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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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