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JUST POLITICS

How many politicians are being blackmailed by the NSA, CIA and FBI?

David Sirota - When I asked U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) if the NSA was keeping files on his colleagues, he recounted a meeting between NSA officials and lawmakers in the lead-up to a closely contested House vote to better regulate the agency:

“One of my colleagues asked the NSA point blank will you give me a copy of my own record and the NSA said no, we won’t. They didn’t say no we don’t have one. They said no we won’t. So that’s possible.”

Grayson is right: presumably, if the NSA wasn’t tracking lawmakers, it would have flatly denied it. Instead, those officials merely denied lawmakers access to whatever files the agency might have. That suggests one of two realities: 1) the NSA is keeping files on lawmakers 2) the NSA isn’t keeping files on lawmakers, but answered vaguely in order to stoke fear among legislators that it is.

Regardless of which of these realities happens to be the case, the mere existence of legitimate fears of congressional surveillance by an executive-branch agency is a serious legal and separation-of-powers problem. Why? Because whether or not the surveillance is actually happening, the very real possibility that it even could be happening or has happened can unduly intimidate the legislative branch into abrogating its constitutional oversight responsibilities. In this particular case, it can scare congressional lawmakers away from voting to better regulate the NSA.

Washington's Blog - During the Vietnam war, the NSA spied on two prominent politicians – Senators Frank Church and Howard Baker – as well as critics of government policy Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and a Washington Post humorist.

A recently declassified history written by the NSA itself called the effort “disreputable if not outright illegal.”

The main whistleblower who revealed the Vietnam-era spying was Christopher H. Pyle. Pyle told Rob Kall of OpEdNews:

"If the NSA was targeting people like Sen. Frank Church, who were in a position to oversee the NSA — is that happening now? That is, are people like intelligence committee chairs Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and other congressional leaders — who are supposed to be providing oversight themselves — compromised in some way by the NSA? If so, as seems quite certain from the recent Edward Snowden revelations, then how can they conduct genuine oversight of the NSA with their committees?”

The NSA has been tracking people’s porn in order to discredit them. The New York Times reports that this type of behavior has been going on for a long time: “J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadilloes and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies — really dangerous people like … President John F. Kennedy, for example”.

A high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials

Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus

And it’s not just the NSA.

Last year, Eric Holder refused to say whether the Department of Justice was spying on Congress.

Wikipedia - The Lavender Scare refers to the fear and persecution of homosexuals in the 1950s in the United States, which paralleled the anti-communist campaign known as McCarthyism. Because the psychiatric community regarded homosexuality as a mental illness, gay men and lesbians were considered susceptible to blackmail …. Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: “The so-called ‘Red Scare’ has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element . . . and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals.”

NY Times - J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadillos and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies — really dangerous people like … President John F. Kennedy, for example.

Alfred McCoy, Tom's Dispatch - In the Obama years, the first signs have appeared that NSA surveillance will use the information gathered to traffic in scandal, much as Hoover’s FBI once did. In September 2013, the New York Times reported that the NSA has, since 2010, applied sophisticated software to create “social network diagrams…, unlock as many secrets about individuals as possible…, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner.”

...By collecting knowledge — routine, intimate, or scandalous — about foreign leaders, imperial proconsuls from ancient Rome to modern America have gained both the intelligence and aura of authority necessary for dominion over alien societies. The importance, and challenge, of controlling these local elites cannot be overstated. During its pacification of the Philippines after 1898, for instance, the U.S. colonial regime subdued contentious Filipino leaders via pervasive policing that swept up both political intelligence and personal scandal. And that, of course, was just what J. Edgar Hoover was doing in Washington during the 1950s and 1960s.

Washington's Blog - FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds alleged under oath that a recently-serving Democratic Congresswoman was secretly videotaped – for blackmail purposes – during a lesbian affair. There have been allegations of blackmail of gay activities within the U.S. armed forces for years.

NSA whistleblower Bill Binney said his agency targeted "Supreme Court Judges, other judges, Senators, Representatives, law firms and lawyers, and just anybody you don’t like … reporters included”

Washington's Blog - NSA whistleblower Russell Tice (a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping), says:

The NSA is spying on and blackmailing its overseers in Washington, as well as Supreme Court judges, generals and others

The agency started spying on Barack Obama when he was just a candidate for the Senate

Washington's Blog - The Washington Post’s report shows that the NSA also collected information on President Obama, both as president-elect and as president:

A “minimized U.S. president-elect” begins to appear in the files in early 2009, and references to the current “minimized U.S. president” appear 1,227 times in the following four years.

...Of course, the NSA has pretty much admitted to spying on Congress. And see this.

.....The NSA is spying on and blackmailing its overseers in Washington, as well as Supreme Court judges, generals and others

The agency started spying on Barack Obama when he was just a candidate for the Senate.


HIT & RUN

37% of Mississippi Republicans would back Confederates in another Civil War

TPM -A new Public Policy Polling survey found that 37 percent of Republicans who voted in the Mississippi primary runoff election said they would back the Confederate side if there was another Civil War.

The poll, obtained by TPM, is full of goodies for poll geeks. Of those polled, including Democrats and Republicans, 50 percent said they would support the United States while 29 percent said they would support the Confederate States of America.

Broken down by party affiliation, 82 percent of Democrats said they would support the United States while just 9 percent said they would support the Confederate States of America. Among Republicans, 37 percent said they would support the Confederate States of America while 41 percent said they would support the United States. Another 21 percent of Republicans said they weren't sure while 9 percent of Democrats said they weren't sure.

Staples misled public on Postal Service deal withdrawal

Confidence in America's key democratic institution vanishing

Chelsea Clinton gets more for yakking than Jeb Bush or Madeline Albright

38 journalism groups urge president to stop hiding information

@SenSanders - 32% of America's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Obama federal overreach even affecting school bake sales

Death of the Jewish left

Why your opinion doesn't matter

Hill Clin and the Obamas not getting along

Because we spent more money on Iraq than on our bridges and roads


JUSTIN GREEN

Now Obamadmin's going after veteran whistleblowers

America's hidden left-right alliances

@gzornick - Any progressive glee should be short-lived here about Cantor. GOPers will be all the more terrified to moderate -- especially on immigration.

