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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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The Challenges of Being a Woman in the Political Sphere

Posted by DanikaK on June 2, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Women have made significant progress in today's political arena. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to win a major party's nomination, which is significant especially when you consider the U.S.'s precarious history of women's rights.

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MI5 Investigating Its Own Alleged 'Failures' In Manchester

Posted by KeelanB on June 1, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Britain's domestic intelligence and security agency MI5 has launched an internal inquiry in to alleged 'intelligence failures,' which may have caused them to 'miss' the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi.

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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Posted by Warren Porter on May 29, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Today is Memorial Day. Please take a moment to step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and revere the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.

Thank God For Our Founder's, For Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 19, 2018 at 2:32 AM

The House Intel Cmte will release, within a week or so, information to the public relative to the Fusion GPS document and associated players. House members are relating that several top FBI and DOJ officials are implicated in weaponizing intelligence to thwart the candidacy of Donald Trump and work to impeach him after he became President. Will come to be known as the greatest abuse of political power in U.S. history.

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​Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Employee 43's up

Posted by AllardK on January 18, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Marcus Williams is a gifted athlete who has worked hard to get where he is in one of the most competitive sports on this planet ... ok? And he's getting lots of love from his work colleagues over Sunday's interesting tackle - a blind lunge that's the sort of impact hit you do on the opening kickoff. NOT on what should have been a completed pass with a solid arm-gathering tackle that kept Stefon Diggs inbounds and ran out the clock. OR even knocked him out of bounds and let Kai Forbath prove that he actually can kick under pressure.

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Finally - The Dots Have Been Connected

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 10, 2018 at 10:14 PM

Hannity and his sources related this evening that the FUSION GPS document WAS bought by the DNC/Clinton's. Also related that that the FDOJ/FBI used the document to gain FISA warrants to spy on Trump and associates. And more, the House Intel Cmte has connected the dots as to top FBI officials working with the Obama admin to take Trump down.

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Living Large In America

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 8, 2018 at 6:29 PM

A U.S. President just spoke to the farmer's of America for the first time in 25 years. He touted the importance of farmer's over the course of our history. He signed two bills into law dealing with broadband and internet in rural areas. He likened the story of Andrew Jackson to his 'standing up for America' presidency. Said he would be back again next year. Biggly successful visit. Now, he's off to Atlanta for the SEC championship playoff.

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​Is Alcohol Dumber Than Weed? Justice Thomas Provides Some Clarity

Posted by AllardK on January 5, 2018 at 6:05 PM

My high school years were from the early to mid-70's. I graduated from university in 1980. Please don't ask me if I inhaled. And please don't call me a hypocrite if I tell you that I now find pot disgusting - the smell the smoke all of it.

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​Forget the Steele Dossier - Now It's All About Papadopoulos

Posted by AllardK on January 2, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Funny, but the Papadopoulos wine-bar schmooze was not worthy of a leak until this past week. And then suddenly it was.

Sources told the New York Times that Australian diplomat Alexander Downer listened to Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos tell him that Russia had a great deal of Hillary Clinton emails that would prove greatly embarrassing to her. Presumably if they were leaked. The conversation between Papadopoulos and Downer apparently took place in a wine bar in London in May, 2016. When the hacked emails appeared on Wikileaks' site, Downer dutifully contacted his counterparts in D.C. to let the Obama administration know about the conversation, which of course took place a month or two previous to the leaks which began on July 22, 2016.

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​David French & America - Apocalypse or Revealed Strength?

Posted by AllardK on December 28, 2017 at 7:29 PM

David French - of National Review and also of once-annointed-by-Bill-Kristol fame - is feeling rather apocalyptical lately. And it's not just Roy Moore - and how Moore's candidacy was ultimately tolerated by some in the GOP - that's to blame. French has a far deeper problem on his mind and in his soul. Post-Christian America. He writes:

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​Democrat Special Ops Forces Drive Tank Into Daily 202!!

Posted by AllardK on December 27, 2017 at 6:58 PM

Tax Reform is done. Legislatively that is. Politically the game is just starting. And the Washington Post's James Hohmann must have felt like he'd been run over by the Democrat Establishment's heavyweights with his face mask grounded into the snow-covered frozen turf in, say, Buffalo. Allow me to elaborate a little.

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​Nikki Haley Raises Her Hand to the Roof

Posted by AllardK on December 22, 2017 at 1:56 PM

America's founders chose the same word to begin the official name of the Republic which they were bringing into being as that which the empire they had just fought a war against to gain their freedom - the U.K. - uses. United. One still a monarchy, the other the most astonishing republic the world has seen. This means that Matthew Rycroft sits next to Nikki Haley at the UN. So in the photographs of what seems to be the security council vote, the plummy maths and philosophy major (the English have to put an s after math because they're English) from Oxford can be seen with hands folded tightly in front of him as Haley's hand thrusts skyward or roofward if you will.

