Here’s a Republican Party variation on the deflated football scandal

No doubt you’ve heard about allegations that the New England Patriots partially deflated some of the footballs used this past Sunday in the team’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Well, the Republican Party has come up with its own variation on this kind of thing. The GOP promised early yesterday that Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida (above) would offer a Spanish-language version of a rebuttal by Sen. Joni Ernst to President Obama’s State of the Union address. But Curbelo’s speech mentioned Republican efforts...

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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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Republicans who say they’re not scientists have abandoned claims that climate change is a hoax

How many times in recent months have you heard prominent Republican politicians dodge the issue of climate change with the claim “I’m not a scientist”? Lots of times, right? Well, you may not have noticed, but this increasingly popular refrain is a sign of progress — sort of. It’s at least a departure from the denialism of yore when these same politicians were wont to dismiss talk of global warming and climate change as a hoax perpetrated by the radical left. But some people see this trend as short-lived. Timothy...

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Whatever happened to the Republicans’ weird love affair with Vladimir Putin?

Republicans these days have a peculiar penchant for pretending they’re tough guys when they’re really not. They love to rattle sabers and assume manly postures, but it’s all just an act. Most Americans have become tired of war over the past decade or so, and Republicans understand that. But they also understand that much of their party’s base is comprised of pseudo-macho types whose notions of patriotism are based on John Wayne-type myths. Accordingly, GOP politicians will seize any opportunity to portray President...

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Who among the 23 potential candidates will win the GOP presidential nod?

In more than a half-century of following presidential politics, I’ve never seen a more cluttered and unpredictable race for a major party’s nomination than the contest for the 2016 Republican nod. For the life of me, I can’t forecast a winner with even a semblance of confidence. The best I can do is rule out a few of the potential candidates — Ben Nelson and Rick Santorum, to cite two examples. Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake offer HERE a rundown on the chances of 10 would-be front-runners — Jeb Bush, Rand Paul,...

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