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It’s Thanksgiving, So Of Course People Want You To Start Political Fights With Your Relatives

Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to start a political fight with your family!

Facts? Donald Trump Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Facts

Trump Nixon V

Welcome To The Donald Trump Campaign. Where the facts are made up, and the truth doesn’t matter.

John Oliver On Getting Rid Of The Penny


On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver hit on an issue that I’ve talked about before, getting rid of the penny: Why is the penny still a thing? As John Oliver pointed out on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, it costs 1.7 cents to make each penny, so they lose money the moment they’re […]

Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

Laquan McDonald Protest

A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

Former Benghazi Committee Staffer Sues Committee, And Rep. Trey Gowdy

Benghzi Probe Graphic

A former staffer for the House Select Committee investigation the attack in Benghazi is suing the Committee for improper employment practices, and Chairman Trey Gowdy for defamation.

Hillary Clinton’s Ideas On How To Fight ISIS Are As Incoherent And Flawed As Everyone Else’s

Clinton CFR Speech

Hillary Clinton’s recently announced policies toward the ISIS fight are as incoherent and misguided as President Obama’s and those of her Republican opponents.

Economic Growth Was Slightly Better Over The Summer Than Initially Reported

Economy Heartbeat

The economy performed a little better than previously reported over the summer. It’s not great, but it’s probably enough to convince the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

New Iowa Poll Seems To Set Up Inevitable Showdown Between Donald Trump And Ted Cruz

Donald Trump Ted Cruz

Another poll shows Ted Cruz rising and Ben Carson falls in the Hawkeye State. The only question is who attacks who first, Donald Trump or Ted Cruz?

Nate Silver Wants Us To All Chill Out When It Comes To Donald Trump’s Poll Numbers

Donald Trump Speaking Closeup

Nate Silver reminds us all that, even when it comes to Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s much earlier than we think, and that voters are still likely to change their minds.

NBC To Give Candidates Equal Time Due To Trump SNL Appearance

Trump SNL

At least five of Donald Trump’s opponents will be getting free time on NBC stations to counterbalance the time the Trump received when he hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this month: NBC viewers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina should be prepared to see a lot of four Republican presidential candidates over the Thanksgiving weekend. […]

Donald Trump Once Again Refusing To Rule Out Running As An Independent

Trump Escalator

Two months after seemingly promising to remain loyal to the Republican Party, Donald Trump is again refusing to rule out an independent run for the White House next year.

Poll Finds American Fearful Of Terrorism, Distrustful Of Obama And Syrian Refugees

Terrorism Word Cloud

A new poll taken in the wake of the Paris attacks finds Americans increasingly fearful of ISIS attacks in the U.S., opposed to the admission of Syrian refugees, and not very confident in President Obama’s ability to deal with the ISIS threat.

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justices 2

The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

ISIS Fighters

Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sentenced By Secret Iranian Court

Iranian And American Flags

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been held by Iran on espionage charges that most everyone agrees are nonsense, has apparently been sentenced, although it’s unclear what his sentence actually is: TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges […]

The Beginning Of The End Of Ben Carson Seems To Have Arrived

Ben Carson Profile

In the news from the campaign trail and in the polls, there are clear signs that Ben Carson’s days as a top contender in the GOP Presidential race are coming to an end.

Democrat John Bel Edwards Handily Defeats David Vitter In Louisiana Governor’s Race

John Bel Edwards

Democrat John Bel Edwards scored an easy victory over Senator David Vitter last night in Louisiana, and Vitter announced that he’d be leaving the Senate after his term is up.

The Race For The Republican Nomination Is Still The Donald Trump Show


Even as the focus of the Presidential race shifts to national security, Donald Trump continues to lead the race.

Prostitution And Fears About Syrian Refugees Dominate As Louisiana Heads To The Polls


It’s Election Day in Louisiana again, and voters have the same crappy choices they usually end up with.

ISIS is Winning


The United States and Europe are giving everything the perpetrators of the Paris attacks hoped for.

CNN Announces Criteria For Next Republican Debate

Republican Debate September 16

Different criteria than in the past, but there may not be much of a change in the participants.

More Mexicans Are Leaving The U.S. To Return Home Than Arriving In The U.S.


Mexicans are more likely to be returning home than migrating to the United States, a new report finds.

The Race For the Democratic Nomination Is Basically Over

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

Barring some event that would essentially be historically unprecedented, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016.

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

Jonathan Pollard

After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

John Kasich Wants To Create A Government Agency To Spread Religious Propaganda

John Kasich

John Kasich wants the United States Government to create an agency to spread ‘so-called ‘Judeo-Christian values.’

