6 Reasons This Could Be Obama’s Best Year as President

04 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 3, 2014 (The Daily Beast) “Obama is done! He’s a lame duck. It’s over for the president.” These are the type of the comments we saw in the media as 2013 came to a close. As some political pundits saw it, Obama can forget seeing any of his proposals enacted and should simply enjoy the perks of being president -like free cable and limo rides. Could they be right? Sure, it’s…

The Right’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy

19 December 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 19, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Attention conservatives: you have the right to hate any group you want. Blacks, gays, Muslims, Jews, other sects of Christians, whoever you like. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has noted numerous times that the First Amendment guarantees “freedom of thought” in addition to freedoms such as religion and expression. Consequently, you can think as many hateful thoughts as you choose. But here’s the thing: if you voice…

It’s Conservatives Who Really Want Christ Out of Christmas

17 December 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 17, 2013 (The Daily Beast) The War on Christmas is on! This epic battle pits the forces on the right who demand that we say “Merry Christmas” to everyone regardless of their faith—or lack thereof—against those who prefer to say “Happy Holidays.” How fierce has this so-called “war” become? Well, Sarah Palin is travelling across the country alerting people that “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.” Palin is like a modern…

Can it get any worse for Obama?

03 November 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah November 2, 2013 (CNN) -- Things are looking horrible for President Barack Obama. There's the Obamacare website fiasco. Ongoing allegations of National Security Agency spying on European leaders. There was the government shutdown that damaged the economy on his watch. And a new poll released this week finds Obama with his lowest approval rating -- and his highest disapproval rating -- ever.   If this were a movie, we would be at the part where the hero finds himself…

Confederate flag was the flag of traitors

25 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 25, 2013 (CNN) -- You can debate whether the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. But the one thing you can't dispute: The Confederate flag was flown by traitors to the United States of America who slaughtered more than 110,000 U.S. soldiers.   I know some will take issue with my calling the Confederacy a band of traitors, but let's be blunt -- that's what they were. They broke from the United…

Rand Paul's Muslim-Bashing Speech

14 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 14, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Was Rand Paul’s most recent, big set-piece speech about A. The government shutdown; B. The debt limit; or C. The dreaded Obamacare? Nope, it was none of them. Instead, Paul spent his 19-minute speech at the Value Voters summit on Friday talking about Muslims.   Now, I’m Muslim and I love attention - so on some level I’m happy when people talk about Muslims.  But despite…

Ted Cruz is the Miley Cyrus of the Senate

11 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 11, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Ted Cruz desperately needs help. He has an addiction. And alarmingly it’s to the one of the most powerful and destructive drugs out there: fame. Cruz’s addiction has lead him to do the unthinkable. No, not shutting down the government, but the more amazing feat of becoming the Miley Cyrus of politics. In fact, he’s been making Miley look like a camera-shy recluse. What’s next for…

Everyday Evil: The Sentencing of Ariel Castro

06 August 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. August 6, 2013  For most people, hearing the words Ariel Castro uttered at his sentencing evoked horror, disbelief and confusion – for me, it was just another day at the office.  The pure evil that is Castro exists everywhere but only those of us in the criminal justice and mental health fields get the up close and personal privilege of witnessing it on a daily basis.  When the sentencing began with…

Anthony Weiner and Other Democrats in Sex Scandals Don’t Mention God

25 July 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 25, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Not only is there a stark political divide between Democratic and Republican politicians on policy issues but also on sex scandals. What’s the difference, you ask? Simple: God. No, I’m not saying Republican politicians claim that God told them to do it. Apparently, God only tells Republicans to run for president, not to cheat on their wives—at least not yet.   But when politicians get caught in…

Jason Patric Gives Sperm Its Day in Court

23 July 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. July 23, 2013 Hollywood star Jason Patric is leading the fight to give sperm donors’ increased parental rights. Perhaps, if he just did it the old-fashioned way he wouldn’t have emerged as the trailblazer of sperm; nor would he be claiming to be the parent he already is in life, but not in law. Jason Patric is in a heated custody battle with ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber over their son Gus, 3, who…

Edward Snowden, want my advice?

07 July 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 5, 2013 (CNN) -- Edward Snowden, you need help! And I'm here for you. I enjoy offering people suggestions -- which you may even be aware of if you read my e-mails when you were working at the NSA. I don't know where you thought you'd end up after disclosing classified documents detailing our government's surveillance program, but I doubt you thought you'd be roaming the halls of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport checking…

Monday Morning Quarterbacking the Supreme Court

01 July 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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 By Seema Iyer, Esq. July 1, 2013 DOMA lost. Love won. Holy matrimony – it’s been one hell of a Supreme Court post-season! The last month has certainly felt like a January. Every week with playoff games (decision days) that left us with some crushing defeats (Shelby v. Holder), hollow victories (Fisher v. University of TX), an out of pocket play that rewrote history (Hollingsworth v. Perry) and the mother of all games between the…

Can We Forgive Paula Deen?

29 June 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah June 29, 2013 (CNN) -- Once a racist, always a racist? Will bigots always be bigots? Or can people truly evolve over time for the better? And if they do, should we applaud their metamorphosis and welcome them back? The easy answer -- as we are seeing with Paula Deen -- is to quickly label the person a racist for past insensitive remarks and cast her out to the fringes of society. But…
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