Did Romney Just Flip-Flop on What His Base Calls "The Slacker Mandate?"

I suppose this might reassure swing voters that Mitt Romney really isn't all that scary or heartless. On the other hand, is he going to have to back down in response to right-wing outrage?

Date: Mon, 09/10/2012 - 06:14

Predicting the Election: Will It Be As Close As People Think?

As many of you know, I have compiled an exceedingly good track record of predicting the outcome of presidential and congressional elections over the years. My best cycle was 2006, when I was off by just one seat when predicting how many seats the Democrats would pick up in their take over of the House. For over a year, I have been predicting that this presidential election would not ultimately be a close one, and that it would not be as close as 2008.

Date: Mon, 09/10/2012 - 05:54

Dr. Krugman Schools a Flabbergasted Rand Paul On Gov't Employment Going Down Under Obama


You know how the federal government has grown hugely under President Obama, right? At least that's what the Tea Party would have us believe. They have been drinking their own Kool-Aid for so long that they are no longer aware there is no factual standing for their arguments, and react with incredulity when challenged.

Date: Mon, 09/10/2012 - 05:50

Restaurant Union Workers Win Historic Victory in New York City

The restaurant workers who were fired and locked out of their store for organizing a union have won after a week of escalating protests outside the Manhattan cafe. Saturday afternoon, the owner declared that he had bowed to the workers demands to reopen the store, rehire all the workers and recognize their newly formed union, an inspiring labor victory at a time when many are attacking the power of unions.

Date: Sat, 09/08/2012 - 18:04

AlterNet Radio: The Latest in the War on Voting; Report-Back From the Republican and Democratic Conventions

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour: it's officially election season!

We start with the excellent blogger and noted Obamabot Imani Gandy -- AKA The Angry Black Lady -- who is just returning from her first, and likely last, political convention in Charlotte.

Then we speak with AlterNet's Adele Stan, who braved frogs, pestilence and crappy wi-fi to cover the GOP convention in Tampa. We'll compare and contrast.

Date: Sat, 09/08/2012 - 13:09

Jon Stewart: Fox News Anchors' Hearts and Brains Appear to Have Shrunk Three Sizes Between RNC and DNC

Last night the Daily Showwrapped up its convention coverage with an episode that focused in part on good ol' arch nemesis Fox News. In a segment titled "Last Week, This Week," Jon Stewart compared several Fox anchors' reports from the RNC and the DNC, and the results are predictably telling.

Watch the segment below.

Date: Sat, 09/08/2012 - 09:27

The Interview You've Waited Two Years for: Bill Maher and Christine "I'm Not a Witch" O'Donnell

Two(ish) years ago, Bill Maher released a Politically Incorrectclip from the late 90s of Christine O'Donnell, the 2010 Republican Senate candidate from Delaware, discussing how she's "dabbled in witchcraft."

Aaaaand we all know how that played out.

Yesterday, Maher finally got a chance to sit down with O'Donnell to talk about the whole witch saga ("I made your life hell, and I'm sorry about that," Maher said), before turning the conversation to -- what else? -- religion and the Republican party.

Date: Sat, 09/08/2012 - 09:04