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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.

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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​Whose First Amendment Rights Matter More? Google's or Yours?

Posted by AllardK on October 17, 2017 at 6:18 PM

This is why people are worried and angry about the power that Mega Silicon Valley Entities (MSVE's if you will) wield and how that power intersects with civic values that are fundamental to America and other Western democracies.

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​Don't Make Iran Mad - Especially When They Go Nuclear

Posted by AllardK on October 16, 2017 at 5:09 PM

If the Middle East is it's own history-laden world, then Iran has become the Middle East's Soviet Union and President Trump actually has advisers who realize this.

That's one way to look at not certifying the Iran Deal but keeping within it's structure, which is what the president did at the end of this week. Unfortunately, the White House has now passed the ball to Congress, by using the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) that was written precisely to give America a way to apply pressure on a non-compliant Iran while staying within the framework of the deal. Certification can be, and now has been, withheld if America feels Iran needs to be forced to act in the spirit of the accord.

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Trump On A Roll To Be A Great President

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 11, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Seven months in and President Trump is proving he has the right stuff to be a great President. As we will see in Penn. This PM, Trump's base is solidly behind him and like what he is doing and what he has accomplished so far.

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​Las Vegas - Can We Build Trust Again?

Posted by AllardK on October 6, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Now it appears that the Vegas Police and the FBI are exchanging warning shots. The local bureau chief in Las Vegas, Aaron Rouse, basically told Sheriff Joseph Lombardo to stick to "the facts." This was probably in response to Lombardo speculation on whether Paddock had an accomplice who may have helped him accumulate his arsenal of weapons and may have helped him plan the attack. This after evidence that Paddock may have scoped an earlier music festival by renting a condo overlooking the festival grounds. In other words, same tactics, different venue, with a possible plan that was abandoned for some reason.

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​Are We Waiting for a Leviathan?

Posted by AllardK on October 4, 2017 at 3:46 PM

David French, of the National Review, is right. The Las Vegas shooting is strange in its details. At least those details that we have so far found out about from the police. Stephen Paddock had spent the whole weekend (perhaps since Thursday) at the Mandalay and had booked a hotel room with a perfect overview of the fairground where the country music festival was held. He had tripods, a platoon's worth of weapons, and bump stocks that turn a semi automatic weapon into an automatic weapon by providing automatic "bumps" that act like a trigger pull. His girlfriend seems to have been in the Philippines during the weekend and Paddock may have wired her $100,000 days before the shooting. There seems to have been a lot of planning that went into this.

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Evil in Las Vegas - Tom Petty is Gone

Posted by AllardK on October 3, 2017 at 6:45 AM

When the mourning for the massacre in Vegas yields to the endless debate over 2nd amendment rights versus gun control regulations, we also have to ask if this was a psychotic act or an evil act. Why ask that question? They must basically mean the same thing, right? A psychotic or sociopath is someone whose emotions, whose sense of the value of others, is not wired right, and therefore whose conscience is lacking in fundamental ways.

That's evil right?

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Can Trump Be Transactional on Tax Reform?

Posted by AllardK on September 29, 2017 at 1:42 PM

The question of what President Trump would do in the wake of Judge Moore's primary win over Luther Strange in Alabama has been answered, in part at least. He'll not only go after GOP establishment members of Congress. He'll also go after Democrats. Especially when he believes he has a wedge issue at hand which he believes can be used against members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.

Tax reform for example.

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Trump Backs a Loser in Alabama - Who Wins?​

Posted by AllardK on September 27, 2017 at 5:29 PM

What a shock! Roy Moore - who's been leading comfortably in the polls for a little while now - wins the GOP primary runoff senate race in Alabama. How humbling it must be for Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump.

Maybe for Mitch McConnell. Maybe less so for Trump.

