While Trump's bombast and bragodiccio has captured the over-excited loins of GOP extremists, Bloomberg could, more importantly, capture the hearts and votes of a much broader coalition within the party's disillusioned and disenchanted. Oh sure, Trump's the fun party girl. But Bloomberg's the one they could bring home to mama.
The right is showing their stripes and they are stripes of fear. The prospect of practicing what they claim to preach has been masterfully elaborated upon and interpreted by someone whom many consider to be the last word in Christian doctrine.
Fell so far, fell so fast. What happened?
GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knew exactly what he was doing when he insulted African-American voters by alleging that the Democrats buy their votes with "free stuff." In fact, it was no accident that he hurled his slur at Democrats at a campaign stop in South Carolina.
The GOP continues to go on an anti-abortion warpath that puts women's lives and well-being at risk. It's time for Republicans to come down from their paternalistic preachy perch.
Professionally, Bill Maher will die some sort of Islamophobic martyr. Long after he's been fired, his battles -- both against the tenants of Islam and those assholes who told him he shouldn't say such destructive things -- will live on in YouTube infamy.
It was touching to see politicians including House Speaker John Boehner shed tears listening to the Pope's sermon. But it's unlikely the Pontiff's stirring words will be taken to heart by the Speaker and his fellow narrow-minded conservatives, who for years have hid under the cloak of God in perpetrating a self-serving, elitist and decidedly unchristian-like extremist political agenda.
All Republicans candidates, even those not named Trump, promise to make America great again. That implies, of course, that America is in decline now. That narrative of decline is an historical argument: We were great once, but we aren't any more.
Overfishing and other environmental disasters have cut the population of the ocean's most evolved creatures (those with spines) nearly in half, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
Carson wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, he repeatedly emphasizes that he stands by his original remarks and has not apologized. Yet, he's also trying to walk back his initial statement.
Even the softball question lobbed at him by Stephen Colbert about President Obama's birthplace. Trump simply said he doesn't talk about that anymore. Amazing since not long ago he couldn't shut up about it.
Republican futility is fueled by vapid intellectual disdain exhibited towards vision, wisdom, and long-term thinking, and a rejection of the foundational tenets of scientific inquiry. Unfortunately, we have long relied upon a vibrant and conscientious two-party system that is today absent.
As the debate surrounding Planned Parenthood illustrates, the Democrats continue to allow Republicans to frame our discussions about abortion. As an embryologist, I can say with absolute assurance: There is no consensus among embryologists as to when an individual human life begins.
The funniest line of the last few days came from Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar. Resentful that Pope Francis might blaspheme the sacred chamber of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body with some inconvenient truth about global warming, Gosar announced he would boycott the Holy Father's visit to Capitol Hill. You can argue that a joint session of Congress is an inappropriate speaking venue for a world religious leader, violation of church and state and so forth. And many of us have big, big issues with the Roman Catholic Church. But frankly this is no time for business -- or politics -- as usual.
Most commentators trying to figure out the appeal of Donald Trump are looking in the wrong place. They try to intuit some kind of ideological appeal, when the candidate's hook is purely visceral. Trump hits GOP voters in the gut when he says: "We don't have any wins any more."