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The Raw Edge of The Break

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on October 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

At this point, I think you just can't help yourself. You saw hope and change, and you said, oh, I want none of that. No return to a more new-deal, more Keynesian sort of system. No, let's go and prove that all those defeats came because we didn't push our views hard enough down people's throats. Let me be blunt here: people wanted change. Now they won't be satisfied with what might have left them feeling fulfilled earlier. And you set this in motion, just so you could disappoint people in one man. I'm sorry to tell you, or perhaps glad, that all he had to be was the guy smart enough to be in the drivers seat of the change, rather than under its tires.

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Indigenous People's Day or Columbus Day?

Posted by obamaluv on October 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Seattle, Washington is the latest in a group of cities to celebrate "Indigenous People's Day" as a counter-celebration of federal holiday, "Columbus Day," acknowledging Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, in protest of the genocide of Indians upon Columbus's arrival, some cities and states are taking it upon themselves to change the holiday.

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A Philosophy of Courage

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on October 3, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Some things you build, you put together and you fasten them with hammers and nails, screws and screwdrivers. Other things you grow, and to grow those things, you have to have the courage to let them have a life of their own. Courage I think too many people lack nowadays.

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Obama's Semper Latte Salute

Posted by obamaluv on October 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The White House shared this video on Instagram, and backlash ensued. Obama never served in the military, and that shows here. However, if it's not necessary to salute since he's not a former or retire military member, he should've just skipped it. Oh my, this just does not look good. Regardless, he's the Commander in Chief of the United States and I expected better.

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Senator Pearce Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth

Posted by obamaluv on September 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

He may have resigned, but that doesn't change the authenticity of his comments or the general beliefs of conservatives. Senator Russell Pearce, GOP of Arizona, resigned after making misogynistic remarks about women on Medicaid. The specific comments are "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test the recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job," Pearce said on his weekly radio program.

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The Tabloid Age

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on September 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.

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Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

Posted by TreyL on September 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic challenger, former Congressman Mark Schauer. However even with little name recognition, Mark Schauer's message was getting through to Michiganders, and the race has been close, tied, or even shown Schauer leading since they started polling the election back in December of 2012. Instantly, Snyder's campaign turned negative, abandoning all of Snyder's so-called "accomplishments," and started slinging mud at Schauer. It just goes to show you, all politics is perception.

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George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Posted by obamaluv on August 20, 2014 at 8:50 PM

There's some light and fun news in the political world. The power of social media has proven to be a force of positivity with the worldwide spread of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most recently, former President George W. Bush has involuntarily participated in the challenge saying, "I do not think it's Presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply gonna write you a check." His wife Laura clearly didn't think that was sufficient as she douses her husband in ice water.

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The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.

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Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

Posted by TreyL on July 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Trigger Warning

Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the song "Blurred Lines," but why haven't we heard about how when our politicians trivialize rape that it only furthers this notion?

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About me/Refugees or Illegals?

Posted by TreyL on July 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals!

My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant.

That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest.

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Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.

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Dependence and The Long Range Bet of Climate Change

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

If you've ever played a game like StarCraft, you'll be familiar with what they call a dependency tree, a set of things you have to develop, like buildings, units, or whatever before you can build better and more powerful units, buildings, and defenses. Game developers do this to help mirror one part of the reality of warfare in this simulation, the fact that having certain units depends on having certain facilities, certain kinds of expertise, and so on and so forth. A complex civilization, army, or whatever, doesn't just spring out from nowhere.

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A Revolting Failure

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on May 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I can't say I didn't see this coming. The answer to the eternal question, "what would happen if we gave a Tea Party, and nobody came?" has been answered. You would think these people would have seen this coming, too, but it's coming as a shock to many of them.

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Twenty Sigma: Chaos and Order in American Governance.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on April 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

1987's crash, Black Monday, shouldn't have happened. Yes, morally, that's true, but I'm not simply talking about that. I'm talking about in statistical terms, if we're dealing with things from a normal distribution. We should have been able to wait billions of years and never see a day on the stock market like this, the odds being 10 to the 50th power that things would ever turn out that way.

