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What the Devil won't tell you

The sordid saga of Arizona democracy under fire, Part MCXXXLIV

Arizona Republicans clearly want to undo the whole messy "democracy" thing. They just cant seem to get out of their own way or stop conjuring up drama.... Read more»

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Romney or Obama: And so it becomes a simple choice, of critical importance

The stark contrast between candidates makes an easy choice for voters. Romney argues for Pure Capitalism almost as if it were a system of government – or perhaps a religion. The president’s view derives from the Democratic view that the purposes of government are to organize cooperative activity and to regulate commerce. ... Read more»1

Comic: North Korea

The Great Illuminator

The death of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il and the accession to power of his son Kim Jong Un has the world wondering in what the future holds for "the hermit kingdom" ... and its neighbors.... Read more»

Comic: Russia

Vladimir & Dmitry: From Russia with love

Vladimir Putin’s plans to run for the presidency in 2012 will return the current Russian prime minister to the post he held from 2000-2008.... Read more»


Dictator's diary: Muammar al-Gaddafi

History will remember Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi for two things: his role in the Lockerbie bombing, and his fashion sense.... Read more»

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What Egyptian democracy means for the U.S.

Democracy is good for Egypt. It's bad for the U.S., but that's our fault. As Egypt reorganizes under some form of religion-dominated democracy, it is also inevitable that they will turn away from the United States. We’re getting ready to eat the fruit of the poisonous tree we nurtured. ... Read more»

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Fox News top source of voter misinformation, study finds

The bad news for Fox News viewers is that merely watching the channel appears to be toxic. Daily watchers of Fox News believed the most misinformation of anyone. “Fox displays a particular pattern of misinformation. The more you watch the more inaccurate your views.” ... Read more»2

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Tom DeLay: The Hammer gets nailed

This Thanksgiving, I was grateful for twelve ordinary Texans. They decided that nobody was above the law that ensures honest elections, even Tom DeLay.... Read more»

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Our two-tiered citizenship – that’s you on the bottom

The short suspension of MSNBC on-air personality Keith Olberman is over. He was suspended for making candidate donations without the permission of his MSNBC boss, Phil Griffin. The public reaction was nuclear, and the walk back was lickety-split. But during his victory lap Olberman made one important mistake – he called NBC’s donation rule “probably not legal.”... Read more»

Aung San Suu Kyi: Powerful icon or powerless leader?

Analysis: Why it isn't necessarily good news that Burma's most famous dissident may be released.... Read more»

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Seven reasons why liberals and progressives must vote

Smart v. Stupid: Some Obama supporters are inclined to just stay home on Election Day. Here are seven compelling reasons why that's a bad idea.... Read more»

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O'Donnell mania sweeps D.C.

Smart v. Stupid: Both Democrats and Republicans are rooting for Christine O’Donnell and her long shot bid to win a seat in the Senate next term. How can that be? No one expects her to win, but everyone agrees she’s a laugh riot.... Read more»

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A new liberal lion takes the stage

A new generation heads to college this month, the class of 2014. Among them is a powerful young woman named Emma, a liberal who will major in political science at Virginia Tech, in that state’s conservative south...... Read more»

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Meg Whitman high bids Calif. governor's race

Smart v. Stupid: I don’t think they auction jobs on Ebay, but if they did, it might look a lot like the California governor’s race. Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman has already invested $91 million of her personal fortune.... Read more»


Small foreign news staffs threaten US democracy

The CBS London bureau now stands half empty, and the dwindling band of survivors wonder who will go next. Now ABC News has announced much deeper cuts. The Baltimore Sun now has only a skeleton staff. You would be silly to spend money buying a copy. You could read it in 10 minutes. ... Read more»