From Endured To Insured, Though Not Yet Assured

We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured. We made it...Read more


2013: Slow Down, Showdown, Snowden and Snowed In


A year that began with a bold Inauguration following a clear re-election and talk of mandate was mired in revelations of government spying, a stalled Washington agenda and a faulty website. A year...Read more


Congress Brakes for Break, But Is Already Broken


A year after the Newtown massacre, Congress still hasn't passed sensible gun laws. A year after the GOP announced a change of heart, Congress has done nothing on immigration reform. A year after...Read more

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The World Misses Mandela, While Some Miss The Point


As the world marks the passing of a historic figure, a man who united through words and action, some critics decided that the real story is who the American President shook hands with. As the world...Read more


The Party of Nope vs Hope and the Pope


While Fox News trumps up a War on Christmas, the Corporatocracy wages a war on Thanksgiving, expanding Black Friday into Bleak Thursday as workers leave family tables for retail spectacles. While...Read more


Thankful for Nuclear Options and New, Clear Options


The Senate addresses historic obstruction by dealing with dramatic filibuster dysfunction, enraging the GOP and engaging democracy to move forward on Presidential appointments. Iran talks turn into...Read more


Listening to Lincoln, Keeping up Kennedy


150 years ago, Lincoln extolled the importance of a government of, by and for the people. Today, the Gettysburg Address would be criticized by cable news for being too short to take seriously. 50...Read more


A Disaster Worse Than Metaphor

We talk of the roll-out "disaster" of Obamacare, but now see a real disaster of staggering scale: the typhoon and aftermath in the Philippines. We survived the "tragedy" of our shut-down, a game of...Read more


Running For Everything, Standing For Nothing


Two campaigns for governor come to an end yet we don't ask how these winners stand to govern -- rather how Christie's victory boosts his Presidential run and how McAuliffe's win may bolster Hillary's...Read more


A Halloween of Hollow Weenies


The shutdown ended, but the showdown continues as the mad hatters of The Tea Party extreme play dress up as grown-ups interested in governing while aiming to gut Social Security and Food Stamps. As...Read more


Government, Heal Thyself


The website launched by our tech-savvy Prez to help Americans access affordable healthcare has had so many glitches and crashes that it now requires its own emergency care. The right-wing that sought...Read more


Full Faith and Credit vs Fool's Faith Discredited


The nation lost billions of dollars, the GOP lost national respect & the government lost more of the public's faith while Ted Cruz grew his email list. The global economy held its breath, the...Read more


The GOP: Contortionists and Extortionists


Ted Cruz's exhortation against Obamacare and the House GOP's explosion of democratic process turn out to be part of a long-term right-wing plan for the exploitation of a government shut-down. Bohner'...Read more


Shut Down A Little Less, Shut Up A Little More


The right-wing shuts down the government slamming our social services as superfluous at the same time that millions of Americans are seeking new government healthcare service. Conservatives complain...Read more


Green Eggs and Sham

Ted Cruz did cram all the words he could ram as he tried to slam and sought to damn a health program to hep your fam, invoking Sam from Green Eggs and Ham. His ideas have dust and opinions rust, but...Read more


When History Is Repeated, We Are Defeated


Another gunman, another senseless massacre. A reprise of calls not to politicize the tragedy. Will we find the fortitude for sensible solutions or fall to the familiar fate of silent stagnation?...Read more


We Now Interrupt Your Previously Scheduled War


The Obama Team wanted to start bombing Syria with an international force and global mandate, until our allies around the world said, No Thanks. So the President pushed for America to act alone,...Read more


Where's A Washington Stalemate When You Need One?


Obama seeks Congressional approval to strike Syria, a mission lacking clear reason, aims and scope. He wants swift action but maybe Congress will move as quickly as it did to consider the American...Read more



Now that we're finally untangling ourselves from quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, "serious people" on both sides of the aisle call for a new open-ended Middle East military incursion. At home, we...Read more


A Secret Democracy Doesn't Secrete Democracy


A secret court rebuked the NSA's secret program which collected secrets of countless Americans -- yet this report was, until now, secret. Bradley Manning revealed secret messages that educated the...Read more