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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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Pretend Nothing Is Wrong.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 23, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Pretend you didn't just have to inject millions of dollars into an otherwise safe district to win. Pretend that the world things more of Trump than they do about Obama. Pretend it was Seth Rich and not Russian Intelligence. Pretend somebody saying, with an ongoing investigation, that your not being under investigation means you never will be. Just keep pretending, and maybe it will come true.

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The Challenges of Being a Woman in the Political Sphere

Posted by DanikaK on June 2, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Women have made significant progress in today's political arena. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to win a major party's nomination, which is significant especially when you consider the U.S.'s precarious history of women's rights.

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MI5 Investigating Its Own Alleged 'Failures' In Manchester

Posted by KeelanB on June 1, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Britain's domestic intelligence and security agency MI5 has launched an internal inquiry in to alleged 'intelligence failures,' which may have caused them to 'miss' the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi.

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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Posted by Warren Porter on May 29, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Today is Memorial Day. Please take a moment to step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and revere the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.

Corbyn: If We Support Terrorists There Will Be Terrorism

Posted by KeelanB on May 26, 2017 at 6:43 AM

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pointed to the proverbial 'elephant in the room' regarding Monday's terrorist bombing in Manchester - the failed foreign policy of the UK and its allies in countries like Libya and Syria.

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​Happy Shiny People Have Six Ways From Sunday - Bruce & Nellie

Posted by AllardK on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM

It's not shocking. Sorry. But it just isn't. It may be outrageous. It may indeed be, and have been, an attempt at a soft coup against a newly elected President of the United States. But it's not shocking. And yes, that's a rather cynical attitude. Can anyone cast blame?

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​Jerusalem Already Is The Capital of Israel - Embassies Belong in Capitals

Posted by AllardK on December 8, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Where's the Knesset? No, that's not a bad set-up for a bad joke somewhere in the Catskills a generation or two ago. It's a simple, geographical question: Where is the Knesset - Israel's unicameral parliament - located?

In Tel Aviv?

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Will They Decide Before Christmas?​

Posted by AllardK on December 6, 2017 at 11:10 PM

Time is running out but we should have a vote on Thursday, December 7. Or maybe Friday. They'll huddle together and decide if they do it before Christmas, perhaps in the next few days. Or if they wait till later, in March perhaps, but Democrats are impatient and want action on their demands now!

So. What will Senator Franken and his family decide?

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​Tillerson's Future - You Want Someone You Can Trust at State

Posted by AllardK on December 1, 2017 at 5:37 PM

What senior administration officials "said" to the NYT that a plan was being developed to force out Rex Tillerson from his job as Secretary of State? And then replace Tillerson at State with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo who apparently has the president's ear as far as most foreign policy goes and has not had any squabbles or conflict with Trump, as Tillerson has rumored to have.

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​How Dare The Hill Take on The Clinton Foundation!

Posted by AllardK on November 30, 2017 at 1:26 PM

The Hill - a small Washington-D.C.-focused publication - will not let go of their Hillary-Russia story which they have been pursuing over the last couple of months, revealing stuff like who helped fund Fusion GPS and its Russia Dossier. They now have a couple of pieces on their site that deal with the Clinton Foundation and its donor base and how transparent the Clinton Global Initiative actually was, despite its deft and theatrical use of bureaucratic process to enable the foundation to stand with shining sword in hand and say: I am pure!

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​Don't Hide From the Amazon Drones - Go Shopping!

Posted by AllardK on November 27, 2017 at 9:57 PM

Did Black Friday leave you blue? Not conceptually, or not just psychologically, but also physically? Of course not, the line ups weren't that bad and the pushing was isolated, and you probably have already done most of your Christmas Shopping ... right?

Or maybe you like Cyber Monday seeing you do most of your shopping online?

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​Trump & Separation of Powers - Not What You Think

Posted by AllardK on November 22, 2017 at 6:53 PM

As the probes of the supposed Russia connection between the Trump campaign and Kremlin officials and their cyber hackers cast around for actual evidence of collusion, we now have a new front opening up against the president and his administration, courtesy of the Washington Post.

The DOJ's anti-trust action against AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner and it's subsidiary, CNN.

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Corpocracy Moving On Up

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

I try to watch the Communist News Network on Sunday mornings to catch Farrid Zakaria in order to keep informed on the left and MSM lies.

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​North Korea - The Honest Threat of a Brutal War

Posted by AllardK on November 17, 2017 at 4:17 PM

We have to avoid the horrific casualties. We couldn't possibly go to war. We are risking a war with China itself. We have to use deterrence by bringing Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table. He's not crazy, he's just a tough cookie, a cold-blooded autocrat. Trump is crazy not Kim. How dare we consider attacking North Korea?!

