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North Korea detonates 6th nuclear weapon

Posted by Warren Porter on September 3, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Seismometers across East Asia and the rest of the world lit up this morning. A tremor radiating out from Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the rugged Hamgyong Mountains has shaken the world. According to the United States Geological Service, the explosion had a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter Scale.

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The Right Unites in Charlottesville

Posted by Warren Porter on August 13, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Trump supporters from across the nation gathered in droves this weekend to participate to celebrate our President's "America First" platform. The rally was held in Charlottesville to protest the recent renaming of Robert E. Lee Park to Emancipation field by the Charlottesville City Council. Ironically, these people believe protecting the honor and legacy of one of America's most infamous traitors is essential to American patriotism, but minutiae such as this will not deter American conservatives and their mission to safeguard white privilege in the United States. Ongoing litigation also seeks to remove statues erected in the early 20th century to honor General Lee and his treasonous bretheren.

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Democratic Party Chooses to Back Pro Life Candidates, Stirring Controversy

Posted by DanikaK on August 8, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Earlier this week, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Representative Ben Ray Luján sent shockwaves as he announced that the DCCC would not withhold financial support from candidates who operate under a pro-lifee platform.

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As U.S. Life Expectancy Wavers, Experts Call for Greater Emphasis on Public Health

Posted by DanikaK on July 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

In 2016, life expectancy for Americans declined for the first time in nearly 25 years. The last time American life expectancy declined was due to the HIV epidemic in 1993, where many Americans were oblivious to their illness due to a lack of immediate symptoms.

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The Nation Comes First

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 18, 2017 at 3:21 PM

This is a topic that has long concerned me. A decade before Trump's son sought a meeting with Russians he was told were part of an operation to influence his father's election, I had more or less one place where I could talk to others about the state of my country, one place to really discuss politics.

I wrote an entry here mixing my interest in C.S. Lewis (a profound influence on my religious life) and my philosophy of politics proper relationship to conduct.

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Pretend Nothing Is Wrong.

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

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

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The Challenges of Being a Woman in the Political Sphere

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

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

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MI5 Investigating Its Own Alleged 'Failures' In Manchester

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

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

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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

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

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

Corbyn: If We Support Terrorists There Will Be Terrorism

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

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

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Manchester Bombing 'Leaks': Prime Minister May 'Confronts' Trump

Posted by KeelanB on May 25, 2017 at 2:23 PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confronted Donald Trump today over so called information leaks regarding this Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

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Better Late than Never

Posted by Warren Porter on May 17, 2017 at 6:19 PM

After months of pleading from Americans across the country, an independent counsel will finally investigate the extent to which Russia interfered with the 2016 Election. The man bequeathed with this responsibility is Robert Mueller, James Comey's predecessor at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Donald Trump Damages Intelligence Sharing Relationship

Posted by Warren Porter on May 16, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Writing for The Washington Post, Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe report:

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
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Obamacare Repeal Bill Lacks Public Support In Poll

Posted by KeelanB on May 11, 2017 at 4:44 PM

The legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare is supported by less than a quarter of American voters according to a recent survey by Quinnipiac University.

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Trump Fires Comey On Way to Firing Self

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on May 9, 2017 at 9:23 PM

Trump seems to think that Richard Nixon's biggest mistakes are his roadmap to victory. Infamy is more like it. The most supreme conflict of interest any President can put themselves in is with the execution and enforcement of the law itself, and Trump has manifested that conflict of interest today.

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​Tillerson vs. Haley on Iran May Be About The Money

Posted by AllardK on September 22, 2017 at 3:13 PM

​What will President Trump do about the Iran Deal? And what does that say about the apparent battle between Nikki Haley, UN Ambassador and rising star, and Secretary of State Tillerson - a low key middle-of-the-road diplomat with no diplomatic experience but a focus on streamlining the department?

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​So What Was The UN's Purpose Again?

Posted by AllardK on September 20, 2017 at 6:17 PM

​It's UNGA time again in Manhattan. That would be the United Nations' annual General Assembly. On the eve of the reunion, here's what Nat. Security Adviser McMaster said:

"The United Nations of course holds tremendous potential to realize its founding ideas, but only if it's run efficiently and effectively."

Let's unpack this one just a little. Consider the United Nations' founding principles as outlined in Articles 1 and 2 of the UN Charter:

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Frank Giaccio (R)

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/tag/frank-giaccio/

Donald Trump High Fives 11-Year-Old Frank Giaccio Who Came to Mow White House Lawn

​What Will Steve Bannon Think of Prosecuting Comey?

Posted by AllardK on September 12, 2017 at 8:50 PM

​So Steve Bannon - the evil dark force behind Trump's presidency until his recent departure if we are to believe most of mainstream media - thinks firing then FBI Director James Comey was one of the worst political mistake in "modern" history. This begs a few questions:

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​Matthew Continetti Needs to Pretend he's Winston Churchill - For America's Sake

Posted by AllardK on September 9, 2017 at 8:14 AM

​Matthew Continetti is a little taller on TV and far more dapper than he seems in his nerdy little head shot that often accompanies his work at The Washington Free Beacon. But right now, he's one mean badass if you ask me.

