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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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Syria 'Sarin' Attack: 5 Reasons for a more Cautious Response

Posted by KeelanB on April 7, 2017 at 6:02 AM

The shocking and heart wrenching images of innocent Syrians frozen and choking for air, quite rightly has the world outraged. But amidst the emotional cries for something to be done, it is important to consider the full spectrum of information before channeling that outrage.

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Kendall Jenner Pepsi Protest Commercial Is Distasteful and Tone Deaf

Posted by KeelanB on April 5, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Pepsi have been criticized for using a protest theme in a new commercial starring Kendall Jenner.

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Bill O'Reilly Sexual Harassment Allegations: Advertisers Flee Fox News

Posted by KeelanB on April 4, 2017 at 4:33 PM

For more than two decades Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has been one of the biggest names in cable news - famous for his political rants and tough talk towards high profile interview guests, but his reputation is quickly crumbling under the weight of multiple sexual harassment allegations. Advertisers are dropping from his flagship show the 'O'Reilly Factor' like flies.

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Senator: Possible Trump Impeachment Undermines Supreme Court Nominee

Posted by KeelanB on April 4, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Democratic senator Richard Blumenthal says Donald Trump may be on the verge of impeachment and will not vote for the President's Supreme Court nominee because of it.

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Overwhelm: Trump's Best Weapon

Posted by GregB on April 3, 2017 at 6:57 PM

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the strategies that the Trump administration is involved in. They are experts at diversion and confusion and the public and media are suckers for it. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones suffering because government is getting swamped with Trump issues too.

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America Wants Stupid People

Posted by GregB on March 30, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Once again the Republicans want to cut out funding for education. Every Republican administration of the past 40 years takes this tactic, complaining that we're spending far too much on making smart Americans, however you'll never see the GOP wanting to cut funding for the military industrial complex.

What does that tell you about the mindset of the GOP?

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Deep Hurting! Deep Hurting!

Posted by GregB on March 28, 2017 at 7:22 PM

That phrase comes from the popular cult tv show "Mystery Science Theater 3000". It's in reference to the show's star having to sit through and suffer through horribly produced and acted Grade B movies. It applies here to the Trump administration that has not ceased to cause chaos and confusion unlike any administration in American history.

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The Embrace of Damnation, or, The Faustian Cheeto

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 27, 2017 at 1:06 PM

We really need to take the phrase "at all costs" at face value, because as with all things, sometimes the benefit of an action, of a strategy, is outweighed in its value by what is lost to attain it. The Election of Donald Trump has become something like that. All kidding aside, Republicans have paid, and will continue to pay a price for defeating Hillary Clinton the way they did, not to mention having Trump be their winning nominee.

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If You Think Things Are Hot Now...

Posted by GregB on March 26, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Well, here we are, back to total chaos and confusion. The US has no idea which direction the country is going to go thanks to the ever controversial actions and statements of its new President, Donald Trump. He has managed to do in just 60 plus days what most presidents couldn't do in four years. He's got us at one another's throats again, wondering how things have gotten so bad.

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Deliver the Goods

Posted by Warren Porter on March 24, 2017 at 9:47 PM

In The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz ghostwrites on behalf of his client:

"You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on ... I'd never understood how Jimmy Carter became president. The answer is that as poorly qualified as he was for the job, Jimmy Carter had the nerve, the guts, the balls, to ask for something extraordinary. That ability above all helped him get elected president. But, then, of course, the American people caught on pretty quickly that Carter couldn't do the job, and he lost in a landslide when he ran for reelection."

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What Lesson Are Our Kids Learning?

Posted by GregB on March 24, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Today's youth, or the 'Millennials', are getting all sorts of criticism for their aloofness and so called detachment from reality. Those are unfair labels put upon a group of people who were born into a massively corrupt world and are trying to survive with as little collateral damage as possible.

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If The Shoe Fits, Trump Will Put It In His Mouth

Posted by GregB on March 23, 2017 at 2:17 PM

The present chaos in Washington DC is due to yet another idiotic and unsubstantiated claim by President Donald Trump that during his campaign for the office, the Obama Administration had been 'wiretapping' Trump's offices and residences. The world jumped on these utterances as Trump offered not one shred of evidence to back himself up.

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Why We Still Need to Fight for Women's Health Care

Posted by DanikaK on March 22, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Women's health continues to be a hot button political issue in 2017. Following Trump's inauguration, millions of men and women took to the streets for the Women's March on Washington, protesting a number of issues, including access to healthcare and reproductive rights.