@TPM - Cantor campaign spent more on steak houses than opponent spent on entire race

Why Tim Geithner, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers are full of it

As government assistance has risen, the poorest have gotten less

Issues where populists on left and right agree

Harry Reid backs return of pork

Where left and right can come together

Studies: America is an oligarchy, not a democracy

13 Benghazis that occurred on Bush's watch without a peep from the right

When Diane Feinstein finally does something right, be nice to her

How the filibuster could cost the Democrats the Senate

Obama considering trashing one of New Deal's great achievements

Koch brothers on welfare big time

A capital without doubt

Democrats rediscover white men

How big donors are killing democracy

32 years of Clintons and Bushes with more to come

Biggest progressive victory so far this year was against, not with, Obama

Washington lobbyists spending less

Democrats continue to desert themselves

Liberals like Maddow best

Democrats and Republicans are both minor parties

Bookshelf: Politics on a Human Scale

Move On more conservative than the NY Times

John Podesta: Star of the Demi-Dems

Illinois legislature votes to raid state workers' pensions

Conventional media getting nervous over shift to left

Minnesota and Wisconsin differences show failure of rightwing politics

Our kludgeocracy

The rise of national disloyalty

Without plagiarism, what would politicians say?

What progressives need to do to win the White House

Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers had the answer; too bad we didn't listen

An FBI hostage negotiator on the mess in Washington

The myth that America never defaulted

Debt can still be paid if debt ceiling not lifted

When wrong becomes the norm

Tea Party can't even get its name right

Where the Great Recession really began: Part II

How Washington's bad old days are looking better

How people come to hate federal regulators

Recovered history: The last liberal president

The war of the terrified

What lack of integrity won't do, budget deficits sometimes will

Word: Presidency no longer needs any training

Senators claim their votes on key issues are "classified"

Some reasons why the Clintons don't think Anthony Weiner is up to them in sex scandals

Bookshelf: Presidential Puppetry

Doomed from start? Missing from sex scandal news coverage is the name of the guy who married Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner. It was Bill Clinton.

North Carolina's new voter deregistration bill

The liberal establishment and the suveillance state

Bookshelf: The most underrated American woman of modern times

Great moments in White House talking points

Bookshelf
Sorry, but psychopaths are running the world

Recovered history: what some were dreaming about forty years ago

Practicing medicine without a license is illegal in every state with prison terms of one to five years. Why aren't GOP legislators in the House and the Texas legislature liable for criminal prosecution given the limits they are pushing on abortions?

Infrequently asked questions

Have you noticed how easy it is to see through politicians who talk about transparency?

The care and feeding of theories

All in the Family: Michael Brown's daddy

According to Gallup, there has never been an institution that inspires less confidence in the American people than the U.S. Congress does now

Cory Booker: Newark's neoliberal egomaniac

We're all criminals now, so you probably want to keep it private

How BC pushed Obama into endorsement of HC in 20016

Where the Tea Party and progressives could come together

The silent war

Our twisted politics of grief

How liberals and Tea Partiers could unite

13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush's Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

Senator Warren offers bill to slash student loan interest

The tangled web of Benghazi and birth certificates

Look who Congress forgot to exempt from sequester

"Evolving" - Another political con the media has bought into


HAVING A DAUGHTER MAKES YOU VOTE BETTER ON WOMEN'S ISSUES; HAVING TWO DAUGHTERS IS EVEN BETTER

Three-Quarters of Progressive Caucus Not Taking a Stand on Medicare, Social Security

What Americans
outside of Washington want

The recipe for bad presidents

ACORN

ACORN DEFENDS ITSELF

ACORN & THE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY

TWO GOP LIES ABOUT ACORN

ALEC

How ALEC took over Wisconsin

How ALEC controls Maine's GOP

Americans Elect

Extreme centrist group gives up presidential campaign

Pseudo centrist presidential campaign collapsing

Moderate extremists have $30 million but no presidential candidate

The big Wall Streeter behind Americans Elects

More on secret funding of Americans Elect

The muddled middle's new plan: Americans Elect

Anderson, Rocky

Rocky Anderson accepts his newly-formed party's presidential nomination

An interview with Rocky Anderson

Former Salt Lake City mayor divorces himself from Democratic Party

Bachman, Michelle

Michelle Bachmann discovers she is actually an American

MICHELLE BACHMAN IS A WELFARE QUEEN

Pseudo Christian Bachmann doesn’t even belong to church

Biden, Joe

Look who went to Joe Biden's party

Biden outpulled Obama in convention TV viewers

Study: Cutting top tax rates doesn't help economy

Joe Biden's best line of the week

Romney's bully pal, Joe Biden

Black politics

THE BLACK IVIES

HOW ETHNICITY REALLY WORKS IN POLITICS

Booker, Cory

Cory Booker's a good story teller

Cory Booker calls drug war a "tremendous failure"

Another black ivy pimps for Bain

Cory Booker and the black ivies

Campaign Financing

Over past five years, Wal Mart has spent $6-8 million annually to buy politics

Podcast with leader of fight against Citizens United

Top campaign purchasers of Congress

Oregon Becomes the 16th State to Call for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

50% support federal funding of campaigns

How one percent of one percent control our elections

The revolving door in American politics

A record-breaking 915,000 presidential campaign ads have aired on broadcast and cable TV from late April through Sunday - a 45 percent increase compared with the 2008 election.

Who's buying our elections

Citizens United ruling accounts for 78 percent of 2012 election spending

83% of Americans want some limits on campaign spending

Four dozen donors and families trying to buy election

The efficiency of public campaign financing

Two justices suggest rehearing Citizens United

One third of campaign funding comes from secret donors

Koch brothers hold secret billionaires' meeting to discuss election

A tiny number are buying America through Super PACs

Can Congress act on Citizens United without a constitutional amendment?

Only 58 donors are behind 80% of Super PAC money

The one percent of the one percent

Perpetual campaigns make candidates hostage to contributors

Supreme Court makes it even easier to buy politicians

Top corporate tax avoiders gave $8 million to candidates in 2010

How money will buy the 2012 election

Supreme Court ruling created costliest and most secretly funded mid term election ever

SUPREME COURT'S ASSUMPTIONS ON CORPORATE CAMPAIGN FUNDING ALREADY PROVED WRONG

SUPREME COURT RULING ALLOWS CORPORATIONS TO LEGALLY BRIBE JUDGES

HOW THE SUPREME COURT RULING LETS FOREIGN COUNTRIES BUY OUR ELECTIONS

JUSTICE STEVENS' DISSENT IN THE SUPREME COURT RULLING ON CAMPAIGN SPENDING

A SOLUTION TO THE CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF POLITICS: FREE TV ADS

Carter, Jimmy

JIMMY CARTER BANNED FROM DEMOCRATIC PODIUM

Center

Extremist center strikes again

America's most dangerous extremists: the muddled, myopic, miasmic middle

The extremist center

The rise of the moderate extremists

TIRED OF NUTTY IDEAS FROM LEFT AND RIGHT? TRY A FEW FROM THE EXTREMIST CENTER

WHY YOU DON'T WANT TO LET YOUR CHLDREN GO NEAR CENTRIST SENATORS

Buddy Cianci

Buddy Cianci's memoir: "Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale."

