John A. Farrell


August 2010


Former RNC Chairman Supports Gay Marriage--Why Not Barack Obama?

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Ken Mehlman's decision to come out of the closet and announce that he is gay should be applauded. So should his support for gay marriage.

It can not have been easy for Mehlman, working as Karl Rove's lad in George Bush's 2004 presidential campaign, and then as chairman of the Republican Party, at a ...

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TAGS:
Rove, Karl
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
marriage
LGBT rights
Republican Party
RNC

Why Are Palin, Gingrich, and Fox News Doing Bin Laden's Work?

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I have been told by Fox commentators Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich that to be a good American I should detest Muslims. After all, it was Muslims from Saudi Arabia who steered the airplanes into the Pentagon and the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. And now they want to build a mosque at ground zero!

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TAGS:
Gingrich, Newt
Palin, Sarah
Murdoch, Rupert
Beck, Glenn
Fox News
Saudi Arabia
Islam
9/11
Stewart, Jon
bin Laden, Osama

On START Treaty, U.S. Suffering From Senate Republican Ignorance

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Are Republican senators providing aid and comfort to the Russian military? When I read his column in the morning paper, I assumed my old pal, David Broder, had gotten it wrong. Dave's been covering American politics at the highest level since the days of Rutherford Hayes, but I presumed that he ...

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TAGS:
Senate
Congress
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Russia
military
nuclear weapons
Lugar, Richard
Kyl, Jon
national security terrorism and the military

Mitch Daniels Joins Right Wing Whiners With Stimulus Flip-Flop

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's appearance on Fox News Sunday revealed everything that is wrong about our politics today. In order to appease the squirrels on the Republican Right, Daniels has followed Mitt Romney, Sens. John McCain.and Lindsey Graham and other GOP leaders in mortgaging their ...

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TAGS:
Fox News
Romney, Mitt
McCain, John
Graham, Lindsey
Republican Party
economic stimulus
employment
Daniels, Mitch

Obama, Democrats Have a Record of Success

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It may not fit the current political and media narrative, in which the goofier you are the more attention you get, but as an amateur historian I am struck by the record of accomplishment that the Democrats in Congress and President Obama are building. With the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
Kagan, Elena
Supreme Court
Congress
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Iraq
Iraq war (2003-2011)
debt
economic stimulus
Bush, George W.
2010 Congressional elections

Opposition to 'Ground Zero Mosque' Is a Victory for Al Qaeda

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The United States is not at war with Islam. It is at war with a small, deadly and extreme faction of Islamic crackpots. One of the best things about President George W. Bush's response to the 9/11 attacks was that he immediately understood and made clear that distinction.

For the umpteenth time: the ...

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TAGS:
al-Qaida
New York City
Islam
9/11
bin Laden, Osama
Bush, George W.
Bloomberg, Michael
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt

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