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Deliver the Goods

Posted by Warren Porter on March 24, 2017 at 9:47 PM

In The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz ghostwrites on behalf of his client:

"You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on ... I'd never understood how Jimmy Carter became president. The answer is that as poorly qualified as he was for the job, Jimmy Carter had the nerve, the guts, the balls, to ask for something extraordinary. That ability above all helped him get elected president. But, then, of course, the American people caught on pretty quickly that Carter couldn't do the job, and he lost in a landslide when he ran for reelection."

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What Lesson Are Our Kids Learning?

Posted by GregB on March 24, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Today's youth, or the 'Millennials', are getting all sorts of criticism for their aloofness and so called detachment from reality. Those are unfair labels put upon a group of people who were born into a massively corrupt world and are trying to survive with as little collateral damage as possible.

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If The Shoe Fits, Trump Will Put It In His Mouth

Posted by GregB on March 23, 2017 at 2:17 PM

The present chaos in Washington DC is due to yet another idiotic and unsubstantiated claim by President Donald Trump that during his campaign for the office, the Obama Administration had been 'wiretapping' Trump's offices and residences. The world jumped on these utterances as Trump offered not one shred of evidence to back himself up.

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Why We Still Need to Fight for Women's Health Care

Posted by DanikaK on March 22, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Women's health continues to be a hot button political issue in 2017. Following Trump's inauguration, millions of men and women took to the streets for the Women's March on Washington, protesting a number of issues, including access to healthcare and reproductive rights.

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Why We Need to Pay Attention to Women's Incarceration

Posted by DanikaK on March 8, 2017 at 9:39 PM

For the past 25 years, the rate of women's incarceration in the U.S. has reached it's peak. Today, females are jailed at a rate of nearly 150 percent when compared to their male counterparts. According to the ACLU, there are more than 200,000 women behind bars and over one million on probation and parole.

A major cause of the drastic upturn? Harsh punishments for nonviolent offenses, Clinton-era three strikes policies, and mandatory minimum sentencing.

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Wherein I Literally Expect Serious Behavior From My President

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 8, 2017 at 4:09 PM

When my President accuses another President of a Crime in print or on Twitter, I take that pretty seriously. What does it say about the current Administration that his allies in Congress have to tell us not to take him at his word in order to take the heat off of him?

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Snoitasucca Sdrawkcab

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 6, 2017 at 11:06 AM

I know that Republicans will refuse to believe this. That is part of the problem. For Republicans, the allegation of improper behavior has become the cart put in front of the proverbial horse of evidence.

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It's Too Complicated!

Posted by GregB on March 3, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Oh, so for some strange reason, President Trump has now declared that his plans on repealing Obamacare is being stalled because health care is too complicated.

No kidding.

Health care and medicine in the US is as complicated as the military budgets and any other are of society and government where huge sums of money and power are involved. Other countries can for some reason streamline and get their health care systems n line but the US has so many criminals involved in its infrastructure that no one can make heads or tales of anything the government or industry is engaged in. What Trump is seeing is that the issue of health care is just part of the huge Big Pharma and Big Medico cartels whose sole purpose is to make profits no matter what. Curing and healing people aren't even on the table with the medical industry in the US. What's of more importance is shoving off drugs and treatments that focus on symptoms and methodically cause cascades in a person's health so that more drugs and treatments can be deployed. It's basically a racket and has gone on for far too long. Now Trump thinks he could just cure the health are issues with personality alone?

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There Won't Be Dancing In The Streets

Posted by GregB on March 2, 2017 at 6:02 PM

Donald Trump has become the best thing for civil disobedience and public pursuit of rights than any president since Richard Nixon. His loud mouthed rhetoric, boastful nature, and outright arrogance has led to his being criticized for everything from his viewpoints on foreign aid to his choices of fast food. It's a madcap plan of his that has the media and public scrambling around like mice in a cheese factory trying to latch on to any morsel to exploit into a public issue.

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Trump's Singing The 'Nomination Blues'

Posted by GregB on February 28, 2017 at 1:20 PM

The fun never ends when it comes to the shenanigans of the trump administration. Everyday several controversies erupt and the media at times doesn't know which incident to exploit. The social media vines are blasting with commentary at every move Trump's people make and the fact his nominees keep dropping out is a sign that Trump loves to court chaos as he wins at every turn.

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A Bowl Of Confusion

Posted by GregB on February 24, 2017 at 2:23 PM

That's what we can say about the Trump administration. No one in the known universe can figure out what is going on and Trump is probably more confused than the public, press, and government. Trump has upended so many apple carts in the first few weeks of his administration that no one knows what is going on nor what he'll do next. He's signed dozens of executive orders and gone off after previous laws, enacted his anti immigration policies and is now embroiled in a scandal involving he Russians. His daughter lost top endorsements to main manufacturers of her clothing lines because of the manufacturer's protests of Trump's policies. Numerous press and politicians have been insulted by Trump, there are still riots in the streets and chaotic protests. All this while North Korea is firing off new solid propulsion missiles. It all seems like one could go dizzy just reading or watching the evening news.

