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Month: February 2016

February 29, 2016
Why Jewish Voters Still Won't Support Republicans in 2016

The GOP has a dream today. The GOP has a dream that one day Jews and Gentiles will be able to join hands and vote Republican in every village and every hamlet, in every state and every city (but most of all in Florida). But that dream of the coming of the Jewish Republican won't […]

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February 25, 2016
Child of Reagan Marco Rubio Owes a Debt to The Gipper

Every four years, Republican White House wannabes climb over each other in the quest to proclaim themselves the heir to the sainted Ronald Reagan. So it was no surprise in South Carolina on Saturday when second-place finisher Marco Rubio proclaimed: "The children of the Reagan Revolution are ready to assume the mantle of leadership. Now, […]

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February 25, 2016
How Republicans Turned the Unprecedented into the New Normal

With the 2016 election season now well underway, now is a good time to test your knowledge of modern presidential history. Which of the following events do you remember? (a) In fall 2002, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi invited French President Jacques Chirac to address a joint session of Congress to warn the American people against […]

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February 19, 2016
GOP's Unprecedented Obstruction of Obama's Judges Began in 2009

In the immediate aftermath of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unveiled another unprecedented tactic in their once-unimaginable campaign of obstructionism. The GOP's immaculate rejection of any Court nominee in the final year of Obama's presidency isn't just belied by Supreme Court history. As it turns […]

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February 12, 2016
Memo to GOP Budget Chairmen: National Debt Will Explode Under Your Presidential Candidates

Among the lesser-known facts of the Obama presidency is this: inflation-adjusted federal spending is lower now than when Barack Obama first took the oath of office. Nevertheless, after 7 years of flat-spending and declining deficits, the Republican budget committee chairmen in the House and Senate dismissed Obama's $4 trillion fiscal year 2017 budget proposal sight […]

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February 10, 2016
Hillary Clinton Pays a Lot in Taxes. She's Proposing to Pay Even More.

As his presidency neared its end, George W. Bush unveiled his plans for life after the White House. "I'll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol' coffers," the multi-millionaire told Robert Draper, adding, "I don't know what my dad gets - it's more than 50-75" thousand dollars a speech, and "Clinton's making a lot […]

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February 8, 2016
Marco Rubio is No Moderate

In the years before he became legendary for delivering the thirstiest State of the Union response ever, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was peddling another legend. On his path to becoming speaker of the Florida House, Rubio often told Sunshine State audiences he was "the son of exiles" forced to flee their beloved island of Cuba […]

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February 5, 2016
The Two Certainties of Health Care Reform

As Iowans prepared to caucus this week, a battle royal was playing out in each political party. But while Republicans argued over Donald Trump's conservative credentials and Ted Cruz's temperament, Democrats were having a heated debate over actual public policy. At its heart is the future of health care reform in the United States and […]

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February 4, 2016
Before Flint, FBI Feared Terrorists Would Poison Water Supplies

With Tuesday's announcement that the FBI will join the expanding investigation, anyone who doubted the seriousness of the poisoning of the Flint, Michigan water supply should now recognize their error. After all, until the administration of Republican Governor Rick Snyder and his emergency manager in Flint knowingly jeopardized the health of thousands, the FBI feared […]

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February 2, 2016
Charles Koch, Papa John and Political Correctness at the University of Louisville

After "amnesty" and "protecting religious freedom for Muslim Americans," few terms provoke conservative fury like "political correctness." It's no surprise that so many Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans are turning to Donald Trump's brand of "testicular fortitude" in denouncing it. What is even less surprising is a recent dust-up over supposed political correctness at 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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