D.C. Statehood: Praise for a Lost Cause
Oct01

D.C. Statehood: Praise for a Lost Cause

D.C. Statehood: Praise for a Lost Cause By Dick Polman Now that Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom let’s talk about the issue of statehood for Washington, D.C. You probably don’t get my segue. D.C. statehood came to mind while I was reading actor Alan Cumming’s plea for a Yes vote on Scottish independence. He wrote: “Scots feel they’ve been patronized and disrespected far too long…...

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Republicans Losing The Culture War, Helping Democratic Candidates
Sep30

Republicans Losing The Culture War, Helping Democratic Candidates

In past elections, Republicans have turned to social issues to get their supporters out to vote. This year some Democratic candidates are doing the reverse–using social issues in the hopes of getting more women to turn out to vote. The New York Times discussed this in an editorial: The decision to go on the offensive is in part designed to incite the anger of women and draw support in the November elections, particularly that of...

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Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations
Sep30

Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations

All nations require revenue in order to buy armaments and pay for defense, maintain and expand their infrastructure, keep the health care system and social security intact, support the justice system, pay employees, and so forth. A dilemma in democratic states is how to raise these revenues in a fair and equitable fashion, though no matter what is ultimately decided by the governments, there are always individuals and groups who are...

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Get the authorization
Sep30

Get the authorization

WASHINGTON — President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate. Do your jobs, everybody. As legal justification for the war, Obama relies on two measures, passed more than a decade ago, that authorized U.S. military action against al-Qaeda and the Iraqi regime of Saddam...

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“Obama is the rare politician who finds telling whoppers difficult…
Sep29

“Obama is the rare politician who finds telling whoppers difficult…

“Obama is the rare politician who finds telling whoppers difficult… “… and he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, hide some of his concerns about where this all is leading,” writes John Cassidy in a clear analysis of Obama/ISIS/60 Minutes.” Probably Obama shouldn’t have blamed the intelligence agencies. Or rather, he was right to blame the intelligence agencies but should have kept himself in the mix....

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Bomb Mexico? (Guest Voice)
Sep29

Bomb Mexico? (Guest Voice)

Bomb Mexico? By Jason Stanford Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and...

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Holder and RFK’s legacy
Sep29

Holder and RFK’s legacy

WASHINGTON — When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.” There are many reasons why our nation’s first African-American attorney general might see Kennedy as his guide, but this one may be the most important: If ever a public figure was...

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US Vets DESTROY Fox News Tools for ‘Boobs on the Ground’ Remark in Open Letter (Guest Voice)
Sep28

US Vets DESTROY Fox News Tools for ‘Boobs on the Ground’ Remark in Open Letter (Guest Voice)

First, the folks over on FOX made a misogynistic joke regarding a female pilot. Then, the half-hearted not-apology, and now, the full smack-down, courtesy of the United States Military Veterans. On Thursday, The Five decided to live up to the sort of blind jingoism and Military Worship that right-wingers are constantly demanding of others when...

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EXCLUSIVE: The Politics of Animal Cruelty
Sep28

EXCLUSIVE: The Politics of Animal Cruelty

Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate. Residents may also continue to use cats, dogs, and other animals as targets for what some erroneously call “sporting events.” Although there are no documented cases of cats and dogs being thrown into the air at these shoots, there is a long history in Pennsylvania of...

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Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or  ISIS imprinting?
Sep28

Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or ISIS imprinting?

The news from Oklahoma that a man went haywire in his place of work and beheaded a co-worker, and seemed ready to take out as many people as he could in a style now made popular in the snuff videos posted online by ISIS has — what else? — led to a new controversy and speculation being presented as near fact. Was this an example of a mentally loose cannon who absorbed too much of what was on the news and Internet, or the...

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Cartoon: Dancing with ISIS and Ebola
Sep28

Cartoon: Dancing with ISIS and Ebola

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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Another nail in Republican coffin?
Sep27

Another nail in Republican coffin?

When was it we were all so sure there’d be a Republican wave in November. …? There may not be. That greenish-brownish sludge in the corporate retaining pool over there on the right is barely moving, much less turning into a wave. Things could change. But they’re looking less and less favorable for the Republican party. Greg Sargent has this succinct update: Pollster Andrew Kohut has a good piece explaining that the...

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Bookends of a presidency
Sep26

Bookends of a presidency

WASHINGTON — President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior, using U.S. military force to smash Islamic extremists and the “network of death” they have planted at the heart of the Middle East. The speech Obama gave in Cairo in 2009 and the address he gave at the United...

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Watch Jon Stewart Tell Fox News What They Can Do
Sep26

Watch Jon Stewart Tell Fox News What They Can Do

Faux Fox has been eviscerating the President for saluting with a cup of coffee in his hand, in addition to attacking him mercilessly while our country is, in effect — like it or not — at war. One of the network’s talking heads also claimed that the President was disrespectful to those who are putting their lives on the line, because he saluted with a cup of coffee in his hand. Watch Jon Stewart on the Daily Show yesterday...

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As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history
Sep26

As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder leaves a mixed legacy of highs and lows as the nation’s top law enforcement official. A ground-breaker across several decades, the 63-year-old Columbia Law School graduate was the first African-American to lead the Justice Department. His tenure covered major issues of the day, including civil rights, crime, same-sex marriage...

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Republicans Remained Obsessed With The Sexual Activities Of Others
Sep26

Republicans Remained Obsessed With The Sexual Activities Of Others

Periodically there is talk from some Republicans about letting up on the culture wars, especially as social issues are alienating Republicans from large segments of the electorate. Unfortunately there are always social conservatives who will react negatively to this: Conservative activists are launching “an unprecedented campaign” against three Republican candidates — two of whom are out gay men — because of their support for marriage...

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Ann Romney on Mitt in 2016: ‘Well, we will see’
Sep25

Ann Romney on Mitt in 2016: ‘Well, we will see’

Ann Romney didn’t do much to further the notion that her husband, Mitt, might try for another run at the White House in 2016 – but she didn’t do much to stop it from spreading, either. In an interview Tuesday with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, Mrs. Romney answered a question about Mr. Romney’s chances...

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We Are All Roger Goodell
Sep25

We Are All Roger Goodell

We Are All Roger Goodell By Jason Stanford What if we held politicians to the same standards as football players? When football players break the law, Americans demand they be benched, cut, or suspended before they get due process. But when politicians are indicted they get to stick around, spending our money until a jury of their peers—there’s a terrifying thought—passes judgment. It’s possible that Americans have...

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Obamacare: The Shameful Politics
Sep24

Obamacare: The Shameful Politics

Our own Dr. Ron Chusid has been doing a superb job of covering the good things about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the problems and shortcomings where they occur and have occurred and, perhaps most important in this dog-eat-dog climate, he has doggedly been exposing and rebutting the shameful right-wing lies, villainous distortions and brazen slander about this hugely important program. There are so many lies, distortions and so much...

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Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans
Sep24

Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans

Reliably red Kansas is having some problems with the conservative Republicans they’ve previously elected. Governor Sam Brownback and Senator Pat Roberts who are both running for re-election appear to be in trouble. The reasons differ, but being conservative may not be enough to pull them through. In fact, it may be responsible for putting Brownback in the hot seat. Kansas voters who have never previously voted for a Democrat are...

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