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GOP vindicates administration on Benghazi allegations

Posted by Warren Porter on November 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

A report has been released from the GOP-controlled House of Representatives regarding the events of 9/11/2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Every conservative conspiracy theory regarding the incident was thoroughly debunked:

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Obama Strikes Back on Immigration

Posted by Warren Porter on November 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The Constitution assigns the executive branch of our government the task of enforcing the laws of our nation. The Constitution also assigns the President with the duty to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Taken together, these two obligations certainly empower a President to not enforce laws he believes may be unconstitutional. However, that does not seem to be the case with Obama's decision to change how his administration will enforce immigration law.

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Obfuscation and the Stupidity of Americans

Posted by Warren Porter on November 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Jonathan Gruber recently got into a lot of trouble recently for a candid comment. Essentially, Gruber revealed an important aspect of American politics that we often like to sweep under the rug. However, nobody should be surprised here. The presentation of faux outrage by the Right is simple posturing.

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Narratives Succeed Easier Than Realities

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

"In a world..." the guy who did those trailers often started, setting the scene for one movie or another. "One man will-" this, one man will that, that trailer tells us. Very often, the hero is trying to save the world, save society, save whatever. In reality, we're very often confronted with the challenge of keeping our world going, rather than saving it from some sort of catastrophe.

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A Personal Pride in Citizenship

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I believe that however many polls somebody takes before an election, the poll that matters is the one we visit on election day. I believe that cynicism about the system, however justified, has failed to position voters better to exercise their power against the powers that be. You can talk about what you feel, you can complain about your choices, but if you make no choice, you can no more succeed in making the right choice than you can fail in making the wrong choice.

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The Raw Edge of The Break

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on October 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

At this point, I think you just can't help yourself. You saw hope and change, and you said, oh, I want none of that. No return to a more new-deal, more Keynesian sort of system. No, let's go and prove that all those defeats came because we didn't push our views hard enough down people's throats. Let me be blunt here: people wanted change. Now they won't be satisfied with what might have left them feeling fulfilled earlier. And you set this in motion, just so you could disappoint people in one man. I'm sorry to tell you, or perhaps glad, that all he had to be was the guy smart enough to be in the drivers seat of the change, rather than under its tires.

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Indigenous People's Day or Columbus Day?

Posted by obamaluv on October 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Seattle, Washington is the latest in a group of cities to celebrate "Indigenous People's Day" as a counter-celebration of federal holiday, "Columbus Day," acknowledging Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, in protest of the genocide of Indians upon Columbus's arrival, some cities and states are taking it upon themselves to change the holiday.

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A Philosophy of Courage

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on October 3, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Some things you build, you put together and you fasten them with hammers and nails, screws and screwdrivers. Other things you grow, and to grow those things, you have to have the courage to let them have a life of their own. Courage I think too many people lack nowadays.

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Obama's Semper Latte Salute

Posted by obamaluv on October 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The White House shared this video on Instagram, and backlash ensued. Obama never served in the military, and that shows here. However, if it's not necessary to salute since he's not a former or retire military member, he should've just skipped it. Oh my, this just does not look good. Regardless, he's the Commander in Chief of the United States and I expected better.

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Senator Pearce Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth

Posted by obamaluv on September 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

He may have resigned, but that doesn't change the authenticity of his comments or the general beliefs of conservatives. Senator Russell Pearce, GOP of Arizona, resigned after making misogynistic remarks about women on Medicaid. The specific comments are "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test the recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job," Pearce said on his weekly radio program.

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The Tabloid Age

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on September 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.

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Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

Posted by TreyL on September 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic challenger, former Congressman Mark Schauer. However even with little name recognition, Mark Schauer's message was getting through to Michiganders, and the race has been close, tied, or even shown Schauer leading since they started polling the election back in December of 2012. Instantly, Snyder's campaign turned negative, abandoning all of Snyder's so-called "accomplishments," and started slinging mud at Schauer. It just goes to show you, all politics is perception.

