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|Reclaiming secularism is the key to protecting religious liberty
Over the past few years, two topics have come to dominate the discourse about religion in America. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and especially the rapid acceptance of marriage ...
|The 14th Amendment is on trial in Baltimore and the Supreme Court
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 may go down as a watershed moment in the history of American civil rights. At the Supreme Court, the justices heard oral arguments in a set of cases which may decide ...
|Hillary's GOP rivals line up for Adelson's cash
"If this was any person but Hillary Clinton," Newt Gingrich said Sunday of foreign donations to the Clintons' global charity, "they'd be under indictment right now for a clearly ...
|How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America
For four decades, American public opinion on the issue of abortion has been largely unchanged. As the numbers from Gallup , the Pew Research Center , ...
|Nice tourism industry you've got there, Mr. Jindal. Shame if anything happened to it.
These are dark times for Louisiana Governor and 2016 GOP White House hopeful Bobby Jindal. Facing a staggering $1.6 billion budget shortfall , Governor Jindal's popularity is plummeting at home ...
|The 20 percent solution
On April 15, Congressional Republicans missed their deadline for the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution. Nevertheless, and despite their differences on defense spending and the voucherization of ...
|Swap Mukasey for Lynch, Bush for Obama, torture for immigration and Republicans for Democrats
With the president's nominee for attorney general languishing in the Senate,
|GOP’s 'One Percenter' attack on Hillary Clinton comically backfires
In 2008, the campaign of multi-...
|When Carly loved Hillary||Jon Perr||04/13/2015||46||49||2||-|
|GOP's 2016 Iran Contrarians comically embrace Reagan as role model
Every four years, Republican primary voters ...
|Can't get through to the IRS? Call your GOP Congressman
"Unless we are able to correct this," National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson warned in November, "very bad things will happen to taxpayers." By "this," Olson meant five straight years of budget ...
|Dr. Rand Paul prescribes 'freedom' and Lasik surgery to replace Obamacare
In his announcement speech on Monday, ophthalmologist turned GOP White House hopeful Rand Paul recounted his pro bono work ...
|Did President Obama just offer Israel a security guarantee?
The New York Times on Sunday featured a fascinating interview with President Obama conducted by columnist Tom Friedman. In the U.S., most analysts focused on the president's ...
|'Screams from My Father' by Ted Cruz
Just in time for Easter, Republican White House hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) has declared his ticket for 2016 will be the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Of course, the players in his Trinity have ...
|Judith Miller lies about Bush's Iraq lies
If being a neocon means never having to say you're sorry, then being an accessory to a world-historical mistake must grant you some kind of magical immunity. So it would seem after reading Bush ...
|How would courts resolve these Indiana 'religious freedom' cases?
If nothing else, you have to give Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence credit for going big. In April 2007, Pence defended Big War , comparing his heavily guarded tour of Baghdad to visiting "...
|The Iran Regime Change Act of 2015
When it comes to the Iranian nuclear program, the United States is rapidly approaching a point of no return. The P5+1 talks are coming down to the wire even as the participants express cautious ...
|American religious freedom is a shield, not a sword
Indiana Governor Mike Pence is not the first Republican ...
|Imagining Ted Cruz as president
On Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President at Liberty University. In the wake of that address in ...
This week, House and Senate Republicans unveiled their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2016. As a quick glance at the documents shows, what is old is new again for the GOP. Each ...
|Loretta Lynch isn’t Rosa Parks; she’s Michael Mukasey
Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin created quite the uproar when he condemned Senate Republicans for sending Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch to "the back of the bus." But Durbin didn't ...
|Paul Ryan: No to Obamacare exchanges, yes to Medicare exchanges
Monday, March 23, isn't just the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. The day also ...
|Benjamin Netanyahu, America's friend without benefits
Whatever happens in Tuesday's elections in Israel, Americans will have learned two valuable lessons. For starters, when it mattered most on U.S. policy toward Iran, Republicans supported a foreign ...
|New GOP Medicare budget will 'just have figures in there'
This week, House and Senate Republicans will unveil their respective budget blueprints for fiscal year 2016. To hear Chuck Grassley (R-IA) of the Senate Budget Committee tell it, the ...
|This is what war with Iran will look like
During the 2012 campaign, President Obama had a simple message for his would-be Republican rivals and their tough talk on Iran. "If some of these folks think that it's time to launch a war, they ...
