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Back to the Future

Delusional, warmongering Senate hawks
talk about bombing a Middle East country.
Last time it was Iraq, this time Iran —
if you blur your vision, you might confuse the two.

Big corporations’ cronies in Congress
push for a trade deal that will benefit big business
but hurt American workers and the environment.
Yesterday’s NAFTA is today’s TPP.

And Clinton is running for president,
while Bush shores up a skeptical GOP base
and a libertarian named Paul makes some noise.

Looks like the dream of the 90s is alive and well,
we’ve landed somewhere between 1992 and 2003,
and we could all use a time machine
to bring us back to the future.

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Little Shock. Less Awe.

The nation is outraged by a video
of a police officer killing and framing a man,
but sadly the nation isn’t too surprised,
as events such as these recur in the headlines.

A historic announcement shows diplomacy works,
and yet the GOP wants to sabotage negotiations.
No surprise that a party that was wrong on Iraq
is running to be just as wrong on Iran.

And Rand Paul launched his bid,
thinking he’d quickly shock the field —
but all that he did was underwhelm expectations,
stumble on issues and shush a few reporters.

From warmongers wanting to bomb Iran
to aggressive police tactics across the nation
to presidential campaigns opening with a bang,
everyone seems to be going for shock and awe.

But with very few surprises,
and tactics worthy of no respect whatsoever,
this week has offered little shock, and a lot less awe.

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Exodus and Easter from Indiana to Iran

In response to Indiana’s anti-LGBT legislation,
businesses threatened such an Exodus
that Pharaoh Pence is changing his tune.

The outcry in Arkansas was so loud
that Hutchinson couldn’t play Pontius Pilate —
realizing he’d be stained by discrimination,
he sent the bill back unsigned.

And meanwhile, despite the cries of neocons,
diplomats continue talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
It may feel as torturous as 40 years in the desert,
but maybe the Holy Land is at the end of this journey.

As Christians and Jews embrace a holy weekend,
the right wing would do well to remember:
Jesus was the immigrant son of an unwed mother,
Moses represented a persecuted minority,
they both were community organizers,
and in neither story is discrimination a good thing.

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Not Quite Cruz Control

Ted Cruz launched the first official presidential bid,
but his kick-off was mired in website spoofs,
an audience obligated to attend his speech
and news that his family’s going on Obamacare.

Meanwhile, he and his fellow Senate Tea Partiers
have sidelined themselves from serious governance
from Iran negotiations to immigration reform,
stuck instead of slashing Social Security.

And as other GOP contenders get ready,
Jeb confronts the problem right-wingers don’t like him,
Rand deals with the establishment not liking him
and Christie faces the fact that nobody likes him.

And meanwhile, on the Democratic side,
there is still “nobody” running at all. For now.

Presidential politics is rarely on cruise control —
and this week, it definitely wasn’t on Cruz control.

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Spring in the Air and in Obama’s Step

While Republicans cast a frozen gaze
on the prospect of peace with Iran,
the President welcomes a new season
as diplomacy nears a nuclear deal.

Conservatives continue to storm
against healthcare and marriage equality,
but gay rights blossom in unlikely states
and new Obamacare enrollees keep blooming.

And despite the GOP’s frigid fuming,
the President keeps taking executive action:
on immigration, financial regulations,
wages and now greenhouse gas emissions.

Republicans are in a winter of discontent,
but for many of us, spring is in the air —
and the spring is back in Obama’s step.

Although if Democrats scuttle diplomacy,
or the President keeps pushing bad trade deals,
we could still expect another cold front.

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Iran. We Ran. They’re Off And Running.

As the president runs a historic effort
to reach a nuclear deal with Iran,
the Republicans run to ruin diplomacy
and in doing so, they run off the rails.

Cruz, Rubio, Paul all want to run,
but on Iran, they all ran backwards.
And GOP voters run from Chris Christie,
as Scott Walker walks to the front of the line.

And as she’s chased by email outrage,
“I ran” has different meaning for Clinton,
weighing whether to announce, “I will run.”

The GOP ran and won the Senate,
but they’re running in circles now —
and as they jockey to run for president,
President Obama asserts he still runs the show.

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Message Mess

Netanyahu tries to mess with US diplomacy,
and delivers a misguided message to Congress,
but in the end, it mucked up the GOP’s march to war
as hawkish Dems turn against Mitch McConnell mayhem.

The DOJ sends mixed messages on Ferguson:
revealing the obvious — bias among their police —
while missing the mark of what felt clear to many:
the need for consequences for killing an unarmed teen.

But the biggest mess might go to the smallest story:
how Hillary Clinton’s efforts to have email privacy
just became the center of endless public scrutiny —
whether it’s legal, ethical and should she have known better.

In a week of misplaced Messianic mischief,
muddled maneuvering and more muckraking,
we’ve had enough messy messages,
and more than enough messed up messengers.

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Pipelines, Pipe Dreams and Punchlines

Of all the issues they could choose to tackle,
Republicans fixate on the Keystone pipeline,
which they knew the president would veto —
likely just the first of many vetoes in this new era.

While the president calls for new rules
to protect Americans’ retirement accounts,
the GOP renews efforts to repeal banking reforms,
a move Obama is sure to veto as well.

And while Republican leaders accuse Obama
of being soft on ISIS and not loving America,
the Grant Old Party plays partisan games,
with threats to defund the Department of Homeland Security.

The Republican Party: obsessed with pipelines,
drunk on pipe dreams, and fast becoming punchlines.

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