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      How do conservatives plan on paying for the forcible deportation of 12 million people, most women and children? The Republican Party is writing its own political obituary by consistently antagonizing Hispanic voters and gleefully embracing a narrative that paints Hispanics and immigrants as dangerous “outsiders” destroying America. Politically motivated and disgustingly transparent grabs for Hispanics support by concocting fake immigration policies will not work. The core of the party is hateful and xenophobic. Just splashing Marco Rubio over the party’s extreme right-wing policies as a brown-skinned antidote is an offensive lap that would patronize Hispanic voters when the GOP’s policies are devastatingly anti-Latino. Progressive

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      Where is the “new and improved” Republican Party? Same as the old, intolerant and blindingly white Republican Party. The GOP cannot change its stripes so long as the vast majority of its members and high-profile political stars are freely embracing the rhetoric of division, hate and extreme conservatism in order to win over the base. The GOP has not changed on immigration. Their agenda remains the same as it ever was; the indiscriminate round-up of Hispanics and people that have brown skin. This offensive and unfeasible policy will cement the party as a relic of the past as the nation transforms into a Latino-heavy electorate. Progressive

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      Nothing has changed in our political discourse since the shooting. Politicians and lawmakers are still beholden to the gun lobby and its stash of campaign cash. In fact, we have heard even more disturbing and extreme responses from pro-gun nuts in the wake of Newtown, suggesting all sorts of insane theories to back up their deadly obsession with assault weapons. The only hope for saving kids like those in Connecticut rests with the people of America. We have changed. We see the need for common sense regulations in this country. We know madmen able to buy military guns and 100-round ammo clips at Walmart cannot be tolerated. Progressive

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      The country has lost a magnificent and dedicated public servant in a position where she could have done incredible and deeply important things for the United States and the world. The reason? Republican obstinacy and intransigence in the face of an election of which the GOP still has yet to come to grips that it actually happened. Susan Rice is more than qualified for the job of secretary of state. This was a dedicated move by conservatives to embarrass the president and attack him over political differences. Instead, Republicans embarrassed themselves with a sorry display of traitorous behavior. Progressive

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      Republican intransigence and obstinacy are wrecking the country.Never before in our modern political history have we seen a party with limited power use it for the sole purpose of advancing an agenda of gridlock and inaction with no benefit besides appeasing a shrinking and extreme party base. Republicans have lost their right to govern America in their reckless behavior that has literally pushed the country and the government to the brink of disaster. Even a drubbing in an election they were convinced they would win has not seemed to change their toxic mindset from one of delay and obstruction. The GOP is protecting the wealthiest people on the planet while letting the rest of the country suffer for no reason. Progressive

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      Whatever it takes to achieve a fair, just, and lasting peace must be done immediately. There can be no tolerance for the indiscriminate deaths of innocent civilians on either side, especially children. Pace in the Middle East starts with a resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, despite the bombast from neo-cons about Iran, etc. Which brings up another point. Wasn’t the reelection of Obama supposed to foment the abandonment of Israel by our government? We were told so many frightening lies by Romney and the GOP. That these incoherent hawks could have been at the helm during this crisis is a sobering thought, and a reminder that elections do have consequences (sometimes good ones…). Progressive

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      There is no redeeming quality to this story that should justify the inordinate amount of bombastic and preening media coverage it has so breathlessly received. Conservatives are somehow pushing this as a major “scandal” for the newly reelected President Obama without bothering to look at the facts. In contrast, the reality of the matter is that this is yet another high profile Republican national figure brought down by an unseemly personal scandal…another blow to the party of “family values.” Petraeus was considered a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender. The GOP is in total disarray. Progressive

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      It’s come to the point when you don’t know what other horrific and offensive tools theb Romney campaign will unleash from their bag of tricks and lies. Here is a candidate chiding his opponent for running on nothing but “attacks,” yet the Romney camp is guilty of the most ferocious, exaggerated, and utterly racist attacks on President Obama imaginable. It is obvious which campaign finds themselves in the desperate situation of pitting races against each other in a bid to claim the mantle of the “white” candidate. Mitt Romney has gone to a place that is very dangerous for America. Progressive

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      We have never seen a presidential campaign quite like that of Mitt Romney in 2012. Mitt seems to think it is perfectly acceptable — even honorable — to try and run the most secretive and detached campaign in American political history. No one knows what this guy is really about. The disrespect he is showing the same Americans he simultaneously demands vote him into the White House is breathtaking. No tax returns. No info on his time at Bain. Not coming clean on his multiple offshore tax evasion havens. And absolutely no inclination to speak to our free press. Is this the beginning of a dictatorship? The man is dangerous. Progressive

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      Mitt Romney and the other raging neo-con hawks have miscalculated. Their aggressive rhetoric on foreign policy and relentless bashing of the president’s record underestimates the support Obama has on foreign policy and the complete disgust among the public with any talk of more neo-con military adventures that will hit America hard in the pocketbook and with the lives of our soldiers. We do not need war with Iran. This agenda is out of touch with both reality and the sentiment of most voters. Progressive

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      This debate has been a true game changer. Nothing is going to take away the fact that this is a close election, and a bitter race. But Obama has regained the momentum and made a clear case against the lies, distortions and oddball claims by Mitt Romney. Mitt stumbled badly, and no voter can honestly say the man can be trusted as commander in chief. Foreign policy is apolitical game to him, to be used as a tool with no regard for consequences. And Mitt still refuses to detail his own tax and spending plans, leaving Americans in the dark about what the next four years of a Romney presidency would look like. Such uncertainty will destroy our economy. - P.P.

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      Denver was a bitter anomaly. THe president came back with an energetic and blistering evisceration of Mitt Romney and his narrow list of proposals that would destroy America. There is no way anyone could score the debate as anything but a solid victory for the president and a setback for Mitt. Romney returned to his usual style of gaffes, awkwardness and verbal pratfalls. He looked small, weak and petulant in stalking after Obama on stage and getting his facts wrong multiple times. The lasting image of this night will be Romney getting smacked down for a lie by the moderator, losing his footing and losing the debate in one excruciating moment. Obama has seized the momentum again. Progressive