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New articles added from the past week that discuss: The GOP attacks on Muslims and their vitriol directed at Pope Francis, why the GOP's war on Planned Parenthood is indefensible, Israel's charade of democracy exposed, the farce of the second GOP debate, the real history behind right-wing intolerance, Pope Francis's challenge to America, why it's been a record-breaking year for the secret US military, a farewell to the failures of Speaker John "of Orange" Boehner, why Ben Carson is a nutjob and why Carly Fiorina is demented, and Frank Rich's excellent piece on how Donald Trump is saving our democracy, plus lots more in Sounding Off. You might also ienjoy our large selection of progressive political humor, our interactive projects plus our free music downloads. --RJ Crane, editor

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Donald Trump Is Saving Our Democracy
By Frank Rich
"How could a crass, bigoted bully with a narcissistic-personality disorder and policy views bordering on gibberish 'defy political gravity,' dominate the national stage, make monkeys out of pundits and pollsters, and pose an existential threat to one of America’s two major parties?"

The sick genius in Donald Trump’s new attack on Muslims: He’s channeling the GOP base’s ugly nativism
The GOP frontrunner is facing heat for a vile answer on Islam and President Obama. But this is what GOP voters love

By Sean Illing

5 amazing ways Pope Francis made Republicans squirm yesterday
In his speech to Congress, the pope made one thing very clear: Republicans aren't acting very Christian

By Patricia Miller

Pope Francis' Prepared text of address to Joint Session of Congress
By Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ Challenge to America

Pope Francis: He Told Them!
By Robert Scheer
"One need not enthuse over every specific point of style and substance in the pontiff's remarks to recognize that he is possessed of a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse."

How AIPAC-OFAC are working to maintain sanctions targeting Iran and her students
By Franklin Lamb

Russia's False Hopes
By Paul Craig Roberts
"Despite hard lesson piled upon hard lesson, Russia cannot give up its hope of being acceptable to the West. The only way Russia can be acceptable to the West is to accept vassal status."

Speaker John Boehner Quits the Arena

The apocalypse has been privatized: How nuclear weapons companies commandeer your tax dollars

Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad
By Steven Rattner

U.S. State Department "Welcomes" News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel
By Glenn Greenwald

Israel’s Charade of Democracy
"For if the occupation has become permanent in all but its name, what about the voting rights of Palestinians?"

In Memory of Jack, my Rabbit
By Suzana Megles

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations
2015 Proves to Be Record-Breaking Year for the Military's Secret Military

By Nick Turse

John Boehner was really bad at his job. Now things are about to get epically worse
The right was never controllable. Boehner's enduring shame will be having not reached across the aisle to govern

By Paul Rosenberg

The CIA’s Torture Defenders
An all-star cast teams up to spin their enhanced interrogation regime.


8 reasons white America falls for demagogues like Donald Trump

Ben Carson: The World Was Created in 6 Days. Literally.
His beliefs could have real political consequences.

By David Corn

The GOP’s venomous Pope tirades are the ultimate example of hypocritical right-wing rage
"There’s a not-so-delicious irony to the fact that the same year in which many Republicans turned against Pope Francis, they also amplified their inchoate screeching over religious liberty and the citation of archaic Bible verses to justify their bigotry against same-sex couples or women who deserve access to safe, affordable contraceptive and abortion services."

The Republican Attack on Muslims

Ted Cruz’s dad is even more frightening than Ted Cruz

Scott Walker’s Cocktail of Ignorance
By Frank Bruni
"In an era lacking visionary leadership, he envisioned a great wall along our northern border to keep out the tides of Canadians fleeing the tyranny of free health insurance."

Five points every American needs to know about the Islamic teachings
By Haris Raja

Revoke the GOP’s “God card” now: Why the right wing’s Pope Francis temper tantrum is so despicable

Hurricane Trump
By Thomas B. Edsall
"However long Donald Trump lasts, the forces that prompted his ascent may be more politically consequential than a mere outburst of discontent from Americans in the early stage of a presidential election would suggest."

