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The Real Divide Between Sanders and Clinton

When the Democratic candidates for president come together for their second presidential debate this Saturday, the question may arise -- as it did in the first debate -- as to what Bernie Sanders means when he says he is a socialist. But the distinction between "socialism" and "capitalism" is …

Ben Carson Is The Smartest Guy In The Room. And The Weirdest.

The man battling with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP polls brings his eccentric and paranoid brand to the campaign trail.<p>DURHAM, N.H. -- With all due respect to Donald Trump -- who is, like, a really smart person, OK? -- there is little doubt about which of the two candidates currently leading …

Government

What Conservative Media Don't Understand About Black Lives Matter

The conservative media seems to have a distorted understanding of what the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement stands for. Despite having a clearly defined list of goals, talking heads like Bill O'Reilly are attempting to blame BLM for the recent police officer deaths.<p>While the vile "fry 'em like …

How The Koch Brothers are Intentionally Trying to Destroy Renewable Energy - The Ring of Fire Network

Despite claiming to the contrary, Charles and David Koch are actively trying to dismantle and destroy the renewable energy industry, reported …

Obama Shatters Republican Fantasies By Posting Lower Unemployment Numbers Than Reagan

Reality bites Republicans again, as the unemployment numbers under President Obama are lower than at any time during the Reagan presidency.<p>Before …

Ronald Reagan

Tony Abbott and Naomi Klein agree: we can't beat climate change under capitalism

Abbott and Klein both know that climate change threatens what powerful people hold dear: free markets, limited regulation and unending progress<p>Environmental author and activist Naomi Klein doesn’t fly much these days on principle, but she’s come to Australia for the first time in 14 years because …

Climate

Jindal: Immigrants to the U.S. must 'get to work'

Immigrants to the United States "should want to be Americans," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says.<p>"I think we need to insist that folks who come here come here legally, learn English, adopt our values, roll up our sleeves and get to work," the Republican governor and presidential hopeful said in an …

Government

I Interviewed Paul Mason About How Capitalism Is Going to End

In his new book, <i>Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future</i>, Mason predicts that we're due a new economic system, one birthed by the "smartphone generation".<p>Capitalism is on its last legs and is about to be destroyed by a generation so connected by technology that they have more loyalty to their …

Game of Thrones

How to fix America's crazy high costs of college

Once upon a time, we were a nation of farmers. Schools were few and far between, for the simple reason that they were largely unnecessary. Then came …

Sanders dings Haley on Medicaid

SUMTER, South Carolina — As he campaigns through South Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking more than a few shots at Gov. Nikki Haley and the state’s conservative legislators on health care.<p>In multiple speeches here, the liberal Democratic presidential candidate and Independent senator from …

South Carolina

Israeli 'spy dolphin' caught off Gaza coast

Dolphin caught the attention of Palestinian militants because it was conducting “suspicious” manoeuvres in the water, Hamas says<p>A dolphin purportedly conducting a "spying mission for the Israeli government" has been apprehended by the Gaza-based militant group Hamas in the Mediterranean sea, it was …

Bernie Sanders rails against establishment politics during Chicago stop

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders took his upstart campaign to the home state of his front-running rival Monday night, packing a boutique Chicago theater to capacity as he made his pitch for the Democratic presidential nomination.<p>A crowd sipping beers and cocktails under the glow of a disco ball …

Fact Check: Is It Obama's Fault That Poverty Has Grown?

Jeb Bush is fond of pointing out that the number of people in poverty has gone up by 6 million since President Obama took office. He brought up the figure in the GOP debate, and he repeats it often on the campaign trail. It's not a new criticism — Mitt Romney hurled similar criticisms at Obama in …

Income Inequality

How States Rank on High-School Graduation Rates

Nationwide, the percentage of students getting their diplomas is at an all-time high. But while some states have made incredible strides, others have struggled to keep up.<p>More students are graduating from high school than ever before, and that number could rise again with this year’s seniors.<p>The …

Trump and the Testing Opt-Outs: Listen Carefully Republicans and Democrats

There's much chortling and winking on the Left these days. "How about Trump?", "Yo, the Donald", "Can you believe he's ahead?" etc. And indeed the Republicans have a problem. Trump is the face of the problem, but the deeper issue is a Republican primary electorate that is way hostile to politics as …

Bernie Sanders surges in Iowa, New Hampshire as ‘fiery authenticity’ resonates

To say Sen. Bernard Sanders has struck a chord with Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire would be an understatement, and local party leaders …

Middle-class

It's too late for Democrats to rethink Clinton's 2016 viability

Dear Democrats: It's too late to start over.<p>As in, there's no replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton as your party's front-runner for the presidential nomination. Not with Vice President Joe Biden — even if he runs. Not with former Vice President Al Gore. (I mean, come on.) Not with your ideal …

Who Withdrew From Iraq? Was It Bush or Obama and Clinton?

Jeb Bush has claimed that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were responsible for withdrawal from Iraq. But is that true? A look at the evidence, including George W. Bush's own words and White House website, shows who was really responsible for America's departure, contributing to the rise …