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Saturday, March 24, 2018

States That Voted Against Obama Receive The Most Funding From His Administration

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently found that states which voted against President Obama twice are actually big-gumint takers. While the elected governments of red states perpetually tout austerity measures and use bumper-sticker platitudes like “pull yourselves up by the bootstraps” (or eat them for sustenance), the attitudes of voters at the voting booth and their state legislatures don’t actually reflect this sentiment.

September 4, 2016
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

Progressive Patriotism — Not An Oxymoron

Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals. The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans—across the political spectrum—have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

July 4, 2016

Charles Koch Wants To Be The Next Bernie Sanders? Huh?!

Koch money courses through the veins of conservative politics: consultants, think tanks, academic chairs, advertising agencies, politicians: Everyone knows the Kochs, everyone fears the Kochs, everyone listens to the Kochs.

June 10, 2016
U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio hugs his family after he announced that he is suspending his campaign at an event in Miami, Florida, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Decades On, Advocates Of ‘Family Values’ Still Miss The Point

You can’t make America great “again,” a la Donald Trump, if you are clueless to what work life really looked like for most of the 20th century.

April 8, 2016
Elizabeth Warren

Unzipping The Elizabeth Warren Package

When it comes to Wall Street, Senator Warren is actually far more conservative than the GOP.

December 23, 2014

Ranting On Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposed A Hole In His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message. This is an old dodge for Limbaugh. Yet however he parses his language, there can be no doubt that he sought to exploit a tragic […]

August 14, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Mothers Of Conservatism: Women And The Postwar Right’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Mothers Of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right by Loyola University assistant professor of history, Michelle M. Nickerson. Nickerson unveils a unique history of the grassroots conservative political movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Historians often credit men with the success of the conservative uprising during the height of the John Birch […]

July 5, 2014

Conservative Tide Continues To Ebb, Particularly On Social Issues

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—Self-professed conservatives have long outnumbered liberals in America, but the gap has narrowed significantly in the last four years, particularly on social issues, a shift that could harm GOP prospects in future elections. On social issues, the number of people who identify themselves as liberal is now almost equal […]

May 29, 2014

The Pope Isn’t A Party Boss

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. He identified with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, then Chicago’s archbishop, whose consistent ethic of life encompassed a dedication to the poor, a concern over the human costs of […]

March 27, 2014

Franklin Graham: ‘I’m Speaking Out Like My Father Did’

By Tim Funk, The Charlotte Observer CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Franklin Graham has an answer for those turned off by his litany of controversial condemnations of gays and lesbians, Islam and President Barack Obama: He claims he’s only saying what his father would say if Billy Graham, now 95, were a younger man. In a Tuesday […]

March 26, 2014

Can Rick Perry’s Lone Star Conservatism Go National?

The question is a legitimate one. The incumbent Texas governor is someone who has teased at the need for his state to secede from the Union, trashed Social Security, and hewed to a far-right evangelical Christianity that is less subtle than George W. Bush’s wink-and-nod act, where he would regularly sneak dog-whistle references to the […]

June 14, 2011