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Is Spanking Your Children Sexual Assault?

by Tommy Christopher | The child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continue to raise important, unanswered questions, and Slate columnist Jillian…

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Like Medicaid Expansion: For GOP, Depends What You Call It.

by Stuart Shapiro | The first chart above shows approval of Medicaid expansion when the question mentions the Affordable Care Act.  The second one, when you don’t.  Democratic approval is consistent but Republican approval shifts dramatically when the ACA is not mentioned.  (courtesy of Jonathan Cohn)…

The White Male Party

by Stuart Shapiro | David Wasserman has a great post up about how the Democratic caucus in the House looks like America and the Republican one, well . . . Today, 89 percent of House Republicans are white men, compared to just 47 percent of House Democrats. For some…

Regulations Work: Pesticide Exposure Down

by Stuart Shapiro | According to a new study by United States Geological Survey: From 1992 to 2001, 17…

Ebola Could Spread To Hundreds Of Thousands

by Stuart Shapiro | A new estimate from U.S. scientists strikes me as the most realistic one yet. The…

Another NBA Executive In Trouble For A Racial Slur

by Stuart Shapiro | Donald Sterling was right about one thing, he wasn’t the only owner that said things…

Biden Nails It On Domestic Violence

by Stuart Shapiro | The Vice-President was a key figure in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act…

The Importance Of The Latest Gay Marriage Decision

by Stuart Shapiro | The decision earlier this week from a federal appeals court striking down gay marriage bans…

It’s Not Just The Redskins

by Stuart Shapiro | The use of Native American names for sports franchises extends far beyond the professional level. …

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: NFL Clamps Down On Player Discipline When Defensive End Reveals Freezer Full Of Corpses

by Bill Schmalfeldt | “Enough is enough,” soon-to-be-outgoing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a press conference Saturday after Dallas Cowboy Pro Bowl defensive end Rudolph “Red” Ruffansore was arrested and charged with 18 counts of felony murder and mutilation of a corpse after a tip led police to his…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Once-Mighty Empire In Shock As Princess Reveals Presence Of ‘Living Being’ In One Of Her Internal Organs

by Bill Schmalfeldt | “Oh, Crikey! It’s happening again,” the Lord Chamberlain Minister of the British Royal Sanctuary said today as it was revealed that Kate Middleton, who still is known by her maiden name from when she was a maiden (as certified by royal medical staff) before marrying…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Right’s Preference For Putin Nothing New

by Bill Schmalfeldt | On the same day when a United States Senator, and by that I mean Ted…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: ‘Strategy? We Don’ Need No Steenking Strategy!’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | After six years of the Obama administration, America has shown itself to have little patience…

If We Have To Fight Someone, May As Well Fight ‘Evil’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | This will probably put me at odds with my more pacifist, isolationist, “let’s just use…

Murder Of American Journalist Elicits Howls From Conservatives

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the civilized world was horrified by the barbarous murder of…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Mental Health Experts Say Conservatives Benefit From Trolling Liberal Websites

by Bill Schmalfeldt | A study released by the National Institute of Mental Wellness Wednesday showed that right wing…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Want To End Racism? Stop Scaring The White Folks!

by Bill Schmalfeldt | It really could not be more simple, you know. Racism, if it still exists in…

The GOP Rebranding: A Status Report

by Tengrain | With much fanfare after the 2012 debacle, the Republican party wandered into the wilderness to lick their wounds and contemplated what had gone wrong. The result of that uncharacteristic contemplation was an effort led by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (double points on Scrabble for that…

Tick-Tock, McDonnell Is In The Dock

by Tengrain | Virginia’s former governor, the noted transvaginalist Bob McDonnell will be sentenced in January for 11 counts of corruption, and a once-storied, seemingly sure-thing candidate for president in 2016 is now relegated to the trash heap of ambition gone bad, so bad that he will most…

Banned Books Week: Sept. 21-27, 2014

by Tengrain | Banned Books Week is coming up soon and that means not only will we have…

Grifters Gotta Grift

by Tengrain | Steve LaTourette discusses the grifters in Congress: Political grifting is a lucrative business. Groups like…

It’s A War For Women, Says The GOP

by Tengrain | Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) tells us: “You think about a changing 21st-century workforce and…

The Crass Menagerie

by Tengrain | For those of you who thought Dubya was illiterate (“Not so. Mah parents were married!…

The Apostasy Of Paul Ryan

by Tengrain | Earlier today House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R. Wis) noted that he would consider…

Sarah Palin: There Is No There There

by Tengrain | Meghan McCain is one viewer that Alaska’s part-time governor and full time grifter Sarah Palin…

Will Durst: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent calls attendance on the first day back to school.…

Will Durst: Tumbling Dumpsters

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent jumps off the journalistic pier into some deep- water bold face vacation gossip.…

Will Durst: Slacker Congress

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent talks smack about…

Will Durst: T Minus 28 Months And Counting

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent gets all hot…

Will Durst: Stuck On Stuck

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent appropriately does little…

Will Durst: Digital Cheese

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent makes the painful…

Will Durst: Happy Fourth Of July

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent repurposes an old…

Will Durst: The Washington Treaty Breakers

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent once again tries…

Government Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250,000 Per Day

by Dave | Yahoo announced Thursday that the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering information about its users. Yahoo considered the government’s demands to be unconstitutional and…

Steven Sotloff Beheaded By IS Fighter

by Dave | British newspapers The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that journalist Steven Sotloff has been beheaded by the same killer who murdered James Foley. A video titled “A Second Message to America” was distributed Tuesday. The Associated Press reported Sotloff appears in an orange jumpsuit…

What Is Putin’s Ultimate Goal?

by Dave | Is recreating the Soviet Union Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal? Putin adviser Theodore Lukianov dismissed that…

Separate Is Still Not Equal. Where’s The Outrage?

by Dave | The Warren court unanimously held in 1954 that separate is not equal. Today, due to…

Please! No More Ice Bucket Challenges!

by Dave | Had more than enough of the ice bucket challenge? If not, the following spectacle should…

Nine Year-Old Boy Gunned Down Execution Style

by Dave | Nine year-old Antonio Smith was shot multiple times in the chest Wednesday. Antonio, upset because…

Get A Grip, Dick!

by Dave | Surprise, surprise. Dick Cheney has been foaming at the mouth again. This time he was…

Wall Street Banks Propping Up Putin

by Dave | Robert Reich points out that Wall Street banks are helping to prop up Vladimir Putin…