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DAESH on the run

Posted by Warren Porter on October 23, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Last week marked the beginning of the Battle of Mosul. Launched by the Iraqi Army and other American allies such as Kurdish Peshmerga, the objective is to liberate Iraq's second largest city from DAESH control as well as the rest of of Nineveh Governate, the homeland of Assyrian Christians.

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Don't Say It Unless You Mean It

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on October 17, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Here are the Presidential and midterm elections that I've been eligible to vote in: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and this year, 2016. Which ones had positive results for the Democrats? 2006, 2008, 2012, and it looks likely 2016. We've taken our share of shots over time. We've even dealt with an election where the shenanigans were potentially severe enough to change the direction of a Presidential contest. And you don't hear us calling for some freaking revolution.

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Trump's Reverse Sex Scandal

Posted by Warren Porter on October 12, 2016 at 9:11 PM

We all know how political sex scandal is supposed to progress. First, a woman comes forward with strange allegations. Second, the male politician lies through his teeth and denies any wrongdoing. Third, the truth finally comes out with a dramatic revelation and we learn the politician was lying. Upending traditional political trends, Trump has managed to reverse this, which is quite remarkable.

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Higher Education, Workforce Shortages, and the Devaluation of the Liberal Arts

Posted by DanikaK on October 12, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Student loan debt and higher education reform have been hot button issues for young voters in the 2016 election season, and for good reason. As it stands, America's rising cost of higher education has caused students to critically analyze their ROI when applying for college.

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Trump ends his campaign to be President

Posted by Warren Porter on October 10, 2016 at 12:23 PM

And begins his campaign to be dictator.

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Trump Reluctant to Deny He Sexually Assaults Women

Posted by Warren Porter on October 10, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Last night, Anderson Cooper confronted Donald Trump regarding the most salient question that emerged from leaked recordings from his conversation with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood fame. Was Trump's admission to sexual assault a true statement or was he lying to Billy Bush?

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Law & Order Hypocrisy Part II

Posted by Warren Porter on October 8, 2016 at 12:56 AM

Last week, I wrote extensively about the unlawful Trump Foundation and it's illegal solicitation of donations. Conservative WatchBloggers tried to brush aside the notion that Trump has zero respect for our laws. However, the truth about Trump is readily apparent to anyone with a functional brain. The guy is a criminal, he gropes women and brags about it. This is absolutely repugnant.

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NY Attorney General Goes After Trump Foundation

Posted by KeelanB on October 4, 2016 at 9:07 AM

The Donald J. Trump Foundation must halt all fundraising operations in New York, after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a cease and desist letter alleging violation of state charity registration rules.

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Leaked Tax Return suggests Trump among Romney's 47%

Posted by Warren Porter on October 2, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Four years ago, Mitt Romney warned a group of his fundraisers about the "47%". According to Romney, this group constitutes Americans dependent upon government who see themselves as victims. Not only was Romney wrong, but the statement reeked of classism and many hard-working Americans were rightly insulted.

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Recent Revelations Expose Law & Order Hypocrisy

Posted by Warren Porter on September 30, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Ever since the GOP convention in July, Donald Trump has made enforcing the rule of law a mainstay of his campaign. The claim is that his opposition to legalizing undocumented immigrants stems from concerns regarding moral hazard rather than bigoted opinions regarding non-whites. Presumably, a man with so much concern for the law would make following the law a major part of his life. Regrettably, this is not the case with Mr. Trump.

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Trump Flubs First Debate

Posted by Warren Porter on September 27, 2016 at 7:53 PM

The consensus inside the beltway is that Trump lost last night's debate. Apparently, he didn't have the stamina to stand alone with Hillary Clinton for more than 30 minutes, let alone 90. He may have started strong, but he soon enough, Americans witnessed a devolution as Trump constantly found himself ensnared in traps set up by Clinton.

