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To Solve the Healthcare Staff Challenge, We Need More Educators

Posted by DanikaK on July 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM

America has been facing a shortage of healthcare professionals for some time now. The problem will likely become exacerbated in years to come, as it is expected that nearly 33 percent of working nurses in the country are expected to retire in years to come. At the same time, the nation's population is aging quickly and has far more health problems than the system can currently handle.

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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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Whose Party is it Anyway? Not Chuck and Nancy's

Posted by AllardK on August 15, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Did Bernie Sanders endorse Christine Hallquist? Vermont's Democratic nominee for governor? That is, the first transgender nominee for governor in America. It's hard to find anything in recent media that suggests this is the case. Why ask the question?

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Knock! Knock!

Posted by Weary_Willie on August 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Who's there?

(whisper)
It's ...

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Obama Conspiracy Coming To A Head With Midterms

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Cuomo, on the communist (fake) news network, 9-10pm, has to remotely control the cameras because all his staff is watching Hannity on FOX.

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Nathan Gonzalez Says the Blue Wave is Dead

Posted by AllardK on August 9, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Forget the Blue Wave, Roll Call's Nathan Gonzalez tells us. That metaphor has drowned itself out of useful existence. Even though it will clearly continue swelling the rhetoric of media commentators and conjuring up images of a GOP dug in on the electoral shoreline awaiting the flood of ballot results, come early November.

As the New Yorker used to say many, many years ago: Block That Metaphor!

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Will Complaining About Social Media Bias Lead to Further Regulation?

Posted by AllardK on August 8, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Would someone like Alex Jones have gotten anywhere near to mainstream media thirty-odd years ago? Maybe. As a one-shot local story about some controversy on local cable. How about 50 years ago? On NBC, or CBS, or ABC? Not at all likely. The big 3 were gatekeepers in those days, because they owned the airwaves and had a cozy oligopoly ladling out the news.

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This Just In! Left Shits Itself!

Posted by Weary_Willie on August 7, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Big Tech Busybodies And Media Malcontents Crap On The First Amendment!

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How To Deal With NK

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 31, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Here is one of several articles by the National Interest touting US military might.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/5-ways-navy-will-beat-any-nation-war-27352

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WatchBlog..

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 30, 2018 at 12:39 AM

.. is going to be a very popular site for conservatives when the left realizes it's place in American history.

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Who Leaked Cohen Supposedly Saying That Trump & Donald Jr. Lied About Trump Tower Meeting?

Posted by AllardK on July 27, 2018 at 1:20 PM

What is Lanny Davis up to? Michael Cohen's lawyer - who was Bill Clinton's fixer back in the 90's when there was a lot that needed fixing as far as President Clinton was concerned - is for the moment presenting a doe-eyed innocent profile as far as the latest leak from Michael Cohen's camp is concerned.

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The Time is Right!

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 24, 2018 at 9:24 PM

Article 4, Section 4 of the constitution says the federal government must insure any state accepted into the union must provide it's citizens with a republic form of government.

That republic can govern as a socialist republic if it wants to. More power to them.

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Who Knew That History Has Rhythm? Comey Apparently

Posted by AllardK on July 19, 2018 at 4:26 PM

This is not about moral or any other equivalence. Just two stories from the past day or so that seem to share one thing. They are absurd, yet possible. Even perhaps probable, although it's a little early to tell.

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Is Maria Butina a Spy? Or a Lobbyist?

Posted by AllardK on July 18, 2018 at 1:21 PM

But what law did Butina break? There are an awful lot of foreign representatives looking to cozy up to members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, local lobbyists and whoever else they feel can further their country's interests in America. And more than a few of those countries are hardly shining examples of democracy.

So, is the FBI criminalizing foreign policy?

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Trump & Putin Summit

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 13, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Today we get a more complete update on the Russian hacking of the DNC and Hillary going back to 2015. Mueller has indicted 13 Russians, two groups in the GRU, for hacking and political interference.

