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Health Literacy Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs Annually

Posted by DanikaK on September 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

For years, physicians and healthcare providers have been emphasizing the importance of health literacy for their patients. But new studies indicate that the majority of Americans lack an adequate literacy when it comes to their health.

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To Solve the Healthcare Staff Challenge, We Need More Educators

Posted by DanikaK on July 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM

America has been facing a shortage of healthcare professionals for some time now. The problem will likely become exacerbated in years to come, as it is expected that nearly 33 percent of working nurses in the country are expected to retire in years to come. At the same time, the nation's population is aging quickly and has far more health problems than the system can currently handle.

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​Why American Healthcare Needs to Focus on Staff Diversity

Posted by DanikaK on March 20, 2018 at 8:01 PM

The United States has long boasted a reputation for being a melting pot of culture and diversity. But in the healthcare workforce, there is a severe lack of minority representation amongst staff that has the potential to be detrimental to the 40 percent of Americans who are members of an ethnic or racial minority group.

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​Cities Band Together to Take On Big Pharma Over The Opioid Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on January 24, 2018 at 6:55 PM

In recent years, rural areas of the United States have been ravaged by the use of opioids in their communities. Recent studies show that throughout the course of a decade, opioid usage has increased by over 2 percent among U.S. adults. These studies also indicate the change was largely driven by an increase in the long-term use and subsequent abuse of prescription opioids.

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Educators Argue That Repealing Net Neutrality Could Hurt the American Education System​

Posted by DanikaK on December 18, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Over the past few weeks, individuals across the country have been wondering about what the future holds for the Obama-era regulations that protect access to an open internet, more commonly referred to as "net neutrality." Last week, in a partisan split, conservative members of the FCC voted to repeal these protections.

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Democrats win some Elections

Posted by Warren Porter on November 8, 2017 at 12:03 PM

I think there was an election yesterday?

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​After Trump Ends DACA, Dreamers Left to Wonder What Comes Next

Posted by DanikaK on November 3, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Last month, the Trump administration announced that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, early next year if Congress doesn't find a "more permanent solution."

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Radical Islamist Terrorism Returns to Manhattan

Posted by Warren Porter on October 31, 2017 at 5:44 PM

At least 8 are dead and at least a dozen are injured.

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The Most Egregious Leak Yet

Posted by Warren Porter on October 28, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Last night, CNN's Evan Perez, Pamela Brown & Shimon Prokupecz dropped a bombshell of a story. Anonymous sources briefed on the matter revealed to these three journalists that charges have been filed relating to the Robert Mueller's investigation of matters relating to Russia's unlawful influence of the 2016 election including any conspiracy to undermine American Democracy between foreign agents and American political actors. The charges remain sealed and the identities of those charged remain unknown.

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Physicians Come Out In Support of Democratic Single-Payer Plan​

Posted by DanikaK on September 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM

As of September 13, 2017, at least 16 Democratic senators have come out in support of the single-payer health bill proposed on Wednesday by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The bill aims to expand access to Medicare to all Americans. Some argue that the proposed legislation signals that many Democrats can be convinced to shift further left when it comes to expanding health care rights for their U.S. constituents.

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North Korea detonates 6th nuclear weapon

Posted by Warren Porter on September 3, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Seismometers across East Asia and the rest of the world lit up this morning. A tremor radiating out from Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the rugged Hamgyong Mountains has shaken the world. According to the United States Geological Service, the explosion had a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter Scale.

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The Right Unites in Charlottesville

Posted by Warren Porter on August 13, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Trump supporters from across the nation gathered in droves this weekend to participate to celebrate our President's "America First" platform. The rally was held in Charlottesville to protest the recent renaming of Robert E. Lee Park to Emancipation field by the Charlottesville City Council. Ironically, these people believe protecting the honor and legacy of one of America's most infamous traitors is essential to American patriotism, but minutiae such as this will not deter American conservatives and their mission to safeguard white privilege in the United States. Ongoing litigation also seeks to remove statues erected in the early 20th century to honor General Lee and his treasonous bretheren.

