Remember when wingnuts didn’t want these Olympics held in Chicago?

  Like millions of other Americans and  people around the world, some of you readers probably are enjoying TV coverage of the current Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  But you may not remember when Chicago made an unsuccessful bid to host this year’s edition of this quadrennial sporting spectacle. In retrospect, I’m not especially disappointed  that Chicago lost out. The Olympics strike me as a somewhat risky investment of tons of money for any city to make, and I have my doubts that the Windy City would have ended up happy that...

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Trump’s rhetoric on crime and illegal immigration is mostly false

  In a post HERE last Friday, I took issue with Donald Trump’s bogus claim that violent crime in America has become a lot worse under President Obama. Such rhetoric is simply nonsense, but Trump’s indiscriminate supporters lap it up. Obama himself addressed the issue (and added illegal immigration to the mix) in his well-received speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. He said: “It doesn’t matter to [Trump] that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, because he’s...

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Obama’s poll numbers have never been as low as any of the last five GOP presidents

With about seven months remaining in his presidency, Barack Obama’s job-approval rating is not exactly great, but neither is it too shabby. The latest edition of Gallup’s three-day tracking poll shows that 50.9 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 45.2 disapprove. That’s a far cry from his highest rating — 69 percent — which came during the early months of his presidency. But it’s a lot better than his all-time low of 38-percent approval registered about five years ago. Perhaps the most interesting aspect...

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Trump and Cruz make Obama look like an honoree on Mount Rushmore

  At this writing, the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll shows President Obama’s approval rating 10 percentage points to the good side (53 percent to 43 percent). It’s been that way through much of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, despite — or perhaps because of — all the insults hurled Obama’s way by the GOP candidates. We have several interesting factors at play in all of this: For starters, Obama has been a pretty good president by any objective standards. No, he isn’t ranked among...

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Senate Repubs want to consider a court pick made by Trump or Hillary, not Obama?

There’s a question mark at the end of the headline above for one simple reason: The very notion of Senate Republicans taking such a position is illogical. Nay, it’s downright crazy. With 10 m0nths remaining in his current four-year term as president, Barack Obama has nominated a fairly moderate federal judge to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The nominee, Merrick Garland, won Senate approval by a wide margin for appointment to the judgeship he holds now. Many Republicans have sung his praises. But Mitch McConnell (above)...

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