Clintons

Clinton's next stop after Hope
HILLARY CLINTON
PUTTING THE CLINTON SCANDALS IN CONTEXT

THE CLINTON LEGACY
ARKANSAS CONNECTIONS:
HOW WE GOT INTO THIS MESS
THE CLINTON MYTH
BILL CLINTON: OUR FIRST POSTMODERN PRESIDENT
CLINTON & THE KILLER BLOOD
THE LONELIEST MILE IN TOWN
 WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT MENA
ARKANSAS AND DRUGS
THE CRIMES OF MENA
MORE CLINTON STORIES

Congress

Congress hides its expense-aid trips around the world

In the history of the United States, 168 presidential nominations have been filibustered. 49% of those blocked were nominated by one president, Barack Obama

Thanks for the pork

Bring back the earmarks

At least 28 former aides to Senate Finance Committee chair are now tax lobbyists

Congressmembers with the worst staff turnover rates

Bring back the pork

How to fix Congress

Public Policy Polling - Facing low approval ratings after a historically unproductive 112th session and a series of last-minute showdowns over fiscal matters, Congress is now less popular than root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and Brussel sprouts.

It's not reelection that drives politicians but post-election employment

All super junta members represent states with biggest military contractors

Who bankrolls the congressional super-junta?

Members of Congress benefitting by legal insider trading,,,

Nearly half of Congress are millionaires....

A CBS News survey of all freshmen members of the U.S House of Representatives has found that at least 21 of the 96 members are sleeping in their office - that's 19 of the 87 new Republicans and 2 of the 9 new Democrats.

Why you don't know your congress member

WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS? THEN WORK FOR ONE

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
CONG RESEARCH SERVICE
THOMAS [LEGISLATIVE INFO
VOTES IN HOUSE

VOTES IN SENATE

Conservatives

Conservatives have gotten dumber in past four decades

THE MUDDLED METAPHOR OF THE TEA BAG PARTY

Conventions

Political Wire - Emails from the DNC host committee refer to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will accept the Democratic party presidential nomination as "Panthers Stadium." Of course, as Maggie Haberman notes, "It's the place where the Panthers play, but it's actually called Bank of America stadium."

Tampa and Charlotte plan to greet conventions with SWAT teams, tanks and helicopters

POLITICAL CONVENTIONS: A USELESS APPENDAGE FROM THE PAST

WHO NEEDS THE CONVENTIONS, ANYWAY?

Corruption

Congress votes to hide its corruption

Two people we're not listening to enough: Buddy Roehmer and, yes, Jack Abramoff

State corruption test almost as bad as No Child Left Behind

State corruption test almost as bad as No Child Left Behind

Which states convict the most corrupt officials

How to bribe a public official

Two government watchdogs hired by those they were watching

Congress members engage in insider trading that sends others to prison

Jack Abramoff: I had 100 congressmen

How to bribe a politician without anyone noticing

When both parties break the law, the media thinks it must be legal

We all live in a Mafia neighborhood now

CAMPAIGN BRIBES SOAR THANKS TO SUPREME COURT RULING

CONDITIONAL PRIVATE FUNDING OF PUBLIC POLICY IS BRIBERY

TWO THIRDS OF FEDERAL CONTRACTORS HAVE ENGAGED IN MISCONDUCT

DEMOCRATS ON THE TAKE FROM HEDGE FUNDS

IF YOU WANT TO BE CORRUPT, DO IT RIGHT

NEW RULES CAUSE LOBBYISTS TO GO UNDERGROUND

WAYS TO STOP CORPORATE DOMINANCE OF POLITICS

LOBBYING FIRM SHOWS CORPORADOS HOW TO TAKE OVER ELECTIONS

BOTH PARTIES DEEP INTO CORRUPT MONEY GAME

HOW CORRUPTION HAS CHANGED

BUNDLING BECOMES MAJOR CORRUPT GAME OF CAMPAIGN

AMERICA'S MOST MOBBED UP ELECTION

Cross-ideological alliances

Another Tea Party - left alliance

Tennessee Dems and Tea Party come together

Cuomo, Andrew

Who's Andrew Cuomo?

What happens if you are a 29 year New York state employee and you piss off Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo is making history; just ask him

Andrew Cuomo's flawed liberalism...

Dean, Howard

HOWARD DEAN STORIES

Debates

How Obama could still win the debate

How the presidential debate is rigged

De Blasio

So the NY Times wants to talk about de Blasio's time in Nicaragua? . . . Well, here's something more interesting

Why the New York mayor's race is so important

Bill De Blasio revives economic liberalism

Earmarks

Why earmarks should be saved

Edwards, John

Edwards archive

Elections

Map of every American presidential election

PEOPLE PREDICT ELECTION WINNERS JUST LOOKING AT FACES

COUNTING THE VOTES
FUN WAYS TO STEAL VOTES
WHAT'S WRONG WITH CAMPAIGN FINANCING

Election 2012

Romney got zero votes in some precincts

@BorowitzReport - GOP Closing Argument: "We're strongly opposed to FEMA and healthcare, but basically okay with rape:"

Get your rosaries off of my ovaries

Liberal groups preparing for post election problems with Obama

The most corrupt election in American historyCould Tivo change politics?

How there could be Romney in the White House with Biden as veep

Young voters not enthusiastic about election

Recovered history: The Howard Dean approach

Memorandum explains just how the debate was rigged by the two parties

Obama in big trouble in rural states

Candidates you may not have heard of


Tuesday's elections brought two historic firsts for religion in American politics: A Buddhist senator and a Hindu representative -- both from Hawaii -- will join Congress.

Math muddle

Who voted for whom

Bipolar politics.

AFL-CIO pulling money from candidates

Word: Doug Henwood on the election

The auto rescue worked

The election: also a struggle between generations and between faith vs. works

Excerpts from the NPR third party presidential debate

Lehrer cut off by candidates three times more than in 2008

Worst campaign ad of the year

Obama's data drones

How partisan is your beer?

Catholic bishop warns Democratic voters that they're going to hell

We are the 95%

Poll: which brand do the candidates remind you of?


MORE

GOP/Dems joined to prevent you hearing third party candidates in debates

Small business owners favor Obama

How to defeat Romney despite the Obama campaign

Federal work program is actually a form of unconstitutional indentured servitude. . .and neither Republicans or Democrats care

Campaigns having hard time finding foreclosed voters

Personal to campaign media

Sam Smith - Please stop referring to Mitt Romney as a businessman. He's not; he's an investment banker who makes money off of businessmen and through buying and selling their businesses. As any business owner can tell you; this is miles from the same thing.