Robert Reich: The Republican war on Planned Parenthood is indefensible

The G.O.P.’s Obsession With Planned Parenthood

Extremism, Islamophobia, and taking New Atheists seriously: How liberals can critique fundamentalism while avoiding xenophobia
"Thanks to Ben Carson’s objectively stupid remarks about Islam and the U.S. Constitution, a conversation about religion, violence and xenophobia has been reignited."

This is why they have such hate: Coulter, Trump, Carson and the real history behind right-wing intolerance

Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful
"There can’t be a market without government. Legislators, agency heads and judges decide the rules of the game. And, over time, they change the rules. The important question, too rarely discussed, is who has the most influence over these decisions and in that way wins the game."

Donald Trump is getting back into the Islamophobia business: The racist conspiracy theory he refused to disown
Last night, Trump entertained notions about "terrorist training camps" in America

By Heather Digby Parton

The GOP farce plods along: Why last night’s interminable debate was an affront to the party’s patron saint

Kim Davis is just the latest in a rogues’ gallery of bigoted characters championed by the right

How to Close Guantánamo
"The White House and the Pentagon will soon present to Congress a detailed plan for closing the prison. It will involve a ramping up of releases of those who have been cleared to leave and the transfer of the rest to prisons or military facilities in the United States. This proposal represents the best chance of breaking the political and bureaucratic logjams that have kept Guantánamo open."

The right hides behind a fictional Bible: Memo to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump — your favorite book is made up

Congress is a confederacy of dunces — and its Republicans should be made to sit in the corner

The GOP debate was a chaotic disaster: Why CNN’s most watched program ever was also completely ridiculous

George W. Bush’s enduring shame: The twisted legal rationales we can’t escape, a dozen years later
"On August 24, Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel responded to a Freedom of Information Act request by releasing a 2003 John Yoo memo arguing that the Executive Branch could withhold WMD information from Congress, regardless of any laws to the contrary."

Evangelicals and the Carson Illusion
By Ross Douthat
"The fed-up columnists have reasonable questions for Trump-supporting Republicans. How can fiscal conservatives support a single-payer-praising crony capitalist? How can social conservatives support a thrice-married sybarite? How can anyone who mocked the celebrity element in Obama’s 2008 campaign embrace the host of Celebrity Apprentice?"

Stop calling it a “debate”: CNN’s GOP circus was a postmodern spectacle

Jeb Bush’s noxious myth: Dubya didn’t “keep us safe” — he made the world infinitely more dangerous

What Happened to South African Democracy
By Kenan Malik
"Driving from the international airport, I was struck by the sheer wretchedness of Cape Flats: the series of black townships, comprising mostly shacks with corrugated steel roofs, that stretch from the highway almost to the horizon."

The GOP’s bullsh*t campaign: Why they’re drowning the country in an ocean of lies

Ignoring Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan
"The incidents of sexual assault on children described by American service members who served in Afghanistan are sickening."

“Everything is personal”: How Donald Trump manipulates the media to expand his empire
"From profligate hyper-capitalist in the Reaganite ’80s, to top reality TV star in the George W. Bush years, to presidential candidate today, Trump has maintained his relevance in no small part because he’s been willing to adapt to the times. And because he carries an understanding of how mass media works that is second to none."

Enjoy it while it lasts, Mr. Trump: The GOP power brokers who’ll decide when the show is over
"For all of Trump’s bluster,  Charles and David Koch are the alpha dogs of the Republican Party. And the only thing more implausible than Trump’s hair is the notion that he can beat them at their own game."

Cowardly brutality exposed: The viral video that should change the Israel/Palestine debate forever

Crazy Talk at the Republican Debate

Loser’s Poker
By Timothy Egan
"Trump has the charlatan’s gift of using superlatives to cover the lack of detail. His opponents do not."

