Every president in the past 60 years has taken executive action on immigration policy

Republicans who are warning President Obama that he risks impeachment if he dares to change U.S. immigration policy by executive order are conveniently ignoring American history. THIS EDITORIAL in The Boston Globe explains the matter: Every president since Eisenhower has taken executive action on immigration in one form or another. President Reagan, for instance, deferred deportation of 200,000 Nicaraguans. The White House’s plan reportedly includes allowing parents of children who are citizens or legal residents to get work permits and...

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Republicans who say they’re not scientists are creating an escape hatch on global warming

You’ve probably noticed that Republican politicians increasingly have been prefacing their remarks on global warming lately with the disclaimer that they’re not scientists. What you may not have noticed is that this stratagem is a way of mapping a path these pols can take if and when they have to backtrack on the issue of climate change. Extremists like Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have denied themselves any such path. Inhofe has long since declared that global warming is a “hoax” and that God will save us all from any...

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Global warming deniers pooh-pooh new U.S.-China deal on climate change

The bottom line here is rather simple: People who don’t believe in man-made global warming to begin with can hardly be expected to endorse a major international agreement on climate change. Accordingly, THIS should come as no big surprise: The U.S. and China reached a historic deal on climate change Tuesday, an agreement that top conservatives have been quick to criticize. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was one of the first to condemn the deal, which ups the United States’ emissions reduction target to 26 to 28 percent...

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GOP control of both the House and Senate won’t make it easier to impeach Obama

Some of the Republican Party’s less sophisticated thinkers are peddling the foolish notion that the results of  today’s elections likely will make it a lot easier to impeach and convict Barack Obama before the scheduled end of his second term in the White House. A prerequisite for believing this nonsense is an ignorance of American history, the U.S.  Constitution and  the nation’s prevailing political  climate. Even if the GOP-controlled House could manage to impeach Obama — a doubtful proposition, in light of a recent...

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Whether you vote is a matter of public record, but how you vote is not

After tomorrow’s midterm elections, anyone who wants to bother can find out if you voted. But no one can find out which candidates you voted for unless you tell them. You see, the secret ballot remains a cornerstone of the democratic process in America. But the Republican National Committee seems to think that the good folks of Iowa are not entirely aware of this situation. The RNC is peddling the notion that how a person votes, not just whether they vote, is public information. The story is...

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