Politix Update: Ted Cruz Has The Republican Hooker’s Clientele. But what About Other Voters?
Aug03

Politix Update: Ted Cruz Has The Republican Hooker’s Clientele. But what About Other Voters?

Politicians lie all the time. They lie about big stuff and small stuff. They lie when they don’t have to lie. Voters expect no less. But when Ted Cruz recently called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar — very publicly, in fact, and twice lest anyone had missed him the first time — it was less a breach of some kind of honor-among-thieves code than further confirmation that the power struggle between the...

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Joe Biden, a Good Man, Considering a 2016 Run
Aug02

Joe Biden, a Good Man, Considering a 2016 Run

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015. Beau Biden was an attorney, an Army officer, Iraq War veteran, Delaware Attorney General, a husband, a brother, a father and the son of Vice President Joe Biden and Mrs. Jill Biden. In my opinion, Beau Biden was a good man. His father said, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.” In my opinion, Joe Biden is also a good...

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Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? (Guest Voice)
Aug01

Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? (Guest Voice)

Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel? By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reports that Israel’s Consul-General in Philadelphia recently sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry suggesting that Israel is losing the support of American Jewry over Iran. If he’s right, does it mean that Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong or is it because American Jews will always support their political party at home over...

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Bush not a candidate? Super PAC’s big spending reveals rtherwise
Aug01

Bush not a candidate? Super PAC’s big spending reveals rtherwise

By Michelle Conlin and Grant Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first report of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, made public Friday, reveals for the first time, election lawyers say, just how much the group, Right to Rise, functioned as a kind of shadow campaign for Bush. The group shelled out $5.4 million from January through June for all the workaday line items, from travel to catering to political...

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Huckabee Competing for Title of Most Extreme
Jul31

Huckabee Competing for Title of Most Extreme

Mike Huckabee appears to be competing for the title of “Most Extreme GOP Candidate”. The Topeka Capital-Journal states, “Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee indicated Thursday that if elected, he wouldn’t rule out employing federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortion from taking place in the United States.” During a campaign stop in Rockwell City, Iowa, Rolling Stone...

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Republicans poised to trigger another government shutdown: this time over abortion
Jul31

Republicans poised to trigger another government shutdown: this time over abortion

Get ready for another government shutdown that will be triggered by Republicans, who’ll take to the conservative political media and internet to blame it on the Democrats. If past history is any indication, the public will blame it on — the Republicans. But, hey, it’ll help politicos endear themselves to the base with the dramatic speeches and writings that are now almost required groundwork to stage such a political...

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Jane Goodall’s Full Statement on the Killing of Cecil the Lion by an American dentist
Jul31

Jane Goodall’s Full Statement on the Killing of Cecil the Lion by an American dentist

Here’s the full statement by Jane Goodall on the killing of Cecil the Lion by an American dentist. This is the full statement as it appears on the JGI website: “I was shocked and outraged to hear the story of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s much loved lion. Not only is it incomprehensible to me that anyone would want to kill an endangered animal (fewer than 20,000 wild lions in Africa today) but to lure Cecil from the safety of a national...

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Politix Update: Does The New York Times Have It In For Hillary Clinton?
Jul31

Politix Update: Does The New York Times Have It In For Hillary Clinton?

When the New York Times commissioned a cover for the January 24, 2014 issue of its Sunday Magazine, the result was an eye popping departure from the norm. Readers accustomed to covers of political powerhouses like those of Barack Obama looking presidential, a thoughtful Newt Gingrich with his chin resting on intertwined fingers or Sarah Palin flashing her toothy smile, were assaulted with an unflattering rendering of the head of a...

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African hunting dreams collide with Cecil the Lion protests
Jul30

African hunting dreams collide with Cecil the Lion protests

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Hunters longing to shoot big game in the African wild may choose a different target after public backlash against a Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve. African hunts are booked months in advance and pricey affairs, often costing $8,000 to $50,000, with approval needed from U.S. and U.N. agencies to bring back trophies...

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The price Boehner pays
Jul30

The price Boehner pays

WASHINGTON — If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can’t even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership. The move was quickly dismissed by Boehner loyalists as showboating by a second-term member, and Meadows himself said he might not even seek a vote on...

