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Hillary Clinton spoofs her caution, likability on ‘SNL’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton spoofed her reputation for caution and slow adoption of liberal positions during a cameo on “Saturday Night Live.” Clinton gamely played a bartender named “Val” alongside cast member Kate McKinnon, who regularly plays Clinton on [...]

Sunday Talk: Girl you know it’s true

Last week, shortly after Pope Francis “blessed” Washington, John Boehner held a tear–soaked press conference during which he announced that he’ll be resigning his seat at the end of the month. This news sent shockwaves around the halls of Congress, and set in  [...]

Open thread: Mars, domestic violence and corporate criminals

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … The evolution of Mars, by DarkSyde Forty years of increased productivity = lower wages, by Mark E Andersen The 50-state strategy revisited: Was it the key to Obama’s victory in 2008, by Steve Singiser The other victims of domestic violen [...]

I routinely mock the tiresomely predictable calls from conservative hawks to “arm the opposition.” It never seems to matter who [...]

Biden renews call for gun control, equal rights for gays and lesbians

Vice President Biden said Saturday night that he supported the Equality Act, legislation that would add explicit protections for gays and lesbians to existing civil rights laws, and said action should also be taken to protect gay and lesbian immigrants. Biden also echoed President Oba [...]

Sanders draws 20,000 in Boston, building on a strong week

BOSTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew an estimated crowd of 20,000 here on Saturday night, building on the momentum of a week during which he posted a quarterly fundraising total that nearly matched that of Hillary Rodham Clinton, his chief rival for the Democratic presidential no [...]

This week in the war on workers: UAW workers reject contract with Chrysler

After years of concessions, auto workers at Fiat Chrysler have had enough. They’ve voted to reject a contract recommended by UAW leadership that would have offered raises, but left in place the tier system in which some workers make significantly more than others. The Detroit Free  [...]

Trump: Oregon victims might have survived had they been armed

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump forcefully defended the constitutional right to bear arms here Saturday and argued that the nine people shot and killed this week in an Oregon community college might have survived had they, too, been armed. “If you had  [...]

Ignore the Angry Middle Class At Your Peril

There’s an interesting article today by John Judis in the National Journal about the rise of the “Middle American Radical.” These are essentially Donald Trump’s voters and Ross Perot’s voters, characterized primarily by the belief that the middle class is bei [...]

Fifteen years later, conservatives still bottling up the abortion pill

It was 15 years ago this month that the Food and Drug Administration first approved the abortion pill. Ever since, conservatives have devoted themselves to killing one of the safest and most effective methods of abortion, reports Molly Redden. Since 2000, more than 2 million women have u [...]

Like Clockwork

Thank whatever deity you want to for Young Turks host Cenk Uygur’s courage in pushing back against Bill Maher’s unhinged rant on the September 18 edition of his HBO program Real Time about the Ahmed Mohamed racial-profiling case in Texas: Having defended Maher in his infamous [...]

Money buys access to the candidates, or at least to their mobile apps

The headline is “Big Donors Seek Larger Roles in Presidential Campaigns.” The takeaway is that the very rich people funding our current crop of presidential contenders expect damn well for those candidates to not just take their checks, but also their strategy advice, policy  [...]

How Republican obstruction is destroying the third branch of government

Republicans really have this war on government down pat. They have made the current Congress the most dysfunctional, least productive ever. They’ve starved government agencies to make them as inefficient as possible. Their obstruction of judges is wrecking that branch, too, and the [...]

View from the left—How progressive change happens and doesn’t

The climate change community had two big weeks in a row starting with Hillary Clinton finally coming out against the Keystone XL pipeline and then Shell Oil announcing that it would cease and desist drilling in the Arctic. They were both hard-fought wins. One proved that the pounding pad [...]

It’s Not About the Motive. It’s About the Gun. Again.

One of the challenges in writing about gun violence in the United States is the repetitive nature of it. Every time one of these preventable massacres occurs, writers of reasonable political intelligence point out some basic obvious and commonsense truths. Then nothing is done. Then the n [...]

Piping Hot

So how long will it be before President Obama finally says no to the Keystone XL pipeline? As much as I enjoyed Pope Francis’s remarks on the climate crisis last week, as well as the announcement that China will implement a cap-and-trade program in 2017, I’d argue that last we [...]

Hillary Clinton: Those kicked out of military for being gay should get honorable discharges

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed Saturday that military records be amended to upgrade dishonorable discharges imposed on gay, lesbian and transgender military veterans. People drummed out of the armed services in years past for being gay should  be abl [...]

Bernie Sanders sides with Obama and against Clinton on no-fly zone in Syria

BOSTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Saturday that he opposes a unilateral American no-fly zone in Syria, offering a less hawkish stance on the war-torn region than Hillary Rodham Clinton, his chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, and a position more in line wit [...]

David Atkins writes about the problem of getting gun control legislation passed: There is a broadening schism in the activist community be [...]

GOP mantra: Tax cuts for everyone, consequences be damned!

You can add tax cuts to the GOP’s issue amnesia from the 2012 election, reports Nicholas Riccardi: Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney’s tax plan as a giveaway to the rich. Yet Donald Trump’s  [...]