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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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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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​Trump and Kim Jong-un: Stop Tweeting & Carry a Big Club

Posted by AllardK on April 20, 2018 at 11:24 PM

With the news of Mike Pompeo - still CIA Director, not yet Secretary of State and perhaps condemned to a purgatory of several months or longer by Democratic Senators grandstanding on everything from Pompeo's view of gay sex to his positions on waterboarding - having visited with Kim Jong-Un now out in the open, we have to be grateful that North Korea is not a major energy producer.

Like Iran.

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​Criticizing Comey is Not a Mortal Sin Mr. Himes

Posted by AllardK on April 17, 2018 at 6:29 PM

Welcome to the summit of fame James Comey. Your book is out this Tuesday and the world's media has been diving into its details. But in today's world, the author is often as or more important than what he or she authored. Especially when the author's book is all about the author's viewpoint.

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Kennedy was assassinated and no one knows why.

Posted by Weary_Willie on April 12, 2018 at 8:40 PM

There's a question, but that's what we're supposed to settle for, the question. Why did Kennedy get assassinated? They even made a movie that ended just like that.

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Good Times!

Posted by Roy Ellis on April 11, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Everyday that goes by I appreciate President Trump more and more. I'm a senior citizen and I have never felt even close to this good about our country and all that entails.

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​Syria & Trump's Foreign Policy - Tactics or Strategy?

Posted by AllardK on April 10, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Does President Trump have the blood on his hands of those 40 people reportedly killed by Assad's forces in a gas attack near Damascus? Because that's what James Hohmann basically said in Monday's Daily 202.

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​Will Social Media be Shrouded by Congress?

Posted by AllardK on April 5, 2018 at 6:19 PM

Yes, Donald Jr. is likely wrong about social media and their penchant for only censoring non-liberal shooter's online content, often before the police have even named the culprit or filed charges. As The Daily Beast - of all places - has shown, the online profiles or sites or vlogs/blogs etc of people like Nikolas Cruz, Devin Kelley, and Mark Conditt have been censored or removed by social media sites almost immediately after the shootings occurred. And yes, perhaps there's a little more fascination on the part of media towards the YouTube killer vegan, Nasim Aghdam, whose photographs look a like a Marvel Comics reject that didn't quite make the cut.

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​The ACLU & the Freedom to Fool Websites With Bots

Posted by AllardK on April 4, 2018 at 5:47 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing the boundaries of data and research in a lawsuit that they claim is all about biased algorithms. That's right. Algorithms.

Sandvig v Sessions revolves around the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) which is a piece of legislation born in the mid-80's and was originally meant to protect government computers from unauthorized access. Needless to say, the CFAA has been amended multiple times with the most recent case being in 2008. And it has expanded to include most devices - including cell phones.

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​So What if Shulkin's Firing was Really About the Choice Program?

Posted by AllardK on March 29, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Game, set, and match. David Shulkin's speedy career collapse as VA Secretary was as swift and brutal as champion Steffi Graf's straight-sets loss to Lorie McNeil back in the summer of 1994. Which would have been at Wimbledon, of course. And complementary tickets to Wimbledon were part of the list of fairly minor but politically unpardonable sins that the now-fired Secretary of Veteran Affairs was guilty of. So, like Tom Price at HHS, he had to go.

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​Was This Past Weekend 1969? Or 1989?

Posted by AllardK on March 28, 2018 at 1:49 PM

So was this weekend 1969? Or 1989?

If James Hohmann is right, in his Daily 202 in the Washington Post, then it's 1969. That is, the Cold War historian he quotes, Zachary Jonathan Jacobson, comparing Saturday's marches to a series of anti-war student marches in October, 1969, says this:

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This is Fascism!

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 23, 2018 at 2:15 PM


For those of you who are confused, this is Fascism.

