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Republican presidential contender, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the Polk County GOP summer picnic event held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.

Top Talker: Rick Perry calls Social Security a "Monstrous Lie"

08/29/11 09:35AM

Texas Governor Rick Perry spent the weekend in Iowa, meeting with voters at several events around the state.  Speaking to the Houston Chronicle yesterday, he doubled down on comments he made on social security at an earlier campaign rally.  He said, "It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 29, 2011

08/29/11 08:10AM

DARTH VADER VENTS  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESWhy is it not a surprise to learn that Dick Cheney’s ancestor, Samuel Fletcher Cheney, was a Civil War soldier who marched with Sherman to the sea? Scorched earth runs in the family. Having lost the power to heedlessly bomb the world, Cheney has turned his attention to heedlessly bombing old colleagues... King’s calls for economic justice — a central commitment of his life’s work... — is one telltale sign of our tendency to hear King’s prophetic voice selectively. read more