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George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Posted by obamaluv on August 20, 2014 at 8:50 PM

There's some light and fun news in the political world. The power of social media has proven to be a force of positivity with the worldwide spread of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most recently, former President George W. Bush has involuntarily participated in the challenge saying, "I do not think it's Presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply gonna write you a check." His wife Laura clearly didn't think that was sufficient as she douses her husband in ice water.

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The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.

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Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

Posted by TreyL on July 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Trigger Warning

Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the song "Blurred Lines," but why haven't we heard about how when our politicians trivialize rape that it only furthers this notion?

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Obama's speech on YouTube

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 20, 2014 at 11:49 PM

This is a link to Obama's immigration speech.

He begins speaking at the 58 minute mark.

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The GOP and College Tuition

Posted by AllardK on November 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

The cost of higher education is a problem, and solutions seem to be diametrically opposed. But one thing both conservatives, no make that free-marketers instead, and interventionists - rather than liberals - agree on is that the supply of higher education is price-inelastic. That means that as federal loan programs and other subsidies increase, the result is sharply higher tuition costs, rather than more institutions, over the last couple of decades. One answer is not to accept Federal loans, as some US Colleges have done. Their tuition costs have tended to be about half of those of colleges who do accept Federal funding. Another uncomfortable issue underlying exploding tuition costs is that the demand for a college degree has soared because governments and employers have deemed a BA, or the equivalent, a necessary minimum for any graduate hoping to successfully enter the workforce. Unfortunately, a degree has lost some, if not a lot, of its value in terms of the workplace and there are those who say focused apprenticeship programs rather than a college degree would be more appropriate in a noticeable number of cases. That would mean spreading the demand for higher education around a number of areas rather than just standard bricks and mortar institutions.

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All you have to do is wait...

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I've said it and now they've said it. It's obvious to people who aren't smitten by the Democratic party and it's politics.

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It's Election Day! Vote! Vote! Vote!

Posted by liz on November 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

As we all know, just because it's not a presidential election, doesn't mean it's not important. We could see some changes today! Will the Senate gridlock go on? Can Republicans maintain House majority? Will they take control of the Senate? Most of all, who will have bragging rights leading up to the 2016 election? Tell all your family and friends. Today is the day to vote!
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More See The Money Influence As A Bad Deal

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A long opine in today's WaPo re 'subduing pessimism' alluding to the idea that 'Washington is broken' and how to regain partisanship in congress.

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What Does Haloween And Elections Have In Common - Scary

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 31, 2014 at 9:33 PM

The silly season is upon us again.

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Another GOOD Reason Why We Need A New 3rd Party

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

We have a right to know the source and quality of the food we eat.

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Will Non-Citizens Decide the Race in North Carolina?

Posted by AllardK on October 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM

All that money sloshing around and being poured into media campaigns to make sure the voting for crucial US Senate seats goes their way. Which way would that be? The Democrats way of course; they've been outspending Republicans by a considerable margin in key battleground states like North Carolina. Until recently that is. GOP spending has finally caught up with Democratic outlays and we now have a final week of almost even spending in 10 key states for a total of 30 million. North Carolina does indeed top the list where Sean Haugh's libertarian campaign may garner close to 7% of the vote and keeps things between Hagan and Tillis really interesting. As in less than a percentage point in the latest average of polling results by RealClearPolitics. Tillis seemed to be closing the gap in a hurry in the last few weeks, but that now remains to be seen. Whether the negative campaigns can get out the constituencies each party needs to win - older conservative males for the GOP and single women and African Americans for the Dems - is very much an open question in these last few days. Senator Rand Paul and Governor Christie have parachuted into town to support Tillis and the race really is wide open.