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​The New National Security Strategy & Freedom in America

Posted by AllardK on December 20, 2017 at 4:38 PM

On March 17, 1975, the Data Encryption Standard (or DES for cryptography wonks - unlike you and me) was published in the Federal Register. This was groundbreaking because it opened up to the public - especially the academic world - the heretofore secretive world of encryption and decryption. Coded messages. Invisible ink. The Enigma Machine and Alan Turing's brilliant method of cracking that Nazi code machine; which laid the foundations for computer science.

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Justice For Trump Supporters Underway

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 14, 2017 at 10:40 PM

The 'take Trump down' conspiracy house of cards, to include the GOP/Dem/MSM/corpocratists/establishment/Trump haters, is starting to go down this very day.

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​You Can Bend Trump - But Angry Voters is Another Matter

Posted by AllardK on December 14, 2017 at 7:29 PM

And now of course everyone loves Mitch McConnell, right? Now that Roy Moore has lost to a deep Blue, progressive Democrat, Doug Jones. In Alabama of all places.

Or maybe not. The anger is still there, especially at McConnell's heavy handed tactics in sabotaging Mo Brooks' primary campaign and using the Senate Leadership Fund to throw up to $8 million at Luther Strange in the primaries and discredit Roy Moore. Would Mo Brooks have easily beaten Doug Jones? We have no way of knowing at this point.

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​Happy Shiny People Have Six Ways From Sunday - Bruce & Nellie

Posted by AllardK on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM

It's not shocking. Sorry. But it just isn't. It may be outrageous. It may indeed be, and have been, an attempt at a soft coup against a newly elected President of the United States. But it's not shocking. And yes, that's a rather cynical attitude. Can anyone cast blame?

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​Jerusalem Already Is The Capital of Israel - Embassies Belong in Capitals

Posted by AllardK on December 8, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Where's the Knesset? No, that's not a bad set-up for a bad joke somewhere in the Catskills a generation or two ago. It's a simple, geographical question: Where is the Knesset - Israel's unicameral parliament - located?

In Tel Aviv?

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Will They Decide Before Christmas?​

Posted by AllardK on December 6, 2017 at 11:10 PM

Time is running out but we should have a vote on Thursday, December 7. Or maybe Friday. They'll huddle together and decide if they do it before Christmas, perhaps in the next few days. Or if they wait till later, in March perhaps, but Democrats are impatient and want action on their demands now!

So. What will Senator Franken and his family decide?

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Blame Trump For Everything - Blame Trump For Nothing​

Posted by Keeley on January 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM

In Thursday's Transom, his daily news letter, Ben Domenech added some commentary of his own. Usually he mostly curates, with a few well-phrased introductions to the links and stores he provides. In other words, the editor decided to editorialize on President Trump and his latest tweets. Here's what Domenech writes:

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I Blame Durbin - Seriously

Posted by Christine & John on January 15, 2018 at 11:37 PM

There is a good chance that Trump called some countries shtholes. We all know that he was not entirely wrong, but he was entirely rude. However, it was a small private gathering, where they were trying to work out a DACA deal. Durbin would have known well that making a public spectacle of the private rudeness would destroy chances for a DACA deal. That was probably his goal. It is more advantageous for Democrats to have the issue than the solution.

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Trump & immigrants

Posted by Christine & John on January 13, 2018 at 12:57 AM

Immigrants from the shtholes tend to be better quality because they are self selected. Consider Nigerian immigrants. They are richer, better educated and more successful than native born whites and blacks. The same goes for West Indian immigrants and Indian immigrants and their kids are the most successful of all American groups. These immigrants are proving once again that America is a land of opportunity and the race, creed or national origin is trumped by hard work and intelligence.

​Move Over Crap - Sh!t is Here to Stay

Posted by Keeley on January 12, 2018 at 6:11 PM

It used to be that you wouldn't see crap written in most newspaper or said on TV. Did you get that? I meant the word "crap", not the concept of crap, which I would suppose would be defined as something poorly researched or something you strongly disagreed with, or something that was an extreme opinion. Or perhaps some combination of all three.