What Italy Can Teach America About Donald Trump
By Beppe Severgnini
"THE similarities between Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi are striking: Both are loud, vain, cheeky businessmen, amateur politicians and professional womanizers. Both have a troubled relation with their egos and their hair. Both think God is their publicist, and twist religion to suit their own ends."

The Internet of Way Too Many Things
By Allison Arieff

The A-Team Killings
Afghanistan: U.S. forces Guilty of War Crimes?


Don’t believe the Carly Fiorina hype: Here’s every major problem with her performance in the GOP debate

Robert Reich: Defunding Planned Parenthood is an assault on American families

Al Gore all over again: The absurd “authenticity” smear threatening to upend Hillary’s campaign

Where is Our Jeremy Corbyn?
By Chris Hedges
"I will not support a politician who sells out the Palestinians and panders to the Israel lobby any more than I will support a politician who refuses to confront the bloated military and arms industry or white supremacy and racial injustice."

We do what we damn well please: The demented American exceptionalism behind the neo-con foreign policy con

In Yemen, Death From Above, Grief Below

10 times GOP candidates gave labor a giant middle finger

A Single Answer to Every Question: Kill More People
By Chris Floyd
"The US is currently helping the extremist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, terrorist-supporting, head-chopping Saudi tyrants 'restore' a former Yemen leader who took power in a single-candidate election. Because, as we all know, spreading freedom and democracy is the only reason we are involved in the Middle East."

Obama administration suppresses account of CIA torture
By Patrick Martin
"The US government has declared that the first-person account by Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah of how he was tortured in a CIA prison is a classified document. In other words, the criminals who ordered the torture have stamped 'TOP SECRET' on the eyewitness testimony of one of their victims."

Can Anything Be Done About All the Money in Politics?
By Thomas B. Edsall

Grief Without Wisdom: Joe Biden's Empty Authenticity
By Chris Floyd
"But when I see all our earnest media progressives gushing over Joe's "authenticity" in sharing that pain on national TV, I also think of the hundreds of thousands of people who lost children and other kith and kin in a pointless war that Joe not only voted for, but also actively encouraged with heated Senate hearings that whipped up war fever"

Iran Deal aftermath brings warnings of donor backlash against Dems
By Philip Weiss

Washington’s Plan to Lampoon Cuban Politicians Is a Joke

The desperate plots to destroy Donald Trump: Why the GOP establishment is struggling to make this clown irrelevant

Drawing the Line Between Civil and Religious Rights
By Linda Greenhouse

Bill Kristol is (almost) always wrong: How the pundit catastrophically undermined his excellent Donald Trump argument

The Real Danger of Donald Trump
"But the problem with this particular clown is that his words are not clownish. The language he uses about immigrants is dehumanizing and vile. The audiences that adore him are animated not just by infatuation, but by the age-old catalysts of fear, resentment and hate."

The Art of the Donald in 10 Easy Steps
By Andy Kessler

The Elusive Truth About War on ISIS
"During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, American military officials often provided misleadingly upbeat assessments of battlefield efforts and belittled reporting that contradicted their narrative.".

The Real Enemy Is Within
By Chris Hedges
"If you are not dedicated to the destruction of empire and the dismantling of American militarism, then you cannot count yourself as a member of the left. It is not a side issue. It is the issue."

Ta-Nehisi Coates and America’s sobering racial truth: Why the criminal justice system is working precisely as intended

Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?
"Most illogical is his support from evangelicals and other social conservatives. To back Mr. Trump, these voters must repudiate everything they believe."

Ellsberg: Israel's persecution of nuke whistleblower Vanunu a relic of British colonialism

Facts & Figures: Sarah Palin’s Glacier Claims

Exploiting refugee crisis, NY Times’ Kristof calls for escalation of war in Syria
By Barry Grey
"Many are shedding crocodile tears for those fleeing Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries devastated by imperialist violence in order to argue for an escalation of the criminal policies that produced the catastrophe in the first place."

