Trump: A farce to be reckoned with
Jul04

Trump: A farce to be reckoned with

WASHINGTON — Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call “that thing on Donald Trump’s head.” Suddenly, according to recent polls, the iconically coiffed mogul has to be taken … how, exactly? Obviously it’s not possible to take...

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George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jul03

George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.

This post started out as a critique of two of the Supreme Court Justices who dissented on the same-sex marriage decision –especially Justice Clarence Thomas’ misuse of the “human dignity” concept in is dissent. It was quickly overtaken by emotional and offensive comments by actor and gay rights advocate George Takei. See Updates II and III below. Takei has now finally posted an apology on his FaceBook page. It is posted below....

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Cartoon: GOP fireworks
Jul03

Cartoon: GOP fireworks

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Jim Webb Enters Race Plus Increased Speculation That Joe Biden Will Run
Jul03

Jim Webb Enters Race Plus Increased Speculation That Joe Biden Will Run

While the number of Democratic candidates remains well below the number squeezed into the Republican clown car, the number is growing to the point where very soon they will no longer all fit under Donald Trump’s hair. Jim Webb has officially announced and there is increased speculation that Joe Biden plans to run. Most of the Democratic candidates are challenging Clinton from the left. After all, there is not much room to the right of...

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Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as courts back Supreme Court ruling
Jul03

Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as courts back Supreme Court ruling

After all his posturing and pronouncements to try and appeal (the actual word is pander) to the Republican Party’s far right basest part of the party’s base, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples — as his legal options have run out. New Orleans is finally allowed to join the rest of Louisiana and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....

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Sanders Gaining on Clinton in Iowa As Democrats Regain Lead In Party Affiliation
Jul03

Sanders Gaining on Clinton in Iowa As Democrats Regain Lead In Party Affiliation

After one recent poll showed Sanders pulling within eight points of Clinton in New Hampshire, another poll now shows him gaining in Iowa: Hillary Clinton enjoys a 19-point lead among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the key state of Iowa over her nearest challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, but that advantage has shrunk 26 points since May, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. The former secretary of...

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High Court strikes a blow against congressional gerrymandering (Guest Voice)
Jul03

High Court strikes a blow against congressional gerrymandering (Guest Voice)

In case you missed it — and most Americans did — there was a third significant ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June. It received the least media attention, but it may eventually affect more citizens directly than the decisions upholding Obamacare and greenlighting same-sex marriage. The case in question weighed...

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Cartoon: Scalia blasts off
Jul02

Cartoon: Scalia blasts off

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Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle (Guest Voice)
Jul02

Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle (Guest Voice)

Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle Raging Moderate by Will Durst Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an...

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What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State
Jul02

What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State

Some are focusing on the more juicy revelations the latest trove of Clinton emails has to offer. For example, how, according to a quipping Gail Collins, Hillary Clinton: • Misspelled “Benghazi.” • Urged John Podesta to wear socks to bed. • Debated whether her playlist should include something from the Marvelettes. • Tutored an aide on how to use a fax. Jackie Kucinich at the Daily Beast, however, digs into some of the less...

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Elizabeth Warren Loves Bernie–Will She Campaign For Him?
Jul01

Elizabeth Warren Loves Bernie–Will She Campaign For Him?

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sound like Elizabeth Warren at times, but only one sounds convincing. After all, Bernie Sanders supported liberal positions before they were popular. Hillary Clinton switched to (selective) liberal positions long after they became the popular, and politically expedient, choice. Sanders is receiving much of the same support which Warren had before it was clear that she is not going to run. It is...

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Second Monthly Release Of Clinton Email Primarily Deals With Mundane Matters
Jul01

Second Monthly Release Of Clinton Email Primarily Deals With Mundane Matters

There has been another monthly release of Clinton email which deals more with day to day matters than with controversial matters. It does demonstrate that, despite a bitter primary campaign, Obama’s staff did try to keep Clinton in the loop. There were some trivial matters which might be of interest: They also paint the onetime first lady and New York senator as technologically maladroit – she was all thumbs with an office fax machine...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Donald Trump Enter Republican Presidential Race
Jul01

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Donald Trump Enter Republican Presidential Race

Donald Trump Enter Republican Presidential Race by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Donald Trump returns fire over racist remark backlash with a US$500 million lawsuit --Iowa poll: After New Hampshire, Trump takes second place –Donald Trump is on the rise — and that’s very bad news for the GOP –Poll: Bush, Trump rising nationally for GOP, but both trail Clinton –Mexico Pulls Out of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe...

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How Many Candidates Are Enough?
Jul01

How Many Candidates Are Enough?

The Republican Party is trying to overwhelm the American public by presenting numerous candidates for their presidential nomination. The number is now in the mid-teens and seems to climb higher every day. Soon there may be more candidates than primary voters. The aspirants for the position include senators, ex-senators, governors, ex-governors, doctors, businessmen and a businesswoman. But one has to wonder about the credentials,...

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New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)
Jul01

New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)

Update: In a related development, “Obama aides knew of private address,” CNN reports: President Barack Obama’s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show. Read more here Original Post: After the State Department released a trove of additional Hillary Clinton e-mail messages, covering “a range of everyday events as well as...

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Politix Update: The Republican Party’s Very Bad Case Of Future Shock
Jul01

Politix Update: The Republican Party’s Very Bad Case Of Future Shock

How can Republicans avoid losing the popular vote in 2016 for the sixth time in seven elections when the party is not only increasingly out of step with public opinion but seems determined to look back and not forward? Polls show widespread support for increasing the minimum wage. The Republican Party is opposed. For a more inclusive immigration policy. Ditto. For access to health care. Ditto. For addressing climate change. Ditto....

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President Obama, I am sorry…  (Guest Voice)
Jul01

President Obama, I am sorry… (Guest Voice)

President Obama, I am sorry… by Patricia M Smith President Obama, I am sorry.. by Patricia M Smith Dear President Obama, I am a middle-aged white woman from a working class family. Growing up, I was fortunate to have had stable family, a good education, food to eat and a place to live. I was born in Massachusetts and now live in South Florida. My political views are moderate to liberal. I am a patriotic, American Flag waving...

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No backlash, Mr. Chief Justice (Guest Voice)
Jul01

No backlash, Mr. Chief Justice (Guest Voice)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a fill-in column for a vacationing columnist, so it’s in the original byline spot. No backlash, Mr. Chief Justice by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — or her — words to make your own case. Thus, Chief Justice John Roberts, warning in the...

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Cartoon: SCOTUS recap
Jul01

Cartoon: SCOTUS recap

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Obama’s approval rating grows after remarkable week
Jun30

Obama’s approval rating grows after remarkable week

A week of mostly favorable court decisions, a groundswell of support for his position on the Confederate flag and tears has led to a notable increase in President Barack Obama, a new poll shows: Could Barack Obama’s great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers? The realistic answer is: n-o. Most polls are see saws. The political class and political pundits immediately leap into snap analysis to proclaim this means THIS...

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