Allow me to explain.

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We Apologize for Technical Issues

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How Trump Can Defeat The Globalists

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 30, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Things, they are a changin. To get started its worth noting how we got here.

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​ACLU - The Border Patrol is Racist & Climate Change is Due to White People

Posted by AllardK on August 28, 2017 at 7:37 PM

​If it rains don't do Border Patrol checkpoints. If it pours, open the borders. We're not quite there yet, but we're close. The ACLU has demanded that the U.S. Border Patrol shut down it's checkpoints so that illegals fleeing Hurricane Harvey are not caught and deported. In fact, ACLU Director of Immigration Policy Lorella Praeli takes it a step further.

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​Afghanistan - Pakistan the Ally From Hell and Trump

Posted by AllardK on August 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM

As former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden puts it: Pakistan is the ally from hell. Yes General Hayden, Pakistan has been a hellish ally for America over the last 25 years or so. And, it does appear that President Trump is possibly going to apply more pressure on Pakistan's government than his predecessors, and especially it's intel services who have played footsie with crazed radical jihadist terrorist groups from Al Qaeda to ISIS to the Taliban to Lashkar-e-whatever (there's at least 2 or more of these South Asian terrorist groups).

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The Eclipse Traversed the Continent!

Posted by Weary_Willie on August 21, 2017 at 6:31 PM

I wonder how many virgins the Democratics chucked into volcanoes today? When the sun came back out, did they say, "OOPS!"?


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Assange Wants A Deal To Tell All About The DNC Hack

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 17, 2017 at 11:06 PM

Tonight Hannity is saying that Dana Rhorbacher - R/Ca, met with Jullian Assange and was told Assange can prove that the DNC hack was not done by Russians or state actors. He wants to tell all if the US gov't will cut a deal with him.

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Trump's Chain Saw Massacre of the GOP

Posted by AllardK on August 16, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Jon Meecham is right: it's not even a dog whistle anymore. Whatever uncomfortable reactions as a conservative one might have had with Trump's slow-walk of any condemnation of David Duke and the Clansmen, after his Tuesday free wheeling press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the president left it clear. He believes in a moral equivalence between antifa thugs and racist white supremacists. A moral equivalence. The antifa's are violent and divisive because they believe in a quasi-anarchist creed of smashing any institution that pisses them off, especially softer targets like the glass panelling at Berkeley or a conservative academic assaulted in a hallway.

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Trump Needs A 3rd Party For 2020

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 14, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Seems it's Trump against the world and I don't see much change coming over the next few years. Trump haters, globalist, never Trumpers, dims, rep establishment and some fringe factions are not now and will not ever stop fighting to get rid of President Trump

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Now Is The Time To Reunite Korea's

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 11, 2017 at 4:36 PM

I agree with the way Trump is dealing with NK. I am hoping he will do the right thing and make the change that has been needed for decades.

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Andrew MacCarthy's Plea to Special Counsel Mueller

Posted by AllardK on August 4, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Have a great weekend! Sorry, have a Grand weekend. The jury's still out on what you will be doing this weekend, but almost certainly it will have those two words in the news you see, read, and hear. So Mueller has impaneled a grand jury which means we are now in a criminal investigation and not merely a counterintelligence investigation. And that matters, because they are two distinct processes.

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We are more than our political identities

Posted by Christine & John on September 21, 2017 at 10:20 PM

We should draw a bright line between the personal and the political. Most of us are complex. Reducing the whole person to one dimension, especially a political one, is hateful and disrespectful to our common humanity.

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The Simple Difference Between Left & Right

Posted by Christine & John on September 19, 2017 at 8:13 AM

When you see somebody doing very well or very poorly, do you ask what happened to him or do you ask what did he do to make that happen? Both are valid questions, but #1 came to your mind first, you are probably liberal.

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​Is The Holy Grail of an Immigration Deal Tax Reform?

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2017 at 6:46 PM

​How badly does the voting public at large want a grand deal on the Dreamers v. Border Security trade-off? Roll Call suggests the polling shows not very much, but spend much of their time interviewing hard-left Democrats from Congress who of course will never accept anything less than full citizenship for Dreamers. And the few GOP they seem to quote are dead set against any sort of amnesty, like Rep Steve King, for example.

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​Amnesty Don? The Dinner That Was Heard Around America

Posted by Keeley on September 15, 2017 at 4:58 PM

​When Politico says that Trump's base may be untouchable and that Democrats have not found a way to tie together what Politico and their ilk see as Trump's weaknesses with a compelling narrative, you know that one is just around the corner. And has just turned the corner and is smiling in broad daylight for everyone to wonder over.

Or to rage over. Because this is different.

