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Why I'm a Centrist Who Is Turning Liberal

Thomas Ricks blames an inept military and intelligence overreach for his shift

(Newser) - Reporter and author Thomas Ricks has long been what he would describe as a "detached centrist." He's also a big fan of the free market and a strong national defense, and he's financially comfortable as he approaches the age of 60. Conventional wisdom might suggest that... More »

Conservatives Have a Great American Novel, Too

'Gone With the Wind' is really right-wing, Noah Berlatsky observes

(Newser) - Pretty much everyone likes to believe that art in this country is made by and for liberals. Conservatives like to believe they're the "few, proud freethinkers" fighting the mainstream narrative, and liberals like to think they're "naturally more artistic, funny, daring, and generally aesthetically awesome,"... More »

Politics Blinds Us to Pesky Facts: Study

Ezra Klein examines the intellectual abyss of partisanship

(Newser) - Politicians devote a lot of energy to what Ezra Klein calls the "More Information Hypothesis," the theory that voters would agree with them if they understood the issues better. But a 2013 study suggests that's not true, Klein points out at his launched-last-night site Vox . Researchers first... More »

Shutdown's Real Winner: Ideology

It's taking political dysfunction to new heights: Robert Samuelson

(Newser) - Ideology has taken over Washington like never before. It explains why Republicans are willing to suffer political blame for the shutdown: It's all connected to what Robert Samuelson has dubbed "the politics of self-esteem." Ideologues on either side of the spectrum believe they're working not for... More »

Word Choices Show We're Me-Centric, Less Moral

And those long-term trends should worry left and right: David Brooks

(Newser) - Lexicologists poring over a Google database of books and word usage suggest three general traits of the past half-century, writes David Brooks in the New York Times . Society has become more individualistic (with words and phrases such as "self" and "I come first" on the rise), less moral... More »

How Your Muscles Impact Your Politics

Study finds that the physically strong more likely to protect self-interest

(Newser) - Are our political debates really just pantomimes of primitive chest-thumping exercises? A new study surveying people about their opinions on the redistribution of wealth and the size of their biceps certainly suggests so. The results: Those with big muscles who were rich tended to vehemently oppose redistribution, while strong poor... More »

GOP Defector: Republicans Are Reality- Challenged

Jeremiah Goulka explains why he had to leave party

(Newser) - Perhaps Karl Rove put it best when he described "creating our own reality": The GOP has a giant blind spot when it comes to the bigger picture, writes a former Republican and Justice department attorney in Salon . Jeremiah Goulka grew up Republican, and it wasn't until he turned... More »

Here's Romney's Winning Strategy

It's 'ideology,' not 'stewardship': Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Mitt Romney thinks he can beat President Obama by focusing on "stewardship," writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . As in, Obama made a mess of things, and I can fix it with my business expertise. It's a mistake. The stewardship argument ultimately comes down to "... More »

Low IQ Linked to Racism, Conservatism, Study Claims

'Sense of order' appeals to those with lower intelligence, researchers say

(Newser) - Children with low IQs are more likely to embrace conservative ideologies and to be prejudiced against gays and people of other races as they get older, according to research certain to spark a few heated conversations. The researchers say people with lower intelligence tend to be attracted to the structure... More »

David Brooks: Obama Duped Me

Deficit speech doesn't sit well with president's biggest conservative fan

(Newser) - In his New York Times column today, David Brooks admits something critics have long accused him of: “I’m a sap,” he writes , “a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.” He had, for example, backed Obama's stimulus plan just days ago . But... More »

Texas Pols Tussle Over Obama's Name in Textbooks

Schools to take hard right with curriculum changes

(Newser) - The slave trade was actually the "Atlantic triangular trade," and capitalism is always "free enterprise" under textbook changes to be voted on as early as today in Texas. The Board of Education, putting the final touches on the new guidelines yesterday, finally agreed to add the current... More »

Frontrunner Kagan Would Tilt Court Further Right

For liberals, she'd be a disaster, writes Glenn Greenwald

(Newser) - The smart money's on Elena Kagan to be President Obama's pick as John Paul Stevens' replacement on the Supreme Court. The solicitor general is "exceptionally smart" with loads of qualifications and expertise, writes Glenn Greenwald, but she'd be a disaster for liberals. The former dean of Harvard Law School... More »

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