Ryan’s Incredibly Dishonest Speech

We're all used to lies from politicians, so much so that we expect it now and are almost shocked to hear one tell the truth. But Paul Ryan's speech to the Republican National Convention still stands out for its utter dishonesty from beginning to end. Joan Walsh adds up just a few of them: … [Read more...]

Corsi Finds New ‘Mystery’ to Obsess About

The ever-industrious Jerome Corsi has found yet another story related to President Obama to wonder aloud about, using a mishmash of half-truths and distortions to create some vague mystery to leave the wingnuts scratching their collective heads over. This time it's an interview with Reggie Love, who used to be the president's personal assistant. … [Read more...]

The Practical Path to Clean Energy

I found this picture on Facebook and it got me thinking about all the ways that this country could get serious about cutting down on the use of fossil fuels and speed the transition to clean, renewable energy production. This is a brilliant idea: … [Read more...]

Gay Event to Blame for Another Hurricane

Leave it to the Worldnutdaily to point out the "eerie Bible coincidence" -- though the article never actually mentions the Bible other than in the headline -- of two hurricanes hitting New Orleans around the same time, seven years apart. And of course, it's all the fault of gay people. … [Read more...]

RNC Chair: No Money for Akin

I've predicted that both the Republican party and the third party conservative groups will reverse themselves and pour money into the Missouri Senate race on behalf of Todd Akin, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus says he won't get even a penny from the RNC, even if the race is a dead heat. … [Read more...]

Miners Forced to Attend Romney Rally

Remember when Mitt Romney appeared in front of a group of coal miners in Eastern Ohio a couple weeks ago? It's now been revealed that the company that owns the mine required the miners to attend -- and that they had to give up their pay for the day to do so. … [Read more...]

Gay Republicans Remain Hopeful

Right Wing Watch notes that while Tony Perkins has been bragging to anyone who would listen that the Family Research Council had enormous influence over the Republican party platform, gay Republican groups remain hopeful that the tide is turning in their favor. Peter Montgomery attended an event hosted by two of those groups and got some interesting quotes: … [Read more...]

Schlafly Lies About Obama and Religious Liberty

At a "Faith and Freedom" rally that preceded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, religious right leader Phyllis Schlafly offered up a pack of lies and half-truths to the crowd about Obama's record on religious liberty. This is all part of the right's "ZOMG, Obama is going to destroy Christianity" offensive (a perfect word, in both senses). James Rainey counts them down: … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney: Tea Party Candidate

In his continuing campaign to be all things to all people simultaneously, Mitt Romney has sent out one of his senior advisers to make the case that he is truly the candidate of the Tea Party. Why? Because, like them, he's an "outsider" on a crusade to change Washington. … [Read more...]

Have the Super Rich Seceded?

Mike Lofgren, a former Republican congressional staffer, has a fascinating essay in The American Conservative about what he calls the psychological and financial secession of the super rich from America (and other nations, for that matter). With offshore bank accounts and armies of tax attorneys, he argues, they have effectively removed themselves from the polity while still remaining largely in control of the levers of policy. … [Read more...]

Senator Proposes Weak Warranteless Wiretap Safeguards

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has submitted a bill that would place a tiny little safeguard on the government's use of warrantless surveillance. David Kravitz of Wired's Threat Level blog explains the details of that proposal, the full text of which can be found here. … [Read more...]

O’Keefe Prevented From Going to Tampa

James O'Keefe, the demented frat boy who fancies himself a guerilla journalist, has been prevented from traveling to the city hosting the Republican National Convention, where he was scheduled to speak to a conference on citizen journalism. He is on probation for dressing up as a phone repairman to dishonestly get access to Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in Louisiana and can only travel with permission from a judge. Couldn't have happened to a slimier and more loathsome creature. … [Read more...]