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​Memo to Intel Heads - Be Careful With Outsourcing (as in Kapersky Labs)

Posted by Keeley on September 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM

​If Hillary Clinton showed up at your door in slacks and a work shirt with a tool box and said she was going to fix your server in your basement that you use for your online business selling wool yarn, would you feel secure? No? How about Rex Tillerson? With a nifty little cap on to boot? Wait, how about James Comey, towering over you, standing there smiling coldly, just a step from your transom?

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​Why are The AG and the FBI Director Stonewalling Their Own Party in Congress?

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2017 at 12:36 PM

​Irma is coming, no doubt about it. We all know how it works. A hurricane gathers force in the Eastern Atlantic and moves West towards and through the Caribbean, usually raking over at least part of the West Indies and landing somewhere between, and including, Mexico and Florida, or even further up the coast. How much damage any specific storm will actually do remains hard to predict. Each storm has it's own peculiar path that it will follow. And we can only prepare and wait.

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​DACA - The Mother of All Carve-Outs

Posted by Keeley on September 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM

​Congress has six months to come up with a DACA replacement or DACA look-alike. And they may not be able to do it. The GOP majority in the Senate is possibly too slim and we're about to find out how truly deep the divisions are in the GOP over immigration policy.

This is a disaster right?

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​Is the SPLC a Money Laundering Front?

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2017 at 7:27 PM

​Outrage has been big business for at least a few years now, especially over the last few years. Media - both mainstream media in it's progressive majority and conservative minority, and smaller scale media - from a blog to a focused newsletter - have been able to profit from the anger swirling through America's and much of the Western World's cultures. Just look at CNN's profits and revenues over the last three years. Or MSNBC. Or Fox. Or many others.

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​Imagine Senator Arpaio and President Franken in 2020

Posted by Keeley on August 30, 2017 at 12:39 PM

​Joe Arpaio is now eyeing a run for a more overtly political position, like mayor. Or senator. Having been pardoned by the president last Friday, he now says he's ready to run for another office, rather than sherrif of Maricopa County, AZ. Democrats see a conspiracy brewing, with pardons galore being the get-out-of-jail card for any of the president's associates that might be charged by Special Counsel Mueller's team. Republicans are mostly angry or disappointed.

And Arpaio seems to love the rage and controversy. Sound familiar?

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​Arizona - Is There Any Middle Ground on Immigration Anymore?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2017 at 2:36 PM

​In the aftermath of President Trump's Arizona rally-style speech, immigration has once again reminded everyone how divided America is on the issue. Michael Brendan Dougherty, formerly of Reason and now at National Review, has written a piece on how Trump is sabotaging his own agenda. And Dougherty's conclusion is that Trump is not serious about immigration.

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Bannon's Gone - What Changes Now?

Posted by Keeley on August 22, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Time is changing under Trump's presidency. It is compressing, swirling into time-space eddies, forming whirlpools that gather speed and pull you in. Watergate - in terms of the pace of events not necessarily the legal and political substance - was a bucolic stroll in the woods compared to the last few months. A possible nuclear confrontation with North Korea has been banished from our conscience by Charlottesville and the widening divisions - like a spreading fault line in 2012, the film - are accelerating.

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Does America Have Cancer? Shapiro's Deadly Metaphor

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Ben Shapiro says America has cancer. The antifa left and the alt-right are eating away at the body of mainstream politics and creating a growing, deadly tumor that will presumably, to follow Shapiro's metaphor, devour the middle ground and kill off democracy in America. One riot at a time. It's a compelling argument, but as dangerous as the cancer he is warning us all about.

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Ivanka Got It Right Her Father Got It Wrong

Posted by Keeley on August 15, 2017 at 9:03 PM

How far should you go to defend the First Amendment? Is it limitless what should be permitted under Free Speech? This is a hard question to answer because it puts one at the watershed, between two slopes that lead radically away from each other. On one side, the antifa pushes you towards denouncing a large part of America's history. Should every statue anywhere in America that is associated in any way with the Confederacy be torn down? Let's have a debate on this issue shall we? Not really, the statutes are coming down already. More will fall. Will any governor or mayor risk putting police forces on maximum alert to prevent any groups from downing statues? Action is moving faster than the First Amendment and defining a new reality.

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What the Raid on Manafort's Home Means

Posted by Keeley on August 11, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Andrew McCarthy has been following Special Counsel Mueller's investigation in a series of articles in National Review, and in his latest he decries the blurring of lines between a counterintelligence investigation - which is far ranging and not meant to find facts that point to guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and a criminal investigation which has clearly defined judicially imposed limits. So, which one is it Mueller? And by extension, what are the reasons for the pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort's home, the day AFTER he testified before Congress.

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Democrats Once Wanted Points Based Immigration for America

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Don't progressives seem to love Canada's Prime Minister. So unlike President Trump, especially in regards to immigration, right? Handing out winter coats to Syrian refugees. Now that's a real immigration policy! Why couldn't America have him as president?

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