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What Role Does Domestic Violence Play in the #MeToo Movement?

Posted by Magnolia on June 21, 2019 at 9:45 AM

The #MeToo movement has brought a tremendous amount of awareness to sexual violence. The movement has created a community of advocates across the country that are willing to have challenging conversations to find solutions to sexual abuse and harassment.

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The Dangerous Realities of America's Dependence on Prescriptions

Posted by Magnolia on June 10, 2019 at 7:16 PM

Prescription dependency in the U.S. has climbed steadily over the last two decades. Due to loose regulations for the prescription of opioid drugs in the pharmaceutical industry, many people are prescribed opioids who could be otherwise treated. Even when opioids are the appropriate course of treatment, many patients are not given enough warning about the potential risk for addiction. The liberal prescription of opioids for minor injuries and pain has resulted in an opioid epidemic that has caused severe consequences for millions of Americans.

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How Can the Trump Administration Better Address the Opioid Crisis?

Posted by jhamilton on May 17, 2019 at 11:08 AM

News stations around the country are covering the opioid crisis, and it's been a large topic of debate among politicians. The crisis has been building for a long time, but it peaked at new levels a few years ago, gaining widespread coverage and scrutiny by the media. 

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Resources to Help the Homeless

Posted by Magnolia on May 15, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Homelessness has plagued the United States since the 1970s, and we haven't experienced anything like our current situation since the Great Depression. The rise in the number of people who find themselves homeless is attributed to a number of different factors. The changes the government made to mental health policies in the 1950s, the decline in single-room housing stock, multiple economic recessions, and safety issues in shelters are just a few.

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The Importance of Alternative Transportation

Posted by Magnolia on May 6, 2019 at 11:06 AM

The truth is, transportation is a necessity in the modern world. Everyone needs to get to the store for food on a regular basis. Commuting to work is a daily routine -- unless you're blessed with the ability to work remotely. One way or another, everyone needs to utilize transportation at some point, whether it's just occasionally or every single day.

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How Will Presidential Candidates Address Marijuana Legislation During the 2020 Election?

Posted by DanikaK on April 29, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Following the 2018 midterm elections, Michigan became the 10th state, and the first in the Midwest, to legalize recreational marijuana. A further 22 states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes, and marijuana legalization is now a key political topic for democratic hopefuls going into the 2020 election cycle.

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How Car Companies Are Addressing Climate Change

Posted by Magnolia on April 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM

In the light of climate change and the increasing need to make technological advances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the automobile industry is often a focal point for environmentalists. Even though our current administration has made removing environmental regulations a cornerstone of its platform, the automotive industry is still making green strides. Car companies have recognized the need to evolve and are addressing the threat of global warming head-on with the goal of becoming more sustainable.

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Why Are Millennial HIV Rates on the Rise?

Posted by Magnolia on April 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM

In the mid-1980s and most of the 1990s, HIV/AIDS was a hot topic. Experts went from thinking that it was a disease that only affected gay men to realizing that HIV could affect anyone. They learned that it, in addition to being transmitted through sexual contact, it could be spread via contaminated blood transfusions.

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Why Millennials Are Pushing for the Green New Deal

Posted by jhamilton on April 4, 2019 at 3:42 PM

In the 116th Congress, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have introduced the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic stimulus programs that address climate change and economic disparity in the U.S. In essence, it combines Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal economic approach with plans for renewable energy.

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America: Home to Some of the Highest Rates of Infant Mortality in the Developed World

Posted by jhamilton on March 21, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Here's How We Fix It

Babies born in the U.S. are 76 percent more likely to die before their first birthday than in any other of the 20 wealthiest countries in the world, according to a report by Health Affairs.

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Are Global Cybersecurity & the U.S. Economy Inherently Connected?

Posted by Magnolia on March 12, 2019 at 3:14 PM

transformed by recent technological innovations. The United States would not be the same without the opportunities that technology has afforded the world. However, the way global cybersecurity has affected U.S. has been of particular interest.

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Americans Are More Overworked and Underpaid Than Any Workforce in the Industrial World

Posted by jhamilton on March 8, 2019 at 2:13 PM

Around the world, the U.S. is recognized as a nation of hope and opportunity. However, the current state of income inequality and lack of workers' rights are systemic issues caused by decades of lobbying for corporations, a practice recognized by many critics as a form of legal bribery. This has helped establish legislation that limits tax regulation on big businesses and protects corporations from consequences for unethical and questionable actions in the pursuit of expansion.

