What Ted Cruz knows
Mar26

What Ted Cruz knows

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have. It is no accident that Cruz began his campaign at Liberty University — founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell — by asking evangelical conservatives to consolidate their support...

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Why Should Extremists Have All the Fun?
Mar25

Why Should Extremists Have All the Fun?

Sometimes I wonder why I use good brain cells in a doomed attempt to combat extremism. By now I’ve concluded that extremism, factionalism, discord and bile are essential components of the human genome. We’re squabbling creatures, and I can do nothing to alter that essential truth. It would be like fighting primal and unstoppable forces of nature: gravity, for example, or the Kardashians. At my age I should be conserving my...

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Hillary Clinton Jokes About Her Problems With The Media
Mar25

Hillary Clinton Jokes About Her Problems With The Media

Hillary Clinton spoke at the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting Monday night, and I do give her points for both humor and self-awareness: “I am well aware that some of you may be a little surprised to see me here tonight,” she said. “My relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated.” “I am all about new beginnings: a new grandchild, another new hairstyle, a new...

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The Book of Judges and a “Modest” Proposal
Mar25

The Book of Judges and a “Modest” Proposal

Reading the Old Testament book of Judges with the people of Living Water Lutheran Church in the past week has underscored an important truth articulated famously by Lord Acton: “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The Old Testament judges started out as people without status. But God called them to exercise military and judicial authority on behalf of His people. The judges often had success. But they...

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Cartoon: GOP Rants at Obama
Mar25

Cartoon: GOP Rants at Obama

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Netanyahu says what is expedient (Guest Voice)
Mar25

Netanyahu says what is expedient (Guest Voice)

Netanyahu says what is expedient By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–Those of us naïve enough to believe that politicians mean what they say, especially during election campaigns, have had our eyes opened. Two statements that Prime Minister Netanyahu made on the eve of the elections that shocked many of us at the time turned out to be untrue: his warning that Arabs were coming out to vote “in droves” and that he no longer believes in a...

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Israel Spied On US-Iran Talks: Report
Mar24

Israel Spied On US-Iran Talks: Report

Senior White House officials have learned that Israel was spying on closed-door talks between the U.S. and other world powers about Iran’s nuclear program, according to the Wall Street Journal. Israel’s snooping was part of a broader campaign by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to build a case against the deal, the report said. American officials...

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The Crushingly Regressive Complexity of Income Tax
Mar24

The Crushingly Regressive Complexity of Income Tax

I have just paid my biggest bill of the year. The invoice was for a cool 9% of my entire annual income – or my “Adjusted Gross Income” (AGI) as it appears on my tax returns, which have just been filed. And that invoice was from my accountant who just filed them for me. I have a pretty modest income – so modest, in fact, that my AGI is of the order of a half of the median household income across the United States – the kind...

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Imagine President Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz
Mar24

Imagine President Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz

In a New York Times editorial today the Times editorial board writes: “Think just how different the world would be,” said Senator Ted Cruz on Monday, in a speech so packed with vision-spinning and the word “imagine” that it seemed as if John Lennon had returned, as a Hispanic Texan running a hard-right, anti-establishment, Christian-themed campaign for the White House. The Washington Post “did the math.” By their tally, Cruz used the...

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Cruz’s slippery slope
Mar24

Cruz’s slippery slope

He’s been sliding almost from the beginning. Now that Ted Cruz wants to be president, he’s alienated too many important people in his party to expect much support, and without that support, his candidacy goes nowhere. “He is the darling of conservatives in a conservative party. But he remains a long shot, at best,” according to Nate Cohn at The Upshot. Political scientists argue that the single most important...

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Mandatory Citizen Responsibilities
Mar24

Mandatory Citizen Responsibilities

As citizens, we all have responsibilities that must be fulfilled for the nation to be protected and function optimally. However, the obligations at this point in our history are relatively minimal. All men (both citizens and immigrants) between ages 18 and 26 have to sign up for the Selective Service and if drafted have to serve in the armed forces. But the chances of currently being drafted are virtually nil. Fortunately (or perhaps...

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Cartoon: Cruz for Prez
Mar24

Cartoon: Cruz for Prez

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Netanyahu Can’t Walk Back His Election Rhetoric
Mar24

Netanyahu Can’t Walk Back His Election Rhetoric

Netanyahu Can’t Walk Back His Election Rhetoric When new Israeli elections were announced in December 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu was confident of victory. The campaign proved to be a very rocky road, but in the end, he and his Likud party survived a significant scare from Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union—and against the predictions of all pre-election polling, Netanyahu secured a clear victory. But...

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How to block a bad deal with Iran (Guest Voice)
Mar24

How to block a bad deal with Iran (Guest Voice)

How to block a bad deal with Iran by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don’t. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that has gathered around the Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, now scheduled for a...

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Cartoon: Campaign Sktetchbook – Ted Cruz Declares
Mar24

Cartoon: Campaign Sktetchbook – Ted Cruz Declares

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The Morality Police
Mar24

The Morality Police

In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in public. The “Morality Police” also exist in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several fundamentalist Arab...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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Resuscitating Benghazi
Mar23

Resuscitating Benghazi

While Republicans and other Clinton haters may be able to milk “E-Mail Gate” for a little while longer, the Benghazi-Gate folks may not be able to make much more political hay out of some 300 e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account that were recently turned over to the “permanent” Republican-controlled House Committee rummaging through investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The...

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The Anarcho-GOP (Guest Voice)
Mar23

The Anarcho-GOP (Guest Voice)

The Anarcho-GOP By Tina Dupuy It’s no secret the GOP hates Attorney General Eric Holder. If you want to start a fight with your Fox News-o-phile uncle, just say, “The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus!” as Rep. Louie Gohmert famously did during a House Judiciary hearing on the Boston Bombings in 2013. This was after Holder told the Congressman he could not know what he was talking about....

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Cartoon: Budget Fantasy
Mar23

Cartoon: Budget Fantasy

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