Another Achilles’ Heel for Ted Cruz
Apr26

Another Achilles’ Heel for Ted Cruz

Josh Marshall points out another one on Talking Points Memo. While there’s no doubt Cruz is a dyed in the wool conservative, he is also pretty transparently a major bullshit artist. While it is not clear that he is really more conservative than several of the other GOP presidential aspirants, his strategy has been to keep finding rhetorical points and symbolic battles to demonstrate that he is in fact way more conservative than...

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Inside the Mind of the Founding Fathers: The 2nd Amendment and Open Carry (Guest Voice)
Apr25

Inside the Mind of the Founding Fathers: The 2nd Amendment and Open Carry (Guest Voice)

Inside the Mind of the Founding Fathers The 2nd Amendment and Open Carry By Dale Schlundt, M.A. If you ask the typical American citizen the definition of the second amendment, their answers are invariably, “the right to bear arms.” One that does not study history would be left with the impression that those five words make up the entirety of it. However, that short phrase is only a segment within the larger wording and overall...

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George Packer on Political Paralysis
Apr25

George Packer on Political Paralysis

George Packer mourns his loss of passion for our current politics in The New Yorker (h/t Kevin Drum). The reason is the stuckness of American politics. Especially in the years after 2008, the worst tendencies of American politics only hardened, while remaining in the same place. Beneath the surface froth and churn, we are paralyzed. You can sense it as soon as you step out of the train at Union Station in Washington, the instant you...

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I Was Going To Write a Long Article on Procrastination, but…
Apr21

I Was Going To Write a Long Article on Procrastination, but…

This from the Atlantic is a good article on procrastination. I was going to put this article up sooner, but I was eaten like Jonah in the Whale… come to think of that, maybe that’s what procrastination is… a whale that munches you and you are immobilized in the whale’s belly. How did that story end, now? And why is the word describing putting things off, so long? Maybe it ought be called ‘the nots’...

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The Forgotten Ones: Bi-Racial Children of Viet Nam
Apr21

The Forgotten Ones: Bi-Racial Children of Viet Nam

This is a fine and terrible and beautiful and necessary read. Sometimes to keep what yet has need above the waterline, is to witness. To witness and to speak of these matters– until there are no more matters to speak...

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There is one who went before the favored Toqueville. Zavala, the Mexican
Apr21

There is one who went before the favored Toqueville. Zavala, the Mexican

Lorenzo de Zavla written work is better recognized by his books titled: “Ensayo Historico de las Revoluciones de Megico des 1808 hasta 1830″ which was published in Paris 1831 and in New York in 1832. His other book titled “Viages a los Estados-Unidos del Norte de America” which was published in the Paris 1831. In Zavala’s book Journey to the United States of North America, written in Spanish, but was...

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Jeb Bush and “Death Panels”
Apr20

Jeb Bush and “Death Panels”

Ezra Klein notes Jeb Bush’s support for end-of-life directives on Vox.com. The dumbest controversy of Obamacare, by far, was when Sarah Palin took an anodyne provision directing Medicare to cover end-of-life care consultations and branded it a “death panel.” Senator Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who had backed the idea, was unsparing. “How someone could take an end-of-life directive or a living will as...

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UPDATE: A Former, and Possibly Future, First Daughter’s Role in Her Mother’s White House Bid
Apr18

UPDATE: A Former, and Possibly Future, First Daughter’s Role in Her Mother’s White House Bid

UPDATE: Interesting piece by Maureen Dowd in the Sunday New York Times, highlighting the competing forces and impulses a woman running for the highest office in the land — to date always occupied by a man — feels and has. Dowd: “The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman.” Dowd reviews how, in 2008, taking advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn —...

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‘Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act’
Apr17

‘Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act’

While yesterday, April 16, was the official 2015 Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Week of Remembrance runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday — this year April 12-19. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has designated this year’s theme as “Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act.” While the Holocaust is the most heinous and immense “systematic, bureaucratic,...