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Hey Christie, you’re harshing my buzz
Jul29

Hey Christie, you’re harshing my buzz

I guess we can’t blame Gov. Christie for trying to be heard above the din created by an even more bombastic candidate, but does he really think opposing marijuana legalization is his ticket, or even a part of it? Apparently he does. “Marijuana is against the law in the states and it should be enforced in all 50 states,” the New Jersey governor said on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning. “That’s the law and the Christie administration...

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Huckabee’s ‘oven door’ comment outrageous (Guest Voice)
Jul29

Huckabee’s ‘oven door’ comment outrageous (Guest Voice)

Huckabee’s ‘oven door’ comment outrageous By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — Gov. Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate, preacher, and talk show host, seems to believe that he has special access to Jewish historical pain. Yet what he uttered about the dubious nuclear deal with Iran served only to Trump his own calibrations about how to get some attention. Huckabee’s utterance, now well examined and generally dismissed, was...

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Putting a Senate bully in his place
Jul29

Putting a Senate bully in his place

NOTE: This is a replacement column for Eugene Robinson. Due to a technical matter it is under his byline on the main page. Putting a Senate bully in his place by Dana Milbank Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Who’s afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz? Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would “render ourselves...

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Politix Update: The Republican War On Women Grinds On and On.  Why?
Jul29

Politix Update: The Republican War On Women Grinds On and On. Why?

Like the White Queen in her youth, the contemporary Republican politician must be capable of believing as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ JACOB WEISBERG The news is going from bad to worse for Republicans when it comes to working women. You know, the people who give birth to and raise children, take them to daycare and later soccer practice and piano lessons and care for elderly parents while juggling their careers,...

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Trump going after Scott Walker
Jul28

Trump going after Scott Walker

Jeb Bush is malingering at a mere 14% support and Scott Walker even less than that and most of the rest in that clown car are floundering in the single digits. What does this mean? Nothing. Unless you have the creepy sensation that Americans have dumped democracy in favor of entertainment. ___ Molly Ball, writing in The Atlantic, watches Donald Trump in action down on the border — in Laredo. The pundits love to talk about what...

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NATO supports Turkey on tackling ISIL and PKK threats
Jul28

NATO supports Turkey on tackling ISIL and PKK threats

NATO has offered political support for Turkey’s campaign against fighters in Syria and Iraq at a rare meeting in Brussels, as Ankara said the alliance may have a “duty” to become more involved. The extraordinary meeting at the NATO headquarters on Tuesday is the fifth in the organisation’s 66-year history. It came just days after...

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Washington forgets the art of friendship (Guest Voice)
Jul28

Washington forgets the art of friendship (Guest Voice)

Washington forgets the art of friendship by Dana Milbank Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week’s 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable. How, I asked Dole, can we get back to the days when Washington worked?...

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Trump Not as Fringe as You Think
Jul28

Trump Not as Fringe as You Think

Michael Arceneaux argues Donald Trump may not represent just the GOP fringe on Talking Points Memo. Trump may rightly be accused of bigotry, but he’s no worse than, say, homophobia’s grand slam champ Rick Santorum, who has compared gay sex to bestiality. And genuine or not, the GOP has never had a problem playing on its core base’s prejudices to win political office. So while RNC Chairman Reince Priebus may have reportedly asked Trump...

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With Infrastructure, Government Failure Buoys The Private Sector
Jul27

With Infrastructure, Government Failure Buoys The Private Sector

The United States is home to many contradictions, but none are as perplexing as what our great country can and cannot afford. We are told, for example, that our economy cannot afford a living wage, even as Congress continues to favor the rich with tax breaks and loopholes. But wages are far from the only casualty of our government’s spectacularly poor stewardship of public funds. In fact, most of us witness some of the most egregious...

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Political Extremists: The Lions in a Circus Act
Jul27

Political Extremists: The Lions in a Circus Act

Political extremists are a rather odd lot. They think they’re mainstream when they’re not. In a commentary published by The Washington Times, Joseph Curl writes, “This is, of course, the “Silly Season” — the dog days of summer when almost no regular people are paying attention to politics and those who are flirt with some oddballs.” Absent a Ringling Brothers Circus to go to, folks enjoy the antics of political...

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