Democrats stereotype the white working class

Why third party candidates should be included in the debates

Getting ready for those family values folks, Tampa police arrest hookers

@GregMitch - 8 in 10 NBA owners have donated to Romney--while players back Obama.

How privatization is ruining America

How nonprofits spend millions on elections and call it charity

Wall Street favoring Romney over Obama

Public miles from politicians on financial cures

Why the Democrats should stay away from the Clintons

Why we have to save your mail service from the GOP attack

How to register to vote in your state

@fivethirtyeight - The number of state polls is down about 40% from the comparable date in 2008. Just much less data this year.

The political language problem

Entropy update: Bill Clinton to nominate Obama

Why Obama isn't doing better

Will Bloomberg ban mugs of beer next?

A new Gallup survey finds just 58% of registered voters between the ages of 18 and 29 say they are "definitely likely" to vote, down from 78% who said they were in October 2008.

Election 2016

Warren apparently not running in 2016

Brian Schweitzer considering presidential run

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel: Another narcissist out of control

Feinstein Diane

Diane Feinstein's husband involved in major post office selling scandal

Feinstein still set on trashing the Constitution

Fellowship & The Family

Ugandan legislator pushing death for gays tied to secretative Washington "Fellowship"

For 15 years, Hillary Clinton was, too

Filibusters

2013

Democrats limit filibusters on nominations but not bills

How to tell your republic has collapsed: When the Senate doing something called for in the Constitution is termed a "nuclear option"

How to handle urinary complications of a filibuster

Recovered history: When filibusters were real

The drive to reform the filibuster

Making the argument that the filibuster is unconstitutional

WILL THE DEMOCRATS REFORM THE FILIBUSTER?

DEMOCRATS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN BLOCKING FILIBUSTER REFORM

LAUTENBERG PROPOSES 'MR SMITH' FILIBUSTER RULE

WHY THE SENATE HIDES BEHIND A RULE IT CAN CHANGE

THE PHANTOM FILIBUSTER

A BAILOUT LESSON: KILL THE FILIBUSTER

Finances

14th Amendment allows president to raise debt ceiling

Even economists don't like the debt ceiling

Sequester damage . . .

Fun facts about sequestration

History of American financial disasters

The secret battle against our money creating power

A debt solution for the people

Progressives propose end to debt ceiling

Leading economists: screw the debt ceiling

What we didn't learn from Europe

The choice: raise the debt ceiling or crash the economy

The cliff story the media ignored

Which law does Obama have to break to please the GOP?

Even austerity's name is a fraud

The most underreported fact from the cliff

Word: The deficit

Group attempting to rig budget for the Pentagon

Study: Hiking upper end tax rates don't affect economy

Activist Post - The U.S. tax code is now more than 3.8 million words long. If you took all of William Shakespeare's works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.

Why the fiscal cliff is an artificial crisis

Federal budget slashing would hit states hard

America Faces Three Serious "Cliffs," None of Them Fiscal

An easy way to end the debt crisis

Cliff notes: Tax stock transactions

Thoughts on watching "Lincoln"

Another way to deal with the budget

Word: About that deficit

Fiscal Cliff An Artificial Crisis

All you need to know about the Cliff in one FAQ

Why Even a Deal on the Budget Is Bad for the American Economy

Deficit reduction as percent of GDP already setting recent record

A real bad time to cut the deficit

Low income programs aren't the fiscal problem

The false promise of a "grand bargain"

Stats: how Americans would handle the budget

The myth of the exploding safety net

Where the debt really comes from. . .

OFF THE CHARTS

Total debt problem improving

Study: Cutting top tax rates doesn't help economy

Canada shows cutting taxes for corporations doesn't help economy

Historical proof that austerity doesn't work

How austerity politics hurts small business

A bipartisan solution to the fiscal crisis won't work because that's what caused it

The fundamental problem is not government debt. Over the past few years, the budget deficit has been caused by low growth. If we focus on growth, then we get growth, and our deficit will go down. If we just focus on the deficit, we're not going to get anywhere.- Joseph Stiglitz

The case for repudiating the debt

How to avoid the austerity trap

We interrupt the fiscal myths with a few facts

To understand the absurdity of the deficit debate consider this: according to Bloomberg News, between August 2007 and April 2010, the Fed provided as much as $1.2 trillion in public money to banks and other companies to meet emergency needs. If the Fed had provided the so-called Super Committee with just a bit more - $1.5 trillion - that bipartisan junta could have happily met its goals for a full decade, and the interest rate cost would have been less than a tenth of a percent. I propose we change the name of the congressional body to the Super Committee Bank and ask the Fed for some money - Sam Smith

Super junta, we hardly knew ye. . .thank God

Americans disagree with Washington's approach to deficit

SO WHO INCREASED THE DEBT?

A progressive approach to lowering the deficit

DEFICIT COMMISSION SEEKS LARGER BUDGET

Key point about the Bowles-Simpson report: it doesn't exist

Where the money is

Incredibly simple deficit cure: doing nothing would reduce it by $7 trillion


Richard Brenneman

Study finds taxes not a big factor in migration

The excess profits tax

Debt ceiling sanity

Fiscal falsehoods

Under Bush, GOP let deficit grow by $4 trillion

Reagan didn't mind tax increases

North Dakota could show Wisconsin how to handle its budget


And this doesn't include the more than $1 trillion
for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Imgur

TAXES LOWEST SINCE HARRY TRUMAN'S TIME

LIBRARIES EASY VICTIMS OF BUDGET CUT

Fusion politics

A little fusion politics for a change

Generations

Millennials turned off by politics

Big generational gap among conservatives

Seniors turn to the right

Gingrich, Newt

Newt Gingrich

Rudy Giuliani

Glass Steagall

Reviving Glass-Steagall

Gore, Al

AL GORE ENDORSES SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

GOP

THE REAL GOP PLATFORM

Governmnent

What happens when you don't fund public works

Congress approves use of government broadcast propaganda on American airwaves

Ag Department requires magician to buy bunny license and have disaster plan for it