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Swinging Hard in North Carolina

Posted by AllardK on October 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Kay Hagan, junior US senator for North Carolina came in to the Senate with President Obama in 2008, and is determined it seems not to leave the Senate until after Obama leaves the White House. Whether she has managed to distance herself enough from the president and his low approval ratings remains to be seen, but she is leading Republican Thom Tillis, Speaker of the State House, by a slim but consistent margin. Polling shows Hagan has a clear lead among women voters, a strong lead among young voters, and an overwhelming lead among African American voters. And both candidates have just about the same approval rating within their own party. RealClearPolitics, however, has a difference of about a percentage point between the two candidates in their average of several polls including the PPP poll that shows Hagan ahead by 3, with Tillis quickly closing what had been a 4 point gap, starting about a month ago. If North Carolina breaks late, as it seems to have a tradition of doing, then it may be an even closer race than many polls are showing and will mean a late night in November until the final result is known.

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A Question for Governor Kasich

Posted by AllardK on October 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

According to John Kasich's friend Curt Steiner, Kasich is a solid GOP man but a "biological Democrat" meaning the son of a mailman was raised in a working class and Democrat environment. While Kasich has been in politics for the GOP most of his adult life and was already a state senator in Ohio at 26, he has always been a centrist, although he would likely label himself as a pragmatist. So, Ohio Governor Kasich's getting into bed with Obamacare is nothing to be shocked about. Even if he says he is not in bed with Obamacare, or only part of it, and that the press completely misquoted him. This is of course about Medicaid, and the fact that Obamacare has made more people eligible for Medicaid and has increased federal funding for individual states. It would have made it mandatory for individual states to accept increased levels of funding and eligibility for Medicaid in order to continue to receive the cash from Washington D.C., but the Supreme Court, in a very mixed decision in the National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius that had the justices all over the place, gave the states the right to opt out of the increase and stay at pre-Obamacare levels of Medicaid.

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Boots for Ebola; No Boots for ISIS

Posted by MichaelMears on October 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

As much as the President or democrats or others don't want to believe it, Obama IS a war president. The "Bush's fault" argument doesn't hold much value anymore because, yes, Obama did bring troops home from Iraq, but he sent thousands more over to Afghanistan, and he's been at war his entire presidency. He's just not a strong war president.

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3 Dollars a Day in Wisconsin

Posted by AllardK on October 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

It's a quite a change to go from being a high-powered Harvard MBA grad working for Mckinsey & Co. in New York and Washington DC to working with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in her home state of Wisconsin. But that's what Mary Burke chose to do a few years back. after spending some time working for the family business her father set up, Trek Bicycle Corporation, where she briefly held a couple of executive positions. From the boys and girls club to spending her own money to get elected to the Madison School Board was a logical step for Mary, who had also spent some time as Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce for Governor Jim Doyle. So in a way, Mary Burke is a perfect Democratic candidate in a state with a generous health care and pension benefit scheme for state employees: someone who will use her business skills to micromanage the state's entitlement streams without cutting back too much anywhere. What's there not to like about Mary Burke if you believe in free health care for lucky state employees?

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When ATF Gunwalking Went Wrong

Posted by AllardK on October 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Let's be fair to Eric Holder. The absolute mess over Operation Fast & Furious which he is trying to cover up, on executive orders from Obama himself, actually started in 2006 with Operation Wide Receiver. It's not the multiple regulations at state and federal levels on gun sales and exports of guns. It's not the fact that straw purchases, nominee purchases where the final buyer is unable to or unwilling to directly purchase a firearm, is not illegal. It's not the fact that the ATF already had been doing what are called gun-walking operations to trace possible illegal firearm purchases and intercept them at the final point of sale, mostly in a focused and small scale manner which ensured most earlier gun-walking operations ended successfully. It's the fact that with Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast & Furious, the ATF got into bed with Mexican authorities.

