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This is Going to Piss Off Ted Cruz’s Dad

Not to mention little Marco Rubio. But America’s policy toward Cuba makes no sense, and these reforms are long overdue. There will be a hew and cry from the old guard in Miami, from FOX, and from the far rightwing, but since when have they been on the sensible side of issues?

Obama Hijacks the Show but Colbert Report Pulls No Punches

The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive If you missed it, watch the revamped segment Colbert calls, “The Word,” but which Obama called, “The Decree.” The president out-deadpans the deadpanner himself.

America is Awash in Guns — And Fear of Them

What if we’re missing a bigger issue in our musings about Ferguson and race and unarmed black men being shot by white guys, often police officers? Yes, systemic racism and a breakdown in our ability to trust police are serious problems. But are we overlooking something more basic? It’s a rare day without a story […]

Too Soon? Obama Comes Out Swinging After Midterm Elections

Republicans, in a new twist,* are outraged

The Best Reason to Elect Lindsey Graham President

I’m sorry the government’s so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC), speaking to white guys in a mens-only club in Charleston. Graham explained to CNN, which aired this quote and several others, that he was making a joke, and added, “I hope this doesn’t reflect poorly on the club. They are great guys.”

Don’t Ask for Whom Ebola Tolls

The West tried not to get involved. It sat back and watched what happened and I think that now we’ve got to a stage where either you go to the disease and sort it out or the disease is going to come to you.

— Paul Danahar, Washington bureau chief, BBC, and author of “The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring,” explaining why American troops are being deployed to provide infrastructure in Ebola-stricken countries.

Candidate for Texas Governor is Arguing for a Ban on Marriage Among Older People
Filed a Brief Claiming Only Unions that Can Result in Pregnancy Should Be Allowed

One of the dearest moments during the wedding of my friends Cathy and Warren came when the minister accidentally stumbled into the part of the vows where he often asked those gathered to support the couple as they raised any children resulting from their union. A stunned silence was followed by Cathy saying, “Um, we […]

The Most Expensive Governor’s Race Produces the Worst Ad
You've Got to See This

What kind of TV ad does America’s most expensive governor’s race get for nearly $49 million (and counting)? Spots like this, which beg for new and stronger adjectives than the ones being used to describe it: “outrageous,” “demeaning,” “sexist,” and even, “laughable.” The ad was produced, not by the Scott campaign, but by the College […]

The Rich are Lying to Us

When the Heritage Foundation tells us that the top 10 percent of filers are cruelly burdened, because they pay 68 percent of income taxes, it’s hoping that you won’t notice that word “income” — other taxes, such as the payroll tax, are far less progressive. But it’s also hoping you don’t know that the top 10 percent receive almost half of all income and own 75 percent of the nation’s wealth, which makes their burden seem a lot less disproportionate.

– Paul Krugman, Nobel-winning economist, in a column in the New York Times called, “Our Invisible Rich.” Krugman says Americans’ ideas about the 1% are based on 1960s notions of wealth, and woefully inaccurate today.

The World Does Not Share the Belief That the Rich Always Deserve Their Wealth

The rich in America agree on one thing: They deserve their wealth. Recent research cited by Carol Graham of the Brookings Institute shows that unlike both the rich and poor in Latin America, in the United States the Mitt Romneys of the world believe they built that, all alone. Even before a video exposed Mitt’s […]

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