Supreme Court will rule on whether political falsehoods are protected by the First Amendment

Why the Supreme Court hasn’t long ago settled this matter is simply beyond me. The statutes at issue should have been laughed away before they were ever adopted. But here we are, as if there’s even one chance in hell that the high court will uphold an Ohio law against political lying. After all, when it comes to political rhetoric, truth is often a vague concept. The story is HERE: Groups at both ends of the ideological spectrum are challenging an Ohio law, on the books since the 1970s, that forbids candidates, issue groups or...

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The party of anger and division runs a campaign ad decrying anger and division

This ad from the Republican National Committee is beyond any measuring with an hypocrisy meter. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STdzNePvR-4[/youtube] . UPDATE: This cartoon offers an appropriate...

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Karl Rove says he expects Obama’s re-election effort will include lots of mudslinging

  Karl Rove, the most overrated political guru of our time, is direly warning Republicans that Barack Obama will resort to mudslinging in the coming presidential campaign. Is this guy serious? Is he talking about the same Barack Obama whose political base is often impatient with his reluctance to fight back against the calumny aimed at him by Republicans? Is he talking about the same Barack Obama who’s better known for playing patty-cake with his political rivals than for counterpunching? Or could it be that Rove actually fears that...

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The universality of pro-war rhetoric

Glenn Greenwald LIKENS the pro-war rhetoric of the Obama administration with that of the Bush administration. The common thread is this question: Whose side are you...

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Is can-do spirit emerging as theme of Obama’s campaign for re-election?

  It says HERE that President Obama’s political rhetoric of late suggests an emerging theme, a variation of sorts on the 2008 campaign slogan, “Yes, We Can.” A few excerpts: In January, President Obama told a story in his State of the Union address about a Pennsylvania small business owner whose innovations helped save trapped Chilean miners. One of the business’ workers later boasted, “We do big things,” and Obama used the line to reinforce his belief in American greatness. Michael Scherer noted the other day that the...

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