Republican establishment finally has the guts to buck Trump’s bigotry

No matter how it finally plays out, the controversy over Donald Trump’s call for banning all Muslims from entering the United States most likely will stand as a major turning point in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump’s rivals for the GOP nod have suddenly and almost universally condemned his rhetoric in this matter. As I see it, this fundamentally changes the game. These other candidates have now placed limits on their own rhetoric. They have precluded their own inclinations toward Muslim-baiting. It...

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Does Obama see ISIS as no big deal in historic terms?

Across the fruited plain and beyond, pundits are busy today cranking out their slants on President Obama’s Oval Office address last night in the aftermath of last week’s terrorist attack in San Bernadino, Calif. Most of the commentary has been predictable so far, with Republicans frantically scolding the president for not declaring World War III and Democrats offering at least a somewhat milder tone. The take offered by Peter Beinart of The Atlantic is distinctly different from all the others.  He thinks Obama intellectually sees...

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Fatal shootings of police officers far less common under Obama than under Reagan

At this point in Ronald Reagan’s presidency, 576 police officers had been shot and killed. So far in Barack Obama’s presidency, the number is 314. These figures come from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. So much for the nonsense we hear from the right-wing noise machine.  ...

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George Will still peddling false argument that President Obama is especially narcissistic

  Poor George Will! He’s not the hot-shot columnist he used to be. He’s no longer on ABC on Sunday mornings — rather, he’s at Fox News, where the audience is smaller. His brand of conservatism doesn’t resonate among today’s Republican wingnuts. He’s become a preacher without a choir. Another sign of Will’s decline is his persistence in peddling snide little falsehoods. Consider, for example, his repeated claims that President Obama is more narcissistic than most presidents, as evidenced by...

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It’s foolish to say Obama should play patty-cake with GOP opponents of the Iran deal

Some right-wingers are arguing that it was wrong for President Obama to say in a speech last week that congressional Republicans who oppose the nuclear deal with Iran have common cause with the extremist mullahs in that country. I say it wasn’t — especially in light of GOP rhetoric suggesting that the president actually wants Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Besides, Obama is not so naïve as to think that nice talk about Republican politicians might persuade a few of them to support the nuclear deal. That simply isn’t going...

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