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Informal & informed conversations about politics, policy, economics, media, science and more. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Tuesdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues

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Commentary from digby and Gaius Publius. This week: Rachel Maddow and the Democratic forum in South Carolina; climate change developments: Keystone and ExxonMobil and RICO; the increasingly bizarre Ben Carson. Jay Ackroyd... more

Marcy Wheeler, automotive expert, briefly discusses the race for the first driverless car. Then we discuss the use, and misuse, of "crazy" as a way of describing Republicans on the Tea Party wing. Marcy argues that in an... more

Jay Ackroyd and Digby discuss developments of the political weekwith an especial focus on the Republican Clown Car of candidates. This week, who makes the rules of engagement? The reporters? Or their subjects?

Cliff Schecter discusses the politics and potential impact of two proposed ballot measures to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio.

From the VS Media Panel, commentary from Cliff Schecter & Stuart Zechman. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. This week, the GOP debate turmoil & NBC; Gun Control/Gun Safety & American Liberty; Planned... more

Jay Ackroyd and Digby discuss developments of the political weekwith an especial focus on the Republican Clown Car of candidates.

Joan McCarter (Daily Kos) and Susie Madrak (Crooks and Liars) talk about the political/legislative scene with Jay Ackroyd. Plus political satire from Culure of Truth. Likely tonight: Paul Ryan's Debacle; upcoming must pass legislation; the... more

Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and/or This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. This... more

Jay Ackroyd and Digby discuss (and mock) the GOP presidential hopefuls. This week, JEB! setting off the controversy of who was president on 9/11/2001. The mysterious story of the soon to be vacant House Speakership--no sign of life,... more

Spocko and Jay discuss the continuing craziness in US politics, and the tragic consequences of a dysfunctional government married to massive military and intelligence might.
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