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How Car Companies Are Addressing Climate Change

Posted by Magnolia on April 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM

In the light of climate change and the increasing need to make technological advances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the automobile industry is often a focal point for environmentalists. Even though our current administration has made removing environmental regulations a cornerstone of its platform, the automotive industry is still making green strides. Car companies have recognized the need to evolve and are addressing the threat of global warming head-on with the goal of becoming more sustainable.

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Why Are Millennial HIV Rates on the Rise?

Posted by Magnolia on April 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM

In the mid-1980s and most of the 1990s, HIV/AIDS was a hot topic. Experts went from thinking that it was a disease that only affected gay men to realizing that HIV could affect anyone. They learned that it, in addition to being transmitted through sexual contact, it could be spread via contaminated blood transfusions.

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Why Millennials Are Pushing for the Green New Deal

Posted by jhamilton on April 4, 2019 at 3:42 PM

In the 116th Congress, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have introduced the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic stimulus programs that address climate change and economic disparity in the U.S. In essence, it combines Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal economic approach with plans for renewable energy.

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America: Home to Some of the Highest Rates of Infant Mortality in the Developed World

Posted by jhamilton on March 21, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Here's How We Fix It

Babies born in the U.S. are 76 percent more likely to die before their first birthday than in any other of the 20 wealthiest countries in the world, according to a report by Health Affairs.

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Are Global Cybersecurity & the U.S. Economy Inherently Connected?

Posted by Magnolia on March 12, 2019 at 3:14 PM

transformed by recent technological innovations. The United States would not be the same without the opportunities that technology has afforded the world. However, the way global cybersecurity has affected U.S. has been of particular interest.

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Americans Are More Overworked and Underpaid Than Any Workforce in the Industrial World

Posted by jhamilton on March 8, 2019 at 2:13 PM

Around the world, the U.S. is recognized as a nation of hope and opportunity. However, the current state of income inequality and lack of workers' rights are systemic issues caused by decades of lobbying for corporations, a practice recognized by many critics as a form of legal bribery. This has helped establish legislation that limits tax regulation on big businesses and protects corporations from consequences for unethical and questionable actions in the pursuit of expansion.

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For Younger Generations, Homeownership Is Slipping Out of Reach

Posted by jhamilton on February 19, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. No matter your age, the decision to purchase a home is a big one, and it often requires strong financial stability to become a reality. For millennials, however, this task is proving to be more difficult to achieve. Today, homeownership among this generation has hit a new low.

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Why Parents and Communities Should Support Teacher Strikes

Posted by jhamilton on February 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Teachers of today have more roles, responsibilities, and opportunities than teachers of the past, many of them taking on leadership skills you once expected to see only in principals. These teacher-leader competencies can be boiled down to three core areas: instructional leadership, policy leadership, and teacher association leadership skills. Teachers are coaches and mentors for their students, as well as their peers. They're fronting curriculum teams and finding better, more effective teaching methods. They're creating institutional practices that can be used at other schools, potentially spurring widespread pedagogical advancements. In other words, they're doing at least double what's been expected of them historically but at the same pay.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Taxation: Could Her Plan Work?

Posted by jhamilton on February 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

Tax reform seems to be on the list of priorities for nearly every candidate for political office. Enter the youngest congresswoman ever elected and internet sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upon entering office proposed a 70 percent top marginal tax rate on the rich, those making over 10 million dollars a year.

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Homeownership: What's the New Normal?

Posted by Magnolia on February 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard to argue with the fact that the housing market has changed quite a bit in the last 20 years. From gentrification to the Great Recession and the bursting of the housing bubble, the world of homeownership in the U.S. has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs in recent years. The question is, with all of the flux what does the new face of homeownership look like to the majority of Americans trying to make ends meet in this crazy new world?

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Military Service Increasingly Becomes a Gateway to Higher Educational Access

Posted by jhamilton on January 23, 2019 at 11:48 AM

For many high school students in the United States, embarking on their higher educational journey happens the semester directly after graduation. Recent statistics show, however, that more students are choosing to pursue military service before taking the next steps in their higher educational journey, and it's a number that has only continued to grow. In Massachusetts alone, the share of high school graduates planning to enter the military rose to 2.4 percent in 2012-13.