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New Hearing In Steven Avery Case Requested: Evidence To Be Retested

Posted by KeelanB on September 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM

The state of Wisconsin has asked for a new hearing to be set in the Steven Avery case according to documents filed this week. Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner had previously requested modern testing be carried out on forensic evidence used against the star of Netflix show Making A Murderer. This week's letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon asks for a status conference to be scheduled by the end of the year, while the state begins to gather all of the items Zellner filed in her motion.

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Female Officer Formally Charged In Crutcher Shooting Death

Posted by KeelanB on September 23, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Betty Shelby, the Oklahoma police officer implicated in the death of Terence Crutcher was formally booked this morning on charges of first degree manslaughter. The 42 year old turned herself in during the early hours and was released at 1:31am on a $50,000 bond.

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Not Just Your Answer, But Your Algorithm

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on September 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Trump finally admits that Obama was born here. After months on the campaign trail. After years of making the claim. And why say this now? Because he had some critical insight? Because he discovered some critical facts? The issue is, this seems less like he's mending his conspiracy theory ways, and more that he's just saying what allows him to pass for a decent, sane human being. Does he really deserve much of any credit, if that's the entire point of his "conversion?"

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Not Just Adults: a Look at America's Student Mental Health Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on September 15, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Over the past few years, national tragedies have increased pressure for the United States to improve access to mental health care. In late 2013, Barack Obama issued regulations which directed all private insurance plans to cover mental health in the same way they covered physical health problems.

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How Did America Get Such Nonsensical Candidates?

Posted by GregB on October 25, 2016 at 6:59 PM

The world is watching the 2016 presidential election with eyes wide open and heads shaking in disbelief. The reason is because of the idiotic circus and criminal way the election has progressed. Thanks to the internet the global public can do their own homework, communicate, and assess the truth like never before.

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End Of Debates, On To The Battlefield

Posted by GregB on October 24, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Now that the three presidential debates are over, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have to get back onto their horses and charge into battle. It's not going to be nice, clean, nor merciful.

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Bigger Threat To Election: Putin or MSM

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 21, 2016 at 5:33 PM

..and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. John 8-32

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Your Tax Dollars At Work

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 20, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Fox cited a recently leaked email shows communication between Uma Abedin, Podesta, and John Mook, King Mo of Morocco kicked in $12M to the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Posted by Roy Ellis on October 19, 2016 at 11:48 PM

And within half an hour the Communist News Network poll puts a win in Hillary's column.

I'm sure the MSM will follow suite. There has never been a political machine like this in the history of the country.

Even Dona Brasil has joined multitude of lying dems. Said she never received a debate question from anybody. Wiki got her good.

Kinda late.

Leroy The Traitor

Dagnabit! I Missed It!

Posted by Weary_Willie on October 19, 2016 at 10:38 PM

I missed the debate! OMG!

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Is Ecuador Interfering In The US Election?

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 18, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Word is that Ecuador pulled the Internet from Assange.

After housing Jullian, to include Internet access for a couple of years now, why do we believe Ecuador would want to pull the plug to his room at this point in time?

A. Is it because Ecuador believes THEY are interfering in the US election?

B. Is it because the Clinton/POTUS political machine threatened to cut Ecuadors funding?

C. Is it because the Clinton/POTUS political machine offered to increase Ecuadors Funding?

Can only hope Assange has a Plan 'B' otherwise, there may be no Oct Surprise(s).

They Got Our Man in London

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM

I think we all knew this would happen at some point before too much damage was done to the Clinton's.

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Sunday Morning Rap

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM

We hear Iran backed rebels fired at US ship for 3rd time. I wish POTUS would man up and ask them to stop it.

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Trump Handles and Kisses Women On Stage

Posted by Weary_Willie on October 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM

That's right folks! Trump handles and kisses women on stage in North Carolina!

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Dump On Hillary

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

The hacked emails are starting to bite Hillary. 4 dumps within as many days and still a month to go.

Takes some time to assimilate and peruse but we are starting to get a feel for what's going on inside the dem's locker room.

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Trump Beats the Crap Out Of Hillary !!!

