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Pretend Nothing Is Wrong.

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

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

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The Challenges of Being a Woman in the Political Sphere

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

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

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MI5 Investigating Its Own Alleged 'Failures' In Manchester

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

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

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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

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

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

Corbyn: If We Support Terrorists There Will Be Terrorism

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

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

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

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

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

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Better Late than Never

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

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

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Donald Trump Damages Intelligence Sharing Relationship

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Fires Comey On Way to Firing Self

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

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

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First Female Chief Usher Dismissed By Trump

Posted by KeelanB on May 6, 2017 at 12:37 PM

The first female White House Chief Usher was unexpectedly fired this week.

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Why Title IX Protections Are More Necessary Than Ever

Posted by DanikaK on May 4, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Sexual assault has become a disturbing trend on college campuses today. In fact, the Department of Justice estimates that one out of every four female undergraduate students will fall victim to some form of sexual assault before earning their degree. Other studies suggest that one third of female students will be the victim of attempted rape before their sophomore year.

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Fox News Harassment and Discrimination Saga Continues

Posted by KeelanB on May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Fox News sexual harassment and discrimination saga continued this week with former online programming host Diana Falzone taking the company to court for gender and disability discrimination.

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Michael Flynn broke the law

Posted by Warren Porter on April 25, 2017 at 1:26 PM


I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law
-- Jason Chaffetz

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The FBI Pulls an Extreme Rabbit Out of It's Hat

Posted by AllardK on June 22, 2017 at 2:14 PM

There is no subtle way to say this. The FBI's briefing on the GOP baseball practice shooting by John Hodgkinson is a flagrant attempt to bury the politics of the shooting and treat it as an angry man going postal who just happened to be at a baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, and snapped for no reason at all and simply started randomly shooting.

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The Triumvirate That Now Runs D.C.

Posted by AllardK on June 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM

It's not quite a Roman Triumvirate, with Cesar, Pompey and Crassus in an uneasy alliance of power sharing. It's not quite a Latin American Junta Military, with an Army, Navy, and an Air Force Generalissimo sharing power until they start removing each other from their baroque, carved mahogany seats of power.

Mueller, Burr, and now Grassley et tu?

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Justice For Hillary et al Way Over Due

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 14, 2017 at 4:15 PM


During the election Trump promised if he won he would get justice for Hillary. So, how long do we have to wait?

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Guns On The Premises Made All The Difference

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 14, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Republicans were the targets of an angry Democrat and, except for the presence of guns in the hands of their defenders, could have been "wiped out".

Live Updates: Rep. Steve Scalise Shot in Virginia During Baseball Practice

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American-Mexican War OnLine is now starting for 2017.

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 9, 2017 at 9:56 AM

American-Mexican War OnLine is now starting for 2017. Recruiting will occur through June 2017. Individuals interested in playing AMWOL need to submit a player registration at the link below.

http://www.holf.org/warcollege2009/node/41

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James Comey - America's New Tom Clancy

Posted by AllardK on June 8, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Who needs a hidden Sony TC-800B open-reel tape recorder? Who needs a digital audio-capture state of art system hidden in the chandeliers? When you have the next Tom Clancy, also known as Former FBI Director James Comey, one can dispense with mid-20th century or 21st century recording devices. All you need is a chauffeured black SUV and a functioning laptop with reasonably good encryption, so Jim Comey can get right down to work tapping on the keys as soon as the door shuts behind him and the SUV pulls out of the West Wing driveway - or whichever approach to, and retreat from, the White House that Comey's vehicle took.

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Andrew Cuomo Shows the Way Forward From Paris

Posted by AllardK on June 5, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Yes it must be tres jolie to fly to Paris and save the world from a possible 1.8 C increase in temperature over a multi-decade period. And then indulge in some of the City of LIght's notorious (and no doubt notoriously expensive) temptations. But we shouldn't assume that climate lobbyists and experts are quite at the level of a Dominique Strauss-Kahn. They may even be rather self-righteous zealots, in their own way.

