Greg Hittelman of the Conflict Awareness Project, writes that “The world’s weapons business is a kind of Wild West: law and order is not the rule, it’s the exception.” The unregulated flow of deadly weapons across international borders has encouraged the high rate of war between nations, civil war, terrorism, piracy, and other violent crime. [...]
I’m confused. Republicans keep saying they want to reduce the size of government. Nonetheless, Republican politicians in Congress are protesting about how, because of the “sequester” government budget reductions that they agreed to, the Obama Administration has eliminated the spending devoted to tours of the White House.
So, this week, Republican U.S. Representative Chris Stewart [...]
Time was, when you wanted to protect constitutional rights against unwarranted surveillance, search and seizure in America, you would look to Democrats in Congress. Sure, some conservative Blue Dog Democrats would vote to give the government Big Brother powers, but most Democrats weren’t like that. A majority of Democrats in the House voted against the [...]
Congressional Republicans continue to put on a good media show to make it look like they are moving to support immigration, after an election in which it became clear that most Americans are tired of the GOP’s blame-an-immigrant strategy. But look closely at their “efforts” and you’ll notice there’s no actual legislation involved — just [...]
In the news this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been issuing press releases as he hops around the country in a “listening tour” devoted to convincing non-white voters that the Republican Party actually cares about them.
Not mentioned in the newspapers and unfit for print, Representatives Randy Neugebauer, Sam Graves, Tom Graves [...]
“Democrats are the Atheist Party,” declares the conservative Christian website Greene Opinion. This is a popular sentiment in conservative circles. Is it true?
Chapter 3 from Secularism and Secularity, a research volume published by Trinity College that describes results from the American Religious Identification Survey:
Democrats make up a smaller share of atheists than [...]
In 2010, Democrats set up a poorly-staffed table in a shed with a few pieces of literature at the Union Fair in Knox County, Maine. Republicans had a prominently-placed tent at which they were selling sweatshop-made promotional material.
In 2011, Knox County Democrats were gone entirely from the Union Fair, while Knox County Republicans sold [...]
If there really is a predetermined plan for greatness of the USA through journeys into outer space, then it will come to pass, and doesn’t need the help of a congressional resolution. If, on the other hand, there is no real outer space destiny of American Exceptionalism, well, what’s the big fuss about? Members of Congress can still get out toy spaceships and Star Wars action figures and play with them after all the interns have gone home. [...]
Some credit is due to Mitt Romney for hiring political staffer Richard Grenell despite the fact Grenell is openly gay.
Think about that sentence. Is this still a world in which people who don’t discriminate against gay people are worthy of special recognition? If you’re living in the Republicans’ world, it is. Grenell resigned from [...]
“We’re talking about putting a moratorium on foreclosures.” Which presidential candidate actually has the guts to say that? [...]