Like Canada’s Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 5:01 pm

Not only do Canada and the U.S. have a shared bond in that record amounts of Alberta’s tar sands now flow into the U.S, but also that the muzzling of scientists, and by extension the press at-large, is a threat to democracy in both countries.

 

The Importance of Not Being Quiet

By: Friday November 21, 2014 9:17 am

Last night President Obama did the right thing and will help millions of people in this country. It was a big day for immigration reform groups and a powerful vindication of an aggressive form of activism.

Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 10:11 am

There is one small silver lining to being a lame duck President who led his party to historically bad loses and faces an uncompromising Republican Congress, you can stop caring what people think. It is very limiting, but also liberating.

Why Republicans Have No Incentives to Make Deals with Obama

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 12:43 pm

I’m very skeptical that any significant legislative deals will be reached between congressional Republicans and President Obama over the next two years because Republican members have almost no incentive to compromise.

President Obama Failed

By: Monday November 10, 2014 10:30 am

Under President Obama’s tenure, the Republican party has just won control of the Senate, their largest majority in the House in decades, and a historic level of control over state legislatures. Given that the Republican brand is still pretty bad, our elections have become heavily nationalized, and the exit polls show over half the electorate voted to express support for or opposition to Obama. It makes sense to conclude that last Tuesday was a rejection of the president.

A Year of Negative Ratings for Obama

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 6:20 pm

Today makes a rather problematic anniversary for President Obama. It was one year ago today that Gallup conducted their last tracking poll which actually found Obama with a positive job approval rating.

Late Night: President Obama, Syria, and ISIS

By: Sunday September 14, 2014 8:00 pm

So which do you prefer, Mr. President? Crushing ISIS, or crushing Assad?  You cannot do both.

Late Night: The New Pearl Harbor

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00 pm

“Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” -Lynda Barry

This thought has been haunting me lately as we approached the 13th anniversary of The Day That Changed Everything (for the worse).

The stark images from the day itself, so overplayed yet ambiguous, seem insignificant now compared to what followed, which is so much more dreadful than anything I could have imagined at the time.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Arria, Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Using vignettes and case studies, Michael Arria’s book tells the story of many liberal’s favorite cable news network: MSNBC. Chronicling the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, a bit of Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, the book offers the very first critical examination, in book form, of the “Lean Forward” network.

As Arria notes, it is easy to mock and ridicule Fox News and the corporate conservative media. “For years now, Fox News has been beaming out images of people falling into orchestra pits, red meat for its rabid base, as well as liberals who love to hate on it.” Indeed, an entire “progressive movement” (related: a token of success in said movement is an appearance on MSNBC) echo chamber has been created around bashing media meant for consumption for conservatives.

Late Night: They Needed Killin’

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 8:00 pm

It’s a little depressing to acknowledge, for the umpteenth time, that a disturbingly large number of our fellow human beings simply can’t abide the very existence of a lot of us, and really aren’t at all ashamed of this.

Today it’s Israelis vs. Arabs, Teabaggers vs. well, everyone, and alleged Russian separatists vs. airplanes in the sky. But that’s just today; people who can’t get a proper beauty rest knowing that somewhere, someone they don’t like continues to breathe, or let their children play on a beach, without becoming bugsplat, seem to be flourishing like kudzu.

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