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The Rise and Fall of the Alt Right

Posted by phx8 on August 26, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Recently a new description has emerged to the new philosophy that has taken over the Republican Party. This philosophy, being new, is still only loosely defined. Hillary Clinton described it as "a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment." Terms applied to the Alt Right include racism, racialism, white supremacists, and white nationalists. The Wall Street Journal describes it as a movement that "rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity." Unlike traditional conservatism or republicanism, the Alt Right sees the most fundamental conflict being between globalism and nativism (or nationalism). As a result, it can contribute to militarism and imperialism, which created the toxic stew that led to previous world wars.

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Equivalent

Posted by oraoghaile on August 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Equivalent:

A person or thing that is equal to or corresponds with another in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns

Posted by Warren Porter on July 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM

The Florida Congresswoman commonly known by her initials, DWS, will not be chairing this weeks' Democratic National Convention. Her tenure as Chair of the Democratic National Committee will end soon shortly thereafter. All this is the result of fallout from a leak of private DNC emails onto Wikileaks.

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The Establishment vs The Base, A Football Analogy

Posted by TreyL on July 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

In the game of American politics, there are two teams. The Red Republicans and the Blue Democrats. The players on the field are the politicians and candidates for office, the establishment is represented by the coaching staff on each sideline, and the base is represented by the fans in the stadium. Today, we'll visualize a football game to put into perspective the looney left's reaction to Tim Kaine's announcement as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, and why the fringe base must always and forever be contained and prevented from having any meaningful say in the nomination process.

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The end of a week full of news

Posted by Warren Porter on July 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Oh my what a week! Rather than write an individual essay, I have opted to create this space to discuss several recent events.

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Scores Perish in Nice

Posted by Warren Porter on July 14, 2016 at 11:35 PM

In an apparent act of terrorism, a lorry has been driven into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks from Le Promenade des Anglais. The local press has reported at least 80 deaths and perhaps 100 injured (40 seriously, 18 critically). While no one has claimed responsibility. The havoc wreaked on the English walkway was an impressive feat for one man, but experts already speculate that DAESH may be responsible and the hunt is on for any possible accomplices.

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Lawful gun owner killed by police

Posted by Warren Porter on July 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Police in Minnesota shot a licensed CCW permit-holder. It is not yet clear why, but it appears that the fact that he was armed was a factor. Shockingly, gun rights groups have refused to comment on what is clearly a violation of their interpretation of the second amendment.

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The Balance of Our Lives

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Either we are all free, or none of us truly are. Yet we accept some degrees of legal restriction of our overall rights in order to sleep at night. The question is, what happens when we ask too much of some, and not enough of others?

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Antisemitism or Incompetence?

Posted by Warren Porter on July 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

On June 15, an image was uploaded to the twitter account named "@fishbonehead1". The image featured an unflattering photo of Hillary Clinton plastered in front of $100 dollar bills as well as a hexagram containing the words, "most corrupt candidate ever"! The hexagram resembled the outline of the Magen David, a common Jewish symbol and the piles of money alluded to the common antisemetic claim that the money of Jewish financiers corrupts our government.

The resemblance to the Magen David was not a coincidence. The @fishbonehead1 twitter account had a long history of publishing anti-Semitic imagery including the doctoring of photographs to elongate the nose of a Jewish journalist and doctoring a photograph of President Obama to resemble Hasidic attire.

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FBI: Clinton not recommended for prosecution

Posted by Warren Porter on July 5, 2016 at 11:23 AM

James Comey delivered remarks today announcing that the FBI would not recommend criminal prosecution against Hillary Clinton. Even though she violated policies and procedures meant to safeguard American secrets, there was no intent or malice behind her poor decision-making. Rather, carelessness seems to be the theme.

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On Transgender Issue, We're Making Fools of Ourselves

Posted by TreyL on June 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Recently, 51 families whose children attended a school district in Palatine, Illinois had to sue the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration because they objected to their daughters having to change in the same locker room as a biological male. The school district offered to allow the male student to use a partitioned area of the locker room, but the Obama administration said that wasn't good enough, and that Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, mandates that a male with all the plumbing to prove it, must be allowed into a women's bathroom upon request. You have got to be kidding me.

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Benghazi Nothingburger

Posted by Warren Porter on June 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM

The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its report. It doesn't say much that we didn't already know.

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Posted by TreyL on June 23, 2016 at 2:07 AM

As the old protest chant goes, "This is what democracy looks like." It's 2:10 A.M. here in the Eastern Time Zone, the morning of June 23, 2016. C-Span is broadcasting a webcam video from Congressman Eric Swallwell after Speaker Paul Ryan shut down the main House of Representatives cameras. Why? The Democrats are waging a sit-in over the No Fly No Buy bill. This is what democracy looks like.