The Iran Deal and American Jews
By Naomi Dann
"Nevertheless, one of the few bright sides of the media spotlight on American Jewish opinion on the deal has been that the loud and highly publicized infighting has proven quite incontrovertibly that there is no such thing as a Jewish consensus, on anything."

Who's to Blame for Syria Mess? Putin!
By Robert Parry
"Regarding the mess in Syria, there are, of course, other options, such as cooperation with Russia and Iran to resist the gains of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda and a negotiated power-sharing arrangement in Damascus. But those practical ideas are still being ruled out."

The Solution to Drug Prices
By Ezekiel J. Emanuel
"Despite representing about 1 percent of prescriptions in 2014, these types of high-cost drugs accounted for some 32 percent of all spending on pharmaceuticals."

The terrifying reason Donald Trump is winning: The infantilized conservative base wants rage, not ideas
Jeb thinks he can beat Trump by attacking his liberal past. He clearly doesn't understand the nature of this beast

By Sean Illing

GOP xenophobia makes literally no sense: Why accepting Syrian refugees isn’t just a moral imperative — it’s good for America too
The right's antagonism toward immigrants has only grown this year. Here's why they need to reconsider

By David Dayen
"Unfortunately, the summer of Trump has obliterated any rational thought about this, but the fact is that immigration has generally worked out well throughout our history."

Rise of the GOP’s paranoia brigade: What Ted Cruz & Donald Trump’s wing-nut rally today says about opposition to the Iran deal
Donald Trump & Ted Cruz will be joined for a political rally today by some *very* alarming figures

By Heather Digby Parton

The House Stretches Legal Logic on Health Reform
"Once again congressional Republicans are trying to manipulate the courts into overturning health care reforms that they have been unable to block in the normal political process."

'This Deal Affirms the Peaceful Nature of the Iranian Nuclear Program'
Janine Jackson interviewed Nima Shirazi on recent coverage of the Iran deal for the September 4 CounterSpin

New Study: Burn it All (Fossil Fuel), Lose it All (Antarctic Ice and Today’s Coasts)

The Next Genocide
"The Holocaust may seem a distant horror whose lessons have already been learned. But sadly, the anxieties of our own era could once again give rise to scapegoats and imagined enemies, while contemporary environmental stresses could encourage new variations on Hitler’s ideas, especially in countries anxious about feeding their growing populations or maintaining a rising standard of living."

All older articles that appeared in this section through December 31, 2012 can be found in our archives. Starting in 2013 we will no longer be archiving articles in this section

Links to Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World cartoons

Links to Mark Fiore animations and other funny animations.

All of the past Bushspeak and Bushisms that we collected

Boehner to Continue Repealing Obamacare After Leaving Congress
satire by Andy Borowitz

Nation Thanks Pope for Briefly Bumping Trump from News
satire by Andy Borowitz

Wisconsinites Alarmed That Walker Has More Time to Be Governor
satire by Andy Borowitz

Kochs Demand Walker Return Nine Hundred Million Dollars
satire by Andy Borowitz

Ben Carson Shattering Stereotype About Brain Surgeons Being Smart
satire by Andy Borowitz

Boehner Resigns
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Pope and The Donald
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Pope Francis
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz - Gud Nuz is Gud Nuz Edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

Unpopular Mechanics: How to build a clock
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

High school science fear
cartoon by Brian McFadden

How to be a Republican 'feminist'
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Republican debate comics
cartoon by Matt Bors

Fun and games
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore

Poll: Guy Who Asked Trump Muslim Question Leads G.O.P. Race
satire by Andy Borowitz

Walker Bummed He Was Unable to Show He Memorized Three Branches of Government
satire by Andy Borowitz

Fact Checking Reveals G.O.P. Debate Was Four Per Cent Fact
satire by Andy Borowitz

Millions Watch American Democracy’s Final Episode
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Pope Visits
cartoon by Nick Anderson

That Face
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Withdrawal
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Smear
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz - Less Paul Edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

National Geografox
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Rupert Murdoch's National Geographic
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Big-bucks trucks
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

