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Obama’s 2015 challenge: Veni, vidi, veto

Now that the Republicans control both houses of Congress, there’s no question that they’re going to pass bad bills that have no chance of becoming law. Both House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky already have announced some items at the top of their GOP agenda: passage of the […]

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NYC police officers killed; GOP exploits. What else is new?

Well, that didn’t take long. Within hours of two New York City police officers being shot as they sat in a squad car, Republicans started blaming — President Obama and other Democrats. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had several felony convictions and a history of mental illness, shot Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in […]

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Obama’s Cuba move really did “tear down this wall”

In a historic shift, President Obama has moved to end 50 years of rigidity in U.S. policy toward Cuba. It’s a change that is long overdue, and it’s a bold move for a supposed lame duck. Diplomatic ties will be re-established between the two countries in the months to come. Embassies will be reopened. Travel […]

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No surprise at GOP hissy fit over Obama daughters

The communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R, as if you needed to ask, Tenn.) is resigning after a dust-up over some mean-spirited things she posted on social media about Malia and Sasha Obama. The day before Thanksgiving, both first daughters accompanied their father for the annual ritual of pardoning two turkeys before Thanksgiving. Acting […]

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So Obama took executive action on immigration. What now?

President Obama has announced a series of limited steps he is taking to partially fix the country’s broken immigration system. The big question is, what happens now — legally, politically, morally, and practically? The predicted reaction from Republicans has been, well, predictable. Varying degrees of outrage, possible impeachment, lawsuits, even jail time for the president. […]

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Obama’s immigration stance against GOP: Crazy like a fox

President Obama seems to be on the verge of following in the footsteps of two Republican presidents. He is poised to issue the same kind of executive orders shielding immigrants from deportation that were issued by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Of course, when Reagan and Bush issued those same orders, it was […]

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U.S.-China pact best hope of global climate agreement

The agreement between the United States and China gives the best chance in a long time of forming an actual world plan to combat climate change. This pact is more than nine months in the making. U.S. and Chinese officials have been working behind the scenes to develop an agreement in which each country promises […]

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Too late, but media backtracks on Ebola hysteria

Irony, thy name is CNN. After weeks of all-Ebola, all-the-time coverage on cable news channels, some cooler heads are starting to realize the news channels were more than a little over the top in their reporting. “Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction,” claimed the headline on CNN.com. In an interview with CNN commentator and legal […]

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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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Obama’s no-win choices on ISIS

Tonight President Obama will address the nation on what his administration plans to do about “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Levant) or ISIS, ISIL, or just IS. Whatever you call it, Obama is faced with a messy situation that is only going to get worse. Strategically, militarily, and […]

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