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Bill Maher: Republicans ‘love the truth, they just hate facts’

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Political comedian Bill Maher said Sunday on CNN that the Republican brand of “American exceptionalism” is based on an unrealistic “fantasy” that’s contradicted by facts.

“They live in this fantasy world where it’s always 1945, [and] America’s always number one,” Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” said of Republicans.

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Maher was referring to a common trend among modern Republican leaders that today involves characterizing the United States as a beacon of good and a nation with unparalleled greatness in world history.

He specifically invoked remarks expressed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and US Senator-elect Marco Rubio of Florida, all of whom regularly tout the issue of American exceptionalism.

But the United States, as Maher pointed out with some help from Zakaria, ranks behind dozens of countries on issues such as broadband internet penetration, infant mortality, literacy and health care, among others.

“These people love the truth, they just hate facts,” Maher said.

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The actual term “American exceptionalism,” coined by the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, refers not to the ostensible superiority of the United States but rather to the uniqueness of its founding, upon a set of principles and convictions regarding human nature.

But Republicans have re-branded the issue to signify American superiority over other nations. And, as the Washington Post recently reported, the term “seems to be on the lips of just about every Republican who is giving any thought to running for president in 2012.”

The phrase has become a rallying cry for conservatives who claim progressives don’t quite love or appreciate America as much. Liberals such as Maher argue that fact-based criticisms of US shortcomings are important in political discourse to help solve the country’s problems.

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‘Megalomaniacal, paranoid, and psychopathic’: Economist sounds the alarm on Trump’s ‘bottomless malevolence’

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, has written a frightening warning about President Donald Trump's "paranoid and psychopathic" leadership style, and he says it could have disastrous consequences for the world if he wins a second term.

In an essay published at progressive news website Common Dreams, Sachs argues that it would be a grave mistake to treat Trump like a cynical politician, when in reality he is an impulsive and vindictive narcissist who acts on his angry whims.

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Trump baselessly accuses Democratic lawmaker of ‘violence’?? in insane tweet

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President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “violence.”

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.

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Trump’s Labor Department wants to ‘weaponize’ right-wing discrimination and bigotry

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Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.

Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.

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