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GOP hard-liners reflexively decry the Iran nuclear deal

Hard-liners in both Iran and the United States reflexively oppose the landmark agreement that was just reached to put a tight hold on Iran's nuclear weapons program. On the Iranian side, the militants do not want to give up their drive to build nuclear weaponry and are appalled that their country's...

Scott Walker presidential? Do not believe the hype

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now officially in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and many folks in the GOP believe that he has the right combination of electability, experience and conservative appeal to be a major contender. Then, again, he may be just an overrated, pandering...

Donald Trump is not the Republican Party's biggest problem

As soon as Donald Trump swaggered into the race for president, he sucked all the oxygen out of the Republican tent and left the other candidates gasping for air time. The only way his rivals have been able to get their faces on TV has been by either attacking or defending Trump's wild characterization...

Jerry Brown aims to lead a climate change revolution

This week, most American news junkies have been tuned in to the emotional debate over the Confederate flag or mesmerized by Donald Trump's hijacking of the Republican presidential contest, so a quieter news story from north of the border will not have been on their radar. Still, it's a significant...

Greeks reject the rule of Europe's gods of austerity

In the mythology of ancient Greece, a host of vain, impetuous, vindictive gods ruled over human affairs and were quick to punish any mortal who dared to defy their whims. Modern Greeks seem to believe not much has changed, except the gods who hold sway in their lives are not Zeus, Ares and Aphrodite,...

False prophets spin scare stories about same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation of a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry has set off an explosion of fear-mongering among conservative pundits, radio preachers and religious lobbyists. Devout people have the right to believe homosexuality is a sin and marriage is meant only...

Liberty leaps forward; an amazing week in the news

The arc of the moral universe took a sharp bend toward justice in the last week.

Republicans secretly cheer Supreme Court Obamacare decision

Everybody has come out a winner with the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Obamacare - at least politically.

On climate change, will Christians follow Pope Francis or Rush Limbaugh?

Few American Christians let their faith get in the way of their politics. They simply ignore church teachings or find creative ways to interpret biblical passages to justify their political views. That is why I don't expect the new encyclical from Pope Francis to cause much of a shift in people's...

Time for Confederate flag devotees to surrender

Yes, the Confederate battle flag that flies over the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia, S.C., should be taken down and sent to a museum. The state's two most prominent Republican leaders, Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, have finally come around to the rightness of this action,...

Charleston church killer was spawned in a racist swamp

Having recently spent several inspiring hours singing, praying and sharing meals with members of a historic black church in Montgomery, Ala., I am especially troubled by the murder of nine African American men and women during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston,...

TSA's 95% failure rate shows airport security is a charade

A couple of years ago my wife - who may be the least likely person on the planet to commit an act of terrorism - was randomly pulled aside at airport security for a thorough screening. Seeing that the process was going to take awhile, I took a seat on a nearby bench where a TSA officer was taking...

Palmyra: Islamic State seeks to obliterate vestiges of ancient civilizations

There seems to be no limit to the cruelty of the marauders who call themselves Islamic State (ISIS). Beheadings, crucifixions, mass slaughter, rape, enslavement; these fanatics are like an unleashed death cult conceived in the scariest Hollywood horror movie - except these monsters are real.

Missouri House speaker's sexting scandal is good comic relief

There's nothing like a little sex scandal to restore one's faith in politics as the greatest source of trashy entertainment. So, thank you, Missouri Speaker of the House John Diehl for wrecking your career by exchanging a string of cringe-worthy texts with a 19-year-old female intern.

Bernie Sanders' 'socialism' may have mainstream appeal

Finally, conservatives have a real socialist to go crazy about. Instead of concocting dark fairytales about how Barack Obama, a very conventional liberal Democrat, is a secret Marxist who wants to destroy the American way of life, they can shriek about Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator...

The race is on to milk Romney's big cash cows

Mitt Romney's decision to forego a third campaign for president has set off a scramble for money among the remaining "establishment" Republicans who are considering a run for the White House. Like cash cows with full udders, wealthy Romney backers are suddenly being eyed by the likes of Chris Christie,...

State of the Union: Obama and GOP are poles apart on taxes

President Obama gives his State of the Union Address tonight, but the White House has already revealed one of the key proposals to be offered up in the speech: Kicking up the capital gains tax rate for couples earning more than $500,000 annually.

Saudis' price war on U.S. oil is giving us cheap gas

As the owner of a gas-guzzling, 16-year-old Dodge Ram that I use to pull a horse trailer, haul a ski boat and loan to friends who are cleaning out their basements, I like the way gasoline prices are heading. But I also know enough to understand neither the president nor Congress nor the U.S. oil...

After attack, France needs solidarity from U.S., not Beltway politics

Republicans never miss a beat finding some new pretext for slamming President Obama. This week, he gave them an easy shot by failing to attend Sunday's huge rally in Paris that attracted 1.5 million people, including a number of international leaders.

Mike Huckabee needs to look like a good bet for the billionaires

Mike Huckabee has quit his job as a Fox News host because he has an inkling that God wants him to run for president. But, just because the Supreme Being is giving him a thumbs-up, that does not mean the ex-Arkansas governor will get a green light from the demigods of American democracy: billionaires.

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