September 14, 2013
Re "GOP's unhealthy obsession," Editorial, Sept. 12 Your thoughtful editorial encourages compromise by House GOP members who want to shut down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act, or who propose defaulting on the national debt by refusing to raise the debt ceiling if any of the borrowed money funds the healthcare law. Alas, the House GOP's lunatic tea party members owe their jobs to primary voters who chose them over more moderate...
September 12, 2013 |
Is he an aggressive, paranoid, pathological liar or an American hero? That's the complex question director Jamie Meltzer explores - if never quite answers - regarding left-wing radical-turned-FBI mole Brandon Darby in the compelling, well-crafted documentary "Informant. " With seemingly full cooperation from Darby (strangely, he even "acts" in dramatic re-creations of key events), Meltzer lays out the disparate facts of Darby's recent past, starting in 2005 when the Texas native drove to New Orleans to help rescue a friend, former Black Panther Robert King Wilkerson, from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.
September 8, 2013 |
AURORA, Colo. - Nic Showalter and Richard Rutledge view the world across a wide gulf. Showalter, a Democrat, sees President Obama blocked at every turn by intransigent Republicans. Rutledge, a Republican, sees a swollen-headed president running roughshod over opponents. For that reason, both are glad Obama has sought congressional approval before attacking Syria. Showalter thinks it will hold Republican lawmakers accountable. Rutledge says it's the way checks and balances ought to work.
September 5, 2013 |
Despite the fact that there have been many brilliant thinkers through the centuries who called themselves conservatives, it does seem that, when we look at things through the rearview mirror of American history, it is conservatives who are left stuck in the mud. Today's conservatives may call themselves tea partiers, but the original bunch that tossed boxes of tea over the side of British ships was a gaggle of radicals, not conservatives. In 1776, it was conservative people who thought the Declaration of Independence was a traitorous document.
August 19, 2013 |
Just as the Affordable Care Act was the signature piece of legislation of President Obama's first term, the top achievement of term two is supposed to be immigration reform. And, for a while, with Republicans freaked out by the ground they have lost among Latino voters, such legislation looked unstoppable. But now, not so much. On Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform, but the version of reform they want provides only renewable work permits, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents of the U.S. That is not what Obama and the Democrats have called for, nor what Republican Sens.
August 14, 2013 |
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as pastor for a nondenominational congregation at its headquarters. As his public pronouncements make clear, he detests Planned Parenthood and legal abortion, welfare and the California-born black holiday Kwanzaa. He used to hold a "national day of repudiation" against Jesse Jackson; he has his doubts about women in high places.
July 31, 2013 |
Ted Cruz is on a roll. The tea party firebrand from Texas has been in the Senate all of seven months, but he's already looking like a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Last week, Cruz won a straw poll at a major gathering of the party's conservative wing in Denver with an impressive 45% of the votes, far ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Before that, he wowed social conservatives in a campaign-style visit to Iowa, whose caucuses are the first stop on the long trail that leads to the nomination.
July 15, 2013 |
“News Night” staffers believed they had uncovered a scandal of Watergate proportions - the kind that “makes careers and ends presidencies.” But instead of winning a Peabody Award for journalism excellence, the military exposé backfired with massive repercussions, potentially ending careers and heaping disgrace on the Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. That's the setup as HBO's “The Newsroom” kicks off its second season with Episode 11, “First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers.” VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview The crippling crisis started when ACN aired an investigative piece about a U.S. military secret mission, Operation Genoa.
June 26, 2013 |
The scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's handling of tea party groups took a left turn this week after congressional Democrats revealed that the tax agency had also targeted liberal groups for scrutiny. The revelation led some liberals to declare that the controversy was a manufactured one, created by a partisan Republican (Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista) to taint President Obama. If only. The new information changes the context profoundly, but it doesn't explain why IRS employees made wholly inappropriate demands for information from politically active groups seeking nonprofit status under Sections 501(c)
June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Internal Revenue Service employees used other politically-loaded terms besides "tea party" when they culled applications for tax-exempt status and then subjected them to extra scrutiny - including the words "progressive" and "blue," according to agency memos. The lists with key words to watch for, released Monday by congressional Democrats, are the first documents showing that IRS employees were instructed to flag other types of nonprofit groups engaged in politics, not just conservative ones.