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Here’s why I wish certain people “Happy Holidays”

If  I know that a person is a self-appointed guardian of Christmas orthodoxy, I make a point of wishing them “Happy Holidays” — just to annoy them. On the whole, however, I probably say “Merry Christmas” more often than “Happy Holidays.” You see, it’s only the self-righteous quibblers on this matter who deserve to be annoyed — people who buy into that Fox News nonsense about a “War on Christmas.” There are millions of Americans who aren’t Christians (or aren’t...

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Can someone please answer this simple question?

Why are most of the politicians who cite human-rights issues as the reason for their opposition to improvement in our relationship with Cuba the same people who say they’re not bothered by the human-rights abuses itemized in the Senate committee report on torture?

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Colbert’s otherwise lame finale rescued by glee club of celebrities

Political satirist Stephen Colbert ended his nine-year run as a pseudo-right-winger on Comedy Central last night with a show that was surprisingly uninspired in the first half but a triumph in the end when a huge group of celebrities joined him on-stage for a farewell song. The number was “We’ll Meet Again,” a song made famous by British singer Vera Lynn during World War II. The singers on Colbert’s stage were: Jon Stewart, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, James Franco, Katie Couric, Michael Stipe, J.J. Abrams, Mandy...

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Obama will negate much of the embargo against Cuba on his own

Congressional Republicans have been arguing of late that President Obama has precious little authority of his own on most issues of governance — immigration, for example. Most GOP lawmakers theorize that there isn’t much the president can do without explicit directions from Congress. And now that argument likely will be put to another test with regard to changing relations between the United States and Cuba. HERE‘s the situation: President Obama will move as soon as next month to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo...

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Here’s why so many conservatives say Obama is a Muslim

If you’ve ever wondered why your crazy Uncle Fred from Cedar Rapids keeps sending you emails claiming that Barack Obama is a Muslim, HERE‘s a plausible explanation: Conservatives who claim that Barack Obama is really a Muslim don’t actually think the president is a follower of Islam, according to religious scholar Reza Aslan. They are just using the label to “otherize” him. “Islam has become the by-word for whatever is foreign and exotic, whatever is fearful, whatever is strange and unfamiliar,” the University of California,...

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Marco Rubio says he doesn’t care if he doesn’t speak for most Cuban-Americans

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, is hopping mad at the Obama administration’s move toward normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba, and he says he doesn’t care who disagrees with him — even if they’re Cuban-Americans. When it was pointed out to Rubio yesterday that two-thirds of Cuban-Americans support diplomatic relations with Cuba, he responded with this: I don’t care if the polls say that 99 percent of people believe we should normalize relations in Cuba. I don’t care if 99 percent of people in polls...

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