In a welcome break from the endless coverage of Obamacare, the Senate Democratic leadership scuttled the filibuster rules Republicans had been using to hold up a ridiculous number of Obama appointments, and the Administration brokered a nuclear deal with Iran. The break is welcome because it gives ... More >>
A few weeks back, rightbloggers got a lot of traction out of the revelation that under Obamacare, insurance companies could kick some beneficiaries off their existing health care plans, and even more traction after they dug up a number of citizens who claimed that as a result they'd be paying more f ... More >>
Look out, more trouble with Obamacare: It appears when Obama said "If you like your plan, you can keep it," he wasn't telling the whole truth. As the press reported this week, if your plan doesn't meet minimum standards of coverage, and if it isn't "grandfathered" or lost that status by changing its ... More >>
President Obama is scheduled to address students Friday at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a full two miles from Prospect Park. And yet, the park announced via its website that it will be shut during the President's visit. There are also scheduled service changes to bus ro ... More >>
Here's a lovely historical irony: A Democratic president has proposed limited military action in the Middle East, and conservative Republicans are aligning with anti-war Democrats, Occupy Wall Street, The Nation, MoveOn, and Code Pink to stop him. For those of us who oppose the intervention, it sho ... More >>
An Australian baseball player named Christopher Lane was shot to death in Oklahoma, allegedly by three local kids, two black and one white. The kids were questioned but presumed to have acted in self-defense, so they were let go, leading to a public outcry and an arrest... Whoops, actually the youn ... More >>
The George Zimmerman trial is over, but Trayvonmania continues. President Obama, who'd previously said that if he'd had a son, he'd look like Trayvon, last week went further, saying that the unarmed black kid shot dead in 2012 "could have been me 35 years ago." And over the weekend "Justice for Tra ... More >>
The recent round of DC scandals has been good for rightbloggers -- for about a month they've been devoted to plumping up Benghazi, IRS, NSA, and other controversies, and have succeeded in knocking down the President's approval ratings. High fives all around! But seasons change, and Scandal Spring i ... More >>
The NSA controversy, which continues to develop, has been useful in a lot of ways. It's gotten people talking after a long period of quiet about the surveillance powers of the state -- and whereas the national security state had legions of defenders back in post-9/11 days, in these post-post-9/11 da ... More >>
And it's a good one. It says: "RT if you stand with same-sex couples around the country fighting for the right to marry who they love."
Last week we learned that a White House official got into an argument with Bob Woodward. Woodward is the biggest name in Washington journalism; he has survived seven Administrations (counting the one he helped take down with his Watergate reporting), and will probably continue to publish bestsellers ... More >>
Last Tuesday was the State of the Union address, in which the President laid out a bunch of plans and Republicans denounced them. Rightbloggers got into this with the aplomb you'd expect. But when rising GOP star Marco Rubio had a comical moment in his official Republican response, and people had ... More >>
In the most non-rightblogger tone possible, Obama has been on quite a roll when it comes to his administration's assault on civil liberties lately. Not one, not two, but three different pieces of legislation and policy with the potential to drastically infringe on the civil liberties of Americans ... More >>
NBC recently brought to light the Obama Administration's policy of conducting drone attacks on civilians "even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S." so long as "an informed, high-level" official thinks they're warranted. This is apparently ap ... More >>
It sounded like a panel of Federal Appeals Court judges drilled lawyers with a barrage of questions yesterday during a hearing of oral arguments in the high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Of course, that's a bit tough to confirm c ... More >>
We have observed once or twice before that, at this point, President Obama seems to be trolling his opposition. The thickness with which he laid on the contraception issues at last year's Democratic Convention, for example, seemed ill-advised until the general conservative flip-out (and Obama's reel ... More >>
Toward the end of his second inaugural speech today, President Obama said that, "our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law ... More >>
Last week President Obama, inspired by December's Newtown shootings, announced 23 executive actions, and proposed some legislation, to address gun violence. The actions are rather mild ("Require criminal background checks for all gun sales," "Nominate an ATF Director," etc.) and the legislation prob ... More >>
Just before noon, President Barack Obama addressed the nation to propose wide-ranging reform to curb gun violence in the country. "While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of ... More >>
UPDATED (1/15/13): On the one-month anniversary of Newtown, we heard yet more news about gun control from our Mayor and President. In Baltimore, Mr. Bloomberg attended a summit on the topic at John Hopkins University and, once again, called for more action on a national level. His speech outli ... More >>
Aboard the Holy Ship!! one gets to mix and mingle with the slew of big-name DJs. "Hey there's Zedd in line for pasta salad. Oh wow, there's Dillon Francis in the elevator. Oh damn, Diplo is out on the beach swimming with all the fans." "Jackbeats just bought all those people shots!" See also: - H ... More >>
Recently at The Week, rightwing author Michael K. Lewis penned a provocative column called "The culture war is over, and conservatives lost." He was echoing what many rightbloggers have been saying since the recent election -- that after two consecutive victories by the Kenyan Pretender, conservativ ... More >>
As Americans spent today digesting the brutal facts and gut-wrenching images of yet another school shooting today, a familiar cycle of grief and hand-wringing began afresh. Why? Who is to blame? Is there anything we can do to keep this from happening again? For decades, it has been the conventional ... More >>