House Passes Bill To Limit Syrian Refugee Program, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain

Capitol Building Dusk

With little actual debate and despite Paul Ryan’s promise of a return to ‘regular order,’ the House has passed a hastily drafted bill in response to the largely fear-based response to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Donald Trump: I’d Be Okay With Closing Mosques And Requiring Muslims To Carry Special Identification

Trump Nixon V

Donald Trump’s demagoguery and disdain for individual liberty enters a new phase.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

Donald Trump Remains At The Top Of The Republican Field

Trump Announcement

Seemingly disproving yet another round of predictions of his imminent demise, Donald Trump continues to dominate the race for the Republican nomination.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

Japanese Interment Poster

Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, And The Minister Who Thinks It’s Okay To Kill Gay People

Mike Huckabee Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee recently kept company with a very disturbing religious leader.

The Battle Of The 2016 Narratives

Campaign 2016

To a large degree, the narrative you believe will govern the 2016 elections depend on which party you want to see win. But what’s the most likely outcome?

Even Ben Carson’s Own Advisers Admit He’s Clueless On Foreign Policy

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Even the people hired to advice Ben Carson on foreign policy seem to recognize that he is clueless on the subject, and has no apparent desire to educate himself.

We Won’t Have Bobby Jindal To Kick Around Anymore

Bobby Jindal Speaking

Bobby Jindal is the latest candidate to drop out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination: WASHINGTON — Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a onetime rising Republican star whose popularity has plummeted in his own state, abruptly dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday, conceding that he was unable to find any traction. […]

Paul Ryan Joins Republican Calls For Halt To Accepting Syrian Refugees

Paul Ryan Speaking

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to call for a halt to the processing of Syrian refugees who may eventually be brought to the United States: WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees into the United States, and two […]

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

Obama ISIS

Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

Jeb Bush Breaks With Most Other Republicans On Refugee Policy


Jeb Bush seems to split with nearly all of the Republican Governors in the United States, and most of his fellow candidates for President, Jeb Bush told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin that the United States shouldn’t bar Syrian refugees regardless of religion absent any evidence for concern: Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the […]

No, Americans Should Not Feel Guilty For Showing Solidarity With France

Eiffel Tower French Tricolor

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, some people have argued that American solidarity with France, in contrast to seeming disregard for tragedy elsewhere, is something we should feel bad about. That argument is ridiculous.

Sarah Palin: Now That I Think About It, Katie Couric’s Questions Were Fair After All


Sarah Palin To The ‘Lamestream Media’: Never Mind

War Refugees And Public Opinion: Some Historical Perspective

Syrian Refugees

In the context of the ongoing discussions about Syrian refugees, a look at some past polling about refugees from a different time and a different conflict are instructive. These tweets come from the Twitter Account Historical Opinion, which curates poll results on issues of interest from the past: US Dec 12 ’38: College students: Should […]

Refugees and Terrorism (Some Numbers)


Via The Economist:  Of the 745,000 refugees resettled since September 11th, only two Iraqis in Kentucky have been arrested on terrorist charges, for aiding al-Qaeda in Iraq. (The whole piece is worth a read).

This is How Terrorism Works

ISIS Fighters

Violence leads to irrational policy responses. Who does that help?

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

Even After Paris, A Syrian No-Fly Zone Is A Foolish Idea

Obama ISIS

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, there’s a strong impulse to do “something,” but that doesn’t mean we should do something utterly foolish. And a no-fly zone would be utterly foolish.

The 2016 GOP Race And The Battle To Define What ‘Conservative’ Means

Fourth Republican Debate Nov 10 2015

Much more so than in the past, the race for the Republican Presidential race has become a battle to define what it means to be a ‘conservative.’ Especially on issues like immigration and national security, one side seems to be winning the battle.

Second Democratic Debate Draws 8.5 Million Viewers, Lowest Of Any 2016 Debate So Far

Second Democratic Debate

Not unexpectedly, last night’s Democratic Debate in Iowa drew the lowest ratings of any debate so far: The second Democratic primary debate of the year averaged 8.5 million viewers on Saturday night, far fewer than the audience of the first debate, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. The debate was the most-watched show of the night […]

Politinerds: Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski


Our guest this week on Politinerds was Buzzfeed News’s Andrew Kaczynski. We discussed how growing up in a conservative family shaped his political views, how he grew is brand in media by finding and sharing videos of politicians like Mitt Romney that ended up going viral and having an impact on politics, the role his college […]

Hillary Clinton: I’m Close To Wall Street Because Of The 9/11 Attacks


Hillary Clinton’s attempt to explain her relationship with Wall Street and banking interests makes it sound like she’s channeling Rudy Giuliani.

Ben Carson’s Foreign Policy Incoherence Continues

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks At Launch Of New Media Online Network In Scottsdale, Arizona

Like many of the Republican candidates for President, Ben Carson’s appearance on Fox News Sunday this morning was dominated by questions about the attacks in Paris and what they mean for American foreign policy going forward. As with many of Carson’s previous comments in this highly complex policy area, what we got was another incoherent mess […]

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