Politics

Newcomer to Koch Scene, Bush Competes for Tea Party Support

THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation’s most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers’ summit. Only Read More

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Op-Ed

GOP’s Raging Intra-Party War

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct. Two developments of last week have underscored that the Read More

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Can Jeb Bush Defy the Tea Party and Win?

(New York Times) – Can Jeb Bush win the Republican presidential nomination while defying the most ideologically committed wing of his party? Bill Clinton did this successfully in 1992, when he staked out conservative stands opposed by the liberal wing of his party — the so-called Sister Souljah strategy, Read More

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Callous Conservatives

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some synonyms of the word “callous” are: heartless, unfeeling, unmerciful, cruel, and inhumane. A mid-November poll by the Gallup organization asking Americans their views on expanding access to healthcare proves that in some cases, one can add the adjective Read More

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GOP Moderates Revolt in Kansas

(Politico) WICHITA, Kan. — Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states. Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back. A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative Read More

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For Jewish Republicans: Oy Vey

(POLITICO) – The dream of a Jewish Republican speaker of the House is no more. With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s startling ouster in a primary election this week, the man who was on a track to be the highest-ranking Jewish official in American history Read More

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Op-Ed

Poor Whites are Blaming the Wrong People

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I read a very sad article in the Washington Post on October 29. It concerned the base of the Tea Party movement, and specifically focused on some economically distressed Whites living in Georgia. They, like many other residents of Tea Party-controlled Read More

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The Delusional Tea Party Republicans

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist As these words are being written, the Obama administration is trying to end a shutdown of the United States government forced by the refusal of the Republican bloc of the House of Representatives to vote on a continued funding Read More

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The Tea Party’s Revolt Against Reality

[The Washington Post] If you can judge people by the quality of their enemies, one quality shared by many opponents of the tea party is their conservatism. Like many ideological factions, tea-party activists display a special intensity in fighting the “near enemy” — other elements Read More

Op-Ed

North Carolina’s Tea Party Nightmares

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist North Carolina — once poster child for the New South — now displays the nightmares spawned by the Tea Party right no longer restrained by the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled it Read More

Health

Better Healthcare for Less Money, if You Can Find It

(Reuters) – Consumers intrigued by the new model of accountable healthcare – which promises better-coordinated care that could save lots of money – are going to have to actively seek out participating providers. A tenet of accountable care is better quality: doctors are paid to Read More

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Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges Read More

Op-Ed

Our Era of Political Extremism

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for Read More