Jim DeMint, one of the most ideologically pure and least effective legislators in the U.S. Senate, announced he would leave Congress to run the right-wing Heritage Foundation think tank; or, as the Foundation itself put it, "Jim DeMint to Lead the Battle of Ideas." It would seem to us that, compar ... More >>
Amidst talks of the now-notorious New York Post cover and the fiscal cliff dilemma, the November jobs report slowly crept out into the news stream - a sheer side-effect of the unfortunate fact that the election is now over and unemployment stats have less of a dramatic effect on our national convers ... More >>
It has been almost a month now since America went to the polls and re-elected President Obama to another four years of running this whole place. Since then, we've collectively done well in the whole "taking our minds off the election" business. We've had Petraeus, the progress of the Sandy recovery, ... More >>
A violent new drama argues crime is just business
And no, it's not because he lied, flip-flopped, patronized, changed colors, evaded, and came up with unworkable theories and hateful agendas. None of that had anything to do with it! It's because Obama gave so many "gifts" to blacks, Hispanics and young people in his first term of office that they ... More >>
Up until election night, there was a legitimate, widespread fear that President Obama was going to lose the 2012 election. Liberals were pissed; many even spoke about moving to Canada, or Australia, or Britain, or any place that wasn't the United States but where people still spoke English. Then c ... More >>
It's no doubt that a few people were devastated when Romney lost the election. And by 'few people,' we mean everyone on this site. Oh, and this young kid, too. The 48 percent of the country that wanted Romney in (or, more so, wanted Obama out of) the White House was defeated by the ty ... More >>
As we reported earlier, there's a racist "tweet" war waging against re-elected President Barack Obama. The words "nigger" and "monkey" are popular slurs directed at the president by presumably white morons who are upset that they must endure four more years of Obama (gasp!).But many of these racist ... More >>
We were ecstatic when Obama won last week, but opponent Mitt Romney went into shock, for some reason. Mitt put on a stoic face and quickly composed some conciliatory remarks to feed his feeble fan base, but believe me, he was feeling as empty and purposeless as Clint Eastwood's chair. The Republic ... More >>
The New York State Republican Party put out its post-election memo over the weekend and -- after blaming President Obama for the ills of the world (and the NYS GOP) -- Chairman Ed Cox echoed what political experts have been saying since Tuesday (and we've been saying for the last five years): Republ ... More >>
I was recently at a gathering in the boroughs when I commented to someone I'd just met that I felt Obama would probably win the election. "Yeah," she replied, "because all the boogies are gonna come out and vote." I was so stunned I couldn't even summon the moxie to tell her off. I simply pretend ... More >>
Here's what the crabapple spoilsport tweeted in the face of Obama's stunning victory: "Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America "So Obama still demands the hardest workers provide for the nonwotkers. "Shared opportunities my ass. "What subhuman ... More >>
That's the theme of this editorial in The Nation, and I have to agree that a change in the system would be most welcome. It's kind of bizarre to know that a candidate won after getting a certain number of electoral votes, and not even have to ask if they got a majority of the popular votes. In 200 ... More >>
That's four out of the four where it was on the ballot! And Obama mentioned gays in his acceptance speech.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney completed their final full day of what will go down as one of the most incessant, important, negative and, yes, divisive presidential races in the history of the United States. The two candidates spent their last 24 hour ... More >>
Today's the day you can get off your high horse and make a move that will actually affect your future. Get off your Facebook, de-tweet your Twitter, stop texting for a goddamned minute, and get your ass out to the voting booth to pull the level that will determine whether you'll live the next four ... More >>
Fox News has just called Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, to Barack Obama. With eight percent of ballotss counted, Obama so far is up 68-30 on Mitt Romney. In the race to 270, Romney currently leads the electoral college 154-143. Though Pennsylvania was not largely thought of as a battlegroun ... More >>
NBC has just called Wisconsin, with a total of 10 electoral votes, for Barack Obama. Wisconsin is the first contested swing state to be called. Obama now leads electoral votes 158-153.
MSNBC has just called New Hampshire's four electoral votes for Obama. He's now up in the electoral college 162-153. The president is now 108 electoral votes away from reelection.
MSNBC just called the state of Ohio, with 18 electoral votes, for incumbent president Barack Obama. That gives him 274 votes in the 2012 presidential election. He needed 270 to get re-elected. That's all, New York. Let's go drink.
MSNBC has just called Iowa, with a total of six electoral votes, for Barack Obama. The incumbent is now 14 electoral votes away from winning the 2012 presidential election, up on Romney 256-203.
It's a virtual tie between Obama and Romney as we enter the final stretch of the reality show known as the Presidential election, and I'm getting scared. At least that's according to a poll that the Wall Street Journal had something to do with (along with NBC). Bear in mind, that paper is a Murdoc ... More >>
"Nah, we're not going anywhere," says Ben Gibbard over the phone in his most reassuring voice, responding to concern from his loyal flock that with the release of his first proper solo album, Former Lives, a few weeks ago, he's walking away from Death Cab for Cutie. Well, whew! After 15 years togeth ... More >>
Serious conviction: Most of New York's media folk are stuck indoors, looking for something to write about to fill blogs with content. Guilty as charged myself. However, while social media collapses with updates of Sandy's destruction, there have been flares of America's severe electoral illness ... More >>
With less than two weeks till Election Day, rightbloggers have rolled out what they perceive to be the Heavy Cannon for their assaults on President Obama. For example: When Obama operative Jen Psaki appeared on an MSNBC show and joked to the host that "the good news for you is I showered this mornin ... More >>