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From High Humidity to Foreclosure, Voting Problems on Election Day

It’s not just Russian interference in our democratic process, state politicians have done a masterful job of gerrymandering and voter suppression. Take Kansas. In the historically infamous Dodge City there are no polling places. City residents have to travel 2½ miles out of town to vote at the city’s only polling place. Technological failures in Texas and ...

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Anatomy of an Ann Coulter Lie.

Ann Coulter is a conservative, and she is a liar —  but I repeat myself. However, she is a sophisticated liar. Unlike Trump, who says whatever he wants, safe in the knowledge his base will never fact-check anything, Coulter strives for credibility by giving her lies a superficial plausibility. Let ...

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This is the 'invasion' conservatives have been peeing their pants about.

The Conservative Base is Scared Witless. And Has Been for Years.

Conservatives love to be scared. And Trump loves to scare them. Rational Americans look at a caravan of desperate, hungry, thirsty, dirty vagabonds and see a people yearning to be free. But Trump paints them as terrorists, gang-bangers and drug dealers — rapists in their spare time — and his acolytes ...

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Today's Conservatives Engender a New Age of Anti-Semitism.

The massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue is just the most violent, recent expression of anti-Semitism in the US. The gunman may have acted alone, but he had many accomplices. The severity of the event makes it unique, but it sprang from soil well fertilized by many Americans, from the meanest ...

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Twelve Things Conservatives Believe About Liberals That Are Just Not True.

The conservative echo chamber resonates with claims made about what liberals believe and stand for. As you might expect, there is no factual basis for what they say. Let's analyze their top dozen mischaracterizations:1. Liberals want open borders, where anyone, for any reason, can come to America at any time.Liberals ...

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Trump’s Army of Whiny White Men.

October 21, 2018

There is no area of American life where white men are not entirely in charge —  executive suites, politics, professional sports, religion, the media, and the judiciary. And yet to listen to Trump, you would believe that white men are inches from being lined up against the wall and shot. The Kavanaugh unpleasantness has illuminated this pathetic, […]

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Trump Is no Hitler. So Which Autocrat Does He Most Closely Resemble?

October 21, 2018

Let’s play the dictator game. Trump‘s authoritarian tendencies have invited comparisons to autocrats across the centuries. So let’s ask which of these men — and they are invariably men — does Trump most resemble. I’ll leave out the Asian contingent as the cultural divide makes comparisons hard. Predictably the first name thrown around is ‘Hitler’. It’s a cheap […]

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Kavanaugh Talks Like a Man with Something to Hide.

September 24, 2018

Why doesn’t Kavanaugh call for an FBI investigation? You would think an innocent man would.

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Sarah Sanders Ignores Trump’s Immorality to Celebrate His ‘Unconventionality’.

September 23, 2018

 Donald Trump presented evangelicals with a superficial dilemma. He could deliver their dream of a conservative Supreme Court for decades, but the cost of this was supporting a man who was the antithesis of all they stood for. I said it was a superficial dilemma because Trump is exactly what they stand for. Victory without […]

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How Intelligent is Donald Trump?

September 12, 2018

It’s hard to define exactly what intelligence is. There are many stories of people with high IQs that have made a mess of their lives. Take Ted Kaczynski — the Unabomber. His IQ was measured at 167. A mathematical prodigy — he was appointed the youngest assistant professor at UC Berkeley. Then he retreated to an isolated […]

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Why have Southern Republicans Sold their Honor so Cheaply?

September 8, 2018

Southerners have traditionally valued honor and courage as inestimable virtues — crucial to their ideal of manhood, So you have to wonder why so many southern politicians have acted so cravenly with so little regard for reputation and the duties of their office. Senators are required to take the following oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) […]

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Fooling People with Numbers. How Innumeracy Leads to Poor Decision Making.

September 3, 2018

Do you know the difference between a million and a billion? Can you envision it? Not sure? Then picture this. Imagine you were given a dollar every second. After an hour you would have $3,600. After a day $86,400. And in 11 ½ days, you would have a $1 million. But to get to a $1 billion you […]

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Republican Hypocrisy on Mollie Tibbetts’ Killer.

August 22, 2018

Left-wing conspiracy theorists will view the announcement that Mollie Tibbetts’ killer was an ‘illegal alien’ with deep suspicion. Coming on the day when two of Trump’s lieutenants left court as convicted felons it gave the right-wing media a useful distraction — a headline story that shoved the conniving Manafort and Cohen below the fold. Predictably it was what […]

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The Increase in Minimum Wage & Hourly Pay Compared to Average CEO Pay.

August 15, 2018

The chart above tracks the growth of the average hourly wage of the American worker. It seems to show an overall steady and solid increase. But it is an optical illusion. The scale on the right starts at $22.00 and ends at $22.80. If it started at $0.00 the columns would appear to be about the […]

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