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Russians, Russians, Who's Got The Russians?

Posted by GregB on February 22, 2017 at 1:27 PM

The Russians are the bad guys again! That's right, once our most mortal enemies, the Russians are now back in place having been accused of everything from spying to altering the 2016 Presidential election. We all remember when the cries of Russian hacking came to the fore. While the news was smothering the public with any and all news about Hillary Clinton's emails, the Russian hacking debacle slowly began to grow legs and erupted into a major scandal, some saying the Russians were responsible for Trump's wins. » Continue reading "Russians, Russians, Who's Got The Russians?"...

When it Comes to Antisemitism, the Third Time is the Charm

Posted by Warren Porter on February 21, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Donald Trump's family is tightly interwoven with Judaism. His daughter, Ivanka, converted in order to marry Jared Kushner, a scion of a prominent Orthodox Jewish family. In the ensuing years, the young couple has birthed several Jewish grandchildren for Donald. Controversies remain regarding Ivanka and Jared's roles in both the White House and in the management of their private businesses. But in either case, this is without a doubt the closest Jews have ever reached to getting their hands on the levers of American power.

It is for this reason that Jewish Americans are shocked and appalled not by what the Trump administration has done, but what it hasn't done over the first month of its reign.

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The Donald's Gift Of Diversion

Posted by GregB on February 20, 2017 at 10:33 PM

No one has done it better than US President Donald Trump when it comes to diverting the press and others, when it comes to his answering the tough questions.

His surprise news conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, is going to go down in history as a prime example of how to keep the wolves off your hide even when you've invited them into the kitchen. Trump had this press conference to address issues of late and he knew the press would be asking the tough questions and instead of answering them directly, he just bounced the press around the room with diversions and excuses that cause many to wonder why he'd held the conference in the first place.

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What Are the Possible Setbacks for Mental Healthcare If the Affordable Care Act Is Repealed?

Posted by DanikaK on February 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM

In January, the U.S. Senate began the first of many steps necessary to dismantle the Affordable Care Act--acting in accordance with one of President Donald Trump's many campaign promises. After two weeks of sweeping executive orders that have caused controversy across party lines, it appears as though repealing the law quickly may not be in the cards.

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So Pleased That Obamacare Still Stands

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 24, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Obamacare legislation failed to pass in the House today. May be a couple of years before the COP has the courage to try again. So totally pleased that the bill failed.

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Sunday Morning Breakdown

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM


A populist President carrying out populist ideas. President Trump actually working to immolate Andrew Jackson. How great is that?

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Will Gorsuch Be Sacrificed to Partisan Politics?

Posted by AllardK on March 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Has 2,2,2 been turned into 6,6,6 for some time now? Has the constitution's Article II, section 2, paragraph 2, which reads in part:

... and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other Public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States ...

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Should AG Sessions Prosecute His DOJ?

Posted by AllardK on March 15, 2017 at 8:18 PM

It's certainly not 95 theses nailed to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, but ... Lawyer and author Benjamin Wetmore, writing in The Federalist paints a disturbing portrait of Obama's Justice Department as an out of control partisan prosecutorial army. Conservative activists and even Congressmen were hauled before an inquisitorial DOJ and reduced often to forced confessions based on faulty local news reports.

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What the Latest Wikileaks Document Dump Means

Posted by AllardK on March 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Yes, imagining your HD propped up with a brace and resting quietly on your living room wall as the mother of all listening devices is wonderfully scary stuff. It's something most good spy or sci-fi writers don't usually come up with. Or if they do, people say that's way too crazy.

But that's not the main point regarding the latest information dump of detailed technical documents that almost certainly came from the CIA, courtesy of Wikileaks.

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Where's your health care plan?

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 4, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Everyone's debating what someone else will do. What will you do? Where's your plan? My plan is God's plan. It is! For Real! My plan starts and ends with the individual.

Before you Liberals gather to make protest signs, hear me out. This is my plan in simple form.

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Whence Conservatism? Uh, How About Repeal and Replace?

Posted by AllardK on March 1, 2017 at 8:43 PM

CPAC is over, and whence the conservative movement is a grand question hanging in the air. Is it Trump's movement now, with a splinter true-conservative movement left to virtuously contemplate it's purity on the margins of political life? Or is the surprising shift of allegiances towards Trump merely provisional and therefore too early to describe as a fundamental shift in political conservatism in America?

