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Taste Beyond The Tongue

Trump's Indifference to the Constitution

The Republican nominee has advertised his disregard for the constitutional limitations on the president's authority.<p>During Sunday night’s debate, Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton that, “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your [email] …

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Trump Time Capsule #119: 'That Makes Me Smart' vs. 'They Don't Pay'

After Donald Trump became the Republican nominee, he was asked on Fox News about his views on NATO and other American alliances. He gave his familiar “they’re freeloaders” answer:<p>The fact is we are protecting so many countries that are not paying for the protection. When a country isn’t paying us …

The ‘Welfare Queen’ Is a Lie

Programs that should be crafted around people’s needs are instead designed to deal with a problem that doesn’t exist.<p>At a campaign rally in 1976, Ronald Reagan introduced the welfare queen into the public conversation about poverty: “She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect …

Income Inequality

McConnell threatens shutdown to keep corporate political spending secret

Most Americans are worried about too much secret corporate money in politics, and this week, Republicans in Congress seem to be doing everything in …

Judge Napolitano: Loss of liberty does not make you safer, America

The clash in American history between liberty and safety is as old as the republic itself. As far back as 1798, notwithstanding the lofty goals and individualistic values of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the same generation -- in some cases the same human beings -- that …

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.<p>Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life.<p>Last week, a few days before …

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Trump campaign’s ‘black box’ leaves key questions unanswered

The Associated Press had an interesting report last week just how little work Donald Trump and his team have done when it comes to “the nitty gritty …

How Ronald Reagan zapped a recession with massive government spending

No one is more associated with the conservative cause of small government than Ronald Reagan.<p>He entered office in 1981 insisting that government …

Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump said Thursday that he meant exactly what he said when he called President Barack Obama the "founder of ISIS" and objected when a conservative radio show host tried to clarify the GOP nominee's position.<p>Trump was asked by host Hugh Hewitt about the comments Trump made …

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Many people are saying -- that Trump drives conspiracies and gossip

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is hearing things.<p>The information is coming from "many people," but it has all led him to one simple conclusion: "There is something going on."<p>Employing a witches' brew of vague but inflammatory language, the Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly amplified and offered …

50 GOP officials: Trump would be 'most reckless President in American history'

Dozens of Republican security officials signed a letter on Monday calling a potential Donald Trump presidency dangerous and saying he would be "the most reckless President in American history."<p>Trump dismissed the letter as the "politically-motivated" work of the architects of many "disastrous" …

How Congress Retirement Pay Compares to the Overall Average | Investopedia

While many Americans are struggling to save for retirement and employee pension programs, both public and private, are facing lots of uncomfortable …

The terrible recovery from the Great Recession is due to Congress' economic incompetence

A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In a story in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> last Friday, reporter Eric Morath notes that the …

The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems

All right, I need to vent. For months, I’ve watched Donald Trump decry as “rigged” everything from the Democratic primaries, the Republican primary …

Khans show no low is too low for Trump: Max Boot

The GOP nominee professes his love for veterans, but he has a long history of disrespecting them.<p>Just when you think he can't go any lower, Donald Trump goes there.<p>The most powerful moment of the Democratic convention occurred when Khizr Khan attacked Trump for putting forward proposals, such as …

First on CNN: Top Jeb Bush adviser leaves GOP, will vote for Clinton if Florida close

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jeb Bush's top adviser, Sally Bradshaw, has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she'll vote for Hillary Clinton.<p>Bradshaw, who's been close to the former Florida governor for decades and was senior adviser to his 2016 …

A Warm Period by Any Other Name – The Climatic Optimum

<b>Hypsithermal, Altithermal, Holocene Optimum, Holocene Thermal Maximum, Holocene Megathermal, Anthropogene;</b><p><i>Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball</i><p>There is …

Moody's: Clinton economy would create 10 million jobs

Hillary Clinton's plans for the economy would boost growth and create millions of jobs, according to a new analysis.<p>Moody's Analytics estimates that if the Democratic presidential nominee's proposals are enacted, the economy would create 10.4 million jobs during her presidency, or 3.2 million more …

Trump's decade-long record of hiring foreign guest workers

In his speech last week accepting the nomination at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump said "The American People will come first once again."<p>But recent filings with the government show that two of the billionaire candidate's businesses have once again taken steps to bring in foreign …

Trump campaign manager Manafort has Ukrainian history

Donald Trump's campaign chief Paul Manafort previously helped run electoral campaigns in Ukraine. Former president Victor Yanukovych was one of those …

6 ways Donald Trump wants to trample the Constitution

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a yuge Trump booster, has been telling fellow Republicans that they should vote for Trump because he's …

Energized white supremacists cheer Trump convention message

CLEVELAND (AP) — They don't like to be called white supremacists.<p>The well-dressed men who gathered in Cleveland's Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump's speech accepting the Republican nomination for president prefer the term "Europeanists," ''alt-right," or even "white nationalists." They are also …

Many 2012 Republican campaign promises have come true under .... Obama?

Presidents get too much credit and too much blame for the economy on their watch.<p>But, ironically, in the 46 months since the last Republican National Convention in Tampa, many of the economic promises made by Republicans actually came true under the Democratic president.<p>It's a narrative that has …

In 1998, terrorists attacked two US embassies. No one blamed the secretary of state.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:<p>Radical Islamic terrorists attack a US embassy in a known terrorist hotspot, killing several Americans. Military reinforcements in the immediate aftermath of the attack are slow to arrive on the scene.<p>A subsequent inquiry finds that security at the embassy …

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump resurfaces debunked claims in speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite promising "the truth, and nothing else" in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night — about the U.S. tax burden, the perils facing police, Hillary Clinton's record and more.<p>A look …