Positives in Saudi/Yemen Military Actions
Mar29

Positives in Saudi/Yemen Military Actions

Josh Marshall offers a thoughtful take on independent military action recently taken by Saudi Arabia and others in the Middle East on Talking Points Memo. We now see this Saudi-led military operation in Yemen which is being joined by Egypt and possibly other Arab states. Earlier, we saw the Jordanian attacks against ISIS after the immolation of their captured fighter pilot and the Egyptian strikes in Libya. Each of these broke the...

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(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen
Mar25

(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen

Update (Tikrit) The New York Times is reporting that three major Shiite militia groups who were participating in the fight for Tikrit have “pulled out” of the fight “immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as American warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.” Apparently the pull-out is in protest of U.S. airstrikes against ISIL...

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The Closing of the Political Mind
Mar25

The Closing of the Political Mind

Ezra Klein assesses the damage on Vox.com. If you want to feel depressed about the future of American politics, Obamacare confirms an unnerving phenomenon that has been well-documented by social scientists: more and better information has almost no effect on the political mind.   There’s a simple theory underlying much of American politics. It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and...

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Josh Marshall on Why Ted Cruz Won’t Get Elected
Mar25

Josh Marshall on Why Ted Cruz Won’t Get Elected

Josh Marshall thinks Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected President and spells out why on Talking Points Memo. Starting with most obvious, Cruz would not survive first contact with the range of blue states and swing states where a Republican must compete. Some say, they didn’t think he had a chance in Texas either. Well, Texas, as they say, is a whole ‘nother country. Both on the issues and temperamentally Cruz embodies...

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American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel
Mar20

American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel

One of our freshest faces at The Moderate Voice (TMV), Daniel Faris, recently posted a story that has touched many hearts and attracted comments from several people who themselves suffer, or who know someone who suffers from “invisible” disabilities and who oftentimes do not receive the “American compassion” — the care and understanding — they deserve. But while it may be true that, in these cases, “American compassion”...

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Friedman on Netanyahu’s Victory
Mar19

Friedman on Netanyahu’s Victory

Thomas Friedman on the real winners in Israel’s recent election in The New York Times (hint: not the Israelis). No one on the planet will enjoy watching Israel and America caught on the horns of this dilemma more than the clerical regime in Tehran. It is a godsend for them. Iran’s unstated position is that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem must be perpetuated forever. Because few things serve Iran’s...

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Cotton candy
Mar19

Cotton candy

Honest. If you’d told me a while back there’d be a “Senator Cotton,” I’d have laughed and pointed out that we’ve been dealing with those cotton-brained senators ever since Reconstruction. So the idea of a cotton Senator (or a “Senator Cotton”) is kind of an old story. But now there’s Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas. He’s for real; he’s (bottom line) anti-government; and...

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Cartoon: Durst and Guilty
Mar18

Cartoon: Durst and Guilty

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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(Updated- Video) What One Senator Calls a ‘Photo-Op’
Mar16

(Updated- Video) What One Senator Calls a ‘Photo-Op’

UPDATE: According to the White House, the President has met injured warrior Cory Remsburg six times “to be exact.” Watch the video of the President’s tribute to Cory below. Original post: On Friday President Obama visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Phoenix, the hospital that had been at the center of the scandal last year involving fake patient waiting lists used to hide extremely long times veterans had to wait to receive...

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What if the SEAL who Shot bin Laden Had Been a Woman?
Mar15

What if the SEAL who Shot bin Laden Had Been a Woman?

What if the SEAL who Shot bin Laden Had Been a Woman? Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a column filed earlier on Monday, March 9. By Jason Stanford If I told you Warren Buffett had a stock tip, you’d listen, right? Would you see a movie if Meryl Streep recommended it? Of course you would. You look like a smart fella. It just stands to reason. Some expertise is unimpeachable. So if the member of SEAL Team Six...

