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Dan Pfeiffer’s Exit Interview: How the White House Learned to Be Liberal

Dan Pfeiffer, who left his position as senior adviser at the White House last week after having worked with Barack Obama since his first presidential …

The White House

The insane lie about slavery that Christian conservatives are spreading

<b>Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"</b><p>The religious right’s anti-government zeal has led it to assert some glaringly inaccurate things about abolition<p>Dan Arel<p>April 23, 2014 4:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The fanatical right in the US has a problem on its hands and that …

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP/Doug Mills)</b><p>This country’s fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980<p>Thom Hartmann<p>April 19, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a …

Obama Is Pulling a 'Reverse Reagan'

The Gipper managed to remain popular even as voters disliked many of his policies. With the Affordable Care Act on the rebound, the current president faces the opposite problem.<p>The president couldn't resist spiking the football over the Affordable Care Act. "Many of the tall tales that have been …

Here's What Job Creation Looked Like Under The Last 6 Presidents

Note: I added President Carter.<p>Important: There are many differences between these periods. Overall employment was smaller in the '80s, so a different comparison might be to look at the percentage change. Of course the participation rate was increasing in the '80s (younger population and women …

Private Sector

Atheists have their number: How the Christian right is hastening religion’s decline

Research suggests Americans raised in Christian households are increasingly shunning the faith of their parents<p>CJ Werleman<p>March 25, 2014 11:50am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Of those aged 18 to 35, three in 10 say they are not affiliated with any religion, while only half are …

The Koch brothers are dead wrong: Half of America is living in or near poverty

<b>David Koch (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>Republicans delude themselves when they say America’s lower class has it so much better than other countries<p>Paul Buchheit<p>March 25, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Charles Koch Foundation recently released a commercial that …

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?

Ro Khanna wants a show of hands.<p>"How many of you have heard of LinkedIn?"<p>The 37-year-old Indian-American Democrat, the darling of Silicon Valley's tech elite and a vehicle for their budding engagement with Washington, is addressing a cafeteria full of advanced placement government students at …

Libertarians’ delusional “New Atlantis” fantasy: Floating ocean city-states

A group led by the grandson of economist Milton Friedman believes it can forge a better society on the high seas<p>Geoff Dembicki<p>March 13, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Tyee.<p>Nearly 400 years ago, the English scientist, author and philosopher Francis Bacon wrote of a mysterious …

8 disturbing trends that reveal the South’s battered psyche

Statistics show Southern states have the lowest economic mobility in the country. These phenomena help explain why<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>March 12, 2014 5:22pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Across red-state America, especially in the Deep South, recent statistics—such as these …

The Christian right wants civilization to collapse

<b>Pat Robertson (Reuters/Brian Snyder)</b><p>The reason they’re so obsessed with apocalypse? If they can’t have the country, they don’t want anyone else to<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>December 13, 2013 1:50pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Most of us are so familiar with the cluster of issues that …

6 reasons there’s no such thing as compassionate conservatism

Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to feign concern for the less fortunate. Here’s why it’s always a sham<p>Dave Johnson<p>December 12, 2013 1:11pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The word is out that Republicans are attempting to rebrand themselves as compassionate conservatives …

Bill Moyers: “We are this close to losing our democracy”

<b>(trekandshoot via Shutterstock)</b><p>Legendary journalist Bill Moyers warns about the devastating impact of dark money and voter suppression<p>Bill Moyers<p>December 12, 2013 2:13pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a …

Polls Reveal Season Of Record-Breaking Voter Anger

The American public is clearly ticked off. Between the government shutdown, the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the pace of the economic recovery, poll after poll reports signs of deep frustration and unrest.<p>Anger toward politicians and government isn't exactly a new phenomenon. …

GOP’s ignorance of economics: Even more dangerous than realized

<b>Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Mary Calvert)</b><p>Conservatives’ inflation-mania and deficit-hawking are doing long-term damage to the economy, a new report explains<p>Sean McElwee<p>November 15, 2013 2:34pm (UTC)<p>Imagine a world where Republican …

No, Obama didn’t lie to you about your health care plan

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin)</b><p>Terminated policies were introduced after ACA’s passing — often with insurers’ knowledge they’d be scrapped<p>Dean Baker<p>November 15, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>President Obama has been getting a lot of grief in the last few weeks over his pledge that with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in …

The right’s most loathsome Obamacare lie yet

<b>(AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>A congresswoman defends Americans’ right to awful health insurance — and shamefully misleads the public<p>Sally Kohn<p>November 1, 2013 1:15pm (UTC)<p>During congressional hearings with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., made an …

The religious right is a fraud: Nothing Christian about Michele Bachmann’s values

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/Salon)</b><p>The American right obsesses over abortion and birth control, not helping people. It’s different around the globe<p>Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig • Matt Bruenig<p>October 15, 2013 5:44pm (UTC)<p>Last week, the nation’s capital was host to Value Voters 2013 Summit, a three-day …

The right is wrong about rights

<b>Rand Paul, Ted Cruz (AP/Timothy D. Easley/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>The conservative theory of freedom is short-sighted and confused. This helps explain why they oppose so much<p>Michael Lind<p>August 27, 2013 11:44am (UTC)<p>President Obama’s insistence that Americans have a right to healthcare has drawn …

The Tea Party’s paranoid aesthetic

<b>(AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)</b><p>To understand the powerful appeal of the movement to many of its adherents, a narrative history is first required<p>Kim Messick<p>August 10, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Most commentary on the Tea Party focuses on its political aspects -- its positions on specific programs or pieces of …

All You Need Is Love: How Community Can Save Conservatism

The right's rhetoric is all about individual liberty, but love of fellow humans is essential to a functioning society -- or policy.<p>ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock<p>In May, Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech at an American Enterprise Institute dinner, where I work, titled "Conservatism and Community." Ryan, a …

Econ 101 is killing America

<b>Alan Greenspan</b><p>Forget the dumbed-down garbage most economists spew. Their myths are causing tragic results for everyday Americans<p>Robert Atkinson • Michael Lind<p>July 8, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>In the Middle Ages, people looked to the Church for certainty. In today’s complex, market-based economies, they …