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Opinion: Republicans in Texas just voted to reject democracy

The Texas Republican Convention rejected the outcome of a democratic election, supported bigotry toward the LGBTQ community and imposed far-right beliefs on others by seeking to have them enshrined into law, writes Dean Obeidallah. → Read More

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Opinion: Michael Flynn's comments on Christianity are outrageous but not surprising

No one should be surprised by Michael Flynn's comments that America should have "one religion," Dean Obeidallah writes. Flynn, Obeidallah continues, is simply repeating what some in the GOP have long championed: The idea that "freedom of religion" is imposing their religious beliefs upon the rest of us. → Read More

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Opinion: The most alarming Trump rally yet

While Donald Trump has held several rallies since the January 6 Capitol insurrection, Saturday's rally in Iowa was different, Dean Obeidallah writes. Attended by leading Iowa Republican officials, some of whom just months earlier were slamming Trump for his role in the Capitol riots, the event showcased politics at its worst -- and at its most dangerous for our democracy. → Read More

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On 9/11, my 'White card' was revoked (Opinion)

Dean Obeidallah writes that on September 11th, 20 years ago, he learned what White privilege truly meant. The tragedy that brought down the Twin Towers in Manhattan also unleashed a wave of anti-Arab hate -- which had been foreign to Obeidallah until then. → Read More

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Opinion: Our Muslim allies must step up to protect the women of Afghanistan

Dean Obeidallah writes that with no US military option to protect women in Afghanistan from the Taliban's brutal treatment of women, the best approach at this point is enlisting our Muslim allies to pressure the Taliban "Muslim to Muslim" to stop its oppression of women. → Read More

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Opinion: Kevin McCarthy's 'joke' about Nancy Pelosi is dangerously unfunny

Dean Obeidallah argues that Kevin McCarthy's flip-flops on Donald Trump and appalling "joke" about hitting Nancy Pelosi can only be explained by the House minority leader's pathetic desperation to take over from Pelosi as Speaker of the House. → Read More

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Opinion: Trump World's latest crazy idea could be good for Democrats

Dean Obeidallah writes that Donald Trump supporters floating the idea that the former president could be the next House Speaker "is not only an insult to our Republic given Trump's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, it is exactly what the Democrats need to animate voters who reject Trumpism to come out to the polls." → Read More

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Opinion: There's only one way for patriotic Americans to see today's GOP

Dean Obeidallah argues that the Republican Party is carrying out a multi-faceted assault on the very bedrock of the Republic. "Today's GOP is now defined by its embrace and defense of Trump--who incited an act that became "domestic terrorism"-- to its war on voting, speech and freedom of thought." → Read More

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Opinion: There's only one way for patriotic Americans to see today's GOP

Dean Obeidallah argues that the Republican Party is carrying out a multi-faceted assault on the very bedrock of the Republic. "Today's GOP is now defined by its embrace and defense of Trump--who incited an act that became "domestic terrorism"-- to its war on voting, speech and freedom of thought." → Read More

Media, Don’t Help Trump Gaslight the Jan. 6 Terrorist Attack This Weekend

This Saturday night on the eve of the five month anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack of our Capitol, Donald Trump — the man who incited that act of “domestic terrorism” as FBI Director Christopher Wray called it — will be delivering his first public speech since leaving office at the North Carolina GOP state […] → Read More

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Elon Musk doesn't deserve to host 'SNL' (Opinion)

Dean Obeidallah writes that "Saturday Night Live" should do better than giving Elon Musk the honor of hosting. → Read More

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Opinion: It's not enough to cancel Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'America First' caucus

Dean Obeidallah writes that Republicans can't be silent on "replacement theory" and the threat of white nationalism. While GOP leaders like Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney did criticize Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's now-cancelled plan to establish a caucus to celebrate "Anglo-Saxon political traditions," the party's response "should have been deafening." → Read More

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Ron Weiser, 'Diamond and Silk': There's no place in the US for this vile rhetoric

Dean Obeidallah writes that Americans must swiftly denounce those like Michigan GOP chair Ron Weiser for invoking the specter of violence against those not loyal to Donald Trump and the conservative Newsmax hosts who called for a military to coup against Joe Biden. "If not, a Jan. 6-style attack could happen again — and next time these un-American, anti-democratic forces may prevail." → Read More

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Opinion: Ron Johnson reveals the racism of the Capitol riot reaction

Dean Obeidallah writes that Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who in the past peddled baseless conspiracy theories about the people who waged the Jan. 6 attack on our Capitol as not being Donald Trump supporters but agents-provocateurs, finally told (some of) the truth about the Capitol riot --"and it's even viler than his previous nonsense." → Read More

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Opinion: Look at everything the GOP wants to cancel

Dean Obeidallah writes that while GOP elected officials falsely claim that Democrats wanted to cancel Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head the reality is that it's the GOP that is the party of cancel culture. "Republican lawmakers have tried to cancel everything from the 81 million people who voted for Joe Biden to now trying even to cancel free pizza for people on line waiting to vote in Georgia." → Read More

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Opinion: CPAC's dangerous embrace of Trump

Dean Obeidallah writes that the American Conservative Union's invitation to Donald Trump to speak at its annual CPAC gathering signals that conservatives and Republicans apparently are trying to sell a new "Big Lie" to the American people: that Trump's assault on our democracy through his post-election lies and incitement to insurrection is no big deal. Or worse, such conduct is acceptable in… → Read More

GOP Senators Must Choose—the United States or Donald Trump

In a rational world, Trump’s guilt wouldn’t be a partisan issue at all. But we live in Republican world. → Read More

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GOP senators have a simple choice at Trump's trial (Opinion)

Dean Obeidallah writes ahead of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, GOP senators face a simple question: do they stand with the former president, or with the United States? → Read More

Forget Impeachment—Donald Trump Should Be Under Arrest

The Senate needs to go about its obviously constitutional business. But I sure hope prosecutors in New York and Washington are going about theirs, too. → Read More

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'SNL' perfectly sums up today's America (Opinion)

Dean Obeidallah that "Saturday Night Live"'s Kate McKinnon asked in the cold open "What still works?" in America. The answer, as it turns out, McKinnon concludes -- not much. → Read More