Memo to GOP: Don’t cite Reagan’s record as ideal in U.S. relations with Iran

    You would think — wouldn’t you? — that Republicans would no longer be so foolish as to hold up Ronald Reagan as the perfect example of how a U.S. president should deal with Iran. But you’d be wrong. Consider, for example, the collective Republican reaction to the Obama administration’s successful diplomatic efforts to gain the release of four Americans held hostage by the Iranian regime. Sen. Marco Rubio seemed to speak for his GOP colleagues when he said this: When I become President of the United...

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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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How did Reagan escape blame for Beirut, which was far worse than Benghazi?

All through these endless Benghazi committee hearings — which ultimately have been pointless, except for partisan  political considerations — I’ve been reminded of a similar, but worse, situation that arose during Ronald Reagan’s first term as president. Of course, many of today’s Republican lawmakers don’t really remember the Reagan administration, which is why they portray it as more conservative than it actually was. They seem to know nothing of how Reagan was held blameless for what happened in Beirut,...

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GOP debate at Reagan library will feature false portrayals of our 40th president

The second Republican presidential debate of the current cycle is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in California, which means that all or most of the participants will feel obligated to pay at least passing homage to the so-called patron saint of modern conservatism. But, of course, these accolades likely will be at odds with the facts of the matter. As I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, Reagan would be considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by current GOP standards. Snarky pundit Slade Sohmer put it...

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Fatal shootings of police officers far less common under Obama than under Reagan

At this point in Ronald Reagan’s presidency, 576 police officers had been shot and killed. So far in Barack Obama’s presidency, the number is 314. These figures come from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. So much for the nonsense we hear from the right-wing noise machine.  ...

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