Is Mitt Romney actually “Stupid”?

18 July 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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Could Mitt Romney be “stupid”? That’s the question CNN’s Erin Burnett posed on her show this past Monday when discussing Romney’s refusal to release his past income tax returns. Actually, she hypothesized that there were three possible reasons Mitt refused to release them: “One, he had a lot more money in tax shelters in prior years than he does now." "Two, he did something shady.” “Or, three, he's stupid." Could Mitt’s refusal to release these…

Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper

18 July 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- "This is a man without a core, a man without substance, a man that will say anything to become president of the United States." Rudy Giuliani uttered these harsh words when describing Mitt Romney eight months ago. But then, four months later, Giuliani endorsed Romney. Is Giuliani correct? Is Romney truly a man "without a core"? The simple answer: No. Romney has a distinct core -- not that of a politician, but of…

Super Tax the Super PACs

01 July 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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The rich and powerful just got more powerful--and most likely richer. While all eyes have been focused on the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling, the Court quietly released a decision last Monday that could impact even more Americans. The Supreme Court had a chance with this new case to reverse its infamous 2010 Citizens United decision. By way of brief background, the Citizens United ruling, together with the federal appeals court decision in Speechnow.org vs. FEC, gave…

Why it's actually good for Obama if Supreme Court Strikes Obamacare

24 June 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(New York, NY) This is a HUGE week! For those who follow politics, you know why. For the rest of you, let me put it in perspective: This news is bigger than Snooki getting pregnant or Justin Bieber beating up a member of the paparazzi. It's even bigger than the finale of “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Biggest Loser”-- combined! This week, the United States Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of…

Where are the good Christians?

22 June 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- Christianity in America is being hijacked. The faith known for Jesus Christ's teaching of "love thy neighbor as yourself" is in danger of being redefined by the far right as: "Hate the gays, Mormons and Muslims." Just this past weekend, Christian missionaries -- including members of the organization Bible Believers -- traveled to one of the biggest Arab-American festivals in the country to taunt Muslims. These so-called Christians held up a pig's head…

What's behind dissing of the president?

21 June 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- A reporter from a right-wing media outlet heckled President Obama -- not once, but twice -- on Friday as he was unveiling a new immigration policy. If this shocks you, you haven't been paying attention. This is simply the latest page from the right's playbook to delegitimize Barack Obama's presidency. Some may dismiss it as an isolated incident, but it's not. It goes much deeper. Believe me, I know hecklers -- I'm a…

Obama, Romney: time to debate, and curse?

16 June 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN)  Fact: Americans love to curse. We, the people, use profanity every day. Some will deny this reality, but those people are [expletive] kidding themselves. Cursing is in our movies, TV shows, books and magazines. It's also a big part of our daily conversations -- especially when we get passionate about something. However, for some bizarre reason, we demand that our elected officials not speak like the rest of us. We condemn them for even…

Liberals want Obama to be a king, not a President

14 June 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) Can liberals ever be happy? I keep asking myself this question as I hear an increasing number complaining about President Obama. There seems to be a Greek chorus of liberal whining: "I'm disappointed by him." "I expected more." "I thought he would be different." Earlier this week, singer Jackson Browne, a vocal 2008 Obama supporter, lamented that President Obama is "...just as beholden to the people who put him in office as any of…

Do Women REALLY Deserve to be Paid the Same as Men?

05 June 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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What do you think the pay would be for two people working in the same workplace, doing the same job, for the same length of time? If your answer was “the same,” odds are you would be wrong if one of those two employees was a woman. Women in America are in general paid less than men. That is a fact. And not just a few cents less, but women on average earn only 77…

No 'Avenger' in sight for America

24 May 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- America is in trouble. And we know it. Just look at recent polls: 70% of Americans would describe the nation's economy as bad. Some 61% think our country is on the wrong track. Only 24% of Americans think the economy has actually improved in the past few years. And almost two-thirds of Americans are concerned about being able to pay for their housing. We could use Captain Economy to help us create jobs.…

Sacha Cohen's Movie A Minstrel Show

13 May 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie, "The Dictator," is a modern-day minstrel show judging from the trailer and Cohen's comments promoting the film while dressed as the film's star, "Gen. Shabazz Aladeen," the leader of a fictitious Arab country. Cohen, who is not of Arab heritage, plays this Arab character while sporting a long fake beard and speaking in a strong Arabic accent, which would be fine, except the character is showcasing the worst…

Why are Gay People less American than Straight People?

09 May 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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Why do you support discrimination against a group of Americans? This is just one of the questions that I ask myself when I encounter people opposed to gay marriage. Other questions that pop into my head include: What makes Americans who are gay less American than you? Why are they not entitled to the same protections under our system of laws that you are? The issue of marriage equality to me is not a nuanced…

Is Barack Obama too cool to be President?

04 May 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) When I was growing up, my friends and I all wanted to be cool -- like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro or, of course, the king of cool at the time: Fonzie. (I should note that I grew up in an Italian neighborhood.) Being "cool" was a good thing. Today it appears that being "cool" could be a bad thing, at least if you are running for president of the United States. That theory…