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Marco Rubio’s Terrible Timing
Apr15

Marco Rubio’s Terrible Timing

On Monday, April 13th, Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president. He did this just one day after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy. Rubio’s timing demonstrates that he has an extremely poor grasp of social media and should immediately consider hiring someone who can help him become more aware of this reality. When candidates officially announce their candidacies, they are officially inviting the world to...

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Are These Men The Faces Of Evil? No, But Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld Certainly Were
Apr14

Are These Men The Faces Of Evil? No, But Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld Certainly Were

Clockwise from top left: Dustin Heard, Nicolas Slatten, Evan Liberty, Paul Slough Even as a blogger who wrote extensively about the criminal excesses of Blackwater’s patriots-for-profit mercenary army and was appalled at the slaughter of 14 unarmed Iraqis, including women and children, in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007 by four of the politically powerful security contractor’s thugs, I nevertheless was saddened when...

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Clinton’s ‘Historical Odds’ Revisited
Apr14

Clinton’s ‘Historical Odds’ Revisited

In a post on Monday, Joe Gandelman asks whether the historical odds are one of the biggest obstacles in Hillary Clinton’s quest for the presidency. He provides some pretty strong evidence: 1. According to polls, a majority of voters believe that Clinton represents a return to the policies of the past. 2. “Since 1992, with just one exception (in 2000), the younger general-election candidate has won the general election contest.”...

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Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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Cartoon: Hillary Announces
Apr12

Cartoon: Hillary Announces

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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On Her ‘Intimacy’ Day, (Relatively) Good News for Clinton
Apr12

On Her ‘Intimacy’ Day, (Relatively) Good News for Clinton

Many people are skeptical about the accuracy and reliability of polling data, their value and their merits. Harry S. Truman once said, “How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?” Nevertheless, polls are polls and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll taken in the days after Cruz announced his bid for the presidential nomination has some (relatively) encouraging news for Hillary Clinton on the day she is to announce...

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On the Eve of Hillary’s ‘Intimate’ Campaign
Apr11

On the Eve of Hillary’s ‘Intimate’ Campaign

As Hillary Rodham Clinton gets ready to make her big announcement Sunday, there has been lots of sniping from the usual sources, but also some advice and encouragement. She already has taken some advice to heart. For example, the campaign is not going to be much about the “I” in Clinton as has been in the past. There will be “Less mention of her own ambitions,” definitely no “I’m in it to win it” slogans and, hopefully, no more...

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Where Do You Stand?
Apr11

Where Do You Stand?

Take the Republican and Democratic “whack job” surveys in The Washington Post. Cross-posted from The Sensible Center...

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Tsarnaev Guilty – The ‘Real’ Trial Next
Apr08

Tsarnaev Guilty – The ‘Real’ Trial Next

Two years after the Boston Marathon tragedy, a jury in Boston — after deliberating for little more than a day — has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts related to the worst act of terror in the United States since 9-11. NPR: The jury convicted Tsarnaev on all charges, ranging from carjacking to using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. Tsarnaev was found guilty in the deaths of Krystle...

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Reuters/Ipsos Poll Surprises
Apr08

Iran Nuclear Deal: Reuters/Ipsos Poll Surprises

If one listened solely to Republican neocons and Congressional war hawks, one would think that a vast majority of Americans oppose the nuclear deal with Iran and are anxious to “bomb, bomb” Iran. Not so, says a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. According to the poll, 89 percent of Democrats either support the agreement or are not sure. Fifty percent of Democrats support it while only 10 percent are opposed to it....

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Why Cadillac’s $12 Billion Gamble To Get Back Its Mojo Won’t Pay Off
Apr08

Why Cadillac’s $12 Billion Gamble To Get Back Its Mojo Won’t Pay Off

THE NEW CADILLAC CT6 IS BASED ON THE ELMIRAJ CONCEPT CAR It is difficult to say when Cadillac lost its mojo and began to relinquish its crown as America’s leading luxury car to Mercedes and eventually Lexus and other German brands, but I’ll pick 1992 when an ungainly and arguably ugly boat called the Cadillac Deville waddled onto the scene. Since then, it has been pretty much downhill for Cadillac as it lost its...

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