How Washington DC is denying Washington state a decent Head Start

IRS gives far more non profit status to conservative groups

Civil engineers: America needs $3.6 trillion on public works

Stats: Increase in number of words in IRS tax code since 1955: 600% - @Harpers

Thousands of bridges could collapse if one part fails

67,000 bridges require significant maintenance or repairs

How the IRS nonprofit division got so dysfunctional

Budget office cuts deficit projection

IRS targeted tea party groups earlier than 2012 & senior officials knew it

VA backlogged on construction as well as claims

What the federal government is doing for your state and county

How to reduce the number of government limos: change the definition of a limo

Facts about public employment

The cabinet post you definitely don't want

Obama's global approval rating down

How to make government contracting better

America'secret laws you never heard about

State level Republicans don't like big government unless they control it

Federal court cancels fees for just visiting national forests

FDA spied on its whistleblowers

Just the facts: Democrats & Republicans like same size government

Only about 83% of federal taxes are paid voluntarily and on time

Billions needed to upgrade America’s leaky water systems

What happens when you raise taxes on the rich

39% OF CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE BILLS CAME FROM LOBBYISTS

WHY CLOSING PARKS TO SAVE MONEY IS DUMB

FATTEST FARM SUBSIDY CHECKS GO TO WEALTHIEST ZIP CODES

WASHINGTON'S FUNNY BOOKS

Green Party

NY Times pretends Green Party doesn't exist

GREEN NEWS & COMMENT

GROWING GREEN

RAFTING DOWN THE MAINSTREAM

THE GREENS WERE RIGHT

FINDING GREENER PASTURES & GREENER VOTERS

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN 2000

HISTORY'S HINTS FOR THIRD PARTIES

WHAT THE MEDIA DOESN'T TELL YOU ABOUT THE GREENS

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy's friends

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 Sam Smith Essays

2013

When wrong becomes the norm

Living in bipolar America

Building little republics in a collapsing empire

Even corruption has been corrupted

The collapse of conscience and concern

The new world disorder

The globalization of Obama’s narcissism

America’s new mini-monarchies

The Hillary Clinton sleeper

The rationalization of evil

Ex Post non facto

Some amoral reasons politicians with sex scandals aren't a good idea

American Idol politics

Obama doesn’t need you anymore

Our helicopter president

How the GOP helps to build the government it claims to hate

Pathological politics

Weapons of crass destruction

The end of politics

Oh, say can you see? (Or just hear?)

Helicopter politics

Growing local democracy as well as lettuce

What the hell do we do now?

EARLIER

This election is about bullies, not ideologies

CONSERVATIVES

Red states the most socialistic

CORRUPTION

Mob politics vs. political movements

We all live in a Mafia neighborhood now

How to bribe a politician

MUSIC & POLITICS

Punk & protest

Music & Change

Why doesn't the left like music more?

PROGRESSIVES

INDENTURED LIBERALS & INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVES

Giving life to the left

RELIGION & POLITICS

In God gabble we trust

The censorship of religion's real role in politics

SPEECH WRITERS

THE GHOSTS ON THE PLATFORM  

THIRD PARTIES

History's hints for third parties

VOTE COUNT

Fun ways to steal an election

OTHER

The price of not losing

Fighting the dystablishment

Living in political madness

How the war on language helps the war on the poor

Of ghost dances and the young

A historian's notes on now (written sometime in the future)

The importance of personal experience in political change

Personal & collective virtue in politics

On the care and feeding of theories

Why American Idol is a political metaphor

The blood on our floor

When to top caves in

WHAT IT MEANS WHEN OUR LEADERS START TALKING ABOUT CIVILITY

FRACTURE & FUSION: THE ANGER & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

NON-POLITICAL SIDE OF POLITICS

POLITICS IN THE TIME OF MYTH

THE END OF POLITICS

FROM LEFT-RIGHT TO INSIDER-OUTSIDER
BRAIN DRAIN: THE HAZARDS OF GRAD SCHOOL POLITICS

REAL DEMOCRACY IS ROWDY

BLASTING THE RIGHT IS NOT A POLICY

WHEN BAD GUYS DO GOOD THINGS

POLITICIANS AS GARDENER RATHER THAN ARCHITECT

IF POLITICIANS DRESSED LIKE NASCAR DRIVERS

PAYING FOR EX PRESIDENTS

THE ENTROPY OF EMPATHY IN AMERICAN POLITICS

WHOEVER WINS, WE LOSE AGAINST PENTAGON SPENDING

WHERE THE RED & BLUE BOOKS ARE READ

POLITICS DRIVEN BY FICTION

THE SECOND REDEEMER MOVEMENT

THE REAL POLITICAL SPECTRUM  

THE CARE & FEEDING OF THEORIES

BRINGING POLITICS HOME

History

Homeland Security

Homeland Insecurities

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee stories

Ideas

AMERICA 2.0

APOLOGY TO YOUNGER AMERICANS

AUTISTIC CONFEDRACY

BRINGING DEVOLUTION TO THE 'HOOD

BRINGING POLITICS HOME: An excerpt from Shadows of Hope on how politics has lost connection with people.

CAMPAIGN FINANCING: Legal bribery

CARE AND FEEDING OF A THIRD PARTY An interview with Sam Smith on the history of one of America's most durable third parties.

COOPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH: A statement of principles for Americans who believe in common sense, common decency and common ground.

ESSAYS ON POLITICS

THE EXTREMIST CENTER

THE CARE & FEEDING OF THEORIES

CRASH OF AMERICA

DEVOLUTION

FALSE FAITH VS. LOUSY WORKS

GETTING LIBERALS & PROGRESSIVES
TO THINK SMALL

GETTING THROUGH THE BAD TIMES

GLOBAL DUMBING: THE POLITICS OF ENTROPY

HANDLING THE BULLIES

HIDDEN ISSUES

HISTORY'S HINTS FOR THIRD PARTIES

LOSING TIME, LOSING SPACE: The politics of other dimensions

MEMO TO A NEW MAYOR Advice to a newly elected politician

MUSIC & POLITICS: THE POWER OF CHANGES

NON-POLITICAL SIDE OF POLITICS

OPPOSING & CREATING The twin tasks of a movement

PARIAH ECONOMY AND THE RISE OF SOCIAL BIGOTRY

POCKET PARADIGMS: A few words about a lot of stuff

POLITICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS

POLITICS OF ANGER

POPULISM : Retrieving the Democrats' reason for existence

PUNK AND PROTEST The beat, busted, bruised, & bamboozled generation

QUIET STORM: THE COLLAPSE OF OUR CULTURE

RAFTING DOWN AMERICA'S REAL MAINSTREAM

RUNNING OUT OF CHANGE: Why it's so hard to make good things happen

THINGS TO DO IN THE BAD TIMES

WHAT DO JOE MANCHIN, BRIAN SCHWEITZER, DAVE FREUDENTHAL, BRAD HENRY, AND ROCKY ANDERSON HAVE IN COMMON? They're among the most popular Democrats in the country and you've probably never heard of most of them.