And so on.

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The President Can Take A Break Over The Holidays

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 15, 2017 at 8:03 PM

Trump was well received on his trip around the world. He summed it up in a speech today. America is back and some wrongs are going to be righted. China has sent a high level official to North Korea to read them the riot act. Trump has a presidential appearance, some very good speech writers and he delivers well. He has bountiful energy, believes what he preaches and seems to like being President.

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​Is a Predatory Media The Only Transparency That Works?

Posted by AllardK on November 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Do you really want to know what Member of Congress greeted a former aide of his who was told to deliver some papers to his home, while he wearing only a towel? Maybe that sounds like a little too much information, but of course it isn't too much information to ask for. Not if Capitol Hill is to truly join Hollywood and Wall Street in starting the process of being honest about harassment or abuse by powerful men (maybe a story about a woman harassing her buff young aide will come out someday but that's likely a long way away for now) towards subordinates and/or the vulnerable and young.

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​Does Virginia Really Mean a Tsunami is Coming?

Posted by AllardK on November 9, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Mike Allen - the progressive Democrat-enabling media guru/wonk - is already using the word Tsunami. To be fair to the Axios genius, he puts the world in quotes in his newsletter, but I'm sure he loved putting that quote up in his opening headlines in said mail. Is it delirious to do so when referring to Northam's win as the start of a huge wave? Perhaps.

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​Tax Loopholes & Rending of Garments in Park Slope

Posted by AllardK on November 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM

There is a great deal of gnashing of teeth, wailing of tongues, and rending of silk garments. People are feeling Blue with a capital B in places like New York and California, and parts of New Jersey. Especially in neighborhoods in NYC, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the like. Why all the despair?

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​Bob Mueller - Too Late To Stop Now?

Posted by AllardK on October 31, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Is this how the swamp gets drained? Manafort and his associate Rick Gates - the latter with a public defender defending him - are out on bail after posting a $10 million and a $5 million bond. No prizes for guessing whose bail bond was bigger. His initials are P. M. And among the dozen or so charges laid against them, there apparently is no mention of President Trump. The charges against Manafort and Gates are mainly about evading taxes on income from their activities as unregistered foreign agents on behalf of Ukraine. And this mostly during the years 2006 - 2007. Shady stuff but stuff that happened before Trump even announced his candidacy. Of course, that raises questions about Manafort being picked to head Trump's campaign.

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​The Man the FBI Couldn't Shut Up

Posted by AllardK on October 27, 2017 at 11:42 AM

The informant who was a key part of the FBI's case against Vadim Mikerin, one of Rosatom's board members, is now free to talk to Congress according to his lawyer. What was forbidden by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election campaigns is now allowed for some unknown reason. A reason which might have to do with the fact that the original non-disclosure agreement the FBI forced their informant to sign wouldn't have held up to any reasonable scrutiny. Which is what it was finally receiving thanks to a series of stories in The Hill and elsewhere.

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The Importance of Things Not Easily Measured

Posted by Christine & John on December 12, 2017 at 8:26 PM

Our schools don't teach us about some of the most important government actions, ones that built the foundations of our prosperity. The reason is that most important trend are slow growing, their results evident only with the passages of time, sometimes generations. They also are cooperative enterprises. The very best that any individual can hope to achieve is to be necessary but not sufficient. Politicians have a lot of trouble taking credit for these things and historians have trouble fitting narratives to them. These are not stories without heroes, but rather that there are too many heroes to count, each playing a role, often unaware of the role they are playing. How do you explain it a few words, in one lecture?

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​Normalizing the Flood of Corruption & Abuse

Posted by Keeley on December 11, 2017 at 11:19 PM

This is getting to the point where Old Testament language seems the only way to describe the flood of controversial news sweeping over America these last few weeks. Consider these items:

The wave of abuse scandals is keeping what normally would be headline news off the front page, to use an outdated simile. Senator Graham has warned the spouses and children of U.S. personnel in South Korea that they should think about heading home. What he means is war with North Korea is now a very real possibility.

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​Mike Flynn's Flip - Mueller is Running an Obstruction of Justice Investigation

Posted by Keeley on December 5, 2017 at 9:02 PM

What does Mike Flynn's plea bargain mean? That seems to depend on what side of the aisle, or what side of the #NeverTrump versus #GoTrump intraparty divide, you're from.

For Democrats and Trump opponents in general, we're one step from uncovering secret recordings or other evidence of Putin and Trump literally planning the 2016 elections strategy together. If you tend to be a Trump supporter - or at least neutral in the tribal Trump war - then Flynn has been charged with a process crime: lying to the FBI over whether he had any conversations/contacts with the Russian ambassador.

