront to human decency to even suggest such a thing. But there's nothing they can do......
  • New Electoral Tipping Point: America's Future is Definitely NOT Republican  By : Stanley Greenberg
    New and profound demographic changes will give the Democrats a huge advantage in the 2016 election, and beyond. This Republican race to the political bottom is happening because America's conservatives are losing the culture wars. The US is now beyond the electoral tipping point, driven by a new progressive majority in the electorate: racial minorities (black and Hispanic) plus single women, millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) and secular voters together formed 51% of the electorate in 2012; and will reach a politically critical 63% next year. They have produced a country where racial ...
  • Dr. Ben Carson Was Sued for Malpractice at Least 8 Times  By : Gideon Resnick
    One woman, suffering from multiple sclerosis, claimed Carson failed to review her MRI before performing a risky neurosurgery procedure. In 1996, Maryland resident Mary Perna sued Carson and Johns Hopkins University on behalf of herself and her husband, Steven. According to the claim, Perna was suffering from multiple sclerosis and by October of 1994, she had facial pain on the left side of her face and vision problems that "were virtually unchecked," despite the prescription medication that she was taking. The lawsuit alleged that Carson didn't review Perna's MRI before conducting three unnece
  • Isaac J. Bailey: I'm The GOP's Ideal Black Voter and I'm Giving Up on The Party  By : Isaac J. Bailey
    I'm the GOP's Ideal Black Voter, but after the summer of Trump—and, yes, Carson too—I'm giving up on the party. The message conservatives have long sent black people is: Work hard, commit to education, take responsibility for yourself and make wise decisions. Implicit in this is the insulting notion that black people would know nothing about such things if they hadn’t been pointed out by white Republicans (and some black conservatives), and that if black people follow this route, conservatives will at least respect, if not embrace, them. Then along came the Obamas, the personification ....
  • This is What a Misogynist Pig Sounds Like: 6 of Donald Trump's Most Sexist Moments  By : Sophia Tesfaye
    Trump's history of flippant misogyny: For decades, Donald Trump has made flippant misogyny as much a part of his trademark as his ostentatious lifestyle. Now, the former reality-television host and current front-runner in the polls for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination may be paying a price for a boorish barb that also renewed his party's internal consternation over its recent history of alienating women voters.
  • Job-Killing Delusions: Republicans are Such Ferocious Liars About What Makes The U.S. Economy Work  By : Paul Krugman
    The arithmetic on partisan differences is actually stunning. Last year economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson circulated a paper comparing economic performance under Democratic and Republican presidents since 1947. Under Democrats, the economy grew, on average, 4.35 percent per year; under Republicans, only 2.54 percent. Over the whole period, the economy was in recession for 49 quarters; Democrats held the White House during only eight of those quarters. One constantly hears assertions that Ronald Reagan achieved economic and job growth never matched before or since, when the reality is
  • The GOP's 'Predator-Tank' Debate: Separating The Predators From The Prey  By : James Opiko
    All night, the GOP combatants peddled repeatedly discredited talking points and debunked myths that have consistently been amplified by Fox News. Fox has a long history of guiding the Republican party on policy positions and influencing the GOP primary process, and several of the candidates' debate remarks were conspicuously similar to narratives that have originated on or been promoted by the Fox News Channel.
  • In Ben Carson Right-Wingers are Desperately Groping For a 'Perfect' Obama  By : James Opiko
    There is a delusional hope (what is in that tea they are drinkin?) that the black electorate will automatically shift gears to back Carson—because he is black—and peel off minority support from front-runner Hillary Clinton. They must believe their own rhetoric: That we voted for Obama in large numbers simply because he is black,/u>. The second key element is that Carson's candidacy provides a "we are not racists" shield for them to hide behind. See. Look. The. Man. Is. Black. We teapubs have black people too. -- Denise Oliver Velez at Daily Kos (10/18/2015)
  • 'Blue-Eyed Father God': Why Hillary Makes Right-Wingers So Crazy  By : Adele M. Stan
    In the right-wing mind, there is nothing so ruinous to America as the liberation of women. The right's entire ideological structure is built on worship of the Great White Father and veneration of the stern, Caucasian, disciplinarian dad. It's a worldview centered on a jealous, blue-eyed Father God, a military dispatched to teach the world a lesson, and a president who serves as the national patriarch. A President Hillary Rodham Clinton poses the gravest threat to that worldview yet—perhaps even graver than the threat to it posed by the nation's first black president, given that ........
  • Trump & Christie: A Tale of Two Goonish, Arrogant, Self-Obsessed, Egomaniacal Bullies  By : Joe Seldner
    Donald doesn't know his stuff, and is both proud of it, and hailed as a hero for being uninformed by his Kool-Aid drinking loyal supporters. Being ignorant of policy and world affairs is a badge of honor for Donald. Christie's in-your-face style appealed to some until Donald came along and ripped your face off -- all the while telling you he did it smarter and better than anyone, and anyway, illegal immigrants were to blame.
