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For Younger Generations, Homeownership Is Slipping Out of Reach

Posted by jhamilton on February 19, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. No matter your age, the decision to purchase a home is a big one, and it often requires strong financial stability to become a reality. For millennials, however, this task is proving to be more difficult to achieve. Today, homeownership among this generation has hit a new low.

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Why Parents and Communities Should Support Teacher Strikes

Posted by jhamilton on February 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Teachers of today have more roles, responsibilities, and opportunities than teachers of the past, many of them taking on leadership skills you once expected to see only in principals. These teacher-leader competencies can be boiled down to three core areas: instructional leadership, policy leadership, and teacher association leadership skills. Teachers are coaches and mentors for their students, as well as their peers. They're fronting curriculum teams and finding better, more effective teaching methods. They're creating institutional practices that can be used at other schools, potentially spurring widespread pedagogical advancements. In other words, they're doing at least double what's been expected of them historically but at the same pay.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Taxation: Could Her Plan Work?

Posted by jhamilton on February 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

Tax reform seems to be on the list of priorities for nearly every candidate for political office. Enter the youngest congresswoman ever elected and internet sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upon entering office proposed a 70 percent top marginal tax rate on the rich, those making over 10 million dollars a year.

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Homeownership: What's the New Normal?

Posted by Magnolia on February 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard to argue with the fact that the housing market has changed quite a bit in the last 20 years. From gentrification to the Great Recession and the bursting of the housing bubble, the world of homeownership in the U.S. has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs in recent years. The question is, with all of the flux what does the new face of homeownership look like to the majority of Americans trying to make ends meet in this crazy new world?

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Military Service Increasingly Becomes a Gateway to Higher Educational Access

Posted by jhamilton on January 23, 2019 at 11:48 AM

For many high school students in the United States, embarking on their higher educational journey happens the semester directly after graduation. Recent statistics show, however, that more students are choosing to pursue military service before taking the next steps in their higher educational journey, and it's a number that has only continued to grow. In Massachusetts alone, the share of high school graduates planning to enter the military rose to 2.4 percent in 2012-13.

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No, Millennial Americans Aren't Ruining the Economy

Posted by DanikaK on December 19, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Since millennials began entering the workforce years ago, their spending habits have been a discussion by many pundits. Millennials have been blamed for the collapse of a number of industries and institutions, including marriage, the housing market, casual restaurant dining and the NFL. In some cases, headlines have accused millennials of literally killing everything.

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Americans Are Facing a Workplace Burnout Epidemic

Posted by DanikaK on November 20, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Workplace burnout has been a growing trend in industries throughout the United States. In fact, a number of American workers, ranging from America's top executives to restaurant workers, now suffer from extreme stress, reporting that their work feels overwhelming for a sustained period of time, leaving them with feelings of apathy and numbness. It's a problem that experts say companies aren't yet prepared to deal with.

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America is in the Midst of a Rural Housing Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on October 30, 2018 at 2:59 PM

For decades, the United States has been in the midst of a housing crisis. Every day, individuals from each and every state struggle to find clean, safe homes and apartments that cost less than 30 percent of their total gross annual income.

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Prioritizing Patient Centered Care in Today's Healthcare System

Posted by DanikaK on October 4, 2018 at 11:06 AM

It's no secret that a majority of people don't enjoy visiting the hospital. In fact, there are multiple studies that back that up.


A 2012 Harvard School of Public Health poll recently found that only half of people who spent any amount of time in a hospital over the course of the year were satisfied with their quality of care. The remaining 50 percent of respondents felt discomfort about mistakes made by staff, poor communication between staff and patients, and feeling that their healthcare provider was unresponsive to their worries and their needs.

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Health Literacy Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs Annually

Posted by DanikaK on September 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

For years, physicians and healthcare providers have been emphasizing the importance of health literacy for their patients. But new studies indicate that the majority of Americans lack an adequate literacy when it comes to their health.

