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Corbyn: If We Support Terrorists There Will Be Terrorism

Posted by KeelanB on May 26, 2017 at 6:43 AM

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pointed to the proverbial 'elephant in the room' regarding Monday's terrorist bombing in Manchester - the failed foreign policy of the UK and its allies in countries like Libya and Syria.

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Manchester Bombing 'Leaks': Prime Minister May 'Confronts' Trump

Posted by KeelanB on May 25, 2017 at 2:23 PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confronted Donald Trump today over so called information leaks regarding this Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

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Better Late than Never

Posted by Warren Porter on May 17, 2017 at 6:19 PM

After months of pleading from Americans across the country, an independent counsel will finally investigate the extent to which Russia interfered with the 2016 Election. The man bequeathed with this responsibility is Robert Mueller, James Comey's predecessor at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Donald Trump Damages Intelligence Sharing Relationship

Posted by Warren Porter on May 16, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Writing for The Washington Post, Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe report:

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
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Obamacare Repeal Bill Lacks Public Support In Poll

Posted by KeelanB on May 11, 2017 at 4:44 PM

The legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare is supported by less than a quarter of American voters according to a recent survey by Quinnipiac University.

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Trump Fires Comey On Way to Firing Self

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on May 9, 2017 at 9:23 PM

Trump seems to think that Richard Nixon's biggest mistakes are his roadmap to victory. Infamy is more like it. The most supreme conflict of interest any President can put themselves in is with the execution and enforcement of the law itself, and Trump has manifested that conflict of interest today.

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First Female Chief Usher Dismissed By Trump

Posted by KeelanB on May 6, 2017 at 12:37 PM

The first female White House Chief Usher was unexpectedly fired this week.

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Why Title IX Protections Are More Necessary Than Ever

Posted by DanikaK on May 4, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Sexual assault has become a disturbing trend on college campuses today. In fact, the Department of Justice estimates that one out of every four female undergraduate students will fall victim to some form of sexual assault before earning their degree. Other studies suggest that one third of female students will be the victim of attempted rape before their sophomore year.

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Fox News Harassment and Discrimination Saga Continues

Posted by KeelanB on May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Fox News sexual harassment and discrimination saga continued this week with former online programming host Diana Falzone taking the company to court for gender and disability discrimination.

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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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Half The US Has Gone McCarthyitic

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 26, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Trump has been president for six months now and the never-Trumpers are still at it. No signs of letting up. Today Hillary came on strong thru a graduation speech at her alma mater.

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Iran's Recent Election and a Hell on Earth

Posted by AllardK on May 24, 2017 at 7:13 PM

As President Trump heads from Israel to Europe and away from the Middle East, it is interesting to note that Iran actually had an election last week, where incumbent President Rouhani beat back an unexpected challenge by conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. So amongst the foreign policy crowd that follow Iran, there has been some cheering that a "moderate" has prevailed.

A moderate? Prevailed?

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CNN Acting Like A Worm On A String

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 21, 2017 at 12:26 PM

CNN is on this morning trying to kiss up to the Trumpeter's. Their hostility, read bottom line, is finally catching up to them. They can eat crow forever and it won't change my opinion of them. Can't wait till the next election so I can whip their a** with words.

You get these talking heads saying how Trump's speech to the Muslim world is 'not like his candidacy'. Trump doesn't act like the cookie cutter politician and the fake news, never Trump folks can't stand it.

A populist in the WH. Imagine that!!

We Want Answers, We Demand Answers

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/16/slain-dnc-staffer-had-contact-with-wikileaks-investigator-says.html

Inquiring minds would like to know the status and what is being done, if anything, to solve this murder mystery.

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Alright! Start The Clock Running On Hillary

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 17, 2017 at 6:26 PM

With Robert Mueller being appointed Special Counsel the case against Hillary should be getting underway tout suite.

A great move by Trump's admin. I am beyond elated with this news

The Real Constitutional Crisis That Must Be Avoided

Posted by AllardK on May 15, 2017 at 7:42 PM

So. Imagine Hillary had won last November. A more than plausible scenario that might have happened if only voters had turned out in wherever. Let's suppose she did win then. FBI Director Comey would have been fired and the media would have cheered.

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With Comey Gone Could Hil and Bil Be Next?

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 12, 2017 at 5:43 PM

I still cannot believe the great joy and stupendous entertainment I've known since Trump 'came down the ole elevador'.

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Never Mind Flynn - How About Jared and Ivanka?

Posted by AllardK on May 9, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Sally Yates - the former acting AG who was fired by Trump for refusing to enforce his immigration order - is no hero. She directly and flagrantly disobeyed the President and theatrically set up her firing, for personal future political gain almost certainly. And because she disagreed with the policy. Why weren't we consulted? - she whined at the hearings in the Senate this Monday. As if it was up to her to clear any policy the the White House might decide to enact. On political grounds that is.

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Brushfire Envelopes Think Tank! People Get Hot and Sweaty!

Posted by AllardK on May 3, 2017 at 7:25 PM

A brushfire of vanities has just swept through the Heritage Foundation, ousting it's president, former South Carolina Senator Jim Demint, as well as an increasing number of his loyal and supportive staff. We won't know the exact reasons for a bit, but vanity and ambition are surely part of this rather sudden conflagration at the respected conservative think tank and political action group.

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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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Is the Saudi Arms Deal Transactional?

Posted by Keeley on May 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

So this presidency is transactional apparently. All about business and, it goes almost without saying, making deals. That way we can frame the latest arms deal with the Saudi's as a trade-off between jobs created and products sold on the part of America, and promises to fight islamic (or radical, which seems to be the suddenly acceptable term for the White House) terrorism on the part of Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern states.

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Rosenstein Hearings - Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh

Posted by Keeley on May 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

So, Rod Rosenstein walks into the Senate Bar & Grill this Thursday, where reporters and cameras are barred from the hearings and Senators are set to grill him about the last few weeks and days and the Russia investigation. (Silence) There's no bad-dum because the drummer is wearing a pink hat at some demonstration somewhere in greater DC. (More Silence)

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President Trump Has to Learn to Play Chess - DC Style

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

This is almost like triangulation. A virtual Dealey Plaza, but with the president standing up in his limousine so the shooters (let's assume there's more than one) can get a better shot. That's what it feels like after the latest revelation: Trump made tapes. Comey took notes.

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Blood in the Water - Comey and the Campaign That Won't Ever End

Posted by Keeley on May 12, 2017 at 7:07 PM

This is troubling, not necessarily for the same reasons that Democrat Senators are invoking the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by Nixon back in 73, which led to resignations from Nixon's administration and indicated that the Watergate scandal was reaching it's final, epic phase. And even if this time around the firing of Comey is giving Democrats and some Republicans an opportunity to increase their cries for a special prosecutor. Not to lament a fired one.

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The AHCa's Still Alive and Kicking

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted against the AHCA? Take 'em down in their next primary so we can put a real Republican in their place! Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted for the ACHA? Invade their constituency meetings with iPhones blaring out Jimmy Kimmel's viral story! And take 'em down next time they're up for re-election! And put a real Democrat in their place!

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100 Days - Walking Backwards Away From Manufactured Scandal

Posted by Keeley on May 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM

It will be 100 days in a few hours as this gets written. We are flooded with 100-day evaluations of Trump's presidency. Most of them sorted along a deep partisan divide. But here's another way to look at Trump's first one hundred days in office as President of America.

Backwards.

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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!

Sorry.

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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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