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For Younger Generations, Homeownership Is Slipping Out of Reach

Posted by jhamilton on February 19, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. No matter your age, the decision to purchase a home is a big one, and it often requires strong financial stability to become a reality. For millennials, however, this task is proving to be more difficult to achieve. Today, homeownership among this generation has hit a new low.

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Why Parents and Communities Should Support Teacher Strikes

Posted by jhamilton on February 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Teachers of today have more roles, responsibilities, and opportunities than teachers of the past, many of them taking on leadership skills you once expected to see only in principals. These teacher-leader competencies can be boiled down to three core areas: instructional leadership, policy leadership, and teacher association leadership skills. Teachers are coaches and mentors for their students, as well as their peers. They're fronting curriculum teams and finding better, more effective teaching methods. They're creating institutional practices that can be used at other schools, potentially spurring widespread pedagogical advancements. In other words, they're doing at least double what's been expected of them historically but at the same pay.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Taxation: Could Her Plan Work?

Posted by jhamilton on February 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

Tax reform seems to be on the list of priorities for nearly every candidate for political office. Enter the youngest congresswoman ever elected and internet sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upon entering office proposed a 70 percent top marginal tax rate on the rich, those making over 10 million dollars a year.

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It's Official, We Are Off To The Races

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 21, 2019 at 8:40 PM

500 days out and the 2020 elections are off and running. Trump held a coming out rally in Orlando a couple of days ago with some 20k attending and some 120k requesting to attend. Trump announced he wants to "Keep American Grea" for 4 more years.

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Trump Is Taking Care Of Business

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 2, 2019 at 7:44 PM

It's chilling to watch how hard the liberal crowd is working to maximize racial hatred and point to the old white man as the reason they are not in charge of things. They are carrying their social/communist banner high, Soros fanning the flames for one worldism and so on . . .

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Jiang Ling and June 4th 1989

Posted by AllardK on May 31, 2019 at 2:25 PM

He was a little younger than me and perhaps a little taller with a rather brisk and unfashionable haircut and a warm smile. It was thirty years ago and he was selling Tiananmen T-shirts on Queen Street near Spadina, as I recall, which is downtown Toronto just a little west of the city's financial sector. I bought one and wore it till it was practically rags. It of course featured tank man on the front in a printed copy of the famous photograph.

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Stroking Kim's ego in Tokyo Leaves Abe a Tad Flustered

Posted by AllardK on May 29, 2019 at 6:19 PM

President Trump appeared to sympathize with Kim Jong-Un, or at least downplay the latest short-range missile tests conducted by North Korea. He did so while being hosted by Japan, America's leading ally in East Asia, providing an embarrassing scenario for Japan's right-of-center and somewhat populist Prime Minister Abe.

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Avenatti & How he was The Guy Who Would Fight Trump

Posted by AllardK on May 24, 2019 at 2:19 PM

It doesn't matter that some people predicted Avenatti would be the Democrats version of Trump, a tough little brawler who would be able to effectively take on the President of America, perhaps even as contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Perhaps as an independent. He fights dirtier than Trump! Went the chorus. And the news gleefully spread through the media after his showdown with Tucker Carlson, for example. We have our scrapper!

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d.a.n. - You Are The Man !!

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 12, 2019 at 7:10 PM

d.a.n. is, IMO, the best and most accurate, truthful writer on WB. Been so for years. He makes his point and backs it up, most always, with a good reference, most often multiple references. As a software/digital guru he has the smarts and resources to ferret out information from the 'horses mouth', much like Jon Solomon.

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Are Democrats Saying That Executive Privilege is Obstruction of Justice

Posted by AllardK on May 9, 2019 at 6:15 PM

Nancy Pelosi has decided that "goading" is a good verb to use to slowly build up public support - or at least to measure public support - for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

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Not Singing A Worried Song Here

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 6, 2019 at 8:52 PM

Seems all I do when Spring comes is work, work, and work. No time for politics. However, most of my projects are done at this point.

