The Republican myth of Ronald Reagan and the Iran hostages, debunked

Fox News VOX Some stories are too good to check, and some myths are too perfect to bust. We’ve seen that dynamic in action all month, as GOP presidential candidates trot out their favorite foreign policy anecdote: the Parable of the Hostages. The story goes that on the day of his inauguration, in January 1981,… More The Republican myth of Ronald Reagan and the Iran hostages, debunked

The Republican prison experiment: How the right-wing conquest of the GOP altered political reality

SALON How a stodgy, mainstream party was reinvented as a den of lunatics and monsters — and why it was no accident Every so often I conceive the bizarre desire to help save the Republican Party from itself. This is futile even by the standards of futile campaigns launched by columnists, given the obvious fact… More The Republican prison experiment: How the right-wing conquest of the GOP altered political reality

Obama Approval Soars: President Is Now More Popular Than Bush and Equal To Reagan

This probably doesn’t set well with the GOP who planned to sabotage his presidency from day one… Politicus USA Thanks to a growing economy President Obama’s approval rating has reached its highest level since May of 2013. Obama is now more popular than George W. Bush, and as popular as Ronald Reagan was at the… More Obama Approval Soars: President Is Now More Popular Than Bush and Equal To Reagan

Read Ronald Reagan’s executive order on immigration the GOP won’t talk about

Raw Story The following statement was made by then-President Ronald Reagan on July 30, 1981: Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands. No free and prosperous nation can by itself accommodate all those… More Read Ronald Reagan’s executive order on immigration the GOP won’t talk about

GOP Lie Debunked: Every President Since Eisenhower Used Executive Authority On Immigration

PoliticusUSA For any American who has been conscious over the past six years, the idea of a Republican, or any iteration thereof, displaying tenderness, compassion, and empathy for people is laughable if not a complete fallacy; especially people who are suffering or in some way distressed. If anything, Republicans and their cohorts are inhumane by… More GOP Lie Debunked: Every President Since Eisenhower Used Executive Authority On Immigration

John Oliver presents: The enduring influence of Ayn Rand, ‘selfish *sshole’

The Raw Story On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver presented an informational segment on the enduring influence of libertarian writer Ayn Rand on politicians and captains of industry, asking, ‘Ayn Rand: How is she still a thing?” Noting that Rand is popular with conservatives, despite the inability by many of them to pronounce… More John Oliver presents: The enduring influence of Ayn Rand, ‘selfish *sshole’

Thank You, Robin Williams, the Comedy Giant Who Made Us Think

I’m still processing the loss of this giant of a man/entertainer (along with countless others, no doubt)… Mashable – Chris Taylor It was the smile that did it — that toasty-warm, utterly genuine smile. Watching it spread across his face, impossibly wide, bringing out the rose in his cheeks, setting those blue eyes to twinkling, was… More Thank You, Robin Williams, the Comedy Giant Who Made Us Think

Paul Ryan’s race flap even worse than it looks

Salon The notion that Ryan was dog-whistling to racists is actually the best-case scenario. Here’s the scary alternative I spent a depressing amount of time this weekend trying to think up a scenario in which someone might say the following without being motivated, to at least some degree, by malign intent. “We have got this… More Paul Ryan’s race flap even worse than it looks

Meet The Five Most Overrated American Presidents

Think Progress Americans love to rank things. So lists of the best presidents in American history frequently allow historians to duke it out over whether George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Franklin Delano Roosevelt should be remembered as our nation’s greatest leader. Meanwhile, recently departed President George W. Bush already ranks close to the top in polls of… More Meet The Five Most Overrated American Presidents