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Google: We Will Be 100 Percent Green By 2017

Posted by KeelanB on December 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Google has claimed the company will be 100 percent green by early next year, in an official blog post this week. They used 5.7 terawatt hours of electricity in 2015!

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Marijuana Use Ingrained In NBA Culture Says NY Knicks President

Posted by KeelanB on December 7, 2016 at 7:50 AM

In an appearance on CBS Sports Network this week New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said marijuana use is ingrained in the NBA and there is no way it can be legislated out of pro basketball. His comments are not particularly surprising considering his own admitted marijuana and other drug consumption during his time on the court.

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A Stupid Accusation or a Stupid Crime Just Took Place.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM

This has to be one of the dumbest things I ever heard, and the most irresponsible. You are the President of the United States in waiting, which means your role is supposed to be to enforce the law, and what the law says is simple: the government has to prove what it says. What Trump is saying is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. If you think about it, that is.

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Aging Baby Boomers: a Growing Concern for the U.S. Healthcare Field

Posted by DanikaK on November 23, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Donald Trump's win on November 8th was an unexpected and unwelcome turn of events to many in the United States.

Throughout the campaign, political analyst Lara Brown, who teaches in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, expressed that a Trump win was something leftists and liberals should prepare for.

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The Sugarcoats 1: No Peace with the Alt-Right

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 22, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Folks talk about many on the Alt-Right as if they're merely being naughty little boys, those scamps. Now I can understand the wish not to have the new emphasis on putting misogyny, racism and other bad behavior in the past become so stifling that it takes the playfulness out of society or our lives. That said, in the name of preserving that forgiving gray area of social behavior, we shouldn't promote the bigoted sort of beliefs and ideologies that our fathers and grandfathers fought against.

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Pay to Play: Trump Edition

Posted by Warren Porter on November 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

After months spent pillorying Hillary Clinton for foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, the Right has developed a new code of morality for Washington DC. Past precedents were thrown out the window. No longer was an actual quid pro quo interaction necessary to allege corruption.

According to critics, the Clinton's should have refused donations from anyone but the most pristine characters. It didn't matter that the charity got top ratings. It didn't matter that nearly all the money was spent on unambiguously benevolent causes, with as little as possible being spent on fundraising or administration. Nope, all that mattered was who made the donation. Because in the bizarre world of rightist "logic", it is better to do fewer good works just to avoid giving unscrupulous people good PR.

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An Amateur Cognitive Theorist's Perspective on Trump

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Whatever the Republicans think happened on Tuesday, they lost. What? But obviously, they won the election! Well, thanks for pointing that out. But still, that, in part, was why they lost. When they say, "Make America Great Again", which America are they talking about?

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Hate Crimes spike in wake of election

Posted by Warren Porter on November 12, 2016 at 6:41 PM

The United States has witnessed a rash of vandalism, intimidation and other crimes against minority groups in the past few days. Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, White Supremacists are feeling comfortable engaging in a wide array of hateful activities.

As the torrent of reported crimes continues to flood my social media accounts, I eagerly await to hear what President-Elect Donald Trump will say on this matter.

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Trump is not Hitler (yet)

Posted by Warren Porter on November 11, 2016 at 10:33 AM

I understand that many of my brethren remain upset that the next President is a man who has stoked America's racial divides and forged a new identity politics surrounding White nationalism. I understand that many people are upset that a demagogue will ascend to the Presidency despite receiving fewer votes than his opponent.

Many of these people are expressing their frustration and anger with peaceful demonstration and protest.

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John Pilger Warns of America-China Cold War in New Documentary

Posted by KeelanB on November 9, 2016 at 4:59 PM

America, whether left or right is a nation that finds itself in conflict far too often. Since 9/11 a policy of intervention based along its interests (but guised as humanitarianism or anti-terrorism) has cost hundreds of thousands lives and is at least indirectly tied to the rise of ISIS and the reactionary responses in domestic and foreign policy because of it. Ever looming is the so called threat from Russia, but as far as mega powers go, China poses just as much risk to US "national interests", and Washington's insistence on policing the Pacific and enforcing rules that stifle China's dominance is only increasing that risk.

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My Condolences to the GOP

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 9, 2016 at 5:23 AM

The GOP is like a couple who has scrapped up every bit of money and wealth they had to buy their dream home, and despite learning that the pipes were rusted out, the air conditioning was busted, the walls and floors were ravaged by termites, gritted their way through to finally buying that house!

