It’s become a compulsion to use the label for any political opponents—and it’s destroying our cohesiveness as a society. Is no one proud of the progress we’ve made?
Are we obsessed with race and racism in our society? Before you answer the question, consider how issues of race are brought up in the media and discussed around the proverbial water cooler. Do we discuss the remarkable progress we’ve made as a country since the dark days of segregation and Jim Crow?Do we consider how blacks lived in the South in the not too distant past—like my grandparents, who ran the risk of being lynched for looking at someone white? That’s given way to interracial marriage no longer being a taboo.
Before a confirmation hearing for a top Pentagon official, two GOP senators are pressing the Obama administration for answers about Russia’s violations of an arms control treaty.
Two GOP senators wrote to the White House Thursday to demand more information about the administration’s knowledge Russian violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The letter is being sent in advance of Senate hearings on the confirmation of Brian McKeon, the current chief of staff at the National Security Council, to a top position at the Pentagon.The Daily Beast first reported last November that the Obama administration had concluded Russia violated the INF Treaty in 2012 and briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the violations at the time.
The prospective DA for a Texas county with abysmally high domestic violence rates has issued the woeful opinion that abuse is really just a prelude to sex.
Lloyd Oliver proves that it’s not just Republicans who completely misunderstand any and all things related to sex and women’s rights. The Democratic candidate for district attorney in Texas’ Harris County argued that domestic violence is over-prosecuted because folks just don’t realize it’s part of foreplay.The prospective DA both discounts and fetishizes domestic abuse. In an interview with the Texas Observer, Oliver said “Family violence is so, so overrated.
Control of the Senate depends on turnout in November. Democrats need to tap what scares their base most: fear of an unrestrained GOP.
We’ve known for a long time now that the Democrats have a lot of Senate seats to defend in red states where Barack Obama’s approval numbers aren’t much higher than George Zimmerman’s—indeed, in these states, surely lower.But I feel like the fear has just set in here in the last couple of weeks; that is, Democrats coming to terms with the possibility-to-likelihood that they might lose the Senate this November, and after that, the utter bleakness of a final Obama two years with both House and Senate in GOP hands, saying no to anything and everything except, of course, any remote whiff of an opportunity to bring impeachment charges over something.
The governor re-emerged at a town-hall meeting with anti-FEMA, anti-Washington talk in the heart of Hurricane Sandy’s path. Has New Jersey really moved on?
In line, awaiting entrance to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first town-hall meeting since the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal became, well, a scandal, stood a few middle-aged men. They discussed the debate over Christie’s claims that he knew nothing of the bogus traffic study orchestrated by his puppets at the Port Authority. “He probably knew,” one of them said. “And I don’t give a shit.”Not far away, union-organized protesters held signs reading “Stronger Than the Subpoenas?” and “Bruce Springsteen Hates You!”But inside the VFW hall, it was as though Bridgegate had never happened.
You weren’t supposed to see these 28,000 pages of documents from the GOP star’s campaign. Here’s why.
Secret routers. Thong models. Aides who compare homeless people to dogs. A trove of 28,000 pages of documents from an investigation of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s 2010 campaign could prove more than a little embarrassing for Walker. The Wisconsin governor, who is talked about as a potential presidential candidate in 2016 and is facing re-election in November, is shown to have known more about a secret email system in his office while serving as Milwaukee County Executive than he has admitted.
A new Gallup poll shows that a (slight) majority of Americans would elect a Muslim POTUS. We may only be half-way there, says Dean Obeidallah, but we’ve got history and young people on our side.
Could a Muslim be elected President of the United States? And I’m not talking a person who is “secretly” a Muslim, which is what approximately 50 percent of the Republicans in Mississippi and Alabama believe President Obama is per a 2012 poll. I’m talking a presidential candidate who publicly identifies as a Muslim.Well, a new Gallup poll released this week makes it clear that America think so. This survey posed the question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ___________, would you vote for that person?” Respondents were given a host of possible fill-in-the-blanks, such as a Catholic, Hispanic, Muslim, etc.
Each side cherry picks facts, but the latest offender is the White House that won’t accept an estimate that its $10.10 proposal would cost jobs.
