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How to be a successful American mainstream political reporter: Politics is all theater—never probe about policy unless it enhances the performance. Personality always trumps policy—see above. History is bunk—factual history, that is, because it interferes with the make-believe history so integral to political theater. Read more»

Dante's Inferno,Canto Eight

Polls find we’re becoming a more tolerant nation. That’s bad news for conservatives. Read more»

The path of American political thought, from Teddy to Franklin: "For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world." Read more»

What does it mean to be “conservative” — a word that has different meanings in different places. To say we are becoming more conservative provides a comforting narrative to mainstream journalists who like to reassure people that all is hunky-dory. Read more»

A just-released Pew Research Center study shows strong support across the political spectrum for energy alternatives and offering a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Read more»

David Horowitz in 2006.

The periodic “problem” of liberal dominance of academia is back. Indeed, it never left. Former left-wing-Stalinist-turned-right-wing-Stalinist David Horowitz has been bilking gullible wingnut contributors for more than a decade now. Read more»

Without unionized factory jobs, low-education workers are finding it difficult just to get by. So fear drives the urge to hunker down – to take a conservative approach. As a result, the less-educated middle class is voting themselves downward, recreating the “lower middle class” that was mostly eliminated during the 1980s and ‘90s. Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva was reelected to his post as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday night. Read more»

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»