And now, they have to live in it.

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Recreational Marijuana is also on the Ballot Today

Posted by KeelanB on November 8, 2016 at 7:04 AM

Most Americans are focussed on their vote for President today, but five states are also voting on the legalization of marijuana. Citizens in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will decide whether the plant can be legally consumed recreationally, not just for medical purposes. Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota are voting on whether to allow medical marijuana only, and voters in Montana are deciding changes to their current medical marijuana system.

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Refusing To Concede: Trump Could Go To Supreme Court

Posted by KeelanB on November 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Some took it as an affront to the democratic process, others saw it as a meaningless throwaway remark, but when Donald Trump said he would have to "look at it at the time" when asked if he'd accept defeat to Hillary Clinton, it opened up an interesting question. Can a presidential candidate legitimately refuse to concede, and if so what are their options?

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Donald Trump: The Candidate of Bankruptcy

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 7, 2016 at 9:36 AM

How does he do it? How does this guy keep on dodging the bullets (even when there are no bullets to dodge?) I'd say that's the wrong question. I'd say Trump owes the GOP and the voters clustered around it the most thanks for allowing him to get this far, and do this much damage. Without them, he couldn't have done it.

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Secretary Carson - You Will Need to Be the Great Communicator

Posted by AllardK on December 8, 2016 at 1:26 PM

New York's 5th Representative, Democrat Greg Meeks, had this to say about incoming HUD Secretary Ben Carson: "Dr. Carson's past statements on housing have not been consistent with the Congressional intent behind many of HUD's programs." Uhm, yeeesssss ...that's true. What progressives label civil rights, Carson calls social engineering schemes gone wrong. But I'm sure some of Meeks' colleagues will now tell him to amp up his attacks on Ben Carson, as his confirmation hearings approach. How dare Meeks try to battle the good doctor in the policy arena?! Ad Hominem Greg! Attack the man, not his ideas!

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Andy Kuzder Loves Burgers and Bikinis - He May Have to Love a Good Fight

Posted by AllardK on December 2, 2016 at 3:22 PM

It is safe to say that every one of Trump's appointees will have an entrenched bureaucracy looking to delay, disrupt, or deflect any policy goals they may have when they move into their new offices on January 20, 2017. Consider the Department of Labor and its recent appeal of a judgement that overturned their new overtime regulation. Consider that they did so on December 1st, 2016, with slightly more than 6 weeks left in the lame duck session, and with the transition now in full swing.

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Obama's Meddling Causes Anger and Misstrust

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 29, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Obama sits in the Oval Office and taps his scepter in his palm, he contemplates the downtrodden worker's predicament they have endured the last eight years. What does he decide to do? What will be his Decree!?

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Michael Lind Offers Trump a Policy Framework

Posted by AllardK on November 29, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Corporate-Industrial Capitalism. Large trans-national corporations with supply chains extending around the world. Jurisdictions - whether local, national, or regional - competing for value-added suppliers in these trans-national chains of production and distribution to set up operations in their districts. Big Companies and how they affect America's national security. High-wage value-added workers in manufacturing and related industries. Get it?

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The President-Elect and the Electoral College: Don't Speak

Posted by AllardK on November 22, 2016 at 10:38 PM

How does this sound? Prime Minister Pence left the parliamentary sessions in a rush and avoided reporters on his quick car ride back to Number One, Observatory Circle. President Trump was in London, and did not respond to questions from the gathered journalists on the hold-ups to the tax reform legislation Prime Minister Pence has been trying to push through Parliament.

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Never Mind State - Who's Going to Be at Health?

Posted by AllardK on November 18, 2016 at 2:38 PM

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as even the President himself calls it, will face an almost certain death by many cuts, and rather soon it seems. The GOP-controlled 115th Congress will get down to business on January 3, 2017, a couple of weeks before President Trump is sworn in. And the House and Senate leaders will almost certainly have a reconciliation bill on Trump's desk as soon as he gets back from the swearing ceremony on Capitol Hill. One that repeals Obamacare and yet also gives the new administration - and the 115th Congress - a transition period to put a replacement plan in place.

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For the Win: Joe Biden Memes

Posted by liz on November 16, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Thank God for funny people! A sense of humor can make any situation better, and the Joe Biden memes over the last couple days have given me many laughs. I hope you enjoy the comic relief!

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Democratics Support Voter Intimidation!

