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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

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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...

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

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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.

Fairness and Balance, "Butt-Boy" Style!

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

State Sen. Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) surprised me last week when he thanked right-wing talk-radio host Peter Boyles for being "fair and balan...

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Priebus can cut off contact with liberal media outlets to protest claims that he feels are unjust; however, if he is truly dedicated to reestablishing the Republican Party, he could start by looking in the mirror first because as these examples show there is nothing the liberal media can say that will make Republicans look worse than their own actions do.

Donald Trump Floats Completely Insane Birther Conspiracy After Health Official's Death

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Real estate mogul Donald Trump pushed his birther views Thursday in a tweet about the death of Loretta Fuddy, the state Health Director of Hawaii who ...

Ted Cruz's Father Made Big Birther Claim

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), told a tea party group in 2012 he thinks President Barack Obama should go "back to Kenya." Cruz can...

GOP Congressional Hopeful Claims Obama Was Born In Kenya

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

Birtherism is apparently alive and kicking in Alabama. Dean Young, one of the runoff contenders for the Republican nomination in Alabama's first co...

GOP Rep Has Birther Brain Freeze

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

More than two years after President Barack Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate, one Republican congressman still appeared to have...

Natural Born Presidents

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What it all boils down to is that Ted Cruz is free to run for president, as is just about anyone. Whether he can convince the country that he is eligible or not will likely be a matter of politics. It's open to anyone's interpretation who can and who cannot be president.

Method to Racist Madness in Fresh Racial Attacks on President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This was carefully designed to yank the albatross of race off the Tea Party and the GOP's back. But, that hardly meant that race was off the GOP table as a major political weapon in the GOP's political attack arsenal.