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Bloomberg: More dangerous than the Koch brothers

It’s one thing to be a rich, dogmatic media owner. To also be a self-financed politician and movement leader? Scary<p>In the trial following their overthrow that led to the execution of Romania’s communist dictator Nicolae Ceacescu and his wife, Elena, a darkly comic moment occurred when Elena told …

Governors Gone Wild

Mitch Daniels is now President of Purdue University. But back when he was Governor of Indiana he was determined to eliminate filth and liberal …

Iowa Republican Wants To Convert Chuck Schumer

David Young, an Iowa Republican running for U.S. Senate in 2014 wants to convert Chuck Schumer to Christianity.<p>As if the Senate didn’t have enough …

Staring down Republicans’ nuclear mind-set

Democrats won the filibuster standoff by actually showing backbone. The fight’s not over — and it will get harder<p>A power play-meets-standoff in the U.S. Senate reached its conclusion yesterday, and the Democrats … won? Yes; although the long-term consequences of averting the so-called nuclear …

A Shocking Number Of Americans Think The First Amendment 'Goes Too Far'

The results are even more surprising when considering that the proportion is up significantly from last year's results (only 13 percent of the country said the same). This, according to a press release put out by the Newseum Institute, is the largest single-year increase since the study first began …

Liberal Watchdog Group Takes A Big Shot At Andrew Cuomo

For New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one liberal-leaning group chose "sideshow."<p>That's what Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington dubbed Cuomo on its list of "The Worst Governors in America."<p>Things could be worse for Cuomo: Sideshows are the best of the worst. CREW, a liberal-leaning …

John Oliver Gleefully Destroys Anthony Weiner And Eliot Spitzer

"Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer surprising everyone with their solid polling," Oliver said. "Which, to be fair, is kind of the story of their lives."<p>Oliver particularly was thrown aghast by Spitzer's campaign for comptroller of New York City, noting that he is running against a madam who alleges …

The United States Of Dynasty: Boom Times For Political Families

Another day, another political dynasty.<p>This latest one is taking shape in Wyoming, where Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Tuesday that she's challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the 2014 Republican primary.<p>Her announcement is a fitting prelude to the next four …

Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy”

The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook<p>Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is so concerned about the NSA spying scandal that he thinks it has essentially resulted in a suspension of American democracy.<p>“America does not at the moment have a …

You Won't Believe What the Government Spends on Confederate Graves

Taxpayers now pay more to maintain rebel graves and monuments than those honoring Union soldiers.<p>On June 19, an array of top government officials gathered for the unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass, the 19th-century African American man born a slave who rose to be a vice-presidential …

Jimmy Carter’s forgotten history lesson

While many scoff at or ignore the ex-president’s every word, he has unique credibility on the NSA. Here’s why<p>A former president has given the weight of his voice and reputation to the critics of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, blasting the federal government’s “invasion of …

Southern GOP Unbound

In an era of declining white majorities in America, Southern Republicans in charge of state legislators are moving hard while they feel they still …

Could You Afford To Be A Politician?

But as civic-minded people know, politics is a money game. Running for office, especially once you get to the state level, requires raising vast amounts of money. Beyond that, it also requires having green stuff of your own.<p>One may wonder why. After all, most politicians raise money from other …

Ted Cruz Responds to Jon Stewart's 'Dirty Syrup Guzzler' Remark

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz discusses criticism from the 'Daily Show' host and fellow senators.

John McCain: Arizona's Stand Your Ground Law Should Be Reviewed

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that while he does not question the decision of the jury in the Trayvon Martin case, he does think all states, including his own, should review their "stand your ground" laws.<p>"No one I know of has said this case is flawed or corrupt, or that there's …

Scalia reportedly linked judicial activism to the Holocaust

The Justice said that judges in Nazi Germany wrongly interpreted laws according to “the spirit of the age”<p>Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reportedly linked judicial activism to the Holocaust, arguing that judges in Nazi Germany wrongly interpreted laws in line with the "spirit of the …

Christie may be forced to quit as governor

If he runs for president, obscure rules could doom the governor’s fundraising. Unless he leaves office<p>If the polls are right and Chris Christie wins a lopsided reelection victory this fall, it will put the New Jersey governor in position to seek the presidency in 2016. That’s the conventional …

GOP base shifts even farther to the right

And House Republicans are moving with it<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans feel growing pressure to steer firmly right on key issues, thanks to changes in primary-election politics that are complicating Congress' ability to solve big problems.<p>Independent research supports the belief by these …

Scarborough Can't Take Hannity's Race Baiting

Scarborough blasts Hannity over Trayvon ‘pot’ remark. Watch.

RNC Chair: Don’t worry, the GOP is not embracing “tolerance”

Priebus was asked to reassure Evangelicals that Republicans are not about to become tolerant of gay marriage<p>RNC Chair Reince Priebus was asked to reassure social conservatives that the Republican party is not about to become more tolerant of gays and lesbians, in light of his post-2012 push to make …

Jimmy Carter: Peace Now Could Be More Difficult Than When I Was President

"I think that what John Kerry faces now is even maybe more formidable than it was back in those days."<p>Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he didn't think Israel-Palestinian peace is easier today than when he was president. Carter said so while participating in a discussion on the status …

America Is Richer Than We Think

REUTERS/Larry Downing As mentioned earlier, the US Commerce Department will soon release recalculated GDP numbers that will reclassify "intangible" asset spending as investment, particularly research and development spending. Also, as Bloomberg BusinessWeek notes, "intellectual property, original …