  • Trump v. Clinton: Expect a Spectacular Thumping in 2016 Elections  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Clearly, Republican voters are delusional. It's hard to imagine any scenario where Trump doesn't lose spectacularly against Clinton. Consider how much Romney's chances were hurt by his indelicate "47 percent" comment. And that was mild compared to Trump's relentless hateful bleating about Mexicans (and immigrants in general), his unsubtle racism regarding President Obama, and his ugly attitudes about women that will likely not be contained for the many months of running against a woman.
  • 'Government Fleecing' Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan and Right-Wing Extremist  By : Peter Dreier
    Despite Ryan's persistent attacks on government spending, his family's construction business has been anchored in building roads on government contracts. Despite his worship of private-sector entrepreneurs, he's spent his entire career as a government employee. Despite being a crusader against anti-poverty programs, Ryan is a millionaire who made his money the old-fashioned way: by marrying a woman who inherited a fortune. Ryan has made his reputation demonizing poor people. His most popular metaphor was the anti-poverty programs had failed because instead of being a safety net they'd become a
  • Simon Says: Boom! Wham! Zowie! GOP Wolves Looking For Sheep  By : Roger Simon
    The Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. They now appear determined to make it six out of seven. There is a reason Trump and Carson command nearly half of the Republican vote, and it has nothing to do with quiet charm or force of personality. The Republican Party has peddled xenophobia, misogyny and willful ignorance, year after year. So it is not surprising that it has come up with xenophobic, misogynistic and willfully ignorant candidates. Nor is it surprising that these candidates have risen to the top.
  • Republicans Are Running Out of Talented Con-Men to Sell Their Garbage Agenda  By : Paul Krugman
    How will the chaos that the crazies, I mean the Freedom Caucus, have wrought in the House get resolved? I have no idea. But as this column went to press, practically the whole Republican establishment was pleading with Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, to become speaker. He is, everyone says, the only man who can save the day.
  • NUT-Boy: 'Gentle' Ben Carson Gives New Meaning To Crazy  By : Mike Barnicle
    Somewhat incredibly -- a small percentage of people are listening to 'Gentle' Ben. And he is indeed running for President of the United States. And each day he takes the field and gives new meaning to crazy. Gentle NUT-BOY Carson has managed to prove he has lost more than a few shingles off his roof. His supporters list several reasons why they would consider voting for him: "He seems like a nice man. He speaks softly. He is a fine Christian. He speaks his mind."
  • It's So Much Worse Than Ben Carson: Grotesque Pandering to Gun Nuts From Republicans Who Would Be President  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Looking over the field of candidate responses to this, the Republican strategy on guns has become quite clear: Minimize the violence and find anyone or anything else—including the victims themselves—to blame instead of our country's failed gun policies.
  • Fuck Ben Carson | The GOP's Arms Race of Stupid  By : Drew Magary
    You are now bearing witness to an arms race of stupid, because stupid is in such high demand from the GOP base at the present moment. Donald Trump, for all of his bluster, is at least authentically stupid. Read this story if you don't believe me. All these other guys are clown posers. Trump is the genuine article.
  • How Trump Became Trump and What That Means for the Rest of Us  By : Nomi Prins
    Consider the presidency as Donald Trump's ultimate deal. And don't think for a second that if he entered the Oval Office his money and deal-making lust and every conflict of interest that went with them wouldn't follow him there. Though you might not know it from the incessant media coverage of his candidacy or his P.T. Barnum-ish self-glorification, there are plenty of pieces missing from his financial story that call into question both his skill as a dealmaker and his business. mfvkvfm6689
  • Donald 'Birther' Trump's Appeal Explained in 5 Simple Steps  By : Paul H. Rosenberg
    Birtherism was the key to Trump's transformation from the apolitical celebrity he had been to the right-wing hero role that he's playing today. But far from being some sort of freak anomaly, once again we see Trump's actions are a snug fit within the broader patterns of American politics—in this case, the historical trend of increasing negative partisanship."To some Republicans," Skinner wrote, "if Donald Trump is saying bad things about That Kenyan in the White House, he can't be all bad."
  • The Importance of Donald Trump & How He is Saving America's 'Democracy'  By : Frank Rich
    Frank Rich: "Far from destroying our democracy, Trump is exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not. And changing it in the process. Trump will not make America great again, but there's at least a chance that the chaos he sows will clear the way for those who can. If Hillary Clinton's campaign or the Republican Party is reduced to rubble along the way, we can live with it."