Citibank Requiring Gun Store Customers to Quit Selling 'High Capacity' Magazines


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Yup! Springtime Is A Comin'

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 21, 2018 at 6:59 PM

So, now the Communist News Network/msm/dims/never Trumper's are clamoring that the President should not have congratulated Putin on his win. Recall that Trump told the world that he didn't like to make his position known on every issue. We don't know, nor will we know what Trump thinks about Putin, nor will Putin, which is a good thing. Hope the Ukrainians learn to shoot those anti-tank missiles so they hit their intended targets

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Jeff Sessions talks to Tucker Carlson.

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 16, 2018 at 9:35 PM

No sanctuary for Jeff Sessions
I think I may have come upon the real reason people aren't going to jail yet.

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​The Salisbury Poisonings - What is Putin Capable Of?

Posted by AllardK on March 16, 2018 at 1:48 PM

It's past time for the Trump administration to levy the sanctions on Russia that Congress passed. If an excuse to take belated action is needed, the poisoning with a rare and deadly nerve agent created by Soviet intel and military assets 40 years ago of ex Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury, and Putin's thuggish and clownish dismissal of Russian involvement, both provide a perfect excuse. Yes, the administration has launched a series of sanctions this Thursday, in what appears to be a response to Salisbury. But more may very well be needed, and it must be clear to Putin that America and it's allies are willing to do more.

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​They Came Not to Praise Tillerson But to Bury Him

Posted by AllardK on March 14, 2018 at 10:53 PM

Here's what Buzzfeed's John Hudson wrote on October 4 last year:

One U.S. official expressed confidence in Tillerson's status due to a so-called "suicide pact" forged between Defense Secretary James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson, whereby all three cabinet secretaries vow to leave in the event that the president makes moves against one of them.

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Mercantilist Gridiron! - Trump Trains the Navy and Sanctions on China

Posted by AllardK on March 13, 2018 at 5:40 PM

We're months away from football training camp, but here goes:

His "reddish" hair slicked back under his Cleveland Browns helmet, "DJ" slaps his hands up under the center's backside and barks out the signals:

Two thirty two! Two Thirty Two! Hut! Hut! Hut!!

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​Was McCabe Authorized to Leak? Comey Doesn't Know ...

Posted by Keeley on April 23, 2018 at 7:49 PM

It looks like James Comey may be called to testify against Andrew McCabe, his former deputy at the FBI. Here's how an article by Tim Hains in Real Clear Politics sums up the situation:

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​Righteous Jim is Even More Righteous Than You Thought

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2018 at 8:58 PM

James Comey really is that righteous, apparently. Before examining a quote from his book that deals with Martha Stewart's trial and her apparent crime of lying, it's helpful to remember a little bit about Puritan New England. Here's a description from The New England Historical Society of some aspects of their justice system:

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​McClatchy Media Article Revives Russia Story? Or Not?

Posted by Keeley on April 18, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Are McClatchy's Peter Stone and Greg Gordon correct when they state that in August or September of 2016, Michael Cohen did indeed go to Prague to meet with Russian officials or perhaps businessmen close to Putin?

Let's start with the opening paragraph of their story from last Friday:

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​Syria - How Would Putin Respond to a Show of Force?

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Spare us the warnings of foreign policy experts regarding Syria please. Yes, Syria is a mess. Yes, Assad is protected by Russia, to an extent we have not yet tested. Yes, worst of all, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is now firmly established in Syrian territory. Not to mention Hezbollah.

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​Prosecutors Rule The World - Michael Cohen & Attorney-Client Priviledge

Posted by Keeley on April 11, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Is Andrew McCarthy - a former long-time prosecutor with the Southern District of New York (SDNY) who has been writing incisive and exhaustive reports on the Mueller probe in various articles for National Review - a dangerous man? Is Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller's attack dogs and apparently a formidable prosecutor, dangerous? Is Mueller? Comey? Kenneth Starr? Patrick Fitzgerald? Is prosecutor-forced plea bargaining a perversion of the original intention of the Founders when it came to America's justice system?

