Obama’s approval rating grows after remarkable week
Jun30

Obama’s approval rating grows after remarkable week

A week of mostly favorable court decisions, a groundswell of support for his position on the Confederate flag and tears has led to a notable increase in President Barack Obama, a new poll shows: Could Barack Obama’s great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers? The realistic answer is: n-o. Most polls are see saws. The political class and political pundits immediately leap into snap analysis to proclaim this means THIS...

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TMV Emergency Fundraiser ENDS TODAY
Jun30

TMV Emergency Fundraiser ENDS TODAY

NOTE: Our fundraiser formally ends TODAY. The total put in the bank is $1,180 as of today June 29. This post will vanish into the archives after today. Any donations we receive today (or in the future without fundraisers) are eventually funneled into our upgrades which over the years allowed us to redesign the site and twice move it (TMV started on Blogger, then Typepad, then Powerblogs and now Word Press). Kindly read it again: TMV...

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Obama will be remembered for  “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)
Jun27

Obama will be remembered for “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)

Depending on who you talk to and the political lens through which they view the world, Barack Obama will go down as a highly polarizing figure, a transformative President or a combination of both – and these definitions will be said either with admiration or contempt. But here is one certainty: In years to come, one piece of video will be included in any biographies of Barack Obama. It’ll be the moment when he led the...

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Fox News’ Step Forward: Doesn’t Renew Sarah Palin’s Contract
Jun24

Fox News’ Step Forward: Doesn’t Renew Sarah Palin’s Contract

Fox News has taken a major step forward: it hasn’t renewed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s contract: Fox News has cut ties with former vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) who served as a contributor for the network, Politico reported Wednesday. Palin, who will continue to make appearances on the network, did not have her contributor contract renewed after it expired on June 1, Politico reported. A...

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Ben Carson criticizes other Republicans for not calling Charleston murders “racist”
Jun22

Ben Carson criticizes other Republicans for not calling Charleston murders “racist”

It’s not often I agree with Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson. But he has bluntly called out the other Republicans running for President who refuse to call the murders of 9 people by a self-admitted racist who wanted to kill African-Americans “racist.” He didn’t mince words: Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on Monday knocked some of the 2016 contenders who have declined to say that...

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Charleston shooting: Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans
Jun22

Charleston shooting: Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans

Why is that conservative Republicans have been twisting themselves into political pretzels trying to avoid saying that the massacre by 9 innocents in a church in Charleston was racist when shooter Dylann Roof is clearly a self-avowed racist? That has been a lingering question. Now the Guardian reports that some key Republicans were getting campaign donations from the leader of the group cited in Roof’s hate-filled (against many...

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Liberal is no longer a dirty word: Did moderates contribute to that?
Jun21

Liberal is no longer a dirty word: Did moderates contribute to that?

The Politico has a piece that focuses on what’s making the buzz in political circles: a new poll suggesting that “liberal” is no longer a dirty word — a word perceived as so dirty that liberals started calling themselves progressive (which they never would if the attack on the word “liberal” had not come about): Dmocrats have been running away from the “liberal” label for a long time, but recent...

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Profile in Political Cowardice? Jeb Bush Says ‘I Don’t Know What Was On The Mind’ Of Charleston Shooter
Jun19

Profile in Political Cowardice? Jeb Bush Says ‘I Don’t Know What Was On The Mind’ Of Charleston Shooter

While Republicans and Fox News seem to be grappling for ways not to call the massacre of 9 people by 21-year-old Dylann Roof at a historical black church in South Carolina racism (read Ana Marie Cox) the most embarrassing response — which I’m predicting will rule him out completely in the eyes of a good chunk of non-conservative voters — comes from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush seems to be twisting himself into...

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(VIDEO) President Obama Says South Carolina Racial Hate Crime Shooting Reflects “dark part” of our history
Jun18

(VIDEO) President Obama Says South Carolina Racial Hate Crime Shooting Reflects “dark part” of our history

President Barack Obama today said the murders of 9 innocent people at Charleston’s historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church by a 21-year-old who made it clear his motive was racial hatred reflected a “dark part” of our history. I’d take it a step further: it reflects imprinting now going on as you read this in our society — racial hatred, political hatred and ideological hatred. The common denominator is not...

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Issa kicked out of Benghazi deposition
Jun17

Issa kicked out of Benghazi deposition

Never has the phrase “the bum’s rush” been more aptly fitting in terms of how former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was received at yesterday’s Benghazi deposition — or of Mr. Issa himself: Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi...

