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Frank Rich: Who Will Stand Up To The Super Rich?

The wealthy Americans we should worry about instead are the ones who implicitly won the election — those who take far more from America than they give back. They were not on the ballot, and most of them are not household names. Unlike Whitman and the other defeated self-financing candidates, they are all but certain to cash in on the Nov. 2 results. There’s no one in Washington in either party with the fortitude to try to stop them from grabbing anything that’s not nailed down. From The Huffington Post
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Alec Brownstein: Let the Profiling Begin!

Newly re-elected Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 back in April of 2010. The law essentially obligates Arizona police officers to stop and ask for US citizenship documentation from anyone who looks Latino, thereby making the assumption that appearing Mexican makes a person a potential illegal immigrant. A lot of people called that racial profiling. But in the video below, some people came to a different conclusion. If all Latinos could be illegal immigrants, than all Caucasian, blond women could be the Governor of Arizona. Profile the Governor from Profile the Governor on Vimeo. From The Huffington Post
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Mark Engler: Tax Cuts and Trade: Is Obama Triangulating?

It was about this far into his first term, back in late 1994 and early 1995, when President Bill Clinton truly fell under the spell of malevolent strategist Dick Morris. Stung by the heavy losses brought on by the “Republican Revolution” in the 1994 midterms, Clinton began to believe that his only route to reelection was to tack to the right and steal some of the conservatives’ thunder on issues like welfare reform and federal deficits. Morris, who was only forced out of the White House after a sex scandal and who has since exposed his true political stripes as
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PRO-GAY FOR A DAY: Cindy McCain Reverses Course On DADT

Cindy McCain has apparently sharply reversed course on her position on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the span of just several days. Having blasted the policy that bars gays from openly serving in the military on Wednesday, the wife of Senator McCain now says she supports her husband’s stance on the issue. On November 10, Cindy McCain appeared in an ad for the NOH8 campaign, an organization formed as a response to California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. In the video, McCain says that “our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that
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Robert S. McElvaine: Solution, Not Surrender: De-Couple Tax Cuts

If President Obama and the Democrats surrender to the forces of the Mega-Rich on the tax cut for the top two percent, they will demonstrate that they have no sense of purpose whatsoever. The reason given for moving towards a “compromise” is that there aren’t enough Democrats in the Senate who oppose the giveaway to the rich. The solution is clear: Separate and pass the middle-class extension in the House and send it to the Senate. How can any Democrat oppose an extension of tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans? Then there can be a separate vote on the
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Key House Republican Denies Climate Change On Religious Grounds

The highest-ranking House official in charge of environmental and energy policy may soon be a Republican legislator who denies climate change on the grounds of his belief that nothing bad can come of the Earth unless it is preordained by God. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since 1997, submitted a letter to his colleagues earlier this week asking for their blessing in his campaign to assume the gavel when Republicans take control of the chamber. Such a possibility is likely to be particularly worrying to climate change scientists and their supporters,
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New Poll Finds Bad News For Sarah Palin

The number of Americans viewing Sarah Palin unfavorably has hit the highest point since she burst onto the national stage over two years ago, according to a poll out Friday. The Gallup survey conducted in the days after the Nov. 2 election found more than half of Americans — 52 percent — hold a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor. Only 40 percent viewed her favorably, which ties her lowest score from about a year ago. From The Huffington Post
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Thomas DeLorenzo: Let’s Hear from the Gay Teens for a Change

I have had enough of the experts talking about gay suicides when I caught the Dr. Phil show on bullying. The point that grabbed my attention was that Dr. Phil was probably a bully when he was in school. I mean, I wouldn’t exactly call him “friendly” on the show. And anyone that took weight advice from a fat man — well, you get my point. I decided it was time to hear from the group going through the gay bullying themselves — other gay teens. I only had to reach out to my Sarah, my “adoptive” niece. Sarah is
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