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The Resistance Pleads the Twenty Fifth

Posted by AllardK on February 21, 2017 at 12:34 PM

As an approximate equivalent of Godwin's Law (the longer any online chat, the more likely an analogy/accusation involving Hitler will come up), political conspiracy theory could provide, say, a Dealey Plaza Maxim:

The longer you attack your opponent, whether as fascist or not, the more likely he/she will somehow be linked to JFK's assassination.

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Flynn Got Too Close to the Iran Deal, not to Russia

Posted by AllardK on February 15, 2017 at 4:19 PM

What is Ben Rhodes up to? Obama's former deputy National Security Adviser is still hard at work, according to a very troubling story in the Washington Free Beacon. Mr. Echo Chamber himself has not yet unplugged his evil genius machine and seems to have been one of the organizing forces behind the intel community's character assassination of Mike Flynn. And if you believe some commentators, Flynn was just the appetizer. They're trying to bring down far bigger game.

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Flynn Was Wrong to Deny - but Who Leaked?

Posted by AllardK on February 14, 2017 at 5:20 PM

The cover up is usually worse than the original offense. That's the old adage they're slapping on Mike Flynn's apparent sending out of Vice President Pence to cover for him. Based on Flynn's denials over a phone call with the Russian ambassador a short while after Obama slapped sanctions on Russia. And yes, if Flynn is gone by the time you read this, it will be because of what he did to the Vice President. Not because of the phone call itself.

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President Trump's Moral Relativism on Putin Is Wrong

Posted by AllardK on February 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM

There is an enormous amount of conventional wisdom, dear to the elites in Washington and in major urban centers on both coasts, that President Trump is, and will be, battling against. Good for him.

Putin's lack of character and integrity is not, and should not be, one of those things.

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Senators Collins and Murkowski Betray Betsy DeVos

Posted by AllardK on February 3, 2017 at 4:25 PM

This Friday, before the dawn's early light, the Senate voted to end debate and move to a final vote, scheduled for next week, on Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education. She is far from clear, however, on the path to obtaining a well deserved Cabinet position.

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President Trump Vs. the Gang on the Hill

Posted by AllardK on January 27, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Now that President Trump has come barreling out of the gate, and has profoundly dismayed and shocked the Washington elite and the media, by actually doing what he said he would do, who are his most dangerous opponents? How about proceeding by elimination.

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Pipelines and Jobs Are So 80's

Posted by AllardK on January 25, 2017 at 4:24 PM

If you're Tiernan Sittenfeld - the chief lobbyist at the League of Conservation Voters - then you're really mad at President Trump this Tuesday for signing two executive orders that put the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects back on track to be approved. For Tiernan, pipelines are dirty and dangerous and the stuff they move should, of course, be left in the ground.

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Weaponizing Special Needs Kids Against Betsy DeVos

Posted by AllardK on January 19, 2017 at 7:17 PM

It's not just that Betsy DeVos has not been a card-carrying member of the teacher's union, nor a long-entrenched education bureaucrat. It's not just that, yes, she is wealthy - and a philanthropist for causes the left oppose. It's not just that she does not hide her faith under a bushel.

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Director Comey Keeps Us All in a Fog

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Ok, we have a troubling cloud, a poisoned fog, enveloping the White House, according to the latest media narrative. And not just the media. GOP Representative Nunes used the cloud analogy, and not even in an "as if there were" sense, but rather directly. And this isn't really about Trump's tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping, which has likely become - to use Charles Krauthammer's phrase - farce.

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If R&R Fails, Who Gets the Bloodbath?

Posted by Keeley on March 16, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Imagine if Detroit (or Chattanooga, TN, or Tuscaloosa County in Alabama) ran their production lines the way Congress runs it's legislative process.

I know you ordered an SUV ma'am, but the production parliamentarian has ruled that your chassis is extraneous and out of order. So the production and finance committees have put together a nice little off-road dune buggy for you and your grandkids! And it gets great mileage! For a dune buggy, that is. You live in Wyoming? Sorry ...

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CBO Numbers Depend on What You Believe Health Insurance Should Be

Posted by Keeley on March 14, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Let's stop calling it health insurance, shall we? Insurance is coverage you buy to guard against the possibility of an adverse outcome. Like damage to your car. Or your house. Or your 1972 Telecaster Thinline autographed by Waylon Jennings himself, being stolen from your weekend band's van, outside Domino's, in the parking lot on the way back home. Did I say it was snowing?

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For Muslim Activists, No Executive Order Is Appropriate

Posted by Keeley on March 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM

You are not allowed: to classify, to analyze, to assess, or to regulate. Anything that might have to do with majority-Muslim nations.

