Khashoggi's Disapperance - Stuck between a Shiek and an Autocrat

Posted by Keeley on October 12, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been - and more or less still are - key allies of America in the tangled and torn world of Middle Eastern politics. But they have shifted in relative importance over the past year or so. Turkey's relationship has steadily deteriorated under Erdogan who has been behaving like a more cautious Muslim version of Hugo Chavez, manipulating the (reasonably) democratic institutions of Turkey in order to assume an increasingly authoritarian control of his country. That has meant going against any sector he has deemed inconvenient.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Andrew Jackson's Ghost

Posted by Keeley on October 10, 2018 at 5:56 PM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to abolish the electoral college. Abolish is exactly the word she wants to use, seeing she's resurrected ghosts of elections past as well as America's original sin in her cut and paste criticism of how the nation elects its presidents.

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If Kavanaugh Is/Isn't Confirmed - What Next?

Posted by Keeley on October 5, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Nathan Gonzalez at The Hill was recently predicting that the House mid-terms are shaping up to definitely be a binary situation: either great or good; for Democrats that is. So, what to make of the suddenly closing intensity gap between GOP voters and Democrat voters? The NPR, PBS, and Marist University poll reduced the gap from around 8 points down to 2 points as voter intensity on both sides has increased over the last few weeks. But much moreso for GOP voters.

Why?

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USMCA - Don't go Girly-Men on Trade Just Yet

Posted by Keeley on October 2, 2018 at 4:26 PM

If Senator Chuck Schumer thinks that President Trump is praiseworthy for his actions with regards the new USMCA trade agreement that went down to the final wire due to Canada's fussiness over protecting its dairy farmers (and a few other issues as well), then will the senator hold off on impeachment hearings until after President Trump signs the deal?

Just wondering.

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Kavanaugh Hearings - Senator Grassley Needs to Resign

Posted by Keeley on September 28, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Chuck Grassley wouldn't know how to handle a narrative if you had Spielberg directing him with every lawyer in the DC area advising him on what to say. And. How. To. Say. It.

Diane Feinstein played the afternoon perfectly and one cannot see Jim Geraghty's column in National Review (where he wondered if Senator Feinstein was getting a little forgetful to put it politely) as anything but wishful thinking from all of us who feel Judge Kavanaugh is being treated very poorly by the Democratic Senators and much of the media as these hearings come crashing to some sort of a conclusion.

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The Obstruction Zombie vs The Confirmation Swamp Creature

Posted by Keeley on September 26, 2018 at 1:38 PM

It seems Democrats have yet another tactic as part of their sink-Kavanaugh strategy. Use any story no matter how thin the sources as an excuse to call for a delay and a full FBI investigation. Deborah Ramirez's Yale Tale seems to be the perfect excuse for opposition Senators to call for either a long delay and a very, very, very complete investigation or just to demand that Kavanaugh withdraw immediately, as Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley demanded.

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The Post-Truth Counter-Insurgency is Upon Us

Posted by Keeley on September 25, 2018 at 12:46 PM

President Trump has been assailed as a post-truth president since the presidential election campaign two years ago. We now have soon-to-be New York State Senator (unless somehow a Republican manages to win in deep-blue New York) Julia Salazar who has unashamedly lied about her past, her faith, her very identity. And we have commentators in much of the mainstream media insisting that Professor Ford's story of the attempted assault must be true because it feels true, because it's representative of other women's experiences regarding sexual assault.

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Judge Kavanaugh Has Become a Title IX Target

Posted by Keeley on September 21, 2018 at 1:01 PM

I deleted this because it served its purpose.

Cristina King Miranda's profile photo shows an elegant woman somewhere in Europe on some sort of jaunt perhaps. Who is she and why did she say the words quoted above? She's a former schoolmate of Christine Blasey Ford who very recently posted in Facebook that quite a few people at their school - The Holton-Arms School in the DC area - knew of the alleged party and the supposed assault. Here's the relevant part:

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Judge Kavanaugh Professor Ford & a Party Long Ago

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM

There's this photograph in the Washington Times of AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein seated together on some stage somewhere, one presumes, at some meeting of legal minds, one presumes. It's delightfully conspiratorial, with Rosenstein whispering at Sessions whose eyes are narrowed in a flinty smirk, as both men avoid each other's gaze to focus instead on the whispered words they are exchanging.

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The Scars on The Souls of Senators Harris & Booker

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Why were Cory Booker and Kamala Harris elected? To even ask that is controversial, of course. They're smart and tough and ambitious, true. And they were able to do what it took to get elected to the Senate at a relatively young age. So, to suggest that their identities had anything to do with their rapid ascent would be seen as a "racist dog whistle" right?

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Kavanaugh v Yates - Documents & the Administrative State

Posted by Keeley on September 4, 2018 at 6:08 PM

And the race is on! Labor Day cookouts are barely over and we're already racing towards midterms, desperately trying to defend the most important man in America right now.

Yes, Judge Kavanaugh is that important to both sides.

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Barbara L'Italien & The Unending Effort to End Trump's Presidency

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Now we're all getting to know who Barbara L'Italien is. A Massachusetts State Senator who's facing a Democratic Party primary in a few days on September 4th to represent the state's 3rd district, she's claimed that if elected she will launch impeachment proceedings against Justice Clarence Thomas.

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John McCain - What a Maverick Means to American Politics

Posted by Keeley on August 27, 2018 at 6:07 PM

The tributes to Senator McCain - although most prefer to use his unadorned name, John McCain, as signifying how his life was larger than his political role by several degrees - are pouring in, even if President Trump apparently tamped down the original White House response which was far more effusive in its praise of the senator.

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Why Should We Get Preachy About Corruption?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Amid the air-raid sirens going off around DC as the Trump-Sessions divide widens into a fairly sizable gorge and Impeachment with a capital I is on everyone's lips - including the President's - it might be helpful to read Mollie Hemingway's piece in The Federalist. But there's a warning: there will be upsetting language you will have to wade through.

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Was This Tuesday Bloody Tuesday for Trump?

Posted by Keeley on August 22, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Yesterday, August 21st, a day that will live in infamy. Ok, that's a little exaggerated, but it was a rough day for the Trump administration. The headlines are shouting out several stories, but what happened was two-fold:

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