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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Romney, a man of falsehoods

Romney, a man of falsehoods

      OPINIONS   Mitt Romney, a man of falsehoods  By Richard Cohen, Published: April 16 Among the attributes I most envy in a public man (or woman) is the ability to lie. If that ability is coupled with no sense of humor, you have the sort of man who can be a successful football coach, a CEO or, when you come right down to it, a presidential candidate. Such a man is Mitt Romney. Time and time again, Romney has been called a liar during ... Full Story

Republican Party Communists

Republican Party Communists

What Allen West Does Not Know About Communists and Congress John Nichols on April 13, 2012 - 8:17 AM ET Florida Congressman Allen West was wrong when he suggested that there were dozens of communists in the current Congress. Misled by crank websites, the out-there Republican from Florida said Tuesday, “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party… They actually don’t hide it. It’s called the ... Full Story

Why do Conservatives Hate Public Transit

Why do Conservatives Hate Public Transit

4 Reasons Conservatives Hate Public Transit By Jason Mark Once upon a time — in a political environment that seems otherwordly compared to what we have in the United States today — the federal transportation bill was a bi-partisan endeavor. Now things are different. Congress went into spring recess last week and once again left hanging a reauthorization of the transportation bill, which expired two and a half years ago. Congress was just barely able to approve a temporary, 90-day ... Full Story

American middle class: dead?

American middle class: dead?

Professor Starr writes about the "Hourglass Economy," one in which the economy consists mainly of the rich and the poor with only a small middle class. Examples of this type of economy abound. Many South American and African countries come to mind. Without a strong and prosperous middle class, the United States is destined to become a third-rate nation. America will not longer be a world power or a major player in world economics. This will mark the end of the "American Dream" and the ... Full Story

Fascism in America

Fascism in America

  14 defining characteristics of fascism: the U.S. in 2012 By Gregory Patin , Madison Independent Examiner "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." --- Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here . (1935) In the spring of 2003, ex-corporate executive and political scientist Lawrence W. Britt published an essay in Free Inquiry magazine entitled "Fascism Anyone?" In his work, Britt examined the traits of the two governments that formed ... Full Story

Stalin Invented ‘American Exceptionalism’

Stalin Invented ‘American Exceptionalism’

  How Joseph Stalin Invented 'American Exceptionalism' Rick Santorum and the rest of GOP presidential gang all have a man-crush. Considering he was an outright intellectual elitist, a shaggy-haired liberal, and -- horror of horrors -- French, the object of their adoration seems a bit surprising, but the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville and his 1835 United States travelogue, Democracy in America, have surged into national politics this campaign cycle -- often linked to the ... Full Story

Ultrasound, War, Women and Death

Ultrasound: About truthfulness in our public notices By Michael N. Nagler for PeaceVoice Coming as it did in time for International Women’s Day, the decision of legislators in Virginia, to require women seeking an abortion to undergo a vaginal probe and see ultrasound images of their unborn infants has aroused considerable outrage. And controversy.  Some (mostly Democrats) see it as an invasion of women’s privacy, if not technically a kind of rape, while others (mostly Republicans) ... Full Story

Rick Santorum’s Latest Target — Single

Rick Santorum’s Latest Target — Single Moms

In the Huffington Post By Lara Bergthold Executive Director, Lear Family Foundation; Board Chair, People for the American Way and the Campaign for America's Future  I am a single parent. According to the right, I am also a leech on society and pose a danger to my own son. A new bill proposed by a Republican state legislator in Wisconsin would officially label single parents like me a "contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." When radio host Alan Colmes asked the ... Full Story

Contraception, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

Contraception, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

      By Riane Eisler and Catherine Bohnsack Some politicians are still calling contraception a social evil. This is an astonishing claim in the 21st Century when all the evidence is that contraception is key to a more successful economy and a better quality of life – not only for individual women and their families, but for us all. Because contraception makes it possible to control the timing and spacing of pregnancy and childrearing, it gives both women and ... Full Story

Criminalizing Free Speech in the US

Criminalizing Free Speech in the US

    Criminalizing Free Speech: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?   March 5, 2012 
By John W. Whitehead “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”—First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution   One of the key ingredients in a democracy is the right to freely speak our minds to those who represent us. In ... Full Story

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