Are These Politicians Waiting for Climate Change in New Exhibit?

By: Friday May 16, 2014 6:36 pm

Clamoring to be heard and nearly submerged in murky water, the men in grey suits all appear to be stepping inward and under. The Berlin-based exhibit left the image open to audience interpretation but it wasn’t long before folks on social media dubbed it an image of “politicians discussing global warming underwater”. The resulting tweet, sent out in March of this year, was mistaken as being the official vision of the artist’s and helped the image go viral.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Thomas E. Ricks, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

By: Saturday November 24, 2012 1:59 pm

There are two key words to keep in mind when reading Thomas Ricks’s important and eminently readable new book, “The Generals”: accountability and relief. Accountability is what set Ricks out on his investigation of America’s military leaders from World War II to the present, as in the missing accountability of our generals for the failures of the post-9/11 decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. And relief is what Ricks believes has been too often missing, as in the old-fashioned sense of the word and one that is hardly ever used anymore, certainly by the U.S. military: firing.

Pelosi to Stay on as House Minority Leader

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 9:45 am

Backed by a larger caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will stay on in the post for another two years. She will make the announcement at this hour. Nobody will challenge her for the Democratic leadership position.

Pelosi to Speak to House Democrats Amid Rumors That She Will Step Down From Leadership

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 8:10 am

Even though Democrats picked up at least 8 seats, they still came up 17 seats short or retaking the House. They face the prospect of an unfavorable map bedeviling them from returning to the majority, potentially for the next four cycles. So it’s only natural that Nancy Pelosi, who after all is 72, would consider stepping down.

In Candid Moment of Acceptance Speech, Obama Vows Voting Reform

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 7:00 pm

When people can vote, liberals win. I think that’s one of the major takeaways of the night. Take a look at the historic victories for marijuana legalization, a blow against thirty years of the war on drugs. The measure passed in Washington and Colorado. What’s the unifying thread? Washington is 100% vote-by-mail, and Colorado has enough vote-by-mail and early voting options that 80% of the electorate voted before Election Day. Marriage equality and LGBT rights got validated at the ballot box for the first time ever in four states. What’s the unifying thread? Maine and Minnesota have Election Day registration. Washington, as noted before, is 100% vote by mail. Maryland has ample early voting. Expanding the voter universe with online voter registration completely changed the political landscape in California.

Joe Klein and the Loss of Credibility From Civil Liberties Abuses

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30 pm

You can argue that some of this has stopped, although the better way to put it is that we leave the dirty work to other countries these days. You cannot argue that this has not damaged US credibility around the world, and given those who want to deflect from their own human rights failings an easy out.

Obama and the Center-Right Nation He Hasn’t Changed

By: Sunday September 23, 2012 10:30 am

The genius of democracy is the idea that in a room full of smart people, the smartest person is the room.

Honoring Those Who Say “No”

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 9:00 am

On this Memorial Day weekend, I give thanks for Hugh Thompson, Jr., Glenn Andreotta, and Lawrence Colburn, who courageously and properly said “no” in the face of misguided fellow soldiers and superiors.

When I hear someone say “thank you for your service” to a member of the military, I think of these three, who embodied the best of what “service to your country” is, in the face of others who embodied that service at its worst.

Country Starting to View Obama as an Ineffective Leader

By: Friday August 26, 2011 10:00 am

The country for the most part still likes and trusts Barack Obama the person, but people are now starting to no longer see the president as a strong leader. They’re also beginning to doubt his ability to get things done, according to the latest Pew poll.

Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted for Yesterday

By: Sunday July 31, 2011 6:00 pm

Yesterday Grijalva was perfectly willing to hand over his Congressional authority to a new Catfood II Super Congress to slash Social Security and Medicare when he vote for the all-cuts Reid bill.

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