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Cartoon: What a Difference White Skin Makesnew

What kind of country locks of terror suspects on the slimmest of pretexts while failing to lift a finger to protect its (African-American) president? A very, very sick one.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-28-2009  |  Cartoons

Even as Theater, Health Care Town Halls are Turning into a Major Painnew

Only a few days ago, Rep. Bart Gordon's town hall would have set off a frenzy of national chatter. Now, it's all too predictable -- merely yet another humiliation of a member of Congress by the far right.
Nashville Scene  |  Jeff Woods  |  08-28-2009  |  Politics

Health, Lies and Videotape: The Attempted Hijacking of the Health Care Debatenew

Unlike bottom-up organizations such as that take no corporate donations, most of the organizations behind this right-wing "grassroots" movement are directly or indirectly related to the guys poised to lose big bucks if Obama's plan passes.
San Antonio Current  |  Enrique Lopetegui  |  08-26-2009  |  Politics

Animated Cartoon: E Stultus Unum

What if the left were able to motivate stupid and ignorant people as effectively as conservatives did at the town hall meetings on health care?

Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-25-2009  |  Cartoons

Existing Gun Laws Weren't Written With Presidential Death Threats in Mind

Make no mistake: guns don't have anything to do with health care. This is a revival of Klannism. A black man is president, and the good ol' boys don't like it. That's what this is about: putting him in his place. Which, if they or someone they inspire has their way, will be six feet under.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-24-2009  |  Commentary

The Right Wing's Health Care Reform Town Hall All-Starsnew

With the Town Hall disruption craze inciting the nation and consuming news cycles, it seems there's a fresh crop of potential poster children powering the increasingly aggravated right-wing noise machine.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  08-19-2009  |  Commentary

Shouting Down Debate at the Health Care Town Hallsnew

At a recent town hall meeting, Sen. Chris Dodd was cheered by supporters for shepherding a heath reform plan through the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last month, but one protester instead decided to offer him a suggestion: suicide.
New Haven Advocate  |  Chandra Niles Folsom  |  08-18-2009  |  Politics

Stupid Triumphs Again at a Town Hall on Health Care Reformnew

This is what worries me: time and time again, the needs of the stupid and disingenuous are not only treated as valid concerns, but as the greatest concerns.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Brendan Skwire  |  08-17-2009  |  Politics

Anger as Performance Art: The Town Hall Revoltnew

Why do I get so angry about yahoos hollering at congressmen during town-hall meetings? I've seen a lot of this as a news reporter over the years, and am convinced the juiced-up anger is more performance than sincere expression. But, alas, it seems to be working, something one can't say about the tactics of health-care reformers.
The Athens NEWS  |  Terry Smith  |  08-12-2009  |  Commentary

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