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​Tillerson vs. Haley on Iran May Be About The Money

Posted by AllardK on September 22, 2017 at 3:13 PM

​What will President Trump do about the Iran Deal? And what does that say about the apparent battle between Nikki Haley, UN Ambassador and rising star, and Secretary of State Tillerson - a low key middle-of-the-road diplomat with no diplomatic experience but a focus on streamlining the department?

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​So What Was The UN's Purpose Again?

Posted by AllardK on September 20, 2017 at 6:17 PM

​It's UNGA time again in Manhattan. That would be the United Nations' annual General Assembly. On the eve of the reunion, here's what Nat. Security Adviser McMaster said:

"The United Nations of course holds tremendous potential to realize its founding ideas, but only if it's run efficiently and effectively."

Let's unpack this one just a little. Consider the United Nations' founding principles as outlined in Articles 1 and 2 of the UN Charter:

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Frank Giaccio (R)

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/tag/frank-giaccio/

Donald Trump High Fives 11-Year-Old Frank Giaccio Who Came to Mow White House Lawn

​What Will Steve Bannon Think of Prosecuting Comey?

Posted by AllardK on September 12, 2017 at 8:50 PM

​So Steve Bannon - the evil dark force behind Trump's presidency until his recent departure if we are to believe most of mainstream media - thinks firing then FBI Director James Comey was one of the worst political mistake in "modern" history. This begs a few questions:

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​Matthew Continetti Needs to Pretend he's Winston Churchill - For America's Sake

Posted by AllardK on September 9, 2017 at 8:14 AM

​Matthew Continetti is a little taller on TV and far more dapper than he seems in his nerdy little head shot that often accompanies his work at The Washington Free Beacon. But right now, he's one mean badass if you ask me.

Allow me to explain.

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How Trump Can Defeat The Globalists

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 30, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Things, they are a changin. To get started its worth noting how we got here.

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The Darkness That's Killing Journalism

Posted by Keeley on October 12, 2017 at 7:09 PM

In a pair of stories in The Federalist and The Weekly Standard, Lee Smith paints a bleak picture of media in America today, and he does it around two stories: Harvey Weinstein's scandal, and Fusion GPS's role in the Russia Investigation and the accompanying Steele dossier, but also Fusion GPS's role regarding the Magnitsky Act.

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Signaling Virtue or Being Virtuous

Posted by Christine & John on October 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

I despised NFL players for using the National Anthem for pushing what I still consider a misguided cause. But the linked article made me reconsider. I hate it when someone tells me that the goal is to call attention to a problem or raise consciousness. That is weak. It is a STEP, not goal. The player need be more than a barking dog that gets attention and just barks some more. The players have the nation's attention. Time for some harder work. The difference between virtue signaling and having virtue is demonstrated by what you do after you get their attention.

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Who is being harassed sexually?

Posted by Christine & John on October 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Conservatives are taking great delight in attacking liberals for turning a blind eye to decades long sexual harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein. They say it is because he is liberal, because he gave so much to Democratic causes and because he inserted liberal messages into so effectively into entertainment. This all may be true. But it misses a big reason so many are quiet. They were complicit. Many "victims" were at the same time perpetrators.

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This applies to both left and right. I just dislike hysterics.

Posted by Christine & John on October 5, 2017 at 11:36 AM

It gets crazier and crazier. The problem is that some groups now oppose "reason supremacy" and want to privelge their subjective feelings over the objective pursuit of reality. When they are challenged, they react hysterically and sometimes violently. These are natural human emotions, but the kinds that we are supposed to begin to address and control when we get past two-years-old.

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Properly managing our public lands

Posted by Christine & John on October 1, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Zinke is my favorite in the cabinet and this article is an excellent short discussion of his ideas and plans. So much good sense, especially about fighting wildfire. There is no way we can isolate living land from human influence. Our choice is not whether to manage our wild lands but whether to manage them well or poorly. Too often, we have abdicated management altogether, and this is wrong.