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 12, 2016 at 3:39 PM

http://www.click2houston.com/news/viral-video-mom-kicks-son-7-out-of-house-after-voting-for-donald-trump-in-mock-election-at-school

Democratics have openly supported the blatant intimidation of the youngest participant in our electoral system. A seven year old boy!


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The Most Suspenseful Presidential Election Ever

Posted by GregB on November 12, 2016 at 11:42 AM

The night of November 8, 2016 will go down in history as the most suspenseful election night in history. Not since the turnover of the Truman/Dewey election has the American public been so upended. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton battled it out toe to toe for the entire night unto the wee hours of the following morning as voter tallies creeped in until Trump nailed the number of electorates to crest the top and win the election.

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To the Veterans, We Thank All of You!

Posted by liz on November 11, 2016 at 6:52 PM

We give thanks to all of the men and women who bravely served our country. To the WatchBlog contributors and readers who have served for "US" we would also like to say "Thank you!" How humble and grateful all these brave men and women make us feel to live in the beautiful USA.

Thank you, veterans. Thank you so very, very much!

What's In Store For America With The New President?

Posted by GregB on November 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency all sorts of speculation, sound and ridiculous is spreading throughout the world. The hopeful expect a new age that will make America great again and others see his administration as a new Republican oppressive institution that will favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.

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The Aftermath Of the 2016 Presidential Election

Posted by GregB on November 10, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Now that the 2016 US presidential election is over, many are anxious to see what will occur in the aftermath of the historic event. Some fear that President-Elect Donald Trump will go on a tirade undoing just about everything the Obama administration fought so hard to achieve. Others fear that the public who voted for Hillary Clinton will rise up in outrage undermining civil security and plunging the country into disarray for years to come.

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I Voted For Trump!

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 9, 2016 at 7:11 PM

I'm glad I supported him. I'm relieved he was elected. I'm one of the very few people on WatchBlog that openly supported him.

Congratulations Roy Ellis! We did it!

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Trump and His GOP Must Deliver Change

Posted by AllardK on November 9, 2016 at 4:38 PM

The wave of populism has washed over America. Swamping Obama's vision of an aggressively progressive America. This was a slow moving tsunami and like the actual physical phenomenon, most of the wave throughout it's path, remains hidden under the surface. Until it approaches and then hits the shoreline and surges above the water, shocking everyone who was unprepared for its arrival. And that means just about everyone in both political parties, including independents and third-party voters. To say nothing of pundits, advisors, and bloggers.

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LIONS '0', CHRISTIANS '1'

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM

What has happened is historical and will never again be repeated, IMO. Christians and the silent majority pushed Trump into the WH. Really hard to get them to stand up and be counted. But, they did, and in so doing have given Trump a populist mandate to bring great change to this country.

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Dakota Access Pipeline - the Coming Battle

Posted by Keeley on December 6, 2016 at 11:54 AM

From Obama's desk to the desk of Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Army and advocate of non-discrimination based on sexuality in the military. Then on to the desk of Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy. And from there down to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The order was passed down like a shining olympic torch of progressive dictates; all the way from the White House to the frozen lands of North Dakota. And the order was: stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Tom Price - the Right Choice With a Big Job Ahead

Posted by Keeley on November 30, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Give credit to President-Elect Trump for choosing Tom Price - a GOP House member with lots of policy experience and a former doctor himself - as HHS Secretary. Give him credit, as in a tax credit, that is. Because Tom Price has spent years devising an alternative to Obamacare and not just advocating its repeal. And tax credits are at the heart of his plan.

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See you in hell, Fidel

Posted by Christine & John on November 26, 2016 at 1:02 AM

I have been saving a bottle of champagne for more than ten years. Even though it is late, I will drink a toast to the passing of a bad man. He will be enjoying a climate even warmer than Cuba. See you in hell, Fidel.

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How socialism really works

Posted by Christine & John on November 24, 2016 at 9:20 PM

I am not an expert on Brazil, but I am as close as a layman comes. I lived there a total of six years, speak the language very well and met leaders like Dilma and Lula. They represent the workers party, leftist and socialists. That is why I articles like this one are so annoying. Brazil is a wonderful country and my love for its people is second only to the U.S. But the government is always getting it in trouble with policies that are overly dirigiste and socialist. People say that it is not socialist since the rich benefit. Let me enlighten all who have not experienced it. This is how socialism REALLY works. Socialism ends up benefiting politically connected rich guys and making rich guys of the politically connected.

