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Tom DeLay’s Unsolicited Advice | The Foreclosure Epidemic | An Iraq Fallacy

by WS Editors | Apr 1, 2007 | Economy, Foreign Policy

The Hammer Strikes Back—NBC’s Today Show isn’t known for putting its guests in the hot seat—unless your name is Tom Cruise. Yet there was host Meredith Vieira on March 20, sinking her teeth into former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. “You say to fight, and the name of your book is No Retreat, No Surrender. But didn’t you […]

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Remembering Molly Ivins | Strange Bedfellows | Florida Dumps Electronic Voting

by WS Editors | Feb 15, 2007 | Culture, Economy

Remembering Molly—We know that a great many of you first subscribed to the Spectatorbased on the recommendation of Molly Ivins, the iconic liberal columnist and humorist who, as you no doubt know, died on January 31 after a long fight with cancer. Molly got to know our longtime editor Ben A. Franklin back in the days […]

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Progressives Must Turn Their Attention to the States

by WS Editors | Dec 1, 2006 | Economy, Politics

After three dreadful election cycles—each, it seems, worse than the one before—progressives have made serious gains. The statistics are great: Six U.S. Senate seats. Twenty-nine U.S. Representatives. Six governors. Nine legislative chambers. More than three hundred state legislators. Final tallies are still being crunched, but it looks as though Democrats picked up everywhere from federal […]

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Maxed-Out Families and the Fading American Dream

by Perry L. Weed | Nov 1, 2006 | Economy

Editor’s note: President Bush never misses an opportunity to tout the economic growth and job gains of the last few years. The Dow may be at record highs, but there’s an ugly truth behind the myth of today’s economic “good times.” We asked occasional contributor Perry L. Weed to tease out the real story from […]

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McCain Sells Out | Wal-Mart Gets Political | Capitol Hill Is an FBI Crime Scene

by WS Editors | Oct 1, 2006 | Economy, Politics

Compromised Principles—When is a compromise not a compromise? When one side gets almost everything it wants and the other is left high and dry. That’s what happened in the recent debate over the Bush administration’s “anti-terrorism” interrogation powers. On one side were a trio of Republican senators led by John McCain (R-AZ), who was in […]

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