WHERE'S THE COUNTER CULTURE WHEN WE NEED IT?

WHO OWNS FAITH & VALUES?

Inauguration 2013

About that 'Second Gettysburg Address'

No austerity inauguration for Obama


OCCUPY PHILLY

The day America imitates the British monarchy

Obamadmin bumps up number of items not allowed at inauguration

Issues

ISRAEL-PALESTINE ISSUE ABSENT FROM DEBATE

WHY THE DEMOCRATS NEED TO ABANDON GUN CONTROL

PROGRESSIVE REVIEW STORIES

King, Angus

Angus King finally decides Democrats are nice enough to caucus with

Mainers still don't know who they elected senator (and neither does senator)

Man of the people Angus King requires background

Koch Brothers

Study: Tea Party planned long ago by tobacco industry and Koch brothers

Kucinich Dennis

Kucinich lost in race using unreliable voting sytem

What America lost when Dennis Kucnich lost

KUCINICH'S ROLE IN THE RACE

Paul LePage

Maine governor starving the poor

Paul LePage and the complexities of anger

Joe Lieberman

[Joe] Lieberman -- who, needless to say, never served in the military nor have any of his children -- devoted his entire career to attempting to send other Americans' children to fight war after war after war. In sum, as The Philadelphia Inquirer's Will Bunch put it when examining the muddled history of Lieberman's opposition to the war in Vietnam: "the only war he ever opposed was the only war he might actually have had to fight in." - Glenn Greenwald

Reasons to be happy that Joe Lieberman is leaving the Senate

Liberals

As we were saying: The collapse of liberalism

Why liberalism colllapsed

Why liberals don't win

A Guide to the White Trash Planet for Urban Liberals

STUDY: CONSERVATIVES HAPPIER THAN LIBERALS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE INEQUALITY IS JUSTIFIED

The death of liberalism and what to do about it

Indentured liberals and progressive independents

Brain drain: The hazards of grad school politics

What happened when real liberals were in office

Waiting for Leftie: How liberals and the left hold up change (1997)

How liberals and progressive are different

WHY LIBERALS DON'T WIN

LIBERALISM IS DEAD. . .TIME TO MOVE ON

TED KENNEDY: THE LAST RESPECTABLE LIBERAL

LIBERALS DUCK REAL CIVIL LIBERTIES STRUGGLES

WHY LIBERALS DON'T MAKE MORE HEADWAY

PASSIVE AGRESSIVE LIBERALISM

INDENTURED LIBERALS & INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVES

The price of neoliberalism

Bill Greider on the end of New Deal liberalism

The Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges

THE PHONY LEFT

WHY LIBERALS MISREAD OBAMA

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE POOR IN LIBERAL POLITICS?

WHY LIBERALS DON'T WIN ELECTIONS

LIFE AMONG THE LIBERAL FUNDAMENTALISTS (1991)

WHAT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT LIBERAL POLICIES

THE LIBERAL WAR ON FREE SPEECH

HOW I GOT FIRED AS A LIBERAL Your editor is one of the few certified ex-liberals in Washington.Here's how it happened.

THE RISE OF A LIBERAL ARISTOCRACY AND THE FALL OF AMERICA: The collapse of liberalism and what's it has cost the country

LIBERAL & MEDIA EVANGELICALS

HOW TO TELL IF YOU'RE STILL A LIBERAL: A quick test to see how far you've strayed (From the Clinton years)

Libertarianism

THE LIBERTARIAN MONEY BEHIND THE TEA PARTY & GLENN BECK

BOB BARR LIVENS UP LIBERTARIAN SCENE

MIKE GRAVEL BECOMES A LIBERTARIAN. . .MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

TIME LINE OF LIBERTARIAN THOUGHT

Lobbying

Some 90,000 unregistered lobbyists in Washington

2013

In 1974, 3 percent of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Now 50 percent of senators and 42 percent of congressmen do.

How Washington really works

Corporate lobbyists getting big bonuses for hacking into government

How lobbying pays off big time

From Capitol Hill to K Street

Nearly 5400 former congressional staffers and almost 400 former members became lobbyists in past decade

Local

Why insisting on federal control of government is masochistic

The virtues of government decentralization

LOCAL DEMOCRACY AS WELL AS LOCAL LETTUCE

MAINE LIBRARIES TURNING REFERENCE ROOMS INTO CAFES

John McCain

Media

SUNDAY TALK SHOWS HAVE STRONG CONSERVATIVE BIAS

MEDIA IGNORED CIVIL LIBERTIES IN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE & DEBATES

MSNBC MANIPULATES PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

OBESE MEDIA STILL RIGGING PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Moderation

Why the problem isn't lack of bipartisanship

Money

HOW MUCH POLITICIANS HAVE MADE WHILE IN OFFICE

Nader, Ralph

Federal court allows Pennsylvania Democrats to screw Ralph Nader

Nader proposes primary challenges to Obama

Ron Paul & Ralph Nader agree & disagree

NADER'S LETTER TO OBAMA

ABOUT HALF OF ALL VOTERS WANT NADER AND BARR IN DEBATES

RALPH NADER: A SERIOUS CAMPAIGN

ZOGBY POLL SHOWS NADER PULLING INDEPENDENTS, YOUNG VOTERS, PROGRESSIVES

NADER AND THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

NADER CHOOSES MATT GONZALEZ AS RUNNING MATE

NADER: AND NOW THE SLANDER BEGINS AGAIN

RALPH NADER GETS A FAIR DOCUMENTARY

NADER EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE

Nepotism

ALL IN THE FAMILY: POLITICAL NEPOTISM DATABASE

Barack Obama

Offshore havens

Offshore Tax Loopholes Cost States $40 Billion

O'Malley Martin

O'Malley moves towards presidential bid

The mixed story of Martin O'Malley

The Martin O'Malley story

Palin Sarah

SARAH PALIN ARCHIVES

Parties

Voters leaving major parties in droves

Pell, Clairborne

ON THE OTHER HAND: THE MAN BEHIND CLAIBORNE PELL

Peterson, Pete

Pete Peterson's anti-deficit lobby going broke

David Petreaus

Recovered history: spies and high level sex

"Never seen it happen," says former CIA operative

Word: David Petreaus

Word: Petraeus and narcissism

The media didn't convey us Petraeus

And he's not gay

Politicians

Polls & projections

Things that polls can't tell you

Public not responding to pollsters

How American leans

ON ELECTION POLLS

AND THE WINNING POLLSTERS ARE. . .

POLLS NOT AS BAD AS THEY SEEM

Postal service

2014

Occupiers join fight against privatizing Postal Service

What happens if the right does get rid of the Postal Service?

