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Since the 1970s Republican conservatives have been the dominant
political force on American campuses. But groups like Campus
Progress, better groomed and better organized than their
predecessors, are pushing back.

No voice rings as hollow as Newt Gingrich's on the GOP culture of
corruption. Incredibly, the media are swallowing his story.

What irony that Jack Abramoff and other once-young Republicans, who hectored their elders about defending the nation's taxpayers and security forces, should now be accused of deeply betraying both.

Samuel Alito would swing the Supreme Court to a right-wing authoritarianism that is out of step
with the public and the Constitution.

The unfolding Jack Abramoff corruption scandal exposes the hypocrisy of
the GOP "revolution," which promised to restore morality to Washington
but instead sank deepinto a cesspool of corruption.

A trove of new documents detailing the corruption and influence-peddling by Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed and Tom DeLay is sweeping the high-minded prophets of the Republican revolution off their pedestals.

It's one thing for our State Department to plant phony stories in the
media or jam broadcasts in Cuba. It's quite another for conservative
policy analyst Frank Gaffney bolster's George Bush's grudge against Al
Jazeera by arguing that it was "imperative that enemy media be taken
down."

Unmaking the empire of fantasy and fraud that the Republican Party has
created will not be done quickly and the outcome is uncertain. But
historians may one day write that the fake American empire was the
Achilles' heel of the one-party state the Bush Administration failed to
build.

Compassionate conservativism n. An expensively cultivated
phrase created by a decades-old and well-funded Radical Right program
of Orwellian doublespeak.

John McCain is a war hero, a sometime Democratic ally, a crusader for
campaign finance reform. But the centrist maverick will most likely
take a turn to the right if he wants to get to the White House.

Blogs

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

Iowa conservatives are begging the NJ governor to run for president, but they seem unaware of his falling poll numbers—and his Xanadu problem.

May 11, 2011