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How Will Trump's Wall Compare With The Pope's Wall

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 28, 2017 at 1:27 PM

http://www.theamericanmirror.com/photos-pope-calls-for-us-to-embrace-illegals-while-maintaining-massive-wall-around-vatican/

Does anybody know how high this wall is? Can we get one for the southern border?

Half The US Has Gone McCarthyitic

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 27, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Trump has been president for six months now and the never-Trumpers are still at it. No signs of letting up. Today Hillary came on strong thru a graduation speech at her alma mater.

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Iran's Recent Election and a Hell on Earth

Posted by AllardK on May 24, 2017 at 7:13 PM

As President Trump heads from Israel to Europe and away from the Middle East, it is interesting to note that Iran actually had an election last week, where incumbent President Rouhani beat back an unexpected challenge by conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. So amongst the foreign policy crowd that follow Iran, there has been some cheering that a "moderate" has prevailed.

A moderate? Prevailed?

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CNN Acting Like A Worm On A String

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 21, 2017 at 12:26 PM

CNN is on this morning trying to kiss up to the Trumpeter's. Their hostility, read bottom line, is finally catching up to them. They can eat crow forever and it won't change my opinion of them. Can't wait till the next election so I can whip their a** with words.

You get these talking heads saying how Trump's speech to the Muslim world is 'not like his candidacy'. Trump doesn't act like the cookie cutter politician and the fake news, never Trump folks can't stand it.

A populist in the WH. Imagine that!!

We Want Answers, We Demand Answers

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/16/slain-dnc-staffer-had-contact-with-wikileaks-investigator-says.html

Inquiring minds would like to know the status and what is being done, if anything, to solve this murder mystery.

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Alright! Start The Clock Running On Hillary

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 17, 2017 at 6:26 PM

With Robert Mueller being appointed Special Counsel the case against Hillary should be getting underway tout suite.

A great move by Trump's admin. I am beyond elated with this news

The Real Constitutional Crisis That Must Be Avoided

Posted by AllardK on May 15, 2017 at 7:42 PM

So. Imagine Hillary had won last November. A more than plausible scenario that might have happened if only voters had turned out in wherever. Let's suppose she did win then. FBI Director Comey would have been fired and the media would have cheered.

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Are Younger Democrats Sharpening Their Knives?

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Nancy Pelosi said this recently:

When it comes to issues, we are united in our concerns ...

"We" being the Democratic Party. And then she suggests it's merely the messaging that needs to be tweaked. Not the messenger, she being the messenger that younger members of her party (and it still is her party for now) are criticizing on camera or on record now. All this since the Ossoff's defeat in the Georgia 6th special election to replace Tom Price.

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Georgia's 6th - the GOP Are Getting It Done

Posted by Keeley on June 21, 2017 at 7:17 PM

With at least 83% of precincts reporting at this time, let's count up the 5 things to watch in Karen Handel's victory over Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District in what is by now the most expensive House campaign ever.

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Bret Stephens Want to Deport Native Born Americans

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Bret Stephens - having moved from the Wall Street Journal to the NYTimes recently - has a piece on you. Maybe on you, that is. Or maybe not. A column on anyone who is an American, born in America that is, and insufficiently productive or civic in Stephen's view. Well he's a little less subtle than that. Here's some of his article:

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The Shooting - Keeping the Faith Together

Posted by Keeley on June 15, 2017 at 6:24 PM

We can debate if baseball is the perfect game, and perhaps disagree or agree. But there is something perfect about an afternoon or evening game of baseball. The loose t-shirts, the smudged uniforms, the bat held casually in the evening heat. That rhythm and pacing that slows down and expands time and creates those moments so unique to baseball. They could have been any of thousands of home-league teams practicing for the big game against their rivals.