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Boots for Ebola; No Boots for ISIS

Posted by MichaelMears on October 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

As much as the President or democrats or others don't want to believe it, Obama IS a war president. The "Bush's fault" argument doesn't hold much value anymore because, yes, Obama did bring troops home from Iraq, but he sent thousands more over to Afghanistan, and he's been at war his entire presidency. He's just not a strong war president.

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3 Dollars a Day in Wisconsin

Posted by AllardK on October 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

It's a quite a change to go from being a high-powered Harvard MBA grad working for Mckinsey & Co. in New York and Washington DC to working with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in her home state of Wisconsin. But that's what Mary Burke chose to do a few years back. after spending some time working for the family business her father set up, Trek Bicycle Corporation, where she briefly held a couple of executive positions. From the boys and girls club to spending her own money to get elected to the Madison School Board was a logical step for Mary, who had also spent some time as Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce for Governor Jim Doyle. So in a way, Mary Burke is a perfect Democratic candidate in a state with a generous health care and pension benefit scheme for state employees: someone who will use her business skills to micromanage the state's entitlement streams without cutting back too much anywhere. What's there not to like about Mary Burke if you believe in free health care for lucky state employees?

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When ATF Gunwalking Went Wrong

Posted by AllardK on October 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Let's be fair to Eric Holder. The absolute mess over Operation Fast & Furious which he is trying to cover up, on executive orders from Obama himself, actually started in 2006 with Operation Wide Receiver. It's not the multiple regulations at state and federal levels on gun sales and exports of guns. It's not the fact that straw purchases, nominee purchases where the final buyer is unable to or unwilling to directly purchase a firearm, is not illegal. It's not the fact that the ATF already had been doing what are called gun-walking operations to trace possible illegal firearm purchases and intercept them at the final point of sale, mostly in a focused and small scale manner which ensured most earlier gun-walking operations ended successfully. It's the fact that with Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast & Furious, the ATF got into bed with Mexican authorities.

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The IRS Got It Wrong ... Again

Posted by AllardK on October 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

As far was Washington is concerned, $5.2 billion is petty change as the beltway joke about a billion here, a billion there and suddenly you're talking real money, cynically states. As far as the average taxpayer, it is a lot of money. So when the IRS reveals that it gave out $5.2 billion in fraudulent tax returns, it does not sit well with taxpayers who are still waiting for a check for amounts overcharged by the tax authorities. But the larger question is, why do you have to give money to Washington in order for them to decide how much you overpaid and then send you back all, or some, or none, of the amount overpaid? The reason of course, is that the tax system is a huge and complex redistribution mechanism for transferring wealth between interested parties and achieving specific political goals for the benefit of some and at the expense of many. It is created by legislation which is created by lawyers, public service economists and policy wonks in general. It is a deliberate intrusion meant to affect behavior and outcomes. And if deemed necessary, violent force is applied to achieve those goals.

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The Death of the Death Penalty Is Long Overdue

Posted by DFaris on October 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

There should have been a consistent national outcry over the death penalty for a long time now, but the case of Clayton Lockett is as good a reason as any to bring the issue back to the forefront of public consciousness once again. Lockett, a 38 year old man, was executed in a 43-minute ordeal by the state of Oklahoma back in April. Officials called off the execution 33 minutes in, but Lockett spent ten more minutes writhing and gasping before he finally died. A recent autopsy showed that Lockett was killed by the lethal injection drugs, and not a heart attack, as was previously reported.

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CEO Pay

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

A recent WaPo article suggest the CEO pay gap is greatly underestimated. A new study, by Harvard Business School, found that while people think that the average CEO makes 30 times more than the average worker, the real figure is something like 350 times the average worker.

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Is Greg Orman a Liberal With a Lot of Money?

