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Month: September 2014

September 27, 2014
JFK Schools Dick Cheney on Civil Rights and American Global Leadership

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is outraged--outraged!--that Barack Obama felt compelled to mention the national shame of Ferguson, Missouri during the President's powerful address to the United Nations. Accusing of Obama of comparing the killing of Michael Brown to the butchery of ISIS, Cheney declared, "I am stunned." But he shouldn't have been. Most Presidents […]

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September 25, 2014
Senator Pat Roberts: "You Have No Civil Liberties If You Are Dead"

As the Washington Post explained Wednesday, Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts is in real trouble. And the consistently ineffective Senate veteran didn't help his reelection cause when he called Senate Minority Harry Reid (D-NV) a "dictator" and accused President Obama of leading the United States down the path of "national socialism." After all, it was […]

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September 23, 2014
When Romney Met Alinsky

Back in the spring of 2012, right-wingers began foaming at the mouth when the late Andrew Breitbart revealed that then Illinois State Senator Obama was part of panel discussion after a 1998 play about 1960's radical organizer Saul Alinsky. Now, the same conservatives are hyperventilating about the correspondence between the young Hillary Clinton and Alinsky, […]

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September 20, 2014
The Tortured Logic of NFL Commissioner Condoleezza Rice

With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under fire for the league's reprehensible handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, the names of potential successors are already being bandied about. But one of them--Condoleezza Rice--would be among the very worst choices the National Football League could make. After all, the NFL's credibility is at risk for […]

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September 12, 2014
Obama, Bush Agree That Terrorists "Not Islamic"

There was plenty not to like in President Obama address on ISIS Wednesday night. His claim to have authority to wage an open-ended military campaign without Congressional action doesn't pass the smell test. To the degree that "success" in restoring regional stability can even be defined, it is contingent on building and sustaining a staggeringly […]

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September 10, 2014
Does Monica Wehby Really Support Abortion Rights and Marriage Equality? Judge for Yourself

Until her current Oregon Senate run this year, millionaire neurosurgeon Monica Wehby's political career consisted of appearing in anti-Obamacare ads and pushing a ballot measure to limit medical malpractice awards. Now, Dr. Wehby is calling for upper class tax cuts, a balanced budget amendment and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the same Republican […]

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September 9, 2014
Why Republicans Fought Obamacare and Why They're Giving Up

The signs, as the likes of Vox, Bloomberg News, TPM and the Washington Post have observed, are everywhere. With Democratic candidates finally touting the Affordable Care Act and many Republican campaigns abandoning their all-out war to destroy it, it is increasingly clear that Obamacare is here to stay. What Paul Krugman called the "Obamacare Life […]

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September 6, 2014
Sorry, Republicans: We Know Exactly "What Reagan Would Do" About ISIS

American hostages have been brutally murdered by terrorists in the Middle East. Other Western captives may suffer the same fate at the hands of the Islamic State. In response, President Obama's opponents are doing what they always do when the going gets tough for the United States. In "What Would Reagan Do," CNN Crossfire host […]

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September 4, 2014
Medicaid Rejection Costing Red States Billions of Dollars, Thousands of Lives

Can you put a cost on stupid? In the case of Republican-led states rejecting Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid coverage to their low income residents, The answer is a resounding "yes." Florida, Texas, North Carolina and 20 other No states aren't merely losing billions in federal funds to provide insurance for millions of their residents. As […]

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September 2, 2014
Thousands of Tennesseans to Enter Lamar Alexander's "Medical Ghetto"

As Dylan Scott recently summed it up at TPM, "The GOP's all-out war on Obamacare is in a death spiral." That development should come as no surprise. All along, Republicans opposed the Affordable Care Act not because they believed it would fail, but because they feared it would succeed. And with enrollments exceeding forecasts, health […]

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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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