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The Father Whose Trial is a State Secret in British Columbia

Posted by AllardK on May 1, 2019 at 4:35 PM

There is a very disturbing series of rulings by the Supreme Court of B.C. (British Columbia) regarding a trans teenager and her/his father. I am able to write about this because Watchblog is published in America, whose Constitution provides for freedom of expression, explicitly and forcefully. Up in Canada, these protections are relative and limited, despite the country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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It's Now 3 Really Old White Guys Who Still Lead the Polls

Posted by AllardK on April 26, 2019 at 12:52 PM

It's just a single poll by Emerson College but it throws up a fascinating metric on how Sanders supporters plan to vote should Bernie be once again denied the Democratic nomination, especially if mass voting by super delegates should prove the deciding factor. According to the poll, 26% of Sanders supporters would vote for Donald J. Trump if their preferred socialist does not win in the Democratic primaries. And if Senator Elizabeth Warren were the eventual winner. Although one could presumably replace Warren with Kamala Harris or Cory Booker, or even perhaps Pete Buttigieg, and obtain a similar result.

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Kamala Harris Bernie Sanders & A Philosophical Free Fall

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2019 at 4:47 PM

Did you realize that the Boston Marathon Bomber - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother - is an oppressed minority? The guy who with his brother killed 3 people near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A savage attack on an event that celebrates the best of our Western tradition with a contest that originated in one of the main sources of our Western tradition, ancient Greece.

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AG Barr & The Never-Ending War on Trump

Posted by AllardK on April 16, 2019 at 4:12 PM

AG Barr is being attacked from multiple fronts for having summarized the Mueller report as not providing sufficient evidence for obstruction of justice charges against President Trump. In both mainstream media and more progressive media he's called another Roy Cohn or just simply Trump's personal lawyer because he used the word "spy" when describing the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page, and perhaps others, back in 2016.

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Congress and the President Run for Re-election - The Administrative State Runs the Country

Posted by AllardK on April 11, 2019 at 6:59 PM

Once again, we have a case study of Trump versus the bureaucracy. This time it has to do with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, and basically how the chain of succession should happen in a federal agency or department when someone gets fired or retires or leaves their post at the top of the agency.

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Relax - Biden Has Your Back

Posted by AllardK on April 1, 2019 at 9:56 PM

Your swearing-in ceremony as a cabinet secretary should be the highlight of your political career. Maybe you have ambitions to be president and so it's the last stepping stone on your ascent to the pinnacle, but for almost everyone who reaches that far, it's as far as you'll ever get.

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Mueller Report Released To DOJ

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 23, 2019 at 9:04 PM

Mueller's report was released to the DOJ this past Friday pm and probably has been briefed to a few Senators at this time. Such a waste of money and time but that's a speck on a gnats ass as it relates to . . .

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Ben Domenech's Crusade & My Cowardice

Posted by Keeley on June 3, 2019 at 1:49 PM

I'm a bit of a coward. I remember a scuffle, not really a full brawl, breaking out in the stairwell as me and 2 or 3 friends sat upstairs in an establishment. I felt trapped because the staircase was the only way out. The fight was quickly broken up, however, and when we hurriedly and discretely left, at least one of the battlers was outside in the alleyway, handing his wallet to his partner as she yelled at him to just leave it be. But he seemed ready for round 2 so to speak.

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Robert Mueller's 13 Weasel Words

Posted by Keeley on May 30, 2019 at 9:59 PM

Mueller's probe has been a destructive mess from the start, and with 13 weasel words, during his brief, prepared testimony this week, Bob Mueller ensured the mess would remain for some time after he's stepped down.


"Charging the President with a crime was not an option we could consider."

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Don McGahn & Congressional Guardians of the Reign of Process

Posted by Keeley on May 23, 2019 at 10:21 PM

Don McGahn is a star. If you're a Democrat Member of Congress looking to drag out the post-Mueller hearings and try to take up the dubious baton that Robert Mueller left at a dead drop in a parking lot somewhere in Fairfax or Quantico. And the White House is having none of it, demanding that McGahn not respond to House Judiciary Committee subpoenas that he testify.

This is about competing narratives, but it's also about far more than that.

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Iran - Avoiding Crossed Signals in a Rusty Echo Chamber

Posted by Keeley on May 22, 2019 at 5:31 PM

When the generally pro-Trump Washington Times runs a Bolton-is-dragging-USA-into-war-with-Iran story, you know that the Ben Rhodes echo chamber is back at work, trying to pressure the White House to save what's left of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran Deal, lest Iran begin producing nuclear warheads (or would that be adding to their stock?). Unfortunately, the stakes are high because it involves Iran and the country its theocracy has sworn to destroy, Israel.

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Roe v. Wade Challenges - Is Chief Justice Roberts the New Swing Vote?