Posted by AllardK on September 30, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Politics in Kansas lately seems like one big family affair, both of the political kind as well as the kitchen-table kind. It all revolves around Pat Roberts, the long-time GOP senator in the state whose re-election has suddenly got a lot less certain. Chad Taylor's decision to drop out of the race has meant that remaining independent challenger Greg Orman, a wealthy businessman, is now even or ahead in the polls. For GOP strategists, he is a liberal trojan horse riding under the cover of being an independent and a businessman. But it is Greg Orman who Pat Roberts will have to defeat to keep Kansas a GOP state, at least in the US Senate, and not undercut the party's attempt to win back control of the upper house in November. That means that Robert's political family, in other words his longtime Republican colleagues as well as younger GOP supporters are flocking to the state to give speeches and help out any way they can. That includes Senator McCain, Jeb Bush and even Rand Paul, as well Paul Ryan. That's two senators, a former governor and Bush family member, and a potential GOP presidential candidate for 2016. Will it work?

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The Senate Race in Georgia and Voter Registration

Posted by AllardK on September 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

The race in Georgia for the senate seat of retiring Sen R Saxby Chambliss is quite frankly, a little nasty. It's a close race of course - why else would it have to get nasty? After earlier this week linking, or attempting to link, Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn's participation in Points of Light - the NGO run by Neil Bush - with Hamas, a terrorist organization, they are now accusing another group with links to Democrats of voter fraud, a felony in Georgia. The New Georgia Project was founded by State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and is dedicated to registering minority voters in Georgia. Abrams is part of Michelle Nunn's inner circle and Nunn's campaign believes that registering minority voters in sufficient numbers will tip the balance in her favor in the closely contested race for senator between Nunn and Republican David Perdue. Every senate seat counts even more than usual in these midterms, so it is not impossible that the GOP in Georgia has decided to play a little rough. The question is, are they within their rights to ensure that voter registration is done properly?

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Stealing From Taxpayers in Alabama

Posted by AllardK on September 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Tim McCollum is an ambitious pubic servant. The assistant attorney general with the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that photographing public records is stealing from the state's tax payers. If you want a copy of some part of the public record, you're going to have to pony up the cash for those 3 pages of photocopying that would otherwise not flow into Alabama's state coffers. According to Tim McCollum's world view, it should be the Availability of Information Act and not the Freedom of Information Act. But does any state or local government, or the federal government, have the right to charge for copies of the public record, even as it adheres to FOIA? Each state has it's own version of the act and some are more restrictive than others, but where do fees fit in? According to FOIA's website, they do charge for some freedom of information requests, but that is to cover any work that must be done to retrieve the information. It seems that someone who takes the trouble to photograph public records in Alabama is doing all the work themselves.

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The Terrorist Who Lived in Rochester

Posted by AllardK on September 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

If you are a returning member of the military, having done a turn of duty in Iraq, concerns about Veteran Affairs and the quality of medical treatment that you will receive, should you need it, is not your only worry. Aside from planning how to rejoin the workforce, there now appears to be another, far more serious, risk you could face. A Yemen-born naturalized US citizen has been arrested in Rochester accused of providing resources and logistical aid to potential ISIS recruits. But Mufid Elfgeeh has also been charged with purchasing and possessing handguns with silencers to be used against returning soldiers as well as any Shiites who happen to live in the upstate New York area.

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The Facts Are Catching Up To Globalisation

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

An article,'The Roughed Up American', by Robert Samuelson in today's WaPo related the true facts as to how citizens have fared, economically over the last decade or so.

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Obama, the Unconstitutional War President

Posted by Rhinehold on September 13, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Besides the modern precedence of President Obama’s defeats in the Supreme Court in regards to their 9-0 rulings against him, the President has repeatedly violated the wording and spirit of the Constitution, as well as his own words, several times in waging war, a power that was given to the Congress for a variety of good reasons.

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Say it Mr. President

Posted by AllardK on September 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM

The terrorists in ISIS come from around the world, especially the developed world, according to info-grams at CNN's site. Finland, in percentage terms, has a relatively large population of jihadists in ISIS for example. Australia, Canada, the USA of course, and Britain and France all have residents who have joined the crazed army that is terrorizing locals and foreigners alike. For all those determinists who love to point to poverty as the ultimate cause, this data is an obvious refutation of their posture. This is ideology at work, a fanatical creed with delusions of medieval empire; a Caliphate that can act as the base for further conquest. That means any Western citizen, and especially American citizens, anywhere in the world are targets of ISIS. They are a criminal group. They are a terrorist organization. They are a religious organization with military and political ambitions. If there ever was an enemy of the USA and the Western World, ISIS is it.