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Hillary’s Off and Running
Jun14

Hillary’s Off and Running

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now formally off and running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. And you could see the ripples being felt immediately in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election in news stories, blog posts and tweets. Here a sampling: –Yahoo: A day after Hillary Clinton formally kicked off her 2016 presidential campaign with a speech at a rally on New York’s Roosevelt Island, current and...

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Are these Hillary Clinton’s Four “Aces in the Hole?”
Jun11

Are these Hillary Clinton’s Four “Aces in the Hole?”

Does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have four “aces in the hole” that could enhance her chances in the general election if she gets her party’s nomination? The Hill’s Brent Budowsky thinks so — and the four he lists are intriguing: Ace No.1: the prospect that Clinton would be the first female president and could do more to champion better pay and greater financial security for women than any...

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Jeb Bush’s Truly Lousy Campaign Start
Jun11

Jeb Bush’s Truly Lousy Campaign Start

Right now Jeb Bush’s campaign could be called the Dominoes campaign. Not as in Dominoes Pizza, although he has lots of dough. But as in collapsing dominoes. And let’s just say that it now appears that if Jeb Bush gets that night call, it’d be a wrong number. The biggest question is: is Jeb Bush morphing into the 2015 Fred Thompson or Rudy Giuliani? What has become a trend is now summarized by The Washington Post:...

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U. S. Expanding War on  ISIS in Iraq
Jun10

U. S. Expanding War on ISIS in Iraq

The United States is going to somewhat gingerly expand its war on ISIS, a sign that there is concern that the group — which you can accurately compare to the Nazis in the way they mercilessly butcher men, women and children within their rapidly growing territory — continues to make inroads and poses a threat to the Middle East, and perhaps beyond. In many cases it is meeting weak and downright cowardly (a word I NEVER use...

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POLL: Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015 — and so do Moderates
Jun07

POLL: Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015 — and so do Moderates

Once again a new poll underscores how political mantras partisans and ideologists use basically go into echo chamber and create inaccurate “realities.” Forget Rush, Sean, their conservative website that has “liberals” every other word, the right wing writers who seem to assume “liberal” automatically means bad and “conservative” is somehow magically makes it intrinsically good. A new...

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Dennis Hastert Hid His Secrets As He Helped Push GOP’s Anti-Gay Agenda
Jun07

Dennis Hastert Hid His Secrets As He Helped Push GOP’s Anti-Gay Agenda

There are some of us who have now given up on joining political parties. We have to choose during an election which one is the most hypocritrical — the one whose members are so shamefully pandering to the worst instincts in their party’s base – and then (out of fear because they’re more extreme than the other) vote against it. The initial batch of Republican leaders who were so seemingly passionately clamoring...

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Is this Marco Rubio’s Moment?
Jun05

Is this Marco Rubio’s Moment?

Is this Florida Sen. Marco’s “moment?” Brent Budowsky, writing in The Hill, concludes: it well could be. And his reasoning is indeed sound, if his language is (quite corretly) blunt (as is his accuracy): Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is the most interesting GOP presidential candidate in the 2016 field, a field that is becoming a party embarrassment and will soon have more candidates than FIFA has indicted officials. The...

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Limbaugh to GOP: Don’t accept Caitlyn Jenner (Get Ready for some Republicans to fall in line)
Jun04

Limbaugh to GOP: Don’t accept Caitlyn Jenner (Get Ready for some Republicans to fall in line)

Here it is, folks (as he did). You can BET money now in Vegas that more Republicans will inch over to this line since it has been announced by the party’s chief intellectual strategist and perception shaper: Rush Limbaugh. You hear it here first. And you can guess what he said, can’t you? In case you haven’t been able to predict his comments so far, here it is! Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh thinks...

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George Stephanopoulos’ Big Mistake
Jun03

George Stephanopoulos’ Big Mistake

They say, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” Or some say, “They’re just blowing smoke.” Trust me: there’s smoke AND fire around the high-paid host of ABC ‘s “This Week” and co-host of “Good Morning America” when it comes to having violated a basic tenet of responsible journalists. Forget about the predictable and tiresome partisan-motivated demonizations...

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Fox News Repeatedly Makes Fun of and Misgenders Caitlyn Jenner
Jun02

Fox News Repeatedly Makes Fun of and Misgenders Caitlyn Jenner

When I was in Spain brought in by Newsweek’s bureau and regular stringer to help out on a big story right before the death of General Francisco Franco, the Newsweek stinger pointed to a big rally of pro-government attendees at what would be Franco’s last speech. “These are not nice people,” he said, pointing to the crowd. Fox News staffers cannot be compared to Francoists, but, I would have to say after reading...

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