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College Affordability Is About More Than Managing Tuition Costs

Posted by DanikaK on June 22, 2016 at 4:06 PM

There is bipartisan recognition that students need to be encouraged to attend and graduate from college. Whether the concern is rooted in fears about America's position in the global economy, or founded in reducing systemic inequality--there's a convincing argument to be made that we need more college graduates to move forward as a society.

But while we all agree that a college education will drastically transform the trajectory of our country, there is still the issue of cost to take into account, and the opportunity to attend college--whether you graduate or not--has a lot to do with how much money your parents already have.

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New CIA Torture Documents Released

Posted by KeelanB on June 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM

New documents have been released by the CIA, detailing torture techniques the agency used against terrorism related detainees after September 11, 2001.

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Rigging The System

Posted by GregB on August 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The rumors have been around for decades that the American political system is rigged. Rigged by whom and for what reason is something that keeps the conspiracy theory industry going strong. Presidential candidate Donald Trump mentioned 'rigging' in more than one of his addresses to the public. People began to wonder, if rigging was real and on a scale as massive as voter activity.

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Trump's Best Ammo Against Hillary Clinton

Posted by GregB on August 22, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Just about everyone is waiting for what Trump will fire back at Hillary Clinton during the final months of the presidential race. He's given some tidbits here and there but his advisory staff has a lot of ammo that Clinton is definitely not going to want to face.

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Lawyers Getting Fired: Battle For The Senate And House

Posted by GregB on August 20, 2016 at 7:22 PM

President Obama's worst nightmare began with the Republican surge amongst the legislative branch in congress by the Republicans. The Republicans tried to crush anything positive that Obama tried to do, even if it was in the best interests of everyone on Earth. It's the most embarrassing example of human pettiness the United States has ever seen. No matter who wins the 2016 election this November, it's the seats in the House and Senate that are going to be the change makers.

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The White Males Who Matter to Hillary

Posted by AllardK on August 17, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Hillary has given up on men. Ok, we can get a little more granular. Hillary Clinton does not really need white male voters in order to reach 270 electoral votes and win the presidency in November. If things stay as they are right now in mid-August. She's handed off the task of limiting her damage among white working-class voters to Joe Biden, while she continues to titillate and tweak her identity-politics demographics: African-American, latino, non-white voters in general, and millenials as well. Oh yes, the female vote is trending solidly her way, according to polls.

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Trumps Dump On ISIS

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 15, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Trump presented his plans on taking down ISIS today at a rally in Ohio. The main points I got from his speech is that if he becomes president we are done with nation building. Also, that he is not interested in committing a large contingent of US troops to the effort, mostly intel, logs and general support folks. His offensive measures, while similar to the current admin, would be more robust and aggressive. He proposes a huge effort to carry out an ideological war, as it relates to Islam, across the world.

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Mister Dillon, Mister Dillon !!!

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 12, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Trump says he will be the 'law and order' president. Do we ever need some law and order. More importantly we need to restore better morals, integrity and so on, to the nation. Not easy to do. If Trump loses this election it will set us on a path of ever diminishing quality of life as we have known it.

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The Looming Obamacare Crisis and the Next President

Posted by AllardK on August 11, 2016 at 8:02 PM

While it is common knowledge that urgent crisis like ISIS and national security in general will be waiting on the newly elected president's desk on Day1 in late January, there is also the not-so-small matter of Obamacare. The unravelling of the President's cherished Affordable Care Act is already taking place, with major players (if not the largest insurance companies) saying that it is a money loosing scheme that is not working out the way it was planned.

Why?

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Somewhere Between Smoke And Fire For Hillary

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 10, 2016 at 2:01 PM

We were, and are being told by Hillary that she set up private email servers to conduct DOS business as a convenience. As more of her emails come dribbling out we are finding that convenience is only one reason for the outlawed servers. Recent emails are demonstrating the comingling of DOS and Clinton Foundation business and operations. What she really needed was a way to hide these communications from inquiring minds, the people/voters.

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Gary Johnson Will Smoke Evan McMullin Off the Debate Stage

Posted by AllardK on August 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Who? Evan McMullin, that's who. A former CIA operative with Middle East experience. An MBA who spent a couple of years at Goldman Sachs. And a former GOP House adviser on foreign policy. And a profile photo that looks like he should be wonking away in Brussels. Or reporting for BBC World or CNN. And he hates Trump's proposal of banning Muslims from areas like the one he worked in.

