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Putin on the Fritz

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Putin granted Snowden asylum so Obama's canceling his Russia trip. The Cold War's over, but the Big Chill is on. Russia's fierce & frightening anti-gay laws spark global outcry against the Olympics. Instead of "From Russia With Love," the world's...More

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A Quick, Liberal Survey

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I'm Justin Krebs, one of the founders of Drinking Liberally, and I'm writing a book about what we liberals want for our communities, our country and our future. Your answers to the questions below may help shape certain parts of...More

 

Of Mice and Manning

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As we learn that the NSA domestic surveillance is far more widespread and invasive than we knew, the Senate talks tough but flees from action, timidly agreeing to sacrifice our privacy. The NSA is culling all domestic phone records, and...More

 

We've Seen "Stand Your Ground" - Now, Let's Stand Ours

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When the justice system awards no justice after an innocent 17-year-old boy is killed, it's time to stand our ground to change the laws, and challenge the racial codes in our culture. When our surveillance community assures us that domestic...More

 

Democratic Defiance Between Violence and Silence

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We're scared of the rise of religious radicals in Egypt but our own states are passing sweeping new laws to control women's bodies, health and choices. We question the accountability of Egypt's military, yet accept drones, indefinite detention, domestic spying,...More

 

In So Many Matters, Democracy Matters

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One day the Supreme Court can undercut one of our nation's strongest voter protection. The next day, the Court makes history again promoting equality for all our citizens. Courts matter. One day, a majority of Texas conservatives prepare to legislate...More

 

Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall

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JFK spoke at the Brandenburg Gate 50 years ago when East Germans lived in fear of the Soviet State. Now, the German Chancellor lectures the US President about the ethics and limits of state-based surveillance. Reagan spoke at the Gate...More

 

Outrage Outage

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Are Republicans too weary from witch hunts from turning Benghazi from sorrow to scandal and the IRS affair from insensible to impeachable, to be outraged at the news from the NSA? Are conservative columnists too consumed slandering Snowden as seditious...More

 

If You Can Hear Us Now, Then Why Won't You Listen?

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The Obama NSA has been secretly collecting millions of phone records of American citizens. For all this intelligence-gathering, they haven't found the intelligence to realize how wrong this is. Turkish authorities have heard the rumbles of uprisings across Europe and...More

 

Our Ten-Year vs Their Tenure

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In the past ten years, Republicans have revolted against their own cap-and-trade & healthcare plans, against science, common sense & decency, purging the few moderates from their ranks. In that decade, Democrats took the White House, took the Senate, took...More

 

When A Tornado Isn't The Only Destructive Force

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We grieve for those lost in Oklahoma's tragedy, as we did for victims of recent hurricanes and tornadoes, but denial of science keeps us from addressing climate change's role in these unnatural disasters. We commit to helping Oklahoma rebuild but...More

 

IRS Irate, Benghazi Bait and the Real Obamagate

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Is Obama's fatal scandal whether the President called Benghazi an "act of terror" or "terrorist act" or are Republicans reaching for any reason to deploy weapons of mass distraction? Is the new Watergate whether the IRS scrutinized political groups seeking...More

 

In a Game of Monopoly Without All the Rules

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Banks behind foreclosure fraud & the mortgage crisis are failing to comply with the meager settlement, underpaying homeowners, facing no real enforcement. They continue to pass go and collect $200. While Lauryn Hill serves time for tax evasion, Enron's Jeffrey...More

 

Mourning After Obama's Morning After

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The President got in bed with Republicans to help him pass gun control legislation, but it was no love-match, they screwed him over & the morning after has left us with no new laws. He continues to court conservatives on...More

 

Boston Massacre: A Mass Scare Into Mass Care?

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As we try to make sense of the Boston bombing, some say it should make us fear Islam, distrust immigrants & be suspicious of our neighbors. Some set off alarms & say the rules don't apply invoking WMDs, seeking military...More

 

America's Running A Marathon, Not A Sprint

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We demand answers to Monday's horror, but aside from consoling the injured & showing support to the city of Boston, there isn't a quick way to assign blame, exact revenge or salve our grief. We seek just action in response...More

 

More Social. More Security.

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More Social. More Security. We can reform immigration in a way that builds community with people & families who are contributing to America -- or we can keep criminalizing our neighbors. We can pass sensible gun regulations to create a...More

 

Are They Ignoring or Just Ignorant?

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As the GOP tries to connect to Latino voters, they first apologize for a Congress member's slur -- which he says he didn't realize was a slur. While Congress considers steps on gun violence, conservatives oppose action, deny the facts...More

 

The Grand Old Party or A Gay Old Party

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As arch-conservatives cling to definitions of marriage as between a man and a woman, more and more Americans come to believe that people have the right to marry whom they love. While the Supreme Court's right flank seems uncomfortable recognizing...More

 

Congress: Can't Budget, Can't Budge It

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Even the recent heinous acts of gun violence aren't budge the US Senate, which is too scared to tackle a restoration of the assault weapons ban. Superstorm Sandy, the series of climate crises & the hottest seasons on record can't...More