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Global warming is a hoax? The California drought indicates otherwise

While there are lots of people with few if any scientific credentials who want you to believe that global-warming theories are a bunch of hooey, a growing number of studies conducted by more knowledgeable folks suggest exactly the opposite. HERE‘s just one example: A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms a growing body of research that finds “The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change.” The NSF news release,...

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Emerging GOP star Ben Carson says anarchy might lead to cancellation of 2016 elections

Any concerns reasonable  people might have had that THIS GUY could ever become president of the United States should be laid to rest by his latest political foolishness: Dr. Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. His reasons: the growing national debt, ISIS, and the U.S. Senate’s...

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Polling analyst Nate Silver says Democrats needn’t push the panic button — not yet, anyway

Celebrated numbers-cruncher Nate Silver says the FiveThirtyEight model on which he bases his political forecasts still indicates a close race for control of the U.S. Senate after the November midterm elections. Silver, like most other polling analysts, says Senate control will pivot on the outcome of elections in a handful of states. Democrats are not sitting as pretty as they were a few weeks, he notes, but it’s not yet time for them to push the panic button. Silver EXPLAINS: [T]here’s still a lot of campaigning to do, and one should...

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Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly slurs America’s top military commanders

Bill O’Reilly, political guru to the most gullible and misinformed of Fox News viewers, seems to think he knows more about how to fight a war against terrorists than any of the highest-ranking officers in the U.S. military. What this country needs to defeat those ISIS devils, says O’Reilly, is another George S. Patton. But alas, none of our current crop of brass hats can fill the bill. As usual, O’Reilly doesn’t know what he’s talking about, as Bob Cesca explains HERE.  ...

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The tide has turned in America’s culture wars

Several times in recent years, I’ve argued here that the political left — or at least the center — was gradually gaining ground in America’s so-called culture wars and inevitably would have the upper hand. One of my arguments challenged an article of faith among conservatives that political and cultural liberalism is a phase of youth and that people tend to move to the right as they grow older. As a senior citizen myself, I’m living evidence against that notion. And now, THIS EDITORIAL in The New York Times notes...

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want to follow the Constitution in replacing AG Eric Holder

U.S.  Attorney General Eric Holder, who is resigning from his post, says he’ll stay on the job until his replacement is confirmed by the Senate. But that could take months and months, if Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has his way. The U.S. Constitution prescribes a neat and orderly way for replacing a high-ranking federal official like Holder: The president submits the name of a nominee, and the Senate holds hearings and then votes up or down on the nomination. If the nominee is supported by a majority of senators, he or she gets the job. But...

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Google, Microsoft and other tech giants cut ties with climate-denialist lobbying group

Do you know what the word “pariah” means, boys and girls? THIS might help explain: Google pulled the plug on it’s support for the American Legislative Exchange Council,(ALEC) a Science denying, far right wing lobbying group, funded by the Koch Brothers. Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that Google had originally formed an alliance with ALEC “as part of a lobbying campaing on an unrelated issue.” Google followed Microsoft in cutting the tie, and now the dikes seem to have burst, as a stampede of tech firms trample each other...

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Presidents returning salutes to military aides is not a time-honored tradition

The right-wing noise machine is making a fuss over President Obama having saluted military aides the other day while holding a coffee cup, and liberals have responded with a photo of George W. Bush awkwardly saluting while holding a dog. (See HERE.) Oh, the shame of it all. In truth, however, the controversy is mostly baloney.  Thirty-nine of America’s 44 presidents have not bothered to return salutes from their military aides. After all, the president is a civilian. The practice was initiated by Ronald Reagan, and some critics argue...

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Gallup: Democrats and Republicans equally supportive of U.S. attacks on ISIS

Americans are only a little less supportive of U.S. military action against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria than they were, on average,  for 10 other U.S. military campaigns over the past 30 years. Support for the anti-ISIS effort is about equal among Democrats and Republicans at well more than 60 percent. Gallup has the numbers...

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Ideologues of the far left and far right try to come to grips with Obama’s attack on ISIS

This has been a tough week so far for Americans of ideological purity, be they lefties or righties. Bob Cesca EXPLAINS: Ask anyone on the far-right, and they’ll tell you President Obama is an incompetent, effete terrorist capitulator. Ask anyone on the far-left and they’ll tell you he’s a cold-hearted baby killer who loves sinking his blood-soaked, warmongering talons into the necks of brown people. The fact that perceptions are so radically diverse indicates that Obama is neither. He’s likely somewhere between both options, which suggests a...

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White evangelicals tend to think they face more discrimination than blacks

Members of four certain groups of Americans — blacks, Hispanics, white evangelicals and Catholics — tend to think that people in their own categories face more discrimination than members of the other groups. Such are the findings of a new poll from the Pew Center. Whether these survey results suggest a spread of what some sociologists call a culture of victimization is an open question, I suppose, but they’re certainly interesting. The story is HERE: While 61 percent of Hispanics say “there is a lot of discrimination...

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Why are black folks more concerned than whites about global warming?

I don’t have an answer to the question in the headline above, but I do have some perhaps surprising data on the matter. Or rather Harry Enten has the data HERE: Since 2007, Pew Research Center has asked people what areas, including global warming, should be a top priority for the president and Congress. Given the talk about the need for diversity in the global warming movement, you might expect that the people who say fighting global warming should a top priority would be overwhelmingly white. You’d be wrong. Every time the question has...

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