I'm neither endorsing nor condemning Mr. Trump, but I do think he's trying to save the Republican party from itself in a very rational way. The last thing he is is a clown or dilettante. (OK, maybe a clown.)
In a TMFS sketch, the head of Catholic Republicans For America reacts to the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.
Two major GOP cornerstones are family values and limited government, but limited government excludes providing Americans with a higher standard of living through investing in social programs, but is embraced when using the government as a tool to impose Christian morality on the daily lives of Americans.
Perhaps the media is misconstruing the true pulse of the Latinos when it discusses the possibility of Latinos being turned off by the Republican Party because of Trump rather than being turned off because the party has a long history of anti-Latino politics and policies.
The abundantly absurd Republican positions is manifesting doublethink as the second coming of Ronald Reagan donned in star-spangled ignorance, hitting American voters at the speed of a magazine fired from a fully automatic weapon, albeit at a 4th grade level.
With a federal budget deadline looming, we are still facing the threat of another destructive government shutdown. Why should we ever allow a fraction of a faction in the body politic to threaten the whole and hold all of us hostage? Let's end this dangerous and self-destructive political ritual.
Let's take a look out how the major themes addressed by the head of the Catholic Church align the most not with any of the Catholic candidates but with the sole Jewish one.
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.
Illinois Public Radio reporters Tony Arnold and Amanda Vinicky this week teamed up for a pair of stories that, in highly entertaining and informative fashion, describe two methods the opposing sides have used this year to antagonize each other and whip up the hostility that defines the 2015 legislative session.
This summer Republicans have garnered a huge amount of media attention. That was true at the September 16th Republican presidential debate where they spewed lie after lie. Now, Democrats must go on offense and counter the deluge of GOP falsehoods and misstatements.
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There's nothing partisan about Pope Francis's statements like these. Time and time again, he's simply noted that there are political solutions to moral problems -- and that failing to reach these solutions is a moral failure, not just a political one.
This is not a new story. It's actually one that has been developing for decades. As the Republican party has gradually ceded territory to extremist views, with each concession they have shifted further out of touch.
Prior to Ben Carson's comment to Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that he "would not advocate putting a Muslim in charge of this country," the neurosurgeon and author had been listed as extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups around the country.