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Government shutdown puts thousands of SF veterans’ benefits at risk

More than 7,000 employees in Veterans Benefits Administration offices nationwide were furloughed today (Tues/8), the newest casualty of the federal government shutdown.As the Republicans...

Why democracy matters

EDITORIAL There's a troubling anti-democratic trend taking place in this country, one that's been recently reflected everywhere from the US Supreme Court's decision to...

Chatting up Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas

Chances are, you probably have the Daily Kos blog open on one of your browser tabs right now. The fiercely progressive blog and community...

Disillusionment, “Everyman,” and Netroots Nation

For nearly the entire Caltrain ride to down San Jose last Thursday morning, my thoughts were fully consumed by the subject of liberal disillusionment...

Republicans are just plain daft, part 2

One of the most prosaic lines in film history is in 1974's Godfather II. When Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro) is asked by Peter Clemenza...

Republicans are just plain daft

What do you do when your party is getting clobbered on social media and among a demographic that is getting locked in to vote...

Another victory for the champions of the “unborn”

In a grand piece of political theater, Wisconsin Republicans passed a measure 17-15 in their senate that would require an ultrasound prior to an...

‘Money is a tool’

And so is disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But is he a tool of political reform or just his longtime allies among the rich and the right?

Dianne Feinstein fails

June 7, 2013
You have to have your head deeper in the sand than the worst Republicans not to have noticed that the federal government has been...

The end of the Republican Party

Everyone knows and loves the expression "out of the mouths of babes", but I doubt that's the reaction this poll got in the halls...

Some wins, some losses in Sacto

June 3, 2013
The state Assembly and Senate passed the usual flurry of bills on May 31, the last day for initial-house approval, with some unusual drama...

Staggering Hypocrisy

Apparently, the Republicans in Congress are railing against food stamps--fosters a "culture of dependency", they say.A few things--most of the beneficiaries of TANF are...

Because they’re assholes

Yesterday, Business Insider, the bastion of leftist socialism, reported that the Republican Party's negatives are polling at an all time high. 59% of the...

Phobic Phatheads

No issue in America has had as abrupt a public opinion turn as gay rights. Once a third rail that could never be touched...

The “Do Nothing” Solution to “Illegal Immigration”

Both sides of the political aisle have made a major issue out of the problem of the 11 million people inside the US illegally...

The right wing and armed revolution

Man, I'm getting old. When I was growing up, in the 1960s, and even when I was in college in the 1970s, and when...

Don’t vent, organize and “primary” a Democrat near you

May 2, 2013
By Norman SolomonNorman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War...

Facebook’s Keystone Pipeline connection

When people who don't have a lot of experience in politics suddenly start throwing money around, dumb stuff happens. That's what's going on with...

Pride faces backlash from defenders of gay whistleblower

April 30, 2013
In the wake of the debacle unleashed by San Francisco Pride’s announcement that gay whistleblower Bradley Manning would not be grand marshal for this...

CEQA change moves faster in SF than Sacto

April 16, 2013
So the Guv says he doesn't think he's going to be able to gut CEQA this year. I think he's right: The party he...

When conservatives love Leno

April 15, 2013
State Sen. Mark Leno is used to facing opposition. His efforts to regulate chemicals, end gender discrimination in insurance, and force cell-phone makers to...

GOP ‘dark wizard’ and Occupy ‘anti-leader’ to speak in SF on the same day

April 2, 2013
This coming Thursday, a central intellectual figure of the Occupy Wall Street movement will give a talk on “Austerity and its Discontents.” And across...

On KPFA, Gavin Newsom ducks the tough ones

March 21, 2013
Gavin Newsom sat down for an hour with Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's Up Front, and the show is remarkable. Brian was a little less...

The lies of war

March 19, 2013
I was listening to Democracy Now this morning, and the introduction to a segment on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War started out...