Remember when Republican leaders took climate change more seriously?

To hear today’s crop of Republicans tell it, concerns about climate change are simply part of a nefarious scheme hatched by socialist Democrats and pointy-headed scientists to ruin America’s free enterprise system. But it didn’t used to be that way. Not so long ago, the White House was in the hands of Republicans who took climate change and other environmental matters more seriously. For all their other faults, these GOP leaders recognized that the problem of global warming was real and that action was required to deal with...

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Let’s get serious! Republicans are deathly afraid to enact meaningful gun control!

In the wake of another mass shooting in America, this one in Southern California, countless Americans predictably are raising their voices in support of gun control measures that might lessen this growing carnage. But they’re wasting their breath. It doesn’t matter that polls show majority support among Americans, even most members of the National Rifle Association, for enactment of laws requiring background checks on prospective gun purchasers. NRA leaders are opposed to any such measure, and that settles the matter. Most...

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Prepare yourselves for an especially nasty political winter

The winter season officially is just three weeks away and will last for three months. But no matter what it brings in terms of weather, it’s going to be especially nasty in political terms. I’ve been following presidential politics for more than half a century, and I’ve never seen the likes of this current campaign for the Republican nomination. It’s unprecedented in virtually every respect. Lots of candidates. Lots of insane rhetoric. A brash, vulgar outsider leading the pack. A GOP establishment increasingly worried...

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Some Republicans worry that Trump and Carson pose a great danger to the GOP

More than a few political pundits, including me, have been wrong in expecting that the crazy presidential candidacies of Donald Trump and Ben Carson would have been deflated before now. Instead, these two erstwhile political outsiders keep rolling along, beguiling a sizable segment of the Republican electorate with simple-minded pseudo-solutions to the nation’s problems. Granted, the Democrat in me relishes the thought that one of these two boobs will be the GOP standard-bearer next fall. But I still think that more sober-minded...

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In the end, Republicans might lament court ruling against Obama’s immigration plan

By a vote of 2-to-1, a federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled against President Obama’s executive action deferring the deportation of millions of parents of U.S. citizen children or of lawful permanent residents. Republicans likely are happy about this decision — but they shouldn’t be.  Their chances of winning the presidency next year might be significantly diminished if Democrats can further rouse Hispanics to vote against the GOP ticket. Greg Sargent explains HERE: [S]ince this could now be decided by the Supreme...

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