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Burying the Lede: No Matter How Pew Asks, Majorities Oppose Massive Government Surveillance

“Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment,” reads the latest release of polling data from the Pew Research Center. The story underneath reads:

To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment in a national telephone survey fielded between […]

Portable Opposition?

#38 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Ask the Noisy Opposition Why They Aren’t Saying Anything

Watch the third minute of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s speech in a meeting of the Intelligence Committee on February 15 2011. Try to twist your mind around her justification of Patriot Act surveillance without probable cause:

I am always surprised at the opposition, because I would have thought somebody, if they had a problem, would have […]

The Partisan Use of Independent Expenditures (Graph)

Working from Federal Election Commission data on independent expenditures starting on January 1, 2009 and ending with today’s release, here’s a graph showing the distribution of independent money (untraceable beyond the front groups) used to support and oppose the political parties’ candidates for federal office:

I’m not leaving third party candidates off this chart […]

Pitts: The Dastardly Opposition, Now that It Is Not Us

Leonard Pitts’ latest column:

Last year, Barack Obama was elected president, the first American of African heritage ever to reach that office. If this was regarded as a new beginning by most Americans, it was regarded apocalyptically by others who promptly proceeded to lose both their minds and any pretense of enlightenment.

Beginning an essay […]

Moving Opposition

When the champion of progress turns out to be its enemy, there’s no one left on the big stage to stand for us and tell us where to go. […]

Bipartisan Opponents of Wall Street Welfare in the Senate

In this rather mild market environment, we’re supposed to believe that Wall Street is in crisis, and needs hundreds of billions of dollars that we may never get back. It doesn’t take a genius to see the flaws in this assertion. […]