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The Arizona senator remains among the craven Republican officials who have endorsed Donald Trump for president, even though they know he is unfit to fill that office—and especially the role of commander in chief.

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Republican congressional leaders in both houses know they can continue to lie and deny on climate, so long as the nation's business leaders fail to demand change. Although they will always collect millions from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers and assorted fossil fuel profiteers, they might begin to worry if other economic interests that have traditionally supported them suddenly turned off the money and turned on the pressure.

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For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

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The Republican rejection of reality -- which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come -- inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

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Genuine conservatives aren't wrong to fret, but they seem unwilling or unable to grasp the clearest evidence that Trump is channeling toxic currents from the past -- namely, his appeals to racial bigotry, his truculent attitude toward other nations and his extremist "solution" to illegal immigration. Genuine conservatives aren't wrong to fret, but they seem unwilling or unable to grasp the clearest evidence that Trump is channeling toxic currents from the past -- namely, his appeals to racial bigotry, his truculent attitude toward other nations and his extremist "solution" to illegal immigration.

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