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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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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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A 'Big Idea' Toward Providing Protection For Students

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 22, 2018 at 7:48 PM

A commonsense approach to providing protection for school students. Gov't/local officials failed Parkland 'Biggly'. No entity has more investment in student safety than the students themselves.

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​Israel, Iran & The Ghosts at Foggy Bottom

Posted by AllardK on February 22, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Ok, first order of business:

Dinesh D'Souza, when you try to tweet like you're funny at the expense of the victims and friends of a school massacre, not only are you showing the world you're sick, but you're giving people like Kurt Eichenwald the perfect excuse to cast anyone against any form of gun control as a sociopathic ex-con. Charges, Dinesh, which you now have the pleasure of defending yourself against. You were president of a Christian college??

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Trump On Russia Sanctions

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 18, 2018 at 3:41 PM

The dims/Communist News Network are beating up on Trump for making nice with Putin

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Dealing With School Shootings

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 15, 2018 at 1:13 PM

IMO, it's not feasible, effective to involve law enforcement in the school shooting issue. The Florida school had one or two persons on site acting in a law enforcement capacity. This was a large school, probably multiple egresses, multiple buildings in some cases. Broward county sheriff just now suggesting two or three armed security officers with proper training. Probably not affordable on it's face.

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​There Was-Is-Will-Be No Easy Way to Handle the Rob Porter Scandal

Posted by AllardK on February 14, 2018 at 6:56 PM

We have to talk about Rob Porter. And that means saying upfront that domestic abuse - of women and children primarily but sometimes of men in much less frequent situations - is not just wrong, it corrodes trust and the intimate inner workings of any decent society. It is a disease that must be identified and treated.

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The CONSPIRACY

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 10, 2018 at 12:05 AM

Now, it's clear that President Trump has the awesome responsibility of presiding over the resolution of the largest political conspiracy ever carried out in this country. The scope of the conspiracy is near unimaginable. In essence, it is the 'new US govt' investigating and prosecuting the 'old US gov't'. Players involved in the conspiracy start at the very top with the Office of the President. Also, includes several agency/department heads and executors aka the DOS, DOJ, CIA, NSA, HHS, FBI and perhaps others. Complicity is widespread to include a number of organizations, associations and most notably, DNC officials, DEM House and Senate reps and the majority of the MSM, the Communist News Network, NBC and MSNBC outstanding.

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​Vatican Dust Up! Zen Slams Sorondo's SinoVatican Sycophancy!

Posted by AllardK on February 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM

There's some sniping going on within the Catholic Church over its latest attempt at some sort of rapprochement with Communist China. On one side you have Father Bernardo Cervellera - editor in chief of Asia News - and the wonderfully named Cardinal Joseph Zen - the former Bishop of Hong Kong. On the other side you seem to have ... the Vatican and the Chinese Communist Party and by extension China's government.

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ReInstate the Draft!

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 4, 2018 at 12:56 AM

If you disagree with public education, reinstate the draft.

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What would the Democratics do if Trump actually shut down the probe?

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 3, 2018 at 11:57 PM


The Probe

What would really happen if Trump said, "Enough is Enough!".

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​Is Andrew McCabe Turning Into Everyone's Scapegoat?

Posted by AllardK on February 2, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Extree! Extree! Washington braces for polarizing Nunes memo! That would be the headline for Kelly Cohen's piece in The Washington Examiner.

Braces??

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​The Memos The Probes The Leaks The Tweets - Situation Critical?

Posted by AllardK on January 30, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Do you like Venn Diagrams? Draw three intersecting circles:

Circle 1: Legal/Criminal also known as Who Lied?
Circle 2: Intelligence/National Security also known as Who Spied?
Circle 3: Political/Impeachement/Censure/25th Amendment etc. also known as Who suffers consequences for this?
Now make a short list with a few items. Say:

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Anxiously Awaiting The Slow Wheels Of Justic

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 27, 2018 at 10:41 AM

The MSM have gone 'skitzo' over the NYT Times salacious information that the President tried to fire Muller, Special Counsel. At the same time, the MSM is ignoring, or throwing dirt on reports coming out of gov't, FOX and associates citing evidence of the greatest treasonous conspiracy in the history of this country.

