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Kristof: My Liberal 'Confession'

Progressives have a 'blind spot' on diversity toward conservatives

(Newser) - Those on the left talk a good game about the importance of diversity, but they often reveal themselves to be hypocrites on the subject. This sentiment comes not from the right but from liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times . In his piece headlined "A Confession of... More »

Actually, Liberals May Be Happier Than Conservatives

It's just that conservatives say they're happier: study

(Newser) - Who's happier, the left or the right? Years of research would say the latter—but a new series of studies is challenging the notion that conservatives are the more cheerful ones, the New York Times reports. The new research, published in Science , finds that while conservatives say they're... More »

There Are More Liberals Than Ever: Poll

...But conservatives still outnumber them

(Newser) - More Americans are calling themselves liberal today than at any point since Gallup started measuring in 1992, according to a new Gallup analysis—though conservatives still far outnumber them. The ranks of self-identified liberals swelled to 23% in 2013, according to the analysis, which collected data from 13 polls spanning... More »

ObamaCare Is the Ugly Child of Lame Centrism

Democrats wound up with this mess because they lacked conviction

(Newser) - There are many reasons the Affordable Care Act's rollout has been such a disaster, and sure, some of them have (R)s next to their names. "But a large part of the problem was the underlying ideological outlook that shaped the original proposal," Princeton professor Julian Zelizer argues... More »

Syria Vote Unites Far Left, Far Right

In House, liberals join libertarians in opposition

(Newser) - When President Obama addresses the nation on Tuesday about Syria, he'll no doubt be hoping to sway members of Congress, too. Just how tricky that will be is made clear by the Washington Post , which reports that opposition to any such military strike has managed the rare feat of... More »

Progressives Hate the Idea of Sen. Cory Booker

He's more interested in the wealthy than the poor is a common refrain

(Newser) - Cory Booker now looks poised to become Senator Cory Booker in this fall's special election in New Jersey, a feat that would make the high-profile Newark mayor only the fourth black person elected to the Senate. So why are there so many raspberries coming from the left after last... More »

Win 'Liberal Madness,' Get Basketball From Newt

Republicans launch brackets to find 'worst liberal'

(Newser) - The National Republican Congressional Committee is out to find America's Worst Liberal with, what else, a set of March Madness-style brackets , reports the Hill . Your No. 1 seeds are President Obama (in the "Nanny Staters" camp), Joe Biden ("Obama Mouthpieces"), Nancy Pelosi ("Lefty Lapdogs"),... More »

Most Conservative, Liberal Members of Last Congress

Todd Akin was No. 1 on the right

(Newser) - Todd Akin may have cost himself a Senate seat with his views on "legitimate rape" last fall, but he gets a consolation prize: the title of most conservative member of the last Congress, as bestowed by the National Journal . Akin had a nearly perfect score of 97 when it... More »

Liberals Are Also Waging a 'War on Science'

Both sides eschew science when it suits them: Michael Shermer

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans, not Democrats, are waging a war on science. But "there's a liberal war on science" too, writes Michael Shermer in Scientific American . Yes, it's true that 58% of conservatives believe humans were created, by God, in the past 10,000 years. But... More »

Warren vs. Clinton: Will Obama Choose a Path?

Each represents a different view: Matt Bai

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton are the big speakers tonight at the Democratic convention, and while both may seem like party darlings, Matt Bai of the New York Times points out that they represent two fundamentally different ideologies. Generally speaking, Clinton believes that Democrats can't make enemies with Wall... More »

Liberals Should Stop Vilifying Ayn Rand

They're just as bad as those who blindly worship her: Cathy Young

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's entry into the race has brought yet more debate over one of his favorite authors, Ayn Rand. And while liberals like to poke fun at conservatives for blindly following her pro-capitalist, me-centric vision, they're guilty themselves of reducing her to "grotesque caricature," writes Cathy... More »

Ted Kennedy's Ghost: Please, Overturn ObamaCare

Jonathan Rauch has a conversation with the dead senator about judicial activism

(Newser) - Liberals should really hope the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act, Ted Kennedy tells Jonathan Rauch for the New York Daily News. "I'm surprised," Rauch writes, "and not just because I'm talking to a dead senator." Wouldn't liberals hate to lose President... More »

8 Liberal Celebs No Longer So Keen on Obama

Matt Damon, Gene Simmons, and others who are disappointed

(Newser) - President Obama was quite popular with Tinseltown's biggest stars four years ago, but as he seeks reelection, he's fallen out of favor with some Hollywood liberals. The Week lists eight who have criticized the prez:
  • Gene Simmons: The Kiss rocker now regrets supporting Obama in '08, because
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Religious Folk More Often Politically ... Liberal?

In Britain, religious people are more often progressives

(Newser) - Is the term "Christian liberal" about to enter our political lexicon? So says a British report, which finds that 55% of religious people say they're political lefties, compared to 40% who identify conservative, reports the Guardian . And 41% of the faithful say they value equality over freedom, compared... More »

For Trayvon Killing, Bill Maher Blames ... Liberals

'Real Time' host implicates liberals for giving up on gun law battle

(Newser) - Surprise surprise, Bill Maher minced no words last night in giving his opinion on the latest Trayvon Martin news, Huffington Post reports. Showing a video on "Real Time" of George Zimmerman arriving at a police station , Maher recounted Zimmerman's story about getting a broken nose fighting Martin—and... More »

Hunger Games: Tea Party or Liberal Message?

It's everybody's call

(Newser) - Opposite ends of the political spectrum are claiming the blockbuster Hunger Games as their own. Is it a tale of too much government or of gun-packing capitalists who don't believe in social services? The dystopian story tells of dictatorial President Snow forcing conquered people to offer their children annually... More »

The Left's Dirty 20th-Century Secret

Eugenics: once loved by British intellectual lefties

(Newser) - Liberals, it's time to confront the biggest skeleton in your political closet: eugenics. Or so argues Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian . Back in the 1930s and 40s, major figures like George Bernard Shaw and John Maynard Keynes supported eugenics, the notion that disabled and poor people should be prevented... More »

Liberal Youth 'Decimated' in Egypt Vote: ElBaradei

Nobel Prize winner fears extremist control over country

(Newser) - The liberal youth behind Egypt’s protests were “decimated” in the elections , says reformist leader Mohamed ElBaradei, and now the country must work to avoid an extreme-right Islamist government. “The youth feel let down. They don't feel that any of the revolution's goals have been achieved,... More »

Liberals Are 'Bittersoft'

William Kristol coins a phrase, with help from President Obama

(Newser) - President Obama's recent comment that the nation "had gotten a little soft" reminded William Kristol of the time he said small-town Americans were "bitter" and clinging to guns and religion. "So, according to Obama, Americans are both bitter and soft," writes Kristol in the Weekly ... More »

Blacks Duped by Propaganda on Lefty 'Plantation': Pat Buchanan

Stands by Herman Cain, agrees African-Americans were 'brainwashed'

(Newser) - Pat Buchanan agrees with Herman Cain that African-Americans were “brainwashed” into being Democrats—in fact, they “bought a lot of liberal propaganda on the liberal plantation,” he told Martin Bashir on MSNBC yesterday. “I think the African-American community has embraced Great Society liberalism which has been... More »

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