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The IRS Got It Wrong ... Again

Posted by AllardK on October 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

As far was Washington is concerned, $5.2 billion is petty change as the beltway joke about a billion here, a billion there and suddenly you're talking real money, cynically states. As far as the average taxpayer, it is a lot of money. So when the IRS reveals that it gave out $5.2 billion in fraudulent tax returns, it does not sit well with taxpayers who are still waiting for a check for amounts overcharged by the tax authorities. But the larger question is, why do you have to give money to Washington in order for them to decide how much you overpaid and then send you back all, or some, or none, of the amount overpaid? The reason of course, is that the tax system is a huge and complex redistribution mechanism for transferring wealth between interested parties and achieving specific political goals for the benefit of some and at the expense of many. It is created by legislation which is created by lawyers, public service economists and policy wonks in general. It is a deliberate intrusion meant to affect behavior and outcomes. And if deemed necessary, violent force is applied to achieve those goals.

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The Death of the Death Penalty Is Long Overdue

Posted by DFaris on October 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

There should have been a consistent national outcry over the death penalty for a long time now, but the case of Clayton Lockett is as good a reason as any to bring the issue back to the forefront of public consciousness once again. Lockett, a 38 year old man, was executed in a 43-minute ordeal by the state of Oklahoma back in April. Officials called off the execution 33 minutes in, but Lockett spent ten more minutes writhing and gasping before he finally died. A recent autopsy showed that Lockett was killed by the lethal injection drugs, and not a heart attack, as was previously reported.

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Old accusations: Jackson, Cosby et al

Posted by Christine & John on November 23, 2014 at 12:09 AM

I surprised Chrissy once with my vigorous defense of Micheal Jackson. She thought he was a homosexual perv because of accusations made by boys, or more correctly by their parents. I thought he was sure enough weird, but maybe not a perv. Now we get accusations against Bill Cosby. Everybody jumps on the bandwagon when a famous guy is accused. We should be careful.

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Obama out to destroy America?

Posted by Christine & John on November 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

President Obama was reelected in 2012 by about the same plurality than Bush won in 2004. He lost support from 2008, i.e. when people got to know him. In the midterm elections he said, "make no mistake. My policies are on the ballot." That election resulted in the biggest whuppin/thumpin/shellackin in a generation. Yet Obama thinks he somehow won and has a mandate to change America. He is now exceeding his authority, according to his own earlier - and often repeated - statements. So what is up with this guy?

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What we learned from Barack Obama - Advice for the next Republican

Posted by Christine & John on November 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

This from WSJ, what Obama taught us, " Nobody can really stop a president. Congress can only complain. The judiciary moves too slowly to make a difference (look at Obama's illegal recess appointments). Turns out the only thing that ever really restrained the chief executive was that oath he took. Our side has always taken that seriously. Hmmm."

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Dealing with inequality

Posted by Christine & John on November 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Increasing inequality is a challenge from several angles. The most obvious is that it enrages people and sometimes makes them do dumb things, like support demagogues. But as destructive is the wasted talent. If the poor lack good skills and habits, they do not make the contribution to the society that they could. The causes of inequality are complex. It is one thing to decry inequality but quite another to make a reasoned response. Our liberal friends like the tax and redistribution tact. But a recent Brookings Study shows that redistribution through taxes is greater today than it was in 1979, when tax rates were much higher and inequality less.

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Defend the rule of law

Posted by Christine & John on November 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Paul Krugman has attacked the Supreme Court before they have made a decision. It is part of a troubling development where partisans attack their opponents and trash important institutions of our democracy as collateral damage. Intelligent people should know better. Well, intelligent people who believe in freedom do know better. They know that you should not try to get what you want by trampling on our rights, institutions and constitution.

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Ferguson & the rule of law. Protestors should stay home.

Posted by Christine & John on November 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Authorities in Missouri are girding for potential violence from protestors around the shooting of a young black man, Michael Brown. At this writing, I do not know whether a Grand Jury empowered to judge the evidence will indict the cop who shot him or not and the outcome doesn't matter to me. I believe in the rule of law. If the cop did something wrong, he should be punished. If he acted reasonably he should suffer nothing more.