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Democratic Party Chooses to Back Pro Life Candidates, Stirring Controversy

Posted by DanikaK on August 8, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Earlier this week, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Representative Ben Ray Luján sent shockwaves as he announced that the DCCC would not withhold financial support from candidates who operate under a pro-lifee platform.

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As U.S. Life Expectancy Wavers, Experts Call for Greater Emphasis on Public Health

Posted by DanikaK on July 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

In 2016, life expectancy for Americans declined for the first time in nearly 25 years. The last time American life expectancy declined was due to the HIV epidemic in 1993, where many Americans were oblivious to their illness due to a lack of immediate symptoms.

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The Nation Comes First

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 18, 2017 at 3:21 PM

This is a topic that has long concerned me. A decade before Trump's son sought a meeting with Russians he was told were part of an operation to influence his father's election, I had more or less one place where I could talk to others about the state of my country, one place to really discuss politics.

I wrote an entry here mixing my interest in C.S. Lewis (a profound influence on my religious life) and my philosophy of politics proper relationship to conduct.

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Obama Admin Full Out To Git Trump

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 19, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Astounding that John Kerry, ex-DOS, has visited Iran several times since President Trump was elected. We can assume he has retained a security clearance like other retired VIP's. Would be understandable if he were making these visits at the behest of the President, but he is not.

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I've Burned It To The Ground.

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 16, 2018 at 8:57 PM

...and now the ashes are mine!

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Are we going to surrender the battlefield now that we've won it?

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 15, 2018 at 12:04 AM

Remember when the joke was, "There ought to be a law!"?
Remember that?

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Boredom

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 12, 2018 at 10:31 PM

Is that what they're calling it now?

Disband The dim Party - NOW

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 12, 2018 at 8:51 PM

I've watched politics as a general matter for something like 50 years. Any rational person with some modicum of common sense knows when politicians are lying, SOME of the time.

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Julia Salazar's Crazed & Desperate Story Telling - Part 2

Posted by AllardK on September 12, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Julia Salazar's attempted reconstruction of her life story - as described in Part One - is one that cheapens the older, deeper and far more real narratives that weave together to make up America's astonishing history. The candidate for New York State Senator is perhaps familiar with some of these older narratives and perhaps even saw them as a perfect opportunity.

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Julia Salazar's Crazed & Desperate Story Telling - Part 1

Posted by AllardK on September 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Tablet magazine - the online "unorthodox" site that delves into all sorts of subjects, often but hardly exclusively, from a left-wing and Jewish perspective - has a couple of stories out that offer an unsettling contrast on America and the construction of narratives.

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No it's Not OK - Zina Bash & Generation Jones

Posted by AllardK on September 6, 2018 at 1:03 PM

White Supremacists - who are a toxic presence in any political debate - are increasingly multiracial. Yes, you read that right. In an article in The Daily Beast - a fairly hard left website that delves into and aggressively celebrates identity politics - there was a piece a few days ago by Arun Gupta that takes a pretty granular look at white supremacists, mostly on the West Coast. Here's Gupta:

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Ms. Pressley Has Entered The Building

Posted by AllardK on September 5, 2018 at 2:04 PM

First of all, a little perspective on Massachusetts' 7th district. Hillary Clinton carried it by 72 points in 2016. Seventy. Two. Points. Ok? This is Boston suburbs with a diverse and very progressive voter base. It's not Trump country. It's as Blue as it gets in America.

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Why Does Grassley Hate to See McGahn Go?

Posted by AllardK on August 30, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Don McGahn looks like he stepped off the set of The Paper Chase, a film and TV series from the 70's about Harvard Law students who have to deal with a rather splendidly arrogant law professor played brilliantly by John Houseman. The White House counsel and assistant to the President looks like one of those students after a few decades in law practice. The foppish but sometimes unruly hair. The good-natured but focused smile. He really seems like someone from another generation, even if he was a kid in primary school when the series started, never mind the earlier film on which it was based.

