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  • Hank Paulson's Crony Capitalism

    Hank Paulson's Crony Capitalism | BLOG ENTRY

    Crony capitalism isn't usually this bald. But then again, this is Hank Paulson we're talking about. This week, Bloomberg reported that in the summer of 2008, while serving as Treasury secretary under president George W. Bush, Paulson...

    December 1, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • Mitt Romney's Lying Game

    Mitt Romney's Lying Game | BLOG ENTRY

    The open secret about Mitt Romney is that he'll say anything secure the GOP nomination. Over the course of this primary campaign, Romney has spoken in favor of hard-right propositions ranging from the flat tax to constitutional...

    November 22, 2011 3:15 PM ET
  • "Oops!" He Did It Again; Perry's Latest Debate Debacle

    "Oops!" He Did It Again; Perry's Latest Debate Debacle | BLOG ENTRY

    No longer a serious presidential candidate, Rick Perry seems to be campaigning to get on America's Funniest Home Videos. Here's the Texas governor's unforgetable moment of laughter and forgetting from last night's GOP debate:

    November 10, 2011 3:01 AM ET
  • Must-Read Books on the GOP and the One Percent

    Must-Read Books on the GOP and the One Percent | BLOG ENTRY

    My new feature on how the Republican party became the Party of the One Percent, builds on the work of many outstanding journalists and academics, to whom I owe a debt of gratitude.  Anyone looking to deepen their...

    November 9, 2011 1:10 PM ET
  • Grover Norquist: The Billionaires' Best Friend

    Grover Norquist: The Billionaires' Best Friend | ARTICLE

    Grover Norquist has never held elected office. He's not a political appointee or a congressional staffer, and few voters know his name. Yet this anti-tax lobbyist wields immense power over the Republican Party, enforcing a hard-line position...

    November 9, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich

    How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich | ARTICLE

    The nation is still recovering from a crushing recession that sent unemployment hovering above nine percent for two straight years. The president, mindful of soaring deficits, is pushing bold action to shore up the nation's balance sheet....

    November 9, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • Penn State's Joe Paterno Must Go

    Penn State's Joe Paterno Must Go | BLOG ENTRY

    I lived in State College, Pennsylvania as a very young boy. Three. Four. Five. Even then, thirty-odd years ago, Joe Paterno was a legend. And his Nittany Lions were everything to that town. In particular to young boys. One of...

    November 8, 2011 1:55 PM ET
  • Rick Perry's Jobs Plan: An Energy Industry Wish List

    Rick Perry's Jobs Plan: An Energy Industry Wish List | BLOG ENTRY

    Rick Perry's jobs plan ain't too complex. As the Texas governor outlines on page 12, it's got two parts: Increase American energy production... Create American jobs through increased domestic energy production.  In case you missed that, Perry is going...

    October 21, 2011 1:40 PM ET
  • Romney vs. Perry: GOP Candidates Unload in Ad War

    Romney vs. Perry: GOP Candidates Unload in Ad War | BLOG ENTRY

    Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have taken their war of words from this week's GOP debate to the YouTube masses with a pair of the harshest attack ads you're likely to see in a Republican...

    October 20, 2011 11:55 AM ET
  • Obama Solicits Designers to Work - Unpaid - on ... Jobs Poster!

    Obama Solicits Designers to Work - Unpaid - on ... Jobs Poster! | BLOG ENTRY

    The Obama campaign has more than $60 million cash on hand. In an economy this bad, you'd think a presidential campaign that flush would be happy to pay good money for a talented designer to create a campaign...

    October 19, 2011 10:50 AM ET
  • GOP Fight Night in Vegas: Notes on the Ugliest Debate Yet

    GOP Fight Night in Vegas: Notes on the Ugliest Debate Yet | BLOG ENTRY

    Rick Perry has been the Al Gore of the GOP primary debates: You never know which guy is going to show up. After a pair of contests in which he played the part of the...

    October 19, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • Obama, Occupy Wall Street and the Rebirth of the Left

    Obama, Occupy Wall Street and the Rebirth of the Left | BLOG ENTRY

    Will Occupy Wall Street give the president running room on the left? Or another reason to tack to the center? Barack Obama was the first candidate to rise to the White House on the strength of a movement...

    October 18, 2011 10:15 AM ET
  • Why Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Is a Disaster for the Middle Class

    Why Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Is a Disaster for the Middle Class | BLOG ENTRY

    If you were trying to formulate a tax proposal to enrage and energize the Occupy Wall Street movement, it would be hard to improve on Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan. The Republican frontrunner is proposing a 9 percent tax...

    October 14, 2011 8:55 AM ET
  • Docs: Herman Cain's Cancer Is Not Disqualifying

    Docs: Herman Cain's Cancer Is Not Disqualifying | BLOG ENTRY

    Herman Cain was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March 2006.  "I had it in my colon and my liver — stage IV," the GOP presidential candidate said in a speech last year. "And to quote...

    October 13, 2011 10:20 AM ET
  • Debate Recap: Three Reasons Mitt Romney Is Smiling

    Debate Recap: Three Reasons Mitt Romney Is Smiling | BLOG ENTRY

    The polls tell us we've got a three-man field in the Republican primary: Mitt Romney, None-of-The-Above (presently embodied by Herman Cain), and Rick Perry. Going into last night's debate in New Hampshire, each of these men had...

    October 12, 2011 9:35 AM ET
  • Exclusive: The Bad Lip Reader Speaks

    Exclusive: The Bad Lip Reader Speaks | BLOG ENTRY

    Every election cycle brings a new wave of viral campaign humor — from Jib Jab in 2004 to AutoTune the News in 2010. The breakout hit of 2012? No question. It's Bad Lip Reading. Bad Lip Reading is just what it sounds...

    October 7, 2011 3:15 PM ET
  • GOP 2012: Why So Few Takers?

    GOP 2012: Why So Few Takers? | BLOG ENTRY

    The GOP wants to go to the big dance, but it's having a hell of a time finding a date. Indeed, the top story of the 2012 campaign to date is not who's leading in the polls....

    October 5, 2011 6:57 PM ET
  • What Occupy Wall Street Is Really About

    What Occupy Wall Street Is Really About | BLOG ENTRY

    So what's Occupy Wall Street really about? The answer can be found at We Are the 99 Percent. Americans young and old are posting pictures of themselves on this Tumblr, along with their stories written on...

    October 3, 2011 7:10 PM ET
  • Rick Perry to California: Go On, Toke Up!

    Rick Perry to California: Go On, Toke Up! | BLOG ENTRY

    In his book Fed Up!, Rick Perry does more than denounce Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme"1 and (less famously) "a bad disease."2 He also mounts a vigorous defense of every Californian's right to get high. Fed Up! is a...

    September 28, 2011 5:05 PM ET
  • The Top Five Signs Roger Ailes is Still In Charge of the GOP

    The Top Five Signs Roger Ailes is Still In Charge of the GOP | BLOG ENTRY

    Howard Kurtz has a juicy exclusive on Roger Ailes in NewsBeast today, but he's buried the actual news under a fluffy, nonsensical storyline that Ailes has dialed back his control of the Republican party. From Kurtz' own...

    September 26, 2011 2:06 PM ET
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