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How Conservatives Spent Your Dollars Pushing Marriage
Posted on: Jun 25, 2012, Source: Mother Jones
The research is in on a high-priced Bush-era initiative to promote marriage to poor people. It’s time for a divorce.
What Does Rupert Murdoch Want With America's Schools?
Posted on: Sep 23, 2011, Source: Mother Jones Online
Murdoch has made it very clear that he views America's public schools as a potential gold mine.
9 Kids in 2 Years Killed Themselves In Michele Bachmann's District -- Did Bachmann's Anti-Gay Allies Contribute to a Mental Health Crisis?
Posted on: Jul 26, 2011, Source: Mother Jones
Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were bullied. And anti-gay activists stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis.
Tea Party Patriots Investigated: 'They Use You and Abuse You'
Posted on: Feb 15, 2011, Source: MotherJones.com
Pricey political consultants and fame-seeking leaders: A grassroots group cozies up to the DC establishment and alienates the activists who put it on the map.
How the Tea Party Thinks Sustainable Development Is an International Conspiracy to Take Away Our Personal Freedoms
Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
Conservative activists believe that the UN is secretly plotting to herd humans into crowded cities so that the rest of the world can be devoted to wildlife preservation.
Will War Between the Religious Right and Libertarians Tear the Tea Party Apart?
Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
The tea party's social conservative and libertarian wings are poised for a showdown that could decide the fate of the movement.
Tea Party Leader Lashes Out Against Christine O'Donnell: "She's a Loser"
Posted on: Sep 20, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
The Maine state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots has expressed a very low opinion of the Tea Party backed O'Donnell. Are there rifts in the movement?
Powder Keg? Glenn Beck Groupies, Oath Keepers and Tea Partiers to Collide with Black Family Reunion
Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
What will happen when thousands of Tea Partiers likely toting offensive signs come into contact with attendees of the annual Black Family Reunion?
Tea Party Travel Agents Duke It out for Protest Business
Posted on: Aug 11, 2010, Source: Mother Jones Online
Competing for the business of Tea Party protesters as they converge on Washington, the movement has spawned its own cutthroat brand of travel agents.
Tea Parties Racked By Infighting, Confusion and Dissent
Posted on: Jul 25, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
A series of rallies meant to help unify the movement have actually sired confusion and dissent.
In Kagan's Supreme Court Hearings, GOP's Line of Questioning Panders to the Tea Party Crowd
Posted on: Jul 1, 2010, Source: Mother Jones Online
No one actually mentioned the Tea Partiers during Elana Kagan's Supreme Court nomination hearings, but they were there in spirit, pitchforks in hand.
Should Gonzo Porn Be Regulated By the Feds?
Posted on: Jun 16, 2010, Source: MotherJones.com
Porn is becoming more and more extreme, and more and more accessible -- including to kids. Is it time for the government to step in?
Does BP Plan to Rip Off the Families of Killed Rig Workers?
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
The Deepwater rig is legally considered an ocean-going vessel, as a result BP could get away with shelling out sums as paltry as $1,000 to families of workers killed in the blast.
A Former GOP Mastermind Is Now Fighting to Save Gay Marriage and Unmask the Mormon Church
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
Fred Karger was one of the GOP's top dark-arts operators. Now he's riding into battle to save gay marriage and reveal the Mormon Church's anti-gay marriage plan.
Obscure Law Could Cost Hillary Clinton Her Cabinet Post
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
Conspiracy theorists who started the birther lie are now targeting Clinton's eligibility for office, over an obscure provision in the Constitution.
A Conspiracy Theory About a Secret Police Force Has Ignited a Firestorm of Right-Wing Paranoia
Posted on: Feb 8, 2010, Source: Mother Jones
An obscure executive order has been misconstrued and now the blowback has reached all the way to Congress.
Conservative Activists Furious at GOP Consultants Hijacking Tea Party Name
Posted on: Dec 30, 2009, Source: Mother Jones Online
The Tea Party Express is trying to capitalize on the Tea Party movement for crass and self-serving political purposes -- mainly as a fundraising machine for Republican causes.