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Vigano's Letter - Abuse in a Civil War

Posted by AllardK on August 28, 2018 at 6:28 PM

I am not Catholic, so I observe the current scandal in the Church of Rome from a distance if you will. But it seems that Archbishop Vigano's 11-page missive has caused at least a tremor in the structure of the world's largest Christian church. It revolves around the all-too-familiar tale of abuse, complicit silence, and deliberate cover-ups within the church hierarchy. Michael Brendan Dougherty titled his article in National Review: The Predator, The Diplomat, and the Pope. Here's who he's referring to: » Continue reading "Vigano's Letter - Abuse in a Civil War"...

Why Waste Time Caring About Russian . . .

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 21, 2018 at 11:28 AM

I could care less about Russian meddling, cyberattacks, propaganda, and so on . . .Such a waste of time, words and speech, IMO.

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Is Trump's Revoking of Brennan's Security Clearance Petty?

Posted by AllardK on August 20, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Let's start at the end of the article in The Hill on the revoking of John Brennan's security clearance. Here's how Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant conclude their piece:

"Multiple former officials have said that the dossier -- which contains salacious allegations about Trump's links to Moscow, many of which have not been proven -- did not generate the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the election or provide a basis for the intelligence community assessment."

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Trump, A Great Populist President In Action

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 16, 2018 at 7:29 PM

This President Trump is about as close to the type of President I've dreamed about for 50 years. Much of his ability to be presidential comes from the fact that he is super rich and doesn't have to worry about life beyond 2024.

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Whose Party is it Anyway? Not Chuck and Nancy's

Posted by AllardK on August 15, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Did Bernie Sanders endorse Christine Hallquist? Vermont's Democratic nominee for governor? That is, the first transgender nominee for governor in America. It's hard to find anything in recent media that suggests this is the case. Why ask the question?

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Judge Kavanaugh Professor Ford & a Party Long Ago

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM

There's this photograph in the Washington Times of AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein seated together on some stage somewhere, one presumes, at some meeting of legal minds, one presumes. It's delightfully conspiratorial, with Rosenstein whispering at Sessions whose eyes are narrowed in a flinty smirk, as both men avoid each other's gaze to focus instead on the whispered words they are exchanging.

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The Scars on The Souls of Senators Harris & Booker

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Why were Cory Booker and Kamala Harris elected? To even ask that is controversial, of course. They're smart and tough and ambitious, true. And they were able to do what it took to get elected to the Senate at a relatively young age. So, to suggest that their identities had anything to do with their rapid ascent would be seen as a "racist dog whistle" right?

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Kavanaugh v Yates - Documents & the Administrative State

Posted by Keeley on September 4, 2018 at 6:08 PM

And the race is on! Labor Day cookouts are barely over and we're already racing towards midterms, desperately trying to defend the most important man in America right now.

Yes, Judge Kavanaugh is that important to both sides.

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Barbara L'Italien & The Unending Effort to End Trump's Presidency

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Now we're all getting to know who Barbara L'Italien is. A Massachusetts State Senator who's facing a Democratic Party primary in a few days on September 4th to represent the state's 3rd district, she's claimed that if elected she will launch impeachment proceedings against Justice Clarence Thomas.

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John McCain - What a Maverick Means to American Politics

Posted by Keeley on August 27, 2018 at 6:07 PM

The tributes to Senator McCain - although most prefer to use his unadorned name, John McCain, as signifying how his life was larger than his political role by several degrees - are pouring in, even if President Trump apparently tamped down the original White House response which was far more effusive in its praise of the senator.

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Why Should We Get Preachy About Corruption?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Amid the air-raid sirens going off around DC as the Trump-Sessions divide widens into a fairly sizable gorge and Impeachment with a capital I is on everyone's lips - including the President's - it might be helpful to read Mollie Hemingway's piece in The Federalist. But there's a warning: there will be upsetting language you will have to wade through.

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Was This Tuesday Bloody Tuesday for Trump?

