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Supreme Court will rule on whether political falsehoods are protected by the First Amendment

Why the Supreme Court hasn’t long ago settled this matter is simply beyond me. The statutes at issue should have been laughed away before they were ever adopted. But here we are, as if there’s even one chance in hell that the high court will uphold an Ohio law against political lying. After all, when it comes to political rhetoric, truth is often a vague concept. The story is HERE: Groups at both ends of the ideological spectrum are challenging an Ohio law, on the books since the 1970s, that forbids candidates, issue groups or...

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Don’t look now, but Obamacare is working — and working well

Most Republican politicians, in league with the right-wing noise machine (Fox News, et al), want you to believe that the Affordable Care Act has been and still is an unmitigated disaster. But that’s not the reality of the situation, and pretty soon the American public will wake up to the facts of the matter. Eugene Robinson outlines a few of those facts HERE: It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working. All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature...

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Wisconsin Republicans will vote on whether their state should have the right to secede

What an embarrassment! As if the Republican Party of Wisconsin isn’t humiliated enough by the strength of its Tea Party wing, now it’s going to have to live down its failure to keep the kooks from conducting an informal referendum on whether the Badger State should have the right to secede from the United States. The story is...

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Regarding America’s never-ending conversation about matters of race

This month’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is another excuse, as if we’ve ever needed one, to talk about race in America. This nation has been talking about race since its very inception. The conversation has changed in countless ways over the years. It’s dramatically changed even during my lifetime, which is now in its eighth decade. But it never ends. The other day, I ran across an especially provocative contribution from John McWhorter to this ongoing conversation about race. It’s not necessarily...

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Why does Rupert Murdoch claim that Fox News has saved the Republican Party?

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch made a fool of himself in two separate ways when he boasted the other day that his Fox News Channel has “saved” the Republican Party. For starters, Murdoch’s boast puts the lie to the vaunted claim that Fox News is “fair and balanced.” A news shop can hardly be balanced if it’s mission has been to shift the GOP’s ideology further to the right side of the political spectrum. And that’s exactly what Fox News has done. But more to the point, Republican Party fortunes have...

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Militia types highly excited over Nevada rancher’s showdown with the feds

Weirdos from all over suddenly seem ready to lock and load in defense of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who doesn’t feel he should have to pay the same dirt-cheap fees everyone else pays for grazing rights on federal land. The right-wing blogosphere is ablaze with calls for militia-minded folks to prepare for what they hope will be a glorious battle with them evil gubmint varmints. Not surprisingly, Fox News also has taken up the cause, as we see...

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Have today’s seniors already paid for their Social Security and Medicare benefits? Not really!

Social Security and Medicare have been around for generations now, but lots of Americans — especially the beneficiaries — don’t understand how these programs actually work. This brings to mind my ill-fated stint as a talk-radio host in the 1990s. On occasion, just for sport, I would get elderly listeners riled up when I said that most of them were living on other people’s money — on welfare, as it were. At the time, Social Security beneficiaries who had been on the program for more than seven years had already...

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Almost awesome in its evilness

There are a lot of bad apples in the world of politics, as virtually every American readily recognizes. But some are far worse than others. Some are downright spiteful and hateful. Paul Krugman SAYS a certain group of these malefactors has been exposed by their blind opposition to each and every provision of the Affordable Care Act: Republican governors and legislators are still in a position to block the act’s expansion of Medicaid, denying health care to millions of vulnerable Americans. And they have seized that opportunity with gusto:...

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This guy predicts that Chief Justice Roberts will be impeached — by history

The I-word — impeachment — is thrown around with reckless abandon these days, especially by right-wing types who have been bent on politically, if not literally, lynching Barack Obama from the day he moved into the White House. But historical impeachment, as opposed to the technical kind that falls within the jurisdiction of the U.S. House of Representatives, is another matter. It happens all the time. History is a hard-nosed  judge. It can even posthumously condemn a chief justice of the United States. Roger Taney of Dred Scott...

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Prominent right-wing pundit says Americans are tired of GOP haranguing about Benghazi

Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News Channel regular and a conservative columnist for the Washington Post, won’t concede that the so-called Benghazi scandal has always been a proverbial dog that won’t hunt, but he’s advising Republicans to give  up the fight. For more than a year now, GOP lawmakers and the right-wing noise machine have investigated the Benghazi matter to death, but they haven’t found any smoking gun that would bring down the Obama administration. Hence, Krauthammer SAYS it’s time to throw in the...

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Study shows that half of us believe in at least one conspiracy theory

A funny thing about conspiracy theories is that you can invent one out of the blue and some people will tell you they’ve already heard about it. Some will even say they think it’s true. A couple of researchers at the University of Chicago, Eric Oliver and Thomas J. Wood,  did that very thing. They concocted a conspiracy theory about how the government is mandating fluorescent light bulbs because they make people more obedient and easier to control. Oliver and Wood subsequently conducted a survey on the matter, 17 percent of...

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Top man at right-wing think tank thinks federal government played no role in freeing slaves

Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who now heads up the Heritage Foundation, unwittingly made it clear the other day that he’s astonishingly ignorant of American history and doesn’t even know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. You have to wonder how this guy ever graduated from high school, never mind college. And how he landed his position with what used to be a fairly respectable think tank is simply inexplicable. The story is HERE....

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