|The coming Republican budget blow up
This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its assessment of President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2016. For those of us prioritizing economic growth over deficit ...
|Six years too late, media call congressional Republicans 'traitors'
"Traitors." That's the word the New York Daily News , certainly no friend of President Obama, used on Tuesday to describe the 47 Republican senators who signed an unprecedented letter to the ...
|Cheney: Congress must not interfere with the president's Iran policy||Jon Perr||03/09/2015||180||222||7||-|
|Rubio-Lee tax plan means more debt and greater income inequality
For Republicans, there are only two certainties in life: debt and tax cuts . During his eight-year tenure, President Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt accumulated ...
|Can we finally—finally!—be done with the Bushes?
The imbroglio over former Secretary of State ...
|Netanyahu's other U.S. mission: Invent a single, global Islamic threat
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington with two transparent objectives on his agenda. First, of course, is to secure his reelection back home. The second, aided and ...
|Right-wingers spread rumor Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets attacking Iran
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for his unprecedented Congressional address, his allies in the U.S. are ramping up the hysteria to help him blow up a potential deal to limit ...
|Five questions Americans must answer about Iran
Next Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver an unprecedented address to the United States Congress. Now, there's nothing new about Netanyahu inserting ...
|Israeli Defense Minister calls Iranian regime and John Kerry "messianic"
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares his congressional address, other members of his government are joining his campaign to torpedo a potential U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. This ...
|IRS audits plunge as agency budget plummets
Last year, IRS chief John Koskinen warned about the impact of his agency's shriveling budget . "I have not figured out either philosophically or psychologically," ...
|Remembering French President Chirac's 2002 address to Congress on Iraq
The Associated Press on Friday reported on the latest developments in the "i ncreasingly nasty grudge match " between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama over the Israeli Prime Minister's March 3 ...
|The othering of the president
Back in October 2008, then-Republican presidential candidate John McCain had one of the finest moments of his career. When angry Minnesota town hall questioners claimed Democrat Barack Obama was "...
|Israel will not warn U.S. in advance of Iran strikes
As the AP and the New York Times have reported, Obama administration ...
|For CUFI and ISIS, it was the best of times, it was the end of times
With the carnage in Syria, the sectarian ...
|Obamacare critics ignore Bush’s Medicare outreach to churches
On Monday, Republican opposition to Obamacare went from the ridiculous to the sublimely ridiculous. After the right-wing Weekly Standard protested ...
|Bush intervenes with Sunni sheiks as Iraqi government faces crisis
Even as Islamic State fighters battle Iraqi forces in western Iraq near a base where hundreds of American troops are currently stationed, the government in Baghdad is facing a new ...
|Both sides don’t do it, Loretta Lynch edition
When it comes to the hyper-partisan gridlock that has ground Washington to a halt, the bromide “ both sides do it ” for years has been the explanation of choice of right-wing apologists and ...
|When Bush was bulls**ting Americans on limiting carbon dioxide emissions
Among the supposed revelations in the new book by former Obama adviser David Axelrod is the claim that the 44th president was "bulls--ting" about his past opposition to marriage equality . While ...
|What will Republicans do if Netanyahu loses?
Recent polling from Israel suggests that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and its coalition allies may eke out a narrow victory in the March 17 elections. Here in the United States, ...
|Judge Silberman lies about Bush's Iraq War lies
Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has two primary claims to fame. First, in July 1990 the Reagan appointee was part of the 2 to 1 majority that ...
|Scott Walker, Republican porn star
In the span of just two weeks, Wisconsin Gov.
|Obama critics ignore 'Medieval Christian threat' to abortion providers
During his address at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama pointed to the history of the Crusades and American slavery as obvious examples of those who "...
|When journalists become entertainers: The Brian Williams story
That NBC Evening News anchor Brian Williams falsely tried to appropriate the heroism of America's actual fighting men and ...
|Five years later, GOP still has no plans for health care or tax reform
The year 2010 was huge for Republicans, and not just because of their overwhelming triumph in the midterm elections. Five years ago, the GOP made two very big promises to the American people. On ...
|Please proceed, Governor
On Friday, Mitt Romney finally showed his compassion for the American people by mercifully deciding not to subject them to a third campaign for the White House. I had it wrong; I believed Mitt’s ...
|Sorry, conservatives: Dearborn isn't a no-go zone for anyone
This week, the Hindu-turned-Catholic Bobby Jindal doubled down on his bogus "no-go zones" claim at the center of his anti-Muslim crusade for the White House. He quickly ...
|Romney campaign drops its 'Jew Rule' for 2016
|Current, former Israeli ambassadors disagree on Netanyahu visit
When Israeli Prime ...
|Does the Equal Protection Clause apply to women?
