EPA Stands Tall Amid GOP Calls to Block GHG Regulations

By: Friday July 30, 2010 10:29 am

The EPA slapped down a call from conservative Attorneys General and other activists to suspend its greenhouse gas emissions regulations, based on the debunked “Climategate” controversy. In fact, they strongly rejected any notion that climate science had been manipulated to show human causation in a warming planet. In a sternly written opinion, EPA Administrator Lisa [...]

Contextless Right-Wing Puke Funnel Video Good Enough for USDA Firing

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 1:38 pm

I’m loath to jump on anything pushed by professional bully Andrew Breitbart, but since he rules the world of the traditional media and, apparently, key agencies in the executive branch, it’s worth retelling this sad story. Hoo boy. Conservatives apparently aren’t going to back down from ever more overt appeals to racial resentment this summer. [...]

Imagining a 2011 Government Shutdown

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 5:52 pm

For a late Sunday afternoon right before I’m headed out to a concert, this seems like an excellent launching point for discussion from John Quiggin: I’ve been too absorbed by my book projects and by Australian politics (of which more soon) to pay a lot of attention to the forthcoming US elections, but it seems [...]

Weigel Resigns from WaPo; Milbank, Will Still Employed

By: Friday June 25, 2010 11:13 am

Dave Weigel, a reporter who covers the conservative movement, has resigned from the Washington Post, after a feeding frenzy for two days, where leaked comments from an internal private listserv wound up on conservative media sites. It really doesn’t matter what you think of Weigel; it’s completely immaterial to this case. Because basically, someone was [...]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Rove’s 527 Not as Advertised.

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 11:19 am

I said a couple weeks ago to a friend that, as a general rule, liberals are by their nature a little neurotic, and conservatives by their nature are extremely smug and gullible. Therefore, liberals tend to think that things are worse for them than they may be, while conservatives tend to think that things are [...]

IL-Sen: More Kirk Lies Emerge, on Foreign Policy

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 10:14 am

Generally, I think Americans are pretty forgiving, perhaps to a fault, and one misstatement of fact among many will not necessarily sway their opinion of a politician. But a consistent record of exaggerations, misstatements and outright lies can take their toll, and a tipping point hits, where the individual basically turns into an untrustworthy buffoon. [...]

Gibbs Strikes Back At Romanoff Charges

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 7:09 am

Michael Whitney reported last night that Andrew Romanoff, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Colorado, received a call from Jim Messina at the White House shortly after his rumored announcement of challenging Michael Bennet with a list of jobs on it. I’m not sure why this would in any way affect the Romanoff-Bennet primary; it [...]

Sestak “Said No” To Unpaid Advisory Board Offer

By: Friday May 28, 2010 11:22 am

If it wasn’t an interminably slow news day, I wouldn’t bother to post this. But Joe Sestak has offered his side of the story in “NothingGate,” the deal to commit the horrible sin of politics in Washington, DC. “Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he [...]

Here Comes The Stupid In The Kagan Nomination Fight

By: Monday May 10, 2010 9:52 am

This Supreme Court nomination fight is bound to be enervating, and I’m likely to just tune it out as much as possible. Because while there’s a case to be made for teasing out the nominee’s substantive opinions and judicial philosophy, and to be sure a case to be made against her on substantive grounds, that’s [...]

Diane Wood’s Similar Case Record To Stevens Makes Her Ineligible To Replace Him

By: Monday April 19, 2010 10:07 am

The theocratic right is busily defining Diane Wood as a radical extremist hell-bent on aborting every child in America, because they actually have rulings where she has ruled in abortion cases. If President Obama nominates U.S. Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, social conservatives say they intend [...]

Uh, Tax Rates At Their Lowest Point In 60 Years Is A Problem

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 12:52 pm

I know it’s Tax Day, and every partisan Dem wants to get in their shots at the ignoramuses on the right, so it’s natural that they would highlight this report. But it kind of reveals a larger problem: “The American people need to be reminded that 98 percent of Americans got a tax cut last [...]

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