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No, Millennial Americans Aren't Ruining the Economy

Posted by DanikaK on December 19, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Since millennials began entering the workforce years ago, their spending habits have been a discussion by many pundits. Millennials have been blamed for the collapse of a number of industries and institutions, including marriage, the housing market, casual restaurant dining and the NFL. In some cases, headlines have accused millennials of literally killing everything.

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Americans Are Facing a Workplace Burnout Epidemic

Posted by DanikaK on November 20, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Workplace burnout has been a growing trend in industries throughout the United States. In fact, a number of American workers, ranging from America's top executives to restaurant workers, now suffer from extreme stress, reporting that their work feels overwhelming for a sustained period of time, leaving them with feelings of apathy and numbness. It's a problem that experts say companies aren't yet prepared to deal with.

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America is in the Midst of a Rural Housing Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on October 30, 2018 at 2:59 PM

For decades, the United States has been in the midst of a housing crisis. Every day, individuals from each and every state struggle to find clean, safe homes and apartments that cost less than 30 percent of their total gross annual income.

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Prioritizing Patient Centered Care in Today's Healthcare System

Posted by DanikaK on October 4, 2018 at 11:06 AM

It's no secret that a majority of people don't enjoy visiting the hospital. In fact, there are multiple studies that back that up.


A 2012 Harvard School of Public Health poll recently found that only half of people who spent any amount of time in a hospital over the course of the year were satisfied with their quality of care. The remaining 50 percent of respondents felt discomfort about mistakes made by staff, poor communication between staff and patients, and feeling that their healthcare provider was unresponsive to their worries and their needs.

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AG Barr & The Never-Ending War on Trump

Posted by AllardK on April 16, 2019 at 4:12 PM

AG Barr is being attacked from multiple fronts for having summarized the Mueller report as not providing sufficient evidence for obstruction of justice charges against President Trump. In both mainstream media and more progressive media he's called another Roy Cohn or just simply Trump's personal lawyer because he used the word "spy" when describing the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page, and perhaps others, back in 2016.

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Congress and the President Run for Re-election - The Administrative State Runs the Country

Posted by AllardK on April 11, 2019 at 6:59 PM

Once again, we have a case study of Trump versus the bureaucracy. This time it has to do with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, and basically how the chain of succession should happen in a federal agency or department when someone gets fired or retires or leaves their post at the top of the agency.

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Relax - Biden Has Your Back

Posted by AllardK on April 1, 2019 at 9:56 PM

Your swearing-in ceremony as a cabinet secretary should be the highlight of your political career. Maybe you have ambitions to be president and so it's the last stepping stone on your ascent to the pinnacle, but for almost everyone who reaches that far, it's as far as you'll ever get.

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Mueller Report Released To DOJ

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 23, 2019 at 9:04 PM

Mueller's report was released to the DOJ this past Friday pm and probably has been briefed to a few Senators at this time. Such a waste of money and time but that's a speck on a gnats ass as it relates to . . .

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Trump Train Steams Toward 2020

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 18, 2019 at 7:22 PM

It's wonderful to see the President bypassing, going around fake news. He twittered some 21 times on Sunday, if you can believe that. He lambasted 'lo IQ McCain', said the Muller report should never see the light of day as it was a witch hunt, all good stuff for his base.

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Does 'The Handmaid's Tale' Have it Backwards?

Posted by AllardK on March 13, 2019 at 1:56 PM

The Sixth Circuit has ruled that Ohio's law that blocks funding to organizations that perform or promote "non-therapeutic" abortions "does not violate the Constitution because the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions."

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The Federalist Papers : No. 1

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 8, 2019 at 10:55 AM

General Introduction
For the Independent Journal.
HAMILTON

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Cohen Hearing - Tlaib's Attack on Meadows & Democracy

Posted by AllardK on February 28, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Between everything that was said and everything that will be said about Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress this Wednesday, there was a key moment in the 2nd half of the testimony around 4:30 in the afternoon, roughly speaking. It involved Michigan rookie Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib and the GOP's Mark Meadows, with Chairman Cummings in the middle.

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Maintainance May Have Led To Ban

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 26, 2019 at 2:06 PM

If anyone has experienced being banned for no reason, Please! notify editor@watchblog.com to have this misstep corrected.