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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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We Need A National Crisis, Now

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 14, 2019 at 9:23 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are reported as saying that the President will sign legislation to fund the g'mint and, also, sign an exec order declaring a 'national crisis' at the southern border. In doing so he will quell some dim anxiety over keeping g'mint open and create a fracas in congress/senate over 'abuse of exec power' re declaring a national crisis. I suspect GOP globalists will fight him harder than the dims over funding the wall thru declaring a crisis at the border.

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Viriginia - The Old Dominion & The Three Ringed Circus

Posted by AllardK on February 8, 2019 at 2:01 PM

How do you get explicit content into the public eye? You spell it out in graphic detail on a well-known DC Law Firm's stationary and let them release it to the press. That is, you get the law firm now representing you - Katz, Marshall & Banks LLC - to release your statement to the press and to provide a copy online for public perusal.

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A Deal With the Taliban & Honor in Afghanistan

Posted by AllardK on February 1, 2019 at 1:28 PM

Do you know a family who has lost a son or father or wife or sister to the war in Afghanistan? Do you know someone who knows someone? Perhaps not, but thousands of lives have been affected: directly by death and injury and indirectly by what their families have had to live through and deal with.

Was it worth it and is it worth it?

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Has the Shutdown Shown That Almost Everything is Run by the Administrative State?

Posted by AllardK on January 30, 2019 at 4:59 PM

Before he headed off to sit in Koch's lap - in other words, to attend his annual confab and adoringly transmit their latest objectives to his readers - the Washington Post's James Hohmann affirmed in his Daily 202 newsletter that the shutdown has proven (one should use the past simple rather than the present perfect because this specific Daily 202 was published a day before the shutdown ended so please forgive my mixed tenses) that government in all it's sprawling forms is essential to life in America.

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Emotional Triggers and What To Do About Them

Posted by Weary_Willie on January 22, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Emotional Triggers and What To Do About Them

"The first step in learning to deal with triggers is identifying when you have been triggered.


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President Trump has a 'biggly' agenda for 2019

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 17, 2019 at 7:38 PM

Now that the holiday doldrums are behind us things are beginning to pick up a bit on the political side.

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Will Tulsi Gabbard be Run Out of the Democratic Party on a Rail?

Posted by AllardK on January 14, 2019 at 4:16 PM

They're already sounding the death knell on Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign over at Rolling Stone. In a hit piece by Ryan Bort, Gabbard's rather conservative past positions have been dragged back into the spotlight. That's what happens when you announce a run for president, of course. But it seems that what most infuriates the progressive left is her past involvement with social conservatism.

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Trump is The Wall Therefore The Wall Must be Stopped

Posted by AllardK on January 8, 2019 at 6:13 PM

President Trump - who will deliver a prime-time address to the Nation this Tuesday on the Border Wall - has another foe in his plans to build a barrier across the southern border:

Environmental groups.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Coming up on a new year here. I would like to end the year with PRAISE for President Trump. First year in near a decade where citizens feel like our gov't is listening to the people and working to carry out a populist agenda. A great time to be an Independent.

THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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Trump Will Now Have to Bear the Burden of 'America First'

Posted by AllardK on December 24, 2018 at 11:31 AM

You can consider the latest frantic back 'n forth between Trump and Congress on the border wall and the remaining funding bills as somehow lurching the country towards a Christmas crisis, in the words of The Hill's John Bennett. Or you can see this as Trump finally taking on, in a way he hasn't really yet, the way business is done in Washington. That is, it's a case of Trump finally implementing policy the way he sees fit.

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Plea To President Trump

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 17, 2018 at 9:26 PM

PRESIDENT TRUMP, PLEASE WORK WITH THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO FUND AND BUILD THE WALL.

Immigration is #1 for dims and reps

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 15, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Sorely amazed that the GOP has had the Executive, House, and Senate for 2 yrs and, outside of a couple of firings, retirements, none of the conspirators working against Trump have been held accountable. I assume Paul Ryan and the GOP Trump haters in the House and Senate have stymied any/all paths leading to accountability.