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​How Obama Avoided Possible Obstruction of Justice

Posted by AllardK on January 25, 2018 at 5:49 PM

If, as President of the United States, you want to influence the FBI, you don't ask the rest of your advisors to leave the room in the White House so you can have a one-to-one chat with the Director. That is so naive and leaves you vulnerable to note-taking, limousine-riding FBI Directors. And anyone else nearby who might later leak details. No, that's not what you do. Here's what you do if you want to signal to the FBI the outcome you're looking for.

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​Senator Graham Grabs The Torch From Senator Schumer

Posted by AllardK on January 23, 2018 at 1:41 PM

Round one is done. Schumer spent the latter part of the first round on the ropes after throwing a few opening punches that didn't really land. Meanwhile Nancy just won't shut up from the edge of the canvas. But hey, this is just starting. We get to do it all over again in 17 days.

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Thank God For Our Founder's, For Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 20, 2018 at 2:32 AM

The House Intel Cmte will release, within a week or so, information to the public relative to the Fusion GPS document and associated players. House members are relating that several top FBI and DOJ officials are implicated in weaponizing intelligence to thwart the candidacy of Donald Trump and work to impeach him after he became President. Will come to be known as the greatest abuse of political power in U.S. history.

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​Deputy Scot Peterson & The Purgatory of Self-Preservation

Posted by Keeley on February 23, 2018 at 2:15 PM

Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson.

This is the armed guard at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland who waited for several minutes outside the school buildings while gunfire raged inside, and instead radio'ed in for backup. Which came after the killings were done.

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​Is This Mueller's Main Indictment or is There More to Come?

Posted by Keeley on February 20, 2018 at 3:35 PM

First a few "minor" news items:

The FBI's Miami field office was not passed on reports that other branches of the FBI had from acquaintances of Nikolas Cruz that tagged him as dangerous and perhaps planning something. That lack of information sharing within the FBI may have helped lead to the disastrous tragedy in which 17 innocent (and in certain cases incredibly brave) lives where lost.

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​Could the FBI Have Done a Better Job Identifying Nikolaus Cruz?

Posted by Keeley on February 16, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Ben Bennight is a 36-year-old Mississippi bail bondsman and YouTube vlogger. Last fall, according to an article in BuzzFeed by Brianna Sacks, he noticed a disturbing comment under one of his frequent video blogs on YouTube. It said:

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​Kim Yo-jong is Nice! - Anything to Resist Trump

Posted by Keeley on February 13, 2018 at 4:13 PM

The New York Times has been displaying a little nostalgic fondness for Stalin's Soviet Union over the past year or so. Apologetic analysis of a tyrant's murderous regime is not unknown, of course, to the DNA of America's media. So it's no surprise that the NYT has reminded its readers of what it believes is worth preserving from Stalin's legacy.

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​Nancy Pelosi's 8 Hours on the Floor & The Immigration Dance

Posted by Keeley on February 8, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Wasn't that impressive? Eight hours on the floor giving one heck of a filibuster. Nancy Pelosi should be proud. Oh. Wait. Filibusters are only allowed on the floor of the Senate, according to the Senate rules? Not in the House? So we can't actually call it a filibuster. Let's call it a filibuzz, where Nancy Pelosi invoked rosary beads, popes, and prayers all in the cause of illegals brought to America at a young age, also known as Dreamers.

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​Memos & Probes - Are We All Getting A Little Tired?

