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Bombing ISIS is not a video game

As usual, too many politicians, pundits, and some members of the American public have the attention span of fruit flies, with even less memory. How else to explain the drumbeat to “bomb ISIS to hell”? President Obama’s nuanced response to a complicated question about strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been […]

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Why the push for more involvement in Iraq?

You would think that after 10 years of a war that was started for illegitimate reasons, Republicans would have learned their lessons not to rush into combat. You would think that the American people’s distaste for sending men and women of the U.S. military to a place where they can get killed, maimed, and mentally […]

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Here’s what’s wrong with the “Impeach Obama!” narrative

Well, we could start out by saying — everything. But let’s focus on some specifics by members of the media and the Republican Party. Let’s discuss what they’ve been saying and reporting about the possibility of impeaching President Obama. The Beltway conventional wisdom these days is that Democrats are the ones pushing impeachment talk, both […]

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Americans like Obamacare. They just don’t know it.

A recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that more than half of the public — 53 percent — has a negative view of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. That’s up eight percentage points since the same poll in June. Yet in just about every poll, just about every answer about the individual aspects of […]

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Tea Party really should read the Constitution

People in the Tea Party community constantly claim how they “love” the U.S. Constitution more than anyone else. Too bad so few of them seem to know what’s really in it. The latest display of ignorance comes from the Republican nominee for Senate from Iowa, first-term state Sen. Joni Ernst. At a forum at the […]

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Boehner’s suit against Obama tries to rekindle Obamacare fight

Let’s have a show of hands. Who else is confused about the proposed GOP lawsuit against President Obama? House Speaker John Boehner (R, Sun Lamp) likes to push his way onto your TV screens with more talk about why he wants to sue the president. First it was that Obama was “failing to fulfill his […]

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Why Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama won’t lead to impeachment

Some are speculating that the plans of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R, Sun Lamp) are merely the first step to what the real right-wing crazies have wanted from the beginning — the impeachment of President Barack Obama. But they’re wrong, and here’s why. Tea Party types, Rush Limbaugh’s dittoheads, overpaid right-wing pundits, the crazy […]

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Lies and intelligence failures should disqualify GOP Iraq comments

Imagine how heads would be exploding on Fox News and imagine the faux outrage from GOP lawmakers in front of TV cameras if the Obama administration had ignored intelligence that an outside terrorist group was going to attack Americans. No, I’m not talking about the Bush administration’s failure to read the intelligence briefing titled “Bin […]

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What’s the point of the U.S. going back to Iraq?

Nearly 12 years ago, the United States government lied to its citizens and other countries around the world to start a war in Iraq, a country under the thumb of a regional strongman but that never had anything to do with the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. We invaded, destabilized the region, and disbanded […]

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Lots of GOP hypocrisy on POW Bergdahl’s release

Well, this is choice. For months — years, even — Republicans have been demanding that President Obama do something to get POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released from his five-year captivity with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Senators and representatives frequently demanded action, then quickly changed their minds when they saw a political exploitation opportunity, according […]

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