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Congratulations Joe Biden!

Posted by Warren Porter on January 12, 2017 at 4:22 PM

In a surprise move, Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his lifetime of public service.

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Higher Education Dilemmas to Continue under a Trump Presidency

Posted by DanikaK on December 19, 2016 at 6:10 PM

The state of higher education has been in flux for many years. The introduction of new technologies, coupled with increased cost of tuition, and economic financial strain have rapidly changed the university climate. Not only have teachers, staff, and administration had to navigate these new changes, but in years to come, they will also have a new battles to fight under president elect Donald Trump.

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What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Global Oil Prices?

Posted by HollyW on December 12, 2016 at 8:20 AM

The Trump presidency will heavily impact the oil industry, though it’s unclear exactly what will happen. Throughout Trump’s campaign, he made promises to expand US oil production and mentioned ideas that would change the entire global oil industry, such as dismantling the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Minesweeper World

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 10, 2016 at 9:14 AM

I like to make a lot of metaphors out of games, because games often tell you something about different kinds of choices. Depending on the game, it can tell you something very useful about how you make you make your choices, or what choices could be made. So, what does Minesweeper have to tell us? That there are is a world of threats out there, and the more you leave to chance, the more likely it will blow up in your face.

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Google: We Will Be 100 Percent Green By 2017

Posted by KeelanB on December 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Google has claimed the company will be 100 percent green by early next year, in an official blog post this week. They used 5.7 terawatt hours of electricity in 2015!

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Marijuana Use Ingrained In NBA Culture Says NY Knicks President

Posted by KeelanB on December 7, 2016 at 7:50 AM

In an appearance on CBS Sports Network this week New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said marijuana use is ingrained in the NBA and there is no way it can be legislated out of pro basketball. His comments are not particularly surprising considering his own admitted marijuana and other drug consumption during his time on the court.

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A Stupid Accusation or a Stupid Crime Just Took Place.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM

This has to be one of the dumbest things I ever heard, and the most irresponsible. You are the President of the United States in waiting, which means your role is supposed to be to enforce the law, and what the law says is simple: the government has to prove what it says. What Trump is saying is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. If you think about it, that is.

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Aging Baby Boomers: a Growing Concern for the U.S. Healthcare Field

Posted by DanikaK on November 23, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Donald Trump's win on November 8th was an unexpected and unwelcome turn of events to many in the United States.

Throughout the campaign, political analyst Lara Brown, who teaches in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, expressed that a Trump win was something leftists and liberals should prepare for.

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The Sugarcoats 1: No Peace with the Alt-Right

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 22, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Folks talk about many on the Alt-Right as if they're merely being naughty little boys, those scamps. Now I can understand the wish not to have the new emphasis on putting misogyny, racism and other bad behavior in the past become so stifling that it takes the playfulness out of society or our lives. That said, in the name of preserving that forgiving gray area of social behavior, we shouldn't promote the bigoted sort of beliefs and ideologies that our fathers and grandfathers fought against.

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Pay to Play: Trump Edition

Posted by Warren Porter on November 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

After months spent pillorying Hillary Clinton for foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, the Right has developed a new code of morality for Washington DC. Past precedents were thrown out the window. No longer was an actual quid pro quo interaction necessary to allege corruption.

According to critics, the Clinton's should have refused donations from anyone but the most pristine characters. It didn't matter that the charity got top ratings. It didn't matter that nearly all the money was spent on unambiguously benevolent causes, with as little as possible being spent on fundraising or administration. Nope, all that mattered was who made the donation. Because in the bizarre world of rightist "logic", it is better to do fewer good works just to avoid giving unscrupulous people good PR.

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An Amateur Cognitive Theorist's Perspective on Trump

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Whatever the Republicans think happened on Tuesday, they lost. What? But obviously, they won the election! Well, thanks for pointing that out. But still, that, in part, was why they lost. When they say, "Make America Great Again", which America are they talking about?

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Hate Crimes spike in wake of election

Posted by Warren Porter on November 12, 2016 at 6:41 PM

The United States has witnessed a rash of vandalism, intimidation and other crimes against minority groups in the past few days. Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, White Supremacists are feeling comfortable engaging in a wide array of hateful activities.

As the torrent of reported crimes continues to flood my social media accounts, I eagerly await to hear what President-Elect Donald Trump will say on this matter.