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​Corker's No On Tax Reform & Madison's Defense Of the Senate

Posted by Keeley on December 4, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Senators have a lot of power, especially in a fairly evenly divided Senate, don't they? And it is hard to know how much their decisions to vote up or down any given bill are based on the policy implications, and how much they may be based on personal interest or personal vendettas.

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​Section 702 - A Crude But Necessary Balancing Act

Posted by Keeley on November 29, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Section 702 will almost certainly continue life unaltered in any meaningful way by any amendments. That's the emerging consensus on Capitol Hill apparently.

What the heck is Section 702 you ask?

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Cut the sinners a little slack

Posted by Christine & John on November 24, 2017 at 11:18 AM

I have long said that we should draw bright lines between public and private lives and I would also generally advocate compartmentalizing. Most of the time we do not need - and do not have the capacity - to judge the whole person.

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As Scandal After Scandal Breaks Out - Remember de Tocqueville

Posted by Keeley on November 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM

This is truly just starting. The analysis will also come and some of it will of course be of the radical, burn-down-maledom sort where if you harbor doubts about a 15-year old transgender boy showering with your 13-year old daughter then you might as well have been cruising the malls back when, looking for underage girls.

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​Why AG Sessions Pushed Back Against His Own Party

Posted by Keeley on November 16, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Where to start?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is implying he'd like Attorney General Jeff Sessions to retake his senate seat in what one presumes would be through a write-in vote that would do several things:

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​What the Hell Does the GOP do With Roy Moore?

Posted by Keeley on November 13, 2017 at 6:38 PM

December 12 is just under a month away. And a month is a long time in politics, especially in politics under the Trump administration. The twelfth of December is of course the special election to decide who will replace Jeff Sessions as Alabama senator and, along with senior senator Richard Shelby; represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Roy Moore, embattled and attacked by both sides of the aisle, is now slipping a little in the pools. How much he's slipping depends on which poll, however, and an Emerson College survey taken after the Washington Post published a story on his possible harassment and perhaps even abuse of teenage girls, shows Moore leading in Alabama by 10 percentage points over his Democrat opponent Doug Jones.

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​The Senate Drags the House Tax Plan Back into The Swamp

Posted by Keeley on November 10, 2017 at 2:39 PM

The Senate should be called the House of Lords. In their isolated, bubble-like wisdom, GOP senators have rolled back most of the best ideas in the House's tax reform bill. Think of some of the items they hauled back into the greedy confines of privileged exemptions:

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Another racist hoax

Posted by Christine & John on November 8, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Remember the outrages about racist slurs at the Air Force Academy? Turns out the black cadet did it to himself. How about that black church that burned down, with Trump written on the wall? That got national attention as a hate crime. Turns out that a black parishioner did it. Bomb threats against Jews? This is the guy. Or the hate crime that turned out to be a blind girl taking care of her dog. Or the guy who wrote the n-word on his own car. People do this because they can so easily create hysteria over nothing important.

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​Defining Evil on Halloween in NYC

Posted by Keeley on November 2, 2017 at 6:36 PM

I can hear the sounds of Halloween from next door as I write this. No, not the sounds of kids trick or treating, but rather the unmistakable music and dialogue from John Carpenter's original, 1978 classic terror film. My wife is watching it on TV in the bedroom. And here comes that haunting piano riff that provides a musical motif throughout the film. Yes, I'm old enough that I was of legal drinking age when I saw it the first time in it's opening run in movie theatres, so I was then able to head quickly to a local watering hole to calm my nerves with a few cheap beers.

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​CEOs Who You Gonna Call? Axios!

Posted by Keeley on October 26, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Mike Allen - one of the beltway's most influential journalists according to beltway journalists - seems to be a little envious of Glenn Simpson and his operation over at Fusion GPS. Aside from trying to get various secretaries in Trump's cabinet to quit their jobs based on his emails and columns, he now wants to expand his horizons. Here's what Allen had to say in his daily email yesterday:

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​How Can Anything Get Passed in the Senate Nowadays?

Posted by Keeley on October 25, 2017 at 4:03 PM

When you have Ezra Klein at Vox claiming you should run for re-election and that it was wrong for you to drop out, maybe it is time to retire. But surely Senator Flake will not go gently into that good (or not so) political night. We now have the prospect of at least three GOP senators berating the president as a threat to America's democracy and doing it from the Senate floor for at least another year. Or more accurately, doing it even more ferociously than before. That would be up to and including next year's mid-terms. In case you're counting.

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Nothing is Sacred in The Culture Wars

Posted by Keeley on October 20, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Nothing is off bounds in the culture wars, especially as they apply to this administration and its relationship with the media and with the opposition. And that includes those in uniform killed in combat.

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