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Are conservative American Catholics finally fed up with Pope Francis?

Pope Francis said today that he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation. This kind of talk is at odds, of course, with the prevailing notions among Republican politicians. But even before the pontiff made these remarks, there were growing signs that right-wing Catholics in America have had their fill of his progressive...

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With no less than 25 potential candidates, the race for the GOP nomination is too crowded

It seems that every time I write something about the impending race for the Republican presidential nomination, the field of potential candidates is bigger. By one recent count, there are now 25 such would-be candidates. The truth, of course, is that the vast majority of them will be gone before the first GOP primary election a year from now. But still, too many likely will flatter themselves for too long before facing the harsh reality that they ain’t presidential timber. Frank Bruni of The New York Times suggests HERE that Mitt...

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Remember Dick Morris? Apparently, not many other people do either

If you’re not a long-time viewer of Fox News Channel — and I figure that most of my regular readers are not — you probably have only a vague memory of Dick Morris, who was fired from FNC a few years ago for his utter incompetence as a political pundit. Actually, Morris deserves to be remembered as perhaps the worst political prognosticator in America. How bad is he? Well, shortly before the 2012 presidential election, he predicted that Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama in a landslide. But, of course, Morris wasn’t the...

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Confessions of a former right-winger

The man in the photo above is a generic representation of the angry right-winger. It probably bears little actual resemblance to Edwin Lyngar, but it suffices for our purposes here. Lyngar is a former right-winger who finally has come to recognize the error of his erstwhile ways — with one exception. The only thing he still likes about wingnut politics is that those folks know how to play dirty. As we see HERE, Lyngar wishes liberals would play a little tougher, too: One of the reasons I became a liberal is not only because they have...

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Remember when American right-wingers hated anything having to do with France?

Twelve years ago, France decided not to get involved in George W. Bush’s ill-advised war in Iraq — thereby  inviting the wrath of every red-blooded, right-wing  pseudo-patriot in America. Republican politicians ordered that french fries be renamed “freedom fries” on menus in congressional cafeterias. Right-wing pundits referred to the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys.” Anything having to do with France was bad. But, that was then, and THIS is now: Fast forward to Sunday when an estimated 3.7...

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Remember when David Petraeus was an infallible hero to right-wingers?

A little more than seven years ago, a left-wing outfit called MoveOn.org took out a full-page ad in The New York Times (above) accusing U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus of misrepresenting the situation regarding the American war in Iraq. Republicans (and even a few Democrats) went bonkers. They portrayed Petraeus as a man beyond reproach, the essence of patriotism and valor. Five years later, Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA under President Obama and confessed to having had an extramarital affair. And now the FBI and federal prosecutors...

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Prominent physicist, a former global-warming denier, admits he was wrong

Physicist Richard Muller of the University of California was a hero to climate denialists — until he started the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project and discovered that he had been wrong. In the video below, Muller explains his conversion.  

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Study: The less money you make, the less likely you are to vote

Not so long ago, political scientists argued that voters pretty much constituted a socio-economic mirror image of the American population in general. The claim was made that election results would be the same if everyone voted. But experts have changed their minds on that matter in recent years. The evidence increasingly suggests that voters and non-voters have become more and more divergent, especially in terms of economic status. Simply stated, folks with higher incomes tend to vote in much greater numbers than do folks with lower incomes....

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Fact-checker debunks Mitch McConnell’s claim that Republicans merit credit for stronger economy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently claimed that the American economy suddenly improved when it became clear that Republicans likely would gain control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections. PolitiFact.com begs to DISAGREE: McConnell said a recent economic uptick appears to “coincide” with “the expectation of a new Republican Congress.” Even leaving aside the question of causation, key statistics show that the economic recovery was under way well before September, which is our best estimate for when...

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A self-appointed American religious leader blames the victims for the slaughter in Paris

Why am I not surprised by THIS? In the aftermath of the deadly assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, much of the world has rallied in solidarity with the publication, its irreverent cartoonists and their right to free speech. But not everyone is so supportive. Bill Donohue [above], president of the Catholic League, a U.S. organization that “defends the rights of Catholics,” issued a statement titled “Muslims are right to be angry.” In it, Donohue criticized the publication’s...

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In the face of climate change, polar bears increasingly see people as food

As ocean temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise, so do attacks on humans by polar bears. The story is HERE: Ocean temperatures are climbing faster in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world, leading to a substantial decrease in sea ice. In September 2012, the Arctic sea ice level was 49 percent lower than the historical average from 1979 to 2000. The southern parts of the Arctic, including the Torngats, have had an ice-free summer season throughout modern times. But the ice-free period is growing longer. Since the late 1970s, the...

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Don’t bet on Chris Christie ever becoming president

Television pictures of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hugging Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during an NFL playoff game the other day have prompted lots of speculation on whether such images might affect Christie’s chances of winning a presidential election. It’s a silly question. In the long run, it matters not whether Christie is a Cowboys fan. Yes, many of his New Jersey constituents may resent his affection for a Texas football team. And yes, his dealings with Jones may raise some ethical questions. But there are other...

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