Posted by Keeley on February 6, 2018 at 6:52 PM

My father bought me a neck guard when I tried out for the senior football team in high school. The neck-guard ended up being worn by one of the older, bigger, and cooler guys on the team - he was assistant captain and middle linebacker ... I think I recall it that way. And, in fact, it was actually called a neck roll. Which is what it was. Some sort of plastic-styrofoam-like open ended donut with a fairly thick plastic sheath that you wore to protect your neck.

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​Luis Gutierrez and The Hysterical Maximalists

Posted by Keeley on February 1, 2018 at 9:36 PM

Every now and then, parts of mainstream media acknowledge that the Trump administration has managed to achieve a few things that any conservative would view as positive. James Hohmann wrote one Daily 202 (his daily newsletter that focuses on a handful of issues of that day) suggesting that Trump's tax cuts would likely be seen somewhat more positively - or less negatively if you like - as the year went by. He was besieged by Democrat activists and pundits and politicians as a consequence.

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​SOTU Just What Democrats Need - Another Kennedy

Posted by Keeley on January 31, 2018 at 6:41 PM

Not to bore you, but as a preamble to a rather blunt statement, let me say that I too have a little Irish in me from a great grandfather. So please do not think me prejudiced when I ask:

What the hell was RFK's frickin' grandson doing delivering the Democratic Party's response to Trump's State of the Union address??

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​House Intel Committee Needs to Open the Floodgates and Let the Information Drain Out

Posted by Keeley on January 26, 2018 at 3:59 PM

National security is where Freedom of Expression goes to die. And national security can be such a vague and amorphous concept at the edges that giving free reign to the executive's desire to decide on what information should be kept secret, can be a step towards a police state.

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Blame Trump For Everything - Blame Trump For Nothing​

Posted by Keeley on January 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM

In Thursday's Transom, his daily news letter, Ben Domenech added some commentary of his own. Usually he mostly curates, with a few well-phrased introductions to the links and stores he provides. In other words, the editor decided to editorialize on President Trump and his latest tweets. Here's what Domenech writes:

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I Blame Durbin - Seriously

Posted by Christine & John on January 15, 2018 at 11:37 PM

There is a good chance that Trump called some countries shtholes. We all know that he was not entirely wrong, but he was entirely rude. However, it was a small private gathering, where they were trying to work out a DACA deal. Durbin would have known well that making a public spectacle of the private rudeness would destroy chances for a DACA deal. That was probably his goal. It is more advantageous for Democrats to have the issue than the solution.

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Trump & immigrants

Posted by Christine & John on January 13, 2018 at 12:57 AM

Immigrants from the shtholes tend to be better quality because they are self selected. Consider Nigerian immigrants. They are richer, better educated and more successful than native born whites and blacks. The same goes for West Indian immigrants and Indian immigrants and their kids are the most successful of all American groups. These immigrants are proving once again that America is a land of opportunity and the race, creed or national origin is trumped by hard work and intelligence.

​Move Over Crap - Sh!t is Here to Stay

Posted by Keeley on January 12, 2018 at 6:11 PM

It used to be that you wouldn't see crap written in most newspaper or said on TV. Did you get that? I meant the word "crap", not the concept of crap, which I would suppose would be defined as something poorly researched or something you strongly disagreed with, or something that was an extreme opinion. Or perhaps some combination of all three.

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Don't drain the swamp; restore the wetland

Posted by Christine & John on January 9, 2018 at 2:52 PM

President Trump made a joke that we should bring back earmarks. I am not sure it was a joke, but it is not a bad idea. It is often not a good idea to drain a swamp, neither the literal ones (wetlands) in an ecological sense nor the metaphorical ones (government.) Eliminating earmarks is one of those things that many people think is good, a way to make politicians more open and honest. I thought that too. But in the light of experience, I found it it a bad idea.

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Black unemployment rate falls to LOWEST - EVER

Posted by Christine & John on January 6, 2018 at 12:19 AM

I guess this supposed "racist" thing about Trump isn't working out. Maybe it is just wrong.