Margin Narrows Between Conservatives and Liberals

A new Gallup Poll released today shows that more Americans identify as conservatives than liberals for with the margin narrowing since the 1990’s. Lydia Saad notes in Gallup’s piece about the recent poll, that Gallup began “routinely measuring Americans’ political ideology in 1992,” and since that time, “conservative identification has varied … Continue reading

The First Longest Day

The new Congress is in session, and House Republicans already have backed down on their plan to gut the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. What have we learned so far? While it remains indispensable for understanding whatever is going on in the world, The New York Times already … Continue reading

Outcry Forces House Republicans to Back Down on Gutting Ethics Office

Outcry over the House Republicans shady bid late yesterday to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics has caused a reversal on the plan to gut it. The swift calls of outrage over the behind the scenes deal came hard and heavy from a bipartisan cadre of voices but most notably … Continue reading

Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments vs The Snap Chat Presidency

Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau have compiled an extensive list of President Barack Obama’s top 50 accomplishments in The Washington Monthly. It is one of those pieces that you want to bookmark, so when you are debating with right wingers who make false claims about Obama, you can pull facts quickly. … Continue reading

Putin’s Next Target

With Obama out of office soon and Trump already cozying up to Putin, Putin is losing his sparring partner. He got his dream president in helping Trump get elected, so next on his list for liberals to put out to pasture appears to be Angela Merkel. Jochen Bittner, the political … Continue reading

Republicans Worry That Obama Will Appoint Garland to Supreme Court Bench

President Obama is known for playing his hand very close to the vest. We’ve seen a lot of the that in recent weeks as he finishes out his final days as president with a few stunning moves to protect the environment and in retaliation against the Russians for their hacking … Continue reading

Trumping the Environment

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump was elected, the environment is going to suffer. Both have supported horizontal fracking, the destruction of the earth to extract oil and gas. The use of fracking is so harmful to the environment and public health that numerous banks refuse to lend funds to … Continue reading

Music, Politics, and Hillary Clinton

Five years before the Civil War, Benjamin R. Hanby, a student at Otterbein College, composed “Darlin’ Nelly Gray,” an upbeat ballad from the perspective of runaway slave Joseph Selby whose wife was taken from him. Proceeds from the song would be used to try to buy Nelly Gray’s freedom, but … Continue reading

The Party of Lincoln is Dead! Long Live the Party of TRUMP

  I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of Republican leadership, conservative television pundits, and radio talk show hosts ALWAYS reminding us that over 150 years ago President Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Republican Party. Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said on CNN … Continue reading

Trump Nominee Will Politicize Dept. of Justice

  by Walter Brasch   In his successful run to the presidency, Donald Trump spent a lot of time talking about the Second Amendment and defending gun ownership. He spent very little time talking about the other amendments, other than to say he supported the Constitution. He knew his core … Continue reading