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Amnesty for Illegals

Posted by Christine & John on November 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I believe in legal immigration. America is a nation of immigrants and this has been one of the big factors in our country's greatness. I also feel sympathy for fellow humans in tough situations. I understand that America is a better place than most and why a significant plurality of the world population would move to here if they could. Another thing that made America great has been our commitment to the rule of law, so I see a conflict between my desire to benefit from and help illegal immigrants and my belief in the rule of law.

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GMOs restoring nature

Posted by Christine & John on November 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM

We live in the Anthropocene age. We may wish it otherwise, but Nature as our ancestors understood it no longer exists. We have already influenced natural systems to the extent that there is no going back. Humans now have the power and responsibility to work with natural processes to produce sustainable systems. The most urgent environmental challenge concerns invasive species. Humans have brought together species that never met each other before, telescoping evolutionary processes from centuries or millennia to decades or years. Natural systems cannot adapt quickly enough to respond to changes humans have ALREADY put in play.

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How stupid are you?

Posted by Christine & John on November 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

If you want to know what the Obama folks think of you, follow this link. Lots of our liberal establishment thinks like this, but it is rarely phrased so clearly or publicly.

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Breathtaking Democratic hypocrisy on Keystone pipeline

Posted by Christine & John on November 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Whether you were for or against the Keystone pipeline, you have to be impressed by the breathtaking Democratic hypocrisy in doing what they said could not be done, all to protect the seat of a single Democratic senator. It clearly demonstrates who was responsible for gridlock in Washington. As soon as Harry Reid and Barack Obama decide it is in their political interest, the legislation process moves with lightening speed.

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Being grateful for the Koch Brothers

Posted by Christine & John on November 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Mother Jones is not a magazine to praise the Koch brothers. In fact they wrote an article that they must have thought trashed the hapless brothers. They showed the horror that the Kochs gave $25,000,000 to the United Negro College Fund; 100,000,000 to Lincoln Center. Here is the Lincoln Center schedule. Which of these "right wing" productions frighten you most? $67,000,000 to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Surely, they target cancers only on the left side. $50,000,000 to the Museum of Natural History. You could really accuse them of supporting dinosaurs there.

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Presidential ambitions. Hillary, really?

Posted by Christine & John on November 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Republicans have too many choices. There are lots of new faces, governors, Senators and others. Democrats have one big choice - Hillary Clinton. It is hard to call her a new face. She is more like a big-assed old truck on a narrow highway. Nobody can pass her. The Democrats in general don't have a strong bench. Hillary has sucked the air and money out of the process. If Hillary didn't run, who would it be? They have not developed a farm club. The potential Democratic field belongs in an old folks home.

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Old white people

Posted by Christine & John on November 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Lots of commentary on the left that this election featured lots of old white people. They say it in a pejorative way. I understand the idea of demographics, that you cannot count on old white people's % of the vote. But the pejorative part is unjustified. What we are really saying that old white people are the most responsible part of the electorate. They vote when it is less exciting. They take the time to understand the issues. The rest of the American population should be more like old white people

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The Death of Gaddafi and Libya Three Years Later

Posted by SPBrooker on November 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

20 October 2014 marked the third anniversary of the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and essentially the end of the Libyan Civil War. Today Libya is a failing state with two governments competing for power while violence is everywhere. Once one of the richest states in Africa, Libya is now in economic chaos while a renewed civil war rages on. Gaddafi was a brutal tyrant and the Libyan people had every right to revolt against him though their eventual victory was expedited by military intervention from the U.S. and other states operating under UN mandate. The reality is the U.S. and others exceeded what the UN mandate allowed for without having any real plan for Libya after the collapse of Gaddafi. Our intervention in Libya helped to remove a brutal tyrant only to be replaced by competing governments overseeing a rapidly failing state that can't even provide security for its people. Is Libya better off today?

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Something new

Posted by Christine & John on November 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

I am scheduling my official retirement for October of next year. With my robust good health probably intact, my intellect undiminished and thousands of unused air-miles and hotel points, I believe I am in a perfect position to work to make my man Scott Walker president or at least vice president in 2016. I think that will be my career from January to November next year. Yes we can.