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New Hearing In Steven Avery Case Requested: Evidence To Be Retested

Posted by KeelanB on September 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM

The state of Wisconsin has asked for a new hearing to be set in the Steven Avery case according to documents filed this week. Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner had previously requested modern testing be carried out on forensic evidence used against the star of Netflix show Making A Murderer. This week's letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon asks for a status conference to be scheduled by the end of the year, while the state begins to gather all of the items Zellner filed in her motion.

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Female Officer Formally Charged In Crutcher Shooting Death

Posted by KeelanB on September 23, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Betty Shelby, the Oklahoma police officer implicated in the death of Terence Crutcher was formally booked this morning on charges of first degree manslaughter. The 42 year old turned herself in during the early hours and was released at 1:31am on a $50,000 bond.

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Not Just Your Answer, But Your Algorithm

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on September 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Trump finally admits that Obama was born here. After months on the campaign trail. After years of making the claim. And why say this now? Because he had some critical insight? Because he discovered some critical facts? The issue is, this seems less like he's mending his conspiracy theory ways, and more that he's just saying what allows him to pass for a decent, sane human being. Does he really deserve much of any credit, if that's the entire point of his "conversion?"

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Not Just Adults: a Look at America's Student Mental Health Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on September 15, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Over the past few years, national tragedies have increased pressure for the United States to improve access to mental health care. In late 2013, Barack Obama issued regulations which directed all private insurance plans to cover mental health in the same way they covered physical health problems.

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Two National Security Developments

Posted by Warren Porter on September 10, 2016 at 7:44 PM

In the past couple of days, two important developments with significant implications for US national security have occurred. Namely:

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To Solve America's STEM Crisis, Educators Should Encourage Minority Students

Posted by DanikaK on August 30, 2016 at 6:36 PM

For the past few years, the STEM crisis in the United States has regularly made headlines, with many suggesting that for America to remain competitive in the global economy, this achievement gap must narrow--this can only be done in harnessing as much diverse talent as possible by recruiting and retaining more women and people of color.

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The Rise and Fall of the Alt Right

Posted by phx8 on August 26, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Recently a new description has emerged to the new philosophy that has taken over the Republican Party. This philosophy, being new, is still only loosely defined. Hillary Clinton described it as "a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment." Terms applied to the Alt Right include racism, racialism, white supremacists, and white nationalists. The Wall Street Journal describes it as a movement that "rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity." Unlike traditional conservatism or republicanism, the Alt Right sees the most fundamental conflict being between globalism and nativism (or nationalism). As a result, it can contribute to militarism and imperialism, which created the toxic stew that led to previous world wars.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns

Posted by Warren Porter on July 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM

The Florida Congresswoman commonly known by her initials, DWS, will not be chairing this weeks' Democratic National Convention. Her tenure as Chair of the Democratic National Committee will end soon shortly thereafter. All this is the result of fallout from a leak of private DNC emails onto Wikileaks.

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The Establishment vs The Base, A Football Analogy

Posted by TreyL on July 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

In the game of American politics, there are two teams. The Red Republicans and the Blue Democrats. The players on the field are the politicians and candidates for office, the establishment is represented by the coaching staff on each sideline, and the base is represented by the fans in the stadium. Today, we'll visualize a football game to put into perspective the looney left's reaction to Tim Kaine's announcement as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, and why the fringe base must always and forever be contained and prevented from having any meaningful say in the nomination process.

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The end of a week full of news

Posted by Warren Porter on July 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Oh my what a week! Rather than write an individual essay, I have opted to create this space to discuss several recent events.

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Scores Perish in Nice

Posted by Warren Porter on July 14, 2016 at 11:35 PM

In an apparent act of terrorism, a lorry has been driven into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks from Le Promenade des Anglais. The local press has reported at least 80 deaths and perhaps 100 injured (40 seriously, 18 critically). While no one has claimed responsibility. The havoc wreaked on the English walkway was an impressive feat for one man, but experts already speculate that DAESH may be responsible and the hunt is on for any possible accomplices.

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Lawful gun owner killed by police

Posted by Warren Porter on July 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Police in Minnesota shot a licensed CCW permit-holder. It is not yet clear why, but it appears that the fact that he was armed was a factor. Shockingly, gun rights groups have refused to comment on what is clearly a violation of their interpretation of the second amendment.

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The Balance of Our Lives

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Either we are all free, or none of us truly are. Yet we accept some degrees of legal restriction of our overall rights in order to sleep at night. The question is, what happens when we ask too much of some, and not enough of others?

