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Sick and tired of the usual, grueling day-to-day coverage of the US presidential election? Yeah, me too. Yet there are still 10 days to go until the watershed election day..  Besides the repetitive email scandals on one side and gross sexist, racist rambling on the other side, there are still challenging issues and fascinating stories. […]

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And if you don’t want to debate me, maybe we can arm wrestle. …is now something a semi-legitimate candidate for U.S. congress says, with the support of a former governor and VP candidate.

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Because of his position, disposition and bipartisan popularity, Judge Garland has been on Mr. Obama’s shortlist of potential nominees for years. In 2010, when Mr. Obama interviewed him for the slot that he instead gave to Justice Elena Kagan, Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, said publicly that he had urged Mr. Obama to […]

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Cruz: Letting Muslim Syrian Refugees Into The U.S. Is ‘Crazy’

The junior senator from Texas, born in Canada to a father who immigrated from Cuba in the 1950s, is the latest GOP candidate to claim that a significant number of those fleeing from a civil war are actually sleeper terrorists. For what it’s worth I think that rhetoric like this is neither democratic nor Christian […]

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While it should not surprise us that a man who once, in complete earnestness, said “[f]reedom is about authority” thinks all forms of organized dissent against law enforcement are illegitimate, we should be shaken and concerned by the complete lack of pushback from other elite Republicans that Giuliani’s comments received. Despite the fact that nothing […]

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Let the record show that you can be a United States senator of 29 years, you can be 71 years old, you can be the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and one of the most recognizable and most widely respected veteran public servants in your nation. But if you are female, while […]

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Tennessee Gov. Signs Bill To Allow Execution By Electric Chair

The GOP answers to the problems of today are the solutions of yesterday. Or the time before that. What the hell. Tennessee Gov. Signs Bill To Allow Execution By Electric Chair

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Paul Ryan and Dignity

Paul Ryan, former running mate of Mitt Romney and still Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st district, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) yesterday. He elaborated on his war view on the poor. Paul Krugman quotes two striking passages. First, on dignity:  “The left is making a big mistake,” Ryan predicted. “What they’re offering people is […]

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Familiar Tactics

In Mary Hershberger’s essay on the involvement of women in the opposition to the Indian Removal Act, I found this description of his political strategies: “Andrew Jackson, who viewed politics primarily  in terms of mobilizing a narrow electorate around its economic self-interest,  charged that removal opponents objected to removal only because it threatened their access to federal […]

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Bring It.

In the midst of this US government shutdown, some statements by House Republicans show where the real problem lies. From the New York Times:  “We’ve got a name for it in the House: it’s called the Senate surrender caucus,” said Representative Tim Huelskamp, Republican of Kansas. “Anybody who would vote for that in the House […]