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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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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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Assange Wants A Deal To Tell All About The DNC Hack

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 17, 2017 at 11:06 PM

Tonight Hannity is saying that Dana Rhorbacher - R/Ca, met with Jullian Assange and was told Assange can prove that the DNC hack was not done by Russians or state actors. He wants to tell all if the US gov't will cut a deal with him.

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Trump's Chain Saw Massacre of the GOP

Posted by AllardK on August 16, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Jon Meecham is right: it's not even a dog whistle anymore. Whatever uncomfortable reactions as a conservative one might have had with Trump's slow-walk of any condemnation of David Duke and the Clansmen, after his Tuesday free wheeling press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the president left it clear. He believes in a moral equivalence between antifa thugs and racist white supremacists. A moral equivalence. The antifa's are violent and divisive because they believe in a quasi-anarchist creed of smashing any institution that pisses them off, especially softer targets like the glass panelling at Berkeley or a conservative academic assaulted in a hallway.

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Trump Needs A 3rd Party For 2020

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 14, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Seems it's Trump against the world and I don't see much change coming over the next few years. Trump haters, globalist, never Trumpers, dims, rep establishment and some fringe factions are not now and will not ever stop fighting to get rid of President Trump

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Now Is The Time To Reunite Korea's

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 11, 2017 at 4:36 PM

I agree with the way Trump is dealing with NK. I am hoping he will do the right thing and make the change that has been needed for decades.

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Andrew MacCarthy's Plea to Special Counsel Mueller

Posted by AllardK on August 4, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Have a great weekend! Sorry, have a Grand weekend. The jury's still out on what you will be doing this weekend, but almost certainly it will have those two words in the news you see, read, and hear. So Mueller has impaneled a grand jury which means we are now in a criminal investigation and not merely a counterintelligence investigation. And that matters, because they are two distinct processes.

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Chamber of Commerce Corpocracy 49 - Trump 1

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 2, 2017 at 4:36 PM


WOW! No new money appropriated for the 'wall' and the Chamber of Commerce GOP'er's and Dem's are off and running with a plan to fast track green card immigration.

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President Trump Should Let John Kelly Do His Job

Posted by AllardK on July 31, 2017 at 7:58 PM

Whose idea was it to hire The Mooch? Ivanka? Kushner? Trump himself? Somebody else? Anthony Scaramucci is not just out as Communications Director, but according to spokesperson Sarah Sanders, he has no job in the administration. One assumes he's not going back to the Ex-Im Bank, for example.

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President Trump and the Fall of the House of Reagan

Posted by AllardK on July 28, 2017 at 2:16 PM

One of the treats of Fridays is Matthew Continetti's opinion pieces/editorials in the Washington Free Beacon. They are usually funny and observant, and often espouse rather counterintuitive views. He has been one of the few conservative columnists - along with Byron York - to take the Trump presidency seriously, for better and for worse, and not as some nightmare from which we will awaken when some form of ousting occurs - impeachment, Article 25, whatever - that so much of the media consume themselves with.

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How Should Trump Deal With North Korea?

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 26, 2017 at 10:59 PM

It's being reported that within the next year to 18 months NK will have a nuclear weapon that can hit the US mainland. Some say there is still time to negotiate or use sanctions and so on - - -

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Dems Are Going Down - Bigggly

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 22, 2017 at 10:23 AM

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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Ivanka Got It Right Her Father Got It Wrong

Posted by Keeley on August 15, 2017 at 9:03 PM

How far should you go to defend the First Amendment? Is it limitless what should be permitted under Free Speech? This is a hard question to answer because it puts one at the watershed, between two slopes that lead radically away from each other. On one side, the antifa pushes you towards denouncing a large part of America's history. Should every statue anywhere in America that is associated in any way with the Confederacy be torn down? Let's have a debate on this issue shall we? Not really, the statutes are coming down already. More will fall. Will any governor or mayor risk putting police forces on maximum alert to prevent any groups from downing statues? Action is moving faster than the First Amendment and defining a new reality.

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What the Raid on Manafort's Home Means

Posted by Keeley on August 11, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Andrew McCarthy has been following Special Counsel Mueller's investigation in a series of articles in National Review, and in his latest he decries the blurring of lines between a counterintelligence investigation - which is far ranging and not meant to find facts that point to guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and a criminal investigation which has clearly defined judicially imposed limits. So, which one is it Mueller? And by extension, what are the reasons for the pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort's home, the day AFTER he testified before Congress.

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Democrats Once Wanted Points Based Immigration for America

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Don't progressives seem to love Canada's Prime Minister. So unlike President Trump, especially in regards to immigration, right? Handing out winter coats to Syrian refugees. Now that's a real immigration policy! Why couldn't America have him as president?

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Is Rex Tillerson Engaging in Direct Action on North Korea?

Posted by Keeley on August 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

This administration and its president have been compared to every populist and fascist that ever strutted on the world stage. Thankfully, those comparison's have faded during the last months and they are hardly missed. But it is possible to make a rather unsettling comparison that has to do with how policy and process has proceeded in Trump's White House. At least before John Kelly took over as Chief of Staff. It goes like this:

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Of Cryptography and UK Trolls and Yes, the Mooch

Posted by Keeley on August 2, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Tom Bossert apparently has a law degree from Georgetown. He is President Trump's Homeland Security Advisor, and was Deputy Homeland Security Advisor in Bush 43's administration when Bossert was barely 30 years old. His main responsibility nowadays revolves around cybersecurity, and his focus is on issues related to cybersecurity.

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Tweeting on Transgendered Troops Is not Enough

Posted by Keeley on July 27, 2017 at 9:20 PM

We're almost into August, whether the recess is pushed back or not. An emerging skinny repeal of Obamacare by the Senate raises some troubling questions as outlined in an article in The Federalist by Chris Jacobs, who has a thorough understanding of both the policy side and the politics side of healthcare. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is in open combat with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus over an article in Politico that revealed Mooch's finances, with Scaramucci accusing Priebus on CNN of being a leaker. The president is at war with his AG and insists on letting the world know about it through his usual tweeting and shaming strategy that may alienate him completely from his own party.

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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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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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