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The Persistently Strange Political Culture of Today's GOP

The Persistently Strange Political Culture of Today's GOP
It now seems clear that the Iran deal will stand. So when Speaker of the House John Boehner declares, "Our fight to stop this bad deal, frankly, is just beginning," we confront again the strange nature of the political culture that now drives the Republican Party.
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Right Wing's 'Passionate Intensity' Overpowering Liberal's Focus on Facts

Right Wing's 'Passionate Intensity' Overpowering Liberal's Focus on Facts
The academic left's battle against the religious right can best be summed up from a line from Yeats: "the best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are filled with a passionate intensity."
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Paul Ryan's Budget Wishlist: Less, Much Less, for the Poor. Plus, More Bombs

Paul Ryan's Budget Wishlist: Less, Much Less, for the Poor. Plus, More Bombs
The Paul Ryan budget is a glimpse into the priorities of today's GOP. And for anyone in the bottom three quarters of the income scale, it is indeed a scary document.
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Board of Governors: USPS Has No Authority to Cut Mail Delivery to Five Days

Board of Governors: USPS Has No Authority to Cut Mail Delivery to Five Days
The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) issued a statement Wednesday confirming the conclusion by Congressman Gerry Connolly and the U.S. Government Accountability Office that USPS lacks the legal authority to cut mail delivery from six-to-five days.
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VA Residents Rally To End Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

The activists gathered at Congressman Forbes’ Chesapeake to hear from community members on the issue before going door-to-door to urge neighbors to contact their representative.
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Krugman on the Teapublican Mindset: 'If evidence seems to contradict faith, suppress the evidence'

Sadly, as Paul Krugman correctly points out, it's not just on climate science that the Teapublican'ts follow the mantra, "If evidence seems to contradict faith, suppress the evidence." It's on everything: Marco Rubio's inability to admit that science has, indeed, figured out how old our planet is (and no, the answer is NOT 6,000 years!); "unskewing" the polls because they didn't believe it was possible President Obama coul...
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Video: Under Scrutiny GOP's 'Case' Against Susan Rice Collapses

It's truly a thing of beauty to watch journalists - wait for it - DO THEIR JOB for a change! It's also a thing of beauty to watch as, in doing their job, it utterly demolishes a b.s. argument by irresponsible, grandstanding, hypocritical politicians (in this case, Republicans like the angry, raging, hysterical, hyperpartisan John McCain and Lindsey Graham). Thank you, Soledad O'Brien, for doing what journalists SHOULD be doing 24/7.
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President Obama Observes Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

See the video below of President Obama laying a wreath, and also see the White House blog for more on Petty Officer Taylor Morris' amazing story...
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Topics Worth Debating: Colorado Burning Down

Tonight's presidential debate will be held in Colorado, where wildfires recently burned 202,425 acres of land (316.3 square miles). Those wildfires killed five people, forced the evacuation of 34,500 people, and destroyed over 600 homes.
It's part of a pattern: Scientists say global warming is making large wildfires more frequent and more intense. America's next president will have to address the problem in both the short-term (more federal money going to disaster response & relief) and in the long-term (cutting carbon pollution and/or dealing with our constantly-rising cost of inaction).
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