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Can Real Tax Reform Ever Get Done in America?

Posted by AllardK on April 27, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Do the math. If you do the math. When you do the math.

There's a new tax plan from the administration, rather than Congress. What are people - especially on the Republican side of the aisle - saying? Do the math. What is this? An obsession with algebra? No, of course not. What they mean is that any tax cut or spending program has to be, or should be, revenue neutral. Congress has, understandably, placed itself in a straightjacket where you can get slightly fatter, But never thinner. You can raise spending. You can raise taxes. But you can't raise the deficit.

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Believe Louise Mensch, or You're a Russian Spy

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2017 at 7:06 PM

Louise Mensch was always a very creative person. Young Poet of the Year (that would be UK's Young Poet of The Year of course). Accomplished and prolific novelist at a very young age with, apparently, a tidy 2 million copies of her novels sold. And in her various other incarnations as British MP, Media entrepreneur, Journalist, and now crazed conspiracy propagator, her creativity has always stood her in good stead.

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Trump's Jacksonian Tweets on the Arctic

Posted by AllardK on April 20, 2017 at 11:36 AM

With Steve Bannon's role in Trump's White House apparently reduced in a power struggle with Kushner - and by extension Ivanka Trump - how about Rich Lowry and Matthew Continetti taking up his role? In other words, as rivals and the president himself prune Bannon's ability to interpret and define what Trumpism may or may not be, it seems that Rich Lowry at the formerly NeverTrump National Review, and Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon (a previously searingly sarcastic commentator on the GOP primaries in 2015-2016), are the ones now doing that job. Just not from the West Wing.

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The Latest Berkeley Riots and Ricky Monday's Example

Posted by AllardK on April 18, 2017 at 7:39 PM

If your head was bloodied in Berkeley 50 years ago, it was likely you were a student protester and the offending instrument was a police baton lowered rather vigorously on your skull or other parts of your person. Not so in 2017. You were more likely to have been a Trump supporter somewhere in the vicinity of Martin Luther King Civic Center Park. In Berkeley of course, and where a Weimar Republic-like riot took place this past Saturday.

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America Is not Fragile and Trump Is a Pragmatist

Posted by AllardK on April 14, 2017 at 1:26 PM

The Weekly Standard's Andy Smarick wrote an interesting piece a few days back on America, the constitution, and Trump. You could sum up his idea in two words:

Not Fragile.

Trump may be bullish to the point of colliding with some political and cultural norms, but America and its constitution are anything but a shop full of fragile china or brittle porcelain. And recent political events are proving Smarick right. The system of checks and balances that have managed to survive nearly two and a half centuries are doing fine, thank you very much. And shocks to the system within America's constitutional framework tend to produce reactions - antibodies if you will - that result in new and robust equilibriums. Even if things get a little tactically unstable in the very short term.

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Is China Planning for a Post Kim Jong-Un North Korea?

Posted by AllardK on April 12, 2017 at 7:26 PM

Think of North Korea as a jigsaw puzzle wrapped around a grenade. With the pin dangerously loose. As the world focuses on Syria and what actions America and any coalition of allies might take next in that area of the Middle East, we have what appears to be a far more volatile situation in the Korean peninsula and neighboring NorthEast China. Throw Japan and Russia into that mix as well.

And America, as always.

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It's not Susan Rice's Fault - It's Trump's Fault

Posted by AllardK on April 5, 2017 at 2:23 PM

It seems that the progressive view of some recent events in the news goes something like this:

  • Putin helped elect Trump. We all know that and if you demand evidence rather than the clouds of suggestion swirling in the media, you must be a Russian stooge.

  • Because Putin helped elect Trump, President Assad has seen fit to launch gas attacks on the opposition in the still-burning Syrian Civil War. Why? Because we progressives say so. Never mind Obama's shifting red line in the sand. It's all Trump's fault. Never mind any evidence other than the stuff we progressives present to you. Usually as rumor and innuendo. It's all Trump's fault. Syria is turning into a mix of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia and may be unsolvable with someone like Assad in power. But it's Trump's fault.

  • Susan Rice is a powerful, fantastic woman who did a fantastic job as National Security Adviser for President Obama. Especially on Benghazi, with her deft deflections of the Obama administration's - as in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's - screw up's, by instead referring to that video. Whose fault Benghazi was.

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War on Terror?

Posted by Weary_Willie on April 1, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Fictitious sources swirling around the White House have concluded:

Trump has declared Clowns to be a terrorist organization!
The reason?

