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In Crowded Field, Which Republican Will Stand Up to Trump?

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 2:36 pm (UTC-5)
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Tonight’s second Republican debate among presidential hopefuls is – once again – all about Donald Trump. The latest poll shows support for him on the rise as confidence fades in expected frontrunners like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Those watching will be looking at Jeb Bush or Carly Fiorina to pounce on Trump’s vague policy ideas and shut down his knack for sucking up all the oxygen in the room. That will require a complete redo by the rest of the Republican field, most of whom have proven unable to call out Trump for what some observers say he is: a bully.

Tearing at the Seams

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 11:38 am (UTC-5)
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Against the back­drop of the ac­cel­er­at­ing pres­id­en­tial race, the strains of ad­apt­ing to the na­tion’s hurt­ling demo­graph­ic and cul­tur­al change are grow­ing in­creas­ingly vis­ible. For all of the eco­nom­ic anxi­et­ies many Amer­ic­ans still ex­press, the most po­lar­iz­ing con­flicts this year are di­vid­ing the na­tion along lines of race, eth­ni­city, and cul­ture, not class.

The Best Way the US Could Help Syrians: Open the Borders

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 3:03 pm (UTC-5)
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The US’s real shortcoming isn’t an undue hesitancy to help Syrians by dropping bombs. It’s our refusal to let Syrians help themselves by allowing more refugees to move to the United States — a solution that would certainly work, would carry little in the way of short-term financial costs, and that would likely provide a powerful boost […]

Europe’s Migrant Crisis Could Be Ours

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 3:12 pm (UTC-5)
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The picture of the lifeless body of Syrian boy face down on a beach in Turkey seemed to jolt the world. Yes, a crisis is unfolding in parts of Europe where migrants from the Middle East and Africa are risking their lives to escape crises back home. While Europe confronts the reality of this influx, some warn the United States should be taking note. This could become a U.S. problem, with its roots in policies that attempted to keep America safely out crisis zones.

Mass Legal Immigration will Finish Conservatism

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 2:02 pm (UTC-5)
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If the federal immigration program continues to operate at its current pace — about 1 million green cards issued per year — it will create nearly 15 million potential new voters over the next two decades, disproportionately liberal

Sorry, Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is No Nazi

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 12:34 pm (UTC-5)
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Is there any Republican candidate, including Trump, who is seriously proposing forcible mass deportations of illegal immigrants? The answer is no. And therein lies the secret even many of Trump’s most ardent supporters don’t even realize. While Trump speaks with a lot of bombast, his immigration plan is actually quite moderate

A Misguided View of Immigrants

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 4:34 pm (UTC-5)
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Donald Trump’s immigration proposal — deporting the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants en masse, by force if necessary, then building a thousand mile wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to prevent their return — clearly caters to the unfounded fears of tea party conservatives regarding immigrants.

Republicans Must Deal Wisely With Trump

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 9:23 am (UTC-5)
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Republican elites need to come grips with the real Trump threat and not make things worse.  Which is what they have been doing so far.

Hillary Clinton Immigration Stunner

Posted May 7th, 2015 at 11:36 am (UTC-5)
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At a campaign event in Nevada Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stunned both her own party and rival Republicans by announcing she would expand President Obama’s executive order on immigration and ultimately grant “full and equal citizenship” to the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.

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