The Resurrection of Rick Perry
Aug27

The Resurrection of Rick Perry

The Resurrection of Rick Perry By Jason Stanford Not since Superman has a fella made such a big impression when he took of his eyeglasses. Turns out, the sexy new specs were a disguise all along. This is the Rick Perry we thought we were getting in 2012 before he crashed and burned onstage. But he’s back, baby, and if he can keep it up it just might be change Republicans can believe in. We should have known better. The doddering...

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Obamacare, beyond the label
Aug26

Obamacare, beyond the label

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP? The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas...

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Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent
Aug26

Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent

Sometimes change to a cherished tradition is necessary. When the Constitution was written in 1787, it was a kind of experiment. There was no history of previous similar central governments as were detailed in the Constitution. James Madison and other contributors to the document utilized the ideas of a number of enlightenment philosophers when they crafted the Constitution, but the specific structure of the government and the process...

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‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug25

‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

As much as American officials and the country’s corporate media refuse to acknowledge or discuss the fact that al-Qaeda and ISIL are foreign policy creations and tools of the United States and its so-called allies, media in the rest of the world rarely fail to mention it. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist M. Saadoune explains how the latest activities of Daech, otherwise known in the West as the Islamic State...

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Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?
Aug25

Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?

Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started — just like clockwork. Obama’s not really working… He’s ignoring the country’s crises.. He doesn’t really care about Foley… The optics are bad. In reality,...

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Is this gruesome enough for you?
Aug24

Is this gruesome enough for you?

Having trouble making up your mind about Ferguson? Julie Bosman, who reported for the Times from Ferguson during the protests, opens a report on the Ferguson shooting with this: Just after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Canfield Drive. For about four hours, in the unrelenting summer sun, his body remained where he fell. Neighbors were horrified by the gruesome scene: Mr. Brown, 18, face...

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Paul Ryan, Party Above Everything
Aug24

Paul Ryan, Party Above Everything

Paul Ryan appeared on Face the Nation this morning and among other things said that even though he disagreed with the GOP strategy he said nothing for the sake of party unity. Here is his justification. “I don’t think it was constructive for conservatives to be carping at each other. At the same time, the purpose of that passage is to try and unify our party. I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is criticize and...

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Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)
Aug24

Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)

In a world in which few of our institutions in government or media are trusted to tell the truth, who should decide what the public is permitted to see – and not? The horrifying terrorist beheading of journalist James Foley is only the latest story to spark this debate, after the recent terrorist shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17. In this column from France’s Le Nouvel Observateur, war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari...

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Dinesh D’Souza Compares Ferguson Protesters to ISIS Extremists
Aug23

Dinesh D’Souza Compares Ferguson Protesters to ISIS Extremists

Conservative windbag Dinesh D’Souza is comparing what’s going on in Ferguson to ISIS extremists. Really? Can’t recall hearing that any of the Ferguson protesters beheaded anyone, of even abducted women and children. Here’s more from Buzzfeed: “The common thread between ISIS and what’s going in Ferguson is you have these people who basically believe that to correct a perceived injustice, it’s perfectly okay to...

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When to police political behavior
Aug23

When to police political behavior

When to police political behavior by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior. Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist...

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Chait Responds to Frum
Aug23

Chait Responds to Frum

Jonathan Chait responds to David Frum’s comments on the Republican Party in New York magazine. The Republican Party constructed a geriatric trap for itself. Just how it will escape is hard to see. It is a small-government party whose base is wedded to the programs that constitute a large and growing share of government. The inability to touch the benefits of any old person, in combination with its still-extant support for...

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This is Not the Jobs Program You’re Looking For
Aug23

This is Not the Jobs Program You’re Looking For

Or at least it isn’t the one you should be looking for if you want something with waste approaching a rationally low level of waste. After all, no project undertaken by humans will be perfect. But using massive “defense” projects as job projects is more wasteful than usual. But there’s wasteful and then there’s two of the most disgraceful excuses for defense programs in existence that have, so far as I...

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Harry Reid
Aug22

Harry Reid

I am not alone among much of the nation when I say I am troubled by Harry Reid. I am not making fun of his health. Rather, I am saying we need more capable men and women of _any_ party in the senate. According the AP in Las Vegas: Reid was addressing the city’s Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday when he told the audience, “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Ann Coulter and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Aug22

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Ann Coulter and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ann Coulter and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –7 Marketing Lessons From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Money … and Criticism –A Message To Ann Coulter–Stop “Helping” Us --Ice Bucket Challenge ALS Donations Break $50 Million Mark Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a...

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Morning Joe Forgets Bush’s ‘Now Watch This Drive’ (Guest Voice)
Aug22

Morning Joe Forgets Bush’s ‘Now Watch This Drive’ (Guest Voice)

The most appalling thing about the beheading of an American journalist by ISIS was not the act itself. According to Joe Scarborough’s Morning Hypocrisy, AKA: Morning Joe, the fact that the President could condemn the horrific act, then play golf in Martha’s Vineyard, the liberal elite playground, is by far the most unconscionable thing he...

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Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years
Aug21

Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years

Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years By Richard K. Barry The Hollywood Reporter ran an excerpt recently from a new book about Saturday Night Live. It’s actually an update of an old book. Live From New York is by James Andrew Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television critic Tom Shales (due out in September). It adds a couple hundred pages of original material to an earlier history of the...

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The ones left behind
Aug20

The ones left behind

WASHINGTON — The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. The proximate cause of the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was stopped, a witness has said, by a...

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(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry
Aug19

(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry

Gov. Rick Perry’s booking photo, Aug. 19, 2014. Courtesy Travis County Sheriff’s Office Update II: Under a celebratory, almost victorious atmosphere, a defiant Texas governor Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County justice complex in Austin, Texas, this afternoon and spoke to a cheering crowd before entering the courthouse to be booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. Perry exited the booking room about 20...

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Is Moderate Synonymous With Inert?
Aug19

Is Moderate Synonymous With Inert?

Polls over the last two decades show that the percentage of the electorate calling themselves independent, moderate, or centrist generally runs about 40%. However, in some states, such as Massachusetts and Alaska, 53% of their citizens are unaffiliated with any political party. It also appears that the number of independent voters may be growing, given the disgust the populace feels for the current parties and the dysfunction in...

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Experts Skeptical of Perry Indictment
Aug19

Experts Skeptical of Perry Indictment

Sahil Kapur reports on legal experts skeptical of the indictment of Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) on Talking Points Memo. Susan Klein, a professor at UT-Austin School of Law, torched the indictment. “I think the Perry indictment is tragic. It makes my beloved city of Austin a national laughingstock. I am embarrassed to be a liberal Democrat. I consider Perry’s behavior ungentlemanly but certainly not illegal,” she told...

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