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BRYCE COVERT – $250,000 a Year Is Not Middle Class

HILLARY CLINTON has vowed not to raise taxes on the middle class. It’s a pledge that has worked well for others on the campaign trail before her, a resonant assurance to voters who saw themselves as middle class or aspired to be. But it’s a bad promise. Mrs. Clinton is using a definition of middle class that has long been …

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David Masciotra – Why the Christian Right Is so at Home With Donald Trump’s Bloated Narcissism

One of the questions vexing the mediocre punditry of American discourse is how Donald Trump—a former star of the tabloids with a track record of scandal and little history of religious affiliation—is polling so well with evangelical Christians. Poll results vary, but Trump consistently has 20 to 30 percent support among Christian conservatives. The numbers are impressive considering his opponents include Ben …

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Paul Craig Roberts – Why WWIII Is On The Horizon

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 gave birth to a dangerous American ideology called neoconservativism. The Soviet Union had served as a constraint on US unilateral action. With the removal of this constraint on Washington, neoconservatives declared their agenda of US world hegemony. America was now the “sole superpower,” the “unipower,” that could act without restraint anywhere in …

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SIMON MALOY – The GOP’s bleak demographic destiny: How to win the White House when all your voters are dying

A big part of what made the 2012 election so much fun was the fact that Mitt Romney and pretty much every Republican and conservative who supported his candidacy were utterly and unshakably confident that they had the election in the bag. Gallup and Rasmussen had Romney up, the campaign’s internal polling said Mitt was going to win, and all …

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Roqayah Chamseddine – Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Islamophobia Campaign Is Nothing but Veiled Opportunism

Since the Paris attacks in November we’ve seen an alarming increase in cases of anti-Muslim abuse [3], from violent physical assaults to the firebombing of mosques. Despite this, inciteful political rhetoric has become more audacious and gone on to help develop a heightened state of hysteria. While the response of many right-wing political figures in the United States has been …

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George Capaccio – “The Time of the End is the Time of No Room”

Daffy Donald proposes to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., while journalist Glenn Greenwald recently reported on the frightening upsurge in attacks on Muslims. As I write these words, I am listening to John Williams’ score for the movie “Schindler’s List.” The music never fails to move me deeply. Whatever historical flaws or misrepresentations the film might have, the undeniable …

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Tyler Cherry – Fact Checkers Call Out Donald Trump’s Year Of “Campaign Misstatements” And Lies

Fact Checkers Excoriate Trump’s “Many Campaign Misstatements” PolitiFact: All Of Trump’s “Campaign Misstatements” Win “2015 Lie Of The Year” Because “It Was Hard To Single One [Lie] Out From The Others.” PolitiFact awarded its annual Lie of the Year award to Donald Trump’s “many campaign misstatements,” because “it was hard to single one out from the others.” Politifactnoted that 76 percent of the statements …

John Halle – Clinton Lies (Again)

The relatively small number who watched the previous Democratic debate will recall that much of the subsequent discussion revolved around who won: whether the on line polls indicating a massive Sanders victory should be taken as decisive , or whether the verdict of the large majority of pundits that Clinton acquitted herself impressively was a better guide to the likely outcome. This, I …

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LINDA PENTZ GUNTER – Climate Deniers are More Dangerous Than Trump and More Deadly Than ISIS

So Rep. Lamar Smith (D-Tx.) finally got his NOAA emails.  What he really should get is a jail sentence for crimes against humanity.  He, and the other climate deniers like him who hold positions of power, are arguably more dangerous than Donald Trump and more deadly than ISIS. It is true that the presidential campaign of Donald Trump feels frighteningly …

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David Frum – The Great Republican Revolt

The angriest and most pessimistic people in America aren’t the hipster protesters who flitted in and out of Occupy Wall Street. They aren’t the hashtavists of #BlackLivesMatter. They aren’t the remnants of the American labor movement or the savvy young dreamers who confront politicians with their American accents and un-American legal status. The angriest and most pessimistic people in America are the …