What kind of logic is this?

Every now and then, the rhetoric I hear from certain politicians in Washington reminds me of something Dale Carnegie, the self-improvement guru, once said: “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.” Such is the case in THIS SITUATION: After conservatives on Thursday brought down House Speakerr John Boehner’s bill to address the border crisis, the new House Republican leadership team issued a joint statement declaring...

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Some Republican lawmakers say Pope Francis sounds too much like Obama

One would think that a congressional resolution of praise for Pope Francis in advance of his scheduled visit to America next year would not likely face any opposition. But one might be wrong about that, as we see HERE: House Resolution 440 aims to “congratulate Pope Francis on his election and recognize his inspirational statements and actions,” but according to one Republican backer of the legislation, the resolution is dead because Pope Francis is “sounding like Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term...

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Study shows that U.S. economy does better under Democratic presidents

Don’t share THIS with your Republican friends. It will only confuse them: For the past half-century, the US economy has consistently grown faster under Democratic presidents than under Republican ones. And in a new study, two economists ask whether there’s a reason for that — or if it’s all just a coincidence. The numbers are pretty clear on this. Between 1947 and 2012, the US economy grew at an average real annual rate of 4.35 percent during Democratic administrations and just 2.54 percent during Republican ones. The gap...

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Some Republicans suddenly are wary of wingnut push for impeachment of Obama

Some of the crazier elements on the far right of the Republican Party began calling for the impeachment of President Obama at the very moment he first took the oath of office in 2009. Of course, the GOP establishment was more than happy to harness this passionate streak of disdain for the new president, even if the roots were grounded in racism. But now party leaders suddenly have become a little nervous about all the impeachment rhetoric among the kooks. Perhaps they’ve seen a recent poll showing that Americans overwhelmingly oppose...

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Will today’s court ruling against Obamacare backfire on Republicans?

At this writing, the big political story of the day is a federal appeals court ruling that says insurance subsidies granted to certain states under terms of the Affordable Care Act are invalid. The decision is widely viewed as potentially fatal to Obamacare, depending on what the Supreme Court says about the matter. But a question arises: Is this all of this good news for Republicans? Brian Beutler has his doubts, as we see HERE: An adverse Supreme Court ruling would throw the ACA into chaos in three dozen states, including huge states like...

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