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  • October 20, 2008 8:00 pm | By Willard

    What Do “Voter Fraud,” Unicorns, and The Tooth Fairy Have in Common?

    Answer: They don't actually exist -- except in the minds of right-wingers. (Well, I'm not actually sure if Pat Robertson and the like believe in unicorns or the Tooth Fairy, but given the outlandish nature of some of their other beliefs,…

  • October 20, 2008 5:03 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Powell Stands Up to the Real Muslim Smear

    In all the effort to defend Barack Obama against the rumor that he’s secretly a Muslim, too may people have missed the real point. Why would it matter if he were a Muslim? The Constitution clearly states that ”no religious…

  • October 17, 2008 9:09 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Uglier and Uglier and Uglier

    In case you didn’t think that attacks against Senator Obama could get any worse, they, umm, did.Barack Obama, the Democratic Party's nominee for President, has become a target for white supremacists and other extremists on various Websites and Internet forums…

  • October 17, 2008 8:38 pm | By Willard

    ACORN Is Not The Problem

    I'm not going to sit idly by while good people are thrown under the bus ... especially if that bus is John McCain's "Straight Talk Express." And I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- going to let the Right…

  • October 17, 2008 7:31 pm | By Kyle

    “Angry” Al Franken

    In his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken recalls an episode in Paul Wellstone’s 2002 run for re-election when, prior to his untimely death, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ran an ad called “Pork”…

  • October 17, 2008 4:14 pm | By Marge Baker

    Joe the Plumber May Not Be Able To Vote

    Check this out.  The Dayton Daily News is reporting that because Joe "The Plumber" Wurzellbacher's last name is spelled with an "o" not a "u" on the registration rolls, he could be knocked off the rolls under a policy advocated by…

  • October 17, 2008 2:29 am | By Willard

    VIDEO: The End of Choice?

    In case you aren't already convinced that next month's election is pretty frickin' important, here's something else to consider: the next president will almost certainly have the power to shape the future of the Supreme Court for decades to come. What…

  • October 16, 2008 10:43 pm | By Josh

    Full-Page NY Times Ad Stands Up to Right-Wing Smears and Shoddy Reporting

    Anyone who watched last night’s debate should know that John McCain and his right-wing allies are going to outrageous lengths to smear the reputation of ACORN, a community organizing group which has registered hundreds of thousands of voters for the…

  • October 15, 2008 9:30 pm | By Willard

    Fighting Voter Suppression in Big Sky Country

    Is “pursuing other interests” code for “ I want to figure out how to disenfranchise more people “? After several weeks of employing controversial state-wide voter caging efforts, Montana GOP Director Jake Eaton resigned from his post to “pursue other…

  • October 15, 2008 7:51 pm | By Drew Courtney

    One Last Liveblog! (For now)

    Just a reminder that we'll be here tonight liveblogging the final presidential debate.As always, your presence and participation are encouraged!

  • October 15, 2008 5:36 pm | By Willard

    California Republican Party Ran into Voter Registration Problems Like ACORN’s In 2006

    Seems ACORN isn't the only organization that's had trouble with contractors submitting fraudulent voter registrations.Via Firedoglake: Faked names on voter registration forms. Error rates as high as 60 percent. Firing the people responsible for these errors. Investigations launched by local and…

  • October 14, 2008 9:44 pm | By Willard

    Rove and “Voter Fraud”

    Drew mentioned earlier today that "voter fraud is an almost entirely synthetic issue, cooked up as an excuse to push restrictive voter ID laws."  One of the chefs: Karl Rove. (I'm sure you're shocked!)  Via Talking Points Memo comes a video from…

  • October 14, 2008 4:03 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Undermining the Obama Presidency

    Ezra Klein points out how the right is using the ACORN pseudo-scandal to undermine the Obama presidency – before the election has even taken place. It's worth being very clear about what's happening here. It looks like Barack Obama is…

  • October 14, 2008 2:46 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Everything You Wanted to Know About ACORN (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    Having (possibly? momentarily?) decided to back away from the anti-Obama character attacks that we thought we'd see over the last weeks of the campaign, the McCain campaign is now pushing the idea that the race is going to decided by…

  • October 10, 2008 11:55 pm | By Willard

    Building Progressive Power at a Dangerous Moment

    The politics of Karl Rove are alive and well! As we near Election Day, we're seeing more smears and attempts at character assassination. The combination of win-at-all-costs politics and the growing financial crisis makes me nervous, because economic hardship has…

  • October 10, 2008 11:25 pm | By Willard

    Three Decades of Covering the Court

    Radar magazine has a great interview this week with Linda Greenhouse, who recently retired after 30 years of covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times. It's a long, wide-ranging interview, so I'd recommend reading the whole thing, but…

  • October 10, 2008 7:29 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Marriage in Connecticut!

    Break out the chilled champagne!As you may have already heard, the Connecticut State Supreme Court today ruled that the state constitution prohibits marriage discrimination.  That means that *gasp* same-sex couples will be treated like everyone else!It is, of course, worth…

  • October 9, 2008 8:40 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Marriage Ban Update

    If the stock market didn't give you enough heartburn today, check in on Dana Goldstein's rundown of the fight to stop discriminatory anti-marriage amendments.  Many of these amendments will be close in the end, so take this as another reminder…

  • October 8, 2008 6:47 pm | By Drew Courtney

    McCain Not Doing Obama Any Favors

    The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza outlines John McCain’s latest kinda-sorta-maybe change in tactics (we can’t say “strategy” because at this point it’s unclear whether McCain ever had one.)  Obama partisans are most likely very happy with the McCain campaign’s performance…

  • October 8, 2008 4:59 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Rolling Stone on the Makebelieve Maverick

    If you’re taking “the great schlep” or are just in conversation with friends and family members about the coming election, there’s a very revealing profile of Sen. John McCain in the current Rolling Stone: read it here.