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Why Right’s Lemmings Don Suicide Vest

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is considered the leader of the Republican Tea Party faction in the U.S. Congress.

Exclusive: The government-sabotaging fervor of the Republican Right likened by one GOP congressman to “lemmings with suicide vests” can only be understood from inside the right-wing bubble where a distorted view of the Constitution prevails and actual democracy is disdained, writes…

What the IRS ‘Scandal’ Wrought

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California.

The anger of Tea Partiers, as they precipitate a federal government shutdown, still burns from the IRS “scandal” of earlier this year, even though the supposed singling out of conservative groups proved to be a myth. But the furor disrupted IRS policing…

The Four Eras of the American Right

James Madison, the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution and the fourth President of the United States.

Exclusive: In the coming weeks, the Republican Party and its Tea Party extremists vow to create budgetary and fiscal crises if the Democrats don’t gut health-care reform and submit to a host of other right-wing demands. But a driving force…

Mystery of a Highway Safety Device

ET-Plus, an energy-absorbing end unit for a highway guardrail. (Photo credit: Trinity Highway Products)

Though drivers hope they’ll never find out, those yellow-and-black devices on the end of guardrails are supposed to cushion the impact of a vehicle that veers off the road. But a legal dispute has erupted over whether a design change was properly evaluated,…

NFL, ESPN and Big-Dollar Secrecy

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Pro football is big business and America’s fascination with often violent sports has made Disney’s ESPN a lucrative franchise. So there is much money on the line over the issue of concussion-related disabilities, explaining the NFL’s desire to keep the…

How ‘Local’ Interests Trump Survival

Fierce storms like this "derecho" are expected to become more common due to global warming.

The future of mankind is at risk from the worsening threat of global warming, but this scientific reality has been put in “doubt” by Tea Party and libertarian activists who profit from oil-industry largesse, just one example of how short-term…

A Desperate Fight for the Middle Class

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Between a Congress dominated by Tea Party extremists and a Supreme Court controlled by corporate partisans, hopes for addressing America’s worsening income inequality are dim. But union leader Richard Trumka says the fight is more crucial than ever, writes Michael Winship.

Dr. King’s ‘Four Catastrophes’

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, DC.

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” a half century after he delivered his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial have been clouded by the prospect of a U.S. military strike against Syria, as President Obama seems to have forgotten…

Greasing the Capitol’s Locked Gears

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Even the hyper-partisan Newt Gingrich has chastised his fellow Republicans for endless negativity and lack of positive ideas. Still, as the wheels of government grind to a standstill, business lobbyists continue to grease them with lots of money, notes Michael Winship.

The Moral Imperative of Activism

St. Thomas Aquinas, a theologian of the Thirteenth Century.

Exclusive:  Today’s crises endless war, environmental catastrophe, desperate poverty and more can seem so daunting that they paralyze action rather than inspire activism. But the imperative to do something in the face of injustice defines one’s moral place in the…