Thursday, October 8, 2015
Ronald Reagan

Upstaged By Everyone Else, B-Team Republicans Duke It Out With Each Other

It made sense that the two biggest names in the GOPeeWee debate belonged to men who weren’t even in the room: Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

September 17, 2015
George W. Bush

Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015

Obama: Reaganite On Iran

There are parallels between the two-step approaches that both Reagan and Obama took to a problematic foe.

July 16, 2015
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Iran Deal: Why Would We Heed The Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

Many on the American right have often preferred war, including the utterly insane risk of nuclear war, to dealing with our enemies.

July 14, 2015

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015
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‘Reagan: The Life’ Review: Not Always What He Seemed To Be

Though charming, like its subject matter, this biography of Reagan leaves readers wanting for depth and detail.

May 14, 2015
President Obama in Miami

5 Ways Democratic Presidents Kick Republican Butt

The evidence is clear: Democrats make the pie bigger for everyone, while Republicans redistribute to the rich.

March 2, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking Of American Foreign Relations In The 1970s’

The 1970s: when the tectonics of global power shifted and Pax Americana entered a new phase.

February 7, 2015
Mitt Romney

Romney Is The Only One Who Thinks He’s Reagan

Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan — and Republicans know it.

January 15, 2015

The Lion Of Liberalism: Remembering Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015

When I met Mario Cuomo in the summer of 1978, he was already a celebrated public figure, if not yet a political powerhouse. We were at the Democratic state convention in Albany, where I was reporting for the Village Voice, and he was pondering an offer from New York governor Hugh Carey, then seeking re-election, to […]

January 2, 2015
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Republicans And The Siren Song Of The Past

Republicans are still desperate to emulate a version of Reagan that never even existed.

January 1, 2015

Endorse This: Pardon A Turkey For Iran-Contra?

How did a Reagan Administration scandal lead to a bizarre annual tradition?

November 26, 2014
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Immigration, Impeachment, And Insanity On The Republican Right

Why Obama’s immigration order will serve conservative values — and why the GOP doesn’t care.

November 14, 2014
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Who Was A Better President?

Who do you think was a better U.S. President? Tell us here!

October 24, 2014
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This Week In Crazy: Gay Massages Ruin The Military, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Gay massages destroy the military, yet another call for secession, and so much more.

October 24, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Invisible Bridge’

The Invisible Bridge is the third and weightiest installment in Rick Perlstein’s history of postwar American conservatism. The first volume, Before the Storm (2001), culminates in Barry Goldwater’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 1964, and Nixonland (2008) carries the story through Richard Nixon’s landslide reelection in 1972. The Invisible Bridge, which comes in at 810 pages without notes, […]

September 12, 2014
James Brady

Honor James Brady By Taking Real Action On Gun Violence

By Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register Some of the most powerful lessons about what is good for a nation begin with one person’s tragedy. But too often, they’re not implemented until more people are martyred to the cause. When he went to work as Ronald Reagan’s press secretary in 1981, James Brady could scarcely have […]

August 6, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘The Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Nixon And The Rise Of Reagan’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by journalist and historian Rick Perlstein. Following up on his previous book, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, Perlstein dives into the rise of GOP darling Ronald Reagan in the 1970s. The former actor and […]

June 28, 2014
Barack Obama, Bob Bergdahl

Newsmax Editor-in-Chief: Don’t Blame Obama For Iraq

In this column, reprinted with permission from Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy, the conservative publication’s CEO and editor-in-chief, dissents from Republican rhetoric blaming President Obama for the deteriorating situation in Iraq and accusing the White House of bad faith in the prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — while reserving his disagreements with the Obama administration on […]

June 18, 2014
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WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better For Economy Than Ronald Reagan

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has some explaining — and penance — to do. On Wednesday, Mother Jones dug up some old videos of the self-proclaimed libertarian slamming Republican hero Ronald Reagan’s economic policies for increasing government spending and debt. In 2007, while stumping on behalf of his father’s presidential campaign, […]

April 23, 2014

Man Jailed Based On Mistaken Identity Can’t Sue, Court Rules

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A man jailed in Los Angeles County for a month because he was mistaken for someone with the same name and birth date lost a legal effort Wednesday to hold law enforcement agencies responsible for the mix-up. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of […]

March 12, 2014
Paul Ryan

Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception In Ryan’s Poverty Report

For the sake of America’s poor, a sincere conservative effort to improve the programs that serve them is very desirable – especially so long as Republicans control the House of Representatives, where they habitually yearn to cut or defund those same programs. For months Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised […]

March 4, 2014
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2016 White House Campaign On Parade As Governors Come To Washington

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The nation’s governors are coming to Washington this weekend and they’re bringing the 2016 presidential campaign with them. As they gather Friday for the four-day National Governors Association winter meeting, the group will include a bevy of potential candidates hoping to show the political world they can get […]

February 20, 2014
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The Teflon President In A Swimsuit? New Reagan Statue Planned

By Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune DIXON, Illinois — Decades before he became known as the Teflon president and the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan was a hunk in trunks. For seven summers on the banks of the Rock River, north of Reagan’s boyhood hometown of Dixon, Illinois, the young man who became president monitored the beach at […]

February 19, 2014
Scott Walker

Did Scott Walker Commit Voter Fraud, Or Is He Just A Liar?

UPDATE: Right Wing News’ John Hawkins now says he transcribed the interview incorrectly, and Governor Walker never claimed to have voted for Ronald Reagan. “All I can do at this point is apologize for the error,” Hawkins writes. “This was our mistake and it was very unfair to Scott Walker, who is catching flack because of an honest […]

February 10, 2014
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