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Trump doing better than I thought

Posted by Christine & John on November 23, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Donald Trump has nominate Nikki Haley & Betsy DeVos, and it looks like he may nominate Mitt Romney as Secretary of State. What they all have in common is that they are very competent AND they were fierce Trump opponents. My fear was that Trump would be too thin skinned to allow opponents into his inner circle or that he would staff only with loyalists. So far, so good.

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Pardon Hillary

Posted by Christine & John on November 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Trump should pardon Hillary. Trump supporters might say that that would let her "get away with it." Hillary supporters might be insulted because "she did nothing wrong." We may never be certain who is right but we can be certain that the quest for certainty would be very divisive and very destructive to our country.

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What is racism?

Posted by Christine & John on November 18, 2016 at 7:39 PM

We hear lots of talk about racists, but what does that mean? It is simple, really. If you treat similar behaviors differently just because of race, you are racist. If you do not, congratulation, you are not racist. You are not racist if you do not like things that blacks, whites or Asians are doing unless you would like such things if members of some other race were doing and your revised opinion was based on race.

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The Hispanic wave that didn't (and won't) matter

Posted by Christine & John on November 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Trump famously insulted Mexicans and was supposed to feel the Hispanic wrath in this election. Yet Trump managed to get a higher % of the Hispanic vote than Romney. Analysts are missing a big point. I was recently walking around my old neighborhood. It is still an area of immigrants, although today the Poles and Italians are replaced by Hispanics. BUT the feel is the same. Men are trying to get into small businesses, kids trying to adapt. Like the Poles, Italians, Irish and others before, Hispanics are becoming just another part of the white working class.

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Mitt Romney

Posted by Christine & John on November 18, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Mitt Romney's loss in 2012 was the most disappointing political loss of my lifetime. I am morally certain that he would have done a better job than Obama and, had he won, we would today be celebrating his reelection and we would be better off in every way I can think of. But "For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'."

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Voting Trump does not make you a racist

Posted by Christine & John on November 17, 2016 at 9:54 AM

I was a Trump opponent, but the hysterical reaction of our leftist friend to his election tempts me to be joyful at his election. His election stuck a thumb in the eye of the PC folks and the grievance industry. They will now to at a disadvantage. Personnel is policy. W/o the Obama appointees pushing the PC line, at least some of this movement will atrophy.

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The Democrat Civil War Is Just Starting

Posted by Keeley on November 14, 2016 at 6:58 PM

You would think from reading the headlines at Politico that Trump's transition team is already a smoldering heap beset by seething resentments and deep divisions. Because they don't have a detailed healthcare plan all lined up. Today. Right Now. Perhaps the earnest and rather partisan progressives at Politico should make like their colleagues at The Hill and admit that that civil war that is now emerging is happening not in Trump's team, but in their beloved Democratic Party.

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Senate Democrats Go for Goebbels

Posted by Keeley on November 10, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Total War is essentially a German concept. In fact, make that a Nazi concept, as it was outlined in a notorious speech by Joseph Goebbles no less, in 1943, as the Nazi regime began to suffer setbacks on its various fronts in the later years of WW II. And in some ways direct action - the favorite plaything of violent radicals and anarchists like those that obstructed in various cities around America on Wednesday night, and smashed windows in Oakland - is also a beast born of fascism. The brownshirts and blackshirts in Germany and Italy, and the Hitler youth and their raw, brutal tactics inspired left-wing extremists decades later. And the latest generation of radicals are still at it, when things like free, fair, and open elections don't go their way.

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Imagine these guys are Trump supporters

Posted by Christine & John on November 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Street protests are a necessary evil, a right, and we all have the right to judge the protestors. Judge consistently. Take this photo (or choose one of your own). If Hillary was elected and the next day Trump supporters took to the streets in loud and sometimes violent protests, what would you say?

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President Trump

Posted by Christine & John on November 9, 2016 at 8:08 AM

I did not expect this result, predict or desire it, but I wrote on many occasions that I would enthusiastically support the president and I will. There will be positives and it is now our task to find them.

The American government is more than the American president and the American nation is greater, much greater, than both. The Republic will survive and thrive under president Trump.

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The problem for conservatives is that Trump is not

Posted by Christine & John on November 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM

The fundamentals of American conservatism have been things like a distrust concentrated power and its corollary is that best is dispersion of power among different entities within the state and in civil society and business. Trump is a centralizer, much like many Democrats.

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