The Religious Right's Potty Paranoia
Posted on: Dec 11, 2009, Source: Mother Jones Online
Public restrooms: The final frontier of the right's war on queer folk?
Anti-Abortion Group to Protest Palin
Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: Mother Jones Online
To liberals, she epitomizes the anti-choice far right of the GOP. But to American Right to Life, Sarah Palin is not pure enough.
Is the Right-Wing Tea Party Kettle Starting to Losing Its Steam?
Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: Mother Jones
What if they gave a Tea Party and nobody came? Michele Bachmann and company promised a barrage of protest calls to the Capitol but, so far, things are kind of quiet.
Why Does Bush's Top Florida 2000 Election Lawyer Want to Lead Gay Marriage Fight to Supreme Court?
Posted on: May 29, 2009, Source: MotherJones.com
Ultraconservative lawyer Ted Olson (who defended Bush in Bush v. Gore) wants to fight for gay marriage but many are skeptical of his motives.
Why Is Obama Backing Bank of America in Court?
Posted on: Mar 29, 2009, Source: MotherJones.com
Now that the Obama administration is a shareholder, will it protect the interests of the bank or those of targeted by its predatory practices?
Why You Can't Buy a New Car Online
Posted on: Feb 12, 2009, Source: MotherJones.com
Blame two Republican presidents and the influential car-dealer lobby who worked hard to ensure that this will never happen.
W's Worst Judges
Posted on: Sep 17, 2008, Source: Mother Jones
Forget Roberts or Alito for a minute; in eight years, Bush installed more than 300 federal judges. Here are a few to keep a close eye on.
Can a Prison Profiteer with No Court Experience Make a Good Trial Judge?
Posted on: Feb 28, 2008, Source: Mother Jones
Bush's nominee for Tennessee trial court judge is a Republican crony who has made millions off the prison boom.
The Supreme Court Forgets the Little People
Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source: Mother Jones Online
The conservative-dominated court is totally out of touch with the rest of the country.
Will Dems Protect Americans' Right to Sue?
Posted on: Nov 16, 2006, Source: TomPaine.com
Lobbyists and are gearing up once again to push for tort reforms in Washington. Will the Dems cave in to their demands?
The Myth of America's 'Lawsuit Crisis'
Posted on: Oct 5, 2004, Source: Washington Monthly
How the media helps the insurance industry and the GOP with wildly exaggerated tales of Americans' overarching sense of legal entitlement.
Posted on: Oct 2, 2003, Source: Washington Monthly
The new book 'Food, Inc.' gives a much more nuanced assessment of biotech food issues than you'll hear from the Bush administration.
CIA Wives Inspire DIY Girls
Posted on: May 4, 2003, Source: Washington Monthly
A home repair book for the rest of us could also prove handy if the economy gets any worse.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly
A new book says the SUV is the car of choice for the nation's most self-centered people -- and the bigger the SUV, the more of a jerk its driver is likely to be.
Why We Eat
Posted on: Nov 10, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly
With more than 60 percent of Americans overweight, a new book says humans are hardwired to get fat. And scientists and drug companies alike see obesity as the "trillion-dollar disease."
How Global Warming Will Burn Bush
Posted on: Sep 10, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly
In the hopes of spurring Dubya into action on climate change, here is a projection of what global warming will do to his beloved Crawford, Texas, summer home ranch.
The Trouble With Frida Kahlo
Posted on: Jun 6, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly
All the hype surrounding the late Mexican painter-cum-icon dodges certain uncomfortable truths about this season's hottest female artist.
Tom Daschle's Hillary Problem
Posted on: Jan 13, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly
If the Senate Majority Leader runs for president, what will voters think of his lobbyist wife -- especially after she helped bail out the airline industry?
Posted on: Nov 12, 2001, Source: Washington Monthly
Educated women claim to hate Naomi Wolf. So why do they read her books? A review of Third Wave diva's recently released "Misconceptions."
Scorin' with Orrin
Posted on: Aug 27, 2001, Source: Washington Monthly
How the Republican Senator from Utah made it easier for kids to buy speed, steroids and Spanish fly.
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