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Antisemitism or Incompetence?

Posted by Warren Porter on July 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

On June 15, an image was uploaded to the twitter account named "@fishbonehead1". The image featured an unflattering photo of Hillary Clinton plastered in front of $100 dollar bills as well as a hexagram containing the words, "most corrupt candidate ever"! The hexagram resembled the outline of the Magen David, a common Jewish symbol and the piles of money alluded to the common antisemetic claim that the money of Jewish financiers corrupts our government.

The resemblance to the Magen David was not a coincidence. The @fishbonehead1 twitter account had a long history of publishing anti-Semitic imagery including the doctoring of photographs to elongate the nose of a Jewish journalist and doctoring a photograph of President Obama to resemble Hasidic attire.

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FBI: Clinton not recommended for prosecution

Posted by Warren Porter on July 5, 2016 at 11:23 AM

James Comey delivered remarks today announcing that the FBI would not recommend criminal prosecution against Hillary Clinton. Even though she violated policies and procedures meant to safeguard American secrets, there was no intent or malice behind her poor decision-making. Rather, carelessness seems to be the theme.

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Obama Bows With The Internet In His Extended Hand

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 24, 2016 at 12:02 AM

Does the internet facilitate Free Speech?

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Scrubbing Clean FBI Training and Procedures

Posted by AllardK on September 21, 2016 at 9:14 PM

It's a little hard to be relieved that Rahami was "scrubbed clean" when he was investigated by the FBI in 2014. As a result of a complaint by his own father. Clearly, Rahami was not clean, and what is key here is the timeline of Rahami's life in the last decade or so.

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Straight From The Keyboard

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 19, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Enforcement staff and officials are being praised all around for their handling of the latest attack. Very good work and very efficient. Kudos to all.

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Hillary Would Love a Presumption of Privacy

Posted by AllardK on September 15, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Matthew Yglesias, with a Y in case you mistake him for Julio or Enrique, laments transparency. And most of all, he laments how out of date legislation is when contemplating emails. Heck, he even laments how out of date, in retrospect, the internet pioneers were. Those pathetic old fogies who invented email and the building blocks of internet protocol, did not see emails as what in fact any millennial knows they are: conversation. Like a phone call. Not like an office memo, with a carbon copy sent to various addresses or desks by an efficient administrative assistant way back in the days when they might be called secretaries.

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Clinton Diagnosed with Pneumonia

Posted by Warren Porter on September 12, 2016 at 11:46 PM

Sunday morning, Hillary Clinton attended a memorial service marking the 15th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Citing the excessive heat, she decided to leave abruptly. Unfortunately, she apparently collapsed right before boarding a van. After spending some time relaxing at Chelsea Clinton's Flatiron apartment, Clinton reemerged and pretended to be perfectly fine. Subsequently, she traveled to her home for some extra rest.

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What Does Julian Assange Really Want?

Posted by AllardK on September 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM

As we approach the fifteen year mark for 9/11, and as the first presidential debates are now a couple of weeks away, it seems more important than ever to answer the question: what exactly is Wikileaks? And what is Julian Assange trying to accomplish?

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Posted by Weary_Willie on September 8, 2016 at 12:14 AM

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And Then There Was One

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 5, 2016 at 9:14 PM

More Hillary bashing.

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Gary Johnson and Bill Weld

Posted by Warren Porter on September 4, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Today, I endorse Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for President and Vice President of the United states. These two men bring a wealth of experience from their tenures as governors of New Mexico and Massachusetts and I am certain that a Johnson-Weld administration will exercise judgement superior to that of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or Jill Stein.

I know that many of you might be confused why this liberal is supporting a libertarian. It turns out the gap between libertarianism and my own personal brand of liberalism is not that great. I have held the tenets of classical liberalism in high esteem for a long time even though some of the more radical libertarians sometimes present policies I disagree with. Johnson and Weld give me the confidence that they will restore good governance and protect individual liberty without vanishing down the rabbit hole of overly doctrinaire libertarianism.

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Congress Has a Duty to Investigate the Iran Deal

Posted by AllardK on September 2, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Machiavelli, the father and founder of modern political science, was a diplomat. As well as a writer and political philosopher, and yes, a poet and playwright. He lived, needless to say, in dangerous times. Especially for diplomats who had to navigate the treacherous waters of intrigue and conflict between Italian city states and greater powers like France and the Vatican.

