Obama’s political legacy fading fast
Nov19

Obama’s political legacy fading fast

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age,… Obama’s political legacy fading...

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World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel
Nov19

World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel

NEW YORK (Press Release) –The American Jewish Committee praised world leaders who have spoken out against Tuesday’s deadly Palestinian terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers. Four worshipers were killed and at least six others wounded by the two terrorists who struck with guns, axes and knives. “Jerusalem is on edge, thanks to Palestinian incitement from the top of the Palestinian Authority, as well as its unity...

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The Keystone Pipeline votes: who voted how?
Nov18

The Keystone Pipeline votes: who voted how?

If you see a headline saying that the Senate defeated the Keystone XL Pipeline project by one vote, your mind might imagine a 51-49 tally. You’d be wrong. The Senate roll-call vote today that suspended action on the Keystone XL Pipeline was a 59-41 vote on ending the Democratic filibuster. The bill under filibuster (according to the Senate Democrats website), S. 2280, was introduced May 1 (Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND) and would have...

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Boehner’s stall on immigration
Nov18

Boehner’s stall on immigration

WASHINGTON — Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t. I repeat: That’s the only reason. The issue could have been settled a year ago. It could be settled in an afternoon. The problem is that Boehner refuses to do his job, preferring instead to spend his time huffing and...

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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The Republican War on Science and Education
Nov18

The Republican War on Science and Education

While America and other western nations are concerned about climate change and ISIS, Republican conservatives take stances similar to some of those of ISIS and Boko Haram. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, which seems to dominate the party’s ideology, appears to be waging its own war against science and education. (Fortunately, they’re not quite as brutal in how they handle women as their Islamic counterparts.) Some of...

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Will the New GOP Congress Be the Congress Americans ‘Wish They Had’?
Nov17

Will the New GOP Congress Be the Congress Americans ‘Wish They Had’?

The man who lost the last (presidential) election round and who goes around talk shows pretending he did not, has some advice for the man who beat him in 2012. Appearing on Sunday’s CBS Face the Nation, failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Bob Schieffer, when asked about the possibility of “Obama taking executive action to overhaul immigration policy, “The president has got to learn that he lost this last election...

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Obama is staying in the driver’s seat
Nov17

Obama is staying in the driver’s seat

Obama is staying in the driver’s seat by Citizen Siegel After soundly defeating Democrats in the recent election, the GOP wants to claim a policy mandate. The problem is that Republicans don’t have many meaningful policy ideas. Sure, there are the perennial favorites of abortion restrictions and tax cuts for the wealthy. Beyond that, what does today’s Republican Party stand for? Answer: Not Obama. Not Obama’s Obamacare. Not...

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As the clock ticks in Missouri, the KKK rises from the shadows
Nov17

As the clock ticks in Missouri, the KKK rises from the shadows

While Anonymous deals the KKK digital blows A grand jury in St. Louis County, MO, has been hearing testimony for months regarding the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police force. A shooting that took place in less than 90 seconds. As the clock ticks closer to a grand jury decision, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) have become more visible, with flyers...

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ISIS beheads  US aid worker Kassig
Nov16

ISIS beheads US aid worker Kassig

The Islamic State group on Sunday released a video claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig in a warning to Washington as it prepares to send more troops to Iraq. The same video showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel, the latest in a series of… graphic via...

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ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard
Nov16

ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Saddam Jamal held the mother and father at gunpoint and forced them to watch as his jihadist comrade murdered their children, one by one. The ISIS commander felt no remorse for killing this Syrian family, his bodyguard said, nor did he believe he was fulfilling a God-given creed: for him being a...

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Taking Heart after the 2014 Elections (Guest Voice)
Nov16

Taking Heart after the 2014 Elections (Guest Voice)

Taking Heart after the 2014 Elections by Craig Barnes November 12, 2014 When we set the date for this talk we knew that we would be searching for wisdom shortly after the elections. We also foresaw that we would probably be dealing with significant losses for progressives. Since November 4th, probably everyone in this room has been mulling the likely consequences, from the probable ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership...

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Nobody Reads Nietzsche No How
Nov15

Nobody Reads Nietzsche No How

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Here we go again: Benghazi! They spawned the faux scandal in Rightie World and waited for complicit journos like Jake Tapper at CNN to walk it into the mainstream, and now it’s a “real” story. You know, like the Jewish Communist Bolshevik “terrorists” burning down the...

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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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Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0
Nov15

Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0

Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0 By Dick Polman Every once in a while something good happens, something that restores one’s faith in humanity. So put your hands together for the voters of Washington state. In the midst of the Republican midterm tsunami, 59 percent of them made history. They said “yes” to a state ballot measure that requires background checks for virtually all gun buyers. In other words, a lopsided...

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Obama to act on immigration, won’t wait for new GOP Senate
Nov15

Obama to act on immigration, won’t wait for new GOP Senate

WASHINGTON — Rancor over immigration escalated Friday after President Barack Obama, speaking halfway around the world, promised to go through with a controversial executive order that would shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and to act before a new Republican Senate can take over. Obama repeated that he would issue an executive… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at...

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Gallup: Obamacare Consumers Like It
Nov14

Gallup: Obamacare Consumers Like It

Kevin Drum reports on a Gallup poll showing high marks from Obamacare enrollees on Mother Jones. Jonathan Cohn points us today to a Gallup poll with yet more good news for Obamacare. In a recent survey, the people who are actually using Obamacare gave it very high marks: 74 percent said the quality of health care they received was good or excellent, and 71 percent said the overall coverage was good or excellent. What’s...

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An accord the planet needed
Nov14

An accord the planet needed

WASHINGTON — The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out. Fortunately for the planet, it seems they can’t. This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years. Not to sound grandiose, it means...

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This is our government’s war on privacy
Nov14

This is our government’s war on privacy

It’s becoming increasingly evident that governments see our phones as personal tracking devices. Read on for a new slant on these words: dirtbox and stingray. *** Boeing is at the center of the latest Department of Justice privacy story that broke in the Wall Street Journal ($) Thursday. The claim: the DOJ, via its US Marshals Service, has been using airplanes to secretly collect cellphone data from phones on the ground since...

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McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had.
Nov13

McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had.

According to the Huffington Post, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “very disturbed” by President Barack Obama’s recent exercise of his executive powers, including the President’s recent “deal” with China on climate change, his intentions to move forward on his own on immigration and his suggestion that “the Internet should be regulated like a utility under so-called net neutrality rules.” After all,...

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