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Lights Cameras Action! Make Sausages!

Posted by AllardK on December 12, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Had President Trump and Minority (and soon to be Majority) leaders Pelosi and Schumer gone behind closed doors to hammer out some sort of deal to fund a border wall or border security or something in exchange for avoiding a shutdown of government, the purpose of the process would have been perverted or gamed by the spin they put on it afterwards.

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California Camp Fire - The Carbon Suits are Coming

Posted by AllardK on December 7, 2018 at 1:26 PM

One broken steel hook on an aging transmission tower might have been the cause of the Camp Fire that quickly and ferociously spread and took 85 lives a few weeks ago in Central California near the Bay area. How do we know this?

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Thoughts On The Passing Of George H. W. Bush 41

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 1, 2018 at 8:46 PM

With the passing of George H. W. Bush most feel the loss of a man who gave so much, helped accomplish so much for this country.

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Will Andrew McCabe Be Indicted?

Posted by Keeley on February 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Or does the DOJ and FBI take care of its own, even its disgraced, former, fired, out-to-protect-their-own-reputation, and likely mendacious own? It's hard to answer that question accurately right now for a number of reasons, one of the main ones being it is very hard to tell when McCabe is actually telling the truth.

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Jussie Smollett & Laughter in America

Posted by Keeley on February 20, 2019 at 2:16 PM

Jussie Smollett's claim of a racist attack by supposed MAGA-attire-wearing or slogan-shouting nut jobs is now shredded. And while the media has mostly distanced itself from its own reporting as if this was a Hollywood thing to be apologized for by those stars and personalities who believed Jussie story, and has been in turn ridiculed by some in conservative media for its about face, we now have another hoax in the making, and the problem of what-to-do-with-this?

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The Other Enemy of The President's Border Wall

Posted by Keeley on February 15, 2019 at 4:08 PM

Twenty years ago, there was TV show called The West Wing. You may have seen it, if only hi-lights of some episode on YouTube. In one show Martin Sheen, playing President Josiah Bartlet, angrily snaps, "I'm the President, I can nationalize the trucking industry!"

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A Brave New Analogy for AOC's Green New Deal

Posted by Keeley on February 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

When FDR and Congress put together the New Deal they were not dealing with untested and unproven technologies. Roads, dams, hydroelectricity, cars, trains, sewers and other infrastructure projects had been built for decades and had used proven technology that did what it was supposed to. It was more a case of a super-charged Keynesian orgy of government spending and government planning but using sound engineering.

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We Hope It's a Deal Please Sign It + Kamala Harris Gets Attacked by the Left

Posted by Keeley on February 12, 2019 at 9:55 PM

They're not even saying what they agreed on. Come on. Senator Shelby, as well, was the only one to actually come out and do much talking at all about the apparent "deal-in-principle" that they had reached. We don't know at this point what the final figure for funding of border barriers is either.

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SOTU - Not a Home Run but Plenty of Hits

Posted by Keeley on February 6, 2019 at 6:07 PM

Was it:

  • A tale of Two Trumps as John Bennett in Roll Call suggests? That is, unifying on some of the issues that might provide a way for Democrats to work with Republicans on things like maternity leave, drug prices, and infrastructure? And divisive because he took a hard line on immigration and abortion?
  • A home run as National Review's Jim Geraghty suggests? Although Geraghty cheekily points out 3 areas where he felt that the SOTU Address struck out - The Kim Jong Un summit, the negotiations with the Taliban, and the Economic Miracle that only the president can claim credit for - which sort of means Geraghty is saying Trump swung really nice but a shame about the 3 misses.
  • An eerie echo of Nixon's 1974 State of the Union Address where he called for an end to the Watergate investigations, as James Hohmann suggests in his Daily 202 newsletter?
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Imagining Trump Primary'd in 2020 on the Eve of SOTU