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The legalization of drugs is not a political issue, but a scientific one

Posted by DFaris on September 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

America's one-size-fits-all war on drugs has been going on for quite some time now with not much to show for it. Former government researchers from the UK have ranked 10 of the most frequently abused drugs (including alcohol) according to their relative harm. It's an effort to drive home the fact that what we think we know about the nature of drug harm is either incomplete or, in some cases, flat-out wrong.

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Immigration: More of the Same This Election Season?

Posted by DFaris on September 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The question of what to do with immigration in the United States is certainly a complex one, and with a number of important elections on the horizon, in which immigration will almost certainly play a significant role, now is as good an opportunity as any to explore the issue in detail.

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Panetta Spills the Beans on Obama's Foreign Policy

Posted by SPBrooker on October 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Leon Panetta, the former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense for President Obama, criticizes his former boss in his just released memoir. Where Gates and Clinton both offered minor criticisms of the president in their books, Panetta takes the award for the most scathing in Worthy Fights. Central to Panetta's views of Obama are that the latter is prone to taking half steps and hesitating in foreign matters, both which have contributed to our deteriorating position internationally. The picture that Panetta paints is one that has been spoken of for some time, that policy in the White House is highly political and that Obama is more concerned with what his personal advisors say than those of cabinet members. To hear this from someone as senior Panetta though is shocking and reveals an administration that is lost in foreign policy.

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Colorado Please Just Vote

Posted by AllardK on October 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Last year, several counties in Colorado apparently put forth ballot measures to secede from the state in reaction to gun laws and renewable energy quotas enacted by the state legislature. The measure was successful in several northwestern counties but was voted down in other counties, including Weld county, by far the most populous county of those that voted, and so the measure did not prosper. But it was a warning shot across the bows and a strident display of Colorado voter activism in a state that has a history of keeping a cautious eye on their legislature. So perhaps predicting exactly how new regulations on mail-in ballots will affect the results of midterm elections for senator in Colorado should be approached cautiously. In a fairly tight race, both sides are predictably saying the new rules will favor their candidate. In an average of recent polls Republican Rep Cory Gardner led Democratic Senator Mark Udall by a little over 1 percentage point. So how the new rules affect undecided voters is clearly important to the results.

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Free markets & peace

Posted by Christine & John on October 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Free markets are good not only for economic reasons. They also remove many causes of conflict by providing an effective way to make common decisions w/o forcing everyone agree on a common course of action. They disperse decision making and dilute identities. People in a market economy have a large variety of interests instead of just a few that they can fight about. This is the article that got me thinking about this.

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If you vote Democrat this fall you are voting for Obama

Posted by Christine & John on October 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Republicans have long been unhappy with President Obama, but now even Democrats are so ashamed of him they won't even admit they supported him. The latest features the Democratic candidate for Senate in Kentucky refusing to admit she even voted for the man.

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News today about dropping energy prices

Posted by Christine & John on October 9, 2014 at 7:17 AM

We underestimate the power of the American energy boom and how it has strengthened us. Our economy is still not booming, but w/o the energy bonanza we would be in much more serious trouble. But the biggest boost is geopolitical. We have taken the energy weapon out of the hands of various adversaries. Imagine dealing with Putin or the Iranians if they could still wield the energy hammer.

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The Secret Service Debacle: Terrifying

Posted by SPBrooker on October 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As of late the Secret Service has come under heavy scrutiny for a variety of incidents over the past few years which have made it fodder for comedy. These range from the prostitution, drunken escapades in Columbia that involved over 10 agents to a night of drunk partying in the Netherlands that saw an agent fall asleep in the hallway of a hotel. Most recently though, the misstep made by the Secret Service is in no way comedic, rather it is quite alarming. What I speak of is the September 19th case of a man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the building. This isn't a partisan issue for me; this is the matter of an agency that serves to protect the most powerful man in the world, thoroughly failing at its mission.

