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Dumb Bigots Vs. Typical Liberals: The High Cost Of Political Tribalism

Very broadly then, the center appears to be holding. And while I yield to no man in my visceral contempt for Donald J. Trump, I’ll be very surprised if Congress enacts his anti-community budget cuts. Trashing cartoon liberals is one thing; shutting down Meals on Wheels quite another. As for cartoon conservatives, Democrats should keep in mind that bringing back even five percent of Trump voters would constitute a revolution.

April 6, 2017
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Why We Shouldn’t Let Resentment Define Us

It’s a fallacy to believe progressives can fix America’s acrimony by changing their attitudes. I am all for reaching out. But it helps to have someone else reaching back.

March 13, 2017
Trump, Conservative, Press

Why Conservatives Love Trump’s Attacks On Journalists

The Trump administration’s press strategy is clear: delegitimize mainstream news organizations, especially those that produce critical reporting that jeopardizes its efforts, while lifting up unabashed propaganda outlets. And his fans love it.

February 27, 2017
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The Breitbartification Of CPAC

Breitbart.com spent years shilling for Trump’s candidacy. Now Trump will swagger through the conference that Andrew Breitbart once owned, while the news site he created is a dominant force at CPAC. An ascendent Breitbart.com and President Trump are truly Andrew Breitbart’s greatest legacy.

February 23, 2017
Yiannopoulos

Yiannopoulos Debacle Tells Us Some Terrible Truths About The Right

At every turn, the right has lauded Yiannopoulos as a free-speech hero, while disregarding his attacks on the most vulnerable of targets. But with bad PR and profit losses on the table, the entities that were so ready to sign up with Yiannopoulos are pretending to be surprised an awful person turned out to be exactly what he seemed.

February 22, 2017
Arts

Why Do Conservatives Want The Government To Defund The Arts?

Conservatives have sought to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts since the Reagan administration. In the past, arguments were limited to the content of specific state-sponsored works that were deemed offensive or immoral – an offshoot of the culture wars. Now the cuts are largely driven by an ideology to shrink the federal government and decentralize power.

February 6, 2017
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Paul Ryan May Face A Political Coup: Report

According to a new report by The Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan may be facing a new political coup from House conservatives. And even if anti-Ryan conservatives don’t have the votes to force Ryan out, they may attempt to change House rules to weaken his pull.

August 31, 2016
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Racism Goes Mainstream With Conservative Reactions to Colin Kaepernick

The decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to abstain from standing for the national anthem in protest of what he sees as a failure of the U.S. government to uphold its end of the bargain and ensure “freedom and justice, liberty to everybody,” particularly black Americans, has ignited a national conversation, as well as some predictable racist retaliation from the so-called alt-right.

August 31, 2016

A Long, Incomplete List Of The Republicans Opposed To Trump

“I joined the Party of Lincoln and the Party of Reagan. I will leave the Party of Trump.”

March 2, 2016

House Conservatives Not Willing To ‘Play Dead’ For Ryan In 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan had a good run in his first few weeks on the job, but that doesn’t mean the honeymoon will last.

January 14, 2016

This Year In Crazy: 2015 Belonged To The Wingnuts

Each week we round up the looniest examples of right-wing bigotry, idiocy, and bizarre behavior in our “This Week In Crazy” column. Now it’s time to take stock of the entire year — which gave us more inanity, head-spinning untruth, and backwards thinking than anyone could have expected or should have to endure. This is 2015 — The Year In Crazy…

December 31, 2015

Who Were The Craziest Conservatives In 2015?

Each Friday we round up the looniest examples of right-wing bigotry, idiocy, and bizarre behavior in our “This Week In Crazy” column. Now, as we reach the end of December, it’s time to take stock of the entire year — which gave us more inanity, head-spinning untruth, and backwards thinking than anyone could have expected or should have to endure.

December 21, 2015

The Freedom Caucus’ Forebears: The Original Islamic Extremists

The lesson here: If the cause is made out to be holy and sacrosanct, then not even the most dedicated leaders are safe from the true believers.

October 16, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Twisted Logic And Right-Wing Blame Games

Just when you thought the far-right fringe couldn’t possibly connect abortion with the stock market, or equate the LGBT Pride flag with a white supremacist symbol, they just, well, go ahead and do that. It’s “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the shameful, racist, and hateful speech of the increasingly illogical right wing.

August 28, 2015
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Do Republicans Really Have Happier Marriages? Probably Not

A study by two sociologists supposedly proved that Republicans have happier marriages — but a much larger study showed that the country’s reddest counties have the highest divorce rates.

August 27, 2015

The Odd Politics Of Fighting Wildfires

Much of the Forest Service’s swelling bill for suppressing wildfires comes from the rising cost of protecting residences in the “wildland-urban interface.” About 16 million houses were built in fire-prone rural areas over the last two decades.

August 27, 2015

Could Pope Francis Be Donald Trump’s Undoing?

Think about what we try to teach our children, and then think about four years of trying to explain away a President Trump. Maybe the contrast with Pope Francis during his upcoming visit will jump-start the process of scales falling from eyes.

August 27, 2015

Conservatives Double Down On Anti-Abortion Extremism

It is becoming difficult to escape the conclusion that conservatives would rather fight about abortion than reduce it.

August 24, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Anti-Abortion Videos Provoke Ethical Crisis For Doctors, Pols — And Media

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) continues to cause political problems for Planned Parenthood, while challenging media outlets to strike a balance between covering the group’s activities and spreading their strident anti-abortion message.

August 1, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Drink That Commie Kool-Aid

The end is near, but never near enough. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the increasingly unhinged right wing.

July 31, 2015

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: Special Marriage Equality Insanity Edition

When five Justices legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last Friday, they released a torrent of unhinged rage from the conservative right wing. For those who appreciate such demented howling from the fire-and-brimstone crowd, this week has just been a buffet of ire, bigotry, unreason, and insanity.

July 3, 2015

This Week In Crazy: ‘There Can Be No Coexistence With The Left!’

Racism, what racism? It’s all the Devil’s fault. Send in the bees! These and other morsels of madness in “This Week In Crazy.”

June 26, 2015
Protesters in Minnesota call for smaller government and the repeal of the health care law enacted in March, 2010. (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Right-Wing Trolls — From Scalia On Down — Take On The Obamacare Decision

Right wingers are going into apoplexy over the Supreme Court’s decisive 6-3 ruling upholding federal health insurance subsidies under Obamacare — and a lot of it is pretty entertaining.

June 25, 2015
Rick Perry

The 5 Most Appalling Conservative Reactions To The Charleston Shooting

Dive into the lunatic fringe of right wingers weighing in on the events in Charleston — and you’ll find some truly appalling, noxious, and deranged reactions. Here are just five of them

June 19, 2015