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Don't drain the swamp; restore the wetland

Posted by Christine & John on January 9, 2018 at 2:52 PM

President Trump made a joke that we should bring back earmarks. I am not sure it was a joke, but it is not a bad idea. It is often not a good idea to drain a swamp, neither the literal ones (wetlands) in an ecological sense nor the metaphorical ones (government.) Eliminating earmarks is one of those things that many people think is good, a way to make politicians more open and honest. I thought that too. But in the light of experience, I found it it a bad idea.

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Black unemployment rate falls to LOWEST - EVER

Posted by Christine & John on January 6, 2018 at 12:19 AM

I guess this supposed "racist" thing about Trump isn't working out. Maybe it is just wrong.

Who's More Dangerous - Kim Jong-un or Steve Bannon?

Posted by Keeley on January 4, 2018 at 7:14 PM

Poor Kim Jong-un. He's got his own little nuclear button - actually he's the dangerous head of a family-run, criminal, communist, and totalitarian regime with an increasing capacity to perhaps deliver nuclear weapons across the Pacific Ocean. And he keeps getting hooked off the stage by events in Washington D.C.

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Think Locally; Act Locally: In Praise of Being Narrow Minded

Posted by Christine & John on December 31, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Think locally and act locally. You may recognize that this is a riff on the famous Earth Day slogan, "Think globally and act locally." I don't think that we can think globally, and I have come to believe it is a bad thing even to try. I observe that thinking globally dissipates energy.

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Trump is getting some things right

Posted by Christine & John on December 30, 2017 at 10:35 AM

I have written that Trump does not have the right temperament to be president, and while I was happy that Hillary lost, I was not glad that Trump won. But Trump, or at least his government, has the right idea about regulations. Obama's attitude was that regulation was a positive good to be employed wherever possible. Trump has the opposite attitude. I am grateful that Trump has stopped the administrative overreach. Hillary would have made it worse.

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​Popping a Cork For New NSA IG - Robert Storch

Posted by Keeley on December 29, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Put the champagne on ice and laissez les bon temps rouler! The NSA has a new IG or Inspector General! Are you relieved and joyful and grateful?

No??

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​The Beast Obama's Administration Let Live

Posted by Keeley on December 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Josh Meyer is apparently a veteran reporter who is now working for Politico. And his disturbing and fascinating long-form piece in Politico on the Obama administration's muzzling of a multi-year criminal investigation by the DEA into Hezbollah's international crime networks has a lot of Obama-era officials angry.

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​Why Tax Reform & Kate Steinle Posters Are Supposedly Racist

Posted by Keeley on December 21, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Tax reform is done, but the protestors aren't. Yesterday they chanted things like: "Kill the bill. Don't kill us." Outside and inside the Senate as the upper chamber voted the bill on it's journey to full legislation. The Democrats are now using the hysterical shrieking of radical identity politics - with full frontal use of intersectionality of course - to hurl outlandish attacks at a reasonably effective tax bill that will bring America's tax rates roughly in line with barbaric countries like Canada that are so hated by Democrats and progressives.

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The Importance of Things Not Easily Measured

Posted by Christine & John on December 12, 2017 at 8:26 PM

Our schools don't teach us about some of the most important government actions, ones that built the foundations of our prosperity. The reason is that most important trend are slow growing, their results evident only with the passages of time, sometimes generations. They also are cooperative enterprises. The very best that any individual can hope to achieve is to be necessary but not sufficient. Politicians have a lot of trouble taking credit for these things and historians have trouble fitting narratives to them. These are not stories without heroes, but rather that there are too many heroes to count, each playing a role, often unaware of the role they are playing. How do you explain it a few words, in one lecture?

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​Normalizing the Flood of Corruption & Abuse

Posted by Keeley on December 11, 2017 at 11:19 PM

This is getting to the point where Old Testament language seems the only way to describe the flood of controversial news sweeping over America these last few weeks. Consider these items:

The wave of abuse scandals is keeping what normally would be headline news off the front page, to use an outdated simile. Senator Graham has warned the spouses and children of U.S. personnel in South Korea that they should think about heading home. What he means is war with North Korea is now a very real possibility.

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​Mike Flynn's Flip - Mueller is Running an Obstruction of Justice Investigation

Posted by Keeley on December 5, 2017 at 9:02 PM

What does Mike Flynn's plea bargain mean? That seems to depend on what side of the aisle, or what side of the #NeverTrump versus #GoTrump intraparty divide, you're from.

For Democrats and Trump opponents in general, we're one step from uncovering secret recordings or other evidence of Putin and Trump literally planning the 2016 elections strategy together. If you tend to be a Trump supporter - or at least neutral in the tribal Trump war - then Flynn has been charged with a process crime: lying to the FBI over whether he had any conversations/contacts with the Russian ambassador.

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