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Think you’re a political moderate? Think again!

If I asked you if you consider yourself a political liberal, conservative or moderate, what would you say? Lots of people would say they think of themselves as moderates. But is that response accurate? It sounds safe and respectable, doesn’t it? But some self-styled moderates actually are pretty extreme on certain issues. Political  pundit Ezra Klein says “moderates are largely a statistical myth.” HERE‘s part of his argument: When you dig into their policy positions, the people who show up as moderates in polls are...

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Obama-haters don’t hear his praises of America because they don’t want to hear them

In Rudy Giuliani’s infamous disparagement of Barack Obama’s patriotism last week, he said the president only infrequently and almost begrudgingly praises America in his public remarks. That’s utter nonsense, of course, but it appeals to Obamaphobes because of their political myopia. Those folks simply can’t see or hear anything that runs counter to the notions they garner from the right-wing noise machine. To them, Obama is a foreign-born Muslim who hates America and is bent on bringing our country to ruin. In reality,...

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Is Scott Walker ready for the national spotlight?

The next few months are critical for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential prospects — mainly because most Americans still know almost nothing about him. Dan Balz of The Washington Post FRAMES the matter thusly: Today he is touted in the media and Republican circles as a serious long-distance runner in the presidential marathon. At the same time, for all the attention his clashes with public employee unions have generated, he remains a politician barely known to the public at large. A recent series of Quinnipiac University...

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Bill O’Reilly’s falsehoods about covering war are worse than anything Brian Williams has said

Let me stipulate at the outset here that I don’t think Brian Williams should be reinstated as anchor of NBC Nightly News. His infamous prevarications have dealt a mortal blow to his trustworthiness. But let me also point out that I think none of Williams’ sins are as bad as the crap Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel has been peddling. HERE‘s the story: [I]t is Bill O’Reilly who is shown to have made incredibly misleading statements about putting his life on the line while reporting in “war zones.” In fact, many of the...

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Giuliani slurs Obama’s character, gets big-time blowback in return

You’re probably aware by now that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani infamously declared the other day that President Obama doesn’t love America and “wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up…” You’re probably not yet aware, however, of the subsequent blast against Giuliani from Wayne Barrett, a reporter who knows the man well. HERE are a few samplings from Barrett’s response to Giuliani’s slur of the president: Rudy Giuliani knows a lot about love. Ask Regina...

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Conspiracy theorists tend to be less educated and embrace various magical beliefs

From a Washington Post INTERVIEW with political scientist  Eric Oliver, co-author of an article titled “Conspiracy Theories and the Paranoid Style(s) of American Politics,” we get stuff like this: Contrary to popular speculations, conspiracy theorists are not the sole domain of conservatives nor are conspiracy theorists all paranoid. We do find that conspiracy theories are more popular among the less educated. Not surprisingly, conspiracy theorists also tend to be less trusting of other people and feel more politically alienated. But the...

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Climate change poses big problems for ski industry

  Skiing has never been my thing, but it’s a multi-billion-dollar business — and it’s in trouble, as we see HERE: The 2015 world ski championships concluded Sunday in Vail, Colorado, but climate change could put future championships in peril. Many athletes and resort owners fear what a warmer future holds for an industry that relies on consistent snow to attract winter sporting enthusiasts. And they’re starting to call for political action. Skiers in the Pacific Northwest are already feeling the heat. The Summit...

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Study by right-wingers, no less, blows the whistle on scams by conservative PACs

If you’ve ever donated money to conservative political action committees like the one represented in the image above, you’ve probably been scammed. But don’t just take my word for it. There are conservatives out there who will tell you all about it, as we see HERE: Conservatives are finally starting to notice that sham activist groups are ripping off Republican donors, after dismissing “liberal” reports about the scams. Jonah Goldberg, the syndicate columnist and National Review Online blogger, points to a report on...

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Ruling by Texas judge against Obama’s immigration initiative likely will be overturned

If you’re one of those conservatives who  feel inclined to start dancing in the streets because of a certain court ruling the other day concerning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, I suggest that you hold off for a little while. You see, some folks who know about this stuff feel that the ruling at issue eventually will be overturned. At least, that’s what it says HERE: A Texas judge’s freeze on Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation likely won’t last long, legal experts...

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Sorry, but poll showing surprisingly high Republican support for gay marriage must be faulty

In the world of political polls, some are trustworthy and some are not — depending on the methods involved in conducting the surveys. I’m not going to get into all that green-eyeshade stuff about methodology here, but you would expect that polls jointly sponsored by NBC and Marist College generally would be reliable. Ah, but we may have come upon an exception. Even Aaron Blake of the Washington Post can barely suppress his skepticism about the RESULTS of a batch of  NBC/Marist polls that show amazingly high opposition among...

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Fact-checkers roundly debunk Fox News claim that global warming is a hoax

Last week, the British newspaper The Telegraph carried a column purporting to show that climate scientists have been fudging temperature data and thereby creating “the biggest science scandal ever.” Global-warming deniers among American right-wingers touted the column like crazy, but to little serious avail. Credentialed sources immediately shot down the story, and that was pretty much the end of that. But before we let the matter go, it behooves us to examine how the folks at PolitiFact DEBUNKED the treatment afforded the story...

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Polls show that Obama’s job-approval ratings have moved to the plus side

Republican rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, President Obama’s approval ratings aren’t too bad of late. The two principal daily tracking polls, Gallup and Rasmussen, both SHOW that more Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing than disapprove — 49 to 48 percent in the former, and 50 to 48 percent in the latter. Even the latest poll from Fox News shows that the president’s disapproval rating is barely outside the survey’s margin of error. Then, too, there’s the fact that Obama’s approval ratings...

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