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Month: April 2014

April 20, 2014
Epidemic of GOPer Virus Will Kill Thousands in Red States

Imagine that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned that America was about to be hit by a preventable epidemic of a deadly, though curable, virus. In response, the federal government budgeted funds for each of the 50 states to purchase antidotes to save the afflicted and vaccines to immunize residents against future outbreaks. Recognizing […]

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April 17, 2014
Mississippi GOP Shocked--Shocked!--to Find Neo-Confederates in Its Ranks

For pure political theater, it's hard to beat the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi. There, incumbent Senator Thad Cochran is trying to fight off Tea Party favorite and neo-Confederate State Senator Chris McDaniel. In the latest twist in this entertaining saga, Tea Party leaders called for the resignation of state GOP chairman Joe Nosef after […]

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April 16, 2014
Americans are Still Not Taxed Enough Already (TEA)

The rise of the Tea Party five years ago may have among the most ironic developments in modern American political history. After all, the astro-turf protesters who chanted "Taxed Enough Already" on Tax Day 2009 had just received the largest two-year tax cut ever, courtesy of the same Obama stimulus package they wrongly maligned. And […]

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April 15, 2014
Nevada's GOP Governor, Senator Back Bundy Ranch over Federal Law

If you refuse to pay $1 million in federal taxes over two decades, you should expect to go to prison. If you announce your intent to resist, you might even get a visit from large numbers of heavily armed U.S. marshals. And if you have any doubt on either score, visit the Justice Department web […]

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April 14, 2014
Makers, Takers and Fakers at Nevada's Bundy Ranch

If nothing else, the tense standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada provided a helpful reminder of what it means to be a patriot in America. There are many things one may do and a small handful of things one must do to be considered a true patriot. Real patriots vote. They vaccinate their kids. […]

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April 13, 2014
In Arkansas and Georgia, an Obamacare Tale of Two Clinics

For the two clinics, it was the best of times and the worst times. In Mena, Arkansas, the 9th Street Ministries free clinic is closing its doors after 16 years, its services no longer needed by the poor residents who have now obtained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But in Glenwood, Georgia, […]

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April 9, 2014
Politico Gets Story on Obama Judicial Nominations Backwards

Ezra Klein launched his new Vox venture on Monday with a piece titled, "How Politics Makes Us Stupid." Looking at some recent research suggesting that "individuals subconsciously resist factual information that threatens their defining values," Klein concluded, "People weren't reasoning to get the right answer; they were reasoning to get the answer that they wanted […]

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April 7, 2014
White Hoods, Dunce Caps and Paul Ryan

Stung by the blowback from his denunciation of the "tailspin of culture in our inner cities" bred by "generations of men not even thinking about working," Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) took to Fox News last week to declare, "I don't have a racist bone in my body." But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential pick needn't […]

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April 7, 2014
CIA's Rodriguez: I Know Torture Worked Because I Destroyed the Tapes

This week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release a declassified version of its 6,000 page report on the CIA's abuses and deceptions as part President Bush's program so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Predictably, its architects immediately circled the wagons. On Fox News, former Bush National Security Adviser and CIA Director Michael Hayden called […]

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April 5, 2014
Rick Perry Leads GOP's "Let 'Em Die" Primary for 2016

During a September 2011 debate, the assembled Republican White House hopefuls provided one of the most disturbing moments of the last presidential campaign. When CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul what should happen to a healthy 30 year-old that refused to pay for an insurance policy and then suddenly has a major medical emergency, the […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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