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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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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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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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​Your Life is a Ledger Entry & Google Owns it

Posted by AllardK on May 31, 2018 at 7:13 PM

If you use an ad-blocker, some websites; like Salon.com apparently, use your CPU's spare processing power to mine a digital currency called Monero. This is what 2018 looks like. If you haven't heard of Monero, don't feel ashamed. There are around a couple hundred different digital currencies. Mining in the bitcoin universe (where the term bitcoin substitutes for digital currencies in general) mining is normally done by what cryptographers call a brute force attack. This means using as much processing power available to you to do enormous amounts of repetitive calculations to try and find a private password or key, for example.

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​Trey Gowdy's Fine with Informants - Should we be?

Posted by AllardK on May 30, 2018 at 10:56 PM

What was in the unredacted portions of the classified information that Devin Nunes, Paul Ryan, Trey Gowdy, and Adam Schiff, among others, viewed last week in Washington? The Weekly Standard - a rather NeverTrump outfit with Bill Kristol still lashed to the deck raging like Ahab about that darned Moby Dick in the White House - asked why Nunes had "gone quiet" after seeing the intelligence.

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Why is President Xi Sabotaging the North Korea Talks?

Posted by AllardK on May 25, 2018 at 12:57 PM

Is President Xi trying to ensure a seat at the table in any talks between North Korea and America? This seems to be the growing consensus after a notable change in the DPRK's attitude after a surprise second meeting between Kim jong un and President Xi around the 8th of May in Dalian this year. Here's what China analyst Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the Washington Post:

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​ZTE - What is Steve Mnuchin Up To?

Posted by AllardK on May 23, 2018 at 6:06 PM

Let us not be shocked by the fact that China is stealing and bullying it's way towards very specific geo-political goals. Geo-politics. It's not a term that is in as much usage as it might have been a generation or two ago. Geo-politics. Older (mostly) men leaning over a map in a windowless concrete bunker with a solitary lamp overhead throwing a slightly sinister cone of light over the proceedings. A little old-fashioned? Yes.

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Just Another School Shooting

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 19, 2018 at 1:11 AM

Current news is that a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas has killed 8-10 people, mostly students.

What has changed since the last school shooting? Nothing I'm aware of.

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We Apologize for Technical Issues

Posted by liz on May 17, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Hello, WatchBloggers!

We sincerely apologize for the technical issues on WatchBlog over the past week or so. We're working to resolve the issues and hope to have the site working properly as quickly as possible.

...and other forces for decades.

Posted by Weary_Willie on May 13, 2018 at 7:03 PM


The Effects of Gaslighting in Narcissistic Victim Syndrome

The techniques used in "Gaslighting" by the narcissist are similar to those used in brainwashing, interrogation, and torture that have been used in psychological warfare by intelligence operative, law enforcement and other forces for decades.

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​Treasury Department Inspector General Launches Investigation of Possible Porn-Star-Lawyer-Related Leak!!

Posted by AllardK on May 11, 2018 at 11:48 AM

You can leak sensitive diplomatic information, like a newly elected President Trump's phone call with the Australian Prime Minister. You can leak juicy if not very reliable details on in-fighting in the West Wing. You can leak questions that a special prosecutor has supposedly lined up for the President. You can even leak a rather absurd counter-intelligence investigation document - like a DNC-funded Steele dossier used by the FBI - if you believe it will make this administration's policy decisions look bad. Or get the President impeached by stoking up the Russia collusion narrative.

But you don't leak Treasury Department information.

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How is this going to work!?

Posted by Weary_Willie on May 6, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Brooks on Tax Bill:

New York Times columnist David Brooks said that the GOP tax bill is working better than he thought it would and the evidence "seems to be that what the Trump people told us would happen is happening, that companies are reinvesting the money."

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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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​When an EduTech Company With Chinese Ownership Knows More About Your Kids Than You Do

Posted by Keeley on May 14, 2018 at 6:51 PM

George Orwell's 1984 featured television as a technology used by a totalitarian state to monitor - and even threaten - it's citizens. In an interview on the radio in the mid-80's I recall Timothy Leary saying that Orwell got it wrong. That, in fact, we line up to watch Big Brother on TV. We didn't have to be monitored because every corporation knew where we were most evenings (and increasingly throughout the day): in front of our televisions.

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​Iran - The Trump Administration Faces its Apocalypse Now

Posted by Keeley on May 9, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Someday there will be peace on Earth and goodwill between all humankind. We know this because Earth-bound utopias have worked hard to prove that you can have a paradise on Earth. Usually a worker's paradise. For example, Stalin's Soviet Union's forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians. Or Pol Pot's crazed agricultural reform in Kampuchea that created the horrifying killing fields back in the 70's and 80's.

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​Jared & Ivanka - Are the Princely Couple Now Mere Pawns?

Posted by Keeley on May 8, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Rudy Giuliani has taken charge of President Trump's legal team, it seems clear. Here's what Giuliani said about Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump a couple of days ago and the possibility of them coming under scrutiny or being subpoenaed by Mueller:

Jared is a fine man, you know that. Men are disposable. But a fine woman like Ivanka? Come on.

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​What Does Kim jong-un Want & What Does President Moon Want?

Posted by Keeley on May 2, 2018 at 7:37 PM

In trying to game what type of outcomes of any negotiated peace between North Korea and South Korea might possibly emerge over the coming weeks and months, one has to first decide what might Kim jong-un's motivations be.

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​Washington Leaks on Pruitt and Jackson - Is This How Policy is Made?

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Why does Washington leak so much? That might seem like a policy question or an operational or tactical question. And leaks can certainly be because of policy disagreements or attempts to change an administration's tactics, but they can also be due to very personal and petty reasons. Or some toxic cocktail of resentment, ambition, and frustration.

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​Was McCabe Authorized to Leak? Comey Doesn't Know ...

Posted by Keeley on April 23, 2018 at 7:49 PM

It looks like James Comey may be called to testify against Andrew McCabe, his former deputy at the FBI. Here's how an article by Tim Hains in Real Clear Politics sums up the situation:

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​Righteous Jim is Even More Righteous Than You Thought

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2018 at 8:58 PM

James Comey really is that righteous, apparently. Before examining a quote from his book that deals with Martha Stewart's trial and her apparent crime of lying, it's helpful to remember a little bit about Puritan New England. Here's a description from The New England Historical Society of some aspects of their justice system:

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​McClatchy Media Article Revives Russia Story? Or Not?

Posted by Keeley on April 18, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Are McClatchy's Peter Stone and Greg Gordon correct when they state that in August or September of 2016, Michael Cohen did indeed go to Prague to meet with Russian officials or perhaps businessmen close to Putin?

Let's start with the opening paragraph of their story from last Friday:

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