Posted by Keeley on February 5, 2019 at 6:11 PM

President Trump should not be worrying about reactions to his State of the Union speech. No, he should be terrified of the dark conspiracies being hatched at the Niskanen Center by GOP Trump haters, according to an article by David Drucker at the Washington Examiner. It's a little hard to tell if Drucker is being somewhat ironic or merely dutifully reporting what these folks who want to primary or somehow stop Trump from running for a second term think. Consider that their ringleader seems to be GOP veteran consultant Mike Murphy.

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Justin Fairfax Gets MeToo'ed & It's Likely BS

Posted by Keeley on February 4, 2019 at 5:23 PM

It took 27 years for the tactics used against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 to be dusted off and used again against Nominee Brett Kavanaugh last fall. It took a day or two between the sudden revelation of Virginia Governor Northam's med school yearbook and the scandal it produced with the accompanying calls for Northam to resign, and a Kavanaugh-ish story about his Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, to emerge.

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The Opposition Doesn't Care if a Wall Works

Posted by Keeley on January 28, 2019 at 4:35 PM

In just over 2 weeks we will see if Congress - under the aegis of a funded and therefore temporarily reopened government - was able to put together a deal on border security that President Trump would be willing to sign. This past weekend, Trump put the odds at 50-50.

He's probably being optimistic.

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Can Kamala Harris Navigate Her Way to The Nomination?

Posted by Keeley on January 25, 2019 at 6:15 PM

If who you are is the lens through which everything you do is judged and criticized, then Kamala Harris shouldn't have to worry about her record as a prosecutor and AG in California. Because what matters is who she is. Myra Adams, a media/writer/creative-type who helped advise the 2008 McCain campaign and worked on the 2004 Bush campaign, has a piece up at Real Clear Politics that is basically an update of a 9-month old article she wrote last spring on why Kamala Harris would run for president.

Except now it's titled: Why Kamala Harris Will Win the Democratic Nomination.

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Is Everything the Fault of Social Media?

Posted by Keeley on January 24, 2019 at 9:44 PM

It seems that one of the arguments being put forward after the debacle concerning the confrontation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is that we haven't learned how to properly manage Social Media. This from conservatives as much as liberals and progressives.

Sorry, but I can't buy that argument.

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Normal in America - The Veteran, The Catholic Kids, & The Black Hebrew Israelites

Posted by Keeley on January 22, 2019 at 1:38 PM

We've all seen the viral video of the apparent stand-off in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington between a teenage student at a Kentucky Catholic school (Covington Catholic High School) and a native veteran beating a drum in a strange sort of confrontation.

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William Barr Will be Confirmed - Then All Hell Will Break Loose

Posted by Keeley on January 18, 2019 at 12:18 PM

William Barr's memo on the faulty logic behind the obstruction of justice charges that Trump opponents would love to see brought against the President may indeed have helped get him the job of Attorney General, should he be confirmed. Which is looking likely given his polished and experienced performance at the hearings.

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Nancy Pelosi Holds the State of the Union Hostage

Posted by Keeley on January 16, 2019 at 9:54 PM

The State of the Union Address by the president is about the relationship between Congress (both Houses) and the Executive. And the Judiciary - in the form of Supreme Court Justices - is present as well.

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A Brief Look at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer - The Wall But of Course

Posted by Keeley on January 11, 2019 at 11:37 AM

In April of 1952, President Trump was nearing his 6th birthday and the Korean "police" action - it was never a formally declared war on America's part - was raging, having started in June of 1950 with North Korea's invasion of South Korea. President Truman had been anxious to have America step into the breach and defend the embattled South. Truman was perhaps stung by Senator McCarthy's denouncing that communist sympathizers worked for his administration. He had reportedly seen the Korean War as an opportunity to push his weight around and get things done and prove his credentials as a true fighter against communism.

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