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TV channel or cult?: Fox News’ paranoid P.R. machine

Paranoid culture of secrecy includes a political campaign-style P.R. apparatus that plants smears against critics<p>Fox News fired its head of P.R. recently, an act that would've been a dry bit of news of interest only to cable news junkies and media reporters were it not for Fox News' scorched-earth …

A liberal's confession: I actually enjoyed Glenn Beck's latest book

His new 'faction', The Eye of Moloch, trades in populist paranoia, but it shows how Beck's empire is thriving after Fox<p>Politico recently ran a piece checking in on Glenn Beck's post-Fox News career and came away with a headline that even a non-conspiracy theorist might find suspiciously …

Pentagon will be hit hard by next round of sequester cuts

An additional $20 billion in budget cuts is set to hit the Defense Department in 2014<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — A second, deeper round of automatic federal budget cuts is on its way, and it's going to hit the Pentagon hard.<p>Already reeling from a $34 billion budget blow this year due to deficit-driven …

The Tea Party Isn’t Dead Yet

Crippled after the 2012 elections, the farthest reaches of the Republican Party have come roaring back. And they make the Akins and Bachmanns of the …

By the Numbers: Inside the GOP

A prominent Democratic pollster has embarked on a project aimed at defining the challenges for the Republican Party. Eleanor Clift explains why.<p>In an …

Taxes, Entitlements And Federal Debt In Charts

In response to a request, I've updated some charts and tables on federal taxes, entitlements and the overall trend in federal debt. My data sources are the various reports from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).<p>The CBO has a wealth of historical data as well as future projections, the latest of …

The Rise of the Christian Left in America

The religious right has been in decline for years. Can progressives build a new "moral majority"?

Conservative Hypocrisy on Racial Profiling and Affirmative Action

Victor Davis Hanson is against racial preferences. College applicants should be judged as individuals! But racial profiling? He's okay with that.<p>An instantly controversial Victor Davis Hanson column recounts a piece of advice handed down through three generations in his family: <i>Watch out if you see</i> …

5 ways fundamentalists are trying to sneak creationism into public schools

Urging teachers to conflate Darwinism with other controversies is just one of their most popular tactics<p>Evolution is the linchpin of modern biology. Young people who don’t understand it are missing out on an entire range of educational and career opportunities. Certain professional fields can be …

Is the GOP man enough for the 21st century?

<b>(AP/Jay Laprete)</b><p>The party of “stuffy old men” needs to catch up to contemporary (and fluid) ideals of manhood<p>Marc Shaw • Elwood Watson<p>July 7, 2013 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Watch ESPN for 30 minutes and you will discover a wide range of images of manhood. Commercials for Samsung smartphones and Dove skin-care …