This week, the expanded House Republican majority marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by comically failing to pass a 20-week abortion ban ...
|Republicans outsource U.S. foreign policy to Israel's Netanyahu
Less than one month ago, Republican Senator and possible 2016 presidential candidate Lindsey Graham (R-SC) traveled to Jerusalem to deliver a simple message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...
|Capital gains tax rates must go up to lower income inequality
We have a rare bipartisan consensus on one of the greatest challenges facing the United States. Record-high income equality, President Obama,
|For Romney, income inequality talk no longer just for "quiet rooms"
Speaking to an RNC audience in San Diego on ...
|Conservatives learn an important lesson for Religious Freedom Day
Every year on January 16, the United States marks Religious Freedom Day . Coming as it does in the immediate wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, the timing could not be better for ...
|Sorry, Mitt: The presidency is not your "destiny"
Across the political spectrum, pundits, press, money-men and media strategists seem genuinely puzzled by Mitt Romney's apparent decision to seek the ...
|October gift to charity was a sure sign of 2016 Romney run||Jon Perr||01/13/2015||7||12||-||-|
|How John McCain and Mitt Romney show their support for France
On Sunday, an estimated one million people in Paris marched in ...
|Democrats saved the economy. Republicans tried to kill it.
Four years ago, Republicans led by then-new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) began taking credit for the economic progress made since the Bush recession began in December 2007. Just ...
|Jeb Bush steals 'Right to Rise' slogan from Paul Ryan
Here are three quick pieces of advice ...
|State and local governments finally end years of anti-stimulus
As 2015 opens, the American economy seems poised for robust economic expansion. Strong GDP growth and job creation, falling first-time jobless claims, surging stocks and (finally) rising wages ...
|Fourteen things I learned in 2014
As 2015 begins, there is much to be optimistic about for the new year. The American economy is really starting to take off. The private sector has created new jobs for a record 57 months, driving ...
|Steve Scalise is a feature, not a bug, of today's GOP
Many leaders in the Republican Party and its amen corner are shocked—SHOCKED!—to learn that one of its top figures in Congress addressed a white supremacist group in 2002. ...
|A Laffer Curve anniversary: The GOP's favorite fiscal fraud turns 40
The sun does not rise in the west and set in the east. Gravity does not make objects fall upward. The earth is not flat. And tax cuts do not pay for themselves .
|Three ways the GOP will sabotage the government and the economy in 2015
As 2014 comes to a close, the American economy is finally starting ...
|50 years later, still waiting for the gift of a Cleveland Browns title
December 27, 1964, is a holy day. Holy, that is, if you live in Northeastern Ohio or, like me, long ago made the exodus to join the large diaspora of Clevelanders now wandering the nation in ...
|Foes of Obama's Cuba opening rewrite their Apartheid past
New polls ...
|JFK explained why ending the Cuban embargo is long overdue
After President Obama's decision to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba , the response from the usual suspects on the right has been (pun intended) fast and furious. At the forefront is ...
|It's time to end America's global isolation over Cuba
There's an old saying that the United States is always fighting the last war. If so, then the apoplectic assortment of Cuban-American irredentists, aging anti-Communist crackpots and knee-jerk, Cro-
|It's long past time for overtime pay for the middle class
Working Americans have a problem. And that means President Obama and his Democratic Party have a problem, too. Despite the robust economic recovery, the steep decline in unemployment, a surging ...
|Cheney reprises his Iran-Contra role to defend Bush administration torture||Jon Perr||12/15/2014||24||45||1||-|
|John Yoo on torture: Rectal violation is not allowed, crushing a child's testicles is no problem
As Dick Cheney and the usual suspects circle the wagons to defend the Bush Torture Team, one its most notorious members has been particularly active in rhetorically waterboarding the Senate ...