Posted by Keeley on May 21, 2019 at 4:43 PM

Do you remember Chief Justice Roberts' confirmation hearings about 15 years ago? How bright and bushy-tailed and darned affable he was? Treating each senator's question as if it was a profound truth uttered during a fascinating conversation?

It worked. He got the job.

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A Reasonable Plan with Little Chance of Becoming Law

Posted by Keeley on May 20, 2019 at 3:44 PM

Liberals are dismissing Trump's proposed immigration plan because it doesn't prioritize family reunion which apparently now should be the guiding light of America's and any humane nation's immigration policy.

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Josh Hawley Has Our Attention - Can He Sustain it?

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2019 at 1:45 PM

He doesn't have Beto's Kennedyish toothy, fleeting glamour, or Pete Buttigieg's too-smooth-by-half comebacks, but Missouri GOP frosh senator Josh Hawley is the real thing. What do I mean by that? His ambition, which is overwhelmingly evident in the dizzying pace of his climb to Senator at 39 years old, is actually backed up by policy smarts and not just platitudes. Whether you agree or not with his bold but considered populism.

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Trump and China - What Should America Do?

Posted by Keeley on May 16, 2019 at 2:29 PM

How does America deal with China? It depends on how you perceive the country. Or on how you chose to portray the country, whatever your actual views on the politically communist and economically mercantilist state might be. Both Victor Davis Hanson and Jim Geraghty at National Review had a few thoughts on this over this past week. They're worth considering.

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Is Trump Pushing Back Too Hard Against Subpoenas?

Posted by Keeley on May 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

One suspects that Philip Klein - editor at the Washington Examiner - is not a big fan of Trump but he's nowhere near as explicit or vicious as a Rick Wilson. Call him an elegantly moderate Republican with a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia and a fair bit of experience in conservative media. Phil is worried about the White House's assertion of executive privilege with regard to both the unredacted Mueller report and to any other documents, like Trump's tax returns, that Democrats are demanding and seemingly willing to subpoena people to obtain them.

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Two Clowns & a Booming Economy

Posted by Keeley on May 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM

First the two clowns: Burkman & Wohl. Yes, they're the same ones who tried to concoct sexual assault allegations against Robert Mueller last year as if that would be helpful to then-Supreme-Court-nominee Kavanaugh. Their press conference back then was a pathetic slice of theatre of the absurd. You really couldn't make that stuff up. They should have slunk back to their other jobs: Burkman as a rather strange GOP lobbyist and Wohl as a wannabe financial scam artist who managed to get himself banned from National Futures Association as a teenager for apparently diverting money from an investor's account into his mother's investment account.

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Will Putin Help Turn Venezuela into Another Syria?

Posted by Keeley on May 8, 2019 at 5:08 PM

After a series of bombings in Russian apartment complexes in several cities in September of 1999 - ones in which around 300 people died and about a thousand Russians were wounded - Vladmir Putin began his final ascent to the Presidency of Russia.

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Mueller's Letter - The Civil War Continues

Posted by Keeley on May 3, 2019 at 11:58 AM

They say there is nothing uglier than civil war. Consider Rick Wilson, a political consultant who worked for both Bush 41 and Rudy Giuliani during the 90's and into the first years of this century. He apparently was on Jeb Bush's side in the 2016 primaries and the Florida native has a visceral hatred of Trump that goes beyond what even an Adam Schiff reveals to the public. Although one can be sure that Representative Schiff harbors a whole lotta ill will towards the President as well.

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Uncle Joe Biden - King of Hutzpah

Posted by Keeley on April 30, 2019 at 12:21 PM

Almost 4 years ago, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July of 2016, then Vice President Joe Biden leaned into the microphone with conspiratorial relish and avuncular wisdom and said, "Now I want you to listen closely because this is NOT political."

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Islamic Terror - And Now Sri Lanka

Posted by Keeley on April 24, 2019 at 4:23 PM

In Sri Lanka it has been a couple of days since the horrifying bombings of Churches and hotels that have resulted in a death toll of around 300 so far. That it occurred on Easter Sunday and was almost certainly a suicide attack, has led authorities to single out a radical Islamic group, NTJ, which splintered off some time ago from another group SLTJ - an Islamist organization.

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Mueller - A Noble Public Servant or A Sleaze Job Report-Maker?

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2019 at 2:35 PM

As legal experts like Andrew McCarthy at National Review and former law clerk and professor Margo Cleveland at The Federalist have pointed out over the last year or two, there is a special procedure with rules and regulations governing a special counsel like Mueller and key to those rules and regulations is this:

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