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To Solve the Healthcare Staff Challenge, We Need More Educators

Posted by DanikaK on July 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM

America has been facing a shortage of healthcare professionals for some time now. The problem will likely become exacerbated in years to come, as it is expected that nearly 33 percent of working nurses in the country are expected to retire in years to come. At the same time, the nation's population is aging quickly and has far more health problems than the system can currently handle.

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​Why American Healthcare Needs to Focus on Staff Diversity

Posted by DanikaK on March 20, 2018 at 8:01 PM

The United States has long boasted a reputation for being a melting pot of culture and diversity. But in the healthcare workforce, there is a severe lack of minority representation amongst staff that has the potential to be detrimental to the 40 percent of Americans who are members of an ethnic or racial minority group.

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​Cities Band Together to Take On Big Pharma Over The Opioid Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on January 24, 2018 at 6:55 PM

In recent years, rural areas of the United States have been ravaged by the use of opioids in their communities. Recent studies show that throughout the course of a decade, opioid usage has increased by over 2 percent among U.S. adults. These studies also indicate the change was largely driven by an increase in the long-term use and subsequent abuse of prescription opioids.

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Educators Argue That Repealing Net Neutrality Could Hurt the American Education System​

Posted by DanikaK on December 18, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Over the past few weeks, individuals across the country have been wondering about what the future holds for the Obama-era regulations that protect access to an open internet, more commonly referred to as "net neutrality." Last week, in a partisan split, conservative members of the FCC voted to repeal these protections.

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Democrats win some Elections

Posted by Warren Porter on November 8, 2017 at 12:03 PM

I think there was an election yesterday?

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​After Trump Ends DACA, Dreamers Left to Wonder What Comes Next

Posted by DanikaK on November 3, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Last month, the Trump administration announced that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, early next year if Congress doesn't find a "more permanent solution."

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Radical Islamist Terrorism Returns to Manhattan

Posted by Warren Porter on October 31, 2017 at 5:44 PM

At least 8 are dead and at least a dozen are injured.

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The Most Egregious Leak Yet

Posted by Warren Porter on October 28, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Last night, CNN's Evan Perez, Pamela Brown & Shimon Prokupecz dropped a bombshell of a story. Anonymous sources briefed on the matter revealed to these three journalists that charges have been filed relating to the Robert Mueller's investigation of matters relating to Russia's unlawful influence of the 2016 election including any conspiracy to undermine American Democracy between foreign agents and American political actors. The charges remain sealed and the identities of those charged remain unknown.

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Physicians Come Out In Support of Democratic Single-Payer Plan​

Posted by DanikaK on September 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM

As of September 13, 2017, at least 16 Democratic senators have come out in support of the single-payer health bill proposed on Wednesday by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The bill aims to expand access to Medicare to all Americans. Some argue that the proposed legislation signals that many Democrats can be convinced to shift further left when it comes to expanding health care rights for their U.S. constituents.

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North Korea detonates 6th nuclear weapon

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

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

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The Right Unites in Charlottesville

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

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

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Democratic Party Chooses to Back Pro Life Candidates, Stirring Controversy

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

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

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

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

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

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The Nation Comes First

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

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

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

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Pretend Nothing Is Wrong.

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

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

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Trump & Putin Summit

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 13, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Today we get a more complete update on the Russian hacking of the DNC and Hillary going back to 2015. Mueller has indicted 13 Russians, two groups in the GRU, for hacking and political interference.

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 12, 2018 at 6:23 PM

Watched most of the public Strzok hearing today. Was the most contentious House/Senate meeting I've ever witnessed. But, brought no new revelations, facts relating to the case, or anything of substance that would change many/any minds re the Trump-Russian conspiracy issue.

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What Does Michael Cohen Possibly Know?

Posted by AllardK on July 11, 2018 at 5:24 PM

If Michael Cohen is going to supposedly flip, what does he know? Specifically, what does he know about any possible, but as-yet-unproven, Russian ties with the Trump campaign?

