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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Bad bipartisanship: Obama and Boehner team-up to push a terrible piece of legislation

At long last, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have found common ground. Unfortunately, however, it’s not good news. Arm-twisting by Obama and Boehner resulted last night in House passage by a narrow margin of a spending bill opposed by sizable numbers of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The New York Times ITEMIZES several of the bill’s awful features: One rider would allow a huge increase in the size of checks that deep-pocketed donors can write to win inner-sanctum clout with the major political parties. A...

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Some conservatives who should know better legitimize racist attacks on Obama

Like most Americans, I was encouraged about race relations in America when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. At first, I wasn’t especially surprised at the racist invective that emanated from some quarters at the specter of a black man in the White House. A certain amount of that kind of thing was predictable, I told myself. But, as time has passed, I’ve been shocked and disappointed at the extent to which presumably respectable conservatives have responded with silence, if not actual assent, to the racial bigotry aimed...

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No other president has been shown as much disrespect by opponents as Obama

There have been 13 American presidents in my lifetime, but none has been treated more disrespectfully by his political opponents than Barack Obama. Bitter disagreement over issues and policies is one thing, but the ugly, personal vitriol aimed at Obama by some politicians is something else altogether. Timothy Egan of The New York Times ASSESSES the situation: From the day he took office, his legitimacy has been challenged, his American birth has been suspect, and he’s been personally insulted, lectured, yelled at and disrespected in public,...

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