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Trump Keeps Swinging at Any Jab

Posted by AllardK on August 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM

As President Obama clarified for America and the World that it was not a ransom payment to Iran, but merely a pre-announced clearing of accounts, and part of a carefully structured package, Tim Kaine was admitting that Hillary Clinton had been extremely careless with her private e-mail server while Secretary of State. And officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer's union were pleading with Speaker Ryan to get on their side of the border issue.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM

It has been 'biggly' great entertainment observing the 2016 elections play out. Nothing like this has happened in our history and I could believe we will never see anything like it again. We've seen national security breached, explicatives hurled hourly , candidate lying to the FBI/folks, politicians fired, corruption in the political process, Russia, or perhaps NSA, hacking political emails, and so on - - -

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What's Up Next For The 2017 Presidential Campaign?

Posted by GregB on July 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Well both candidates are of to fast start. Actually a rock heavy start.

Neither Republican Candidate Donald Trump, nor Democrat Candidate Hillary Clinton have a clear shot a the presidency, reason being because both are facing the wrath of enemies within and without.

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Now That the DNC Is Over, Let The War Begin

Posted by GregB on July 27, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Hillary Clinton has just clinched the historical spot as the 2017 candidate for President of the United States of America.

It was a shoe-in for Clinton considering her position as former Secretary of State of the U.S. Under present president Barack Obama. Clinton now caps a long career for serving the the people and winning the presidency would be stellar consider she would be the top women's candidate for all time. Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton on would like nothing more than to see she take the high office. Women across the landscape would be as equally enamored should she take the office as well. It would send shockwaves throughout the world and women would feel empowered like never before.

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The RNC Party Is Over, Now The Fun Begins

Posted by GregB on July 27, 2016 at 6:50 PM

As was expected, Donald J. Trump is the official Republican nominee for President of the United States. There was literally no competition as Trump knocked everyone else out of the block. He went into the convention with so many delegates that he was afforded the extra joy of having his son deliver the winning score for the state of New York.

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Michelle Steals Hearts, Hillary Steals Trust

Posted by AllardK on July 26, 2016 at 7:37 PM

Did Michelle Obama give the speech that Ted Cruz should have? That can't be right? Well think about it: Ted Cruz summed up what he believed was America's greatest attraction: the promise it gave to people around the world whose desire is summed up in five beautiful words:

I want to be free.

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Of Course Hillary Used the Racist Label!

Posted by Keeley on August 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Well what do you expect, Donald? Yes Hillary would prefer to keep her campaign on cruise control and just do a whole lot of nice fundraisers. No bothersome press conferences. Just 30-grand-a-plate lovefests at someone's gorgeous mansion.

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Who Convinced Trump to Pivot?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2016 at 11:33 PM

It was Kellyanne Conway. It couldn't have been Bannon? It was something Newt said a week ago. No, you're wrong. It was Roger Ailes. Come on, let's be serious. It was Ivanka and Jared. And Eric too.

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Why Univision Won't Weaponize Gawker Media

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

What does a muck-racking English philosophy graduate from Oxford have in common with a debt-laden Spanish-language media empire? Gawker Media that's what. Nick Denton's prying and spying blog network has recently been on the losing end of a $140 million lawsuit courtesy of the Hulk Hogan - Peter Thiel tag team. So it must be some relief to Denton that Gawker has found a buyer, once the lawsuit has wound it's way down. For just about the amount of the lawsuit, some $135 million. What a coincidence.

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Russia, Wikileaks and the Campaign

Posted by Keeley on August 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM

You can't invent someone like Julian Assange, Wikileak's founder/member. No editor would believe your twists and turns of his life plot. But behind this nomadic son of divorced Australian hippies, is a more pragmatic question: is Putin's security apparatus now controlling Assange and Wikileaks? The evidence seems to clearly suggest so. The toxic triad of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange all revolve around key issues of intelligence and national security. And American intelligence and diplomatic assets have been the frequent targets of Wikileak's disclosures over the past several years.

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ISIS: Beyond Trump's Latest Controversy

Posted by Keeley on August 12, 2016 at 7:07 PM

What can't Trump stop shooting from the hip? For example, now we have this latest outburst where he states that Obama and Hillary are the founders of ISIS. It's not like it's something Trump has been saying since at least this past January ...

Oh. He has? You mean it's his over the top way of saying that Obama and Hillary's overseeing of the (fairly) rapid troop drawdown in Iraq lead to the conditions that lead to ... ISIS?

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Does Putin Want a Divided GOP?

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Is the mostly-hawkish defense and foreign policy establishment doing Putin's bidding by attacking Trump?

Consider this: what if the goal of Russian cyber attackers is not as granular as giving Trump a boost and trying to ensure Hillary Clinton does poorly in the November election? What if the main goal is to exploit partisan divides by encouraging and inflaming a GOP civil war? And ensure that lots of shouting and accusations - both intra-party and across the aisle - that undermine the very electoral process itself. Especially the confidence Americans should have in their electoral system as a near-sacred institution.