  • The GOP Debate's Terrifying Alternate Reality: Inside the Political Delusions of a Party on the Edge  By : Chauncey DeVega
    The 2016 Republican primary season is a human zoo. The frightening fact is that one of the survivors of this battle royal will be one of the two candidates for President of the United States next year. With perhaps the exception of Rand Paul, at least on this one issue — seem either unable or unwilling to grasp how the chaos and confusion in the Middle East, which they bemoan and panic over as a sign of a "weak" America (and of course caused only by President Obama), are directly (and indirectly
  • Why America Is Fascinated By Sneering Bullies Like Donald Trump  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Trump is the rich, white male bully who revels in his privilege and enjoys stomping on those with less unearned social power than he has. And the Republican base is eating it up.
  • Triumph of The Wrong(GOP): Why The 'Wrong About Everything' Party Won The 2014 Mid-Terms  By : Paul Krugman
    Masking their real positions won't be so easy now that the Republicans are in power: The biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates ....
  • When Bullies(Republicans) Win: How Do Weary Americans Face the Post-Election Trauma?  By : Lynn Stuart Parramore
    Most of us did not escape that moment on the playground when the bully came over and demanded our candy. What could we do? The bruising boy and the mean girl used fear and intimidation to get their way. If that didn't work, there were other methods. Sometimes the bully had powerful friends and came on gangster-style. Other times the mean girl shoved and hit us and left us flailing in the dirt. However it happened, it left wounds.
  • 6 Right-Wing Disasters This Week: Egomaniac Bill O'Reilly Drops Accidental Truth Bomb  By : Janet Allon
    Bill O'Reilly chatted with radio host Tavis Smiley on Thursday, about how black people are to blame for their economic problems, blah blah blah same old, same old. But Papa Bill also said something simultaneously bizarre and true. He told Smiley that Republicans are "more intimidated than uncaring. I think they're afraid... I think they're afraid of, uh, black people, yeah."
  • After Losing The Battle For The Senate, Obama Should Go on Offense. It's Time He Waged War for Real!  By : Brian Beutler
    Democrats must do best not to fracture on the assumption that the public just gave the hushed Republican policy agenda a vote of confidence, but to oppose it with confidence that when it's laid against the Democratic agenda two year from now, the public will reject it. That means standing pat if and when Republicans try to slash taxes, weaken environmental regulations, damage Obamacare, and maximize the deportation of low-priority offenders. It means not voting in politically expedient ways and hiding behind Obama's veto, but borrowing from Majority Leader-designate Mitch McConnell, who famously boasted that during Obama's first term, Republicans "worked very hard to keep our fingerprints off [Democratic] proposals, because we thought—correctly, I think—that the only way the American people would know that a great debate was going on was if the measures were not bipartisan."
  • Stunning Disloyalty: Leon Panetta Backstabs Pres. Obama For Profit .....For Hillary Clinton?  By : Dana Milbank
    Leon Panetta, other former Obama subordinates show stunning disloyalty: George W. Bush got criticism from former advisers (Paul O'Neill, John DiIulio), as did Bill Clinton (George Stephanopoulos, Dick Morris), but this level of disloyalty is stunning, even though it is softened with praise for Obama's intellect.
  • The GOP's Dark, Racist Art of Election Stealing  By : Heather Digby Parton
    The Shameful Racism of Southern Conservatives (Republicans): They Just Don't Want Minorities to Vote -- Sometimes conservative politicians, particularly those who hail from the South, accidentally forget to dog-whistle and they say what's really on their minds. It's always revealing.
  • SLURS: Republican Reaction to Obama's ISIS Speech -- Inaccurate, Unhelpful, Even Unpatriotic  By : Joe Conason
    The neoconservatives who promoted that ruinous adventure have loftily advised us all not to reargue the decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Their desire to avoid accountability for a historic blunder -- still costing so many lives and so much treasure -- is understandable, if not quite honorable. But if they want amnesty for themselves, they might stop trying to frame President Obama for the awful consequences of their misconduct.
  • The GOP's 'Impeachment Nonsense' is Proof That Republicans Are Not Ready To Govern  By : Lincoln Mitchell
    Republican Impeachment Embarrassment: The most striking thing about the efforts to impeach the president is not that this idea was mentioned by conservatives in Congress, but that the idea has completely backfired on the Republican Party. The Republicans were foolish to let any discussion of impeachment make it into the media or even be floated in Congress, but once they made that mistake they called foul when the other party responded predictably, reasonably and effectively.
  • Let's Sue the GOP: A Lawsuit Would be One Gesture. But Big-Time Election Losses Would Work Better  By : Leo Gerard
    House Republicans last week overwhelmingly endorsed suing President Barack Obama for delaying part of the Affordable Care Act, a law Republicans hate and condemn and voted 50 times to repeal. So, really, the president did exactly what the GOP claims it wants. But they're suing anyway
  • Fear of a Non-White Nation: The GOP's Problem With Hispanics Goes Much Deeper Than Immigration Reform  By : Danny Vinik
    When Hispanics, in turn, vote in 2016 -- en masse for Hillary Clinton as president, Republicans should not blame the party's inability to pass immigration reform. They should blame their party's refusal to recognize the changing nature of the country.

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