Author Archives: Ivan Weiss

Issue #245

(Daily Clips will not publish next week. The editor’s computer is undergoing repairs.)   In West Virginia’s “chemical valley,” January’s spill had been a long time coming This was West Virginia’s fifth major industrial accident in eight years. Most accidents … Continue reading

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Issue #244

This machine can tell whether you’re liberal or conservative Thomas Jefferson was a smart dude. And in one of his letters to John Adams, dated June 27, 1813, Jefferson made an observation about the nature of politics that science is only … Continue reading

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Issue #243

Dems seek to demonize justices, like ‘working the referee’ Senate Democrats and liberal groups are mounting a pressure campaign against the Supreme Court, hoping to influence future decisions by blasting conservative justices for alleged political bias. The effort from the left … Continue reading

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Issue #242

Scott Walker doesn’t want you to vote; Biden says ‘fight back’ Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge, which … Continue reading

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Issue #241

Republican senators dig in against tea party primary challenges When Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) took the stage recently at a Chamber of Commerce brisket dinner, he not only defended his pork-barrel spending, he spoke about the goodness of government—something few … Continue reading

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Issue #240

Sheldon Adelson: Wild card The guessing game is creating anxiety among Republican Party elites eager to avoid a repeat of 2012, when Sheldon Adelson and his family dumped more than $20 million into a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich’s long-shot … Continue reading

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Issue #239

The devastating, sneaky genius of John Roberts’ opinions Chief Justice John Roberts. has an unparalleled talent for making the sweeping seem small and the sharp seem mild. His rhetoric is all about sounding reasonable and earnest, even if (especially if) the … Continue reading

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Issue #238

Obamacare helping millions register to vote It’s the right’s worst nightmare: Obamacare working to boost not just the number of Americans who have affordable health insurance—but also the number who are registered to vote. And it could be coming true. Take … Continue reading

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Issue #237

Obamacare numbers coming in huge: Here’s a guide to GOP excuse-making Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act surged Monday toward—and maybe beyond—the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, … Continue reading

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Issue #236

A “nation of takers?” Here are the real “takers” In the debate about poverty, critics argue that government assistance saps initiative and is unaffordable. After exploring the issue, I must concede that the critics have a point. Here are five … Continue reading

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