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What's $400 Million When You're Appeasing?

Posted by Keeley on August 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM

You could tell. By the long pauses. And slightly-strangled voice projection. That even Josh Earnest had some difficulty getting out the official denials that a planeload full of pallets of hard currency in the dead of the night to Iran was not what it clearly was: a ransom payment by America to a terrorist-sponsoring, radical, islamic theocracy. Who had American servicemen imprisoned. And who finally released them the day after the planeload of cash arrived in Tehran.

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The Clinton Foundation Is a Treasure Trove - Just Ask Russia

Posted by Keeley on August 3, 2016 at 7:24 PM

It was in the NYTimes last year, and the story has reappeared in print and cable and across various media. The Clinton Foundation was essentially a clearing house for a deal to allow a Russian company to acquire a fifth of America's uranium reserves. And even if the amount of reserves - always an estimate in mining - is not quite that much, it is still an alarming story.

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DNC Hacks: Headlines Trump Doesn't Need

Posted by Keeley on July 31, 2016 at 12:23 PM

What does Putin's Russia want? As news comes of yet more online attacks against Democrats - in this case the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary's own campaign organization - suspicions of Russian involvement are growing. Is this rumor fed by speculations by cybersecurity firms or do they have a point that the appearance of Russian methods are evident in the hacks?

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Philadelphia: What Is There Left for Hillary to Say?

Posted by Keeley on July 28, 2016 at 6:49 PM

What. In the world. Is there possibly left to say? In Philadelphia Thursday night as Hillary Clinton finally takes her turn. They have all been to bat. The Dem Major League Hitters: Hit-it-out-of-park Michelle; Mr. Balk-&-Slide-Around-Anything Bill; I'm-Stlll-Swinging-Back-to-the-Dugout Bernie; I've-endured-more-than-most Joe Biden; and Barack We've-Still-Got-Lots-To-Do Obama.

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Of Demagogues and a Nation's Laws

Posted by Keeley on July 22, 2016 at 5:14 PM

We know of demagogues from the quills of aristocrats: Thucydides - who would work at the Council on Foreign Relations or be elegantly ensconced in Brussels were he alive today; Aristophanes - London playwright? Or Manhattan theatre sensation who occasionally can be seen in Hollywood? From their perches above the seething masses they fingered out Cleon - a tradesman turned orator - as a leader of the common people. As the term demagogue originally meant. And even then, it was already sliding towards a negative connotation.

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Cleveland: What NeverTrump'ers Want

Posted by Keeley on July 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM

If it was up to Ken Cuccinelli, Viriginia delegate and former AG for the state, the Cleveland GOP Convention would be labelled the Republican Party's Altamont. Fortunately, a few dozen NeverTrump'ers shouting for a roll call vote, while being drowned out by Trump supporters, is not quite the same as drug-crazed Hell's Angels bludgeoning an unruly crowd back in 1970.

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What If Cleveland Pulls It Off?

Posted by Keeley on July 15, 2016 at 5:17 PM

The image of Brodie Copeland, a beautiful 11-year old kid from Texas is hard to shake. And we should let that image of him and his dad Sean rest deeply within our souls, and at least know that they left this life likely together, as father and son. Every one of the 84 (or perhaps more) individuals murdered on France's Bastille Day will mean more than we can imagine for their loved ones, their friends, and their family. Like islamic terrorism's other victims around the world. We can also honor the brave person, apparently a policewoman, who stood in the truck's path to force it to veer and perhaps stop. After which the police were able to neutralize the monster behind the wheel.

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Hillary Fishes for Stale NeverTrump'ers Quotes

Posted by Keeley on July 14, 2016 at 3:39 PM

As Kendal Unruh attempts to get 28 delegates on the rules committee to vote for her proposal to let delegates in Cleveland vote their conscience, Hillary is already using some of the best NeverTrump'ers slogans. How many times have GOP politicians and commentators disparaged Trump as not belonging to, or belonging in, the party of Lincoln? How many times has that refrain echoed around the media? As Trump's steady and fairly quick march towards 1,237 became a certainty, how many times have they lamented that the Republican Party - Lincoln's party - would no longer exist under a Trump presidency?

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Is the FBI Investigating the Clinton Foundation?

Posted by Keeley on July 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

The President says Hillary Clinton is the best-prepared candidate in many generations for the nation's commander-in-chief job. The FBI Director says Hillary has a little trouble with classification of information, seeing she's a touch "unsophisticated" with complex symbols like a (C) at the start of a paragraph in an email. For example.

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