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The neoconservative leading the fight over the legacy of Vatican II in the American Church.

Chris Christie

The governor needs to peddle a moderate image to win re-election in New Jersey, but on everything from reproductive rights to the environment to austerity, he’s very conservative.

survivalism

Prophecies of government tyranny, financial meltdown and violent anarchy featured on Doomsday Preppers are being absorbed into contemporary conservatism.

Dollar bill

Media-savvy conservative think tanks take aim and fire at progressive power bases in the states. 

Dollar bills

Pete Peterson’s $60 million push to sell corporate America’s ruthless austerity agenda.

Simpson and Bowles

Candidates who ran on slashing Medicare and Social Security lost big in November. But that doesn’t stop Pete Peterson from pushing the fantasy that voters’ biggest concern is the deficit.

The “Fix the Debt” campaign is pure astroturf: corporate cash machinery masquerading as a grassroots uprising.

Dire warnings about the deficit don’t add up mathematically. But then, Fix the Debt is not really about the economy, it’s about gutting Medicare, Social Security and other social programs.

Voters at a polling station

A five-decade bipartisan consensus on this key piece of civil rights legislation has collapsed—right when we need its protections more than ever before.

Rick Perlstein joins Bryce Covert and George Zornick to explore the serpentine shifts and strange bedfellows of gun control politics. 

Blogs

In addition to ire over cuts, Republican attempts to gut air safety rules have voters in New York's 26th—site of a recent tragic crash—leaning blue.

May 23, 2011

Emotionally stuck pols of a certain age are dropping left and right.

May 20, 2011

Amidst all the uproar over his Meet the Press appearance and jewelry expenses, Newt Gingrich began pitching a radical interpretation of federal government powers. Will other candidates follow?

May 19, 2011

SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—is one of the strongest threads in our increasingly tattered safety net. But Gingrich started taking whacks at the program in 1995, and now his House Republican descendants are doing the same.

May 18, 2011

The Obama campaign is fundraising off the birthers.

May 18, 2011

MSNBC host knows the difference between hype and real politics.

May 17, 2011

Newt Gingrich's greatest assett as a candidate—TV star power—is already undermining his campaign.

May 17, 2011

Jon Stewart paid a visit to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly to debate Fox News' hip hop double standard.

May 16, 2011

Mike Huckabee's decision to skip the 2012 presidential race was a smart response to the new reality of a Republican Party that runs on smear and vitriol.

May 16, 2011

Every president elected in the 20th Century has won statewide office, held a cabinet position, or served in the military. Newt Gingrich has not.

May 12, 2011