Sorry, but poll showing surprisingly high Republican support for gay marriage must be faulty

In the world of political polls, some are trustworthy and some are not — depending on the methods involved in conducting the surveys. I’m not going to get into all that green-eyeshade stuff about methodology here, but you would expect that polls jointly sponsored by NBC and Marist College generally would be reliable. Ah, but we may have come upon an exception. Even Aaron Blake of the Washington Post can barely suppress his skepticism about the RESULTS of a batch of  NBC/Marist polls that show amazingly high opposition among...

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It’s simply cowardly of Scott Walker to duck the question of whether he believes in evolution

In the presidential campaign seasons of 2008 and 2012, candidates for the Republican nomination were asked in televised debates whether they believed in evolution. Some did, and some didn’t. And the question made some of the candidates at least a little nervous. You see, the issue of evolution is a little tricky among some Republican politicians. They realize that many rank-and-file members of their party are evolution deniers. A poll commissioned by the Pew Research Center a little more than a  year ago showed that a 48-percent...

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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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