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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Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing
Nov29

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing: And maybe we are, state by state. It’s a ground level, individual woman’s solution to government’s (illegal?) discrimination against women. An organization in Austin is using phones and contributions to arrange for women who are under 20 weeks pregnant — and far from any abortion clinic to — get where they need to go....

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Uppity
Nov23

Uppity

Uppity: We’re talking about the immigration speech. How did that damn man in the White House manage to defy an election outcome in which Republicans liked to think they gave him a whuppin’? Why wasn’t he behaving like a loser, dammit? It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a...

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Republicans face tea party “upstarts”
Nov21

Republicans face tea party “upstarts”

The over-the-top reaction of Republican party to the President’s immigration actions are way more than just a reaction to Obama. The whole party is in trouble. McConnell and Boehner are trying to hold things together. John McCain refers to the tea party upstarts as “young punks.” The moves announced Thursday night by Obama — which will protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation — have sparked an...

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Blame the whole damn thing on the muslim kenyan alien with no proof of birth
Nov15

Blame the whole damn thing on the muslim kenyan alien with no proof of birth

Face it. Obama was sent upward from the fires of hell just to bug Republicans. They just want him to go away. They just want to feel good about themselves. They thought they’d won the election. But it feels more and more like they got the booby prize. Obama won’t won’t cooperate by just fading away. Worse: they are — once again — overwhelmed by their crazies. In the wake of the midterm elections,...

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Republicans, the majority, are facing their greatest enemy: reality
Nov10

Republicans, the majority, are facing their greatest enemy: reality

\ Two of the best and most astute political analysts — Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein — talk about which Republican party we are left with for the next couple of years. Good question! Monster or blunderer or a combination of the two? Whatever else happens, the internal war will be much fiercer and more of a national spectacle than the hum-drum, “it’s-getting-old,” war with Democrats. And the glee with...

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Preposterous!
Nov09

Preposterous!

Preposterous! Well, not for the first time! The Supremes are outdoing themselves as comedians no one laughs at when it comes to the latest challenge to Obamacare. Wait a minute, “challenge” makes this decision to accept the case almost respectable. Don’t kid yourself. Armed with results of the midterms, they clearly believe anything goes. King v. Burwell is not so much a radical legal doctrine as it is a Monty...

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No comment
Nov05

No comment

No comment Actually, a juicy head cold and bleary eyes make the screen almost impossible to work with today. Maybe later. Meanwhile, Mark Ambinder, quoted at Political Wire, has this interesting thought: Democrats know that President Obama remains in charge. They know that the GOP can’t do anything awful for the next two years. Democrats tend not be motivated by judges and cultural issues; their base was not set up that way, the...

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Ted Cruz plans to lead the Republican Senate
Nov03

Ted Cruz plans to lead the Republican Senate

You can forget about Mitch McConnell. Ted Cruz has plans to take over… if the Republicans win their Senate majority. After a spell of cooperating with his party during the campaign season, the Post reports, he will elbow his way into de facto leadership. In an interview at the Hotel Captain Cook here between campaign stops for Sullivan, Cruz made it clear he would push hard for a Republican-led Senate to be as conservative and...

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Do Americans deserve this?
Oct29

Do Americans deserve this?

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector...

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