Posted by Keeley on August 22, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Yesterday, August 21st, a day that will live in infamy. Ok, that's a little exaggerated, but it was a rough day for the Trump administration. The headlines are shouting out several stories, but what happened was two-fold:

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Why Red State's Streiff is Right About Going Low & Dirty

Posted by Keeley on August 16, 2018 at 6:21 PM

How safe is our seat? Will we win in November anyway? If the answer is yes, keep the primary winner in the race, despite the abuse allegations.

Which party uses this algorithm?

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High Crimes & Misdemeanors & Bad Manners

Posted by Keeley on August 14, 2018 at 6:34 PM

What the global elites hate about Trump is his lack of manners, and by manners they mean everything from the books you've read (or haven't), the jokes you tell (or laugh at), and the way you earn your money (discretely or ostentatiously). Plus, the rest of what a well-educated bureaucrat values: hypocritical finger pointing over climate change; expressions of admiration for Big Tech; progressive views on immigration, that is the people who cook your food, clean your house, and cut your lawn. Not the people who are waiting in line for their green card, having taken the legal route.

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What Sarah Jeong Wants & Why She's Not Really Evil

Posted by Keeley on August 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Sarah Jeong is not a monster. A monster is unique, horrifying in its one-in-a-billion malevolence. It's a swamp creature, the real swamp creatures which of course are the ones who terrified kids in the 50's as they emerged from the muck. Or made them laugh if the costume really sucked.

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They're Just Trying to Shorten Manafort's Trial

Posted by Keeley on August 2, 2018 at 5:09 AM

As Griffin Connolly helpfully tells us in his article in Roll Call when doing a 5-things-you-should-watch on the Manafort Trial:

Saying it loud for the people in the back: THIS IS A TAX EVASION AND BANK FRAUD TRIAL.

None of the 18 counts against Manafort deal with collusion or conspiracy with a foreign nation, and the word Russia has not been mentioned through the trial's first two days.

"Very few tax cases really do get a lot of attention," said Robert Barnes, a tax attorney who represented actor Wesley Snipes in a high-profile tax evasion case in 2008.

But Manafort's connection to the Trump campaign, which he managed for five months in 2016, has filled the courtroom with reporters and the internet with readers.

One of those onlookers keeping a close eye on the Manafort trial: the president. The way Trump sees it, Manafort's prosecution is the product of a "rigged witch hunt" by Mueller's team to discredit his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.

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Leaks, Chevron Deference & Judge Kavanaugh

Posted by Keeley on August 1, 2018 at 2:15 PM

One of the advantages of having lived on a 50-acre woodlot a few miles outside of town - and I mean a town of less than 10,000 not Chicago, or even Toronto - is you can enjoy guilt-free leaks. No, not that type. Leaks as in a discharge of waste fluid amongst the trees with the only the occasional sound of traffic to distract you.

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Schumer's Delight at Kavanaugh's Comments from 1999

Posted by Keeley on July 25, 2018 at 1:07 PM

One can imagine Senator Schumer's expression when an aide pointed out what he had found on Judge Kavanaugh's participation in a panel discussion on the landmark case United States v. Nixon. Eyes glowing with predatorial glee as he cackles heartily and then points peremptorily at his underlings saying something like: Get me every fricking word on this. Now!

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Senators Disagree While Mueller May be Wrapping Up

Posted by Keeley on July 24, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Byron York at the Washington Examiner asks why Mueller is starting to hand off parts of his investigation to other areas of the justice system - like the SDNY with the case against Cohen and the case against Maria Butina farmed off to the DOJ's National Security Division who will prosecute the case against Butina. A case which seems to revolve around her not properly registering as a foreign representative (i.e. lobbyist) for the Russian government in her attempts to win influence with groups like the NRA.

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Spies & Criminals - A Discrete Line Has Been Blurred

Posted by Keeley on July 20, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Spies were spies and criminals were criminals back in the good old Cold War days. You might have criminals who were coerced into spy work, and you might have had spies whose intentions were essentially venal and not patriotic, but there was a discrete line between these two types of human activity, as it were. Even if spies could and did do some very criminal things like stealing, lying, brainwashing, maiming and killing.

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