One wonders because an interesting fact has reportedly emerged in the Manafort trial where Mueller has thrown a slew of financial charges against Manafort in an apparent bid to get him to testify against the President. Almost all the charges have nothing at all to do with Trump. Most of the charges are from about a decade ago. But a handful of charges do have a very slender link to Trump as detailed by Byron York in his latest piece on the trial in the Washington Examiner. Here's what he writes:

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Freedom of Speech The Supreme Court & The Progressive View

Posted by AllardK on July 9, 2018 at 7:04 PM

The problem with freedom of speech for liberal Supreme Court Justices seems to be that it allows too much freedom of speech. In what they believe is too many contexts. In two separate articles in The Federalist, Robert Tracinski - a Randian and atheist apparently - defends freedom of speech in all it's forms; while Phillip Williamson, who clerked for Kethledge, gets into the weeds of several recent cases at the District level that potential nominee Raymond Kethledge has ruled on. And ruled in a way that gave reason and shelter to religious activity outside the immediate confines of the church.

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I'm asking for suggestions

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 3, 2018 at 7:25 PM

I just got myself to disengage from binge watching Greg Gutfeld on Youtube. I was transfixed by watching segment after segment of Greg Gutfeld and his guests discuss the current events of the time. The time frame I experienced was Jan. 2017 to Jan. 2018. One year of Youtube videos of one show.

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Obama Holdovers Need To Be Removed From DOJ/FBI

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 29, 2018 at 3:43 PM

What we witnessed over the last couple of days with the House hearings for Peter Srrzok and Deputy Attny Gen Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray shows clearly the immediate and severe change for DOJ/FBI officials and the FBI administration in general.

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Greatest Change In Government In My Lifetime

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 27, 2018 at 2:41 PM

SC Justice Anthony Kennedy announced this morning that he will be retiring this year. I view that as the greatest government related event that has happened in my lifetime and perhaps, for my grandkids lifetime.

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Trump's Ratings Reach New Heights Ahead Of Mid-Terms

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 24, 2018 at 11:37 AM

There hasn't been a President who can work the crowd like President Trump. He is completely in tune with his base of supporters. And, what really ties his base to him so tightly is that he covers all the issues that he campaigned on, puts out a ton of information and it's all factual. This is so different from most every other President.

The recent rally he held in Minn. Is a good example. The building was packed, the crown full of enthusiasm and highly energized. He uses the 'fake news' media as an enemy/target and the crowd loves it. He describes Pelosi and Schumer in terms the crowd loves to hear. Previous President's would not say anything derogatory, or remain politically correct in calling out an adversary politician.

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What is the President Doing in Duluth?

Posted by AllardK on June 21, 2018 at 11:16 AM

In April of 1944, World War II looked to be decisively turning in favor of the allied forces. Even if it had meant a coalition with a murderous tyrant like Stalin, in order to defeat another murderous tyrant, Hitler. In Minnesota, a new political party would emerge that month as a result of a merger between the state Democratic Party and Minnesota's Farmer Labor Party. The fact that it had two principal players both named Elmer and another named Hubert didn't seem to bother anyone. The Hubert went on two decades and four years later to run for president.

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A Good Time To Contemplate Our Founding

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 18, 2018 at 7:05 PM

What with all the hue and cry between the dark swamp and the moderate GOP'ers it is useful to remember some history as to how the country was founded.

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IG Report Is Whitewash

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 14, 2018 at 9:20 PM

The IG report is little more than a whitewash for the Obama admin and Hillary. The report did cite some misdeeds by some DOJ/FBI officials but made not one point about the double standard of justice carried out re Hillary and the President.

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Why is Senator Corker Being So Annoying?

Posted by AllardK on June 14, 2018 at 7:09 PM

Bob Corker can be a really annoying senator. Now that he realizes that he's not going to be a member for much longer of the world's most exclusive club, he's lashing out and pointing fingers and subverting things.

Who does he think he is?

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Trump Train Moving Fast

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 12, 2018 at 1:03 PM

Just finished voting in mid=terms, high noon, and I was the 25th voter to show. Things move kinda slow in the county.