GAO wants to slash home postal delivery

Postal Service plans to slash rural service

How the right is destroying the Postal Service

Postal workers fight outsourcing to Staples

Postal Service stops paying into retirement system

Earlier

Post Office would have made a profit had it not been for congressional mishandling of health benefit rules

How Congress wrecked the Postal Service

Post Office deficit grossly exaggerated

Why your postal service is dying

Postal service plans to cut up to 35,000 jobs

Time to save the Post Office

Postal Service wants 50 cents for first class mail

The real reason the Postal Service is in trouble

Postal Service threatens to cut service to three days a week

GAO FINDS DELIVERING MAIL 'NOT VIABLE'

Save our post offices

Primaries

32% of NH Republicans shook hands with at least one GOP presidential candidate

Ten reasons to ignore Iowa

Iowa picks a GOP winner less than half the time

Privatization

What could possibly go wrong here?

Populism

WHAT POPULISM IS ABOUT

What a populist rebellion might look like

PHONY POPULISM BEING PUSHED BY RIGHT AND MEDIA

POPULISM: WHAT HISTORIANS AND THE MEDIA DON'T TELL YOU

Progressives

"Progressive" most favorable political label

HOW PROGRESSIVES & LIBERALS ARE DIFFERENT

WHAT'S KILLING THE LEFT

HOW TO JUMP START THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT

SOME PROGRESSIVE ISSUES

WHERE CHANGE REALLY COMES FROM

AMERICA 2.0

A COOPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH

GETTING THROUGH THE BAD TIMES

OPPOSING & CREATING

TAKING IT FROM THE TOP AGAIN

THINGS TO DO IN THE BAD TIMES

WHERE'S THE COUNTER CULTURE WHEN WE NEED IT?

ACTIVISM

WE NEED SOLUTIONS PEOPLE CAN SEE & FEEL

BRINGING DEVOLUTION TO THE 'HOOD

LOCAL DEMOCRACY AS WELL AS LOCAL LETTUCE

BRINGING BACK THE DEVOLUTIONARY LEFT

NON-POLITICAL SIDE OF POLITICS

BRINGING POLITICS HOME

MUSIC & CHANGE

FOR A MOVEMENT, PROGRESSIVES NEED SHARED IDENTITY, NOT SHARED T SHIRTS

Public works

One in nine bridges structurally deficient says report

America's roads and bridges are falling apart

More than 4,400 dams rated unfsafe

Puerto Rico

If the United State Congress were to allow the citizens of Puerto Rico to choose between independence and statehood, an overwhelming majority (70 percent) would choose statehood, with 14 percent opting for independence and 13 percent undecided

Puerto Rico statehood vote more complicated that it appears

Quinn Christine

Why are New York liberals backing Christine Quinn?

Rebuilding America

Reid, Harry

Harry Reid's chief of staff has gotten big payout from Comcast...

HARRY REID SCREWS UP AGAIN

HARRY REID DECLARES SENATE A PRIVATE CLUB

Republicans

Little bunch of old white Christian extremists choosing the GOP candidate

THE REAL GOP PLATFORM

Rockefeller Jay

"It's my general feeling that people who are 20, 21, 22 years old really don't have any social values at this point." -- Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), quoted by the Los Angeles Times 2011

Roosevelt, Franklin

WHY REPUBLICANS WORRY ABOUT FDR

Marco Rubio

Rubio was a Mormon for awhile

Ryan, Paul

Paul Ryan page

Sanders, Bernie

How Bernie Sanders does it

BOSTON GLOBE PROFILE OF BERNIE SANDERS

Scandals

WASHINGTON'S SUPPRESSED PROSTITUTION CASE

Schweitzer, Brian

Good profile of Briah Schweitzer

Schweitzer still mulling

A western populist shows up on the national scene

Confusing politics: he supports both the pipeline and single payer

Brian Schweitzer: bright light, dark horse

Schumer, Chuck

CHUCK SCHUMER: A ROLLING CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Secret Service

Secret Service partied before JFK assasination, too

Senate

The Senate’s war on freedom of the press

Let's amend the Senate

The glass ceiling nobody talks about

Washington Post finally discovers the Senate is grossly unequal

The Senate: America's most powerful private club

THE SMALL STATE GANG THAT RUNS THE SENATE

Sequester

Sequestration forces food pantry closure

Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester

Sequestration may mean hard times for Meals on Wheels

Sequester hits those in need on Wind River Indian Reservation

Budget cuts hurt schools in military communities hard

Sequester Slashes Help for Long-Term Unemployed

12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts

Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.

Sequestration Could Deny Rental Assistance to 140,000 Low-Income Families

Socialism

Two in five Americans like socialism

More Americans view socialism favorably than they do the Tea Party

IT'S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT SOCIALISM

JUST SAY NO TO SOCIALISM

A BRIEF GUIDE TO AVOIDING SOCIALISM

WANT TO BE HAPPIER? TRY SOME MORE SOCIALISM

WHAT MILWAUKEE CAN TEACH US ABOUT SOCIALISM

SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH SOCIALISM?

South

White male Democrats vanishing in Texas legislature

The changing face of southern politics

Spitzer, Eliot

Spitzer's madam calls him a "jerk"

WHAT HAPPENS NORTH OF THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE STAYS NORTH OF THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE

WHY DID FEDS SPEND SO MUCH MONEY INVESTIGATING THE TRANSFER OF SO LITTLE MONEY?

THE SPITZER SAGA: MORE THAN IT APPEARS?

SPITZER TOO COCKY FOR OWN GOOD

SPITZER EXPLAINS HIS SIMPLE RULE FOR DOING THINGS RIGHT

WHAT MAKES A SPITZER

State & local

How tax cuts screwed Kansas

Americans don't move because of state taxes

State tax breaks for corporations don't help

17 states rejecting up to 80% of new welfare applicants

New statehood is not secession



ADDICTING INFO

State lotteries rip off the poor

So much for Wisconsin's approach to job creation

The great hidden reason why critics of Washington shouldn't support major federal budget cuts: about one quarter of all state and local budgets are funded by the federal government.

DC statehood bill introduced in Senate

States waste billions stealing jobs from each other

Michigan Gets Replacement Emergency Manager Law

Kasich decides not to privatize Ohio Turnpike

State Subsidies to Attract Corporate Investment Should be Banned

Mayoral election turnout is poor across the nation

Why block grants don't work the way they're meant to

Will Ohio privatize its freeway?