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We Need A National Crisis, Now

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 14, 2019 at 9:23 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are reported as saying that the President will sign legislation to fund the g'mint and, also, sign an exec order declaring a 'national crisis' at the southern border. In doing so he will quell some dim anxiety over keeping g'mint open and create a fracas in congress/senate over 'abuse of exec power' re declaring a national crisis. I suspect GOP globalists will fight him harder than the dims over funding the wall thru declaring a crisis at the border.

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Viriginia - The Old Dominion & The Three Ringed Circus

Posted by AllardK on February 8, 2019 at 2:01 PM

How do you get explicit content into the public eye? You spell it out in graphic detail on a well-known DC Law Firm's stationary and let them release it to the press. That is, you get the law firm now representing you - Katz, Marshall & Banks LLC - to release your statement to the press and to provide a copy online for public perusal.

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A Deal With the Taliban & Honor in Afghanistan

Posted by AllardK on February 1, 2019 at 1:28 PM

Do you know a family who has lost a son or father or wife or sister to the war in Afghanistan? Do you know someone who knows someone? Perhaps not, but thousands of lives have been affected: directly by death and injury and indirectly by what their families have had to live through and deal with.

Was it worth it and is it worth it?

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Has the Shutdown Shown That Almost Everything is Run by the Administrative State?

Posted by AllardK on January 30, 2019 at 4:59 PM

Before he headed off to sit in Koch's lap - in other words, to attend his annual confab and adoringly transmit their latest objectives to his readers - the Washington Post's James Hohmann affirmed in his Daily 202 newsletter that the shutdown has proven (one should use the past simple rather than the present perfect because this specific Daily 202 was published a day before the shutdown ended so please forgive my mixed tenses) that government in all it's sprawling forms is essential to life in America.

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Emotional Triggers and What To Do About Them

Posted by Weary_Willie on January 22, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Emotional Triggers and What To Do About Them

"The first step in learning to deal with triggers is identifying when you have been triggered.


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President Trump has a 'biggly' agenda for 2019

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 17, 2019 at 7:38 PM

Now that the holiday doldrums are behind us things are beginning to pick up a bit on the political side.

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Mueller - A Noble Public Servant or A Sleaze Job Report-Maker?

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2019 at 2:35 PM

As legal experts like Andrew McCarthy at National Review and former law clerk and professor Margo Cleveland at The Federalist have pointed out over the last year or two, there is a special procedure with rules and regulations governing a special counsel like Mueller and key to those rules and regulations is this:

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Notre Dame and a Faith We Once Shared

Posted by Keeley on April 17, 2019 at 5:47 PM

As I watched in shock the images of Notre Dame's roof and spire collapsing in flames on what must have been until then a lovely spring evening in Paris, I found myself thinking of France and its role in our history. And my history as well.

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Assange Detained Just as Mueller Report to be Released

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2019 at 4:40 PM

One wonders if Hillary Clinton had been elected president what Julian Assange's status would have been among left-wing journalists who are now denouncing him as a criminal who's getting his due in court as soon as he's extradited to America. Yes, Wikileaks was no friend of the Clinton campaign since at least the summer of 2016, but would he have been prosecuted anyway?

Yes, he likely would have.

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Iran is Getting Nuclear Waivers From the State Department

Posted by Keeley on April 9, 2019 at 5:45 PM

The constitution gives the president of America responsibility for and control over key parts of foreign policy. That is, it gives the power to negotiate treaties with other foreign states to the executive and its chief executive officer, the president. While Congress - both in terms of declaring war and advice and consent - has a key role in foreign policy, treaties themselves are clearly the prerogative of the executive power in America.

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Why the Saudis Bear Watching - Hint: 16 Nuclear Power Plants in the Desert

Posted by Keeley on April 8, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Apparently, Saudi Arabia needs nuclear power plants, and Rick Perry is happy to authorize a few of them. In secret, or at least attempt to do so. Here's Reuters last week:

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
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What Jerry & the Democrats Care About

Posted by Keeley on April 5, 2019 at 3:12 PM

Here's what you need to know about the Democrats subpoena threat with regard to AG Barr's release of the Mueller Report in mid-April. It's entirely partisan. Here's Morgan Chalfant and Olivia Beavers writing in The Hill (hardly a pro-Trump media outfit):

Democrats are desperate to get the report, particularly after the White House touted Barr's principal findings of the 22-month probe as an exoneration of President Trump.
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Yes America - There is a Border Crisis

Posted by Keeley on April 3, 2019 at 12:55 PM

It would seem there is indeed a crisis at the Southern Border. And it has to do with two things: a surge in illegals trying to cross; and as most are realizing, a change in who is crossing or trying to cross the border. Here's Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council in an interview with WMAL's Vince Coglianese:

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Could Healthcare Kill Russia Probe Compulsive Disorder?

