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Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen is the Editor of The Daily Banter, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. His writing focuses on U.S politics and media.
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Rafael Behr describes the British conservative party's love of the wealthy, New Labour's botched attempt at copying it, and the Lib Dem's play down the middle: Conservatives abhor using rich... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at
I missed this back and forth between ambulance chaser Nancy Grace and former MSNBC host Dan Abrams on Grace's outrageous insinuation that Whitney Houston may have been murdered. Abrams calmly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at
Europe has bailed out Greece (again) in a historic deal that guarantees the bankrupt nation 130 billion euros. From the NY Times: Greece finally secured its second giant bailout early... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at
Matt Taibbi responds to the ludicrous rant by CNN's Erin Burnett on Iran's 'imminent' attack on America: Our newspapers and TV stations may blather on a thousand times a day... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at
After 10 years of occasionally insightful political analysis, hilarious senior moments and outright racism, Pat Buchanan has finally been dismissed from MSNBC. After his suspension 4 months ago for publishing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at
My good friend Alyona Minkovski interviews Congress Matter Editor David Waldman on the astonishing case of the The Corrections Corporation of America's bid to buy up the nation's prisons. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at
Lord Peter Mandelson has penned an interesting article published in the NewStatesman on the European Left's need to intelligently reform its agenda to become more in tune with globalization. It's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at
Andrew Sullivan on the Catholic Church's ridiculous and morally bankrupt stance on contraception: I find the protectors of child rapists preaching to women about contraception to be a moral obscenity.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at
Noam Chomsky breaks down the reasons for the US economic decline over the past four decades: American decline entered a new phase: conscious self-inflicted decline. From the 1970s, there has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at
From the Independent: Chancellor George Osborne defended the Government's austerity package today after Britain was threatened with the loss of its AAA credit rating amid fears over weaker growth prospects... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at
Chez Pazienza outlines why the never ending fight against Republicanism is tiring, thankless task: How do you even begin to call out a movement which has made itself nearly bulletproof... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at
Glenn Greenwald rips into liberals who defend President Obama's dismal record on civil liberties: A core plank in the Democratic critique of the Bush/Cheney civil liberties assault was the notion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at
An interesting campaign is taking off in the UK that is attempting to stop the 6 major energy companies making obscene profits while people are dying of fuel poverty. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at
George Monbiot certainly thinks so. It's not as nasty an argument as you might think - Monbiot divides conservative into two divisions: The clever manipulative ones who have created a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at
Margaret Thatcher stated the following after the war with Argentina in 1982: The spirit of the South Atlantic was the spirit of Britain at her best. It has been said... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at
If you can take a few minutes out of your day, find a quiet place and watch this interview with Noam Chomsky on education. Key quote: The first kind of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at
Paul Krugman explains why despite the very encouraging job numbers this month, the US economy is by no means in the clear. Who is to blame for the continued instability?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at
A truly terrifying proposition (from the Guardian): Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, has said the moment is approaching when any military intervention to halt Iran's nuclear programme will come too... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at
Glenn Greenwald asks why the formerly pro negotiating Obama won't negotiate with Iran: We have now a great irony: America’s increasingly tense and dangerous conflict with Iran is characterized (one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at
Mitt Romney tell CNN that he's not too fussed about Americans living in abject poverty: "By the way, I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at
Gary Younge points out in an article in the Guardian that money pretty much determines the outcome of any given election in America. Newt Gingrich found this hard truth out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at
A reader writes in response to my post on France's proposed transaction tax on banks: Read you everyday. How can this possibly work? You know as well as I do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at
Finally, a Western country has taken the initiative in actually making banks pay for the colossal damage they have done. From the BBC: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced plans... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at
Check out this highly entertaining back and forth between Wolf Blitzer and Newt Gingrich on the final Florida GOP debate last night after Blitzer challenged Gingrich on assertions he had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at
After an epic essay outlining how brilliant Obama has been over the past four years, Andrew Sullivan shot down the President's State of the Union address for being 'too liberal':... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at