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Paul Krugman bashes Paul Ryan for yet another “con job”

<b>Paul Krugman, Paul Ryan (Reuters/Bob Strong/AP/Mary Altaffer/photo composite by Salon)</b><p>The New York Times columnist also says Ryan and other GOPers show “fake compassion” for the poor<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 7, 2014 4:33pm (UTC)<p>It's been a while since the New York Times' premiere liberal columnist, Paul …

When You Defend Phil Robertson, Here's What You're Really Defending

Defenses of Robertson, the star of "Duck Dynasty" suspended for his remarks in an interview with GQ, have focused on the idea that he was just crudely expressing the sincere, Christian view that homosexuality is sinful.<p>Condemnation of Robertson therefore amounts to condemnation of views that are …

Judge Completely Trolls Justice Scalia In Striking Down Utah's Gay Marriage Ban

His prediction came true on Friday, when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah's 2004 ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. And Shelby even made note of Scalia's dissent at points in his ruling, citing it as part of his reasoning in striking down the Utah law.<p>Scalia warned that the …

A Christopher Hitchens dream: Atheism on the rise in Egypt

<b>Christopher Hitchens (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)</b><p>Atheists in Egypt are on the rise — and assertively pushing their way into the country’s political debates<p>Khaled Diab<p>October 27, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Is Egypt going through a crisis of faith? During my recent visit to Egypt, I met so …

Ronald Reagan’s shameful legacy: Violence, the homeless, mental illness

<b>Ronald Reagan (Reuters/Joe Marquette)</b><p>As president and governor of California, the GOP icon led the worst policies on mental illness in generations<p>Dr. E. Fuller Torrey<p>September 29, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “American Psychosis”<p>In November 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan overwhelmingly defeated …

5 bogus libertarian talking points

People without arguments often resort to personal attacks or pleasant sounding nonsense<p>Paul Buchheit<p>September 16, 2013 12:24pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>Free-market libertarians go to outrageous extremes to convince themselves and others of the infallibility of the market. …

Syria: 'Assad regime ordered me to gas people - but I could not do it'

General Zaher al-Sakat tells Richard Spencer that he was ordered three times to use chemical weapons against his own people in Syria - but he could not go through with it.<p>Few thought that the <b>Syrian</b> regime's promise to destroy its chemical weapons would be the end of the story. Brigadier-General …

Should We Really Be Encouraging People To Buy Books?

Amazon's MatchBook service makes getting a printed book/Kindle copy bundle cheaper. But that takes us backward, environmentally speaking.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced the new MatchBook service, which offers a deeply discounted Kindle version of a book when you buy a new copy of the physical version. …

Bill Nye To Join Dancing With The Stars

Wouldn't you want to take a spin around the dance floor with the Science Guy?<p>When I imagined Bill Nye dancing with the stars, I assumed he'd be in space. Alas, the Science Guy will be joining the cast of ABC's never-ending show for its upcoming 17th season. The man apparently loves a good swing …

Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

With constant revelations about government surveillance and possible impending war, this must be a fertile time for conspiracy theories.<p>You know when you put the bins out and you realise there's a bag in the corner that you'd forgotten about and you pick it up but it's so old it splits and you are …

A Democratic Senator From Virginia Knows The Best Anti-Deficit Strategy There Is

Ben White and Tarini Pariti at Politico have a good story on how Democrats are increasingly comfortable saying that austerity is pointless and that you can't fix the deficit by focusing on spending.<p>... aided by a pile of recent data suggesting the deficit is already shrinking significantly and …

Obama's Shift Toward Communitarianism

Barack Obama was never going to be a champion of civil liberties; he leads a very old and quickly growing strain of the Democratic Party that …

Fringe Factor: Wendy Davis Is a Terrorist

State officials love throwing around the term “terrorism,” while others are extremely distraught about immigration reform. Never a dull moment on the …

Supreme Court Decision on DOMA, New Portrait Have Barney Frank Smiling

As the first member of the U.S. Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage, former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank had a personal stake in the …

Supreme Court Asked To Stop Gay Weddings In California

Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, lawyers for the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom filed an emergency petition to the high court Saturday asking it to halt the weddings on the grounds that its decision was not yet legally final. They …

Rumsfeld: 'Zero tolerance' for military sexual assaults

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday “there has to be zero tolerance” in military sexual assault cases and “there is an argument that can be made for handling them” differently than they are now.<p>NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked Rumsfeld if it’s necessary to change …

Mitch McConnell Defends Obama Administration On AP Scandal

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday appeared to defend the Obama administration's controversial leak investigation into the Associated Press -- an inquiry that sparked outrage after the Department of Justice subpoenaed personal and work telephone records for at …