Posted by Keeley on March 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

The Fifth Circuit - an apparently conservative and fairly daring circuit if legal commentators are to be believed - has resumed hearing Texas v. Azar. This is the case which produced Fort Worth Texas Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling that Congress's removal of the penalty (or mandate) of the ACA left the act with no leg to stand on, because of Chief Justice Roberts' reasoning back in 2012, where he described the mandate as a tax and therefore concluded the ACA was constitutional.

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Avenatti versus Smollett - Two Cases of Justice

Posted by Keeley on March 28, 2019 at 6:53 PM

Michael Avenatti is accused - among other things like evading taxes and financial fraud in obtaining a multi-million-dollar loan - of trying to extort a cool $20 million from Nike. It seems to be based on the threat of exposing some sort of inverted, pay-to-play scheme where high school basketball stars would get paid by the multinational, presumably under the table as it would make them pro's and therefore disqualify them.

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Mueller Report - Are We in a Pre-Pulitzer Age of Journalism Again?

Posted by Keeley on March 26, 2019 at 2:42 PM

While Carl Bernstein says the Russiagate story is alive and well because there's lots of investigations and stories still going on - most of which have zero to do with Russia and the Trump campaign - the real Woodward/Bernstein of the collapsing Russia narrative is, in fact, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi.

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Beto Stop Apologizing - Privacy is Dead

Posted by Keeley on March 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Axios Codebook, (Axios' other newsletter that features a more tech perspective rather than Mike Allen's more traditionally political newsletter), has an interesting take on Beto O'Rourke's apparent past as a member of a Texas-based hacking group in the late 80's and early 90's.

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The Banishment of Peterson by Cambridge Divinity

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM

Cambridge School of Divinity has cancelled Professor Jordan Peterson's visiting fellowship because his view doesn't accord with theirs. Because Peterson laments the loss of religious meaning in the West - especially that of Christianity - and its replacement by precisely the creed that will not share an academic space with a non-believer of that creed.

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Senator Anning Meet Leen Dweik

Posted by Keeley on March 19, 2019 at 9:03 PM

Apparently, Queensland's Senator Fraser Anning is not a pacifist liberal. At some sort of a public event (hardly a very crowded one from the viral video - there seemed to be more cameramen than public) he was egged by some kid protesting his comments on how Muslim immigration was a cause of events like the New Zealand shooting. The Senator from Queensland whose motto is about fighting for rural voters swung round and took a punch at the kid who's half his size and then took another when the kid half-heartedly tried to defend himself. The kid ended up on the floor in a headlock by either security or supporters of Senator Anning.

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Beto Should Drive Through Baltimore

Posted by Keeley on March 15, 2019 at 5:13 PM

Beto is in the race and for the Man from El Paso, it's all about immigration. One suspects he coveted the presidential race from the moment he realized he had a Texas-sized fundraising machine fairly early during the race for the Senate seat held by Ted Cruz. But he insists that his most recent awakening was due to the protest rally (is it ok to call it an alt-rally?) on the border at El Paso while President Trump was speaking nearby. The people need me to fight for open borders, or something like that, seems to be his raison d'etre.

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Shining a Harsh Light in the Valley of the Vile Cartoons

Posted by Keeley on March 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

There is a recent cartoon penned by the radical and raging Eli Valley which drips with the sort of hatred that Nazi propagandists fed on when creating their horrifying caricatures of Jewish people back in the 30's. Clearly, this form of extreme anti-Semitism has roots that run deeper in Western culture and go much further back in history than mid-20th century Germany. And clearly Eli Valley is perfectly aware of the acidic irony involved in his vile attack on Meghan McCain. He's the son of a conservative rabbi, (which does not mean his dad necessarily voted GOP, to be pedantic about the use of the word "conservative" in this context). But he is an extremist who is fighting his own crusade against that part of American and Western thought that disagrees with him, which happens to be a rather large part, thank God.

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