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Mort Report

American fascism? Yes, it can happen here

I'm betting on the American people. But the odds are terrifying. Too many voters rely on emotional impulse, fixating on narrow issues without considering the big picture. Democrats continue to snipe at one another, fortifying Trump's chances.... Read more»

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»

Factcheck

Misassigning blame for immigration crisis

A TV ad falsely claims Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander is “responsible” for a surge of “illegal aliens” who are “overrunning our border” because he voted for “amnesty.” ... Read more»

Lamar Alexander quits GOP leadership

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, announced Tuesday that he will give up his position of chair of the Senate Republican Conference as of January.... Read more»

Factcheck

Playing politics with gas prices

Democrats and Republicans disagree on energy policy, but this they share: Both shade the facts on the complex issue for political advantage. ... Read more»

Health care debate

GOP presses campaign against Democratic health reform

GOP officials on Sunday talk shows stressed their belief that health overhaul goes beyond tax and fiscal issues usually reserved for the budget reconciliation tactic. Meanwhile, House Democrats indicated they expect a successful vote on a bill.... Read more»