Let’s cool relations with Israel until Netanyahu is gone
Feb26

Let’s cool relations with Israel until Netanyahu is gone

No more America v. Israel talk until we’ve dealt with the biggest issue for Americans as well as Israelis: the battle in both nations and around the globe of military-industrial interests versus the supporters of democracy and justice. At home, Bibi Netanyahu may be on his way out thanks to revelations of corruption in his personal and political life. The Israeli prime minister is evidently using public money to keep his family...

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What we’re going to do about ISIS
Feb18

What we’re going to do about ISIS

John Cassidy gets into the weeds and explains how the President and Congress are working (together, sort of) to get in there and “take out” ISIS. In the coming weeks, Republicans and Democrats will be forced to approve, strike down, or modify the Administration’s request, which is what is supposed to happen. (The would-be Presidential candidates in 2016, by virtue of their ambitions, will also have to adopt a public...

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Why we do it
Feb16

Why we do it

Take a look — even if it’s just a quick glance –at Graeme Wood’s article on “What Isis really wants.” Not so much difference between Isis and Christian fundamentalists there within. Ages ago, before blogs and at a time when many of us hung out with fellow commenters in chat rooms, I’d read the earnest efforts of fundies to justify their beliefs and found I’d formed a picture in my mind...

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Is this the end for John Boehner?
Feb08

Is this the end for John Boehner?

Is this the end for John Boehner? Kevin Drum almost feels sorry for the guy. Even Israel has turned against Boehner, thanks to Boehner’s nutty, politically suicidal, unilateral invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu. And now even Netanyahu is turning on him with a statement from Israel’s foreign minister that Boehner had more or less lied to the Prime Minister about the extent of partisanship in the original invitation to...

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When murder is the end, not the means
Feb04

When murder is the end, not the means

ISIS is no longer defined largely as militant group whose goal is to establish a caliphate — using whatever means including cruelty, murder, and violence. The means are the end. Cruelty, murder and widespread violence are the end. Slaughter is the goal, George Packer writes. The very name of the self-proclaimed caliphate strikes most people, not least other Muslims, as ridiculous, if not delusional. But it’s the vaulting...

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Again, hypocrisy
Feb03

Again, hypocrisy

State taxpayers paid for Mr. Christie, his wife and two aides to travel to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, as New Jersey prepared to host the 2014 game. Airfare for four passengers came to $8,146; Mr. Christie’s hotel for three nights cost $3,371. He has fought to shield the cost of his travel. The Super Bowl expenses were revealed only after a judge’s order in a lawsuit brought by The Record, a newspaper in northern New Jersey....

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Boehner’s big boo-boo
Jan30

Boehner’s big boo-boo

Well, the latest Boehner boo-boo, anyway. The guy is loaded with ‘em. John Boehner, thanks to the split in his caucus, is having to rely on House Democrats for some key votes. That’s just the way it’s worked out for the Republicans: their party has a major as well as a bunch of minor fractures which tend to annihilate their win in November. So the last thing Boehner should be looking for is trouble with Democrats....

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It looks like Obama’s trip up the polls is likely to last
Jan24

It looks like Obama’s trip up the polls is likely to last

Dana Milbank makes a good point. Obama was a teensy bit overmuch at one point in his State of the Union address to Congress when he ragged on about his two big wins. But he wins. Like, get used to it: His cocky, colloquial cadence was a bit much, but it’s hard to deny Obama a victory lap now that Americans are optimistic about the economy after six years of misery. This isn’t necessarily the result of his policies — but neither were...

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Achieving Republican goals
Jan22

Achieving Republican goals

Take a fresh look at what Obama has achieved during the past six years. “We’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health-care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years.” Maybe a Republican politician would put it slightly differently — maybe with a sneer and some added self-congratulation. But there it is. The smart guy at the...

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Scariest stats, so far, on global warming
Jan18

Scariest stats, so far, on global warming

Here’s one way to look at it: If you’re around 50 now, the rest of your life will be much tougher thanks to the changing weather patterns. But you’ve got it easy compared to your children who will have some truly scary years thanks to the rapidly changing climate. In the annals of climatology, 2014 now surpasses 2010 as the warmest year in a global temperature record that stretches back to 1880. The 10 warmest years...

