Reflecting on Last Year’s Predictions for 2014—And Contemplating How It All Will Get Worse

By: Wednesday December 31, 2014 5:00 pm

Last December, in my New Year’s predictions for 2014, I wrote: My clearest reading of 2014′s tea leaves is “instability”: worldwide instability and in my opinion this instability has its origins at the heart of the most developed economies of the western world. The causes? We are undergoing a technological revolution and process of globalized outsourcing, combined [...]

 

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2014

By: Tuesday December 30, 2014 6:00 pm

It has, like a number of other people, become an annual ritual to put together a list of the top films I managed to see during the year and share it here. While most lists of best films of the year were posted a week or two ago, I like to wait until this time [...]

Year-End Episode of ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ Podcast on Some of Most Significant Issues/Stories of 2014

By: Sunday December 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Police violence and torture. The rise of the Islamic State—or ISIS—and another war in Iraq. Another assault on the people of Gaza by Israel. These are the major stories highlighted on the year-end “Unauthorized Disclosure” episode. Our guest for the episode is Roqayah Chamseddine, a freelance writer based in Australia. After Ferguson police officer Darren [...]

Climate Change Policies Dead in the Water With New Congress

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 11:23 am

Much has been made of the fact that immigration reform is going to have a tough time getting through Congress now that Republicans have taken control of both chambers, but an issue that appears to have even less of a chance of getting addressed in the next two years is climate change. If anything, Republicans taking control of Congress may exacerbate the situation.

Start with who is going to takeover the committee in the Senate responsible for climate change related legislation now that the GOP is in control, Senator James “it;’s a hoax” Inhofe.

President Obama Addresses Midterm Election Results In Press Conference

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 7:50 am

Yesterday President Barack Obama gave his post mortem press conference on the Republican sweep of the 2014 elections. He said Republicans ran good campaign campaigns but thought the real message from the electorate was that they want Washington to “get the job done” despite voting overwhelmingly for divided government.

Upcoming Republican Sweep May Offer Obama Second Chance For ‘Grand Bargain’

By: Monday November 3, 2014 12:31 pm

While some are lamenting the likely Democratic loss of the Senate, even questioning the need for midterms altogether, one person who may be seeing an opportunity in the GOP takeover is President Barack Obama. A Republican controlled Congress could provide the opening for Obama to pursue his much sought after “Grand Bargain” on social security and medicare.

Video: Republican Climate Deniers in 2014 Election

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:14 pm

This video is a mixture of painfully-awkward, hilarious, and infuriating at the reality of the political system in which we are supposedly represented. Courtesy of Lee Fang, for Republic Report and Huffington Post.

And there’s more out there, if you can bear it. I promise that the end of this blog will not be as pessimistic as what follows.

Late Night: Government Shutdown Planned for December 11

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Capitol Hill Republicans are planning another shutdown, because they can.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:12 am

For the first time since the position was created in 1899 a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has been defeated in a party primary. Eric Cantor was soundly defeated last night in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary by David Brat, a conservative college professor who represented the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

Come Saturday Morning: The Tea Party, the DNC’s Best Friend

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 6:45 am

“I am stunned that Senator Cruz is involved in this fundraising effort for a group that has targeted his colleagues in the Republican caucus,” Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN.

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