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Yes, It Is Appropriate To Think Of Donald Trump As a Fascist And Demagogue

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Given his rhetoric, it’s fairly clear that Donald Trump is drawing from a poisonous political well. So there’s no point in failing to acknowledge reality.

Chris Christie Grabs Endorsement Of New Hampshire Union Leader, But Will It Matter?

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Chris Christie has gotten the endorsement of the biggest newspaper in New Hampshire, but it’s not clear that this will have any impact on the race.

What Are We Supposed To Think About These New Online Polls?

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The 2016 election cycle is seeing “scientific” online polling become more prominent, but it’s unclear just how reliable it is.

Yes, Trump is the Frontrunner, but…


Polls are quite useful in the right circumstances, but knowledge, complexity, and timing all have to be taken into account in determining what they are telling us.

Republican Establishment Relying On Voters To Take Out Trump, And They Have No ‘Plan B’

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The GOP “establishment” isn’t planning to take on Donald Trump directly and instead relying on Republican primary voters to come to their senses. They may be waiting for something that will never happen.

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

CNN Announces Criteria For Next Republican Debate

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

The Battle Of The 2016 Narratives

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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

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

The GOP Candidates And The Attacks In Paris

Fourth Republican Debate Nov 10 2015

The initial responses of the Republican candidates for President to the attacks in Paris are about what you’d expect, but it’s far too early to tell what impact the events of the weekend will have on the race for President here in the United States.

Paris + GOP Primary Electorate = ??


We are going to learn a lot about the GOP electorate in the coming weeks.

The Paris Attacks Have Made The Syrian Refugee Crisis Much More Complicated

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

The news that at least some of the men who were involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris were among the refugees who have arrived in Europe since the summer is likely to complicate an already complicated situation.

Democrats Debate In The Shadow Of The Paris Attacks, And Iowa Football

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A Saturday night debate wasn’t likely to get much attention to begin with. A Saturday night debate in the wake of a major terrorist attack, and a major football game for Iowa’s premier college football team, likely got even less attention. That’s probably good news for Hillary Clinton, and bad news for her two remaining rivals.

SCOTUS Accepts Virginia Redistricting Case That Tests Use Of Race And Politics In Drawing Lines

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The Supreme Court has accepted for appeal a Virginia case that deal with the issue of using race and politics as a basis for drawing district lines.

Supreme Court Accepts Texas Abortion Law Case For Review


The Supreme Court has accepted a case involving a new Texas abortion law for review, the first abortion rights case it will hear in eight years.

Another Trump Speech Leads To Another Round Of ‘Is Trump Imploding?’ Speculation


Donald Trump’s latest tirade has led to another round of speculation as to whether or not he’s ‘gone too far’ and reached the beginning of the end of his campaign. Don’t count on it.

Ben Carson’s Incoherence And Ignorance On Foreign Policy Should Be Disqualifying

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Ben Carson displays incoherence and ignorance on foreign policy issues that disqualify him from being considered a serious candidate for President of the United States.

With New Poll, It Looks Like Smooth Sailing Ahead For Hillary Clinton

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A new poll provides further evidence that Hillary Clinton’s path to the Democratic nomination looks to be clear.

Mitt Romney To The GOP’s Rescue? Don’t Count On It, Republicans


Increasingly concerned by the rise of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the failure of any establishment candidates to click with voters, some top Republicans are reportedly turning their lonely eyes to Mitt.

Republican Voters Agree With Trump On Immigration

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A new poll shows that a near majority of Republicans agree with even some of Donald Trump’s most controversial statements on immigration.

Majority of Americans Oppose Ground Troops In Syria And Iraq

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In the wake of President Obama’s to send Special Forces to Syria, a new poll finds the public doesn’t like the idea very much.

Americans Continue To Hate Congress, Will Still Re-Elect That Same Congress

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A new Gallup poll shows public approval of Congress once again approaching historic lows, but it means far less than anyone thinks.

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