It is still being debated centuries later whether Machiavelli's The Prince was a how-to book for evil tyrants. Or a warning from someone who was a staunch republican. Means and ends and the conflicts between them wind their way through his work, like a serpent. Or a shining path to a greater goal.

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Is Hillary Signalling to Moscow?

Posted by AllardK on August 29, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Despite some stealth movement in the polls (slow and steady rather than post-convention bouncy) in favor of Trump, Hillary is still comfortably ahead in most polling averages at this point. And the woman who won't give a press conference is a step closer to perhaps being elected President of the United States of America. Maybe that's why she laughed off questions about her private server on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Rigging The System

Posted by GregB on August 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The rumors have been around for decades that the American political system is rigged. Rigged by whom and for what reason is something that keeps the conspiracy theory industry going strong. Presidential candidate Donald Trump mentioned 'rigging' in more than one of his addresses to the public. People began to wonder, if rigging was real and on a scale as massive as voter activity.

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Trump's Best Ammo Against Hillary Clinton

Posted by GregB on August 22, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Just about everyone is waiting for what Trump will fire back at Hillary Clinton during the final months of the presidential race. He's given some tidbits here and there but his advisory staff has a lot of ammo that Clinton is definitely not going to want to face.

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Lawyers Getting Fired: Battle For The Senate And House

Posted by GregB on August 20, 2016 at 7:22 PM

President Obama's worst nightmare began with the Republican surge amongst the legislative branch in congress by the Republicans. The Republicans tried to crush anything positive that Obama tried to do, even if it was in the best interests of everyone on Earth. It's the most embarrassing example of human pettiness the United States has ever seen. No matter who wins the 2016 election this November, it's the seats in the House and Senate that are going to be the change makers.

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The White Males Who Matter to Hillary

Posted by AllardK on August 17, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Hillary has given up on men. Ok, we can get a little more granular. Hillary Clinton does not really need white male voters in order to reach 270 electoral votes and win the presidency in November. If things stay as they are right now in mid-August. She's handed off the task of limiting her damage among white working-class voters to Joe Biden, while she continues to titillate and tweak her identity-politics demographics: African-American, latino, non-white voters in general, and millenials as well. Oh yes, the female vote is trending solidly her way, according to polls.

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Singularity: Hillary Shall Debate Alone

Posted by Keeley on September 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

With the first debate a few days away, there have been suggestions from pundits and commentators on how to improve the debate process. First, remove the studio audience with its unseemly distractions of applause and jeers unbalancing the candidates finely tuned responses and turning the event into a circus.

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Despite the Attacks, It's Still About Jobs

Posted by Keeley on September 20, 2016 at 8:20 PM

While Obama preps for a possible future gig as UN Secretary General, Harry Reid prepares legislation to require background checks for any purchase of pressure cookers, and Hillary blames the Islamic State on Trump, there is an interesting shift in polling recently.

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Dehydration, Deplorables, and Tax Returns

Posted by Keeley on September 14, 2016 at 7:34 PM

With just under 2 weeks to go before the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, we have a rather unholy trinity dominating the electoral landscape: dehydration, deplorables, and tax returns. Abbreviated as DDT-r. These three seemed to have rudely shoved off the stage other issues like: slow growth, the 7 million ghost army of middle aged men who have given up looking for work for years now, Putin's aggressive interference with this campaign, and Obama's legacy in general, and Supreme Court appointees specifically.

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Is Hillary the Wrong Woman?

Posted by Keeley on September 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Summer has indeed come and passed. And those who plead innocence never last. At least their professed innocence tends not to last. So Hillary has indeed had to wake up to the fact that the Clinton Foundation connections to the State Department, and her server scandal, have eroded her standings in the polls. We now have Trump ahead by a couple of points in the latest CNN/ORC poll, mostly as the result of Trump gaining significantly, rather than Hillary losing ground.

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Trump Throws Down the Gauntlet in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on September 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Saying he doubled down in Phoenix just doesn't do it. Does it? How to describe Trump's fiery policy speech on immigration? All in with every chip? And how is Mexican President Peña Nieto feeling after their meeting mere hours before? A little remorseful?

Trump delivered his 10 point plan with all the diplomacy of General Patton. Others will use different comparisons no doubt, but this was a clear return to his slash and burn style, with one important difference. He got down in the policy weeds naming specific laws or policies that he would change on day one.

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Of Course Hillary Used the Racist Label!

