Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast.


Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast. A seductive meme: ‘Black voters in Mississippi helped Thad Cochran win’. But it sounds too good to be true. One day after the primary, the story makes the rounds like Paul Revere, except faster and in a warmer climate–black voters held their noses, or better, and put […]

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The returning issue of Romney’s tax returns


The returning issue of Romney’s tax returns Tax returns are not trivial In the land of abundance, the legal obligations of citizenship rest lightly for most Americans. With no military draft or compulsory youth service, the United States actually requires little in the way of civic obligation–that is, obligation imposed by law and justice. Jury […]

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Republican Party’s legitimate difficulty over Todd Akin


Republican Party’s legitimate difficulty over Todd Akin: Re-cap and overview, part 1   Returning to the topic of Rep. Todd Akin’s senate race in Missouri, the real sticking point for Republican Party movers and shakers is not Akin’s mistaken science, his comforting notion that a woman’s body will ward off pregnancy in a sexual assault. […]

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Mary Matalin says GOP will fund a write-in against Todd Akin in Missouri


Election 2012: Mary Matalin says GOP will fund a write-in against Todd Akin in Missouri Admittedly this is the kind of thing that could change in another hour. As of now, however, GOP top strategist Mary Matalin is saying something pretty crisp about Rep. Todd Akin’s senate race. After dismissing Akin’s chances of getting funding […]

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Those pesky regulations and the empty threat of filibuster


Regulation, public policy and the hollow threat of filibuster Family responsibilities and work have taken me in recent months to Louisville, Ky., Shreveport, La., and Houston, Texas. The changes of place did not change the big picture. In every place, local news stories and larger news stories–this is something one can count on–reconfirmed the need […]

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Imaginary flap over Marco Rubio


Imaginary flap over Marco Rubio The VP flap yesterday over Marco Rubio’s not being ‘vetted’ as Mitt Romney’s pick for the second spot on the Republican ticket was pretty weird, even for television. I’m all for imagination, the play of color and the zodiac of human wit and all that, but there’s supposed to be […]

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Déjà vu all over again: Rightwing attacks on presidents


Déjà vu all over again: Rightwing attacks on Franklin Roosevelt   There are few better ways to get a handle on the current political scene than to re-read The Age of Roosevelt, the historical trilogy on the New Deal by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Volume 3 is titled The Politics of Upheaval. During the Great […]

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May 8 primary results hold interest for Democrats


May 8th primary more interesting for Dems The series-of-oddities parade of GOP presidential contests since summer 2011 seems to be over for now, and the May 8 primary results hold some potential for improvement in government at the federal and state level. Quick spot-check below. Indiana: Most famously, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) will leave the […]

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The American Economy, part 2


The American Economy, part 2 Following up on last week’s post– We are all inheritors of the labor movement Another fundamental of the U.S. economy is one that we have had for more than fifty years: We are all living on a gigantic store of assets, workplace conditions and industries produced by the American labor […]

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Birth control is an economy issue


Since when is birth control not an economy issue?   ‘The economy’ ‘versus’ ‘contraception’, contraception as a ‘social issue’, ‘social issues’ ‘versus’ ‘jobs’ —Why is the 2012 political campaign being represented this way? On a planet inhabited by more than seven billion people, birth control is pro-life. In a nation like the United States, where […]

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