That's essentially the position of activists who are already attacking President Trump's new executive order, one that is an even more reasonable and constitutional order than it's very reasonable - and constitutional - predecessor was. Don't be fooled they´re already shouting. It deals with majority-Muslim nations and creates tropes and false narratives. As if a presidential order concerned with the security of the nation against terror attacks is, in fact, a post-modern literary text, sadly lacking in politically correct nuances and appropriate guilt laden apologies.

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Jeff Sessions and the New McCarthyism

Posted by Keeley on March 2, 2017 at 6:17 PM

How do you counter a truly impressive address to Congress by President Trump? You purge the government. Like Stalin did.

But here's the thing. Purges usually are done by authoritarian governments - most of them outright tyrannies - in a ruthless house cleaning. Sometimes to merely produce terror in your citizenry. Like Stalin. Or Mao. Sometimes to quell a possible coup d'etat. Like during the rule of military governments in much of Latin America in the 70's.

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It's the Tom and Keith Show at the DNC

Posted by Keeley on February 27, 2017 at 7:19 PM

When will Bernie supporters - whose proxy, Keith Ellison, lost a close one in Atlanta for Chair of the DNC - ever learn? You wait for Barack to decide. Barack phones up his friends on Wall Street. They tell him Keith Ellison is a far left anit-Semite rabble rousing Nation Of Islam follower. No, not Keith. How about Tom Perez? He's a far left rabble rousing progressive who would turn America into a quasi Scandinavian socialist state. How could Bernie supporters not like Tom? Plus he's also got a trim goatee. And Barack likes Tom.

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Obama's Shadow DNC Infuriates Democrats

Posted by Keeley on February 17, 2017 at 5:24 PM

While one of the toughest dudes on the planet says: gracias no hombre, I'll pass on being National Security adviser, there's a long-brewing story playing out in states across the country. And it may be coming to a boil soon.

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The 9th Circuit Shackles America's Ability to Defend Itself

Posted by Keeley on February 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

The 9th circuit court of appeals practically wants a seat at the National Security Council. In Thursday's decision, they justified their refusal to lift Judge Robart's halt to the executive order on immigration by stating:

Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.

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Jeff Sessions Survives Democrat Lynch Mob

Posted by Keeley on February 9, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Jeff Sessions, now duly confirmed as the nation's Attorney General, is white, conservative and from Alabama. If you're a Democratic Senator, (save one or arguably two exceptions), or any kind of progressive/left-wing activist, that's all you need to know. Guilty until proven innocent. And how could Jeff Sessions be innocent? He's white and he's from Alabama. Rise History and write your shame! Let John Lewis cry forth about a man who would never link arms with him in the march for justice.

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Super Bowl LI Judge Robart and That Executive Order

Posted by Keeley on February 7, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Even the Super Bowl Ads are now being parsed. For example, in the Washington Post's Daily 202, courtesy of James Hohmann, a good percentage of the main ads are analyzed and found to be both political and, either subtly or blatantly, critical of President Trump's executive order on immigration. Aside from the fact that most of these ads have been planned a fair time in advance, it is clear that you can see the current divisions in America wherever you choose to look.

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Liberals

Posted by Christine & John on February 2, 2017 at 11:31 AM

What we call things helps determine our attitudes towards them. We need a rethink of fundamental political terms, specifically the term liberal in politics.

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A Great Choice for Justice - Now Things Get Ugly

Posted by Keeley on February 1, 2017 at 11:26 PM

Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon's junior (do we even have to say Democrat?) senator, now has his task in hand: block Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Filibustering, sit-in's in the senate. Whatever it takes, surely the hard left politician from Portland is up for the job.

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Trump's Immigration Order and McCain's Revenge

Posted by Keeley on January 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Revenge in Washington D.C. is indeed a dish that gets served up well after the heat of the initial confrontation has drained away. But to be successful in the beltway and especially on the Hill, you need a long memory, and the willingness to use it effectively when the opportune moment arrives.

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Don't Follow the Law - Mexico Might Get Mad

Posted by Keeley on January 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Even The Daily Beast has to admit that Mexico is a mess. The Daily Beast's Andrea Noel in a series of chilling reports from Mexico just this past December outlined how cartel violence is a constant destabilizing evil that Mexico's politicians, policemen, and generals have been unable - and unwilling, more disturbingly - to contain. Much less solve. Poverty, corruption, inequality. Protesting students piled into a truck after having been beaten or shot and them dumped in a mass grave, back in 2014, in Iguala.

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The Inaugural Speech - Does It Truly Matter What Trump Says?

Posted by Keeley on January 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Friday January 20, President Trump will address the nation, and the world. But his inaugural address is for America. Not the world. As much as the world will be watching, indeed many around the world watching uneasily because they sense their privileges and prosperity may be affected by Trump's presidency.

What will he say?

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