Opinion

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GOP: stuck on stupid?

When speaking of the ridiculous, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin seems to be a great place to start.

Tony Kushner CUNY degree struggle: Symptom of nationwide problem

Tonight the executive board of the trustees of the City University of New York will reportedly meet and reverse a decision to table and potentially deny playwright Tony Kushner an honorary doctorate from John Jay College.

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Obama, Trump and the new racism of the right

From Oklahoma's Sally Kern to Donald Trump, it would appear that the party of Lincoln has become the party of John Wilkes Booth.

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Tea party picked the wrong flag

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law last week that provides special protected status for the tea party-adopted  "Don't Tread on Me" flag.

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Five steps to get ready for 2012

Politics is a complex and impure process, and as the Rolling Stones sang, "You can't always get what you want." Here are five crucial steps to get what we need.

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"Have you left no sense of decency?"

In the midst of the battle in Wisconsin, the Republican Party has revived McCarthyism to attack William Cronon, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin.

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Routing the barbarians at the gate

The right-wing offensive is backfiring. But the battle is far from won.

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"Islam radicals" hearing recalls Hollywood witchhunt

Peter King's congressional inquisition of the purported "radicalization" of U.S. Muslims is taking place the same month as the 60th anniversary of another all-American witch hunt.

New poll: Americans disagree with Republicans on Social Security, Medicare

The Republican leadership is setting itself up on a crash course with the sentiments of the American people - Democrats, independents and Republicans alike, according to a just-released poll.

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Today's Republicans make Ike, Nixon and Reagan look like liberals

President Eisenhower opposed school integration, but even he took better positions than today's extremists.

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