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A blistering dissent in ‘McCutcheon’: Conservatives substituted opinion for facts

Central to the Supreme Court’s campaign finance decisions in the John Roberts era is that the government’s only legitimate interest in this area is preventing direct, quid pro quo corruption — a donor demanding that a specific law be passed, or……

Obamacare Allows Workers To Tell Bosses To Shove Off; Conservatives Are Angry.

Roy Edroso of the Village Voice has a round-up of all the ugly and frequently dishonest right wing attacks on Obamacare after the Congressional Budget Office released a report showing that Americans would reduce their work hours by enough to equal 2.3 million full-time jobs because of it. After it…

Nice try Republicans, but marriage isn’t the solution to poverty

It’s time for marriage promotion programs to die. The first problem is that they don’t actually convince people to get married; nor do they get fathers to spend more time with their children, make children more emotionally secure, encourage parents to stay together or make families more financially stable. The second is that, contrary…

Conservatives Don’t Want To Talk About Income Inequality. That’s Why We Should.

Do you believe people don’t work because they’re lazy? Why not offer them a job and prove it? Jesse Myerson wrote a great piece in the Rolling Stone rolling out five bold ideas for reducing—permanently—the very serious problem of income inequality. As he says in the piece, while some of…

How U.S. conservatives viewed Nelson Mandela then and now

Nelson Mandela: How US conservatives viewed him then – and now (via The Christian Science Monitor) Mourners celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs…

Study suggests Occupy Wall Street movement undone by liberals’ need to feel unique

Liberals tend to underestimate their similarity to other liberals, according to a recent study, while conservatives overestimate their similarities — and those differences may account for the relative political success of the tea party in comparison to Occupy Wall Street. While the tea party has grown steadily more unpopular over…

Meet the ten hardline conservatives who are really controlling the GOPs government shutdown

Much of the coverage of the government showdown has focused on a relatively small group of hardline conservatives within the Republican caucus who have backed their party’s leaders into a fight they didn’t want. As Ryan Lizza noted in The New Yorker…  …

George Will Blowing Smoke About Single Mothers Again

It’s deeply unsurprising that conservatives decided to honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by denying that racism still exists and instead arguing that racial disparities can therefore only be blamed on black people’s supposed inferiority. I mean, they don’t say it that bluntly, but pretty much every…

David Corn explains how journalists are colluding with conservatives to create propaganda

Conservative journalists are part of a secretive group that hopes to defeat moderate to progressive politicians, according to Mother Jones’ Washington D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn. During an interview with 92Y Producer Jordan Chariton at The Jefferson Hotel, Corn explained his recent reporting on the conservative coalition known as Groundswell.…

Why Is Gay Marriage Different Than Abortion?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about DOMA and Prop 8 today, and there’s a lot of anticipation now, especially since they could truly use this opportunity to not only strike down these laws but also to make same-sex marriage a right held by all Americans. Unsurprisingly, same-sex marriage opponents…

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