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Cable TV can get snowed by quick shifts in the news

About 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon, I noticed the email message inviting me to appear on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell. It would mean getting to the NBC studio at Universal City by 6:45, the high point of L.A. rush ho...

Obama may be too sane for our crazy world

An NBC report about this week's Asian economic summit in Beijing had a shot of the various leaders walking together like a crowd of students on their way to a third-period history class. Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping were in front, talking and smiling. President Obama...

Obama visits Saudi Arabia, stays mum on flogging

Conveniently for President Obama, Saudi authorities postponed Friday's planned flogging of Raif Badawi, thus making the president's Tuesday visit to Riyadh slightly less awkward. Had the Saudi free speech advocate been literally under the lash within just a few days of the presidential pit stop,...

Voters put climate change policy in the hands of climate change denier

People who voted for the GOP in the congressional elections this week may be surprised to learn they chose a militant climate change denier to oversee federal efforts to deal with climate change. The widespread expectation is that, when Republicans take charge of the Senate in January, Oklahoma...

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' brilliantly blurs ideological lines

Clint Eastwood's masterful, controversial new movie, "American Sniper," is generating a useful debate that, at heart, is about wolves, sheep and sheepdogs.

Republicans caught a big, angry wave that swamped Democrats

MSNBC's Chris Matthews declared Tuesday's national vote a "wave election" where Republican victories were not isolated events but part of a large, sweeping tide. Matthews picked the right metaphor; like a big wave, this latest expression of electoral unease was all brute force.

Move over, Sarah Palin; Joni Ernst is the GOP's new star

Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, you are now officially the Republican Party's gone girls. The GOP has a new diva: Joni Ernst, the just-elected United State senator from the cornfields of Iowa.

Obama's veto is the only weapon defeated Democrats have left

Early in the evening on election night, nervous Democrats might have found solace in the fact that, even with all the advantages Republicans had going into the 2014 campaign - the conservative bent of midterm voters, gerrymandered House districts, a lopsided number of shaky Democratic U.S. Senate...

Obama's State of the Union defies the GOP Congress

Tuesday night, a loose, confident President Obama used his State of the Union address to get in the face of Republicans.

Election 2014: Voice of the people is muzzled by political realities

Sometime this evening, when most of the votes have been counted, someone will utter the words, "The American people have spoken," and everyone will pretend that it is true. Reality, though, is a bit more complicated because, when it comes to congressional elections, most voters are only screaming...

Botched executions are bad; killing wrongly convicted is far worse

Stepping aside from the perennial debate about whether the state should ever have the power to take the life of a citizen convicted of a heinous crime, there are two legal issues that are making implementation of the death penalty more morally worrisome than ever.

Politicians stoking Ebola fears are a bigger threat than the disease

Nurse Kaci Hickox is a true American hero, not only for risking her health and life by fighting the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, but also for pushing against the spread of unwarranted panic and political stupidity once she returned to the United States.

Rude and crude French cartoonists died for our freedom

I have received many messages of solidarity from friends and readers in the couple of days since Islamic terrorists stormed into the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered 12 people, including several cartoonists. 

Voting fraud frenzy threatens a core American liberty

Voting fraud is an issue that has generated a great deal of heat and very little light on the right. Fox News host Megyn Kelly recently had to backtrack from her report that voters in Colorado were being allowed to print out ballots at home and admit that was simply not true. But that did not stop...

The new year brings in the two-year presidential campaign

There seems to be only one year that is not an election year and that is the first year of a new president's first term. Note to future presidents: Get your governing done in those initial 12 months; after that, it's all politics, all the time. 

Chevron funds brazen campaign to buy a city government

Fans of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling should be thrilled by all the corporate cash and billionaires' big donations being thrown around in campaigns this year. Fans of democracy, though, probably feel a bit less enthusiastic, not only because spending by interest-group super...

John McCain has moral clarity about CIA torture report

As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese, John McCain has more standing, by far, than any of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program. So, his approval of the release...

The fate of America is in the hands of inattentive voters

With election day just one week away, the fate of the nation -- or at least control of the U.S. Senate -- may rest in the hands of independent-minded voters, with the phrase "independent-minded" being a euphemism for oblivious.

Michael Brown is the imperfect focus of worthy protests

My friend Michael Ramirez is the most successful conservative editorial cartoonist in America. He is a superb artist and a provocative political satirist. Ramirez's recent cartoon about Michael Brown - the young man who came out on the bad end of a confrontation with a police officer in Ferguson,...

Red state Democrats parrot Republicans at their peril

How's this for a profile in courage? The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, Michelle Nunn, has boldly confessed that she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. What an amazing thing - a Democrat admitting she voted for the Democratic presidential candidate.

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