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Trump is not Hitler (yet)

Posted by Warren Porter on November 11, 2016 at 10:33 AM

I understand that many of my brethren remain upset that the next President is a man who has stoked America's racial divides and forged a new identity politics surrounding White nationalism. I understand that many people are upset that a demagogue will ascend to the Presidency despite receiving fewer votes than his opponent.

Many of these people are expressing their frustration and anger with peaceful demonstration and protest.

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John Pilger Warns of America-China Cold War in New Documentary

Posted by KeelanB on November 9, 2016 at 4:59 PM

America, whether left or right is a nation that finds itself in conflict far too often. Since 9/11 a policy of intervention based along its interests (but guised as humanitarianism or anti-terrorism) has cost hundreds of thousands lives and is at least indirectly tied to the rise of ISIS and the reactionary responses in domestic and foreign policy because of it. Ever looming is the so called threat from Russia, but as far as mega powers go, China poses just as much risk to US "national interests", and Washington's insistence on policing the Pacific and enforcing rules that stifle China's dominance is only increasing that risk.

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The Trump Revolution Is Ramping Up

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 11, 2017 at 8:19 PM

I mean, how much better can this thing get.? I may end up taking my wife on a 2nd honeymoon or something biggly like that.

The little man standing in front of a tsunami throwing barbs at Rex Tillerson. Trump cutting CNN off at the knees x x x - - - the neck, at todays press conf. Obama's political whores being called out for what they are - - - zippity do dah, zippity e a

IMO, Trump has far exceeded the accomplishment of all presidents since Ike and, he won't be president for another week. .Mexico, I've heard China is offering good rates to those looking to build a wall and so on - - -

The Real Reasons Senator Sessions Is Being Attacked

Posted by AllardK on January 11, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Senator Ted Cruz was brisk and biting in his rhetoric at the confirmation hearings for nominee for Attorney General Senator Jeff Sessions. But the point of his swipes at Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee was that they had remained silent while the Obama administration, over the past 8 years, had tried to do countless end runs around the law. And that administration included the Department of Justice under AG's Holder and then the now-outgoing AG Lynch.

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Tijuana Tsunami

Posted by GregB on January 10, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Well, with newly elected President Donald Trump on the scene, and is promise to end illegal immigration especially from the Mexico/American border, the rush is on to get into America by any means necessary.

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The Smorgasbord Inauguration

Posted by GregB on January 9, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Get ready for the inauguration of the century.

When Donald J. Trump takes the oath to the oval office, it will be a gala that America won't soon forget. The amount of catering and partying prepared for the event will be nationwide. Trump's victory means the Right Wing can now get back to business of starting wars and allowing sociopaths to run roughshod all over American rights. It's all about making big money the caveman way. They're too intellectually challenged to succeed any other way.

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President Obama's Legacy

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 6, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Thinking back on President Obama's accomplishments, I know of none that are noteworthy

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Trump Doesn't Trust Intelligence

Posted by GregB on January 5, 2017 at 9:43 PM

Well, that's something many people would agree with giving his public antics, but Donald Trump is once again bucking the system by not agreeing with the intelligence communities regarding the hacking that's been going on.

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Is Obama Throwing Shade at Keith Ellison?

Posted by AllardK on January 4, 2017 at 9:20 PM

Wait till later this year for the sparks to start flying in the run-up to 2018 mid-terms? Are you kidding? The Democratic Party is having it's own fireworks display lighting up these cold, dark January nights. But it's not a complete, light-up-the-sky sort of bang bang fest. It's more a few strategic flares sent up on a regular, continuing basis. Each new one intended to illuminate a dangerous opponent of all that the party elite have worked so hard for: Keith Ellison, who wants to be chair of the DNC.

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Is Putin an Evil Genius or a Clumsy Tyrant?

Posted by AllardK on December 30, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Is Putin an evil genius? Or is he just a clumsy tyrant who can't get over the fact that the Soviet Union fell apart 25 years ago? In their last days in power, Obama and Kerry really need to come clean on what they think of Putin. And admit their stumbles; disastrous stumbles especially in Syria. Hillary, you too.

