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A Colorado Republican Leader's "Punk Ass Bitches"

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In a Facebook post last week, Adams County (Colorado) Republican chair John Sampson called Black Lives Matter "Punk Ass Bitches," but in an interview ...

Did a Hacker Really Post a Facebook Meme Comparing Obama to a Chimp?

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Delta County GOP chair Linda Sorenson, who's been the focus of national media attention after sharing a racist Facebook meme comparing Obama to a chimpanzee, has apparently shared or "liked" material in the same vein in the past.

Not Eligible to Play Top or Bottom of Ticket; Ted Cruz Is No Mainstream Moderate

Victor Williams | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Victor Williams

Ted Cruz is no mainstream moderate. And unfortunately, there is no legal remedy for a candidate's fraudulent policy misrepresentations.

Donald Trump On Romney: 'Are You Sure He's Mormon'?

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump: "I have a lot of friends,... Mitt Romney is not one of them. Are we sure he's a Mormon?" https://t.co/jP5Pet0Xu6— CNN Tonight (@CNNTon...

Obama Trolls Ted Cruz, The Boy From Canada Who Wants To Be President Of The United States

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama toasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday night, celebrating the United States' relationship with i...

Obama To Republicans: You Are Responsible For Donald Trump's Rise

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama unleashed Thursday on Republicans who blame him for the rise of Donald Trump, noting that they are the ones who h...

Trump in Command: Despite Mispronouncing Its Name, His Big Win in Nevada Sets the Stage

William Bradley | Posted 02.25.2016 | Media
William Bradley

It's probably best, since nothing actually happens until it happens, to wait till next week, when the human-scale presidential nomination contests of February suddenly morph into the multiple-state extravaganza of this year's "Super Tuesday," to proclaim the ascendancy of Donald Trump over the Republican Party.

Trump Backers File 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted ...

When Science Puts A Baby in the White House, "Citizen Cruz" Will Be Old News

Geri Spieler | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Geri Spieler

Donald Trump dragged Senator Ted Cruz into what is now (at least) the sixth "birther controversy" in history of presidential elections since the Civil War. Cruz, the son of a Cuban father and American mother, was born in Calgary, Canada in 1970.

Birther Issue Dogs Ted Cruz, Days From Iowa Caucuses

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

FENTON, Iowa -- Three days before the crucial Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) still finds himself answering questions over his eligibility to r...

A Conservative Psychoanalysis of Coffman's Labeling Obama as a "Recruiting Tool" for Terrorists

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colffman lacks the "sense of shame about transgressing norms and common decencies" that Podhoretz finds absent in Trump.

How Today's Ugly GOP Presidential Race Provides a Teachable Moment

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

For years, there's something that we Americans have urgently needed to see. If now isn't a teachable moment -- what with the spectacle of the Republican presidential race before us -- I don't know what would be. We can begin with Trump as a flagrant piece of a much bigger picture.

Citizen Cruz

Keith Gaddie | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The Bush v. Gore case damaged the credibility of the court and knocked down trust in the institution. Determining Cruz's eligibility early on, no matter how ridiculous or politically-motivated is the argument, saves us from another divisive campaign that eats at the trust and credibility of our institutions.

Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award was none other than Chelsea Clinton. There's a word for what she is doing, and it is called "fearmongering."

Democratic Rep Vows Legal Challenge On Cruz's 'Natural Born Citizenship'

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has shrugged off questions about his eligibility for the presidency, contending he is "natural born citizen" because U.S. citi...

Frum-Alter Consensus: Cruz Now Favored, But Would Lose Worse Than Trump in November

Mark Green | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgTrump has surprised all by maintaining his lead. But Frum and Alter agree that: A) the Republican Party will splinter if he's chosen, and B) Cruz is too ideologically rigid for general election. So GOP has to pick its poison. Also: Not hard to explain Dem schadenfreude over whether Cruz is a natural born Canadian.

Donald Trump Hammers Away At Ted Cruz's Citizenship

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday hammered away at his closest challenger's eligibility to be...

Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the primaries are getting a lot closer, some are doing mental pretzel-bends to rationalize their gut feeling about Trump's inevitable loss (since their gut feeling can't possibly be wrong, of course.)

The Monster of Our Own Creation

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

With our worship of wealth and our love of trash, combined with our historical racism and xenophobia, so entrenched that a Supreme Court justice feels free to spew racism from the bench, we run the risk of getting exactly the president that we deserve.

Trump's Big Mouth/Big Money Campaign Is All Too Emblematic of the Era

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media
William Bradley

Donald Trump keeps on saying stupid, hateful things. About Mexicans, women, John McCain, Megyn Kelly... And he keeps on leading the Republican presidential race. Gosh, could there be a correlation?

Please Run, Donald. Pretty Please?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

May I just take a moment to speak for all of America's political pundits, celebrity-watchers and late-night comedians, as I openly beg for such rich pastures of political amusement: "Please run, Donald. Please?"

Interview With the Authors of American Conspiracy Theories

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The deepest thing I took away from reading American Conspiracy Theories was how hard it is to actually define the term. Especially while conducting the interview, I was forced to reexamine and redefine what I would personally qualify as a conspiracy theory. In other words, the book made me think -- especially about my own biases and perceptions.

Zombie Lies About Ferguson: Debunked or Not, Right-wing Talking Heads Won't Let Them Die

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Most of the rank-and-file conservatives with whom we might interact get their information from conservative media sources. Republican politicians are ensconced within it as well. Inside the walls of that closed environment, facts that do not jibe with conservative ideology or the conservative interpretation of events are twisted, turned on their head, or simply ignored.

On Racism, Conservatives Fail to Self-police

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

There is one thing we do know for certain: Anyone who tells you definitively that only one side or the other is to blame has absolutely no interest in fixing institutional inequality.

Political Fiction Is What Really Kills Jobs

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

In politics, the line between reality and fantasy is often hard to decipher. The recent ruling by a Nebraska court regarding the Keystone XL pipeline offers another example of this situation.