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John Avlon City Talk: John Avlon, author, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Attacking America”
John Avlon Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

The Hindenburg. The Titanic. Michele Bachmann. Eighteen months ago, the Minnesota House member was considered an unlikely but undeniable Republican rising star, winning the Iowa straw poll that unofficially begins the primary season. Today, she is embroiled in a litany … Continue reading

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John Avlon John Avlon Gets ‘Real’ with Bill Maher – Real Time with Bill Maher

John Avlon Gets ‘Real’ with Bill Maher – Real Time with Bill Maher

The Daily Beast’s Editor-in-Chief was a panelist on October 24th’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher.’ Joining Dr. Cornel West and Mary Matalin, they discussed congressional compromise, Obama’s record, gun control, and voting.

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John Avlon The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance – The Daily Beast

The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance – The Daily Beast

On Thursday afternoon Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. They’d been inside only a few minutes when they saw a photo of their family. There, as part of the permanent exhibit, was an image … Continue reading

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John Avlon Paranoia on Patriots’ Day – The Daily Beast

Paranoia on Patriots’ Day – The Daily Beast

The paranoid style in American politics is alive and well. It was thriving on both sides of the Potomac Monday at separate Second Amendment rallies offering a cast of characters including militia members, a fundamentalist Mormon family, a sheriff, a … Continue reading

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John Avlon A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock – The Daily Beast

A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock – The Daily Beast

In this exclusive excerpt from the new edition of ‘Wingnuts,’ author John Avlon reminds us that paranoid extremism is nothing new in American politics. If you’re disgusted by the unhinged hyper-partisanship that distorts our political debates beyond reason, here’s some … Continue reading

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Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers – The Daily Beast

Jerad and Amanda Miller, the Wingnuts whose killing spree left two policemen, a civilian, and themselves dead, were inspired by fright-wing radio hosts and militia movement groups. The obsessively anti-government Hatriot movement moved from cultivating conspiracy theories to real killing … Continue reading

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Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland – The Daily Beast

The man accused of shooting three at Jewish centers in Kansas has a long résumé as a neo-Nazi and KKK grand wizard who once created a points system for murder. The sole suspect in a shooting that left three dead … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Obama Haters Book Club: The Canon Swells – The Daily Beast

The Obama Haters Book Club: The Canon Swells – The Daily Beast

Welcome to the Obama Haters Book Club—a parallel universe of fear mongering for fun and profit. Over the past four years, no less than 89 obsessively anti-Obama books have been published, as now catalogued by The Daily Beast. I’m not … Continue reading

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Shutdown Crisis: We Need a Hostage Negotiator – The Daily Beast

With the government shutdown entering its second week and debt ceiling default less than two weeks away, polarization has turned poisonous and confusion reigns on Capitol Hill. “It actually reminds me of a prison siege,” says Christopher Voss, a former … Continue reading

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The Suicidal Shutdown: Hyper-Partisan Fever Rules the Government – The Daily Beast

It was darkly appropriate that Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) rallied his conservative colleagues on Saturday to vote for a government shutdown by saying “Like 9/11, Let’s Roll!” Because this legislative plane is headed defiantly nose-down into the ground. Decency, practicality, … Continue reading

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John Avlon Palin’s SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In – The Daily Beast

Palin’s SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In – The Daily Beast

The ex-governor and VP pick railed against political consultants at CPAC. But her latest FEC filings show they took millions of dollars from her in the last election cycle. She’s baaaack. Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and … Continue reading

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Michele Bachmann Is Done: Her Hostage Tape to Reality – The Daily Beast

Our long national nightmare is over. Well, that’s overstating it. But the congresswoman who represented the worst of modern American politics more than she ever tried to represent her Minnesota constituents has announced that she will not run for reelection. … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Rush: Talker Bleeds Millions From His Carriers as Toxic Talk Slumps, Cumulus Seems Set to Part Ways With Rush Limbaugh – The Daily Beast

“We’ve had a tough go of it this last year,” Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey said Tuesday morning. “The facts are indisputable regarding the impact certain things have had on ad dollars.” Dickey told analysts on the earnings call that his … Continue reading

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False Flags, Sharia Law, and Gun Grabs: GOP Lawmakers Embrace The Crazy – The Daily Beast

A few days after the Boston bombings, Stella Tremblay went to Glenn Beck’s Facebook page to express her conviction that the terror attack was, in fact, orchestrated by the U.S. government. “The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops ‘terrorist’ attack,” … Continue reading

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John Avlon CNN Podcast: Big Three – North Korea

CNN Podcast: Big Three – North Korea

CNN Radio’s Big Three: John Avlon, Margaret Hoover and Dean Obeidallah.

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Georgia Is Celebrating Confederate Heritage and History Month? Really? – The Daily Beast

I thought it was an April Fools’ joke. There in my inbox on the morning of April 1 was an email from something called Ray McBerry Enterprises announcing the official start of “Confederate Heritage and History Month” in Georgia. Apparently, … Continue reading

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Palin’s SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In – The Daily Beast

Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called “Loaded for Bear,” which presented the former Alaska governor as the new kingmaker for conservative populists in the GOP. … Continue reading

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John Avlon Mosque Money Shocker – The Daily Beast

Mosque Money Shocker – The Daily Beast

Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from ground zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of … Continue reading

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Tea party’s anti-Rove ‘Nazi ad’ – CNN.com

You would click on the link, and there you’d find the Tea Party Patriots’ mailer, calling for liberty and asking for money, decrying “big-government Republicans” and “leftist Obama Democrats” alike. But the real target of this particular pitch was none … Continue reading

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