Or are they all merely hard-driving prosecutors who get (or got) the job done?

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​The Caravan to Puebla and Possible Waves

Posted by Keeley on April 6, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Unlike Europe, the caravan of mostly Honduran and other Central American migrants is mostly symbolic, and has been happening for about a decade in southern Mexico, on what seems to be an annual basis around Easter time. Because of Europe, it is a very powerful symbol, one that posits the possibility of enormous waves of approaching migrants, rather than the steady stream of smaller groups that try to cross the border on a daily basis.

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​Let's Talk About Andrew McCabe's GoFundMe Campaign

Posted by Keeley on April 3, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Consider the curious case of Andrew McCabe's GoFundMe campaign, as Law Professor Jonathan Turley puts it in his piece in The Hill. Half a million dollars have been raised, smashing through the supposed goal of merely a third of that amount. All in the cause of the former FBI Deputy Director's legal defense fund.

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​Time Magazine Does an Epitaph on Jeff Sessions

Posted by Keeley on March 30, 2018 at 5:34 PM

Jeff Sessions is about to appear in black and white in Time Magazine in about a week. In a dry but fairly hostile and critical profile by Molly Ball (formerly with Atlantic) she paints a portrait of a severe and puritanical man who is isolated from many Republicans, and from Trump himself. But beyond her narrative that seems part-epitaph, it's the accompanying black and white photographs by Phillip Montgomery that take the cake.

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​SCOTUS' 24 Billion Dollar Immigration Call

Posted by Keeley on March 26, 2018 at 8:16 PM

It's here! The Omnibus spending bill. And it's got tons of cash for President Trump's border wall! About a billion dollars! One. Billion. Dollars! Wow!

You want a measure on how powerful the Supreme Court of the United States can be? Let's do a little addition, and subtraction, shall we?

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​The Austin Bomber & the Race Over 5G - Threats in Our Connected World

Posted by Keeley on March 22, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Who was Mark Conditt? The apparent Austin bomber was a home-schooled and church-going kid raised in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin. No possible motive is anywhere in site, but apparently there was some sort of confession. So the media is sure to dig through the details of Conditt's life and try to see what went wrong, what drove him to the evil acts he undertook.

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​Forget Voters - Meet the Vegan Genius Who Hacked Facebook & Elected Trump

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2018 at 1:44 PM

It couldn't be that enough voters in key electoral districts were just not convinced by Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate that they could vote for. No. That just won't do. We need a better narrative. The Russians did it. With Trump we think. The evidence is how mad the President gets when he tweets. Because so far no real evidence has shown up. But it will. At least as far as possible obstruction of justice is concerned. Collusion, maybe not.

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​Why We Have to Talk About Prostitutes in Moscow

Posted by Keeley on March 15, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Salacious but unverified. What do you think I'm referring to? What could it possibly be but that scene that was rumored to have taken place in 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, on Trump's visit to the city for the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant.

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​Mr. President - Don't Do a Jimmy Carter With Kim Jong-un

Posted by Keeley on March 9, 2018 at 1:23 PM

As news spreads of an apparent meeting that has been tentatively scheduled between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, it's helpful to remember a little recent history. Recent if you're my age of course.

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​Tariffs - Why You Don't Make Your Own Chicken Sandwich From Scratch

Posted by Keeley on March 7, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Do you like Chicken Sandwiches? Maybe on a toasted bun? With pickles, cheese, and tomato and lettuce as well? If so, there's a video on YouTube you should really see. A guy makes his own chicken sandwich. From the ground up. Literally. Everything from growing his own vegetables and grain (for the bread) to slaughtering and plucking and cleaning a chicken (no idea if it was free range).

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​Leaks & Winks Around Kushner's Security Downgrade

Posted by Keeley on March 1, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Who are the leakers - and who were the earlier leakers - in Trump's White House? It's a question one can't help keep asking and one that journalists will not answer as every one of them loves a good source and is almost always willing to keep those sources anonymous.

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