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The Presidential Power of Hair Dye

K. of Washington State writes in to Irregular Times with a request:

Could you possibly offer a Robert Reich in 2016 bumper sticker?

(It’s one way of encouraging him to run. We need a good candidate with a major party affiliation. Independents like Bernard Sanders do not get elected, and he’s too old.)

Fact check: [...]

Bernie Sanders Prepared To Run For President

It’s time to start getting prepared for a 2016 Bernie Sanders for President campaign, and we’ve started a shop of Sanders 2016 political gear to help spread the word. [...]

My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me [...]

Rick Santorum is Running for President in 2016: Remember…

that Republican former Senator Rick Santorum is preparing to run for President in 2016, guaranteeing that the debate in the GOP primaries will be pulled to the right in an entertaining manner. Say whatever you like about Rick Santorum’s politics (please, go ahead), but he sure is fun to watch. Take a walk down [...]

Bernard Sanders and Robert Reich To Run For White House Together?

The idea of Senator Bernie Sanders running for President is appealing in itself, but the Sanders for President 2016 watch just got a little more interesting.

This coming Sunday, Senator Sanders is hosting a free showing of Inequality for All, a progressive economic documentary by former Secretary of Labor, and former presidential candidate, Robert Reich. [...]

Americans Elect Leader Starts Whispering about 2016 with Reference to Roosevelt

In the leadup to 2008 and 2012, the effort to elect a corporate presidential candidate through a privatized, corporate-controlled election began with a series of planted letters to the editor or op-ed pieces or TV interviews in which “opinion leaders” spoke of supposed “centrist” yearnings in the heartland and their discovery of the exciting new [...]

Long After Reaching Threshold, Unanswered Snowden Petition Still Adds 100s of Signatures a Day

217 days ago, the official petition to President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed 100,000 signatures. That number matters because President Obama and his White House staff promised explicitly that after petitions garner more than 100,000 signatures “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and [...]

Presidential Baby Names: Barack Missing, George Sinking

The Social Security Administration keeps track of the 1000 most popular boys’ and 1000 most popular girls’ baby names in the United States each year. For kicks this evening, I looked up the last name of each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus the big three of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I’ve collected data on [...]

Bernie Sanders For President in 2016

2014 could be the year that Bernie Sanders makes the commitment, one way or another, to run for President or to serve out another term in Congress. [...]

What’s the Problem with Unchecked Government Spying? Visit the FBI Vault and Find Out

Over the last month, it’s been revealed that the United States government has been sweeping up unlimited amounts of data on private internet use, e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, and even postal traffic, all without warrants. What’s wrong with that? The most direct, literal answer is that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment of [...]

Obama vs. Obama on the "Choice" Between Security and Freedom

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on December 15, 2005, proposing reforms to the Patriot Act:

“A few years before I even arrived in the Senate, I began hearing concerns from people of every background and political leaning that this law, the very purpose of which was to protect us, was also threatening to violate [...]