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Mall of America Terror Threat Still Can’t Budge Gun Show Loophole

by Tommy Christopher | Over the weekend, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson mildly freaked a few people out by telling shoppers at the…

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Discrimination Happens When You Don’t Even Realize It

by Stuart Shapiro | Couple of excellent pieces on the state of bias from this past weekend.  First Nicholas Kristof on how our unconscious biases show themselves. Researchers at North Carolina State conducted an experiment in which they asked students to rate teachers of an online course (the students…

Giuliani Overshadowed Walker’s Inane Comments

by Stuart Shapiro | Rudy Giuliani has rightly gotten heaps of scorn for his idiotic comments last week at the dinner for Governor Walker.  But this managed to overshadow some of Walker’s own comments: Noteworthy, Walker argued that when Reagan fired the PATCO air-traffic controllers over their illegal strike,…

Ranking The Presidents

by Stuart Shapiro | President’s Day prompted several analysts to engage in the always popular practice of ranking the…

Tobacco Science Vs. Climate Change Science

by Stuart Shapiro | In my latest column for The Hill, I look at how opponents of tobacco regulation…

A Drought Like We Haven’t Seen In A Thousand Years

by Stuart Shapiro | A thousand years ago droughts forced Native Americans to abandon cities like the one pictured…

Increasing Incarceration No Longer Reducing Crime

by Stuart Shapiro | We have 25% of the world’s prisoners (but only 5% of the world’s population).  How…

Do Republicans Really Care About Inequality?

by Stuart Shapiro | They have been saying that they do.  John Stoehr argues that they don’t. All one…

Consumer Protection Bureau Going After Payday Lenders

by Stuart Shapiro | They charge as much as 300% interest and they exploit the poorest people who need…

Mall of America Terror Threat Still Can’t Budge Gun Show Loophole

by Tommy Christopher | Over the weekend, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson mildly freaked a few people out by telling shoppers at the consumer mecca that is the Mall of America that they should be “vigilant” over calls by Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab for sympathetic lone wolves…

White House Reacts To Chris Christie’s ‘Shut Up’ Comments at CPAC

by Tommy Christopher | One of the many ways in which New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidick Chris Christie set tongues wagging at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was to try and obscure his RINO stripes with the tough-guy act that’s wearing thinner than a politician who…

‘Jihadi John’ Better Watch His IS-Ass

by Tommy Christopher | In September, the FBI said that authorities had identified the ISIS social media content producer/murderer…

New Dr. Dre Magazine Cover Will Blow Your Mind

by Tommy Christopher | Now, I truly have seen it all. Pioneering rapper/producer/Beats entrepreneur Dr. Dre took gangsta rap…

Reggie Love ‘Jokes’ About Carrying Obama’s Muslim Prayer Rug

by Tommy Christopher | Recently, Wisconsin Governor and 2016 Republican presidential nopeful Scott Walker resurrected the once-hot parlor game…

Story Of Republicans’ Scrapped Black Outreach Site Could Lose Them Tens Of Voters

by Tommy Christopher | Tuesday was another banner day in the ongoing, if intermittent, shitshow that is the Republican…

Too-White Media Misses Most Racist Part Of Rudy Giuliani’s Anti-Obama Rant

by Tommy Christopher | This week’s political news has been dominated by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s anti-Obama…

Dean Obeidallah Says Muslim Americans Feel ‘Under Siege,’ Live With A ‘Sense of Fear’

by Tommy Christopher | For several weeks now, I’ve been reporting on the growing narrative around the Obama administration’s…

Through The Looking Glass With Rand Paul

by Tengrain | It behooves us once again to see what is the state of Schrödinger’s favorite candidate for 2016, Senator Rand Paul. Open the Box! It was only last week that the Washington Post Fact Checker gave him three of the much-coveted Pinocchios for his twice-stated misstatement that he has…

There’s A Shot For That

by Tengrain | Schroedinger’s Candidate Senator Rand Paul continues to hold all sides of many positions. Is he for vaccinations or against them: let’s open the box to see what his position is today. On Monday, February 2, 2015 (Groundhog Day) he said: “I have heard of many…

In Which Rand Paul Steps On A Rake

by Tengrain | Senator Rand Paul, potential 2016 candidate, made a funny: You see, it’s about how Americans…

Mike Huckabee’s Unintended Consequences

by Tengrain | On the Hugh Hewitt radio show, we were treated to an unusual interpretation of the…

GOP Women Are Revolting

by Tengrain | There continues to be some glitches in obvious anagram Reince Priebus’ epic rebranding of The…

The Strange Bedfellows of Bobby Jindal

by Tengrain | Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is going to the UK to give a speech at something…

Bush Is Not A Word; It Is a Sentence

by Tengrain | Yesterday, long past his shelf-date, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tweeted: I am excited to…

Schroëdinger’s Candidate Speaks!

by Tengrain | And so we find ourselves once again wondering when we open the box will there…

Will Durst: Up Is Down

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent is confused by simple things like wright and rong.…

Will Durst: The New Tar Pits

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent weighs in on another sticky subject and manages to mangle it just like always.…

Will Durst: Misremembering

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent takes a trip…

Will Durst: Red Velvet Ropes

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent speaks from right…

Will Durst: The New Ice Age

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent prepares himself against…

Will Durst: Je Suis Hebdo

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent calls himself a…

Will Durst: 2015 Semi-Solid Resolutions

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

Will Durst’s 2014 Xmas Gift Wish List

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

Meet The Conservative ‘Avengers’ Speaking At CPAC This Week

by Bob Cesca | The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) began in earnest on Wednesday, so get ready for the usual conga-line of YouTube videos featuring various guest speakers saying obnoxious things. It’s an annual tradition: members of Congress as well as characters from the conservative entertainment complex gather…

Republicans In Oklahoma Seek To Replace History Classes With GOP Speeches, Ten Commandments

by Bob Cesca | While liberal activists pursue top-down goals, like championing progressive challengers against sitting Democratic U.S. senators or focusing too heavily on presidential campaigns, the GOP has been systematically infiltrating politics from the school board level on up. It’s nowhere near as sexy to focus on state…

There’s Another Anti-Gay State Law That’s About To Pass And It’s Utterly Baffling In Every Way

by Bob Cesca | To be perfectly clear at the outset, by referring to religious freedom laws that allow…

As Marriage Equality Expands, Say Hello To Anti-Gay ‘Jim Crow’ Laws

by Bob Cesca | After the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were ratified, collectively freeing the slaves and granting…

Happy Anniversary To The Intercept: A Look Back At A Year Of Journalistic Malpractice

by Bob Cesca | Throughout the day Tuesday, the top trending hashtag on Twitter was #AdviceForYoungJournalists. I’m fairly certain…

Rand Paul And Mike Huckabee Participate In New Gay-Bashing Evangelical Documentary

by Bob Cesca | Bonus points for tenacity to Christian conservatives like Mike Huckabee who keep on effing that…

ISIS Burns a Jordanian Pilot Alive, So Naturally Greenwald Condemned The U.S. For Being Worse

by Bob Cesca | You can almost set your watch to it. Within 24 hours following nearly every recent…

Rand Paul’s Wacky Conspiracy Theorist Tendencies Are Finally Exposed To The Press And General Public

by Bob Cesca | For several years now, those of us who’ve been following the political career of Sen.…