When it comes to President Obama’s proposed increase in the minimum wage, the White House would like to have its cake, eat it too, and claim that the cake has zero calories.Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of The White House’s proposed $10.10 federal minimum wage, giving credence to Republican claims that the hike might have a negative effect on employment by costing 500,000 jobs. The CBO also estimates $10.10 would lift 900,000 families out of poverty and increase the incomes of more than 16 million low-wage workers.
Thousands of pages linking the Wisconsin governor’s campaign staff to derogatory statements, along with illegal campaign activity, may be just a minor election derailment for Scott Walker—but the Democrats are lapping up his near-Bridgegate fiasco.
Is it time for some traffic problems in Wisconsin, too?That’s what Democrats are hoping for at least, after 26,000 pages of documents were released Wednesday afternoon about an investigation into Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s first campaign that seemed all too similar to Chris Christie’s ongoing traffic troubles on the George Washington Bridge.“While Republican governors from Chris Christie to [former Virginia Governor] Bob McDonnell are facing ethical problems, we are now seeing that Scott Walker is no exception,” said Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who happened to be in the state for a fundraiser as the documents were being released.
Wealthy RINOs are wooing conservatives to inflate their own interests and keep the financial markets as the unchallenged controllers.
They’re coming to destroy conservatism!The establishment bundlers! The wealthy Giuliani Republicans! They’ve weathered the latest grassroots storm, and now they’re striking back: stealthily at first, crafty as they are. Today, a low-profile fundraiser for powerful, moneyed elites; tomorrow, a party platform of moderate mush, force-fed with an iron fist!We’ve seen this kind of panic creep into “the movement” before. From Mitt’s brush with the big time to Karl Rove’s post-Bush machinations, any time has been a good time to warn the base of yet another Acela coup that never materializes.
Rand Paul and the inescapably libertarian future of red – and blue – politics
The most interesting – and quite possibly the most important – discussion about the future of American politics took place just last week. And unless you subscribe to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV – of all places! - you probably missed it.“I think Republicans will not win again in my lifetime...unless they become a new GOP, a new Republican Party,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told the lachrymose former Fox News host who now runs his own online media empire.
A little free advice for Republicans like Texas’s Greg Abbott: Quit sucking up to a man who calls President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” if you want to court minorities.
For well over a year now, Americans have been treated to the spectacle of GOP leaders plotting and planning and searching for clever ways to assure the public that it is not the party of old, angry, testosterone-heavy, and most of all white grievance politics. Granted, this is a delicate task, calling for a thoughtful, multi-faceted approach. But how’s this for a modest starting point: Stop sucking up to freak-show, has-been rocker Ted Nugent?Honestly, it was sad enough when Rep.
Corporal punishment is already legal, but a Democrat wants to amend the law to allow harder spankings by parents, caregivers, and teachers. Who asked for this?
All parents at one time or another have struggled with how to rein in an unruly child. Now, a Kansas lawmaker is trying to make it easier for parents, caregivers, and teachers to discipline misbehaving kids by creating a virtual how-to for corporal punishment—and bruising is on the list.Schools spankings are already legal in Kansas and 18 other states. Current law allows for corporal punishment that doesn’t leave marks. But Democratic State Rep.
As the GOP revamps its presidential primary schedule, Democrats are content to keep the Hawkeye State going first. Is that because a Clinton win there would effectively seal her nomination?
The schedule for the 2016 Democratic presidential primary is likely to look a lot like 2008’s calendar.Although the GOP made significant changes to its presidential primary schedule in January, Democrats seem quite satisfied with how things worked in 2008, the last time that the party had a competitive presidential primary.The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee is due to meet at the end of February in Washington, D.
If Republicans can keep discussion around the Affordable Care Act vague, they’ll win in the midterms. The party of health care should collect stories of success and confront the party of no.
The big electoral question hanging over Democrats, of course, is what to do about Obamacare this fall. The pundits say: It’s death! The Democrats are gonna get killed. The Democratic consultants advise their candidates to be as mealy-mouthed as they can possibly get away with being and change the topic as quickly as possible.The pundits might end up being right after all the votes are counted. But I say the quickest way for Democrats to guarantee that the pundits end up being right is to take their consultants’ advice and pussy-foot around the issue.
The Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle joined MSNBC to discuss the annual event where conservatives 'come out and let their hair down' and the tension among right-wingers over gay rights.
The U2 frontman wants to save the world. Why shouldn’t he save Republicans, too?