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Cop kills six people in 12 years, now teaches other cops how to use their guns

Six people in 12 years. That’s how many people former cop James Peters killed. His killing streak culminated in the death of John Loxas, a man who was shot while carrying his grandson with his back turned to Peters. Peters claimed that Loxas had a black object in his pocket that he [...]

Friday Open Thread

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Obama talks up Iran deal to Jewish American group, saying, ‘We’re all pro-Israel’

President Obama made a pitch for his Iran nuclear deal to Jewish Americans on Friday afternoon, declaring in a video and phone conference call: “We’re all pro-Israel. We’re all family.” He added, “The fates of our two countries are always going to be inte [...]

In a shift, Mike Huckabee is open to ending ‘birthright citizenship’

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said Friday that he was open to laws that would end the “birthright” citizenship granted to children by the 14th Amendment, joining several other GOP candidates in endorsing the idea. The comments came in an interview with conservativ [...]

Cartoon: The GOP’s anti-immigrant stupor

Click to enlarge. With Trump leading Republican polls with a full-blown racist nationalist platform of slurs and insults, the rest of the field is following his lead and it’s ugly. Stripped of the dog whistles and coded language employed by Republicans for decades, the hatefulness of tha [...]

Guess the Iran Nuke Deal Promotes Shariah Law

We noted late yesterday that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz had indicated they were making some sort of “joint appearance” at an event opposing the Iran Nuclear deal. Get a load of who’s sponsoring it (via TPM’s Catherine Thompson): A think tank founded by a notorious a [...]

Of course Republican candidates are bashing China: The base wouldn’t tolerate anything less

I’m not sure that there’s anything too surprising about the Republican presidential candidates’ constant bashing of China. The nation has a terrible record on human rights, is increasingly aggressive in their military posturing, props up North Korea, one of the world [...]

Pope Erick Gives the GOP Another Chance

Not that he probably noticed, but I taunted Erick Erickson a bit yesterday because it’s reasonably clear congressional Republicans are ignoring his ultimatum to shut down the federal government over funding for Planned Parenthood or he and “the base” would destroy the p [...]

No black judge has ever been elected in this district. Here’s why.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed papers in a Louisiana case that argues that the judicial selection mechanism violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, according to an LDF Press Release. In the 32nd Judicial District Court, judges are elected at-large, rather than b [...]

The GOP lurches to the far right: Trump, Cruz to attend event hosted by radical anti-Muslim group

Sen. Ted Cruz The press still can’t come to grips with just how far right the Republican Party has become in the last few years, and just how far right campaign candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are running. Note this morning’s news that Trump and Cruz will be holdin [...]

When politics gets awkward [Video]

So it turns out, when you spend much of your speech denouncing the Democratic National Committee, you shouldn’t expect a warm response from the DNC chairwoman on the way out. That’s precisely what happened Friday, after former Maryland governor and presidential contender M [...]

The most cringe-worthy moment in politics this week

So it turns out, when you spend much of your speech denouncing the Democratic National Committee, you shouldn’t expect a warm response from the DNC chairwoman on the way out. That’s precisely what happened Friday, after former Maryland governor and presidential contender Marti [...]

Peggy Noonan Visits America

It’s been a while since I’ve read one of Peggy Noonan’s Friday columns, but it’s always rewarding, in a twisted sort of way. I do have to hand it to Peggy: she’s done a late-August column that’s not some sort of vaporizing about the Mood of America fro [...]

Obama defends rhetoric in Iran fight

President Obama on Friday defended the rhetoric he has used to sell the Iran nuclear deal, which has troubled some prominent American Jewish leaders. Obama and his allies have repeatedly claimed critics of the accord prefer war with… Go to Source : Obama defends rhetoric in Iran fight

O’Malley blasts Democratic leaders for ‘rigged’ 2016 debate process

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley effectively declared war on the Democratic Party leadership here Friday, blasting the party for what he called a “rigged” debate process in the presidential nominating contest and demanding it sanction addi [...]

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper announces support for Iran nuclear deal

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) The White House has been quietly lobbying Democratic senators who still haven’t taken on a position on the Iran nuclear pact, with a goal of getting enough votes to filibuster a rejection of the deal, and avoiding the necessity of a presidential veto. On Fri [...]

Hillary Clinton: Republican mass deportation dreams are ‘not only absurd, but appalling’

Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump and too many other Republicans when she was asked about immigration Friday afternoon: “I know that there are some on the other side who are seriously advocating to deport 11-12 million people who are working here.” She continued, saying it w [...]

Judges Give NSA More Time to Suck Up Your Data

A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, on Friday tossed out an injunction over the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of American’s phone records, but left open the question of whether the program itself is legal. From Politico: The three appeals  [...]

Announcing the Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs

On June 24, 2015, President Obama approved Presidential Policy Directive 30, U.S. Nationals Taken Hostage Abroad and Personnel Recovery Efforts, and signed an Executive Order on the recovery of U.S. hostages taken abroad. These steps directed key organizational changes to ensure th [...]

Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

As Donald Trump has enjoyed an astonishing lead in a packed Republican primary field, a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump? There isn’t a single Republican in the mix who isn’t openly courting the evangelical [...]