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There won’t be a liberal Rush: The economics of conservative media

There’s a reason why the airwaves are filled with right-wingers — and it’s all about big business<p>When we think about outrage media, we think about the competition between left and right. We see those with whom we agree working to promote worthy ideas that compete with those advanced by the other …

Long-Term Unemployed Losing a Lifeline

Federal unemployment benefits are set to expire on Saturday for about 1.3 million long-term jobless Americans, cutting off a key economic lifeline …

The Republican Party: Ticking Off The Tea Party

Daylight emerges between Republicans in Congress and ideologues outside it<p>AS WITH many other things that happened in the 1960s, the origin of the conflict between the governing wing and the ideological wing of the Republican Party is a bit fuzzy. Most date it to 1964, the year Barry Goldwater ran …

Paul Krugman: Austerians are like the Three Stooges

The New York Times columnist on how the pro-austerity crowd is acting like a bunch of clowns<p>In his latest column, New York Times columnist and award-winning economist Paul Krugman lays into the pro-austerity crowd for their recent claims of vindication.<p>While Krugman acknowledges that some of the …

Pol defends school lunch quote

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, who suggested children should sweep cafeteria floors to earn meals from the federal school lunch program, is clarifying his comments Friday, saying he meant all children should be instilled with a work ethic.<p>“This was a discussion about the work ethic in America and I …

GOP civil war: Congressman goes ballistic on Rand Paul

A Republican congressman is beside himself with rage over Rand Paul’s recent comments about the NSA<p>It may be the holiday season, but that doesn't mean the GOP's civil war is stopping any time soon.<p>Appearing on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Thursday, Republican Rep. Peter King — a vocal defender of …

Obama nominates Senator Baucus as ambassador to China | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday announced he will name U.S. Senator Max Baucus, who has long worked on China trade and economic issues, as his next ambassador to Beijing, underscoring the importance of commercial ties with the Asian power.<p>U.S. Senate Finance Committee …

Yellen Nomination To Fed Clears Hurdle; Confirmation Likely

By a vote of 59-34 the Senate on Friday moved the nomination of Janet Yellen to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve past a key procedural hurdle.<p>The vote invoked "cloture" — effectively preventing Republicans from filibustering President Obama's nominee.<p>Next up for Yellen's nomination: A …

KRUGMAN: The Anti-Fed, Anti-Government Mentality Still Dominates The Republican Party

Even after the financial crisis, anti-fed and anti-government mentalities are still present, and especially dominant in the republican party. Paul Krugman tells why the Tea Party is still nervous.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser. Follow us on YouTube ></i>

Obama Touts One Million Health Insurance Sign-Ups In December

More than one million Americans signed up for health insurance through the insurance exchanges at the heart of the health reform law in the first …

Conservative groups spend up to $1bn a year to fight action on climate change

• Author: 'I call it the climate-change counter movement'<p>• Study focuses on groups opposing US political action<p>Conservative groups may have spent up to $1bn a year on the effort to deny science and oppose action on climate change, according to the first extensive study into the anatomy of the …

Obamacare: A long struggle ahead? - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> moment is obama care, and the president was out there reselling it this week, katty kay . this is a portion of what he said.>> if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i'll do. that's what we'll do.>> underscoring that this is really the only job he …

Health Care

Michael Pollan: Bad food is costing America its economic health

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” author on diabetes’ strain on Obamacare, and why our eating habits are worse than ever<p>Michael Pollan’s garden lives up to expectations. There is, naturally, a vegetable patch. He’s got a couple of well-loved stalks of lacinato kale, a few unruly tomato plants piled above a …

Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive

The national debate about income equality and low-wage labor ramped up this week as fast-food workers across the country rallied for better pay and President Obama assailed the nation's growing income gap as the "defining challenge of our time."<p>Meanwhile, an $11.50 minimum wage bill was approved in …

A Congressman Helped Push The Air Force To Keep Using Aircraft It Didn't Even Want

Facing budget cuts and wanting to save some cash (about $2.5 billion over five years), the Air Force was planning to stop buying the pricey — and rather unreliable — drones and mothball the remainder of the fleet in favor of the battle-tested and accomplished U2 spy plane.<p>"The Block 30 [Global Hawk …

Military

Memo to Obama: Don’t be afraid of “redistribution”

The right shudders at the thought, but soon low-wage workers won’t have enough money to keep the economy going<p>The President’s speech yesterday on inequality avoided the “R” word. No politician wants to mention “redistribution” because it conjures up images of worthy “makers” forced to hand over …

Our outrageous media created the Tea Party

How “melodrama, misrepresentative exaggeration and mockery” became the dominant tone on cable and talk radio<p>Sandra Fluke’s statement on behalf of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice during a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in February 2012 placed her in the center of a …

Obama Threw Some Serious Shade At MSNBC's Chris Matthews And Everybody Missed It

Looks like the president probably took a shot in friendly territory.<p>During his interview with MSNBC's Chris Mathews, President Obama told the MSNBC host that he believes the media prefers to focus on negative stories because "that's what gets attention."<p>Obama specifically cited the critical …

United States

Hillary Clinton Honors Nelson Mandela At Human Rights Event

A "giant among us."<p>WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a paean to the late South African President Nelson Mandela while accepting a human rights award from the Lantos Foundation on Friday.<p>Clinton lauded the South African human rights hero and former president as a …

Human Rights

Ted Cruz Commenters Hate Mandela

Rising party stars like Ted Cruz might be trying to pay tribute to the South African leader, but their conservative elders hated him as a dangerous …

Poll: Majority of Republican Men Support Universal Background Checks on Gun Sales

A ma­jor­ity of Re­pub­lic­an and Re­pub­lic­an-lean­ing men, 53 per­cent, would be “very pleased” or “some­what pleased” if le­gis­la­tion …

Guns

Republican links Mandela apartheid fight to Obamacare | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Santorum, a former and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, offered a tribute to Nelson Mandela that linked the late South African leader’s fight against apartheid to the U.S. battle over Obamacare.<p>Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) speaks to the …

The GOP’s Hunger Games: More Food Stamp Cuts for the Holidays?

With needy families already feeling the sting of cuts to food stamps, outrage is growing over a Republican push to slash even more from the program, …

How to win Thanksgiving: A holiday guide to arguing with right-wing relatives

Your guide to dealing with relatives with awful views this long weekend. A special “Obamacare train wreck” edition<p>Once again, Americans everywhere are spending a wonderful day with their families, being thankful for things, and also probably getting trapped wherever they are for days because of …

25 Charts That Will Make You Thankful You Live In America

Thanksgiving is when you often find yourself sitting in traffic, waiting for a delayed flight, or looking for a reason to get away from your extended family.<p>It's also a day when Americans remember the things they are thankful for.<p>So, if you're sitting in traffic, waiting for a delayed flight, or …

Is the Iran Deal Obama's Nixon-in-China Moment?

The president's negotiation could remake global politics—but he faces recriminations from domestic opponents and foreign allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia.<p>What's the best evidence that things are really changing in the Mideast? It is the spectacle of Israel and Saudi Arabia, hitherto America's …