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NRA’s enemies list: Most of America – CNN.com

Question: What do George Clooney, Chaka Khan, the American Medical Association, Bon Jovi and C. Everett Koop have in common? Answer: They are among the 500 names on the National Rifle Association’s absurd new “enemies list.” Richard Nixon would be … Continue reading

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Republican Conspiracy Nuts on Obama’s Skeet-Shooting Picture – The Daily Beast

The Obama years have been a boom time for conspiracy theories and associated catchphrases. During the first term, the “birthers” dominated this sad and sordid landscape, but in recent weeks we’ve seen the rapid rise and fall of the “Benghazi … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck Attempts a Laughable Makeover as a Libertarian – The Daily Beast

Glenn Beck is rebranding himself as–get this–the alternative to “far-right, far-left” polarized debates on cable news, dominated by people “yelling at each other.” “We’re not going to play in that crazy space as a network,” he announced earnestly. The irony … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones Melts Down – The Daily Beast

Most Americans got their first taste of Alex Jones’s brand of crazy last night on Piers Morgan Tonight, when the CNN host confronted this particular critic, who in turn called the CNN host “a hatchet man of the new world … Continue reading

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Right Wing Needs to Stop Crazy Explanations for Newtown Slaughter – The Daily Beast

It’s definitely not too soon to condemn this craziness. The visceral shock of the Newtown school slaughter has provoked a reassessment on gun laws among many on the right—including Joe Scarborough and Rupert Murdoch. But there are still those on … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear the Gover – Republicans Wisely Break with Grover Norquist – CNN.com

Who’s afraid of Grover Norquist? Fewer and fewer Republicans, thankfully. In recent days, the declarations of independence from Norquist’s absolutist anti-tax pledge have been coming fast and furious. Add Southern Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham to the growing list, … Continue reading

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Mourdock’s Rape Remark and Extremism – CNN.com

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock believes that rapes resulting in pregnancy are “something that God intends to happen.” Do you? It’s a relevant question as we enter the last two weeks of this election, because Mourdock’s comments are not … Continue reading

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Free Speech, Civility Collide on the New York Subways – The Daily Beast

This Monday, 10 subway stations throughout New York City will be adorned with this welcoming message: “In any war between civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” It is paid for by the American … Continue reading

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Video Defaming Prophet Mohammed is a Con Job That Pits Fundamentalist Christians and Muslims Against Freedom – The Telepgraph

More than 100 years ago, Mark Twain said: “A lie will go round the round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” The world received a chilling 21st century update of that aphorism last week, as a plot … Continue reading

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US Election 2012: Why Mitt Still Needs to Polish His Sales Pitch – The Telegraph

The Republican Convention in Tampa ended after three days of frenzied networking and made-for-television speeches, all against a backdrop of American flags. This is now Mitt Romney’s Republican Party, even if it is more unified by intense dislike of President … Continue reading

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GOP Policy Is the Scandal, Not Just Akin’s Comments – CNN.com

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” These were the words that got Rep. Todd Akin kicked to the curb by Republicans, ranging from Mitt Romney to Karl Rove … Continue reading

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Disavowal of Mark Clayton Shows Democrats’ Disarray in Tennessee – The Daily Beast

Something really strange happened in Tennessee last week. Democrats elected a fright-wing conspiracy theorist named Mark Clayton to be their U.S. Senate candidate—and the state party prompted disavowed him. It’s fair to say that if this were a Republican Senate … Continue reading

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Is It Still Too Soon to Talk Gun Control? – CNN.com

The bodies of the victims are being buried. The court case will continue, without cameras. The horror in Aurora has faded from the front page in favor of Olympic coverage. So it is worth asking, 10 days after the largest … Continue reading

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Is Israel-Bashing, Dictator-Backing Charles Barron Heading To Washington? – The Daily Beast

New York City Councilman Charles Barron is the real-life embodiment of the paranoid right-wing fantasy about President Obama: a former Black Panther, a backer of wealth redistribution, and an outspoken admirer of leftist dictators worldwide. But now Barron has risen … Continue reading

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Hyper-Partisanship Dragging Down Nation – CNN.com

It’s not your imagination: Our politics are more polarized than at any point in recent history. That’s the conclusion of a new survey from the indispensable Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. And if you needed more … Continue reading

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Where’s the Outrage Over Republican’s ‘Communist’ Claim? – CNN.com

“I have here in my hand a list of 205 communists …” The ghost of Joe McCarthy’s ulcerous accusations hung over a disturbingly casual comment this past week by U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Florida. When asked by a constituent at … Continue reading

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Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers – The Daily Beast

Rush Limbaugh made the right-wing talk-radio industry, and he just might break it. Because now the fallout from the “slut” slurs against Sandra Fluke is extending to the entire political shock-jock genre. Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as … Continue reading

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Despite Sandra Fluke Apology, Rush Limbaugh Advertisers Sign Off – The Daily Beast

If you want to know why Rush is freaking out over the Sandra Fluke fallout, follow the money. Being too extreme has never been a problem for el Rushbo. Appeals to conscience and individual kindness weren’t going to provoke an … Continue reading

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Celebrity Gossip Is Making Us Stupid – The Daily Beast

Bread and circuses were what Romans leaders used to subdue citizens for hundreds of years before their civilization’s fall. We have celebrity gossip. It is greedily consumed and takes on the dimensions of real news – banner headlines, magazine covers … Continue reading

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Tea Party for the Left? – The Daily Beast

We are living in a time of decentralized populist political movements, fueled by economic anxiety and magnified by social media. As Occupy Wall Street spread into satellite protests this past week, there was an understandable impulse to impose an established … Continue reading

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