Here’s an issue on which Republicans are in a pickle going into the 2016 elections

There was a time not long ago when Republicans could not imagine that the issue of same-sex marriage would ever cause their party big political problems. After all, most Americans — even lots of Democrats — were opposed to gay marriage just 10 or 15 years ago, and it seemed unlikely that public attitudes on the matter would change much in this lifetime. But that was then, and this is now: Today, the only sizable segment of the populace that remains opposed to same-sex marriage is the far-right wing of the Republican Party. And...

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When this generation of Republicans passes on, will they fuss about Benghazi from the beyond?

Last fall, the Associated Press reported this: A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue...

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Democrats have a good chance of recapturing control of the Senate

Mathematics and history indicate that the Democratic Party will be in a pretty good position to retake control of the U.S. Senate in the 2016 elections. Regarding the math, there’s this: Republicans will be defending 24 Senate seats next year, while Democrats will defend only 10, most of which seem safe. As for history, when a Democrat wins the presidential election, the party usually does well in Senate races. And polls currently indicate that the Dems will hold the White House. There’s more about all of this...

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Poll shows that conservative Republicans have heads in the sand regarding global warming

Most Americans are concerned that the effects of global warming will become manifest in their lifetimes, if they haven’t already. But there’s one segment of the population that doesn’t share such concerns. Can you guess who those people are? The Gallup organization has the answer HERE: While notable majorities of all other political party/ideology groups say the effects of global warming will happen within their lifetime, fewer than four in 10 conservative Republicans (37%) agree, a sign of that political identity’s...

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Trouble for GOP: America is looking more and more like California

California has long been a trend-setter of one sort or another, and that’s the case now with regard to demographics. Writing from Los Angeles just yesterday, columnist E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post put it this way: “The one thing no one can stop,” says Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat who was elected to Congress here in 2014, “is that every month, the rest of America looks more like California.” And the demographic changes in California have been bad news for Republicans over the past several decades, especially with regard to...

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