Southern California: If you don't like it, ban it

Louisiana kills funding for public libraries

Wisconsin based companies to treat the way Scott Walker treats labor unions

Arizona says Christianity the only religion allowed to be taught

States ripping off federal funds intended for homeowners

California budget deficit soars 74%

Tennessee declares holding hands a "gateway sexual activity"

Vermont nuclear battle shows why states rights are important

Ten states that tax the poor the most

State funded assistance to the poor disappearing

The remarkable public service depression

How not to get the economy moving

How corporations rip states off

State funding of education goes down as Medicaid costs rise

Illinois says it can't afford to bury the dead and poor

Wisconsin requires voter ID card, now closing down ten DMV offices

HERE'S THE LEGAL WAY TO BUY A GOVERNOR

How state legislators get told what to do

State of the Union address

How American citizens might write a State of the Union Address

Most useful coverage of State of the Union Address

State of the Union fatigue

Biggest cliches in State of the Union addresses

Stein Jill

Jill Stein clinches Green nomination

Green Party poll favors Stein over Barr

Meet Jill Stern, Green Party candidate for president

Super Junta

House committee chair rakes in big bucks after being named to super junta

Democratic members of super junta tell a false story about economy

Supreme Court

STUDY FINDS ROBERTS COURT HEAVILY PRO-BUSINESS

Statistics


NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Taxes

What offshore tax havens are costing you and small business

Number of tax law pages triple since 1984

Tea Party

Twenty-two percent of U.S. adults describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement. This is down 10 points from the height of the Tea Party movement in 2010, and roughly matches the record low 21% found in late 2011.

Another Tea Party - left alliance

Tennessee Dems and Tea Party come together

Tea Party knows public works help the economy

TEA PARTY CANDIDATES TAKING BUCKS FROM FOREIGN CORPORATIONS

TEA PARTY HAVING TROUBLE FILLING THE HALLS

THEY DON'T CALL IT A TEA PARTY FOR NOTHING

TEA PARTY & PROGRESSIVES FIND COMMON GROUND ON ELECTION FUNDING

THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE TEA PARTY

Third parties

Connecticut bans fusion for new and small parties

Colony of DC has four major parties

Gary Johnson files anti-trust suit to get into debates

How fusion politics gives third parties real power

What Gary Johnson is up to

Statement of Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate

Rocky Anderson explains his presidential campaign

Profiles of four third party presidential candidates

Big secret money behind online independent presidential scheme

Two progressive third party choices in presidential race

Independents & third party candidates do best since 1920s

CALIFORNIA APPROVES MEASURE THAT GREATLY WEAKENS THIRD PARTIES

WHERE THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES ARE ALMOST ROUTINE

SEIU PLANS THIRD PARTY IN NORTH CAROLINA

TTP agreement

Why TPP is being kept secret

TPP: Corporate terrorism against the nation state

Things the Washington Post doesn't tell its readers: TPP is no free trade agreement & slicing Social Security is a "cut," not a "cost saving."

TPP exposed by Wikileaks

TPP would allow investors to sue America in international court

TPP's threat to nationhood

Trump, Donald

Trump hasn't voted in a primary since 1989

Walker, Scott

Scott Walker

Scott Walker finds something good about unions

Warren, Elizabeth

Is Obama quietly backing Warren?

Just a thought: Why not run Elizabeth Warren for president on an anti-corruption platform?

Elizabeth Warren shows Democrats how to do it

Washington

Things you can't talk about in Washington

How DC's powerful take the pressure off with a dominatrix

Washington elites speak to hundreds, but declare speech "off the record"

THE SELECT FEW CALLING WASHINGTON'S SHOTS

WHO'S REALLY RUNNING WASHINGTON?

Welfare

State funded assistance to the poor disappearing

Food stamps reduced poverty during crash by 8%

Whistleblowing

IRS out to weaken its whistleblowing program

Prosecution of whistleblowers tipping off media has soared under Obama

White House

The rise of the White House staff

Meg Whitman

MEG WHITMAN SPENDS $119 MILLION OF OWN MONEY TO BUY GOVERNORSHIP

LINKS

Bush
BEHIND THE BUSHES

BUSH PHOTO ALBUM

General

CITIZENS FOR LEGITIMATE GOVT
DEMOCRACY RISING
DIRECT DEMOCRACY

DRINKING LIBERALLY
LIBERAL QUOTATIONS
OPEN DEBATES
POLITICAL MEET UPS

PROJECT SOUTH
SELECT SMART

Government oversight
CTR FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
CITIZEN WORKS

CITIZENS FOR TAX JUSTICE
GOV ACCOUNTIBLITY PRJCT
OPEN GOVERNMENT

PRJCT ON GOV OVERSIGHT
PUBLIC CITIZEN

TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE

Green
EUROPEAN GREENS
GREEN INSTITUTE

GREEN PARTY OF U.S.
GREEN PARTIES WORLDWIDE
GREEN SHADOW CABINET EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE

GREEN HORIZON
GREEN PAGES

CRASHING THE PARTY
DRIVING MR. NADER
GORE LOSS NOT DUE TO NADER
GREEN GOODIES

GREEN HISTORY
GREEN HISTORY CHART
GREENS IN OFFICE
GREEN GEAR

Voting records
PROGRESSIVE PUNCH

Voting reform
BLACK BOX VOTING
CENTER FOR VOTING & DEMOCRACY
GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE VOTING SYSTEMS

INITIATIVE & REFERENDA
INITIATIVE & REFERENDA INSTITUTE
INSTANT RUNOFF TEST BALLOT
REVIEW'S VOTE ARCHIVES
VERIFIED VOTING

VOTING INTEGRITY
VOTING SECURITY
VOTE SMART

VOTE WATCH

USEFUL DATA

AMERICAN INDICATORS

AMERICAN STATS

THE FREE PRESS

LINKS TO A NEW AMERICA

RECOVERED HISTORY

SAM'S FAVORITE QUOTES

WEB TOOLS

Stats

2013

GOVERNING

In 1974, 3 percent of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Now 50 percent of senators and 42 percent of congressmen do.

2012


Where the deficit really comes from

Who the big spenders have been

For many years, we have argued that if the Senate were a public school it would be under court ordered bussing, if it was a corporation it couldn't get any government contracts, and if it was a private club, members would want to resign before running for public office. A recent report by the Congressional Research Service supports this view.At the beginning of the 112th Congress only 2% of the senators were latino, 2% Asia American and none were black. There have been some changes, however. Back in the 79th Congress (1945-47) only 56% of members of the House held a bachelor's degree. By the latest Congress the figure was 95%. Nationally, only 27% of of adult Americans had attended four years of college.

2011

2.5 million voters leave GOP and Democratic parties