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Iowa Caucus Reverberations: Is America Beautiful Without Medicare?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let me remind you that the Iowa caucuses are not about Newt or Sarah Palin. They are about Iowa sending on to New Hampshire and South Carolina someone who can get the nomination and then get elected president.

-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.

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The Case for Torture? It's the Least Worst Option

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Allies got a heck of a lot of useful information using torture in World War II, and if you don't think clandestine services use torture, you're really fooling yourself.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on why torture should be allowable.

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Why Romney's Authenticity Problem Won't Go Away

Monday, May 16, 2011

The first time I saw Mitt Romney on the national stage I thought what everyone invariably thinks: He's straight out of central casting to play the role of president.

Unfortunately for Mitt in 2008, presidential aspirations were only skin deep.

That's partially the problem, of course, that Mitt Romney is, as the old expression goes, great from far but far from great.

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Opinion: Ron, Paul, Ron! The Case for the Original Tea Partier

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul is running for president.

Paul has been coming to Iowa for many years and has visited numerous times this year alone. I’ve been to Paul events. Many of my college students love him for the same reason they loved Ronald Reagan and their grandpa. He simplifies things to the bare bones and he represents personal freedom. He’s also bona fide “Mr. Budget Cutter” so he jibes with fiscal conservatives of many stripes. Here are some of his strengths as he heads again for Iowa in chase of the elusive and valuable Iowa caucus victory.

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Welcome to the Race, Newt. Things are About to Get Hard

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Now he’s asking moderate former Republicans, now listed as no-party or independents, to scrutinize him. I fear they will be less kind than the acolytes.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the tough road ahead for 2012 GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich

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How Obama Should Spend Post-bin Laden Capital

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death has freed Americans from his haunting of our collective imagination. Americans are feeling better, stronger, more confident - now can the president pivot and funnel that national mood into some practical change?

-Justin Krebs, on President Obama's next priorities.

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Why the GOP Field Wants - but Shouldn't Get - Chris Christie

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The GOP field is still forming but people can't help but fall for Chris Christie, the savior of New Jersey and the plain-spoken governor who isn't afraid to tell people how things really are, even if it means his own poll numbers suffer.

-Karol Markowicz, on the clamor for NJ Gov. Chris Christie to enter the 2012 race.

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TSA and Pat-Downs: How Far do we Go for Safety?

Monday, May 09, 2011

I hate using lines like, "if we do this, we're letting THEM win...", because this really isn't about THEM at all. This is about US.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the balance between personal freedom and safety.

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There's No Way bin Laden's Alive. How Do we Know? DNA

Friday, May 06, 2011

WNYC

When President Obama made the announcement this week that U.S. Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden, the first question everyone asked was, How can he be so sure?

The answer: DNA.

As a criminal defense attorney, legal analyst and journalist who covered the innocence movement from its inception, I ...

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Stucknation: Christie's Xanadu Nightmare Becomes Someone's 'American Dream'

Friday, May 06, 2011

You're an ambitious, high-profile Republican governor of a state in chronic budget crisis and in a nation with a sputtering recovery. The state's corrupt "pay to play" politics, left you a two-million-square-foot mall monstrosity named Xanadu that's yet to open. Its exterior is violently ugly and it is built on state land so close to the Big Apple that its value is through the roof. Worse yet, in just three years, the eyes of the world will be on the monstrosity because your brand new NFL stadium next door is hosting the Superbowl in 2014.

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Whatever Happened to Obama's Open Government Pledge?

Friday, May 06, 2011

This is not how the president sold his reforms when he made them. The entire point of open government reforms is accountability, allowing watchdogs, and citizens of any kind really, to be able to see if the government is putting our money where it's mouth has been, so to speak.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the failures of the Obama administration to live up to its transparency promises.

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The S.C. Debate's Would-be (and Should-be) Heroes

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I just find the idea of his candidacy nonsensical. If you were an elected official and couldn't win re-election in your own state, how in the world do you then become president? You don't. Get off the stage.

-Karol Markowicz, on Rick Santorum's planned appearance at the GOP debate in S.C.

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Jami Floyd: bin Laden's Death Brings Closure, Not Celebration

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I understand the desire, the need, perhaps even the compulsion to celebrate. But it is time to check our collective selves. It is time to regain our composure. And, truth be told, we must also steel ourselves for the possibility of future attacks.

-Jami Floyd, on the reactions to the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

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Essay: Real Victory is When the Troops Come Home

Monday, May 02, 2011

But yesterday is not like V-J Day, a comparison made by television broadcasters describing the communal outburst during last night's live coverage. The real celebration will come not for the death of a single enemy, but will come for a true "victory": When our troops are able to come home.

 

-Justin Krebs, on the death of Osama bin Laden

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Obama and the Birthers: Conspiracies Are the New Political Norm

Friday, April 29, 2011

Had McCain won in 2008, we wouldn't be hearing about Obama's birth certificate. We'd be hearing wingnuts on the left jabbering on about how McCain's adopted daughter from Banghladesh is really his illegitimate love child, that his (extremely old and faded) birth certificate is a fake, and/or maybe that John McCain was a member of a shadow group that was behind the 9/11 attacks.

- Solomon Kleinsmith describes why partisans love a good conspiracy.

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Essay: Ryan Budget Blowback Should Scare the GOP in Iowa, and Elsewhere

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Ryan budget proposal is a political IED. In the last couple of days we’ve seen angry mobs at town hall meetings with GOP congress folks back in their districts. This year and 2012 will be a very bad year for billionaires and millionaires politically - I guarantee it. They have gone too far in their bonus excesses; the politicians that lap out of their money bowls have gone too far in shifting the burden of the military, medical and other programs to the middle class.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the changing political tides.

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Essay: Obama vs. 'Birther' Trump? Advantage, The Donald

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I still want Donald Trump off the national stage, and he's a ridiculous person to represent any conservative opinion, but anyone who doesn't agree that Trump won today is not paying attention.

-Karol Markowicz, on President Obama's remarks about the origin of his birth certificate.

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Stucknation: Drones, War Crimes and Obama

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When President Obama ran for president he took President Bush to task for his lack of a nuanced strategy when it came to the global war on terrorism. Why with the election of a President Obama, we were told, we would have a leader who would engage the Muslim world in a productive dialogue.

Scroll forward a few years. What we have is an Obama Presidency even more reliant on the use of predatory drones in the never ending "war on terror." And according to well-respected experts, this growing reliance on targeted killings in countries we are not at war with may put the current president and our nation on the wrong side of international law.

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Have We Reached a Tipping Point on Gay Marriage?

Monday, April 25, 2011

As society continues to move in the direction of acceptance, older folks will likely shift that way slowly, older generations that are less accepting will (pardon the frankness) die off, and younger generations that are even more accepting will grow up and assert their beliefs more aggressively on the political stage. By the looks of things, this may take a generation, but there is no sign that this trend is abating.

Solomon Kleinsmith on gay marriage momentum.

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Loving v. Virginia Comes to Life in Tribeca Film

Friday, April 22, 2011

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, here in New York, celebrating it’s tenth year with a bevy of science fiction, drama and even horror films to capture the imagination. But the genre in which I am most interested, this time around, is a love story - disguised as a documentary.

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