|The evil of banality
Like most Americans, I was horrified to learn about the shocking brutality contained in the declassified Senate torture report. Under a legal edifice erected by the Bush administration, CIA ...
|Republicans opposed torture report and 9/11 commission, too
By now, most Americans can probably recite the conservative arguments against the Senate torture report by rote. After seeing Dick Cheney on TV, watching the parade of vein-bursting Republicans on ...
|Torture's new acronym may be LDS
The just-release Senate torture report is so ...
|President Obama's nuclear option on torture
As the year draws to a close, the only question in Washington appears to be how—and not whether—Republicans will seek payback against President Obama for his executive action deferring the ...
|After destroying video evidence, CIA's Rodriguez slams Senate torture report
After five years and $40 million, a ...
|The Democrats' missing talking points on Benghazi
Two weeks ago, the House Intelligence Committee released its report on the 2012 Benghazi tragedy. Like the previous six probes by ...
|Republican war on CBO now targets its director
Almost from its inception in 1974, Republicans have hated ...
|A tale of two clinics
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. For two free healthcare clinics, that is. In Mena, Arkansas , the 9th Street Ministries free clinic closed its doors after 16 years, its ...
|How Walmart’s owners give thanks and give back
Workers at Walmart were using the Black Friday shopping rush to elevate their demands to receive a living wage from the nation’s largest employer and retailer. Among the protesters are 12 ...
|Mike Huckabee wants to tell you something about the negro
After days of tense anticipation, the residents of Ferguson, Missouri will soon learn whether a grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed African-American teenager ...
|Paul Ryan's triple scam on tax reform
This week, House Republicans selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as the next chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. That lofty perch, the AP was quick to proclaim, gives Ryan "a ...
|Reagan's ghost haunts GOP on immigration and torture
Name an issue, foreign or domestic, and Republicans will turn to the holy ghost of Ronald Reagan for wisdom and guidance. But for two of the biggest controversies in the news this week—
|#Gruber gives Republicans cover for their killer lies about Obamacare
For Democrats, the discovery that Romneycare and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber is, well, a schmuck represents a triple whammy. For starters, the arrogance of anyone calling American voters "...
After months of delays, President Obama is poised to finally take executive action to address the crisis of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, 85 percent of whom are ...
|GOP threatens to block Loretta Lynch over executive power they demanded for lame-duck Bush
A growing number of Republican senators are suggesting they will block the nomination of Loretta Lynch over the issue of “ executive amnesty .” If so, then no choice President Obama might make ...
|Bush's only Iraq regret? His paternity for ISIS
Just in time for Veteran's Day, former President George W. Bush is promoting a new book dedicated to his father's military service. As part of his PR swing, Bush explained to Bob Schieffer of CBS ...
|Memo to GOP: Obama sent a letter to Iran; Reagan sent U.S. weapons
Among the ...
|Media ignore Bush, GOP's all-out obstruction after losing majority in 2006 midterm rout
In the wake of the GOP's triumph in last week's midterm election, conservative commentators are demanding President Obama and his Democratic allies abandon their agenda and submit to the will of ...
|For Democrats, GOP voter intensity trumps Americans' propensity again
Rout. Thumpin'. Shellacking. Call it what you will, but Democrats suffered a defeat even more dispiriting than the larger 2010 drubbing that delivered the House majority to the GOP. More ...
|Team USA coach uses military event to attack President Obama on ISIS
In September, Duke University ...
|Conservatives shocked--shocked!--by Ernst comparison to Michele Bachmann
Campaigning for Democrat Bruce ...
|Is exorcism Bobby Jindal's cure for Ebola?
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal doesn't just want to be president of the United States. In 2012, he claimed he wanted to rid his Republican Party of its demons to purge it of "dumbed-down ...
|The Mukasey Rule: Lame-duck Obama should get the attorney general he wants
Next week, Republicans may recapture control of the U.S. Senate. And to be sure, they’ve made no secret of their plans to derail the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Would-be ...
|Stay home, Bibi
The news that an unnamed Obama administration official called Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit" has put U.S.-Israeli relations on a hot boil. While the anonymous remark was neither helpful nor ...
|'Some of them seem willing to fight for you'
So it's come to this. In the wake of last week's Parliament shooting in Ottawa and the hatchet attack on police officers in New York, some in the GOP and its amen corner are calling for draconian ...
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