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Obama and the ISIS Blame Game

Posted by SPBrooker on October 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

This past Sunday, President Obama speaking on 60 Minutes admitted that the U.S. underestimated ISIS. More specifically, the blame was placed on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. True our intelligence community, which mind with its enormous budget and resources has blundered quite often. But when members of that same intelligence community along with military leaders, and civilians of all sorts have been saying this is a group that deserves further attention for well over the past year, I think a good portion of the blame should also fall on the shoulders of the president. I've said this before and I'll say it again, playing the blame game is not a sign of leadership.

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Farewell Eric Holder!

Posted by SPBrooker on September 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

On Thursday September 25th, Attorney General Eric Holder announced he is to resign from his position since assuming it nearly six years ago. I for one am not sad to see him go as I never really cared for him. A close friend of President Obama and one of the last remaining members of the original cabinet, I always saw Holder as a political tool used by the president. Despite whatever good he has done, his legacy will be forever scarred by multiple scandals including Fast and Furious while he will be viewed as having performed his job with a heavy political bias. Now we must wait and see who is appointed by the president and I can only hope that it is a person more interested in applying the law through an objective lens.

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The Disconnect between the President and His Generals

Posted by SPBrooker on September 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

In the war against IS, a rift has already emerged between the President and the military leadership. The root of the rift is the question over the use of ground troops, something President Obama has explicitly ruled out. This isn't the first time Obama and the military haven't seen eye to eye nor is it unique to this presidency. What does make this unique at least to me is how public it is and that it isn't one flag officer speaking out but many, both active and former. Ultimately the opposition from the military primarily centers on the president limiting their ability to effectively destroy IS.

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Scottish Independence From the Viewpoint of An American

Posted by SPBrooker on September 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Right now U.S. media is giving full attention to IS in Iraq and Syria and U.S. plans to attack this radical group. Unfortunately what is not getting so much attention is the upcoming vote on independence in the United Kingdom. After weeks of polls showing the probability of independence being gained by the Scotts as a far off dream, the situation has suddenly changed with such a prospect becoming a very real possibility when the vote takes place Thursday September 18th. As a history buff and an Anglophile, the prospect of a break-up of the union is worrisome. More importantly if such an event were to occur, the ramifications wouldn't be confined to sentimental fluff. There are big consequences for the EU and for existing international security structures. This vote deserves far more attention than what it is receiving.

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The dilemma of dilettantes

Posted by Christine & John on September 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I will probably have to retire next year & I am looking for things to do. Among other things, I am considering part-time teaching. This would be a way to share some of my education and experience with the next generation. They call this a generative aspiration because it is meant to be helpful and useful. But it is also a bit of a problem in today's labor market.

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The Obama Presidency a Failure According to a Majority of Americans

Posted by SPBrooker on September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

In a recent poll from the Washington Post and ABC News, a majority of Americans believe that the Obama administration has been a "failure." Interestingly enough this includes a sizable number of Democrats who are fed up. Now what does this mean for the president? Well most certainly this view of the American people will be put forth in a tangible way this November where Republican congressional candidates are expected to pick up multiple seats. It can also hurt Obama's ability to gain support among Democrats for issues such as immigration reform as some might be unwilling to stand with a toxic president. Whatever the case may be I'm forced to ask, how is hope and change working out?

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Welles Crowther: The Man in the Red Bandanna

Posted by bigtex on September 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

If you only watch one video today, make it this one.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."
-Mr. Rogers-

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9/11: Benghazi 2 Years Later & No Answers

Posted by bigtex on September 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

It has been two years since the attacks in Benghazi, and still the only non-answer is blaming a video. For the past 13 years, a dark cloud has hovered over this day as Americans reflect, remember, and mourn the worst terrorist attack we've ever endured.

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The GOP and Paycheck Equity

Posted by AllardK on September 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

A poll by Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report on how the GOP polls among women purports to raise alarm bells among Republicans. Support for the GOP among American women trails women's support fro the Democratic Party by a noticeable margin. Married women, however, tend to lean Republican in a fairly convincing manner. Strategists like Katie Packer Gage insist that the party needs to fine tune its message to female voters, especially if Hillary does win the nomination, as expected.

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