ISIS Presses Its War on Two Fronts: on the ground and online
May26

ISIS Presses Its War on Two Fronts: on the ground and online

ISIS is aggressively pressing its war on two fronts — and many believe they continue to be well-situated and are steadily advancing. The fronts: on the ground and online. The Christian Science Monitor notes: For Islamic State fighters, the battle for dominance continues both on the ground and online: The extremists’ capture of the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra this week came with a Twitter-circulated photo of the group’s black...

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Book Review: The Great Lester: Ventriloquism’s Renaissance Man: by David Erskine Foreword by Jeff Dunham
May22

Book Review: The Great Lester: Ventriloquism’s Renaissance Man: by David Erskine Foreword by Jeff Dunham

Who was “The Great Lester,” why was he “great” and why is it that probably 95 percent of the American public never heard of him and his story? David Erskine’s “The Great Lester: Ventriloquism’s Renaissance Man” (with a foreward by highly popular ventriloquist Jeff Dunham) tells the bittersweet tale — a tale at times so dramatic, joyous and ultimately sad that it just begs to be...

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Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark: Questions Science Climate Change Belief as “Arrogance”
May21

Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark: Questions Science Climate Change Belief as “Arrogance”

Buh bye Jeb Bush. You’ve just disqualified yourself from being President. The former Florida Governor had a bad week doing the politico limbo on whether invading Iraq was a good idea. That brought him under fire not just from Democrats but from many Republicans. Now, perhaps in a move to get back into the good graces of the party’s dominant conservative primary voters, he is questioning climate change — something the...

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Gallup Poll: Obama Favorable Rating Up, Best Since September 2013
May21

Gallup Poll: Obama Favorable Rating Up, Best Since September 2013

A new Gallup Poll finds President Obama’s favorability rating is now the highest it has been since September of 2013: 53%. Americans’ favorable ratings of President Barack Obama now stand at 53%, up four points from March. This comes after a year in which these ratings were mostly below 50% and marks the president’s highest score since September 2013. A president’s favorable ratings are distinct from approval...

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Cartoon: David Letterman
May21

Cartoon: David Letterman

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Iraqis ‘Didn’t Want to Fight’ ISIS for Ramadi
May20

Iraqis ‘Didn’t Want to Fight’ ISIS for Ramadi

One of the most damning aspects of how city of Ramadi fell to ISIS is a fact that has come up before: Iraquis didn’t want to fight ISIS and many simply cut and run. And that’s more than a monkey wrench in the longtime American strategy of fighting terror in Iraq and leave the country to stand on its own two feet. Right now it looks as if the country is standing on its own to feet– but many of its fighters are using...

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Saudia Arabia is advertising for 8 executioners as beheading biz soars
May19

Saudia Arabia is advertising for 8 executioners as beheading biz soars

The government of Saudia Arabia’s headhunters are advertising to fill 8 job openings. I don’t know what the benefits are, but you get lots of cold cuts. Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgment of death” but...

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ABC News Exclusive: a 21-year Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the United States
May18

ABC News Exclusive: a 21-year Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the United States

Yes, some may deny it or battle it, but we are in a new era of American relations with Cuba. Elian Gonzalez, the little boy who won so many American hearts when his mother drowned in 1999 getting him over to the United States, only to be forcibly sent back to Cuba in June 200o since his father there legally had custody, is now 21. He’s has been a hero in Cuba for his then-unknowing role in standing up to the United States. But...

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“The Swiftboating of Hillary Clinton”
May17

“The Swiftboating of Hillary Clinton”

Peter Daou, has been a longtime advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, and also was digital advisor to Hillary Clinton on her campaigns, and is a veteran internet pundit. The New York Times once called him ” “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation” and the Washington Post labelled him the “Yoda of the blogosphere.” He makes the case made by many: that much of what is now happening...

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Uncertain Times In and Out of San Diego
May16

Uncertain Times In and Out of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Ca — Uncertainty, thy name is San Diego. California’s jewel-like second largest city, with its 70 miles of sparkling beaches, is now facing two cliff hangers in a century rife with uncertainty. Will the San Diego Chargers move to Los Angeles County and take an emerging offer-they-can’t-refuse for a state-of-the-art stadium? USA Today notes that the Chargers leaving would “add to this sunny...

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BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial
May15

BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombing, in which twin blasts rocked the race’s crowded downtown finish line, killing three spectators, including an 8 year old boy who Tsarnaeve stood behind for more than a minute before taking off to avoid the blast. 260 others were injured — some horrifically — in the blasts. NBC NEWS: A jury in Boston voted to...

