Come Saturday Morning: Chris Christie and Tony Sutton

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 6:45 am

Watching the hubris-greased fall of Chris Christie has made me think a lot about the parallels between him and a similarly thuggish, similarly disgraced fellow Republican: Tony Sutton, who not that long ago was the most powerful Republican in the State of Minnesota, and whose exploits I have limned before at this website.

 

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V)

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 6:20 pm

We move on to Joseph Lhota, the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from January 9th, 2012 to December 31st. He is the Republican candidate in this election and has experience in numerous offices under major names like Rudy Giuliani.

Lhota echoes a sentiment of being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which is a theme all three major candidates build upon.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Adolfo Carrión, Jr. (Part II of V)

By: Friday November 1, 2013 4:30 pm

I must admit, before October 9th, I had never heard of Carrion before. Watching him in the debate with only Joseph Lhota did not impress me at all and I decided to view his policies as I felt I was not aware of what he represented.

Fact Checked: Hannity Causing Immediate Harm to Consumers

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 2:05 pm

In a galling display of disregard for the public interest, Sean Hannity has been broadcasting provably false information on radio and TV about the Affordable Care Act. Salon’s “Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare” uncovered how he distorted the stories of three couples to imply that they were worse off under Obamacare’s new rules. In fact, the couples are now able to get more coverage for less money, but Hannity did not retract his report.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Introduction (Part I of V)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00 pm

In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Christopher S. Parker, Matt Barreto, Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

By: Sunday July 14, 2013 1:59 pm

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

The GOP Has a “Fiscal Cliff” Math Problem

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 9:30 am

Until the Republicans figure out a way to make the math work their offer cannot be considered a serous plan, because it is not even a “plan.” A plan requires specific ideas that at least stand a chance of achieving the stated goal.

Republicans Block DISCLOSE Act, Dems Pull All-Nighter

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 6:45 am

As expected, Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act last night, as the legislation that would have forced disclosure on political campaign expenditures failed 51-44. Republicans who voted all united against the bill, and they were joined by West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who is sure to have a wide variety of independent expenditure ads funded by secret donors against him in his re-election campaign.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bill Press, The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President—and Who Is Behind Them

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 1:59 pm

It seems only fitting that I have been asked to introduce Bill Press and host this salon on his book The Obama Hate Machine, an indispensable expose of the “largely personal, political, and mean-spirited” assault on America’s first black president. The host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Bill Press Show, a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services, and an accredited member of the White House Press corps, Press has seen the hate machine close up and personal.

Meghan McCain Comes Out in Support of Marijuana Legalization

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 1:40 pm

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, has come out in support of legalizing marijuana in her new book. Having the daughter of the most recent Republican presidential candidate publicly supporting the end of marijuana prohibition is another important moment in the process of legalization becoming a mainstream political issue.

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