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September 18, 2012
Letter writer Al Eisner betrayed his political bias ("Libya attack a direct result of Obama foreign policy weakness," Sept. 16) when he characterized President's Barack Obama's Middle East foreign policy as "left-wing" and "weak" - the partisan talking point of the Republican Party. Those who keep up with political comments from the Middle East know that the rioters constituted but a handful of extremists - in the mere hundreds. In Egypt, the young revolutionaries who overthrew Hosni Mubarak were noticeably absent from the demonstration.
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By Michael Dresser and John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Using a daughter's compelling testimonial and a rally in Annapolis, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is fighting rival Anthony G. Brown's attempt to persuade voters that Hogan would take the state backward on such matters as abortion and birth control Hogan's counteroffensive comes after a sustained ad blitz in which Brown's campaign and its allies seek to portray Hogan as a closet right-wing extremist who would roll back the clock...
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August 5, 2011
Apparently, part of the Republican Party in Washington has been taken over by a religious cult. This cult is righteous, dogmatic, disciplined, intolerant and dictatorial. It is quite willing to hijack the legislative process to ensure that its demands are met. As demonstrated in the last few days, its members are willing to become suicide bombers, threatening the entire U.S. economy if they don't get their way. These people are the American Taliban. Our domestic Taliban adheres to several fundamental beliefs: •No new taxes for anybody, anytime, whatever the circumstances.
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July 4, 2014
About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy.
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November 13, 2012
It is amazing how differently different people see things. I suspect much of these differences boil down to simply which news broadcasts and talk show hosts we tune to. If only we could have news stations like the BBC, which believe it or not, actually broadcasts news. We could then take the facts that are reported as the basis for making up our own minds. Instead, we have "facts" that are manufactured by people from either the extreme left or right, which are then played full strength over and over.
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August 4, 2011
Under our Constitution, a strong president should protect and defend the nation and the presidency from dangers both foreign and domestic. The question isn't whether Washington handled the debt ceiling crisis effectively. It didn't. The important question is why a small rogue ideological group was allowed to hold the American government hostage and create a dangerous precedent that future extremists, from the left and the right, will try to exploit. The president and congressional leaders should have resisted attempts to link two totally disparate issues: a short term self-imposed debt ceiling; and a serious recession, job shortage and long term growth and fiscal problems.
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November 9, 2012
Mitt Romney was a bad candidate facing a president saddled with a bad economy, but he could have won if he hadn't been critical of President Obama's auto bailout plan. All he had to say was that the auto rescue was the right path and that he hoped it would work. He also should have taken the issue of rape, pregnancy and abortion off the table. All he had to do was insert language in the party's anti-abortion platform calling for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.
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By Jonah Goldberg | October 11, 2011
Brian Phillips is the head of communications for the NYC General Assembly, the group primarily responsible for occupying Wall Street. I learned about him while listening to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition. " According to NPR, Phillips is "an ex-Marine with a bachelor's in computer science. Today he is wearing a sock on his head. " "My political goal," Phillips says, "is to overthrow the government. " Note: That's not some random nut job pulled from his Lyndon LaRouche desk or tricked-out refrigerator box/time machine.
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By Los Angeles Times | February 14, 1995
WASHINGTON -- An international manhunt has been launched to track down 20 Muslim extremists -- 15 of various Asian and Mideast nationalities and five Filipinos -- linked to Ramzi Ahmed Yousef's terrorist operations in the Philippines, according to Philippine and U.S. officials.The extremists are widely believed to make up the central core of a cell operated by Mr. Yousef, who was arrested last week in Islamabad, Pakistan, for allegedly masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 10, 1995
WASHINGTON -- After a third white soldier was charged in the killing of a black couple in Fayetteville, N.C., Army officials said that they were examining whether there were any patterns of extremist activity at Fort Bragg because the three harbored Nazi flags and white supremacist literature.Maj. Rivers Johnson, a spokesman for the Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, said in a statement Friday that the shootings were an "isolated incident," but he acknowledged that the division was "reviewing the units" for any evidence of "patterns of activity that are incompatible with Army policy."
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Michael Anthony Peroutka and David Whitney, who are vying for the same seat on the Anne Arundel County Council, are members of the League of the South, an organization whose stated goal is the secession of Southern states. Peroutka also believes elected officials should return to a "Biblical worldview" of the founding fathers, and Whitney preaches at his Pasadena church that God is essential in government and that current political leaders are "wicked and corrupt. " Such views and affiliations have landed Peroutka and Whitney on a list of "extremist candidates" compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based nonprofit that tracks hate groups.
