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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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Survey of experts ranks Lincoln as best president, Kennedy as most overrated

On this annual presidential holiday (so to speak), the Washington Post has published results of its survey of 162 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section. The top 10 presidents in this poll were, in declining order:  Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson. There’s more HERE: [W]hen asked about which presidents were most overrated and...

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