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Russia Investigation - Convenient Clouds of Doubt over the White House

Posted by AllardK on March 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM

When lawyers get into a dueling match through an exchange of letters where those very lawyers on each side argue over the meaning of those letters ... you know the House Investigation under Chairman Nunes and Schiff is grinding towards some sort of gridlock. Or falling apart. Or being sabotaged by every lawyerly trick in the book by the Democrats.

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So Pleased That Obamacare Still Stands

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 25, 2017 at 8:16 AM

Obamacare legislation failed to pass in the House today. May be a couple of years before the COP has the courage to try again. So totally pleased that the bill failed.

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Sunday Morning Breakdown

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM

A populist President carrying out populist ideas. President Trump actually working to immolate Andrew Jackson. How great is that?

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Will Gorsuch Be Sacrificed to Partisan Politics?

Posted by AllardK on March 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Has 2,2,2 been turned into 6,6,6 for some time now? Has the constitution's Article II, section 2, paragraph 2, which reads in part:

... and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other Public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States ...

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Should AG Sessions Prosecute His DOJ?

Posted by AllardK on March 15, 2017 at 8:18 PM

It's certainly not 95 theses nailed to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, but ... Lawyer and author Benjamin Wetmore, writing in The Federalist paints a disturbing portrait of Obama's Justice Department as an out of control partisan prosecutorial army. Conservative activists and even Congressmen were hauled before an inquisitorial DOJ and reduced often to forced confessions based on faulty local news reports.

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What the Latest Wikileaks Document Dump Means

Posted by AllardK on March 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Yes, imagining your HD propped up with a brace and resting quietly on your living room wall as the mother of all listening devices is wonderfully scary stuff. It's something most good spy or sci-fi writers don't usually come up with. Or if they do, people say that's way too crazy.

But that's not the main point regarding the latest information dump of detailed technical documents that almost certainly came from the CIA, courtesy of Wikileaks.

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Where's your health care plan?

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 4, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Everyone's debating what someone else will do. What will you do? Where's your plan? My plan is God's plan. It is! For Real! My plan starts and ends with the individual.

Before you Liberals gather to make protest signs, hear me out. This is my plan in simple form.

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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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What Happens When Deep States Go to War?

Posted by Keeley on April 21, 2017 at 8:23 PM

What happens when the deep states go to war with each other, and don't tell the rest of us? __ Wow. What a blurb on a book jacket! Or in a preview trailer of the film, or a series. Warring Deep States. Lousy title it's true. The Crypto's? Nope. Leave that to the script writers who undoubtedly are working on something of the sort. Unfortunately, the above phrase is a real world quote, from Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at IBM Resilient. And yes it's about Russia and America. And China and who knows who else? UK? France? Australia? North Korea anyone?

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North Korea: the Aircraft Carrier Strike Crew That Went the Other Way

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2017 at 2:40 PM

The Hill has an article on how the Doomsday Clock is 2.5 minutes to midnight, in part due to President Trump's comments on how he might deal with any possible North Korean threats. But before the article in The Hill mentions John Wolfsthal - who belongs to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board; the group which manages the Doomsday Clock - they bring up key evidence of how Nuclear Anxiety in big capital letters is coursing through America's veins:

A few SNL skits.

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Will the DOJ Hand Back Political Fugitives to China?

Posted by Keeley on April 13, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Justice Department spokesman Mark Abueg has a tough job on his hands. He has to announce to the media and thus the world at large that American policy towards Chinese fugitives will be different under the Trump administration. Taking into account that the word "fugitive" is at best a relative term in Communist China.

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A History and Chem Lesson for Sean Spicer

Posted by Keeley on April 11, 2017 at 7:32 PM

Did you know that hydrogen cyanide was first used as a pesticide in California in the 1880's? Yes, that's you Sean Spicer. To bring you up to speed on hydrogen cyanide and it's relationship to genocide in the mid-20th century, in places like Auschwitz. Yes, they - the Nazis - used hydrogen cyanide based products. Specifically Zyklon-B, invented in Germany as a pesticide, in the early 1920's when Hitler was in the nascent phases of his mad political journey.

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Was the Cruise Missle Attack on Syria an Act of War?

Posted by Keeley on April 7, 2017 at 12:40 PM

I am crushing your little elegantly shaven head John T. Bennett. Squeezing your cerebrum between my forefinger and thumb. Crushing you Mr. Roll Call! Mr. oh-so-agile journalist!