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Fear not Democrats - There's Always the Hotel

Posted by Keeley on June 13, 2017 at 6:09 PM

The Russia collusion story has been mostly a dud so far. The obstruction of justice narrative may not give the Democrats enough ammo to try and win back the House, mostly because the evidence so far suggests the President (see liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz's tweet storm that reasonably points out that the evidence is not there) has not come anywhere close to obstructing justice. They will try to use it nonetheless, although where the obstruction story is in six months, never mind a year, is an open question.

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What Comey Will Be Asked on Thursday Matters

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Apparently Comey will not accuse President Trump of trying to obstruct justice when he appears before the Senate in what will be the most media-hyped proceedings since Anita Hill was brought before the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 to dish the dirt and try to sabotage Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation.

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Reality Winner - the 25 Year Old NSA Subcontractor/Leaker

Posted by Keeley on June 6, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Have you heard of Reality Leigh Winner? You will. Just like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Reality will seep into your consciousness. The 25 year old with (now rescinded we hope) Top Secret clearance who worked for an NSA subcontractor called Pluribus International Corporation. And who apparently admitted to the FBI over this past weekend that she had indeed photocopied or printed out classified material and mailed said material to an online news outlet.

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Turning the Constitution Into a Suicide Pact

Posted by Keeley on May 31, 2017 at 1:31 PM

In a terrifying essay, the National Review's Andrew McCarthy explains what's really at stake with Trump's Executive Order on immigration. The one that recently was deep-sixed by the 4th Circuit, because of the president's supposed animus against Muslim immigrants. Based not on the wording of the order, but on who ordered it.

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Is the Saudi Arms Deal Transactional?

Posted by Keeley on May 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

So this presidency is transactional apparently. All about business and, it goes almost without saying, making deals. That way we can frame the latest arms deal with the Saudi's as a trade-off between jobs created and products sold on the part of America, and promises to fight islamic (or radical, which seems to be the suddenly acceptable term for the White House) terrorism on the part of Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern states.

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Rosenstein Hearings - Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh

Posted by Keeley on May 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

So, Rod Rosenstein walks into the Senate Bar & Grill this Thursday, where reporters and cameras are barred from the hearings and Senators are set to grill him about the last few weeks and days and the Russia investigation. (Silence) There's no bad-dum because the drummer is wearing a pink hat at some demonstration somewhere in greater DC. (More Silence)

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President Trump Has to Learn to Play Chess - DC Style

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

This is almost like triangulation. A virtual Dealey Plaza, but with the president standing up in his limousine so the shooters (let's assume there's more than one) can get a better shot. That's what it feels like after the latest revelation: Trump made tapes. Comey took notes.

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Blood in the Water - Comey and the Campaign That Won't Ever End

Posted by Keeley on May 12, 2017 at 7:07 PM

This is troubling, not necessarily for the same reasons that Democrat Senators are invoking the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by Nixon back in 73, which led to resignations from Nixon's administration and indicated that the Watergate scandal was reaching it's final, epic phase. And even if this time around the firing of Comey is giving Democrats and some Republicans an opportunity to increase their cries for a special prosecutor. Not to lament a fired one.

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The AHCa's Still Alive and Kicking

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted against the AHCA? Take 'em down in their next primary so we can put a real Republican in their place! Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted for the ACHA? Invade their constituency meetings with iPhones blaring out Jimmy Kimmel's viral story! And take 'em down next time they're up for re-election! And put a real Democrat in their place!

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100 Days - Walking Backwards Away From Manufactured Scandal

Posted by Keeley on May 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM

It will be 100 days in a few hours as this gets written. We are flooded with 100-day evaluations of Trump's presidency. Most of them sorted along a deep partisan divide. But here's another way to look at Trump's first one hundred days in office as President of America.

Backwards.

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Schumer Offers GOP a Deal

Posted by Keeley on April 26, 2017 at 7:23 PM

What a deal. Democrats have offered to let Congress spend about $15 billion more on defense in exchange for keeping Obamacare's Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR's) in place. Thank you Chuck Schumer. How can we not be grateful? The CSR's were placed on the table by the White House as a bargaining chip to force Democrats to agree to a budget deal. So this has worked out well hasn't it?

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