Posted by Keeley on August 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Well what do you expect, Donald? Yes Hillary would prefer to keep her campaign on cruise control and just do a whole lot of nice fundraisers. No bothersome press conferences. Just 30-grand-a-plate lovefests at someone's gorgeous mansion.

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Who Convinced Trump to Pivot?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2016 at 11:33 PM

It was Kellyanne Conway. It couldn't have been Bannon? It was something Newt said a week ago. No, you're wrong. It was Roger Ailes. Come on, let's be serious. It was Ivanka and Jared. And Eric too.

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Why Univision Won't Weaponize Gawker Media

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

What does a muck-racking English philosophy graduate from Oxford have in common with a debt-laden Spanish-language media empire? Gawker Media that's what. Nick Denton's prying and spying blog network has recently been on the losing end of a $140 million lawsuit courtesy of the Hulk Hogan - Peter Thiel tag team. So it must be some relief to Denton that Gawker has found a buyer, once the lawsuit has wound it's way down. For just about the amount of the lawsuit, some $135 million. What a coincidence.

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Russia, Wikileaks and the Campaign

Posted by Keeley on August 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM

You can't invent someone like Julian Assange, Wikileak's founder/member. No editor would believe your twists and turns of his life plot. But behind this nomadic son of divorced Australian hippies, is a more pragmatic question: is Putin's security apparatus now controlling Assange and Wikileaks? The evidence seems to clearly suggest so. The toxic triad of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange all revolve around key issues of intelligence and national security. And American intelligence and diplomatic assets have been the frequent targets of Wikileak's disclosures over the past several years.

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ISIS: Beyond Trump's Latest Controversy

Posted by Keeley on August 12, 2016 at 7:07 PM

What can't Trump stop shooting from the hip? For example, now we have this latest outburst where he states that Obama and Hillary are the founders of ISIS. It's not like it's something Trump has been saying since at least this past January ...

Oh. He has? You mean it's his over the top way of saying that Obama and Hillary's overseeing of the (fairly) rapid troop drawdown in Iraq lead to the conditions that lead to ... ISIS?

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Does Putin Want a Divided GOP?

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Is the mostly-hawkish defense and foreign policy establishment doing Putin's bidding by attacking Trump?

Consider this: what if the goal of Russian cyber attackers is not as granular as giving Trump a boost and trying to ensure Hillary Clinton does poorly in the November election? What if the main goal is to exploit partisan divides by encouraging and inflaming a GOP civil war? And ensure that lots of shouting and accusations - both intra-party and across the aisle - that undermine the very electoral process itself. Especially the confidence Americans should have in their electoral system as a near-sacred institution.

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What's $400 Million When You're Appeasing?

Posted by Keeley on August 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM

You could tell. By the long pauses. And slightly-strangled voice projection. That even Josh Earnest had some difficulty getting out the official denials that a planeload full of pallets of hard currency in the dead of the night to Iran was not what it clearly was: a ransom payment by America to a terrorist-sponsoring, radical, islamic theocracy. Who had American servicemen imprisoned. And who finally released them the day after the planeload of cash arrived in Tehran.

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The Clinton Foundation Is a Treasure Trove - Just Ask Russia

Posted by Keeley on August 3, 2016 at 7:24 PM

It was in the NYTimes last year, and the story has reappeared in print and cable and across various media. The Clinton Foundation was essentially a clearing house for a deal to allow a Russian company to acquire a fifth of America's uranium reserves. And even if the amount of reserves - always an estimate in mining - is not quite that much, it is still an alarming story.

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DNC Hacks: Headlines Trump Doesn't Need

Posted by Keeley on July 31, 2016 at 12:23 PM

What does Putin's Russia want? As news comes of yet more online attacks against Democrats - in this case the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary's own campaign organization - suspicions of Russian involvement are growing. Is this rumor fed by speculations by cybersecurity firms or do they have a point that the appearance of Russian methods are evident in the hacks?

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Philadelphia: What Is There Left for Hillary to Say?

Posted by Keeley on July 28, 2016 at 6:49 PM

What. In the world. Is there possibly left to say? In Philadelphia Thursday night as Hillary Clinton finally takes her turn. They have all been to bat. The Dem Major League Hitters: Hit-it-out-of-park Michelle; Mr. Balk-&-Slide-Around-Anything Bill; I'm-Stlll-Swinging-Back-to-the-Dugout Bernie; I've-endured-more-than-most Joe Biden; and Barack We've-Still-Got-Lots-To-Do Obama.

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