Becky Tollerson

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RIP Lawrence Walsh

<b>Regular readers of the blog</b> know that I am a little bughouse on the subject of the Iran-Contra scandal -- and especially on the fact that most of its principal architects -- including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush -- were allowed to skate away from crimes that were an order of magnitude worse …

35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

<b>Soldiers stand guard next to bags of marijuana being displayed to the media at a military base on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico. (Reuters/Tomas Bravo)</b><p>As the situation in Ukraine continues to fester, a handy history guide — from A (Argentina) to Z (Zaire)<p>Nicolas J.S. Davies<p>March 8, 2014 3:00pm …

“I’m proud to say I’m a liberal”: How conservatives vulgarized a term — and why the left must reclaim it

<b>(Reuters/Larry Downing/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>FDR and JFK proudly called themselves “liberal” — but then the right made it a slur. Why it must be embraced again<p>Omer Aziz<p>March 8, 2014 11:30am (UTC)<p>With the rise of new Democratic leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio, among others, one word keeps …

Robert Reich: The middle class can save us yet

The former labor secretary explains why shared prosperity is America’s only hope for a return to economic boom time<p>Robert Reich<p>March 8, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or …

Can Women Cut It In Combat?

Of course. If they can, let's add them to the cutting edge. We will need them<p>Unlike "Gays in the military," hot-topic of the 90s, the issue of "Women in combat" is still unresolved. But a new report from the AP sheds a little light, where previously there was only a sort of murky vagueness. Their …

The New Adventures Of Old Paul Ryan

<b>The courtier press</b> is almost finished with its reboot of Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from Wisconsin and recent first runner-up in our national vice-presidential pageant. They always have had a sweet-tooth for the oh-so-sincere numbers "genius," even while he was crashing and burning …

We must give the land back: America’s brutality toward Native Americans continues today

<b>Sioux Indians, six of whom were present at the Battle of Little Big Horn, gather in Custer State Park in the Black Hills area of Custer, S.D. on Sept. 2, 1948. (AP)</b><p>Americans have unjustly taken vast tracts of land. This Presidents’ Day, let’s uphold our treaties and return it<p>Steven Salaita<p>February …

Kansas Continues To Lose Its Mind

<b>Look at the calendar for me</b>, will you? Confirm for me that it's 2014? Thanks.<p><i>House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot. It passed the state's Republican-dominated House on</i> …

The Gospel According To Bobby Jindal

<b>"Bobby" Jindal, a warped bit</b> of presidential timber and the not-entirely-populargovernor of Louisiana, went out to California yesterday to give a big speech on "religious liberty" at a library memorializing a man who famously never went to church. For those of you wondering whether "Bobby" is going …

Animated pixel art anyone? Let the running waters soothe your soul

What The Hell Are We Doing There?

<b>There's a certain level of absurdity</b> about our continuing presence in Afghanistan, which would be funny, if there ever were any good options about our involvement there, which increasingly looks like the biggest absurdityof them all.<p><i>Increasingly vexed by Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, Mr.</i> …

R.I.P. Republican credibility: Why their latest blatant lies show they’ve given up

<b>Rand Paul, John Boehner, Ted Cruz (AP/Ed Reinke/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>From Obamacare to Keystone, here’s why they’re no longer a legitimate entity that deserves to be taken seriously<p>Brad Friedman<p>February 6, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>This post originally appeared on The BRAD BLOG.<p>We've …

The State Of Our Union Is Long

<b>Here are two takeaways from</b> the most Clintonian speech Barack Obama ever gave.<p>1) When all the cheering for Cory Remsburg, the grievously wounded Army Ranger, died down didn't you stop for a moment and think, "Damn, <i>10 deployments</i>." What the hell have we been doing there?<p>2) The whole chamber couldn't …

RIP Pete Seeger

(Mandatory Video AccompanimentTo This Post)<p><b>Ann Althouse</b> attempts to be gracious, and the Tinker Toy Roy Cohns in her commentariat are having none of it. So it goes.<p>I have no intention of marking Pete Seeger's passing by relitigating the Cold War. A lot of very good people paid an ghastly and …

The GOP’s Dead-End Executive Order Freakout

There’s little Republicans were happy with in Tuesday’s State of the Union, but they were <i>especially</i> upset with President Obama’s promise to utilize …