It’s the End of the Year… or Not!

It's hard to believe we're coming up on the end of 2010. The older we get, the shorter the years... or so it seems. 2010 was a year for the history books. This was a year of political frustration, economic distress and ecological disaster. We witnessed the rise of the Tea Party, and division among the Democrats. The first big shot against (small d) democracy came on January 21, when the Supreme Court upended 100 years of law to give corporations the right to buy elections. To add insult to injury, Air America radio (my employer at the time) ceased [...]

Standing Up For What’s Right

It's what I try to do on my show every day. But in real life, do we truly take action? I understand, life gets in the way.  Working -sometimes 2 or 3 jobs- to get enough money to feed our kids and pay the rent - or mortgage, if we haven't yet lost our homes.  Taking care of the kids, the car, the house, the dogs... then we're supposed to get active too? Of course, there's the money issue.  There are always great actions going on in Washington DC that we'd love to attend... if it didn't cost money that [...]

Of Saints and Sinners

Richard Holbrooke died yesterday.  Its amazing to me how, upon a persons death, people are afraid to speak truthfully. Although Holbrooke did some good things (anyone who tries to work through diplomatic channels can't be all bad!), he was also one of the architects of the Vietnam War, and authored some of the Pentagon Papers, showing he knew full-well that that war was a no-win situation. Holbrooke is being lionized in the media today, but not by all.  All one has to do is follow Jeremy Scahill's twitter feed.  He's been speaking out about the man he's covered for years, [...]

For Crying Shame – Can You Say Double Standards?

In September of 2009 as the contentious "town hall meetings" over health care reform had dominated the news for a month, when violent rhetoric was spewing from right wingers, Nancy Pelosi recounted what happened in her hometown of San Francisco as a result of incendiary talk... and she choked up: The criticism from the right came fast.  "It appears the job of governing is too much for Nancy Pelosi, who may be finally coming apart at the seams," is just one of many similar statements that shows up in a quick Google search. And remember what crying did to Ed [...]

To Cave or Not To Cave

That's the question about what the Dems will do today. Or more accurately, how deep down into the cave they'll go.  Why is it always the Democrats who give in, and never the Republicans? One of my first stops this morning was to Greg Sargent's Morning Plum, where he told me not to get my hopes up... Deal takes shape on Bush tax cuts: The President is privately signaling that he will agree to a temporary extension of all the tax cuts, but only if the GOP agrees to extend unemployment benefits.GOP leaders appear willing to agree. At this point [...]

It’s an Upside Down World

I've been singing this song for a while now.  In GOP land, up is down, in is out, and right is truly wrong. Unfortunately, the Democrats in power aren't helping very much to make sense of it either. Yesterday, in advance of a sit-down with Republican party leaders, President Obama gave them something they've been wanting without asking for anything in return.  Seriously.  He just offered up no pay raises for most of the 2 million people who work for the federal government... Yes, middle class workers taking the hit again! In case you were wondering, the freeze doesn't affect [...]

A Big, Hot Steaming Dump of Wikileaks

How do you end a long holiday weekend? With a big, hot, steaming dump of wikileaks documents!  Although I haven't had the time to read many of the 250,000 documents, I was thrilled that John Nichols of The Nation joined me this morning for a first look at them. Nichols wrote a prescient piece on Friday, "Official Washington Worries Wikileak Will Reveal Inconsistent Approach to Terror," and today we discussed just how on-target he was.  He hit the nail on the head when he wrote 1. Many, if not all, of the US officials who deal on the international stage tend to like [...]

The Final Stretch

We have just over a week before election day, and things are getting nastier by the minute. On today's show, I'll be joined by one of the few progressive heroes in Congress - Raul Grijalva - who is in serious danger of losing his seat. On Thursday, Grijalva's Tucson office was evacuated Thursday when a staffer opened an envelope containing a plastic bag of white powder and two pieces of paper with swastikas written on them. Nice, huh?  Yes, it's ugly out there... But we'll start the show with Jason Leopold of Truthout, who spent the weekend poring over the [...]

It’s A Big Day For Equality

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Lt. Dan Choi this summer at Netroots Nation in Las Vegas.  Yes, I'm very proud of the picture above.  And I'm thrilled that Dan will join me on the air this morning, on the day that we'll see what our members of the US Senate are made of. Of course we know that John McCain, who's leading the charge on a filibuster of the Defense Authorization Bill because it includes a provision that would repeal the discriminatory Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, is a pandering, homophobic, bigoted, coward.  Sen. Jim Webb is [...]

The Morning After

OK, so I was wrong with a couple of my predictions.  Florida's loathsome Attorney General, Bill McCollum, will not be running for Governor after all. Perhaps it was his decision to take Florida's taxpayers money to spearhead a misguided attempt by a group of AGs to sue  the federal government over the health care law.  But whatever the reason, the Republicans of Florida decided that the sleazy billionaire Rick Scott--who didn't bother to show up at any debates with his opponent, including one just four days ago where he sent his mother in his stead-- would make a better candidate! [...]

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