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Claiming the Coveted Victim Status

Posted by Christine & John on September 29, 2017 at 8:38 AM

People used to be proud of what they had accomplished and sometimes even claimed to have accomplished more than they had. Today is is more stylish to claim to have been victimized and claim your accomplishments are meaningless. In fact, better not to have any, since you can then claim to have been denied. It is especially useful to be a member of multiple victimized groups. What to do if you have accomplished too much and outrun your victimization? Seems to me that the "taking a knee" protests by rich and privileged athletes is an example of reclaiming the coveted victim status, riding on the backs of actual victims and/or using history to vault over their way to obvious privelge.

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Bright lines

Posted by Christine & John on September 24, 2017 at 9:04 PM

We should draw a bright line between the political and the personal. I don't care and don't typically want to know political positions of those I interact with. "None of my business" should apply to most things in life.

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We are more than our political identities

Posted by Christine & John on September 21, 2017 at 10:20 PM

We should draw a bright line between the personal and the political. Most of us are complex. Reducing the whole person to one dimension, especially a political one, is hateful and disrespectful to our common humanity.

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The Simple Difference Between Left & Right

Posted by Christine & John on September 19, 2017 at 8:13 AM

When you see somebody doing very well or very poorly, do you ask what happened to him or do you ask what did he do to make that happen? Both are valid questions, but #1 came to your mind first, you are probably liberal.

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​Is The Holy Grail of an Immigration Deal Tax Reform?

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2017 at 6:46 PM

​How badly does the voting public at large want a grand deal on the Dreamers v. Border Security trade-off? Roll Call suggests the polling shows not very much, but spend much of their time interviewing hard-left Democrats from Congress who of course will never accept anything less than full citizenship for Dreamers. And the few GOP they seem to quote are dead set against any sort of amnesty, like Rep Steve King, for example.

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​Amnesty Don? The Dinner That Was Heard Around America

Posted by Keeley on September 15, 2017 at 4:58 PM

​When Politico says that Trump's base may be untouchable and that Democrats have not found a way to tie together what Politico and their ilk see as Trump's weaknesses with a compelling narrative, you know that one is just around the corner. And has just turned the corner and is smiling in broad daylight for everyone to wonder over.

Or to rage over. Because this is different.

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​Memo to Intel Heads - Be Careful With Outsourcing (as in Kapersky Labs)

Posted by Keeley on September 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM

​If Hillary Clinton showed up at your door in slacks and a work shirt with a tool box and said she was going to fix your server in your basement that you use for your online business selling wool yarn, would you feel secure? No? How about Rex Tillerson? With a nifty little cap on to boot? Wait, how about James Comey, towering over you, standing there smiling coldly, just a step from your transom?

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​Why are The AG and the FBI Director Stonewalling Their Own Party in Congress?

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2017 at 12:36 PM

​Irma is coming, no doubt about it. We all know how it works. A hurricane gathers force in the Eastern Atlantic and moves West towards and through the Caribbean, usually raking over at least part of the West Indies and landing somewhere between, and including, Mexico and Florida, or even further up the coast. How much damage any specific storm will actually do remains hard to predict. Each storm has it's own peculiar path that it will follow. And we can only prepare and wait.

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​DACA - The Mother of All Carve-Outs

Posted by Keeley on September 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM

​Congress has six months to come up with a DACA replacement or DACA look-alike. And they may not be able to do it. The GOP majority in the Senate is possibly too slim and we're about to find out how truly deep the divisions are in the GOP over immigration policy.

This is a disaster right?

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​Is the SPLC a Money Laundering Front?

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2017 at 7:27 PM

​Outrage has been big business for at least a few years now, especially over the last few years. Media - both mainstream media in it's progressive majority and conservative minority, and smaller scale media - from a blog to a focused newsletter - have been able to profit from the anger swirling through America's and much of the Western World's cultures. Just look at CNN's profits and revenues over the last three years. Or MSNBC. Or Fox. Or many others.

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