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Month: October 2010

October 16, 2010
Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Meets the Non-Muslim Terrorists

When Brian Kilmeade of Fox News declared Friday that "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims," he revealed he knows little about terrorism and even less about recent American history. If, as Adam Serwer defines it, "Terrorism is the deliberate murder of civilians or destruction of property in order to achieve a […]

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October 14, 2010
Being Dick Cheney Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

On Thursday, the Washington Post literally offered a blast from the past with its profile of vice presidential buckshot recipient Harry Whittington. As the Post reports, "Nearly five years on, he's still waiting for Dick Cheney to say he's sorry" for accidentally shooting him the face during a 2005 hunting trip. Whittington shouldn't hold his […]

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October 11, 2010
The GOP Presents Stupid Millionaire Tricks

It's awfully tough to present your party as the champion of populist fury when the centerpiece of your 2010 campaign is another $700 billion tax cut windfall for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. Alas, for Republicans, that steep challenge is getting much worse. After all, at a time of record income inequality and growing […]

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October 8, 2010
GOP Obstructionism Fueling State and Local Job Losses

While today's employment report showed the private sector added jobs for the ninth straight month, those gains were more than offset by the deep cuts by state and local governments. But those layoffs, the biggest in 30 years, didn't have to be this severe. After all, President Obama in June asked Congress for $50 billion […]

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October 7, 2010
Sorry, Newt: Democrats are the Party of Paychecks

In his latest effort to rebrand both the Republican and Democratic parties, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has also rewritten history. Labeling his GOP "the party of paychecks" and Democrats "the party of food stamps" in advance of his upcoming campaign swing, Gingrich declared "we have historically since Ronald Reagan of 1980 been the party […]

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October 6, 2010
Poll Reveals Democrats' Working Class White Out

Somewhere, Wall Street Journal columnist and What's the Matter with Kansas author Thomas Frank is shaking his head. In 2004, Frank detailed how the GOP successfully turned to divisive social issues and fear-mongering to persuade working class whites in his home state to consistently vote against their own economic self-interest. Now, a new AP-GfK poll […]

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October 5, 2010
Conservatives Proclaim Year of the Black Republican. Again.

This spring, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Week and The Grio (among others) pointed to the new crop of African-American GOP candidates and pondered, "2010: The year of the black Republican?" And on Sunday, RealClearPolitics contributor Jack Kelly touted the candidacies of Tim Scott, Allen West and Ryan Frazier as proof of […]

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October 4, 2010
Christine O'Donnell Channels Linda Tripp, Declares "I'm You"

This week, Delaware Republican Senate candidate and sworn enemy of masturbation Christine O'Donnell unveiled a new ad declaring, "I'm you." But if that formula to reposition herself as an average American sounds hauntingly familiar, it should. After all, it was Linda Tripp, opposed as she was to presidential oral sex, who said the exact same […]

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October 4, 2010
For Tea Party, Being Loud the Next Best Thing to Being Right

By some estimates, the progressive One Nation Working Together march in Washington drew twice the audience of the Tea Party conclave on August 28th. But when it comes to media coverage, there's no comparison. While the massive gathering of 400 union, church and other progressive groups barely registered a blip on the mainstream media's radar […]

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October 1, 2010
Right-Wing Terror Returns to Oregon

This week, Time magazine offered an inside look at "the Secret World of Extreme Militias," the increasingly dangerous ranks of anti-government extremists, white supremacists, tax deniers, gun rights activists and anti-abortion radicals. But even as Barton Gellman reported that "Obama's ascendancy unhinged the radical right, offering a unified target to competing camps of racial, nativist […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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