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​Is the Korean Peninsula like Germany or Vietnam?

Posted by AllardK on June 11, 2018 at 5:21 PM

So much attention is being focused on the here and now as regards the Singapore Summit between President Trump and Kim jong un that longer-term questions are being left aside. That's understandable given the volatile nature of Trump's approach (the madman tactics which one hopes are underpinned by a more pragmatic strategic plan) and the fact that Kim Jong un is a dangerous tyrant who has committed atrocities against not just North Korean citizens but members of his own family. He is like a Mafia boss who happens to own a small Stalinist state with nuclear weapons - a family business passed down from grandfather to father to son.

Who knows what will happen in Singapore?

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​Is AG Sessions De-funding of Sanctuary Cities - Is Anti-Commandeering a Thing?

Posted by AllardK on June 7, 2018 at 10:00 PM

US District Court Judge Michael Baylson has ruled that AG Sessions may not impose conditions on so-called sanctuary cities and any funds they might receive from the federal government in the form of grants, for example. If Philadelphia wishes to not cooperate with ICE officials when releasing illegal immigrants back into the community (often illegals who have engaged in criminal activity beyond their breaking of immigration law), then the federal government can only act through Congress, which has the power to attach conditions to spending, according to Judge Baylson's ruling. The particular spending in this case being the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant which is a pot of money for local law enforcement in Philadelphia - around $1.6 million.

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Can NATO Survive Resurgent Nationalism in Europe?

Posted by Keeley on July 13, 2018 at 3:15 PM

If you look at NATO spending figures as a percentage of GDP, you start to notice an interesting trend: as you move further East across Europe, the numbers rise.

After America - whose spending is just under 3.6% of GDP - you have only 3 countries whose military spending is above 2%. The UK is understandably one of them but the other two are Greece and Estonia. Greece is at the crossroads of Southern and Eastern Europe and in the late 40's fought a civil war against communist insurgents that might very well have resulted in Greece becoming a member of the Soviet Bloc.

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Beware The Da Beastie Code!

Posted by Keeley on July 10, 2018 at 3:47 PM

In the early 80's a trio of writers - Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln - wrote a speculative history titled The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail. Released in 1982, it suggested that Jesus was an aristocrat who in fact married Mary and whose blood line descended down to current French aristocrats. Sound familiar? Anthony Burgess, reviewing the book, wrote this:

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In an Age of Animus, The Ginsburg Standard Matters

Posted by Keeley on July 5, 2018 at 12:19 PM

This is interesting. As the Southern border becomes the focus of even more speculation with Sunday's election of Lopez Obrador in Mexico, we have a view of another key part of Trump's foreign policy agenda (yes, his plans for border security are a de facto foreign policy because they involve immigration and a neighboring country). His travel ban. Law professor Mike Rappaport at libertylawsite.org brings up an inconvenient observation about Justice Ginsburg and her relationship to said travel ban.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade May Not Matter as Much as We Think

Posted by Keeley on July 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

The abortion debate - always swirling just below or just above the surface - has erupted like Mount Etna spewing anger and hate on the part of so-called reproductive rights advocates who are furious that Justice Kennedy has treasonously left the court before the 2020 elections, or even before the mid-terms.

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The Big Blue Wave Coming in November

Posted by Keeley on June 28, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Americans - lots of them; at least a plurality and possibly a majority - are worried about the possibility of America becoming a "non-democratic, authoritarian country." This is according to a poll commissioned by the following organizations:

Freedom House

The George W. Bush Institute

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

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Sarah Sanders & L'affaire Poule Rouge

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Allow me to disagree with the causality in one of The Hill's pieces on the Red Hen Incident - or perhaps it will acquire so much cultural weight we shall be obliged to refer to it as L'affaire Poule Rouge. This didn't start with Trump's election and make its way to the dining tables and kitchen crannies of America. This sort of divide has been alive and well for at least a decade or two and has been building for a couple of generations now.