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Gallup Poll: Five Months Into GOP Congress, Approval Remains Low at 19%
May13

Gallup Poll: Five Months Into GOP Congress, Approval Remains Low at 19%

A new Gallup Poll finds Americans are disgusted as ever with Congress, despite the GOP now having the keys to the Senate car: Congressional job approval, currently at 19%, remains stuck near historical lows, despite a number of recent high-profile legislative achievements. Over the past month, Congress has confirmed the stalled nomination of Attorney General Loretta Lynch and both chambers passed a bill that was signed into law...

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Mark Halperin Apologizes for Some of his Interview Questions for Ted Cruz UPDATED: Cruz Responds
May11

Mark Halperin Apologizes for Some of his Interview Questions for Ted Cruz UPDATED: Cruz Responds

Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin has apologized for the tone of some questions in his interview yesterday with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He came out of fire in many quarters — from the right, center and the left — for some questions that seemed sloppily flippant at best and racist at worst. He has sent out this apology clarification via Bloomberg News: STATEMENT FROM MARK HALPERIN, CO-MANAGING EDITOR, BLOOMBERG POLITICS,...

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George Zimmerman suffers “minor” gunshot wound in Florida road rage shooting
May11

George Zimmerman suffers “minor” gunshot wound in Florida road rage shooting

I’m not the only one who has predicted that we will hear and read a LOT about George Zimmerman and that his controversial acquittal in the shooting death of ice-tea-armed, hoodie-wearing Trayvon Martin was just the prelude to someone who’ll be in the news. And now another tidbit: police say he suffered a “minor” gunshot wound in a shooting in Florida. The initial details were murky, but a later report says it...

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Mark Halperin’s Interview with Ted Cuz: so Halperin determines  who is “really” sufficiently Cuban or Hispanic? UPDATED
May10

Mark Halperin’s Interview with Ted Cuz: so Halperin determines who is “really” sufficiently Cuban or Hispanic? UPDATED

Department of WOW. I never thought I’d be writing a defense of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who just had an interview with perhaps respected-too-much journalist Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News. I can visualize my journalism profs at the Medill School of Journalism raising both eyebrows if I had asked a Hispanic officeholder the questions Halperin asked of Cruz, as detailed by Ruben Navarrette, and some others writers and Facebook...

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Study: Bullying by peers has effects later in life
May10

Study: Bullying by peers has effects later in life

Yes, bullying matters and stopping it matters. A new study shows it has effects in later years: Bullying can be defined by many things. It’s teasing, name-calling, stereotyping, fighting, exclusion, spreading rumors, public shaming and aggressive intimidation. It can be in person and online. But it can no longer be considered a rite of passage that strengthens character, new research suggests. Adolescents who are bullied by...

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Happy Mothers Day Helen Gandelman
May10

Happy Mothers Day Helen Gandelman

OH SHE IS MISSED BUT WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD HER AS A MOTHER AND AS A FRIEND: Happy Mother’s Day, Helen Gandelman. WOW: your kids, relatives and all who knew you were so lucky to have come in contact with you, with your pizzazz, wonderful humor and incredible caring spirit. And YES it is true: parents can achieve immortality when they’re really more enduring than life; you’ll always be with all of us and we...

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Tom Brady will be suspended for Deflategate … Announcement next week, report says
May09

Tom Brady will be suspended for Deflategate … Announcement next week, report says

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended in the fallout of Deflategate with an announcement coming next week according to a New York Daily News report. According to Gary Myers, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is through deliberating on punishment following Wednesday’s release of the Tom Wells report that implicated Brady in the deflation...

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New Iowa Poll: Bush in 7th Place, Walker Soaring
May06

New Iowa Poll: Bush in 7th Place, Walker Soaring

The newest Iowa poll has nearly catastrophic news for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must be smiling: Bush comes in 7th, a virtual fringe candidate (which is indeed what more moderate Republicans are in today’s GOP) and Walker is zooming. Politico reports: The Wisconsin governor retains his advantage among Iowa Republican caucus-goers, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released...

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Pew Poll: The Public Sees Multiple Causes for Baltimore Unrest
May05

Pew Poll: The Public Sees Multiple Causes for Baltimore Unrest

Despite what you may hear on right or left talk shows and what you may read in right and left blogs, the public is taking a more (here comes that dirty word) nuanced view of the causes of Baltimore unrest. The findings come in a new poll from the highly respected Pew Research Center: The public sees a number of contributing factors for the outbreak of violence and unrest in Baltimore last week. About six-in-ten (61%) say that “some...

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