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 12, 2018 at 6:23 PM

Watched most of the public Strzok hearing today. Was the most contentious House/Senate meeting I've ever witnessed. But, brought no new revelations, facts relating to the case, or anything of substance that would change many/any minds re the Trump-Russian conspiracy issue.

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What Does Michael Cohen Possibly Know?

Posted by AllardK on July 11, 2018 at 5:24 PM

If Michael Cohen is going to supposedly flip, what does he know? Specifically, what does he know about any possible, but as-yet-unproven, Russian ties with the Trump campaign?

One wonders because an interesting fact has reportedly emerged in the Manafort trial where Mueller has thrown a slew of financial charges against Manafort in an apparent bid to get him to testify against the President. Almost all the charges have nothing at all to do with Trump. Most of the charges are from about a decade ago. But a handful of charges do have a very slender link to Trump as detailed by Byron York in his latest piece on the trial in the Washington Examiner. Here's what he writes:

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High Crimes & Misdemeanors & Bad Manners

Posted by Keeley on August 14, 2018 at 6:34 PM

What the global elites hate about Trump is his lack of manners, and by manners they mean everything from the books you've read (or haven't), the jokes you tell (or laugh at), and the way you earn your money (discretely or ostentatiously). Plus, the rest of what a well-educated bureaucrat values: hypocritical finger pointing over climate change; expressions of admiration for Big Tech; progressive views on immigration, that is the people who cook your food, clean your house, and cut your lawn. Not the people who are waiting in line for their green card, having taken the legal route.

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What Sarah Jeong Wants & Why She's Not Really Evil

Posted by Keeley on August 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Sarah Jeong is not a monster. A monster is unique, horrifying in its one-in-a-billion malevolence. It's a swamp creature, the real swamp creatures which of course are the ones who terrified kids in the 50's as they emerged from the muck. Or made them laugh if the costume really sucked.

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They're Just Trying to Shorten Manafort's Trial

Posted by Keeley on August 2, 2018 at 5:09 AM

As Griffin Connolly helpfully tells us in his article in Roll Call when doing a 5-things-you-should-watch on the Manafort Trial:

Saying it loud for the people in the back: THIS IS A TAX EVASION AND BANK FRAUD TRIAL.

None of the 18 counts against Manafort deal with collusion or conspiracy with a foreign nation, and the word Russia has not been mentioned through the trial's first two days.

"Very few tax cases really do get a lot of attention," said Robert Barnes, a tax attorney who represented actor Wesley Snipes in a high-profile tax evasion case in 2008.

But Manafort's connection to the Trump campaign, which he managed for five months in 2016, has filled the courtroom with reporters and the internet with readers.

One of those onlookers keeping a close eye on the Manafort trial: the president. The way Trump sees it, Manafort's prosecution is the product of a "rigged witch hunt" by Mueller's team to discredit his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.

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Leaks, Chevron Deference & Judge Kavanaugh

Posted by Keeley on August 1, 2018 at 2:15 PM

One of the advantages of having lived on a 50-acre woodlot a few miles outside of town - and I mean a town of less than 10,000 not Chicago, or even Toronto - is you can enjoy guilt-free leaks. No, not that type. Leaks as in a discharge of waste fluid amongst the trees with the only the occasional sound of traffic to distract you.

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Schumer's Delight at Kavanaugh's Comments from 1999

Posted by Keeley on July 25, 2018 at 1:07 PM

One can imagine Senator Schumer's expression when an aide pointed out what he had found on Judge Kavanaugh's participation in a panel discussion on the landmark case United States v. Nixon. Eyes glowing with predatorial glee as he cackles heartily and then points peremptorily at his underlings saying something like: Get me every fricking word on this. Now!

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Senators Disagree While Mueller May be Wrapping Up

Posted by Keeley on July 24, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Byron York at the Washington Examiner asks why Mueller is starting to hand off parts of his investigation to other areas of the justice system - like the SDNY with the case against Cohen and the case against Maria Butina farmed off to the DOJ's National Security Division who will prosecute the case against Butina. A case which seems to revolve around her not properly registering as a foreign representative (i.e. lobbyist) for the Russian government in her attempts to win influence with groups like the NRA.