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Families at the Border - After Flores Then What?

Posted by Keeley on June 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Where in this country do we currently detain children with their parents for weeks or months pending trial? How is that a good idea?

That would be Senator Coombs of Delaware - a Democrat if you need to be reminded. Now take this quote from Senator Rubio - and I'll assume it's common knowledge what side of the aisle he's from and what state he represents:

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The Southern Border - High Tech & Medieval Brutality

Posted by Keeley on June 19, 2018 at 5:15 PM

At the Southern border we have brutality and we have a soon-to-be implemented brand-new iteration of high tech. And they will co-exist in ways we don't understand yet.

No, the brutality is not border guards enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Yes, it is heartbreaking and yes, it is being portrayed as brutal, and yes, it is disturbing to watch some of those images. But the brutality is elsewhere.

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Will the AT&T TimeWarner Blob Thingy Make Everyone Go Vertical?

Posted by Keeley on June 13, 2018 at 6:49 PM

It makes sense that AT&T and Time Warner would want to merge asap. By the time the Trump presidency is over, which may very well be in 6 rather than 2 years, cable news will no longer be the gold mine it has been since Trump rode the escalator and the GOP debates began back in the summer of 2015.

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​Does Trump Want to Re-Engineer the G7?

Posted by Keeley on June 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Let's hope it was just a one-off, unfortunate, but par for the course with this president. As he was leaving on Friday for Canada and the G7 summit, according to Breitbart, President Trump said:

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​Jack Phillips Has Gained A Small Space - Will it Last?

Posted by Keeley on June 5, 2018 at 5:29 PM

Do not declare victory. Do not mourn your claimed but yet-to-be-granted rights. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is not as precedent-setting as conservatives had hoped for, nor as final as gay rights activists had feared. The Supreme Court's narrow ruling will likely end up being a mere pause and will probably result in a later, broader ruling that may very well change how the First Amendment - especially the Free Exercise Clause - is interpreted by future Supreme Courts. Another conservative appointee to the nation's highest court may delay that day, but social trends point to a worrying attack on those who exercise their beliefs as Christians (or for example, as Orthodox Jews, Mormons, or Muslims, among others).

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​Two Scandals - Roseanne's Tweet & Ireland's Vote

Posted by Keeley on May 29, 2018 at 7:23 PM

Roseanne Barr deserved to face consequences for her ugly rant on Twitter. It was racist despite her denials. And it gives the target of her rant, former Obama aide Valerie Jarret, the perfect excuse for whatever criticism anyone might have of her role and of the Obama administration's policies in general: you're racist to criticize me. And it Barr's case that evidently seems to be true.

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​The Deep State: Preserving Their Norms & Institutions

Posted by Keeley on May 22, 2018 at 8:30 PM

It gets worse every day. Let's start with comments by David Nunes - the much maligned Chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - regarding what seems to be his (and Trey Gowdy's) narrow avoidance of what may very well have been a trap set for them late last week. Here's what he saId to the Washington Times as reported by Bradford Richardson:

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​Papadopoulos & The FBI's Possible Source Inside Trump's Team

Posted by Keeley on May 18, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Did the FBI have a source inside either Trump's campaign or Trump's organization - that is, his business empire? That's the question that's being asked again after it flared briefly in the media after news of it broke months after Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the notorious communications shop that paid for the Steele Dossier with DNC and Hillary campaign money, stated that there was a such a source during Congressional testimony in August of 2017.

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​Who Leaked Kelly Sadler's Comments to The Media?

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Of course it was disrespectful to Senator McCain. But Kelly Sadler's comment on McCain's position regarding Haspel's confirmation being not as important as otherwise might be the case, did not seem to be a joke. It was more likely a comment on how the White House should see McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel being confirmed as the new CIA Director. It was a simple frank statement that Senator McCain is battling a malignant form of brain cancer and will likely pass away soon. Although with a fighter like McCain that 'soon' might be farther away than most imagine. But that's not the real outrage, as offended as the senator and his family and supporters surely are.

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