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Leonard Pitts Jr | May 8, 2014
There was a method to this madness. Meaning that night more than three weeks ago when a caravan of trucks and buses descended on a boarding school in rural Nigeria and more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their beds. As is often the case with acts of terror, this mass kidnapping was accomplished with a theatricality and audacity designed to inspire awe. But the act of terror was also an act of fear. What the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan suggested, the mid-April taking of these Christian and Muslim children makes abundantly clear: Extremist Islam is scared of little girls.
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May 6, 2014
It's now been more than two weeks since Islamic militants attacked a girls' boarding school in remote northeast Nigeria and abducted more than 300 young women between the ages of 16 and 18, carrying them off into the bush on a convoy of buses and trucks. But apart from a few dozen students who managed to escape in the first few hours after their capture, not a trace of the girls has been found so far. And the kidnappings haven't stopped: Today U.N. officials announced that at least eight more girls were seized by extremists in the same part of the country as last month's abductions.
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By Robert B. Reich | November 13, 2013
The Washington Post called Chris Christie's huge gubernatorial victory a "clear signal in favor of pragmatic, as opposed to ideological, governance. " But the mainstream media used a different adjective to describe Bill de Blasio, Election Day's other landslide victor. The New York Times, for example, wrote of "the rise of the left-leaning Mr. de Blasio. " Again and again, Christie is being described as the pragmatist; De Blasio, as the lefty. But in light of America's surging inequality, the labels should be reversed.
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October 25, 2013
State Sen. Jim Rosapepe castigates tea party Republicans for the recent shutdown, referring to them as "illiterate political extremists" and "power hungry opportunists" ( "We have a deal, but the damage is already done," Oct. 17). Although attempting to shroud himself with the spirit of common sense and bipartisanship, his article is nothing more than a highly partisan attack designed to delegitimize the tea party and, not surprisingly, promote his own party. It is important to understand the context of the views of those "extremists" that the senator so despises.
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By Jim Rosapepe | October 17, 2013
I've spent the last two weeks in Latin America - where they know something about defaulting on public debts. As part of a bipartisan group of former U.S. ambassadors, I met with business leaders, central bankers, government officials and ordinary citizens. They all asked: what is going on in the U.S. Congress? Is the U.S. really going to default on its debt because of the political game playing? Along with my traveling companions, Republicans as well as Democrats, I repeatedly reassured them that we were confident that cooler heads would prevail and default would be avoided.
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By Freeman A. Hrabowski & Walter Sondheim | April 19, 1994
NOT LONG ago at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Jewish students, faculty and staff sat down to a Seder. As their forebears had done for thousands of years, they broke bread, retelling the story of the Jews' deliverance from slavery.They also broke tradition. That evening, they were joined by African-American students and staff, who read from their books and sang with the Gospel Choir, celebrating their liberation from slavery.The issues for this Seder were race, ethnicity, religion and freedom -- and the problem of communication between these two groups, not only at UMBC, but everywhere.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 20, 1995
JERUSALEM -- As a state inquiry began into the security failures that led to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, the Israeli Cabinet said yesterday that it would crack down on Jewish extremists.The government established three committees to study ways to disband Jewish extremist groups, to bar Jewish extremists from entering Israel and to cut off funds to institutions believed to incite against democracy, Cabinet Secretary Shmuel Hollander said."The government declares that extremist, violent, racist and terrorist organizations pose a great threat to the democratic regime of Israel, to the security of the state and the safety of the public," Mr. Hollander said.
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October 3, 2013
With the shutdown dragging along and no discernible progress coming out of Wednesday's meeting between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders, Republicans bemoaned the Democrats' unwillingness to negotiate. They'll negotiate with the president of Iran, was the common GOP talking point, but they won't talk to us. Actually, the more appropriate comparison might have been that President Obama didn't negotiate with foreign terrorists out to hurt the country, and he isn't rewarding similar tactics back home.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 27, 2013
"It's the law of the land. " This is rapidly becoming the preferred shorthand argument for why criticism of Obamacare is just so, so wrong. It also serves as the lead sentence of a larger claim that all attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act are really symptoms of a kind of extremist right-wing lunacy. For instance, here's Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who walked out of the painting "American Gothic" to deliver this homespun wisdom: "We're not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional.
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