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Secretary Kerry: Israel Is Democratic Because It Is Jewish

Posted by AllardK on December 28, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Don't worry Secretary Kerry. The hard truths will come out. They usually do, even if they have to fight their way through hypocritical, hate-filled narratives. So let's take a trip, Secretary Kerry, heading East through what is called the MENA region. You know, of course, what that stands for: Middle East and North Africa.

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Season's Greetings WatchBlog-ers!

Posted by liz on December 25, 2016 at 10:13 PM

We are wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah today! When the holiday season rolls around, we are so appreciative to all of the participation of both contributors and readers on WatchBlog throughout the past year.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe day celebrating with their families and friends. Wishing joy, health and peace to all!

Could Donald Trump Be Santa Claus??

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 22, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Heading into the holiday's feeling great about the political scene. Looking to a new President in the new year. Liking very much the administration he has pulled together. With the stroke of a pen he can remedy many of the problems currently plaguing the nation. It's like the best Xmas present one could get, IMO.

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Is Iran Taking Control of Iraq?

Posted by AllardK on December 20, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Obituaries on Aleppo are being written in Western media, with plenty of blame, especially Obama's lack of clear policy in the country, to go around. But also as a background, the very real reluctance of voters to see America expending more blood and treasure that would have been associated with a large scale military intervention in Syria, has to be taken into account. Despite those photos of young Alan Kurdi's lifeless and still-clothed body curled up on a Turkish beach. Despite the pleas of orphans trapped in Aleppo. Much could have been done. Very little was. What would have worked in Syria is uncertain.

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Silicon Valley and Immigration - Sunny Bill V. Nauseous Marc

Posted by AllardK on December 15, 2016 at 7:22 PM

The only people who were perhaps even more NeverTrump than the intelligence and diplomatic community were the tech owners in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere of course. Silicon Valley is a state of mind, or better yet, a state of bank account (Huge), and not just a location. And they are still largely hostile to Trump. Excellent. Another powerful group lined up in stubborn opposition to the President-Elect.

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Trump's Cabinet, The Real 'Legion of Doom'

Posted by GregB on December 13, 2016 at 3:18 PM

In the comic books and pulp classics as well as numerous grade B movies and television shows, the antagonist often has a cadre of colleagues, each owning some territory where they lord over all and engage in nefarious deeds. They usually hold court in a big, dark castle enshrouded with mist with buzzards or bats flying about or they have some high tech sanctum emblazoned with some frightening symbol like a giant skull relief.

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No Joe! VP Joe Biden Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Posted by GregB on December 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM

No Joe! VP Joe Biden Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

So to make matters more confusing and unnecessary, the press is abuzz at Vie President Joe Biden's announcement that he's entertaining being the democratic Presidential candidate in 2020.

Nobody cared.

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What Putin Has Always Been Up To

Posted by Keeley on January 13, 2017 at 4:43 PM

In a troubling yet fascinating article in National Review, David Satter makes the case that Putin's real goal has always been to degrade America's institutions, rather than favor any one candidate. In other words, going after Hillary and perhaps holding back attacks on Trump during the election campaign were tactics by the Russian regime. The strategic outcome they seek is a weakened America - in the world's eyes, and more devastatingly, in the eyes of voters and citizens themselves.

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The Trump Dossier? How About the Coming Intel Community Review?

Posted by Keeley on January 12, 2017 at 2:27 PM

The Trump Dossier started as opposition research - by GOP opponents of Trump who put money down to hire a retired British spy. After circulating like a bag full of offals no one wanted to touch, it finally was leaked by Buzzfeed and reported on by CNN.

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Imagine Huma Foregoing Her Salary - Like Jared Will Do

Posted by Keeley on January 10, 2017 at 3:11 PM

In a profile of Jared Kushner late last year, Trump's son-in-law and key advisor mentioned that some of the best work in the campaign was done pro bono. Free. Without charge. He was referring specifically to the data operation that he helped lead, and that drove Trump to speak at rallies in the now-infamous Democrat Blue States, which caused a lot of skepticism and groans about how Donald Trump just liked big crowds and had no sense of how to win a general election.

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Hate Crimes

Posted by Christine & John on January 6, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Four thugs tortured a mentally challenged young man, laughed about it and cast it on Facebook. They taunted him with racist slogans and anti Trump insults. The perps were black and the victim was white. Blacks clearly can be racist too and this crime is one of the most textbook examples of a hate crime. But should we have hate crimes at all?

