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Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Charles Krauthammer: The Democrats’ outbreak of lawlessness

By Charles Krauthammer<p>Charles Krauthammer<p>Columnist<p>Email Bio<p>For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional.<p>Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the …

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

<b>(Reuters/Yuri Gripas/AP/Paul Sancya/Scott Morgan/DNY59 via iStock/Salon)</b><p>Your guide to dealing with relatives with awful views this long weekend. A special “Obamacare train wreck” edition<p>Alex Pareene<p>November 28, 2013 12:45pm (UTC)<p>Once again, Americans everywhere are spending a wonderful day with …

Panel reviews Kerry's remarks on JFK killing - Video on NBCNews.com

>> to get to something else that's come up this morning and you heard it from the secretary of state. this is news, this is developing, but a little bit of history here as we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president kennedy . you heard secretary kerry say he does not think …

10 things conservative Christians got horribly wrong

<b>(AP)</b><p>Evangelicals and their ilk have used God to justify everything from Prohibition and segregation to slavery<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 9, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>When Christians get political, they often do so because they believe that they have God on their …

21 Reasons JFK Was Actually A Conservative

The White House

19 government decisions as stupid as the shutdown

<b>(Wikimedia/Eliot.P)</b><p>Foolish, self-destructive behavior isn’t the sole purview of the US. Several global correspondents weigh in<p>News Desk<p>October 2, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>BOSTON, Mass. — With the partial government shut-down that began Tuesday, Washington …

Reaching for the pillars: The conservative plan is sabotage

<b>Grover Norquist (AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari)</b><p>Direct assaults on government fail because people want a secure retirement and education. So the right fights dirty<p>Thomas Frank<p>October 2, 2013 11:44am (UTC)<p>As the government shutdown enters its second day, let’s take this occasion to look back at the original …

Why Americans are addicted to Fox News

<b>Sean Hannity (Fox News)</b><p>New study suggests watching shows that confirm our political prejudices help us feel like part of a community<p>Tom Jacobs<p>October 2, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>As we embark on yet another political crisis, many Americans will be getting …

The Shutdown: A Guide To What Would And Wouldn't Close

With House Republicans and Senate Democrats still miles apart on a budget deal, the federal government appears headed for a shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick breakdown of what government agencies and programs would and would not remain operational in the event of a shutdown:<p><b>What Stays</b> …

Right-wing extremists “are guilty of murder,” Sen. Angus King tells Salon

<b>Angus King (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>In an interview with Salon, Independent senator unloads on conservatives who urge young people to remain uninsured<p>Brian Beutler<p>September 30, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Tuesday begins a 6-month race to enroll as many uninsured people as possible in the Affordable Care Act's …

Frank Rich Q&A: GOP base has found its guy

Frank Rich speaks with Salon about Rand Paul and the future of the Republican Party<p>Elias Isquith<p>September 24, 2013 6:19pm (UTC)<p>Frank Rich is not normally known for praising Republicans, but in his latest for New York mag, the celebrated columnist finds more than a few good things to say about …

Hey, white guys: No, you’re not the victim of a “lynch mob”

<b>Robert Benmosche (Reuters/Str New)</b><p>The CEO of AIG is only the latest dumb rich guy to compare public outrage to horrific racist violence<p>Alex Pareene<p>September 24, 2013 6:58pm (UTC)<p>Robert Benmosche, the CEO of insurance giant and thriving example of everything wrong with finance capitalism AIG, sat …

Shutdown Countdown: 6 Days to Go

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images|Frank Franklin II/AP Photo<p><b>Days till government shutdown:</b> 6<p><b>Where things stand:</b> Senate Majority Leader Harry …

GOP rebranding effort is officially dead

<b>John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell (Reuters/Larry Downing/Adrees Latif/AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Last week, the wheels came completely off. From food stamps to immigration, the new Republican Party is the old one<p>Brian Beutler<p>September 24, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this year, just a few weeks …

Banks find appalling new way to cheat homeowners

So much for the National Mortgage Settlement. Homeowners are now getting foreclosed on without their knowledge!<p>David Dayen<p>September 24, 2013 2:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>A few months ago, Ceith and Louise Sinclair of Altadena, California, were told that their home had …

Save the economy, tax the rich

In his new documentary “Inequality for All,” Robert Reich explains how to fix America’s income inequality<p>Charles Campbell<p>September 23, 2013 12:10pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Tyee.<p>It's one of the central issues of our time. It spawned both the Tea Party and the Occupy movements. It …

National Organization for Marriage takes aim at California’s transgender students’ rights law

<b>NOM President Brian Brown (Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>A major force in California’s Prop 8 battle, NOM is now launching a fight against a transgender rights law<p>Katie McDonough<p>September 23, 2013 5:18pm (UTC)<p>While its name may suggest it is a one-trick operation, the National Organization for Marriage has …

“Best pope ever”: Still pretty awful!

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>Pope Francis may be the best of the bunch, but that really isn’t saying much<p>Katie McDonough<p>September 20, 2013 11:44am (UTC)<p>Pope Francis on Thursday said some good things about how the Catholic Church has become "obsessed" with the issues of abortion, contraception and gay …

Opponents of Keystone Pipeline Add Economic Arrows to Their Quiver

As Pres­id­ent Obama con­siders the cli­mate im­pact of the Key­stone XL pipeline, some of the pro­ject’s most vo­cal op­pon­ents are put­ting a …

Why One Obama Loyalist May Defy Him on Syria

Bill Clark/Getty Images<p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is a loyal supporter of President Obama. He served as one of the national chairmen of …

Russian lawmaker proposes bill to strip gay parents of custody rights

<b>(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)</b><p>So-called gay “propaganda” must be banned in the family, says the bill’s sponsor<p>Katie McDonough<p>September 5, 2013 12:38pm (UTC)<p>A little more than 24 hours after Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia is not targeting LGBTQ people and stripping them of their basic rights, a …

Everyone’s a Hypocrite on Voter IDs

Not sur­pris­ingly, Bill Clin­ton had the best line. At the 50th an­niversary of the March on Wash­ing­ton last month, the former pres­id­ent said …

10 weirdest right-wing Christian conspiracy theories

<b>Pat Robertson (Reuters/Brian Snyder)</b><p>Fundamentalist Christianity is crawling with conspiracy theories, urban legends, and just plain bizarre beliefs<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>September 5, 2013 5:28pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>For the Christian right, having a “faith-based” worldview …