Politics

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

At just after 10 a.m., the Supreme Court ruling has announced that the court did not strike down the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. This is a huge win for President Obama and a major blow for Republicans. The court did strike down the mandatory Medicaid expansion at the state level.

Republicans political posturing over Fast and Furious “issue”

I’ll be honest, until a few days ago, I didn’t know anything about this so-called “Fast and Furious” government program. Here’s what I know now that Republicans are apparently trying to destroy the career of Attorney General Eric Holder over this gun-smuggling, or “gunwalking,” program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In

Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone story on gangster Wall Street

Matt Taibbi does a great job reporting on this Wall Street criminal trial, which I had never heard about until today. Someday, it will go down in history as the first trial of the modern American mafia. Of course, you won’t hear the recent financial corruption case, United States of America v. Carollo, Goldberg and

Fox News lies about Obama DREAM Act enforcement and policy stance

As usual, Fox News is lying again. And as usual, the mainstream media, as well as liberal news organizations are falling for the lie. The lie is that President Obama has changed his position regarding deporting immigrant children brought here by their parents. According to Fox News, and other right-wing hacks, Obama is on the

What to make of Iowa

It’s not every day I get to watch the Republican Party — nay, the only true keeper of the sanctity of the vote — utterly flummoxed by the process of counting votes. Here’s what Wikipedia says about the 2012 Iowa caucus today. The 2012 Iowa caucuses took place on Tuesday, January 3, starting at 7

What is the Tea Party?

The Tea Party is a product. It’s a product that was rolled out during tax time in early 2009. It was created to showcase the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. The Tea Party product does this by providing a focal point to stare at while making it appear that these particular Republicans elected

Democrat Wins NY-26

If you were paying attention to New York state politics last year, you might remember a fellow named Carl Paladino. He was running for governor of New York against Andrew Cuomo on the Republican ticket. He won the GOP nomination. He’s the same guy that threatened to “take out” a New York Post reporter. He’s

Libya: Protester Shot (Video)

The below video was presumably shot in Benghazi, Libya today, or perhaps yesterday. The video shows one anti-government protester who’s been shot and the chaos on the streets as the government tries to crush the rebellion. I came across this video from a Tweet by jmsardo who said at 12:58 EST US, “Breaking: videos showing

Anti-Government Protests Spread Across the Middle East (Live)

The protests that started in Tunisia and then moved to Egypt are spreading across the region to Bahrain and Libya. Last night several people in Bahrain were killed as the government swept through the sleeping protesters and brutally beat them. The governments fear that if Bahrain falls, Saudi Arabia will be next. Here’s a live

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Stepped Down

At approximately 11:03 EST, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. After 30 years of ruling with an iron fist, the people of Egypt are now free. The crowds in Egypt are roaring with cheers. This is history unfolding before our eyes on Al Jazeera. The announcement from Omoar Suleiman was brief but it didn’t go

Live Al Jazeera Feed From Egypt

Feb. 11. 2011 11:03 EST US – Mubarak stepped down as president and the power has been transferred to the military. Feb. 11, 2011 10:59 EST US – Mubarak has left Cairo and several government officials have resigned. A message from the presidency is expected some time today. Feb. 10, 2011 15:30 EST US –

Violence in Egypt Breaks Out

Today in Egypt, Mubarak supporters and pro-government gangs swept into Tahrir Square in Cairo and other places and violence broke out. Some of the men rode into Somouha, Alexandria on horses and camels. Others carried rocks, clubs and Molotov cocktails and attacked the peaceful anti-government demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Several hundred people have

Enquirer Editor Details How the Tabloid Broke the John Edwards Affair Story

The former editor of the National Enquirer David Perel details how he used technology and psychology to get the John Edwards love child story. It took two years, thousands of man hours and a cross-country chase to catch John Edwards cheating. That was the easy part. Even after gathering and publishing overwhelming proof that the

Raw Video of Demonstrators in Tahrir Square

This is a raw video from Al Jazeera of demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo. These people are so peaceful, and it looks like they’re even taking the time to recycle plastic bottles.

What the People of Egypt Are Saying

A Web site called egypt.alive.in is translating voice-to-tweet messages from Egyptians into English and other languages. Here’s a sample. Please I am an Egyptian citizen and I have something to say. I am going out to the protests with all the Egyptians. First of all I have to say, if today was successful (inshaallah), Mubarak

Massive Demonstrations in Egypt

Today could be the day of reckoning for Egypt’s President Mubarak. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets shouting, “Down with the regime!” Al Jazeera’s Dan Nolan is in Cairo. He tweeted that a 59-year-old woman named Loraya, not much taller than 4 feet, peeked through her headscarf and told him she

Beat: Tea Party People’s Party

the tea party is a huge steaming pile of shit. that’s all it is. a bunch of illiterate motherfuckers getting played for fools and thinking they’re so clever. they fight for health insurance companies so they can die a painful death from ass cancer. they fight for more war so they can get their heads

Revolution Egypt: January 31, 2011 (Update)

Today is the sixth day of the revolution in Egypt. I’ll be updating this post frequently throughout the day with breaking news. 11:39 EST — Reuters is reporting that the European Union is now calling for free and fair elections in Egypt and “an orderly transition to a broad-based government, leading to a genuine process

Making Politics Fun

Too often people get bogged down in what’s not going their way politically and they fixate on the negative aspects of the democratic process. You’ll never always get everything that you want and that’s OK. In her Sister Citizen column, Melissa Harris-Perry, wrote that progressives should put the negativity away and just have some fun.