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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.

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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Dems Are Going Down - Bigggly

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 21, 2017 at 10:23 PM

Was watching the press conference held by the Mayor of some town in Minn. This is the fourth day following the murder of a woman citizen by a city police officer. The Mayor trotted out the old tried and true speech about how great the police force was and what great things the Mayor had done to ensure a top notch police force, and so on - - -

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Six Degrees of Separation From Putin? You'll Need a Whiteboard

Posted by AllardK on July 19, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Will Staples have a summer special on whiteboards? Because if you don't like using Power Point, maybe a nice little whiteboard would be a good way to follow the expanding cast of characters in the won't-be-ending-for-a-long-time Russia probes. And guess what? There should be enough room on that whiteboard to accommodate both sides of the aisle. So to speak. One could even play 6 degrees of separation from Putin.

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Let's Discuss The 11th Amendment?

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 16, 2017 at 1:32 AM

How much do you know about the 11th amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

11th Amendment
Amendment XI

The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.
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Jared and Brad - From Geniuses to Evil Geniuses?

Posted by AllardK on July 14, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Remember Brad Parscale? He mostly worked out of San Antonio and was hired by Jared Kushner to help put together a digital strategy that was able to target where Trump would give stump speeches, among other things. A very successful strategy, despite the laughs Trump's frantic final rounds of speeches in places like Michigan and Pennsylvania produced among much of the political class back in the fall of 2016.

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Charlie Gard and the European Welfare State

Posted by AllardK on July 11, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Is Charlie Gard in pain? We can imagine he is. The young child is also being kept alive by medical technology unavailable a few decades ago. And is being soothed by that very technology, to the extent it can alleviate any pain the young boy feels. The European Court of Human Rights, however, has another rather toxic drip-feed that it uses to slowly crush the will of Charlie's parents to attempt new, and yes risky, therapies to try and keep their son alive.

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Putin and Trump Jawing for more than 1 1/2 Hours At This Point

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 7, 2017 at 11:50 AM

I like to think I'm fairly astute at recognizing political issues for what they are. But, I haven't been able to discern why the dems/fake news are harping so loudly about Trump discussing the 'election meddling' with Putin.

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Big Moment Coming Up For President Trump

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 5, 2017 at 11:01 PM

One wonders what President Trump is thinking about being the leader of the free world for the next several years. Within the last few months some serious developments have taken place around the world. In the business world he could just fold his cards and bail out of a situation should he choose.

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Trump's Tweetings Are Music To My Ears

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 1, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Everyday, everyday the fake news and talking heads industry labels Trump with every negative -ist and -gny word in the dictionary. This, from folks who are mostly degreed and portray a lifestyle of pedigree and ethical purity. So much BULLSHIT = = =

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Leaks in D.C. - Ben Rhodes Is No Haldeman

Posted by AllardK on June 28, 2017 at 9:40 PM

He's still very much at it. Ben Rhodes' echo chamber has continued functioning since the November elections, with the only change being the target of the steady stream of leaks that it manages in conjunction with media like the Washington Post. In a somewhat overlooked article in the Washington Free Beacon by Adam Kredo, unnamed officials (yes they're leaking as well, it's true) expressed anger and concern over how former Obama officials or even current government officials - likely at State and in the intel community - are feeding friendly reporters a steady diet of compromising information.

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Will Democrats Realize That Russia Fatigue Is Setting in?

Posted by AllardK on June 27, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Google Christophe Wray and you just might get a high-end furniture store in London, UK in that little featured box that usually appears on the RHS of a google search page. I just did. Ok that's unfair. It's a design store with lighting fixtures, furniture and goodness knows what else. Not just a furniture store.

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The FBI Pulls an Extreme Rabbit Out of It's Hat

Posted by AllardK on June 22, 2017 at 2:14 PM

There is no subtle way to say this. The FBI's briefing on the GOP baseball practice shooting by John Hodgkinson is a flagrant attempt to bury the politics of the shooting and treat it as an angry man going postal who just happened to be at a baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, and snapped for no reason at all and simply started randomly shooting.

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The Triumvirate That Now Runs D.C.

Posted by AllardK on June 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM

It's not quite a Roman Triumvirate, with Cesar, Pompey and Crassus in an uneasy alliance of power sharing. It's not quite a Latin American Junta Military, with an Army, Navy, and an Air Force Generalissimo sharing power until they start removing each other from their baroque, carved mahogany seats of power.

Mueller, Burr, and now Grassley et tu?

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Justice For Hillary et al Way Over Due

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 14, 2017 at 4:15 PM


During the election Trump promised if he won he would get justice for Hillary. So, how long do we have to wait?

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Guns On The Premises Made All The Difference

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 14, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Republicans were the targets of an angry Democrat and, except for the presence of guns in the hands of their defenders, could have been "wiped out".

Live Updates: Rep. Steve Scalise Shot in Virginia During Baseball Practice

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The President Does not Need to Attack His Closest Allies

Posted by Keeley on July 25, 2017 at 9:08 PM

As McCain returns to vote, we should give a thought as Jim Geraghty did, to the Democrat hostage-holding of funding for the VA. Because the House wants to try working outside the shabby box of current Veteran Affairs management practices and processes, Democrats are saying no, as if more government is the solution to the VA's woes.

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The President and Two Zombies on the Front Lawn

Posted by Keeley on July 21, 2017 at 3:07 PM

It would be uncouth to put a link to the youtube video of that baseball bat scene in The Untouchables, the Brian De Palma film where Robert De Niro has an unforgettable scene with a bat and a double-dealing associate. But one is reminded somewhat of that scene when thinking about President Trump's luncheon with GOP Senators this Wednesday.