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Forget the Nunes Circus - FBI Deputy Director McCabe Is More Important

Posted by Keeley on March 31, 2017 at 12:46 PM

It would be nice not to write about Devin Nunes, for at least day or two. Maybe up to a week. It's not as if he's G. Gordon Liddy or Erlichman or John Dean and it's 1973 (yes Watergate happened in 1972 but became daily news much later). By the way, did you know they successfully entered and bugged the DNC in May, but then had to come back in June of 72 to repair the listening devices? Sorry.

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The Fourth Rail of American Politics

Posted by Keeley on March 27, 2017 at 8:14 PM

It's very hard - perhaps impossible as we're all finding out - to take away an entitlement after Congress has brought it into existence. Any large entitlement program is a complex beast by necessity. How else can the government decide winners and losers without having a thick book of rules and regulations to accompany their taxpayer funded largesse? That makes unwinding any large entitlement program all the tougher. Especially if you try to clear up who wins (gets the entitlement) and who loses (pays higher taxes or fees or is shutout from tax breaks etc.).

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Director Comey Keeps Us All in a Fog

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Ok, we have a troubling cloud, a poisoned fog, enveloping the White House, according to the latest media narrative. And not just the media. GOP Representative Nunes used the cloud analogy, and not even in an "as if there were" sense, but rather directly. And this isn't really about Trump's tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping, which has likely become - to use Charles Krauthammer's phrase - farce.

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If R&R Fails, Who Gets the Bloodbath?

Posted by Keeley on March 16, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Imagine if Detroit (or Chattanooga, TN, or Tuscaloosa County in Alabama) ran their production lines the way Congress runs it's legislative process.

I know you ordered an SUV ma'am, but the production parliamentarian has ruled that your chassis is extraneous and out of order. So the production and finance committees have put together a nice little off-road dune buggy for you and your grandkids! And it gets great mileage! For a dune buggy, that is. You live in Wyoming? Sorry ...

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CBO Numbers Depend on What You Believe Health Insurance Should Be

Posted by Keeley on March 14, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Let's stop calling it health insurance, shall we? Insurance is coverage you buy to guard against the possibility of an adverse outcome. Like damage to your car. Or your house. Or your 1972 Telecaster Thinline autographed by Waylon Jennings himself, being stolen from your weekend band's van, outside Domino's, in the parking lot on the way back home. Did I say it was snowing?

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For Muslim Activists, No Executive Order Is Appropriate

Posted by Keeley on March 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM

You are not allowed: to classify, to analyze, to assess, or to regulate. Anything that might have to do with majority-Muslim nations.

That's essentially the position of activists who are already attacking President Trump's new executive order, one that is an even more reasonable and constitutional order than it's very reasonable - and constitutional - predecessor was. Don't be fooled they´re already shouting. It deals with majority-Muslim nations and creates tropes and false narratives. As if a presidential order concerned with the security of the nation against terror attacks is, in fact, a post-modern literary text, sadly lacking in politically correct nuances and appropriate guilt laden apologies.

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Jeff Sessions and the New McCarthyism

Posted by Keeley on March 2, 2017 at 6:17 PM

How do you counter a truly impressive address to Congress by President Trump? You purge the government. Like Stalin did.

But here's the thing. Purges usually are done by authoritarian governments - most of them outright tyrannies - in a ruthless house cleaning. Sometimes to merely produce terror in your citizenry. Like Stalin. Or Mao. Sometimes to quell a possible coup d'etat. Like during the rule of military governments in much of Latin America in the 70's.

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It's the Tom and Keith Show at the DNC

Posted by Keeley on February 27, 2017 at 7:19 PM

When will Bernie supporters - whose proxy, Keith Ellison, lost a close one in Atlanta for Chair of the DNC - ever learn? You wait for Barack to decide. Barack phones up his friends on Wall Street. They tell him Keith Ellison is a far left anit-Semite rabble rousing Nation Of Islam follower. No, not Keith. How about Tom Perez? He's a far left rabble rousing progressive who would turn America into a quasi Scandinavian socialist state. How could Bernie supporters not like Tom? Plus he's also got a trim goatee. And Barack likes Tom.

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Obama's Shadow DNC Infuriates Democrats

Posted by Keeley on February 17, 2017 at 5:24 PM

While one of the toughest dudes on the planet says: gracias no hombre, I'll pass on being National Security adviser, there's a long-brewing story playing out in states across the country. And it may be coming to a boil soon.

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