Gallup Poll: Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years
May29

Gallup Poll: Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years

Here’s yet another sign of how conservative Republicans who have taken over the Republican Party appear to be going against the American public’s trending — and younger voters. For the first time since 2008, Gallup finds, more Americans choose “pro choice” over “pro life.” To sum it up, it’s most likely due to a)losing an argument b)losing an argument by not trying to alter views by...

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Regarding the Islamic State, what would Republicans do?
May29

Regarding the Islamic State, what would Republicans do?

WASHINGTON — Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take — and how their strategies would make a difference. Republican presidential candidates are unanimous in charging that Obama’s handling of Iraq and Syria has been all wrong. But when pressed to lay out a specific plan of action and explain why they believe it would work...

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Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted: Prosecutors Say He Lied to FBI
May28

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted: Prosecutors Say He Lied to FBI

CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal charges alleging he agreed to pay $3.5 million in apparent hush money to a longtime acquaintance, then lied to the FBI when asked about suspicious cash withdrawals from several banks, federal prosecutors said. The stunning indictment of the longtime Republican powerhouse alleged...

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Clinton Foundation Donors And Weapons Deals At Clinton State Department, Plus How The Clintons Channel Their Inner Mitt Romney
May28

Clinton Foundation Donors And Weapons Deals At Clinton State Department, Plus How The Clintons Channel Their Inner Mitt Romney

Clinton apologists who fool themselves, or try to fool others, that the scandals do not matter might at some point need to reconsider whether it really makes sense for a political party to nominate a candidate with so much dirty laundry. These are not simply attacks from Fox or other right wing sources. This is news from The New York Times, AP, Reuters, McClatchy, ABC News, NBC News,  and other mainstream sources, as well as from many...

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‘Draw Muhammad’ contest planned in Phoenix
May28

‘Draw Muhammad’ contest planned in Phoenix

It was inevitable we’d see more of these. And in this story you’re impressed not with this being held but by the response of the local Islamic group: An Phoenix area anti-Muslim activist is planning a “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest and rally in Phoenix on Friday. The event is being dubbed a “Freedom of Speech Rally” and comes three weeks after a similar event in Garland, Texas, that prompted...

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The Return of the Sweater Vest
May27

The Return of the Sweater Vest

In 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum emerged from a crowded field of candidates from the Republican primary season to challenge Mitt Romney for the nomination. The field included a black man who was an early conservative favorite (Herman Cain) and luminaries Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, and even a Paul – Congressman Ron, not Senator Rand. After numerous implosions, both due to internal personality issues and Romney Super-PAC...

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Bernie Sanders Answers Questions And NBC Advises Not To Count Him Out
May27

Bernie Sanders Answers Questions And NBC Advises Not To Count Him Out

Bernie Sanders held a rally in Vermont to kick off his campaign last night. Earlier Sanders answered ten questions from MSNBC–almost as many questions Hillary Clinton has answered in her entire campaign to date. Some excerpts, which show that while on the left of our political spectrum, he is still not out to destroy our market system as conservatives are bound to claim. HARWOOD: In the latter part of the 20th century, Ronald...

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For Republicans, a candidate with signs of good sense just doesn’t make sense
May27

For Republicans, a candidate with signs of good sense just doesn’t make sense

View image | gettyimages.com For Republicans, a candidate with signs of good sense just doesn’t make sense So you can forget about Rand Paul. Anyone who asserts that he recycles, composts and believes things like “the face of the Republican Party should not be about suppressing the vote but about enhancing the vote” (oh, horrors!) is simply unacceptable. On the environment: “You’ll find I’m a tree hugger, literally...

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Egypt’s military government has started executing people on overtly political charges
May27

Egypt’s military government has started executing people on overtly political charges

CAIRO, Egypt — Next Tuesday, a lawyer will plead for a Cairo court to suspend the execution of six men, arguing that their death sentences were unconstitutional. The only trouble is, the defendants are already dead. Since the coup that swept Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi from power, hundreds of his supporters have been handed death… graphic via...

