The Best and Worst Presidents on Taxes

The Best and Worst Presidents on Taxes

With all the debate over Donald Trump’s tax-dodging, I’ve been wondering how taxes have played into presidential politics in the past. For some answers, I turned to Bob McIntyre, head of the nonpartisan research and advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice. For...
A Fracking Fortune Gets Political

A Fracking Fortune Gets Political

Televangelist James Robison recently declared that he’s praying for a merger of the tea party and the religious right. Is he kidding? That merger is well underway. And it’s getting a hefty push from a couple of billionaire brothers. No, not Charles and...
Blame Cantor, Not Immigration

Blame Cantor, Not Immigration

Talk about being kicked to the curb. A little-known, under-financed tea party challenger crushed seven-term Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in an unusual primary loss. As Washington insiders struggled to make sense of the Virginia Republican’s...
What Democrats Can Learn from Cantor’s Loss

What Democrats Can Learn from Cantor’s Loss

David Brat, the man who unexpectedly defeated Eric Cantor in a recent Republican primary, is an ideologue. That should be a source of encouragement for candidates on the populist left — but not for the reasons you might think. Brat is a professor whose college chair...
Why Tea Partiers Should Back Minimum Wage Raise

Why Tea Partiers Should Back Minimum Wage Raise

If tea-partying Republicans were politically strategic animals, they’d support President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. I know that sounds insane. But as that GOP faction struggles against the Republican Party’s...
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