Gallup Poll: More Americans now identify themselves as Republicans
Dec02

Gallup Poll: More Americans now identify themselves as Republicans

Gallup reports another political shift: more Americans now identify themselves as Republicans than Democrats: Since the Republican Party’s strong showing on Election Day last month, Americans’ political allegiances have shifted toward the GOP. Prior to the elections, 43% of Americans identified as Democrats or leaned toward the Democratic Party, while 39% identified as or leaned Republican. Since then, Republicans have...

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Immigration Action  is Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’  (Guest Voice)
Dec02

Immigration Action is Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’ (Guest Voice)

Immigration Action an Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’ By Everard Meade After months of speculation, President Obama finally announced a sweeping executive action on immigration, which could potentially protect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. In order to qualify, undocumented immigrants must have been here for more than five years, have children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, register,...

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GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Resigns Over Sasha & Malia Obama Facebook Attack
Dec01

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Resigns Over Sasha & Malia Obama Facebook Attack

ELIZABETH LAUTEN RESIGNS:  GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten says she is ‘resigning today’ following her controversial comments about Sasha and Malia Obama – CNN reports. In case you forgot, here’s a screenshot of Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook rant attacking the teenagers: Now let’s see if Elizabeth Lauten’s boss, Rep. Stephen Fincher, will issue a statement about her vicious attack on Sasha and...

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Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Dec01

Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Upon his return from celebrations in Germany for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev gave this somewhat testy interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, in which he is defensive over accusations that he ‘lost’ the Soviet Union. He discusses where it all went wrong with the United States, his belief that the Ukraine crisis can be overcome and how the Western leaders he met...

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‘The imperial Congress’
Dec01

‘The imperial Congress’

WASHINGTON — President Obama issued a veto threat last week against a corporate tax-cutting orgy that promised the world to many powerful interests but did little for the middle class and nothing for low-income Americans. The president’s move was singularly useful. It should be a sign of things to come. The widespread pessimism about the next two years in Washington is premised on the view that divided government can work...

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Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters
Nov30

Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters

WASHINGTON — Republican voters sure like nostalgia in their presidential candidates. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Republicans “want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game.” They put him atop the leader board among possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, as nearly 1 in 5 mentioned him as their top choice. Next was another… American Spirit /...

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GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Vicious Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama
Nov29

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Vicious Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), apologized for viciously attacking Sasha and Malia Obama in a Facebook rant for not “showing a little class” and not dressing “like you deserve respect and not a spot at the bar.” This all stems from their appearance at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony. Yeah, they were acting just like teenagers — unimpressed with their...

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North Carolina Study Looks At Republican Advantage Due To Gerrymandering
Nov29

North Carolina Study Looks At Republican Advantage Due To Gerrymandering

Republicans control both houses of Congress but this does not mean that they represent a majority of the voters. They control the Senate due to small Republican states having the same number of Senators as larger Democratic states. Republicans benefit in the House due to the concentration of Democrats in urban areas, leading to Democrats winning a smaller number of seats by larger numbers. The Republican advantage in the House has...

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Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing
Nov29

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing: And maybe we are, state by state. It’s a ground level, individual woman’s solution to government’s (illegal?) discrimination against women. An organization in Austin is using phones and contributions to arrange for women who are under 20 weeks pregnant — and far from any abortion clinic to — get where they need to go....

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Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans
Nov29

Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans

A ‘Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans Making Sense by Michael Reagan The fight over immigration reform was wiped off our TV screens by the fires and tear gas clouds in Ferguson Monday night. CNN and the other networks will milk the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown for as long as there’s a single ratings point to be gained. But by Tuesday afternoon...

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Contempt for a community
Nov28

Contempt for a community

Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands[/caption WASHINGTON -- The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand...

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DA last minute pivot re legal use of force in Wilson case
Nov28

DA last minute pivot re legal use of force in Wilson case

Update 1: DA Robert McCulloch has a history with grand juries and cops that kill citizens   Update 2: SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, in 1992, that the subject of a grand jury investigation, the suspect, has never “been thought to have a right to testify, or to have exculpatory evidence presented” and presenting exculpatory evidence “would be incompatible” with the grand jury system. Yet DA McCulloch...

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Remember Robert Kennedy
Nov26

Remember Robert Kennedy

In this nation, there are clear problems when it comes to race and income inequality. We have to address these problems and find solutions. At times, there is frustration and it seems almost as if nothing is improving. However, through it all, there is never an excuse for violence. We must extol the virtues of peace, compassion and humility. In 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr. died, major cities in the United States saw rioting,...

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Schumer: Dems taking up ObamaCare early was strategical error
Nov26

Schumer: Dems taking up ObamaCare early was strategical error

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has come out and said in the open what I’ve been privately been told by Democrats for several years and have heard repeatedly if the topic turned to politics during my current special one year national and Canadian tour in my non-writing incarnation: when President Barack Obama opted to use his (and his party’s) political chits to first tackle healthcare reform, it cost them greatly in terms of...

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Forget Bipartisanship. Expect More Gridlock (Guest Voice)
Nov26

Forget Bipartisanship. Expect More Gridlock (Guest Voice)

All it took for Mitch McConnell to see eye-to-eye with Barack Obama was victory. After re-election in Kentucky, the presumptive Senate majority leader told reporters, “We ought to see what areas of agreement there are and see if we can make some progress for the country.” This is the same can-do note of cheery bipartisanship...

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‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down
Nov24

‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down

When announcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s departure from the Pentagon, President Obama referred to Chuck Hagel’s enlisted service. “He’s been in the dirt. He’s been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see themselves in him,” President Obama said about the first enlisted combat veteran to hold the high position of Secretary of Defense. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes...

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Obama heightens the contradictions
Nov24

Obama heightens the contradictions

WASHINGTON — Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has...

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Politics and Wealth
Nov24

Politics and Wealth

Thanksgiving week is a time citizens are supposed to remember how fortunate they are to live in freedom in America. Of course, some citizens are more fortunate than others, particularly in regards to wealth and material things (which as everyone knows can’t buy happiness). Particularly fortunate are federal officeholders who are generally wealthier than other Americans and enjoy a number of special perks. According to the Washington...

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Remember Benghazi? (Update)
Nov24

Remember Benghazi? (Update)

Updated — at bottom — with Senator Graham’s elegant “full of crap” comments over the weekend from the Huffington Post. Original Post: Remember the Benghazi tragedy? Of course you do. But do you remember the other tragedy? The one where Republicans attempted to “turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal.” The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit — destroy is a better word — the...

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Uppity
Nov23

Uppity

Uppity: We’re talking about the immigration speech. How did that damn man in the White House manage to defy an election outcome in which Republicans liked to think they gave him a whuppin’? Why wasn’t he behaving like a loser, dammit? It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a...

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