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Category: Election '16

January 22, 2016
Memo to GOP: Citing "Reagan, Iran and Hostages" Won't End Well for You

And now for some advice for Republican friends. If you want to criticize President Obama on anything having to do with Iran, don't mention "Ronald Reagan" and "Iran" and "hostages" in the same sentence. It won't end well for you. After all, it wasn't Reagan's inauguration that secured the released of 52 Americans held captive […]

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January 10, 2016
Marco Rubio Has a $19 Trillion Constitutional Problem

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday called for an unprecedented constitutional convention to pass nine "amendments" designed to curb the power of the federal government. (If Abbott and his ilk really want to enshrine the power of "each State acting in its sovereign and independent character," they need look no further than the Confederate Constitution […]

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January 6, 2016
Bogus GOP "Repeal" Bill Pockets Obamacare's Medicare Savings

Republican leaders and their amen corner in the conservative commentariat are ecstatic that both houses of Congress are finally about to send an Obamacare "repeal" bill to the President's desk. This morning, Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted, "The House will vote tomorrow to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood." But as Hot Air's Ed Morrissey ("CBO: […]

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January 4, 2016
Trump, Guns and Bitter

As 2015 drew to a close, political observers of all stripes were rightly getting raked over the coals for their respective failures to predict the most dramatic development of the 2016 GOP presidential campaign. But when it comes to the unlikely rise and surprising staying power of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama didn't seem taken […]

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December 18, 2015
The Double Devolution of the GOP and the U.S. Media

Months after Donald Trump cemented his frontrunner status, the American media and the Republican Party are now approaching a state of panic. Press and pundits have scrambled to explain how Trump--despite his blatant lies, casual race-baiting, religious bigotry and shameless xenophobia--has in the face of their predictions of his certain doom nevertheless tightened his grip […]

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December 14, 2015
Paul Ryan, the Boy Who Cried "Tax Reform"

Just in time for holiday party season, there's a new drinking game certain to make things more jolly. It works like this: Every time Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says "tax reform," "close loopholes," "simplify the tax code," "lower rates," or "broaden the base," Americans have to drink. After all, for more than six […]

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December 8, 2015
Trump Resurrects Dubya's "Death Tax" Myth in Iowa

Speaking to farmers in Spencer, Iowa on Saturday., 2016 GOP front-runner Donald Trump declared, "We are going to get rid of the estate taxes that are making the farmers sell their farms." That came as no surprise, given that Congressional Republicans and virtually every recent GOP White House wannabe shares the same position. But Trump's […]

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December 5, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg, Charitable Giving and the Estate Tax

This was a very big week for American billionaires in the news. On Tuesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan marked the occasion of their daughter's birth to announce that "during their lives" they will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charitable purposes. But just one day after we […]

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November 18, 2015
So You Say We're at War with Radical Islam...

In the wake of the horrifying ISIS attacks in Paris, the Republicans' best and brightest have one shared message for the American people. "We are at war with radical Islam," Florida Senator Marco Rubio declared, while his fellow Sunshine State Republican Jeb Bush agreed, tweeting "Yes, we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism." Former […]

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November 17, 2015
The Republicans' Dynamic Deception for 2016

This week's GOP presidential debate was notable both for what the candidates said and for what they didn't say. Noting that Presidents Obama and Clinton had added 107,000 and 240,000 jobs a month compared to George W. Bush's anemic 13,000, Fox Business moderator Maria Bartiromo asked Carly Fiorino, "How are you going to respond to […]

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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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