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 9, 2016 at 10:18 PM

Yup, saw it all happen while CNN's Anderson Cooper's head was near exploding.

Just too,too, good.

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Helping America's Lost Find Their Way Back Home

Posted by AllardK on October 7, 2016 at 1:07 PM

What do you tell a 7 year old who asks if you will sign her homework? What do you do when you're a police officer in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and this young girl is asking you to sign her homework for school the next day? When her parents have been dead for more than 24 hours from what was surely an opioid OD? When she tried to wake them on Sunday. Both parents. Both dead or comatose at that point. When she dressed on Monday and took the school bus, ashamed and scared to tell anyone? Until she finally told the bus driver who entered the home, and started the grim process of dealing with another OD tragedy. The 7 year old with even younger siblings, under the roof of their family home. About to be taken into the state's custody.

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What Challenges The Next President Is Facing

Posted by GregB on October 4, 2016 at 6:01 PM

It doesn't matter who wins the next presidential election, but whomever it is, they're in for the ride of their life.

It's due to the changes in technology, environment, and public/civil reactions. It won't be a world where simple orders get things done, this is going to be a world that would baffle the likes of the ages' best philosophers. Just take a look at what's transpired around the world in the past 15 years. We've had natural disasters of such magnitude that one might think that the world was in one of those classic Irwin Allen disaster movies like "Towering Inferno" or "Earthquake". Technology has gone from simple flip phones to smartphones that are like the fictional tricorders of Star Trek fame. Advances in medicine have altered the way we resolve the problems of the sick and injured, our space probes are discovering a variety of hitherto unsuspected phenomena and there may be more to come.

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Factoids to influence your vote

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 2, 2016 at 9:16 PM

November is just a month or so away and voters will be forced to make up their minds re the two candidates. Let me see if I can help - - -

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Hillary and the Broken Status Quo

Posted by Keeley on October 26, 2016 at 2:43 PM

While there is a debate amongst pollsters over the incredible spread between polls (with some reliable pollsters who had very good track records in 2012 and in previous cycles showing a tight race), let's assume that the average of the polls is right, and Hillary is likely the next president. What will that mean?

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Goodbye Vegas - Goodbye Election?

Posted by Keeley on October 20, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Here's the thing. Trump's retort that he should've gotten an Emmy for his reality show was not a joke. Yes it was a quick response to Hillary's gleeful baiting of him. Where she tested how deep into the mud she could drag him after he declined to state he would accept the election's results. Should he lose. Which he surely will now. So Hillary dangled the bait by saying that someone who whines about rigged elections is the kind of person who complains about not getting an Emmy for a TV show.

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What Hillary Wants Out of Vegas

Posted by Keeley on October 19, 2016 at 3:56 PM

When will Wikileaks revelations finally take a bite out of Hillary's campaign? That's the headline in a Daily Beast article, and the immediate answer seems to be: not before November 8th. In fact, to be fair to the Daily Beast, they merely ask if Wikileaks will ever "catch up" to Hillary.

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Edward Luttwak and Peace Through War

Posted by Keeley on October 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in the late 20's in Egypt, has been a source - intellectual and spiritual - of Islamic jihadism for a couple of generations now. In December of 2013, it seems that the CIA opened a back door channel to al Qaeda through the Brotherhood. This was done in order to get American troops out of Afghanistan with as few additional casualties as possible. In other words: we're leaving so please don't shoot or bomb us.

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Karl Becker Put the Litigating to Rest - for a Moment

Posted by Keeley on October 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM

What a difference 72 hours makes. From a merely really-tough couple of weeks, to an 11 year old video (or really the audio on the video of a parked bus) that was devastating. To the fleeing of fellow GOP Congressmen and women. To a surprisingly strong debate performance. Given the nihilistic/joyful (choose your pick) expectations that preceded Sunday's nasty debate in St. Louis. To frickin' Geraldo Riviera hinting that he (wasn't he a Trump supporter?) had worse evidence of Trump's lewdness.

And there will be more.

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Pence Did His Job - Will Trump Do His?

