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It must be some playful new postmodernist form of politics: First you
spend years ranting about the plutocracy that has supplanted American
democracy and is rapidly devouring the planet.

On the eve of the Democratic convention, the challenge to Democrats is
to recognize the limits of the current economic boom and act boldly to
assist those left behind.

The draft Democratic Party platform doesn't speak forcefully to the
concerns of ordinary people.

So ABC is arranging its convention coverage around an exhibition football game. NBC is giving us just the acceptance speeches.

Eased into governance by years and years of conservative ideology, the corporations of America today effectively oversee the Congress, the regulatory agencies and indeed the presidency itself.

Perhaps it was because he was recovering from painful back surgery, but a few weeks before the Republican convention, Paul Weyrich, a founder of the religious right, was awful grumpy about George

It's no secret that the national conventions are no longer dramatic arenas in which the parties decide their presidential nominees or, for that matter, anything else of much importance.

The pernicious influence on politics of corporate money isn't confined to donations to candidates and parties.

Research assistance was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Maurice Isserman's The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington evokes and will enrich the legacy of the last great American socialist in the tradition of Eugene Debs and Norman Thom

Blogs

Romney may attack Perry, but both are political careerists, as are the other contenders.

September 7, 2011

Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appeared before a Senate committee Tuesday—but Republicans don't think his job should exist.

September 6, 2011

Rick Perry is enjoying the same bump that Michele Bachmann had, especially among Tea Paryiers, but that doesn’t mean he is the Tea Party favorite, yet.

September 6, 2011

A decade ago, there was near-universal acknowledgement that profiling was unethical and ineffective. Yet the practice continues.

September 6, 2011

Zero job growth, a 16.2 percent real unemployment rate, a shrinking work week, declining pay: Obama has his Labor Day work cut out for him.

September 2, 2011

AT&T gave Governor Perry huge campaign contributions and bought hundreds of copies of his book. Now, he thinks the government should go easy on AT&T’s merger request. Go figure.

September 1, 2011

 The first Republican candidate's jobs plan is just a collection of right wing talking points. 

September 1, 2011

The former veep once campaigned against Perry, dismissing the Texas governor as a “real talker” rather than the “real deal.” Now, Cheney’s on Fox talking up Perry. What gives? Cheney’s got a thing for “managing” inept and inexperienced governors of Texas.

September 1, 2011

With his new revisionist memoir, Dick Cheney is more concerned about maintaining status within the Republican party than he is about selling books.

August 31, 2011

Mitt Romney has adopted a series of hard-core right-wing positions, but he's still the candidate of the GOP elite because they know better than to believe him. 

August 30, 2011