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The presidential contest has begun, as usual, with the "money primary,"
in which major donors choose their favorites and weed out other
candidates, long before any citizen has an opportunity to

Seen as the antiwar candidate, he shies away from being called a
liberal.

Say what you will about Michael Lind, at least he's never predictable.
That is, of course, unless your prediction is that he's once again
trying to find a way to disagree with everyone else.
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Three days after he sued the President to force a Congressional vote on
whether to attack Iraq, and one day after hundreds of thousands of
antiwar demonstrators in New York cheered his call to

New Mexico is on the verge of joining
those happy few states that have acted to rein in the
extreme influence of corporate money on US politics.

We all had our youthful indiscretions that haunt or amuse us for the rest of our lives. Mine was conservatism.

It now seems clear, from what we hear,
That Gary Hart will reappear.
(He ran well once, but then he slipped;
He couldn't keep his trousers zipped.)

Arnie Arnesen does not know exactly when the political wind shifted. It
might have been on the day Trent Lott was forced to step down as Senate
majority leader.

Progressive journals are key in creating a movement, but they lack support.

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The media has focused too much on Bachmann's self-styled image and not enough on the far-right policy positions and neo-McCarthy politics she has embraced as a member of Congress.

June 15, 2011

Republicans waxing dovish as Obama nears Afghan decision.

June 15, 2011

On Bloggingheads, Dana Goldstein and Amanda Marcotte follow up their debate last week on TheNation.com, exploring Anthony Weiner's future and the role of the sex scandal in American politics.

June 14, 2011

Governor Scott Walker and his allies are renewing their assault on collective bargaining—with plans to insert anti-labor language in the state budget. Will responsible Republicans object?

June 14, 2011

No FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover has served more than ten years. Should Mueller, who oversaw a massive expansion of the bureau's domestic surveillance, be the first?

June 14, 2011

Obama-bashing, yes. But on foreign policy it’s “bring the boys home.”

June 14, 2011

The congresswoman used her first presidential debate appearance to announce her candidacy and steal the limelight from everyone else—except, perhaps, Mitt Romney.

June 13, 2011

"Shouldn't we just get rid of Medicare?” "What's with Obamneycare?” and "Weiner versus Vitter?”

June 13, 2011

The GOP is getting restless on Afghanistan.

June 13, 2011

Activists in countries around the world are standing up against the US's costly, and needless, expansion of foreign military bases.

June 13, 2011