Public skepticism about evolution, the Big Bang theory and global warming is widespread

The only solace I can take from a recent Associated Press poll on certain scientific matters is that skepticism is probably greatest among older folks (although the results I’ve seen don’t actually say so). All in all, however, there’s much in this survey that should be cause for concern. The story is HERE: Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago… About 4 in 10 say they...

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Poll: Republicans more likely than other Americans to think poor people are lazy

THIS should come as no surprise: Conservatives often say the poor and jobless got that way because of their own personal failings, but Americans tend to blame the plain old free market. A new HuffPost/YouGov poll released Thursday finds Americans generally think both the rich and the poor ended up where they are more because of the opportunities they had in life than because of personal successes or failures. But not everyone feels that way. Republicans are far more likely to pat rich Americans on the back for their hard work while blaming...

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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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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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Back in the ’90s, Republicans were advised to oppose health-care reform at all costs

Anyone who thinks that the Republican Party’s die-hard resistance to the Affordable Care Act is based on anything other than political self-interest has got another think coming. The GOP’s current stance on health-care reform did not suddenly arise with the presidency of Barack Obama. It dates back to when Obama was still teaching law at the University of Chicago and had yet to run for public office. In fact, it goes back at least  a whole political generation, as we see HERE: In light of Obamacare achieving its goal of 7 million...

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