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

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

Here's How We Fix It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For Younger Generations, Homeownership Is Slipping Out of Reach

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

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

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Why Parents and Communities Should Support Teacher Strikes

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

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

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

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

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

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Homeownership: What's the New Normal?

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

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

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Military Service Increasingly Becomes a Gateway to Higher Educational Access

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

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

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No, Millennial Americans Aren't Ruining the Economy

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

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

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Americans Are Facing a Workplace Burnout Epidemic

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

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

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America is in the Midst of a Rural Housing Crisis

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

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

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Prioritizing Patient Centered Care in Today's Healthcare System

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

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


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

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Health Literacy Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs Annually

Posted by DanikaK on September 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

For years, physicians and healthcare providers have been emphasizing the importance of health literacy for their patients. But new studies indicate that the majority of Americans lack an adequate literacy when it comes to their health.

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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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Mueller Report Released To DOJ

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

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

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Trump Train Steams Toward 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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The Federalist Papers : No. 1

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

General Introduction
For the Independent Journal.
HAMILTON

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Cohen Hearing - Tlaib's Attack on Meadows & Democracy

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

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

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Maintainance May Have Led To Ban

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

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

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We Need A National Crisis, Now

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

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

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Viriginia - The Old Dominion & The Three Ringed Circus

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

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

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A Deal With the Taliban & Honor in Afghanistan

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

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

Was it worth it and is it worth it?

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

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

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

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Emotional Triggers and What To Do About Them

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

Emotional Triggers and What To Do About Them

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


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President Trump has a 'biggly' agenda for 2019

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

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

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Will Tulsi Gabbard be Run Out of the Democratic Party on a Rail?

Posted by AllardK on January 14, 2019 at 4:16 PM

They're already sounding the death knell on Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign over at Rolling Stone. In a hit piece by Ryan Bort, Gabbard's rather conservative past positions have been dragged back into the spotlight. That's what happens when you announce a run for president, of course. But it seems that what most infuriates the progressive left is her past involvement with social conservatism.

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Trump is The Wall Therefore The Wall Must be Stopped

Posted by AllardK on January 8, 2019 at 6:13 PM

President Trump - who will deliver a prime-time address to the Nation this Tuesday on the Border Wall - has another foe in his plans to build a barrier across the southern border:

Environmental groups.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Coming up on a new year here. I would like to end the year with PRAISE for President Trump. First year in near a decade where citizens feel like our gov't is listening to the people and working to carry out a populist agenda. A great time to be an Independent.

THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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Beto Stop Apologizing - Privacy is Dead

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

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

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The Banishment of Peterson by Cambridge Divinity

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

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

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Senator Anning Meet Leen Dweik

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

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

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Beto Should Drive Through Baltimore

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

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

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Shining a Harsh Light in the Valley of the Vile Cartoons

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

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

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Are Manafort's Trials Show Trials or About Reparations? Or Both?

Posted by Keeley on March 8, 2019 at 4:05 PM

We have outrage on the part of Democrats that Judge TS Ellis only handed a sentence of 47 months to Paul Manafort, including the 9 months that Manafort has already served. At the sentencing Judge Ellis said, "To impose a sentence of 19-24 years on Mr. Manafort would clearly be a disparity. In the end, I don't think the guidelines range is at all appropriate. I think what I've done is sufficiently punitive, and anyone who disagrees should spend a day in a federal penitentiary."

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Tribalism Today - So Who Are The Knuckle Draggers?

Posted by Keeley on March 6, 2019 at 4:32 PM

In Foreign Affairs an article by biologist and behavioral scientist Robert Sapolsky of Stanford had the headline This is Your Brain on Nationalism with a large photograph of a chimpanzee baring its fangs. Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee mentions how Republicans need to walk upright (by agreeing with his view on climate change) as he announces his candidacy. Jonah Goldberg of National Review fame but soon to embark on a new conservative media magazine/website/we'll find out, writes about tribalism and the us vs them mentality that Sapolsky laments in post-modern political discourse and early Hun military tactics on the steppes of Central Europe.

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Jared & Ivanka - You Don't Dance With Family

Posted by Keeley on March 5, 2019 at 3:34 PM

The Democrats in Congress are unleashing their powers of oversight to engage in a relentless pursuit of President Trump, and anyone connected with his corporate world as well. Who might be some of the more prominent figures who are soon forced to testify before Congress in what will be a series of hearings that come uncomfortably close at times to show trials? If you do a Venn Diagram of The Hill's Morning Report and the Washington Post's Daily 202 this Friday, what two names appear in both articles?

Who else? Ivanka and Jared Kushner.

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Cohen Kim & Trump - History is Not a Split Screen

Posted by Keeley on March 1, 2019 at 1:55 PM

The split screen on Wednesday reflected a bad day for President Trump. That's the narrative we've been hearing since this Wednesday when two things happened:

• Michael Cohen testified that Trump had indeed signed several checks to cover his payments to Stormy Daniels and that he had been involved in the supposed negotiations over a possible Trump Tower development in Moscow well into 2016, as well as saying that Candidate Trump never expected to win and that his campaign was all about marketing his brand with the world's greatest infomercial. And a few other nasty things.

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What Are AG Barr's Responsibilities Regarding the Mueller Report?

Posted by Keeley on February 26, 2019 at 5:01 PM

Adam Schiff is now using the FBI (and by extension the DOJ) release of information on the Hillary Clinton email investigation as leverage to demand as full, immediate and transparent a release of the Mueller report as legally possible. Here's what the Milquetoast executioner told the always-sympathetic George Stephanopoulos on ABC:

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A Hell Freely Chosen - Hoda Muthana & Sally Anne Jones

Posted by Keeley on February 22, 2019 at 5:41 PM

Hoda Muthana was born in New Jersey, raised in Alabama and radicalized online. With Yemeni parents, her father was a former diplomat, the Middle East and radical ideologies like radical Islamic terrorism were a little closer to her than your average young woman starting her university studies in the South. She lied and made her way to Syria by way of Turkey and joined ISIS to declare holy war on America and the West.

Now she wants back.

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Will Andrew McCabe Be Indicted?

Posted by Keeley on February 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Or does the DOJ and FBI take care of its own, even its disgraced, former, fired, out-to-protect-their-own-reputation, and likely mendacious own? It's hard to answer that question accurately right now for a number of reasons, one of the main ones being it is very hard to tell when McCabe is actually telling the truth.

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Jussie Smollett & Laughter in America

Posted by Keeley on February 20, 2019 at 2:16 PM

Jussie Smollett's claim of a racist attack by supposed MAGA-attire-wearing or slogan-shouting nut jobs is now shredded. And while the media has mostly distanced itself from its own reporting as if this was a Hollywood thing to be apologized for by those stars and personalities who believed Jussie story, and has been in turn ridiculed by some in conservative media for its about face, we now have another hoax in the making, and the problem of what-to-do-with-this?

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The Other Enemy of The President's Border Wall

Posted by Keeley on February 15, 2019 at 4:08 PM

Twenty years ago, there was TV show called The West Wing. You may have seen it, if only hi-lights of some episode on YouTube. In one show Martin Sheen, playing President Josiah Bartlet, angrily snaps, "I'm the President, I can nationalize the trucking industry!"

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A Brave New Analogy for AOC's Green New Deal

Posted by Keeley on February 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

When FDR and Congress put together the New Deal they were not dealing with untested and unproven technologies. Roads, dams, hydroelectricity, cars, trains, sewers and other infrastructure projects had been built for decades and had used proven technology that did what it was supposed to. It was more a case of a super-charged Keynesian orgy of government spending and government planning but using sound engineering.

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