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What the 1980s Toy Industry Teaches the 2014 Gun Lobby

What the 1980s Toy Industry Teaches the 2014 Gun Lobby

If rules and regulations pertaining to the manufacture, sale and usage of toys can evolve in response to a threat to children, why as we so dangerously and resolutely…

Michael Bloomberg Picks Up James Brady’s Legacy Where Republicans Abandoned It

Michael Bloomberg Picks Up James Brady’s Legacy Where Republicans Abandoned It

In this season of discontent, we lost a legend in the crusade for sensible gun reform. James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary for Ronald Reagan, died earlier…

We’ve Tolerated ‘Too Big to Fail’ for Far Too Long

We’ve Tolerated ‘Too Big to Fail’ for Far Too Long

With international disasters and foreign policy imbroglios everywhere you turn, it's easy to forget that we have numerous domestic issues with which we still must contend. …

Republican Ideology Has Its Worst Week Ever

Republican Ideology Has Its Worst Week Ever

Though you'd never guess by listening to its representatives speak, it was a terrible week for modern Republican ideology.…

CNN’s Republican Personalities Try to Have it Both Ways with Chicago’s Gun Violence

CNN’s Republican Personalities Try to Have it Both Ways with Chicago’s Gun Violence

It's been all over the news this week, as well it ought to be. A warm and festive 4th of July weekend in the Windy City was utterly marred by…

Rand Paul and Charles Blow Make Strange Partners in Voting Rights Advocacy

Rand Paul and Charles Blow Make Strange Partners in Voting Rights Advocacy

Two men from opposing sides of the political spectrum, with different experiences of America, utilizing two divergent forums, arrive at the same conclusion: disenfranchising voters is harmful to our struggling…

Republicans Don’t Actually Need Electoral Opponents in 2014 as They Wage Public Civil War

Republicans Don’t Actually Need Electoral Opponents in 2014 as They Wage Public Civil War

If midterm election years have a reputation for being tepid and boring, a typically alienating cycle where the opposition party stokes its base with a referendum on the sitting President,…

Thomas B. Edsall Gives Voice to Rare Breed: GOP Defectors

Thomas B. Edsall Gives Voice to Rare Breed: GOP Defectors

For years now, we've watched the Republican Party degrade from a once viable conservative response to liberal philosophy, into an apocalyptic crazy town where thinking and humanity go to die.…

Newt Gingrich and The Heritage Foundation Team Up to Fail in School Lunch Debate

Newt Gingrich and The Heritage Foundation Team Up to Fail in School Lunch Debate

Gingrich added another vignette to the story of his long, hackneyed career this week, with a truly remarkable piece of insincere sanctimony on Thursday's edition of Crossfire.…

Tuesday’s Primaries Won’t Change Gender Leadership Imbalance

Tuesday’s Primaries Won’t Change Gender Leadership Imbalance

a> I think I speak for many women in this country when I say I am sick and tired of national conversations about our bodies, our families and our pay that…

Bill Nye Drops Climate Change Truth Bombs All Over CNN’s Crossfire Set

Bill Nye Drops Climate Change Truth Bombs All Over CNN’s Crossfire Set

Thankfully Bill Nye is in possession of the type of feistiness that liberals (and yes, I acknowledge grief that environmental common sense has become partisan) are going to need in…

F.C.C. On Track To Ruin Last Truly Democratic Institution: The Internet

F.C.C. On Track To Ruin Last Truly Democratic Institution: The Internet

According to multiple published reports, the Federal Communications Commission has offered a proposed set of rules that would effectively end net neutrality as we know it.…

New York Times’ Ross Douthat Offers Another Weak, Factless GOP Repudiation of Inequality

New York Times’ Ross Douthat Offers Another Weak, Factless GOP Repudiation of Inequality

Climate change. Female reproductive rights. The social safety net. Inequality. These forces, and the need to recognize them, are real. And I would caution conservatives to recall history…

John Kerry: The Hardest Working Man in the Diplomacy Business

John Kerry: The Hardest Working Man in the Diplomacy Business

POTUS has arguably the modern era's most unflappable State Department leader by his side. There seems to be no number of hairy, potentially history changing crises that Kerry cannot attack…

Why Nate Silver’s Numbers Are Good News For Democrats

Why Nate Silver’s Numbers Are Good News For Democrats

The electorate is morphing, growing more socially liberal in particular, at a magnificent clip. Both parties are keenly aware of that fact. And nowhere is the transition more evident than…

Senator John McCain Still Can’t Accept the Country’s Rejection of Him

Senator John McCain Still Can’t Accept the Country’s Rejection of Him

I'd like to travel back to last weekend when the ersatz maverick sullied my favorite morning read, the Opinion page of the New York Times.…

On Issue After Issue Republicans Are Determined to Be Wrong

On Issue After Issue Republicans Are Determined to Be Wrong

If there's something that's not in the national interest, it is this bizarre Putin hero-worship on the part of much of the Republican establishment. …

Democrats in Unique Position of United Comfort as Republicans Grapple with 2016 Dread

Democrats in Unique Position of United Comfort as Republicans Grapple with 2016 Dread

The presumed front runners of late 2013 (Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Republicans: Chris Christie) have experienced a seismic shift on the right side of the political spectrum. …

Did President Obama Really ‘Miss an Opportunity’ by Avoiding Sochi?

Did President Obama Really ‘Miss an Opportunity’ by Avoiding Sochi?

The White House's decision to let the athletes do their thing while avoiding overt support of a regime that has been a veritable thorn in America's side on so many…

Why Aren’t More Republican Politicians Following Charlie Crist’s Example?

Why Aren’t More Republican Politicians Following Charlie Crist’s Example?

The real question as I see it does not revolve around why Crist fled into the more inclusive arms of the Democratic Party. Rather I wonder why more Republicans of…

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