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Journalism’s Sorry State (Guest Voice)
May27

Journalism’s Sorry State (Guest Voice)

Journalism’s Sorry State By Tom Purcell I don’t know why everyone is so up in arms that alleged newsman George Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to a private foundation co-owned and operated by a woman who hopes to be president. Georgie has been a partisan pit-chihuahua his entire career. The little guy cut his teeth managing “bimbo eruptions” when Bill Clinton was running for president. His job was to destroy and...

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Feckless and Timid? Or Shrewd and Skillful? Obama’s Foreign Policy Assessed (Guest Voice)
May26

Feckless and Timid? Or Shrewd and Skillful? Obama’s Foreign Policy Assessed (Guest Voice)

By the standards he has set out for himself, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has fallen considerably short of expectations and aspirations. By the standards of his critics, of course, the performance has been even worse—with the American commander-in-chief now accused of fecklessness and irresoluteness as global crises multiply on his watch. Even two of his… graphicgeoff /...

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Cartoon: Memorial Hole Day
May25

Cartoon: Memorial Hole Day

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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Why Iraq is America’s new Vietnam (Guest Voice)
May25

Why Iraq is America’s new Vietnam (Guest Voice)

“If you break it, you own it,” warned U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George W. Bush just before the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. Powell knew that the president had no clue what unpredictable forces he was about to unleash. Bush now knows. We all do. As we witness the inexorable, slow-motion...

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The right: flip flops, shape-shifting and political correctness
May25

The right: flip flops, shape-shifting and political correctness

WASHINGTON — Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out. Sheer brilliance! Other than...

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Hillary: friends vs. politics
May24

Hillary: friends vs. politics

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty has interesting insights into Hillary Clinton’s propensity to muddle friendship with politics — loyalty with discretion. Her work as Secretary of State was “an archetype of crisp managerial efficiency.” As distinct, the Post notes, from how her presidential campaign was managed. It was a mess. But her time at State does show ongoing problems, lapses in judgment …...

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Cartoon: Republican Science
May24

Cartoon: Republican Science

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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Hillary Clinton vs. The Press: Why Press Coverage Is Important
May24

Hillary Clinton vs. The Press: Why Press Coverage Is Important

With Clinton only taking rare questions from reporters, and generally only providing evasive answers, an increasing amount of the campaign coverage has turned to Hillary Clinton avoiding the press. McClatchy, one of the country’s better news services, has joined in: Here’s how Hillary Clinton campaigned for president this week: She took a private 15-minute tour of a bike shop that had closed for her visit. She spoke to four...

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Who Wins In A Supersized G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Race?
May24

Who Wins In A Supersized G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Race?

Why Chris Christie Will Be The Next POTUS A Super Tuesday Away From Double Digits The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist The eighteen Republicans running for president in 2016 are wise to try to make foreign policy the lead issue in the next POTUS election. Not because Hillary Clinton is especially vulnerable on Benghazi, but because what most people would consider to be her strong suit – foreign policy...

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Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd (Guest Voice)
May23

Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd (Guest Voice)

Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd By Dick Polman This is more daunting than a Rubik’s cube: How in the world do you fit as many as 18 Republican candidates on one debate stage? The GOP has no clue how to do it. At a party confab last weekend, a top official said, “I think there’s a consensus to cap it between nine and 12,” but another official quickly insisted, “There’s no cap,”...

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Fox News Doesn’t Want to Lose the White House Again
May23

Fox News Doesn’t Want to Lose the White House Again

I don’t often concern myself with the “small d” democratic integrity of the Republican Party but I was more than a little shocked to read Fox News will be assuming the role of making the first GOP presidential debate more manageable and, I would have to think, make the ultimate winner more electable. This week the network announced that for the first Republican debate in August, they’re going to limit the...

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