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Blame Putin ... and Obama

Posted by Christine & John on January 3, 2017 at 1:12 PM

If reports are correct, the Russians made serious breaches into our cyber system. They compromised government sites and private servers. The DNC was evidently easily breached because of rookie mistakes, ignorance & arrogance. We should blame Putin. He is an evil man. But we blame Putin in the same way we blame a burglar who has robbed our house because we failed to close the front door and blame Putin in way we blame a burglar for revealing dirty secrets he discovered while robbing our place.

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A Liberal World View

Posted by Christine & John on December 29, 2016 at 1:50 PM

There are two kinds of people in this world* - spliters and mixers. The names describe well. Spliters see lots of distinctions, maybe where they don't always exists, while mixers see commonalities, maybe when the are not there.

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Ending the Good Times at the UN

Posted by Keeley on December 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Like a resentful professor who leaves the faculty club a mess before the next University President arrives, Obama and his administration are hard at work ensuring that Trump and his incoming team will have to deal with a few disasters by the time they move in later on January 20th next.

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Trump Nuke Tweets and Rouge One Death Stars

Posted by Keeley on December 23, 2016 at 9:09 PM

No I have not yet seen Rouge One. But apparently there is a nasty Death Star that has to be retrieved before all known organic, chemical, and sedimentary life forms are deleted in one big, big, bang. And Oppenheimer thought he was the real evil genius. Maybe President-Elect Trump has seen the film, or maybe members of his family or staff certainly have, if he hasn't.

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Obama and Justin Trudeau Save the Arctic From Jobs

Posted by Keeley on December 21, 2016 at 11:27 PM

While the President clearly enjoys the weather and waters of Hawaii this time of year, one wonders whether next Christmas he'll be seen ski-dooing with his fellow Castro-eulogizing Prime Minister of America's northern neighbor. Having saved the Arctic from evil energy companies who provide jobs and wealth to Alaskans (and more than a few Canadians) and having left President-Elect Trump a political and legal hand grenade by using 1953's Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Obama can now do celebrity-guided Northern Lights tours next year for German tourists desperate to find somewhere in the world safe from terrorism.

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The Russians are coming because Obama left the door open

Posted by Christine & John on December 15, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Remember when Obama ridiculed Romney for saying the Russians were a threat? Remember when Hillary "reset" our relations with Russia, complaining that the Bush folks had been too confrontational? Recall who was president and whose team was on the field when Russians supposedly hacked the election by revealing what Hillary folks were really doing and saying? So what is the Obama response? Blame Trump

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Russian Hack - Trump Faces Hostile Intelligence Community

Posted by Keeley on December 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

According to Lisa Monaco, Obama's counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, we have crossed into a new threshold. No kidding. Aside from the slightly clumsy metaphor - leave out "into" Lisa and we'll still understand you - Monaco's assessment is true in ways the administration she is part of might not like.

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Mattis, Flynn Et Kelly - the Real Risks America Faces

Posted by Keeley on December 9, 2016 at 11:58 AM

This is not a Triumirate, ok? Not Roman. Not French Revolutionary. Nor a Latin American junta. The trio of retired generals: heading the Defense Department; as National Security Advisor; and now also as Secretary of Homeland Security, will be reporting to one and only one Commander in Chief. President Trump.

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Dakota Access Pipeline - the Coming Battle

Posted by Keeley on December 6, 2016 at 11:54 AM

From Obama's desk to the desk of Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Army and advocate of non-discrimination based on sexuality in the military. Then on to the desk of Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy. And from there down to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The order was passed down like a shining olympic torch of progressive dictates; all the way from the White House to the frozen lands of North Dakota. And the order was: stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Tom Price - the Right Choice With a Big Job Ahead

Posted by Keeley on November 30, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Give credit to President-Elect Trump for choosing Tom Price - a GOP House member with lots of policy experience and a former doctor himself - as HHS Secretary. Give him credit, as in a tax credit, that is. Because Tom Price has spent years devising an alternative to Obamacare and not just advocating its repeal. And tax credits are at the heart of his plan.

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See you in hell, Fidel

Posted by Christine & John on November 26, 2016 at 1:02 AM

I have been saving a bottle of champagne for more than ten years. Even though it is late, I will drink a toast to the passing of a bad man. He will be enjoying a climate even warmer than Cuba. See you in hell, Fidel.

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