In Change They Can’t Believe in: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto have authored what is sure to be one of the most authoritative studies of the Tea Party phenomenon. It is a book worth reading by anyone who wants to understand the values and philosophy driving right wing and Republican politics today. The heart of Parker and Barreto’s work could be summarized by this quote, describing the motives driving Tea Party true believer
|By: Anthony DiMaggio Sunday July 14, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday June 5, 2013 10:20 am|
If an ecologically hazardous accident happens to TransCanada’s Keystone XL(KXL) tar sands pipeline, we can’t say we weren’t forewarned. That’s the latest from a press release and YouTube video recently disseminated by the good government group, Public Citizen.
|By: Steve Horn Monday October 15, 2012 4:15 pm|
A huge report was published on Oct. 10 by Los Angeles County that’ll likely open the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for unconventional oil and gas in the Monterey Shale basin. The report, as it turns out, was done by LA County in name only.
As the Los Angeles Times explained, the study found “no harm from the method” of fracking as it pertains to extracting shale gas and oil from the Inglewood Oil Field, which the Times explains is “the largest urban oil field in the country.”
|By: Swopa Friday July 20, 2012 8:00 pm|
It’s on the verge of becoming old news in our endlessly revolving media cycle (not to mention in the wake of the latest gun tragedy in Colorado), but I wanted to belatedly take note of the surprising “Firms” TV ad that the Obama campaign began running this past week — you know, the one with Mitt Romney singing “God Bless America” over a montage depicting his history of sending jobs (and his own money) overseas.
|By: Swopa Friday July 13, 2012 8:00 pm|
I guess the campaign for the White House must be starting to heat up, because both major candidates are starting to open their mouths a little too often — leading to opportunities for the rest of us to amuse ourselves with snark at their expense (just about the only respite we get from the prospect [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday March 7, 2012 2:50 pm|
On Monday, US Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech at Northwestern University outlining the supposed ‘legality’ of the Obama administration’s secret program to target US citizens for execution without notifying them of the accusations against them, officially charging them with a crime or offering them the opportunity to respond. Now it’s time to demand they release the legal memos that purport to justify this.
|By: Jeremi Suri Saturday June 4, 2011 1:59 pm|
I remember receiving a phone call from a prominent newspaper reporter in Fall 2009 about the emergence of the Tea Party, largely in opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care legislation. “Is the Tea Party going to become a major force in American politics,” the reporter asked. “No,” I responded confidently. “Like other fringe protest parties in the past, it will fizzle quickly. Their message is too negative.”
I have never been so wrong in my life!
|By: Swopa Friday March 4, 2011 8:00 pm|
… and meanwhile, amid the news of the day, the real business of politics grinds on…
|By: Will Bunch Sunday February 20, 2011 1:59 pm|
It’s the debate you’ve been hearing almost since that day 25 months ago when President Barack Obama first took the oath of office and became the 44th president. It rages in political clubs and in taprooms and coffee houses and most frequently in cyberspace – anywhere in America that liberal voices like to gather.