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GOP Tax Cut Fantasyland
Mar14

GOP Tax Cut Fantasyland

Paul Waldman debunks the “tax cuts for the wealthy grow the economy” myth on The American Prospect. You have to admire one thing about the Republican perspective on this issue: their unflagging insistence, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, that the best and perhaps only way to affect the economy is by adjusting the tax rate paid by wealthy people. Here’s a quick history review of the last two decades:...

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Gerson on GOP Senate Iran Letter
Mar14

Gerson on GOP Senate Iran Letter

Conservative columnist and former Bush staffer Michael Gerson lights up GOP Senators over their letter to Iran in The Washington Post. The true scandal of the Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders is the manner in which the Republican Senate apparently conducts its affairs.   The document was crafted by a senator with two months of experience under his belt. It was signed by some members rushing off the Senate floor to catch...

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Cartoon: Poison Pen Letter
Mar12

Cartoon: Poison Pen Letter

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Election race tightens in Israel as polls show Netanyahu’s party trailing
Mar12

Election race tightens in Israel as polls show Netanyahu’s party trailing

JERUSALEM — With less than a week remaining before Israel’s elections, the race appears tighter than it has at any time since the start of the campaign, throwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the defensive. Three public opinion polls published Tuesday and Wednesday show Netanyau’s conservative Likud party lagging by margins of three to four...

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Kathleen Parker on GOP Letter
Mar12

Kathleen Parker on GOP Letter

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker offers a sensible take on the GOP Senate letter to Iran in The Washington Post. It must be relatively simple, as one clips along the marble halls of the Russell Senate Office Building, speaking only to those of like mind, to decide that undermining the president is a public service. Hating the president isn’t personal; it’s a national imperative! He’s not our leader, after all. Therefore, he...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Bill O’Reilly Seasoned War Correspondent
Mar10

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Bill O’Reilly Seasoned War Correspondent

Bill O’Reilly: Seasoned War Correspondent by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Journalist Says He Can Prove Bill O’Reilly Wasn’t Present At JFK-Related Suicide –New Questions Emerge About Bill O’Reilly’s JFK Reporting --Bill O’Reilly’s sick pathology: Why his systematic lying is even worse than reported –Ex-Fox Newser tells CNN that O’Reilly has ‘lied so many times’ Mike Peters is recognized as one...

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‘Schadenfreude’ Over the Fall of General Petraeus?
Mar09

‘Schadenfreude’ Over the Fall of General Petraeus?

As someone who at one time championed for a fifth Star for Petraeus, it would be pusillanimous of me not to comment on the General’s fall from grace. Of course I am disappointed and saddened by what the General is alleged to have done and by the fate that has befallen him, respectively. However, I still admire his military career and I am still grateful for what Petraeus has done for his country. I just read Shaun Mullen’s...

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Larison on GOP Foreign Policy Ignorance
Mar09

Larison on GOP Foreign Policy Ignorance

Daniel Larison describes the “hilariously wrong” GOP groupthink on foreign policy in The American Conservative. The odd thing is that (South Carolina Senator Lindsey) Graham thinks that he has a place in the contest because of his supposed foreign policy “expertise.” As Michael Cohen points out in a recent column, Graham has distinguished himself for being consistently wrong on every major foreign policy issue for at least...

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(Updated) Canadian Casualties in Operation Inherent Resolve
Mar08

(Updated) Canadian Casualties in Operation Inherent Resolve

Update: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke by telephone with Canadian Minister of Defense Jason Kenney and extended his deepest condolences to Minister Kenney and to the family of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron and also wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The Department of Defense: This was Secretary Carter’s first conversation with Minister Kenney, who became minister of defense on February 9, 2015. Secretary...

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Group Defends Billboard Honoring KKK Founder on Display Near Selma Bridge
Mar08

Group Defends Billboard Honoring KKK Founder on Display Near Selma Bridge

A billboard honoring KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest is on display near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where President Obama, former president George W. Bush, and others commemorated the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The sign, set up in recent days, invites visitors to see “Selma’s War Between The States Historic Sites.” But it also features a picture of the Confederate flag and an image of Forrest, who was also a...

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