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'Friendly' Reminder...Pun Intended!

Posted by liz on July 18, 2017 at 2:48 PM

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Without our contributors and readers, WB wouldn't be the special forum that it is. Let's do our best to keep the quality of WatchBlog to a higher standard, and respect and enjoy others' point of view with a healthy conversation.

Reminder: no hate speech, personal attacks or name-calling. And yes, we did delete comments from the previous thread that we felt fell into those categories.

Expect No Closure From the Russia Probes

Posted by Keeley on July 12, 2017 at 2:42 PM

There will be no closure.

There will be even more committee hearings - with Donald Jr. quickly moving to the head of the guest list at various House and Senate Intel Committees. There may very well be charges laid at some point when the low-key and methodical Special Counsel Mueller gets around to it with his team of top notch predators. Beyond the congressional hearings, there will definitely be lots and lots of interviews with persons of interest, who will be mercilessly cross-examined by the authorities, and if they display anything like the level of intelligence and political savvy that Donald Trump Jr. has displayed over the last few days, they will be charged with some of sort of obstruction of justice, for having given contradictory evidence during what will be multiple, lengthy and merciless interrogations by the FBI.

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Your Voter Registration Info Is Being Fondled

Posted by Keeley on July 8, 2017 at 12:26 PM

When you register and vote that information becomes publicly available. Or at least it gets shared, whether you know that or not. Not who you voted for obviously, that is your private matter, guaranteed by the state. But your name and address and perhaps even your email is information that State Governments regularly offer for sale.

Oh.

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CNN Doxing Reddit Trolls and Latter Stage Decadent Progressivism

Posted by Keeley on July 6, 2017 at 1:01 PM

The venerable Fred Barnes, writing in the Weekly Standard, has suggested that Trump would have been "wise" to have followed Nixon's advice to "never shoot down." But, of course, President Trump is his own hatchet man, his own counter-puncher, as Barnes puts it. Anyone who attacks/criticizes the president gets a tweet back from the president himself.

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Never Mind Trump's Smackdown - Check Out Goofy Kicking Donald Duck

Posted by Keeley on July 3, 2017 at 11:32 PM

Never mind the recycled video of then citizen Trump engaging in a ringside smackdown, with the added goodie of a CNN Logo digitally affixed to the head of the smackee. Recycled by the president himself. But never mind that. As silly and obnoxious, and yes upsetting, to many as that video might have been, you should care more about Goofy Kicking Donald Duck.

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A Quiet, Reasonable, and Rigorous Renewal of Immigration Policy

Posted by Keeley on June 30, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast fervently wishes there were no middle ground on immigration. You're either for open borders or you're a bigot, or even a nazi, in Jay's world. And so last week's SCOTUS decision to allow much of President Trump's executive order on restricting immigration from several at risk nations who are definitely Muslim majority, really annoys Jay Michaelson.

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Are Younger Democrats Sharpening Their Knives?

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Nancy Pelosi said this recently:

When it comes to issues, we are united in our concerns ...

"We" being the Democratic Party. And then she suggests it's merely the messaging that needs to be tweaked. Not the messenger, she being the messenger that younger members of her party (and it still is her party for now) are criticizing on camera or on record now. All this since the Ossoff's defeat in the Georgia 6th special election to replace Tom Price.

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Georgia's 6th - the GOP Are Getting It Done

Posted by Keeley on June 21, 2017 at 7:17 PM

With at least 83% of precincts reporting at this time, let's count up the 5 things to watch in Karen Handel's victory over Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District in what is by now the most expensive House campaign ever.

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Bret Stephens Want to Deport Native Born Americans

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Bret Stephens - having moved from the Wall Street Journal to the NYTimes recently - has a piece on you. Maybe on you, that is. Or maybe not. A column on anyone who is an American, born in America that is, and insufficiently productive or civic in Stephen's view. Well he's a little less subtle than that. Here's some of his article:

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The Shooting - Keeping the Faith Together

Posted by Keeley on June 15, 2017 at 6:24 PM

We can debate if baseball is the perfect game, and perhaps disagree or agree. But there is something perfect about an afternoon or evening game of baseball. The loose t-shirts, the smudged uniforms, the bat held casually in the evening heat. That rhythm and pacing that slows down and expands time and creates those moments so unique to baseball. They could have been any of thousands of home-league teams practicing for the big game against their rivals.

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Fear not Democrats - There's Always the Hotel

Posted by Keeley on June 13, 2017 at 6:09 PM

The Russia collusion story has been mostly a dud so far. The obstruction of justice narrative may not give the Democrats enough ammo to try and win back the House, mostly because the evidence so far suggests the President (see liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz's tweet storm that reasonably points out that the evidence is not there) has not come anywhere close to obstructing justice. They will try to use it nonetheless, although where the obstruction story is in six months, never mind a year, is an open question.

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What Comey Will Be Asked on Thursday Matters

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Apparently Comey will not accuse President Trump of trying to obstruct justice when he appears before the Senate in what will be the most media-hyped proceedings since Anita Hill was brought before the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 to dish the dirt and try to sabotage Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation.

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Reality Winner - the 25 Year Old NSA Subcontractor/Leaker

Posted by Keeley on June 6, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Have you heard of Reality Leigh Winner? You will. Just like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Reality will seep into your consciousness. The 25 year old with (now rescinded we hope) Top Secret clearance who worked for an NSA subcontractor called Pluribus International Corporation. And who apparently admitted to the FBI over this past weekend that she had indeed photocopied or printed out classified material and mailed said material to an online news outlet.

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