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Suddenly the American right feels sorry for France
Jan13

Suddenly the American right feels sorry for France

Suddenly the American right feels sorry for France: The conservatives are guilty of a bit of inconsistency, if not hypocrisy, in criticizing the Obama administration for snubbing a people they not long ago called cheese-eating surrender monkeys. But, ça ne fait rien. It’s très bien that Francophobia has waned on the American right, and that the land of Lafayette, socialist government and all, is again in conservatives’ good graces....

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2016 political weather forecast
Jan11

2016 political weather forecast

The New York Times today has a lead story on Jeb Bush — a report that smooths out Bush’s wrinkles, finds him an outfit that shields us from viewing his many defects (see the role he played in the 2000 election), and leans on the philosophy of current school history text books: make sure the kiddies don’t learn anything too negative about America. The best part of today’s Times is the response that article is...

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Jeb Bush walks the yellow line
Jan04

Jeb Bush walks the yellow line

Jeb seems to be shedding all possible labels. Money man? Corporatist? Naw! Conservative? Not Jeb. No way! Or at least, not that kind of conservative. Likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has declined an invitation to speak at a conservative summit in Iowa hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.), a sometimes controversial figure in the GOP. A Bush aide told The Hill that the former Florida governor appreciated the offer to speak at...

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Jeb plays innocent, looks guiltier
Jan01

Jeb plays innocent, looks guiltier

Jeb Bush plays innocent, looks guiltier: Last week he wiggled away from Bloomberg and, before that, from the board of a healthcare company that has made a sweet fortune thanks to Obamacare. Now, the Washington Post reports, he’s dumped all directorships, including his own education foundation and a for-profit education business that charges students for courses. That decision “culminated a string of moves he has made in...

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Thinking Jeb may be the least of several evils?
Dec27

Thinking Jeb may be the least of several evils?

Thinking Jeb may be the least of several evils? Well, he’s not. Watch him as he scrambles, Romney-like, to make you think he’s a temperate, decent sort of multimillionaire. Not so much. Last week he quietly ended his association with Barclays. This week he’s sneaking away from his relationship with a company that made him a bunch of bucks — a company linked to Obamacare. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is...

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Obama’s response to the midterms
Dec19

Obama’s response to the midterms

Obama’s response to the midterms: Pretty spectacular. Certainly the President’s month post-defeat contrasts with the negativism and in-fighting of the “winners.” Kevin Drum lays out 37 days of hard work at the White House. *November 10: Surprised everyone by announcing his support for strong net neutrality. *November 11: Concluded a climate deal with China that was not only important in its own right, but has...

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Ted Cruz is up against solid opposition
Dec14

Ted Cruz is up against solid opposition

Ted Cruz is up against solid opposition: They really don’t like this guy. His own colleagues are turning their back on him or simple condemning his politics. A vast majority of the Senate disagreed with Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) assertion that President Obama’s executive order on immigration is unconstitutional. Cruz raised a constitutional point of order against the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” — which funds most of the government...

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Torture: The problem for America comes when we put it all together
Dec11

Torture: The problem for America comes when we put it all together

The problem for America comes when we put it all together: We reëlected George Bush knowing that he had approved of waterboarding and torture. We have accepted President Obama’s contention that we should look forward, not backward, thereby absolving those who committed war crimes of any accountability. Criminal prosecutions are both unlikely and unnecessary, but some form of official accountability is essential. This report is a...

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Is it possible to buy America?
Dec08

Is it possible to buy America?

Is it possible to buy America? Sure looks like it. The Koch brothers and their allies are pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that’s developing detailed, state-of-the-art profiles of 250 million Americans, giving the brothers’ political operation all the earmarks of a national party. …Politico,12/8/14 Karl Rove, back in during the Bush campaigns, was profiler in chief. This looks like Rove+Koch, an effort...

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Economy Surges? More Jobs
Dec06

Economy Surges? More Jobs

They can’t take this away from Barack Obama: The headline at the Times practically glistens. More jobs! Higher wages! The Labor Department reported Friday that employers added 321,000 jobs in November — a much stronger number than expected — but perhaps even more significant was the biggest gain in average hourly earnings since June 2013. Hourly earnings rose by 0.4 percent in November, double what economists had been expecting....

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