Posted by Keeley on October 6, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Pence did his job. And did it fairly well. So for example, if you're Dan Balz at the Washington Post, what you do is demean and downplay the whole veep debate and say it was generally disappointing. And it's true, veep debates rarely move the needle in the general election. Lloyd Bentsen's I knew Jack Kennedy moment? He lost Texas and Quayle became the Vice President, not Bentsen

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Beauty Queen Machado's Past Really Doesn't Matter

Posted by Keeley on September 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM

It doesn't matter that Alicia Machado may very well have been an accessory to murder in Venezuela in the late 90's. Where she also apparently uttered death threats to a judge. Or that she was romantically linked to a Mexican narco. As she said to Anderson Cooper " that was 20 years ago." Get over it people.

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Singularity: Hillary Shall Debate Alone

Posted by Keeley on September 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

With the first debate a few days away, there have been suggestions from pundits and commentators on how to improve the debate process. First, remove the studio audience with its unseemly distractions of applause and jeers unbalancing the candidates finely tuned responses and turning the event into a circus.

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Despite the Attacks, It's Still About Jobs

Posted by Keeley on September 20, 2016 at 8:20 PM

While Obama preps for a possible future gig as UN Secretary General, Harry Reid prepares legislation to require background checks for any purchase of pressure cookers, and Hillary blames the Islamic State on Trump, there is an interesting shift in polling recently.

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Dehydration, Deplorables, and Tax Returns

Posted by Keeley on September 14, 2016 at 7:34 PM

With just under 2 weeks to go before the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, we have a rather unholy trinity dominating the electoral landscape: dehydration, deplorables, and tax returns. Abbreviated as DDT-r. These three seemed to have rudely shoved off the stage other issues like: slow growth, the 7 million ghost army of middle aged men who have given up looking for work for years now, Putin's aggressive interference with this campaign, and Obama's legacy in general, and Supreme Court appointees specifically.

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Is Hillary the Wrong Woman?

Posted by Keeley on September 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Summer has indeed come and passed. And those who plead innocence never last. At least their professed innocence tends not to last. So Hillary has indeed had to wake up to the fact that the Clinton Foundation connections to the State Department, and her server scandal, have eroded her standings in the polls. We now have Trump ahead by a couple of points in the latest CNN/ORC poll, mostly as the result of Trump gaining significantly, rather than Hillary losing ground.

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Trump Throws Down the Gauntlet in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on September 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Saying he doubled down in Phoenix just doesn't do it. Does it? How to describe Trump's fiery policy speech on immigration? All in with every chip? And how is Mexican President Peña Nieto feeling after their meeting mere hours before? A little remorseful?

Trump delivered his 10 point plan with all the diplomacy of General Patton. Others will use different comparisons no doubt, but this was a clear return to his slash and burn style, with one important difference. He got down in the policy weeds naming specific laws or policies that he would change on day one.

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Of Course Hillary Used the Racist Label!

Posted by Keeley on August 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Well what do you expect, Donald? Yes Hillary would prefer to keep her campaign on cruise control and just do a whole lot of nice fundraisers. No bothersome press conferences. Just 30-grand-a-plate lovefests at someone's gorgeous mansion.

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Who Convinced Trump to Pivot?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2016 at 11:33 PM

It was Kellyanne Conway. It couldn't have been Bannon? It was something Newt said a week ago. No, you're wrong. It was Roger Ailes. Come on, let's be serious. It was Ivanka and Jared. And Eric too.

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Why Univision Won't Weaponize Gawker Media

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

What does a muck-racking English philosophy graduate from Oxford have in common with a debt-laden Spanish-language media empire? Gawker Media that's what. Nick Denton's prying and spying blog network has recently been on the losing end of a $140 million lawsuit courtesy of the Hulk Hogan - Peter Thiel tag team. So it must be some relief to Denton that Gawker has found a buyer, once the lawsuit has wound it's way down. For just about the amount of the lawsuit, some $135 million. What a coincidence.

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