Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Democrats have a grave problem 14 months out from the election, according to Gallup newest poll. The enthusiasm gap is high and cannot be shrugged off by the DNC, Obama or his team. The GOP voters are super energized, as excited as 2004 where Bush Jr. [...]
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Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. A new super pac has been announced and it intrigues me. Called The American Worker, it will back Democrats in 11 states who are in districts with a large Latino populace. The best part is it won’t give resources to Dems who vote for free trade [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. At Media Matters, Will Bunch asks the “where’s the Tea Party” question in The Tea Party, Right-Wing Media, And The Dog That Didn’t Bark article. You could make the argument that the Tea Party movement is the most potent force in American politics today. … But [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. An interesting piece from Scott Lemieux, at American Prospect: Will the Supreme Court rule on the Affordable Care Act during the height of the 2012 election campaign?: Earlier this week, the Obama administration decided not to ask the whole 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear [...]
Breaking news: U.S. born radical cleric Al-Alwaki, believed to have strong Al-Queda ties, has been killed in Yemen. A U.S. drone is said to have taken him out. He is linked to the Fort Hood shootings. More here.
(The Liberally Independent ‘Two Parties, Too Few Choices Series) Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. This will be a bit different from earlier posts in this series, in that I’m mostly going to provide excerpts from a few recent articles and essays. Two reasons: one, real life responsibilities are requiring some extra [...]
Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. We have some good news- 10 judicial nominees, approved 42 weeks ago by committee, will finally get their vote in the senate for confirmation. Reid announced the deal this week. These noms should pass as they are backed by home state senators. Most of these 10 [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. The Super Committee is, as you’ll remember, a part of the debt-limit deal. Twelve members of Congress, six Democrats and six Republican, have until November 23 to draft a proposal that will provide at least $1.5 trillion in deficit-reduction measures, over ten years. Within a month [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. Mostly because I couldn’t resist repeating NPR’s reasoning for the “editorial decision” to not report on Occupy Wall Street, but also as something of a follow-up on Taylor’s post yesterday, Did the Right Scare NPR into Not Covering Occupy Wall Street Protests?, there’s this: From the [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. Here it is, 2012 campaign time, and “women’s rights” are still an issue for fairly large numbers. We’re way past the “You’ve come a long way, baby” because “you’ve got your own cigarette” blatant appropriation of “women’s liberation,” but maybe it’s because actual progress has been [...]
The only way this works for the Administration is if they’re confident they’ll win, which this push seems to suggest. Administration Asks Justices to Rule Quickly on Health Law The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear a case concerning the 2010 health care overhaul law. The development, which came unexpectedly fast, [...]
Mr. Christie has to know that the minute he changes his mind the blush will go off his New Jersey… er… whatever. See the Daily Caller for proof. The Solyndra imbroglio didn’t keep the Obama administration from offering more clean energy loan guarantees. Energy Department approves $1 billion in solar energy loan guarantees DOE announced [...]
In America, it takes a celebrity. Occupy Wall Street is not getting enough coverage by traditional news and cable organizations, but also news outlets that you’d think would cover it. Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon have joined in hoping to raise the profile of the protests. From Bloomberg: Wall Street Protesters Joined by Susan Sarandon [...]
It’s not getting any traction, but it’s a moment that reveals the gulf between GOP primary voters and the Republican establishment. It’s also a battle of extremism vs. solutions. GOP immigration debate shows rift between party establishment and conservative grassroots. With Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry under attack for supporting tuition breaks for children of [...]
Leave it to Mississippi. Les Riley is an radically extreme Republican, though these days you hardly need the adjectives. He not only believes freedom is just for men. Riley went on a “Conceived in Rape Tour,” part of his anti-women’s rights crusade that puts forth the notion that “life begins at fertilization,” according to a [...]
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THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
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Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
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*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
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