First they came for the marriage clerks...
cartoon by Matt Bors

The breakup!
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore

Patriots Never Bothered to Steal Jets’ Playbook
satire by Andy Borowitz

United Airlines
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Goodbye Rick…
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Religious Freedom
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Mea Culpa
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Marriage License
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz - New Holiday Edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

Super-Fun-Pak Comix
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Public servants on strike
cartoon by Brian McFadden

If Trump were a Syrian refugee
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The Good Samaritan
cartoon by Matt Bors

animation by Mark Fiore

Federal Judge Admits Having Brady on Fantasy Team
satire by Andy Borowitz

Party That Mocked President’s Lack of Experience Favors One with No Experience Whatsoever
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cutting Losses, Kochs to Sell Scott Walker
satire by Andy Borowitz

Nation with Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall
satire by Andy Borowitz

FOPs; Friends of Perry
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

Religious Law
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Powder Keg
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz - Trey Lame Editon
cartoon by ericlewis0

The miracle of consciousness
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Panic in the real economy
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Bosom baddies
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The stock market, explained
cartoon by Matt Bors

The routine
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The Glox market
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore

Nation Needs Cheaper Way to Find Worst People
satire by Andy Borowitz

Sentiment Building to Deport Nation’s Billionaires
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Powder Keg
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

Gun Violence
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Family Reject Council
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Stock Market Correction
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz: Faster pussycat edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

God-Man! (with minor character God-Girl)
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The GOP's anti-immigrant stupor
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Guns gone wild in national parks
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The joys of summer
cartoon by Matt Bors

The proven thing
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore

Twenty Thousand Considered Disappointing Turnout for Racist Event in Alabama
satire by Andy Borowitz

Voters Who Favor Border Wall Cannot Identify Border on Map
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republicans Defend Right to Be Born and Immediately Deported
satire by Andy Borowitz

Amazon Chief Says Employees Lacking Empathy Will Be Instantly Purged
satire by Andy Borowitz

Hillary’s Server
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Wall
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Straight Outta…
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Jeb in a Web
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz #265 - Again with the Gud Nuz Edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

Dr. Seuss's old shopping list… now a new book!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The sugar water workout
cartoon by Brian McFadden

What they're watering the fruit with
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

cartoon by Matt Bors

Voter outreach
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore

Tiump the Insult Comic Dog

Sanders Shamelessly Pandering to Voters Who Want to Hear Truth
satire by Andy Borowitz

Trump: I Would Attack ISIS on Twitter
satire by Andy Borowitz

Curb Your Pets
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Animas River
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Hillary’s email
cartoon by Nick Anderson

NOW it’s outrageous
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz #264 - Feature Box II Edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

Nate the Neocon Gets It, and You Don't
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Cut from the Clean Power Plan
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Legacies of the Trump presidency
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Officer-involved comics
cartoon by Matt Bors

The Simulacron
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore

Trump Fails to Back Up Misogynist Slurs with Anti-Woman Proposals, Rivals Say
satire by Andy Borowitz

Walker Emerges as Leading Candidate to Run Enterprise Rent-a-Car Branch
satire by Andy Borowitz

Trump More Heinous Than Previously Thought
satire by Andy Borowitz

Psychologists Urge People With Low Self-Esteem to Watch G.O.P. Debate
satire by Andy Borowitz

Jindal Says He Didn’t Want to Be in Lame Debate Anyway
satire by Andy Borowitz

Fox Names Top Ten Narcissists in America
satire by Andy Borowitz

Nation Worried That Rest of World Might See Debate
satire by Andy Borowitz

Trump 2016
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Do you know who I am?
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

The GOP Debate
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Animal Nuz #263 - Shame on Schumer Edition
cartoon by ericlewis0

Name the animals!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Merit badges for modern times
cartoon by Brian McFadden

The tissue-gate scandal
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Internet police! Hands up!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Things Trump could do...
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

animation by Mark Fiore


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