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Spies & Criminals - A Discrete Line Has Been Blurred

Posted by Keeley on July 20, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Spies were spies and criminals were criminals back in the good old Cold War days. You might have criminals who were coerced into spy work, and you might have had spies whose intentions were essentially venal and not patriotic, but there was a discrete line between these two types of human activity, as it were. Even if spies could and did do some very criminal things like stealing, lying, brainwashing, maiming and killing.

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Should We Stop Speculating About Strzok & Rosenstein's Animus?

Posted by Keeley on July 16, 2018 at 3:10 PM

So it was just coincidence the Special Counsel Bob Mueller finally had the indictments his prosecutors have been working on and leaking to the media once at least last November, ready and in order 3 days before the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin. As Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein helpfully told the media who asked about the timing of the 12 latest indictments of Russian spies - members of the GRU which of course is Russia's military intel agency - who apparently hacked into DNC servers as well as DCCC servers, that it is:

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Can NATO Survive Resurgent Nationalism in Europe?

Posted by Keeley on July 13, 2018 at 3:15 PM

If you look at NATO spending figures as a percentage of GDP, you start to notice an interesting trend: as you move further East across Europe, the numbers rise.

After America - whose spending is just under 3.6% of GDP - you have only 3 countries whose military spending is above 2%. The UK is understandably one of them but the other two are Greece and Estonia. Greece is at the crossroads of Southern and Eastern Europe and in the late 40's fought a civil war against communist insurgents that might very well have resulted in Greece becoming a member of the Soviet Bloc.

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Beware The Da Beastie Code!

Posted by Keeley on July 10, 2018 at 3:47 PM

In the early 80's a trio of writers - Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln - wrote a speculative history titled The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail. Released in 1982, it suggested that Jesus was an aristocrat who in fact married Mary and whose blood line descended down to current French aristocrats. Sound familiar? Anthony Burgess, reviewing the book, wrote this:

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In an Age of Animus, The Ginsburg Standard Matters

Posted by Keeley on July 5, 2018 at 12:19 PM

This is interesting. As the Southern border becomes the focus of even more speculation with Sunday's election of Lopez Obrador in Mexico, we have a view of another key part of Trump's foreign policy agenda (yes, his plans for border security are a de facto foreign policy because they involve immigration and a neighboring country). His travel ban. Law professor Mike Rappaport at libertylawsite.org brings up an inconvenient observation about Justice Ginsburg and her relationship to said travel ban.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade May Not Matter as Much as We Think

Posted by Keeley on July 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

The abortion debate - always swirling just below or just above the surface - has erupted like Mount Etna spewing anger and hate on the part of so-called reproductive rights advocates who are furious that Justice Kennedy has treasonously left the court before the 2020 elections, or even before the mid-terms.

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The Big Blue Wave Coming in November

Posted by Keeley on June 28, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Americans - lots of them; at least a plurality and possibly a majority - are worried about the possibility of America becoming a "non-democratic, authoritarian country." This is according to a poll commissioned by the following organizations:

Freedom House

The George W. Bush Institute

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

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Sarah Sanders & L'affaire Poule Rouge

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Allow me to disagree with the causality in one of The Hill's pieces on the Red Hen Incident - or perhaps it will acquire so much cultural weight we shall be obliged to refer to it as L'affaire Poule Rouge. This didn't start with Trump's election and make its way to the dining tables and kitchen crannies of America. This sort of divide has been alive and well for at least a decade or two and has been building for a couple of generations now.

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Families at the Border - After Flores Then What?

Posted by Keeley on June 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Where in this country do we currently detain children with their parents for weeks or months pending trial? How is that a good idea?

That would be Senator Coombs of Delaware - a Democrat if you need to be reminded. Now take this quote from Senator Rubio - and I'll assume it's common knowledge what side of the aisle he's from and what state he represents:

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