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Amal Clooney’s baby bump, not ISIS? Let’s leave women’s bodies out of news coverage

You might not have noticed, but a world-renowned lawyer and human rights activist gave an important, impassioned speech at the United Nations on the Islamic State and genocide. That’s because all U.S. and British media could talk about was her yellow dress and her baby bump. Amal Clooney asked the world body to press forward […]

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ISIS’ best new recruiting tool: Donald Trump

Even though he holds no official power — and sane people everywhere pray that he never will — GOP frontrunner Donald Trump already is undermining U.S. national security with his hate-filled remarks about Muslims. Trump has gone from vilifying immigrants in general (“criminals and rapists”) to spewing and instigating special hatred against Muslims. After the Islamic […]

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GOP hits new low with hysteria against Syrian refugees

To score cheap political points after the terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State, Republicans across the country, from governors to those in Congress to several running for president, are trying to gin up fears against refugees trying to get into America to escape oppression elsewhere. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder started the ball rolling […]

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What’s the least bad option on ISIS? Let’s ask a French Muslim 12-year-old

Note the question is not “what’s the best option” for the U.S. in response to the Paris attacks by the Islamic State that left 129 people dead. Because there are no good options. There never have been. But the worst option is overreaction, whether that involves fear, a stepped-up military response, or closing U.S. borders. […]

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Think Jade Helm is insane? Five right-wing conspiracy theories

The delusional belief among a third of Republican primary voters that the U.S. military is poised to take over the state of Texas is just the tip of the nutjob iceberg. You thought it was just some fringe extremist belief? No. According to a recent poll from Public Policy Polling, the idea that the special […]

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Is the tide turning against ISIS? How can we figure it out?

Depending on your news sources (and I’m using the term loosely), you may have noticed a downturn in coverage of the Islamic State. Just a week ago, the group known as ISIS or ISIL seemed to be taking over the entire Middle East. Within days, the news shifted that the self-styled caliphate might be falling […]

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What’s bigger: ISIS threat or media scaremongering?

When Chris Hayes of MSNBC and Laura Ingraham of Fox News agree on something, you know you’ve stumbled onto something real. I  don’t mean to downplay the threat that Islamic State zealots pose in the Middle East. But we’ve gotten to the point where one YouTube video sends American media into a feeding frenzy of […]

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Evaluating the ISIS threat: Deadly or just photogenic?

As President Obama asks Congress to pass a measure clarifying and making official the United States mission in the Middle East against the Islamic State, it’s worth taking a step back to consider just who and what U.S. forces are up against — and if there’s any meaningful way to make a difference. News media […]

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GOP candidate contest: Silliest ISIS claim (with poll!)

The chutzpah of some Republican candidates in this election cycle seems to know no bounds. ISIS is at the borders, infiltrating the country. We’re all going to die of Ebola. And of course, they blame it all on President Obama and whatever Democratic opponent they happen to be facing. One of the new claims is […]

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Exploiting the ISIS bogeyman

Well, that didn’t take long. Cue the scary music: Republicans are using ISIS to prop themselves up as the supposed best hope to protect the nation’s security. Only the GOP can save you from being murdered in your beds. Members of the Islamic State are clearly the scariest thugs EVER. So say ads backing Republican […]

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