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Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are authentically wrong

DES MOINES — Here is a stark reality for both Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders voters: Should your candidate win the presidency, he will disappoint you. Both candidates have whipped up voter passions by offering ideologically comforting — and strikingly similar — narratives about leading political revolutions. Both would fail to achieve national transformation because of popular […]

How Political Disagreement Created the Independent Voter

Turn on the news on any given day - but especially during an election - and you're likely to see and hear confrontation between Democrats and Republicans. News stories about stark disagreements in Congress, negative campaign ads, statements...Show More Summary

Global Warming's Inconvenient Electoral Math

Four years ago, the author and climate activist Bill McKibben published a seminal article in Rolling Stone called "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," laying out the stark cold numerical case for a carbon tax. To avoid a catastrophic...Show More Summary

For Iran's Hardliners, U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are Only Excuses; The Goal Is Toppling Rouhani

It is often said that the foreign policy of a country is a reflection of its domestic one. This is particularly true about Iran, where the hardliners, and reformists and moderates espouse two starkly different domestic policies, the result of which is two vastly different foreign policies. Show More Summary

Looking for Simple Answers to Complex Questions

Gerald Seib: “Two debates held in recent days, one among Republicans and the other among Democrats, revealed a stark reality of the 2016 presidential campaign: We are in a time of complicated questions in search of simple answers.” “That is [...]

Livid Trump lovers reject Nikki Haley's warning about 'angry voices'

The full parameter of the Republican Party’s civil war became starkly clear on Tuesday night when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley charged into rhetorical battle with the angry, anti-establishment wing of her party that has made Donald Trump the current leader in the race for the GOP presidential...

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Reaction to the state of the union being sound

Peter Baker:  Over the course of 48 hours, Americans will confront two starkly disparate views of Barack Obama’s America that will frame the debate over the future of the country in this election year and beyond. The country described...Show More Summary

Elves, Trolls, and the 'Indigo Child'— Sometimes, Progressives Replace Religion With Mere Superstition

My favorite piece of the day is by Naomi Schaefer Riley. Reviewing a new book – The Triumph of Faith, by Rodney Stark — Riley makes the point that not only is the demise of faith greatly exaggerated, secular societies don’t always replace...Show More Summary

THE GOD PROFUSION. “Europe’s churches are empty—but don’t take that as a sign of reason’s …

THE GOD PROFUSION. “Europe’s churches are empty—but don’t take that as a sign of reason’s triumph. More than half of Icelanders believe in elves and trolls,” Naomi Schaefer Riley writes in the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Stark argues that, in general, the government sponsorship of religion is a hindrance to the growth of a faith. […]

Leader of House maniacs has started clock on Paul Ryan's days as speaker

What took him so long? A leading House conservative delivered a stark message to Speaker Paul Ryan: the honeymoon is over. […] "It's too early to judge the speakership of Paul Ryan […] But, as I have also said, the honeymoon is over," said [Rep. Show More Summary

With early voting approaching, candidates swing into motion

Clinton also has an impressive organization behind her while Trump's ability to pull off a winning ground game is in question and his frugal spending to date has stood in stark contrast to his vast personal wealth. In Iowa, the first...Show More Summary

Amazon Donates Profits From Anti-Refugee Group To Refugees

Profits from an anthem from the far-right group PEGIDA will go to help migrants, says Amazon. Entitled “Gemeinsam sind wir stark” — German for “Together we are strong” — the instrumental, which has no lyrics, was released over Christmas. The anthem drew close to 180,000 views on YouTube, and surged on’s music chart to [...]

“Islamophobia” in one state

(Scott Johnson) Minnesota’s Somali community presents a stark challenge to Americans concerned about terrorism. The community is Muslim, large, and protected by an extreme form of ideological conformity that runs from the governor down and permeates the media. Show More Summary

President Obama Is Losing Another War

Yesterday’s deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan should serve as a stark reminder — Afghanistan is slipping away. In January 2009, President Obama inherited an Iraq War that was largely over. Al Qaeda was in full retreat, and the central government had asserted control even over Shiite militias. Show More Summary

Barack Obama Says He Didn’t Realize There Was Fear Of Terrorism Because He Doesn’t Watch Cable News

Now that it is two weeks after the San Bernardino shooting, Barack Obama is finally getting around to visiting the families. This is in stark contrast to how his administration handled Sandy Hook and Charlston and the deserved shootings of thugs Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Show More Summary

Sitting Down With Yitzhak Rabin's Son: An Intimate Discussion on His Father's Legacy

The 20th anniversary of the assassination of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took place last month, providing a stark reminder of that fateful November 4 for multiple generations of opportunities lost and proving to beShow More Summary

Pictures of Models From Pre-Revolution Iran Show Stark Contrast to Today’s Oppressive Atmosphere

Iran is a despotic place that is remarkably oppressive. However, it was not always that way. Prior to the Iranian revolution, Iran was modernized and more in-line with the Western

Rand Paul Has One Message For Black Pastors, Another For Right-Wing Radio

The latest meeting -- between Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and about 15 black and Latino clergy members -- reveals both common ground and stark divisions. The post Rand Paul Has One Message For Black Pastors, Another For Right-Wing Radio appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Hillary Clinton’s Gun Ad Got Big Fanfare but Little Play

When Mrs. Clinton’s campaign unveiled a stark ad in early November urging a change in gun control laws, the move was seen as unusually bold for a candidate who has been criticized in the past for being overly cautious. But the spot did not broadcast on local TV very often.

Syed Farook’s Family Has Hired a Crazy, Conspiracy-theory Addled Lawyer

I haven't really wanted to comment on this because I try not to judge how a family handles its grief at the loss of a family member. However, the family has hired two lawyers, at least one of whom appears to be a stark raving conspiracy nut. Show More Summary

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